MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Heat and storms carrying high winds expected across much of state
CHANHASSEN, Minn. -- An excessive heat warning is in effect for this (Mon) afternoon and evening for the Twin Cities metro, and a heat advisory is in place for the rest of the state. Not only that, but the hot temperatures could be accompanied by severe weather. Forecasters with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say heat indices today (Mon) will range from 100 to 110 degrees, and they add that there is a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms across much of central and southern Minnesota. Wind damage is the main threat, and meteorologists say it could be widespread. Very heavy rainfall is also possible.
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe is moving forward with his lawsuit against the Vikings. Kluwe and his lawyer claim that "substantial" evidence was left out of the 29-page summary of a six-month investigation the Vikings relased Friday. Following the release of that summary, the team announced a three-game suspension for assistant coach Mike Priefer for homophobic remarks he made during the 2012 NFL season. Kluwe claims his activism in support of gay marriage led to his release from the Vikings. The team says Kluwe was relased because of his performance on the field. Kluwe's lawyer says he expects the lawsuit seeking more than 10-million dollars to be filed no later than Wednesday.
An excessive heat warning is in effect for the Twin Cities Metro today (MON) and a heat advisory covers much of the rest of central Minnesota. Rick Hiltbrand with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says heat indices will be around 105 degrees during the afternoon and early evening hours. Hiltbrand says people in the affected areas should take extra precautions--such as drinking lots of water and keeping outside activities to a minimum if possible.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is quite the draw in St. Paul. About 11-hundred people came out yesterday as the former first lady held a book signing at Common Good Books. Clinton did not comment on any speculation that she is considering a run at President in 2016. The event included appearances by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Al Franken and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman.
Anglers can night-fish on Mille Lacs Lake after 10pm tonight (Mon) as the D-N-R lifts its controversial ban. But a group of resort owners says its lawsuit against the agency will continue. They want the state Court of Appeals to order the D-N-R to completely re-do its fishing regulations for Mille Lacs. Plaintiff Douglas Meyenburg says the biggest goal is to get gill-nets out of the lake. Gill-netting by Native Americans has been a big part of a long-standing dispute that sparked several major court cases. Officials with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe have not been immediately reachable for comment.
Police are investigating after a 22-year-old woman was found unresponsive inside her car and later died. Authorities say the woman was found in St. Paul near the intersection of Robert and George Streets. She was later pronounced dead at Regions Hospital. No cause has been released but police are calling the death suspicious.
Police are investigating why a 23-year-old woman fell out of a moving vehicle in Fillmore County. Authorities say the car was going about 55-miles-per-hour on Highway 52 in Chatfield when Saralyn Squillace of Rochester tumbled out of the window. Squillace was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Authorities are searching for the driver involved in a hit-and-run that left a Robbinsdale woman injured. Police say the driver struck Katie Paulson early Saturday morning at the intersection of Lake Drive and Halifax Avenue. Paulson's husband Matt says the couple was searching for their dog when the incident happened. The victim is recovering in the hospital with a number of injuries including broken bones in her leg and foot.
Lawyers for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis will ask a judge today (Mon) to dismiss a clergy sex abuse lawsuit. Doe 1 claims he was molested by the Reverend Thomas Adamson while Adamson was working at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in St. Paul Park in the mid-70's. He is represented by St. Paul attorney Jeff Anderson, who says the archdiocese created a "public nuisance" by continually concealing the names of priests accused of abusing children, but attorneys for the archdiocese say that claim doesn't stand up to the legal definition -- and also that there is no evidence that church officials were negligent in assigning Adamson to St. Thomas Aquinas. Archbishop John Nienstedt and other top leaders have been deposed in connection with the case and videos of those depositions have been made public. If the judge rules there is enough evidence to hear the case in court it is expected to go to trial on September 22.
A Minnesota man's brother and sister-in-law were killed in the Malaysian Airlines crash in the Ukraine. Drew Ryder of Willmar says he was following the couple's European trip on Facebook, and told television station KARE-11 that he didn't know Arjen and Yvonne Ryder were flying home to Australia on Thursday until an uncle called him -- telling Ryder that his family members were on the plane. Yvonne was a teacher. Arjen was an agriculture expert. Drew says he continues to get updates from Malaysia Airlines, but right now he's most focused on faith and forgiveness.
The deadline is tomorrow (Tues 7/22) to pre-register to vote in Minnesota's primary election on August 12th. You can do it on-line at mn-votes-dot-org (mnvotes.org), and Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says you can also vote early by requesting an absentee ballot on-line. State law has changed and an excuse is no longer required when requesting an absentee ballot. It will be mailed to you. Fill it out and mail it back in. You can also vote early in person. Check with your city or county for the location.
Hundreds of Minnesota dentists and support staff will be providing free dental care to those in need this Friday and Saturday (7/25&26) at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Mankato Dentist Dr. Jill Merrill says patients will be treated on a first-come-first serve basis. Doors will open at 5:30 a.m. both days. The target goal is to serve one-thousand patients each day.
The Minnesota State Fair is putting finishing touches on the new West End Market at the former site of Heritage Square. Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette calls it a new shopping, food and beverage, entertainment and history complex. She says vendors from Heritage Square are returning, and the new market includes arts and crafts, clothing and a brand new amphitheatre stage with all sorts of great entertainment. Schuette says the cornerstone is the new Minnesota State Fair History and Heritage Center. There are also two new restaurants including LuLu's Public House which will have the fair's first rooftop patio.
The Mankato area is gearing up for the 49th Vikings training camp this week at Minnesota State University. Vikings players report to camp on the MSU-Mankato campus Thursday and the first practice is Friday morning(10:30am). More than 69-thousand fans attended training camp last year. All practices are free and open to the public and the Vikings Village and AutoGraph Zone are back in 2014. This is the first training camp under first-year Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer. Visit Mankato says the three-week event generates about five-million dollars for the local economy.