Minnesota News Roundup: River levels continue to dropMinnesota News
-- River levels continue to drop but several are still over their banks in northern, central and southern Minnesota.
River levels continue to drop but several are still over their banks in northern, central and southern Minnesota. The National Weather Service says the Mississippi will stay above flood stage all week at Aitkin, Brainerd and Fort Ripley. Downstream, the Mississippi at Hastings, and at Wabasha, is leveling off and should dip below flood stage within a couple of days. Other swollen rivers, such as the Crow and Des Moines, are below flood stage now. Conditions around the state are expected to dry out a bit -- with not a lot of rain in the forecast this week.
Democrats are coming off a busy weekend, with President Obama in Minnesota Friday and then party faithful endorsing Amy Klobuchar for U-S Senate at their state convention in Rochester on Saturday. Analysts say Amy Klobuchar won't have any problem holding onto her U-S Senate seat. Democrats' big battle will likely be in the 8th congressional district where they'll try to unseat Republican Chip Cravaack. D-F-L Party Chair Ken Martin says one of Democrats' top priorities is regaining majorities in the Minnesota House and Senate.
A herd of red deer in Ramsey County is getting close attention from animal health authorities. One of the animals tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease and officials want to know if the fatal brain disease has spread. Dr. Paul Anderson says the herd has not been exposed to wild deer because the red deer are fenced in on a farm. Anderson says there are about 400 deer in the herd and it will take more testing to determine if the animal brain disease has spread.
Police in Apple Valley say they had to subdue a 15-year-old boy with a Taser, as they tried to control a fight involving dozens of people. Police were called Friday night to the Hayes Community and Senior Center, which was rented out for a graduation party. Officers arrived to find anywhere from 50 to 100 people either watching or joining in the brawl. Authorities used a Taser on a 15-year-old who wouldn't comply with officers' demands. The teen was arrested for disorderly conduct. After the crowd dispersed, fighting continued elsewhere in the neighborhood.