MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Suspect shot by St. Paul police after chase
ST. PAUL -- A 21-year-old man is hospitalized after being shot by St. Paul Police early Sunday morning. Deshawn Nelson allegedly broke into a church in the Merriam Park area and was a passenger in a car that led police on a short chase before he jumped out. It's unclear who fired the first shot, or if the suspect fired shots toward police. Investigators say it appears that during the shooting a bullet entered a nearby home, grazing a resident--who received minor injuries and declined medical attention. Police are still looking for the vehicle and its driver. Nelson is reportedly in critical condition.
A law school graduate from St. Anthony is being identified by police as the man they shot and killed outside of the home of a slain doctor in Orono. Thirty-year-old Ted Hoffstrom was armed when police killed him after he allegedly killed 74-year-old gynecologist Dr. Stephen Larson. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department has schedule a press conference for this (Mon) afternoon to discuss the incident. Dr. Larson's body was found inside the house after police shot and killed the suspect on the front lawn around 9 p.m. Friday.
A major water main break in Woodbury left a large part of the city without water Sunday. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says in all, about seven different water mains broke in the northwest part of the city, displacing around 33 residents, including 15 children.
Minnesota's workplace injury rate for 2012 increased slightly from an all-time low the year before, but Labor and Industry Commissioner Ken Peterson says it's still less than half what it was in 1998. Peterson attributes it to a number of factors, including technological advances, and says he'd like to think there's greater attention to safety. Peterson says he hopes as the economy gets better and construction and manufacturing increase, that workplace injuries won't go up again.
Preliminary numbers indicate drowning deaths are declining in Minnesota this year. D-N-R water safety specialist Kara (CARE'-uh) Owens says these statistics represent non-boating drownings. She says in 2013, 27 people have lost their lives from drowning, including 17 men, seven children and three women. last year at this time there were 40 drownings. Owens says there have been 12 boating fatalities in 2013 and only three of the victims were wearing lifejackets. Fifteen people died in boating mishaps in 2012.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is advising deer hunters that their venison donations this fall go to the state's food shelves. (The Hunter Harvested Venison Donation Program provides a source of protein to people in need while helping reduce local deer populations. Minnesota hunters donated 350 deer to the program last year, which provided nearly 13-thousand pounds of processed venison to food shelves throughout the state. Officials say only entire carcasses with the hide attached can be donated. A list of state-registered processors can be found on the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's website (mda.state.mn.us.).
Tomorrow (TUE) marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. State Representative and Civil War historian Dean Urdahl of Grove City says the historic speech may be the greatest ever delivered by an American President, or certainly right up there at the top. Lincoln gave the address at an official dedication ceremony for the National Cemetery of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, which was the site of one of the bloodiest--and most decisive battles of the Civil War. The address, which begins with the familiar "Four score and seven years ago..." detailed the sacrifices of the Civil War and evoked the principles of human equality espoused in the Declaration of Independence.
Construction is underway in Worthington on something that will be the first of its kind on the state of Minnesota. A Tesla Supercharger station with several stalls is being built. The Tesla Model S automobile, voted the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, can travel approximately 200 miles on a battery charge A Supercharger is a fast-charge station capable of delivering up to 50 percent battery capacity to Model S in about 20 minutes, roughly 16 times faster than most public charging stations. There's no word yet on when the Worthington Supercharge Station will open. A second Supercharger station is planned in Albert Lea.