MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Minneapolis nightclub where shooting took place shut down
MINNEAPOLIS - The city of Minneapolis has shut down the nightclub where Vikings nose tackle Linval Joseph and eight others were shot.
City officials revoked the 400 Soundbar's license after the shooting early Saturday and the owner reportedly agreed to the closure. Two of nine victims were seriously hurt when a gunman fired several shots into the bar. The shooter is still at large and police believe it was a gang-related incident. Joseph released a statement saying he was "an innocent bystander."
Early in-person voting for Tuesday's primary election runs through today in Minnesota. Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says Minnesotans have to vote a straight party ticket in the primary. He says every voter gets the exact same ballot and if you want to vote for the Independence Party you must stay on that list in those partisan races. Ritchie says those rules do not apply to local races such as city council, county boards and sheriff. He's expecting ten to 15 percent turnout in the primary election.
There are 16 major USDA-inspected meat packing and processing plants in Minnesota and 26 mid-sized to small ones, and all are impacted by the fewer number of available cattle and higher prices. USDA livestock analyst Shayle Shagam says some have had to make tough decisions. The Dakota Premium Foods beef-processing plant in South Saint Paul closed abruptly last month after almost three quarters of a century in business, leaving 300 workers out of a job. Company officials say the closing is temporary. Wayzata-based Cargill also closed a Milwaukee beef-processing plant in July due to shortage of cattle, leaving 600 workers without jobs.
Utilities in the state are using 811 to remind Minnesotans to call 8-1-1 before any project that requires digging. That includes planting a tree, a garden or excavation work. The 811 Gopher State One Call network is part of a coordinated nationwide underground utility location system. Calling 811 before you dig can prevent injuries, property damage, service disruptions, and damage to gas or electric lines