MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS: Storm Cleanup Continues Across Minnesota
Residents are cleaning up after heavy thunderstorms made their way across parts of Minnesota overnight.
There are hundreds of reports of up-rooted trees and downed powerlines along the I-94 corridor. In western Minnesota, on Lake Minnewaska between Glenwood and Starbuck cabin owner Lon Redel says a lot of boats are missing and docks are tangled up. The National Weather Service confirms an 85-mile-an-hour wind gust near Benson. Lightning is to blame for a fire that significantly damaged a home in Minnetonka. This system also brought several inches of rain causing flash flooding. More than 100,000 customers are without power across central Minnesota and the Twin Cities.
The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office has determined that the February death of a four-month-old girl from Champlin was a homicide. Officials say Madyson Johnson died of a blunt force craniocerebal injury February 20th at Children's Hospital. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office and Champlin Police have not released any details about the incident or whether there are any suspects in the baby's murder.
The former officer manager of a Moorhead dental clinic is facing fraud and embezzlement charges. Prosecutors say 44-year-old Teresa Larson stole more than 50-thousand dollars from Northland Dental. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says Larson began taking money from the clinic about seven years ago and used several different methods and bank and credit card payments. He says it's still unclear what the stolen money was used for. The investigation has been going on for several months
Surly Brewing Company opened a taproom yesterday afternoon at its brewery in Brooklyn Center. Customers will be able to buy pints of Surly beer on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. They're also serving cans of Bender and Overrated at today's opening. Surly is building a $20-million "destination brewery" in Minneapolis near the U of M campus. The project was instrumental in the passage of the so-called "Surly" bill in 2011 which allows Minnesota breweries to sell on-site.