MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Red Flag warnings up in western Minnesota
Parts of western, southwestern and southern Minnesota are under a red flag warning on the warmest day since last October.
High temperatures in the 70s are expected today Tom Fasteland (FAST-lund) with the Interagency Fire Center says low humidity and strong winds will lead to dangerous fire conditions this afternoon. He says the snow has melted quickly and the fuels that will burn right now are the fine fuels, which are grasses and leaves. Fasteland says burning permits will be not allowed today and possibly tomorrow in the red flag warning areas.
A bill that could save many lives of heroin and opiate users has passed in the Minnesota Senate. State Senator Chris Eaton of Brooklyn Center sponsored the legislation known as "Steve's Law" which would allow first responders to carry and administer the antidote naloxone. She says the families of an addict could have some on-hand and instead of having to call 911 and do CPR which some of the have had to numerous times. The drug can reserve the effects of an overdose in about five minutes. The bill also states that anyone who calls 911 to get help for a heroin overdose will not be held liable. Eaton's daughter died of a heroin overdose in the summer of 2007.
A Staples woman whose body was found outside an apartment complex in Motley in sub-zero temperatures in February didn't die from exposure, as originally thought. The Ramsey County medical examiner's office says 33-year-old Anna Eakle died from prescription drug overdose. A resident walking a dog discovered Eakle in a snowbank just before 9:00 a.m. Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel says no foul play is suspected.
Bail is set at a million dollars each for three Minnesotans charged in the murder of a Fargo man last month. Alexander Clapper, Tamara Clapper and Arlen Clapper -- three members of a Moorhead family - are charged in the stabbing death of 26 year-old Rolandas House. They were arrested last week. Prosecutors say 19-year-old Wade Garrett has pleaded guilty in the case, and is cooperating with the investigation. In exchange, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 25 years in prison. Police have said that the killing was over money and drugs.
The Mall of America is hosting the South Metro Job Fair today featuring nearly 50 Minnesota-based companies. Officials say there is a shortage of workers and employers at the fair are aggressively hiring. Candidates will have access to local job opportunities, forms to apply for open positions and tools for job searching. Some employers will be interviewing job applicants at the job fair.