MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: St. Paul woman rescued from Lake Elmo after trying to save her dog
ST. PAUL -- An elderly St. Paul woman was rescued from Lake Elmo after she jumped into the chilly water to save her dog. Washington County sheriff's deputies say the 72-year-old woman and her dog were walking along the shore when the dog either jumped or fell in -- and when the victim went in after the dog she didn't realize how deep and cold the water was. She hung on to a fishing pier for about 10 minutes before a passing boater pulled her out. She did not need medical treatment.
Two Elk River teens were arrested after being spotted in a stolen car, switching license plates, and leading police on a chase. Investigators say they eventually stopped the vehicle and were arrested without injury, but a loaded handgun was found in the car. After they admitted to taking part in other criminal activity police searched their homes, and in one found what they believe is a homemade bomb. The Minneapolis Police Department Bomb Squad disarmed the device. Both teenagers are expected to face several charges.
A Moorhead daycare provider has been charged with child neglect or endangerment after a call from a concerned parent opened an investigation, which found that 54-year-old Jayne Cote was drunk while running her home child care business. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton says police performed a welfare check at the day care early this month and found Cote's blood-alcohol level was 0.18 -- more than twice Minnesota's legal limit for driving. Cote's day care license has been temporarily suspended.
It will be a chilly week for Minnesota -- and some areas experienced the first snowfall of the season yesterday (Sun). There were snowflakes for much of the day in the Twin Ports away from Lake Superior, but no measurable snow at the Duluth airport. At least five inches of snow fell in Askov, more than two inches in Pine City, and an inch in Moose Lake. A chance of snowfall remains today (Mon) in the Twin Ports and much of the Northland and there may be light accumulations in the Arrowhead. The forecast for the week looks pretty much the same each day -- occasional snow showers, highs in the 30s to low 40s and overnight lows in the 20s. Lake effect snow could hit the South Shore and Gogebic Range tonight (Mon) and tomorrow (Tue).
A homecoming celebration in Winona turned frightening when the deck outside a second-story apartment deck collapsed at Winona State University on Saturday. Winona Police say at least eight people were on the deck when it fell, and five were hurt -- including a young woman who was trapped under the debris. Police are still investigating what caused the deck to fall.
A west-central Minnesota teen was injured in a hunting accident over the weekend. Stearns County Sheriff's investigators say the 15-year-old boy was shot in the back by another teen in the same duck hunting party. The Sauk Centre teen is expected to recover.
The State Health Department this week resumes routine inspections of nursing homes, hospices, outpatient surgical centers and similar facilities which were suspended during the federal government shutdown. Federal dollars fund what state officials term "preventative function," but they say the Minnesota Department of Health was still able to conduct investigations of complaints even during the shutdown. The federal government being back in operation also means funding continues for the WIC nutrition assistance program for pregnant women and young children. The state Health Department warned it might have been suspended by month's end if the shutdown had continued.
The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center is asking you to leave a light on in honor of Jacob Wetterling and other missing children tomorrow (TUE). It marks the 24th anniversary of 11-year-old Jacob's abduction by a masked gunman in St. Joseph in central Minnesota. The resource center is asking you to help them shine light in dark places by leaving your porch light on. Safety officials says it's also a good time to talk to your kids about safety in general. Jacob's case remains open and unsolved. If you have any information that could help lead to his whereabouts you are asked to contact the Stearns County Sheriff's Department or the National Center for Missing and exploited children.