MInnesota News Briefs: Flash-flooding reported in west-central countiesMinnesota News
-- Minnesota's weather situation is on edge today after west-central counties got drenched overnight. There was flash-flooding when up to three-inches of rain fell over a short period of time this morning.
CHANHASSEN -- Minnesota's weather situation is on edge today after west-central counties got drenched overnight. There was flash-flooding when up to three-inches of rain fell over a short period of time this morning.
The National Weather Service says isolated thunderstorms could produce heavy rain over much of the state as warm and muggy air takes over. In northern Minnesota, the Mississippi River remains at flood stage for the time being in Aitkin, Morrison and Crow Wing counties.
An 88-year old woman is dead after the SUV she was riding in rolled off a western Minnesota highway. The State Patrol reports Inez Gualtieri of Madison was killed in the crash while her 88-year old husband William, who was driving, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Sherburne County authorities say a man from Zimmerman has died of injuries received in a collision with a garbage truck in Baldwin Township Monday afternoon. 86-year-old Earl Sima was airlifted to North Memorial Hospital, where he died yesterday (Wed). The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The Pine City Post Office has been named in honor of a fallen Minnesota soldier. The official name is "Master Sergeant Daniel L. Fedder Post Office." The 34-year-old was killed in a IED explosion in August of 2010 in Afghanistan. Fedder was a 16-year veteran of the Marine Corps.
Students and teachers put another year into the books as most schools in Minnesota wrap up classes this week. Superintendent Patty Phillips of the North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale School District says they've heard mostly good things about the way classes went this past year. Phillips says it's reassuring to hear positive stories and, to her, teachers are heroes. All classes end today in District-622. School resumes for most statewide schools after Labor Day on September 4th.
Campers and country music fans will be heading to Winsted this weekend for the Winstock Country Music Festival. The big acts start performing tomorrow night with Willie Nelson and Martina McBride set to take the stage. There’s a full line-up throughout the day on Saturday including: Uncle Kracker, Gary Allen, and headliner Blake Shelton. This is the 19th annual Winstock Country Music Festival, and proceeds benefit the Winsted Holy Trinity Schools.
With less than five months until election day, 20 former lawmakers are trying to get back into the Minnesota Legislature. The pivotal election this November is prompting mainly former Democratic legislators to attempt comebacks. Republicans took over the entire Legislature in the last election and the list of former lawmakers seeking to return includes several Democrats who lost seats in 2010. Others are running after being out of legislative service longer. All 201 legislative seats will be on the ballot.
Still, no identity has been released after Cass County authorities recovered the body of a man who apparently drowned while snorkeling on Long Lake. The victim is a 55-year-old man from Walker. He was found in a few feet of water about 50- to 75-feet from shore.
The victims in the latest two shooting in Minneapolis have been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner Nearly a week ago, 16-year old Trequan Sykes was shot to death in an alley on the city's northside. Another 16-year old faces charges. In another shooting -- this time on the southside of Minneapolis, 25-year old Parrish Gray was shot to death on Tuesday. No arrests have been made in his death.
A Columbia Heights man has been sentenced to 21-years in prison for pimping out a 17-year-old girl. Thirty-nine-year-old Samuel Cozart pleaded guilty in April to promoting prostitution of a minor. Cozart said his decision stemmed in part from his concern for the victim, who he considered his girlfriend. But prosecutor Jill Gerber scoffed at that notion Wednesday. Gerber cited the number of "dates" Cozart helped set up for the teen. She was in the courtroom for the sentencing, but did not want to make a statement.
A northwestern Minnesota family is under duress after the latest in a series of events. With his mother battling breast cancer, 19-year old Sean Ferguson of Bagley is now recovering after being burned by a bonfire at a graduation party. Ferguson says he didn't know two-gallons of gas were dumped on the wood before he struck the match. Witnesses say he was engulfed in fire after the explosion. Meanwhile, Sean's mother, who faces firing by her employer if she misses any more work, says their medical insurance isn't covering many expenses. So, a benefit fund has been set up for the Ferguson family at Altima Bank in nearby Fosston.
A motorcycle rider is dead after an accident north of the Twin Cities in White Bear Lake. The State Patrol reports the rider struck a tire retread on I-694 and was thrown from the bike. The rider was then struck by an SUV. More details will be out later today.
The State Patrol has identified the woman killed in a fiery crash in southwestern Minnesota on Tuesday. It happened near Cottonwood when a semi pulling a trailer collided with a Cadillac at an intersection. A Texas resident, 92-year old Edna Ericksen, was killed. The truck's driver was treated at the hospital then released. Both vehicles were destroyed by fire.
Two men have been arrested after a cross-burning incident in northern Minnesota. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office says a woman in Northern Township found the burning cross containing racist writings in her yard. The woman believes her family members were targeted because of their race. She is white, but her two adult children are mixed-race with a black father. Authorities say the two men, 19- and 20-years old, are being held under suspcion of Terroristic Threats and Use of Explosive Devices.
A bank teller from Ham Lake has pleaded guilty in federal court to participating in a large, multi-state identity-theft ring. 25-year-old Brianna Blegen admitted to stealing personal information from customers at the bank where she worked, and facilitating use of that information to create counterfeit checks. Prosecutors say Blegen was part of a theft ring that stole about two million dollars from financial institutions and retail businesses in 14 states. She faces a maximum of 30 years in prison for conspiracy to commit bank fraud plus additional prison time for identity theft.
The Minnesota Health Department is again warning people to be careful with dairy products that are unpasteurized. Epidemiologist Trisha Robinson says any resulting sickness can be severe and may not show up for several days. Symptoms include diarrhea that can sometimes be bloody, stomach cramps and sometimes fever and vomiting. Robinson says those are typically symptoms associated with illness from consuming raw milk. Robinson says the pasteurization process -- heating the milk to kill off bacteria and pathogens -- removes the risk. Just a few days ago, whipping cream from the Blackstar Dairy near Bemidji was recalled due to improper pasteurization.
The Postal Service is peddling a new stamp starting today and it's all about bicycling. In Minnesota, the roll-out is in Minneapolis and celebrates the state's love of cycling. The Postal Service's Pete Nowacki says the new stamp offers a choice of four images: a road racer, a mountain biker, a child on a small bike and a rider on a stunt bike.
Here are the winning numbers from the Minnesota State Lottery for Wednesday, June 6th, 2012. The Daily Three: 4-2-1. Northstar Cash: 1-3-9-10-15. Gopher Five: 2-11-12-23-42. Hot Lotto: 5-8-12-21-25 and the Hot Ball was 11. Powerball: 19-30-33-48-59 and the Powerball was 27.