Minnesota State News Briefs: Mental patient charged with stabbing motherMinnesota News
-- A Coon Rapids man is charged with first-degree attempted murder and four other felonies for allegedly stabbing his mother in a park near St. Peter.
(St. Peter, MN) -- A Coon Rapids man is charged with first-degree attempted murder and four other felonies for allegedly stabbing his mother in a park near St. Peter.
Prosecutors say 48-year-old Burton Ewing Jr. was on a day pass from the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center when he was arrested Tuesday night. The criminal complaint says Ewing was stabbing someone in a car and dropped a knife on the ground as a Nicollet County deputy pulled out his gun and confronted him. Sixty-nine-year-old Marlys Olson suffered 22 stab wounds and was airlifted to a Minneapolis hospital in critical condition. Ewing is jailed on two-million dollars bail.
Investigators in the west metro are trying to determine what caused the fire that destroyed a popular restaurant in Rockford. Fire crews from seven departments battled the blaze Thursday afternoon at Cowboyz Bar and Grill. The owner reported that everyone got out safely and no firefighters were injured.
University of St. Thomas President Father Dennis Dease plans to retire next summer. Sixty-nine-year-old Dease was named the 14th president of St. Thomas in 1991 and will retire June 30th, 2013 after 22 years in office. Dease informed the St. Thomas Board of Trustees and the faculty on Thursday. He says the timing is right and notes that St. Thomas will complete its $500-million Opening Doors capital campaign in October. A search committee will be appointed in early June to begin looking for Dease's successor.
The University of Minnesota Board of Regents will consider President Eric Kaler's fiscal year 2013 budget this (Fri) afternoon. The U of M's new president is proposing $3.2 billion in spending next year - a one-point-five percent increase from fiscal year 2012. It includes a three-and-a-half percent tuition hike for in-state students and a two-and-a-half percent salary increase for faculty and staff. The regents will review the budget proposal, take public comment today and then vote on the plan in June. The board will also finalize an agreement allowing the Vikings to play one season at TCF Stadium - and it will act on the appointment of Norwood Teague as the Gophers new director of athletics.
Minnesota celebrates its birthday today. Minnesota is now 154 years old, having achieved statehood on May 11th, 1858. However, it took two days for leaders of nation's 32nd state to get the news from Washington.
Many Twin Cities area homeowners are seeing a boost in the value of their house. The latest realty numbers show the average home shot up from a median value of 145-thousand dollars in April 2011, to $163,000 this past April. Pending sales and closings were also up during the strongest spring housing market in several years.
The flu season in Minnesota is going into overtime. State health officials report two influenza-related deaths and six hospitalizations during the first week of May. There were also two schools and one nursing home that reported flu outbreaks. There have been a total of 18 deaths and 550 people hospitalized with flu complications since last fall. A typical flu season runs from October to May.
The walleye season officially kicks off this weekend in Minnesota. The 2012 Governor's Fishing Opener is being held Friday and Saturday on Lake Waconia. Explore Minnesota Tourism Director John Edman says the sport generates about two-and-a-half-billion dollars to the state economy every year. About a half-million people are expected be on the water for opening weekend. Edman says fishing also supports more than 43-thousand jobs in the state. The Governor's Fishing Opener Community Picnic begins later today (4-8:30pm) at City Square Park in Waconia.
Expect to be checked. That's the word from the Minnesota DNR on this eve of the fishing opener. Officials plan increased patrols along the state's waterways -- making sure people remove aquatic invasive species from their boating equipment. Anglers are reminded to drain bait buckets, bilges, wells and boats before leaving the water, and to remove aquatic plants from boats and trailers in order to prevent the spread of zebra mussels, Eurasian watermilfoil and spiny water fleas.
President Obama's endorsement of same-sex marriage has the pundits wondering how it will affect his reelection chances. Carleton College analyst Steve Schier (sheer) thinks it will cut both ways for the president. He says the plus is that he mobilizes young voters, gays and lesbians and there's money in the GLBT community. On the minus side for Obama, Schier thinks Obama's action will help Mitt Romney by solidifying the Republican base. He says evangelical Christians and very conservative Republicans will get on board the Romney bandwagon after having had their doubts about him.
Here are the winning numbers from the Minnesota State Lottery for Thursday, May 10th, 2012. The Daily Three: 6-0-5. Northstar Cash: 3-8-19-20-27.