MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Pedestrian jumps to death in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities say a pedestrian jumped from an overpass into the northbound traffic lanes of I-35W near the U-of-M in Minneapolis and was struck and killed by an oncoming semi. It happened just after noon (Tues) and traffic was backed up for several miles through one of the busiest sections of Minneapolis. Officials have not released the victim's name.
The State Patrol has identified the driver of a semi that passed a school bus with its lights flashing on the right shoulder as a sixth-grader was waiting to board. Lieutenant Eric Roeske says that if the girl had not been standing in her driveway and away from the roadway the incident might have ended in tragedy. It happened Friday morning on Highway 23 between New London and Paynesville and the video is posted on YouTube. No further information has been released about the driverof the truck.
Governor Dayton announced Tuesday the state will make a bid for the 2019 or 2020 N-C-A-A Final Four Tournament which would be at the new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen, honorary co-chair of the steering committee, says Minnesota has a great sports community and great fan support -- and a Final Four would "just be tremendous" for the state. Governor Dayton says they plan to pursue the Final Four, and the economic benefits it brings, with the same enthusiasm and creativity that secured the 2018 Super Bowl.
There's a community vigil tonight in north Minneapolis for a teen who was shot and killed early Sunday (Wed6pm). The family of 17-year-old Nehemiah Steverson wants to honor him and celebrate his life in North Commons Park. Mayor Betsy Hodges says her office is working with the Minneapolis Police Department to find those responsible for the teen's death. Donations made to any B-M-O Harris Bank will help with Nehemiah's funeral costs.
The F-B-I is asking the public for information about Minnesotans who may have left the state to fight in Syria's civil war Minneapolis spokesman Kyle Loven (LOH'-vin) says they have indications that local residents are traveling overseas with the objective of joining up with anti-government forces in Syria. Loven says investigators are focusing on at-risk youth in the state's Somali community. Anyone with details who contacts the Minneapolis F-B-I will remain anonymous (763-569-8020).
MN-DOT says it will rebuild the final washed-out segment of state Highway 210 through Jay Cooke State Park near Duluth. The road was heavily damaged in June 2012 during severe flooding. MN-DOT's Todd Campbell says the goal is to preserve the general character of the Rushing Rapids Parkway. But Campbell adds to make the road stable in the long-term, trees may have to be removed in some stretches and steep slopes laid back further from the pavement. Work is scheduled to begin in summer 2015 and MN-DOT says it will most likely be completed in 2016. Visitors can currently access Jay Cooke State Park including Oldenburg Point from the west, but can't drive all the way through to Fond du Lac and Duluth because the road is still washed out in places.
Tuesday afternoon Benton County Sheriff's officials responded to a boating accident on the Platte River in West Langola Township. Fifty-eight-year-old Deborah Pierce of Zionsville, Indiana and her two brothers were in the boat when it capsized. Pierce and her younger brother 51-year-old Mark Bode of Lakeville managed to make it to shore but their 56-year-old brother, Craig Bode of Wailuku, Hawaii was still in the water. Rescue crews from a number of agencies did locate Bode about 1000 feet downstream holding onto a tree about 50 feet from shore. He was treated on scene and then transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officials say none of the three boaters were wearing life jackets at the time of the accident.
A Moorhead woman accused of defrauding the government out of nearly 20-thousand dollars in food stamps and other benefits has made her first court appearance. 27-year-old Alyssha Colton faces a felony count of wrongfully obtaining assistance. Authorities say Colton collected the payments while claiming child support as her only income. A fraud investigation found her husband had been employed but she wasn't reporting it. If convicted Colton could face up to ten years in prison and a 20-thousand dollar fine. Her next court appearance is set for July 28th.
Lawyers for Billy Glaze are calling for a new trial for the man convicted of the serial murders of Native American women in 1986 and 1987 in Minneapolis. They cite newly discovered DNA evidence that indicates the 70-year-old might not have been the killer. Glaze is serving three life sentences after being convicted in 1989.
Isaac Kolstad continues to make progress following an attack last month that left him with serious head injuries. According to a post on his CaringBridge website, the former Minnesota State Mankato linebacker gave his neurosurgeon a thumbs-up yesterday after a "good day off medications and a night of full rest." Kolstad has been making movements mostly on his left side over the past several days.
A wrongful death lawsuit is being prepared by the family of five children who died in a north Minneapolis duplex fire. The blaze killed the children in February. The "Minneapolis Star Tribune" reports the lawsuit will be filed against either property owner Paul Bertelson or his company, Mission Inn Minnesota. Troy Lewis says he complained about a lack of heat before using the oven and space heaters to heat the apartment before his children died.
A prolific pedophile from southeastern Minnesota has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. The case against 42-year-old Brian Broulik of Blooming Prairie began in Olmsted County, and he is still facing charges in district court in Dodge, Freeborn and Olmsted counties. Prosecutors say Broulik used his cell phone to video a child engaging in a sex act. Last year Broulik was sentenced to a six year state prison term in Mower County Court for a separate incident. It's not known when his pending cases will proceed. His first known sex-related criminal case was filed in Steele County in 1996.
The Duluth City Council will decide next week whether to declare the Clayton Jackson McGhie Memorial a local landmark. The 11-year-old monument memorializes the 1920 lynching of three African-Americans later found to have been wrongly accused of raping a white woman. 19-year-old Elias Clayton, 22-year-old Elmer Jackson, and 20-year-old Isaac McGhie were beaten and hanged from a lamp post in downtown Duluth - with a crowd of up to 10,000 people looking on. Less than a year later Minnesota became the first state in the nation to pass an anti-lynching law.
In a rare occurrence, large ice chunks on Lake Superior lingered into June near Wisconsin's Apostle Islands. The National Weather Service says June was the eighth straight month that ice lingered somewhere on Lake Superior. Meanwhile, a Michigan research team expects water levels on Lake Superior to rise faster than normal -- because the cold spring has delayed the normal evaporation on the lake. The scientists found that surface water will be at least six-degrees colder than normal by August in the deepest sections of Lake Superior. Climatologist John Lenters says the result could be a rise in water levels of up to ten inches by next spring, depending on the precipitation between now and then.
Citing "an immediate and serious threat" to the health of residents, the state is taking control of the Camden Care Center nursing home in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Department of Health says there have been numerous health and safety violations at the facility. The state took control of the nursing home on Friday, and announced the takeover Tuesday afternoon. Recent inspections found 80 violations, and state officials were worried the finances were bad enough where caregivers might quit.
A fan is hospitalized after falling over a railing and into the bullpen at Milwaukee's Miller Park during a contest against the Twins last night. The man was said to be conscious and alert after he fell over the railing from the Friday's Front Row Sports Grill restaurant into the Brewers bullpen. The fall caused a brief delay in the game, which the Brewers lost 6-4 to Minnesota.
Duluth beat Minneapolis in the latest round of voting in Outside magazine's annual Best Towns contest. Duluth got past Minneapolis by about 20,000 votes, and will face Asheville, North Carolina in the next round. Duluth captured more votes than any of the other seven cities remaining in the contest. To see the standings or vote in the next round go to vote-duluth-dot-com (www.voteduluth.com), which directs people to the Outside magazine ballot.