MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Reports ID second Minnesotan killed fighting in Syria
MINNEAPOLIS -- There are now reports identifying a second American killed while fighting alongside militant Islamists in Syria.
Fox News says Abdirahmaan Muhumed of Minneapolis died in the same battle that killed another Minneapolis-area man, Douglas McCain. Muhumed's family has apparently received a photo of his body, sent from Syria. The State Department is still working to confirm the information.
Friends and family are having a public memorial tonight (7 p.m.) at St. Marks Cathedral in Minneapolis for slain Boston Scientific executive Kelly Phillips. Funeral services for Phillips were last weekend in his hometown of Mason City, Iowa. Close friend Dave Michela says Kelly was a business owner in Minneapolis, and it was important to his fiance Nathon to hold some kind of remembrance in the Twin Cities -- the community to which he contributed so much. Forty-eight-year-old Phillips was shot and killed at an Arden Hills gas station August 11th, allegedly by former partner Ty Hoffman. A nationwide warrant has been issued for Hoffman and the reward for his arrest has grown to $25,000.
Police in Fergus Falls closed off a portion of Summit Avenue yesterday after a 911 call from a woman who said that her child had been harmed and claimed there were men in the house with guns. The woman first told dispatchers that she could not safely get out of the house, but walked out about 90 minutes after the first call. Police Chief Kyle Bergren says they then used a loud speaker to ask anyone in the home to come out but got no response and when they entered the home officers did not find anyone inside. Bergren says they are still investigating and don's know if there was a criminal act in the house or if they are dealing with someone with mental health issues. No shots were fired. There were no evacuations, but police did ask close neighbors to stay inside.
The City of St. Anthony is being sued by the Federal government for alleged religious discrimination, after the city rejected a proposed Islamic center. City Council members denied the proposal for the Abu Huraira Islamic Center in 2012 The civil rights lawsuit claims that St. Anthony violated federal law. U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger says in the past, the city has allowed similar institutions to assemble in the area where the proposed center was denied.
Ice Cream giant Dairy Queen says they could have been the victim of a possible data breach. The Edina, Minnesota based company is warning customers that their information could be at risk. An investigation began after Security.com discovered more than 50 cases of credit and debit card fraud involving customers who visited a Dairy Queen restaurant over the past few days.
New students get an official welcome from University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler this morning (9:45 a.m.) as part of the lead-up to next Tuesday's start of classes. In addition to academic planning and social activities, students are getting a strong message about campus safety after a number of robberies and assaults last school year. Orientation Director Beth Lingren Clark says it goes back to a bigger message about creating a community of care: If you see something, say something, plus looking out for one another and being alert. Clark says they're urging students to put electronic devices away when they're out walking. It follows a rash of robberies and assaults last school year on or near campus.
If you are headed to the University of Minnesota football opener tonight, consider taking Metro Transit to TCF Stadium --- it's free! Two hours before and two hours after, show your game-day ticket for a free ride on buses and METRO lines to the home opener when Minnesota takes on Eastern Illinois. Many bus routes serve campus, plus the new METRO Green Line will take you right to Stadium Village Station, which is steps away from TCF Stadium. For help planning your free trip check out Metro Transit's interactive trip planner at metrotransit.org.