MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: WSU football player dies while working out
WINONA, Minn. -- Winona State University is mourning the loss of one of its football players who died while working out Monday. The school announced that 22-year-old Shawn Afryl of Skokie, Illinois died while training with his teammates on Maxwell Field. No cause of death has been confirmed. The session was said to have been a voluntary workout run by the strength coaches.
Governor Dayton has asked the state Commerce Department to release next year's health insurance rates for MNsure by October 1st, well before the fall election and 45 days before open enrollment begins. Commerce Department officials say they think it's do-able. D-F-L Representative Joe Atkins, who chairs the MNsure Oversight Committee, says he's very hopeful it will happen, noting it benefits Minnesotans to see the rates ahead of time. Before the announcement Republicans had accused the governor of withholding key information from Minnesotans until after the November election. They predict health insurance rates will go up.
National Weather Service survey teams say two tornadoes touched down in the northern Red River Valley as severe thunderstorms swept through Monday night. An EF-2 tornado, with wind speeds over 120 mph touched down near Eldred, minnesota, south of Crookston and ended in Red Lake County 27 miles away. It caused significant damage some some farm buildings, shelter belts, power lines and laid 17 empty rail tanker cars on their side. An EF-1 tornado, with 90 mph winds, touched down for 8 miles west of Grand Forks. It tore up shelter belts. A few rural homes and farm buildings were also damaged. One farm building collapsed.
St. Louis County rescuers were sent to Loon Lake yesterday (Tue) after several trees fell on a group of tents in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness following overnight storms, injuring three women. Sergeant Kevin Friebe says a 53-year-old Minneapolis woman, a 62-year-old St. Cloud woman, and a 60-year old woman from Vermont were rescued by the county's volunteer rescue squad and the U-S Forest Service. Two are hospitalized in serious condition and the third suffered minor injuries. Earlier yesterday (Tue) morning two people were injured when trees fell on a group of tents at Lac La Croix Lake. Two Louisiana men were hospitalized and are expected to fully recover.
The state Health Department is investigating after about two dozen suspected E. coli cases were reported on the Fond du Lac Chippewa reservation in northeastern Minnesota, resulting in two people being sent to the hospital. The Star Tribune reports early testing indicates it's *not* linked to the statewide outbreak involving Applebee's Restaurants that was reported last week. E. coli cases on the Fond du Lac reservation reportedly could be linked to mishandling of leftover food.
It's possible the Minnesota Attorney General's lawsuit against Minnesota School of Business and Globe University may grow. The lawsuit alleges the schools misled students in general about their ability to transfer credits to other schools and in particular those who enrolled in the criminal justice program. A-G Lori Swanson says they've received some complaints in other contexts and they will continue to investigate them.
The American Red Cross is putting out an urgent call for blood donors of all types. Twin Cities spokeswoman Sue Thesenga says nationwide they've seen a shortfall of about eight-percent over the last 11 weeks resulting in about 80-thousand fewer donations than expected. She says donations normally drop in the summer, but the problem was compounded by the July 4th holiday falling on a Friday this year. Thesenga says eligible donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially needed.
A key state lawmaker seems satisfied that problems are being corrected, after an audit found Running Aces Harness Park didn't put enough money in its purse fund from 2008 through 2012 and underpaid horsemen racing there. Minnesota House Commerce Committee Chairman Joe Atkins says Running Aces announced a tentative agreement Tuesday to pay up the entire amount over the next three years subject to Racing Commission approval. Atkins adds there have been significant steps by the Racing Commission to put policies and procedures in place so this sort of thing doesn't happen again. House and Senate committees held a joint hearing Tuesday afternoon at the Capitol.
Jury deliberations will continue today in the Jesse Ventura defamation trial. The former governor is suing the estate of "American Sniper" author and former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. The lawsuit says a story in the book that depicts Kyle punching out the governor at a California bar in 2006 is a complete fabrication. Lawyers from both sides gave their closing arguments yesterday. Jurors began deliberating but left for the day without reaching a verdict.
A Wisconsin woman has been arrested after police say she was driving over 100-miles-per-hour while intoxicated and with her infant in the car. Jolyn M. Beighley of Nekoosa, Wisconsin faces multiple charges including second-degree reckless endangerment of a child and operating under the influence. State Police say the 23-year-old was arrested after being pulled near Northfield, Wisconsin. Her child has been turned over to Jackson County Child Protective Services.
A Minneapolis man has lost a pet after his dog was fatally shot by a police officer. Police reports say officers were chasing a teen in the 39-hundred-block of Aldrich Avenue last Friday. That is when a black dog reportedly lunged at the officers, forcing them to shoot. The pet's owner, Josh Lyczkowski, had just let his two dogs out in the backyard before the incident occurred. Police did capture the teen who had reportedly stolen a car.
Otter Tail County is rated in the top ten for places to live and boat according to Boating Magazine. The magazine based its ranking on waterfront availability, ease for boaters, the strength of boat related business and the number of good boating days. The article says "what the area loses to a short summer, it more than makes up for with some of the most passionate boaters in the country." With 1,048 lakes, Otter Tail County has the most of any county in the U-S.
A new survey shows that the majority of Minnesota "Baby Boomers" and others in that age group aren't very fond of talking about money - in particular, their own finances, with their children. Kathleen Murphy of Fidelity Investments says the parents most often really don't think their finances are any of their kids business. However, she says with many Boomers living into their 90s, family dynamics change over time. The poll shows only 51 percent of parents say they are comfortable talking to their adult children about personal finances, and only 54 percent of adult children are comfortable talking to their parents about such matters.