MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Another day of heat, humidity prompts heat advisory
CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- The National Weather Service in Chanhassen says the southeast quadrant of the state, including the Twin Cities and Rochester metro areas, can expect one more day of oppressive heat and humidity. Temperatures in the lower 90's and heat indexes between 96 and 101 degrees are expected this (Wed) afternoon, and a heat advisory is in place from noon to 7 p.m. The heat can be especially troublesome to the very young and the elderly, those that work outdoors, and people with certain medical conditions. Health officials recommend limiting time spent outdoors, staying hydrated, and getting medical attention if heat related illness is suspected.
A toddler and two teenagers were shot in Minneapolis last (Tue) night. Investigators say a group of young people was standing near a parked car on Lyndale Avenue North when someone walked up, opened fire, and then ran off. A 14-month-old girl was shot in the shoulder, a 19-year-old woman was shot in the leg, and a 17-year-old male was also shot in the leg. All three were hospitalized and are expected to recover. Officers don't have a description of the shooter and say the motive is not clear. They have increased patrols in the neighborhood.
Police have arrested a 19-year-old man on attempted murder charges after a domestic assault in Brainerd. Officer Justin Athman arrived at the scene last Saturday to discover a woman that was unconscious and not breathing, after apparently being strangled, and began CPR immediately. She was resuscitated and taken to the hospital. 19-year-old Hunter Vidmar ran from the home before police arrived, but after an intensive search by several law enforcement agencies he was captured and jailed. Vidmar was formally charged yesterday (Tue)in a Crow Wing County courtroom with first degree attempted murder, assault, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking.
Preliminary figures released Tuesday show there's sufficient backup revenue from a cigarette tax increase to pay for Vikings stadium bonds for the first year. The 2013 Legislature tapped that alternate source because electronic pulltab revenues are falling far short of expectations. Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says rollout of electronic pulltabs is taking longer than expected and complications have been a bit more than anticipated.
The Washington County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of about four dozen vases from a cemetery in Mahtomedi. Sergeant Andy Ellickson says thieves struck Evergreen Memorial Gardens some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning and took about 50 brass flower vases from grave sites, reportedly worth about 200 dollars each. Ellickson says there are no suspects at this time and they believe the thieves will try to sell the brass for scrap at a recycling center. Anyone with information is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's tip line (651-430-7850) or send an email and you may remain anonymous.
Court documents show that a Minnesota woman got married on the South Dakota property where the bodies of two newborns were found and told friends she was pregnant in 2009 and 2011. Investigators took D-N-A swabs from 34-year-old Kelly Anderson of Clarkfield to establish whether she is the mother of the boy and girl. The newborns were found badly decomposed and wrapped in towels and a South Dakota State University T-shirt, inside a Coleman cooler in a stand of trees. The bodies were found by Anderson's brother in November, on property owned by their aunt. Anderson has not been charged.