Minnesota News Briefs: Arrest made in the Thief River Falls murder caseMinnesota News
-- Investigators have made an arrest in the murder of a Thief River Falls woman who was originally reported missing early Saturday.
(Thief River Falls, MN) -- Investigators have made an arrest in the murder of a Thief River Falls woman who was originally reported missing early Saturday.
The body of 40-year-old Tanya Kazmierczak was found Sunday by a passerby near the Red Lake River in rural Pennington County. Last night, authorities arrested a 31-year-old Crookston man and formal charges are expected later today.
The Roseville City Council is unanimously opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota.
Roseville joined 12 other Minnesota cities Monday night by passing a resolution against the November ballot measure. The Mankato City Council approved a similar resolution two weeks ago. No communities in the state have voted to endorse the amendment - but Willmar Mayor Frank Yanish voiced his support last week. The pro-amendment group "Minnesotans for Marriage" says engaging cities is not part of their strategy.
A 25-year-old Sartell man is dead after a head-on collision Monday afternoon Police say Timothy Schwieger was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he died. The driver of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Nathan Winter of St. Cloud, was also taken to the hospital. His current condition is unknown The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A Faribault man escaped with only minor injuries after crashing his car in a construction zone overnight on Highway 14 in Dodge County (Tues 3:45am). The State Patrol says 40-year-old Chad Green was traveling westbound near Claremont when he hit an unoccupied, parked excavator. Green was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester for treatment. The accident report shows he did not have alcohol in his system and was buckled up.
A Minnesota teen paralyzed during a hockey game last winter returns to school today at Benilde-St. Margaret's as a junior. According to his CaringBridge page, Jack Jablonski was busy over the summer doing countless hours of rehab at Courage Center. Jack's mother, Leslie, says school officials have been incredibly supportive in getting things ready for her son to return to the classroom. She says Jack will continue rehab at Courage Center every day after school.
One-thousand limited edition bobblehead doll sets featuring all 12 managers of the Minnesota Twins will go on sale next month. The sets costs 210 dollars each and will be sold exclusively at twinsbaseball.com. The bobbleheads are available for purchase the same weekend the Twins are retiring former manager Tom Kelly's No. 10 at Target Field. All of the proceeds will benefit the Minnesota Twins Community Fund.
Flood relief money is now flowing across Minnesota. Following the recent special legislative session, the Board of Water and Soil Resources is now doling out around 12-million dollars in grant money for flood repairs in northeastern Minnesota as well as other areas hard hit. Some of the money will be used to shore up landslide areas threatening property, plus restoration of stream channels eroded by floodwaters. The total flood package signed by the Legislature on Friday is worth $167-million.
A 25-year-old Sartell man was killed in a head-on collision Monday afternoon. Police say Timothy Schwieger was taken to St. Cloud Hospital where he died. The driver of the other vehicle, 21-year-old Nathan Winter of St. Cloud, was also taken to the hospital. His current condition is unknown. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Minnesota's major farm crops continue to ripen ahead of schedule despite less rain than normal last week. The latest USDA Crop Report shows a quarter of the state's soybean crop is turning yellow while corn is starting its final stage of maturity. Corn condition is rated 76-percent fair to good, about the same as last year at this time. Farmers had over six days suitable for field work in the past week.
Youth populations are up west of Minnesota, according to a new survey. The numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show the oil drilling boom as the major force behind a rising birthrate in the Dakotas. Officials say the two states combine for 10 of the 50 top U.S. counties with the biggest percentages of preschoolers. That growing population however hasn't meant higher incomes as the Dakotas still have some of the poorest counties in the country. In Minnesota, Carver County tops the list for having the most youth in its local population. Nearby Scott County is second, followed by Dodge, Sherburne and Wright counties.
The question on the proposed voter photo-ID constitutional amendment goes on the ballot as the Republican-controlled legislature wrote it, after the state Supreme Court Monday threw out a challenge by opponents. The League of Women Voters and American Civil Liberties Union contend the ballot question misleads voters by not saying how the constitutional amendment would affect absentee voting and same-day registration. But bill author, Hutchinson Senator Scott Newman, says the ballot question is a concise summary of the proposed constitutional amendment. Newman says, beyond that, voters have the responsibility to examine the amendment, educate themselves about it, and vote accordingly.
The Republican National Convention opens in Tampa, Florida today but Minnesota delegates are far from united behind Mitt Romney. A large majority support Ron Paul, and state spokeswoman Marianne Stebbins says because of it the RNC is putting them in the back of the room. Stebbins says they can control "their little universe" but "can't control what's going on out there on the streets." The Romney campaign has tried to appease Paul's supporters with several key planks in the GOP platform and a prime speaking spot for Paul's son, Senator Rand Paul, but it reportedly hasn't worked at least for some of the Minnesota delegation.
Fuel analysts are expecting slight increases in gas prices as Tropical Storm Isaac makes landfall as a hurricane. Triple-A Minnesota's Gail Weinholzer says while Isaac isn't a Category-3 like Hurricane Katrina, it will have some negative impacts. She says a lot of the refineries are closing down in the Gulf in anticipation of the hurricane, but because it's a minor storm they should be able to reopen rather quickly. Weinholzer says gasoline spiked a dime nationally on Monday. She says a 20-cent increase is possible when the storm reaches the Gulf Coast early Wednesday.
For now, the cost of gas is remaining steady across the state. Minnesota-Gas.com reports regular unleaded averaging around $3.69 a gallon -- about where it was a week ago and a dime higher than in late July. Diesel fuel is averaging close to four-dollars-a-gallon this morning.
A warning for Twin Cities area residents and fairgoers come Thursday. The National Weather Service is issuing an excessive heat watch for Hennepin and Ramsey counties, along with other parts of the metro, as record highs are possible from morning through evening. Thursday's extreme heat will include the state fairgrounds, which is destined to have more than $100,000 people milling through the attractions in Falcon Heights.
Veterans of the U.S. military are the guests of honor today at the State Fair. They all receive discounted admission on Military Appreciation Day. Minnesota National Guard Major Anna Long says there's a parade of about 150 service members this morning (10:30 a.m.) and they will then receive a welcome home from both the governor and the head of the Minnesota National Guard. Long says more than three-thousand soldiers returned this summer from active duty. Today's activities also include more than 70 educational booths, military planes and equipment, and concerts by country music star Rockie Lynne and the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division band.