MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: New Brighton shooting kills one, injures another
NEW BRIGHTON, Minn. - A dispute between neighbors is blamed for a fatal shooting in New Brighton Monday night.
The city's public safety director says one man was shot to death and a woman is hospitalized at Hennepin County Medical Center. The other neighbor turned himself in to police after the shooting. Police have not said what was at the heart of the dispute.
Two University of Minnesota students are recovering after being stabbed Monday morning near Nicollet Island during a robbery attempt. Minneapolis police say one woman was stabbed in the back as she tried to get away, and her friend was stabbed in the arm, with the blade hitting a major artery. The woman who was stabbed in the back used her shirt as a tourniquet to save the life of her friend, and both were in stable condition at Hennepin County Medical Center yesterday afternoon.
The man wanted in connection with a murder in northern Minnesota has been caught. Virginia Police Chief Dennis Benz says Anthony Isham was found at a Duluth home and arrested without incident. He and two other men are being held on unrelated charges, but Benz says Isham, Bartholamy Drift and John Isham are suspects in the murder of Harley Jacka. The medical examiner ruled last week that Jacka was killed in a "violent homicide" but not further details were released.
Target CEO Greg Steinhafel stepped down yesterday, five months after a data breach compromised debit and credit card accounts and the personal information of millions of customers. University of St. Thomas Marketing Professor Dave Brennan says the delay in a decision about Steinhhafel's departure is typical of Target's culture. He says they really manage by consensus, and so it doesn't overreact to situations, it only becomes over a period of time when things are not improving that they begin to make changes. Brennan says although Steinhafel's legacy at Target is marred by the handling of the breach, the CEO did provide some positives, including introducing food-related products into the stores and developing the Target Red Card.
The Boy Scouts of America has settled a lawsuit connected to a Burnsville scoutmaster convicted of molesting members of his troop. Peter Stibal was sentenced to 14 years in prison in 2011 for the molestation of four troop members, and attorney Jeff Anderson says the suit is the second connected to Stibal to be settled and a third has been filed. A statement from Boy Scouts of America says Stibal's behavior runs counter to everything the organizations stands for and a statement from the local council -- which was recently dropped from the suit -- says that child abuse is intolerable and the Northern Star Council will work, "to ensure that this never happens within the Scouting program." Terms of the settlement have not been disclosed.
Minnesotans could not possess a gun if there's a protection order against them for domestic abuse or child abuse -- under a bill that's headed to Governor Dayton after the state Senate passed it overwhelmingly yesterday afternoon. Gun rights advocates were leery of the measure and a few lawmakers voted "no" -- but Diane Sellgren with Protect Minnesota. She feels what swayed lawmakers was that it was the right thing to do. Sellgren says it makes sense, and it saves children and it saves women. She believes lawmakers voted with their conscience on it. Sellgren, a domestic abuse survivor, says there's no doubt the bill will save lives. It's expected Governor Dayton will sign it into law.
A vote is expected in the Minnesota State Senate today on a medical marijuana bill. Governor Dayton appears happy that the current Senate bill, like a competing version in the House, does not allow smoking of medical marijuana. The Senate bill allows dozens of medical marijuana dispensaries around the state while the House bill restricts it to one state-controlled source. The House bill also allows clinical trials only. The Legislature in 2009 passed a medical marijuna bill but then-Governor Tim Pawlenty vetoed it.
State Senate Democrats-Farm Laborers have rolled out their $846-million bonding bill for state buildings and public works projects, a scant two weeks before the end of the 2014 legislative session. Senate DFLers also propose spending about $200 million dollars of the budget surplus for state construction projects. High-profile items: $64 million dollars total for renovating the state security hospital in Saint Peter and the sex offender treatment program facilities; $13 million for the Lewis and Clark regional water system in southwest Minnesota; $14 million for renovating the Mankato Civic Center, $34 million for Rochester and $11 million for Saint Cloud. There's also $80 million dollars for local roads and bridges, $125 million for the U-of-M and $130 million for the state college and university system.
American Crystal Sugar President and CEO Dave Berg is hoping for some warmer weather to get fields ready for planting. He says a small percentage of field work has started, but recent rains have hampered things. Berg says that creates some anxiety as the co-op looks to have nearly 420,000 acres of sugar beets planted this year. After seeing the spring planting delayed into late May and early June last year, Berg says the conditions are a bit scary. He says those concerns are being shared by all commodity groups.
DFLers in Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District are endorsing Sartell Mayor Joe Perske for Congress. Perske beat out St.John's professor Jim Read and Judy Adams of Circle Pines at Saturday's district DFL convention. Perske plans to run as a "common man" and says members of Congress should represent their constituents. Perske will likely be the underdog in a right-leaning district that has elected Congresswoman Michele Bachmann four times. Former state Representative Tom Emmer was endorsed by Sixth District Republicans.
Many legal immigrants in Minnesota and across the country are not pursuing citizenship. Even though more than eight-million nationwide are eligible to apply, many have never even taken the first step. Some immigrants cite the expense, which is about $700 in fees, plus the cost of a lawyer. Others worry they don't speak English well enough to pass the citizenship test. Mark Lopez of the Hispanic Research Center says there are some key differences between having legal permanent status and being a U.S. citizen. He says Legal Permanent Resident status does come with a number of benefits: being able to work legally, they do have to pay taxes, they can travel. But, it doesn't include the right to vote or to never be deported, because once you become a U.S. citizen you can not be deported. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that only 36 percent of Mexicans who are here legally actually go on to become naturalized U.S. citizens. This percentage is much less than other groups including Cubans, Indians and Europeans.
As St. Cloud Airport prepares to start daily flights to and from Chicago's O'Hare Airport today, they are bucking a recent trend that shows smaller airports are losing air service. The difference just may be a federal grant worth $750,000 to help subsidize the service in the first year. Only government-subsidized air service to rural communities has been increasing according to the Government Accountability Office. Marketing Consultant Jamie Bestgen has been part of the core group who have worked to secure the Chicago flights. She says the grant was important to prevent any losses in that first year. The federal grant comes with a $250-thousand local match and Bestgen says they are getting closer to reaching that fundraising goal. United Express will begin offering the flights following today's ribbon-cutting ceremony at 12:30 p.m.
Best Buy has another top management position to fill with the resignation of chief commercial officer Jude Buckley. He headed up store design for the Richfield-based electronics giant. Just last month, Shawn Score exited Best Buy after serving as head of the company's stores in the U.S. for a little more than a year. Score had been with the company for 29 years, while Buckley joined Best Buy in 2007. Buckley's resignation was revealed by Best Buy in a regulatory filing yesterday.
A big honor today for the Faribault-Martin-Jackson Adult Drug Court in southern Minnesota. Coordinator Miranda Rosa says it is being officially recognized as a national mentor court. Rosa says mentor courts serve as models for other counties interested in starting their own drug court or learning innovative practices. Faribault-Martin-Jackson will host visitors from across the U.S. over the next three years.
______________________________Getting the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center in Montevideo placed on the National Register of Historic Places could open up the opportunity for grants to help finish a project that has been 20-plus years in the making. June Lynne of the Chippewa County Historical Society says it's been hard raising money on their own to finish the seven-acre site. Kevin Wald owns a business called SpecSys(speck-siss) and wants to use the railroad site to open an operation assembling custom railcars. Lynne says Wald can find a different site in Montevideo for his operation. Wald says there is none and will likely locate somewhere else. The Montevideo City Council will decide if the city wants to renew the Milwaukee Road Heritage Center's lease of the site or open it up for development.