MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: Ventura trial continues into its second week
Former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura's defamation trial is set to continue today (MON). On Friday, Ventura testified he doesn't remember any confrontation with American Sniper author Chris Kyle. Kyle had claimed he punched Ventura after the former governor made disparaging remarks about Navy SEALs in a California bar in 2006. Ventura says he doesn't recall any fight in the bar on the night in question and he's not even sure Kyle was in the bar that night. Ventura is suing Kyle's estate; Kyle was killed last year at a Texas gun range.
Some area firefighters have decided to lend a helping hand in the search of a St. Louis Park father and son who went missing in Colorado three months ago. Authorities say 51-year-old Damian McManus and his 18-year-old son Evan went missing while hiking on Mount Evans during their spring break trip in April. As a response, four firefighters from St. Louis Park, Edina and Eden Praire have volunteered to join the search. The team is expected to leave for Colorado today.
Ramsey County authorities are investigating after a Detroit Lakes woman was found dead Saturday morning in Menahga. Police say they found 32-year-old Kelly Marie Lund in a home on the 300 block of Third Street Northwest. An autopsy was performed yesterday to determine the cause of death which has not been released.
Multiple stabbings early Sunday morning in north Minneapolis has left one man dead and another injured. Authorities are searching for the person who stabbed the two men at a home in the 3600 block of Emerson Avenue. The man who survived was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police have not released the names of the victims at this time.
A northwest Minnesota man is dead after being pulled from Tenmile Lake. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Department says family members found 62-year-old Douglas Koch of Dalton in the lake near his dock Saturday night and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. The incident remains under investigation.
A Wabasha County Sheriff's Deputy is recovering after being hit by a vehicle and the driver who was behind the wheel is in jail. Sheriff Rodney Bartsh says the deputy was on foot patrol in Elgin when he tried to stop the driver he believed was drunk, but the man took off and knocked the officer to the ground. The driver is charged with running from police, assaulting an officer, and investigators confirm that he was drunk. The deputy is recovering from cuts and bruises.
Minnesota is receiving 4.25 million dollars in flood relief funds from the U-S Department of Transportation. That's in addition to 750,000 dollars in federal funds the state received last month (JUNE). The money is available to the state of Minnesota, MnDOT and to local governments, counties and cities, to help repair roads damaged caused by the floods. MnDOT's Kevin Gutknecht says the funds are available on a first come-first served basis. He says once the money runs out, it's gone. He says any additional funding for road repairs would likely come from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Marketable college majors are hot topics these days. Paul Timmons, director of the U-of-M's College of Liberal Arts Career Counseling Services, says it is overall skills rather than majors that get grads jobs. He says there are some things employers don't want to teach, like interpersonal communication skills, and ability to learn new ideas quickly. Timmons says those skills are usually developed through internships and part-time work.
A young aspiring musician from Minneapolis drew a big crowd yesterday to watch him play the piano in his front yard. A neighbor of eight-year-old Dylan Spoering posted on Facebook that the young piano player was having a concert on his lawn. The event became a viral sensation. Dylan performed the concert Saturday in front of about 400 people live and thousands more streaming online.
The rise in Great Lakes water levels has yet to translate into full loads for freighters moving iron ore, coal, limestone, cement and other cargos. Glen Nekvasil is with the Lake Carriers' Association and says vessels continue to routinely leave port with less than a full load. Nekvasil hopes Mother Nature will continue to cooperate and water levels don't drop too much heading into fall.
The City of Wadena is adding at least two more feet to the top of a large dike to try to hold back flood waters, and while pumping has been extremely effective city officials say ground water continues to seep up at an alarming rate Water is flowing overland toward Wadena from the southwest and is eroding the dike -- and Mayor Wayne Wolden says if the barrier were to break a wall of water would rush into and beyond Tapley Park and they felt that was not a risk worth taking. Those who live in Wadena can still use water and sewer, but they are asked to be conservative. Red Cross has relocated their mobile unit to the new warming house shelter and their Disaster Services Mobile Unit is taking damage assessments at that location. On Friday Wadena got 4.35 inches of rain within about three hours, on already saturated ground.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar will be joining volunteers to celebrate all-stars off the field. She will attend Target's All-Star service event to assemble school supply kits for students who can't afford them. The event will also be honoring the 30 All-Star Teachers from across the country- one representing each MLB Club- who will be recognized at the MLB All-Star Game tomorrow (Tue). During All-Star Week, Klobuchar says it's important to recognize the All-Stars in the community, and shine a spotlight on the people who make Minnesota great.
With All-Star Game events now in full swing, the Minnesota Twins and the City of Minneapolis have found new locations for Kirby Puckett Place and Rod Carew Drive -- next to Target Field. Streets were originally named for the Hall of Famers next to the Metrodome, where the Twins played until 2009. Now that the Twins have moved to Target Field in the Warehouse District, officials say it makes sense that these two commemorative names move there as well.
A celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, sponsored by MnDOT, will feature the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron. The CAF Red Tail Squadron is uniquely tied to Minnesota as the project was founded here and continues to operate here today. A traveling exhibit entitled Rise Above, including showings of the film of the same name, will be housed near the Minnesota Capitol on John Ireland Boulevard in St. Paul. The movie tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen -- America's first black military pilots -- and their support personnel. Eight of the Tuskegee Airmen pilots have called Minnesota home.