Minnesota News Roundup: College student assaulted to death in St. CloudMinnesota News
-- St. Cloud police are investigating a deadly incident in an alley last Thursday night.
ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud police are investigating a deadly incident in an alley last Thursday night.
Police Chief Blair Anderson says the victim is 20-year-old Colton Gleason of Greenfield -- a student at Minnesota State-Mankato. Anderson says Gleason was visiting friends and was in the alley with female companions when a car drove up and several people got out and assaulted Gleason. The injuries resulted in his death on Friday. The girls were not hurt. Anyone with any information on the incident is asked to call the St. Cloud Police Department.
Despite cooler weather, firefighters are still mopping up fires around northwestern Minnesota. The busy season has included well over a thousand fires of various size -- most of them across the upper-half of the state. The DNR says the fire danger rating is still "very high" across the northwest and "high" over western Minnesota and the Twin Cities area.
Locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers have called on their children, in an effort to get the company to negotiate an end to the labor dispute. Children of the workers gathered Saturday to write letters to company officials and farmers who are company board members. The letters describe the impact the lockout has had on them in the hope of making the company realize it needs to end. The company locked out its 13-hundred regular workers in Iowa, North Dakota and Minnesota almost 14 months ago in a contract dispute.
A warning from the state: know where your money is going if you invest. Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says the recent collapse of two high-profile commodity brokers should send up a red flag to those who are looking to get rich quick. Rothman says some people are chasing high yields in a time when most yields are lower and that can put your money at risk. He recommends going to the Minnesota Department of Commerce website to make sure the investment source is registered with the state.
Autumn leaves look great but they will also need to get pulled out of most Minnesotans' gutters. Home improvement expert Lou Manfredini offers some safety advice for those putting a ladder up on the side of the house. He says to use a bungie to strap the ladder to the gutter so it won't fall. Manfredini also advises the wearing of leather gloves to guard against sharp edges you might face during the clean out. Manfredini says these cooler days are also a good time to beef up your home's insulation, whether blown-in or by the roll. He recommends wearing a good quality mask during the job to protect against breathing in fibers.
Football and baseball seasons overlap in Minnesota but never has a baseball score looked more like a football game than on this day in 1867. In the very first state baseball championship game, the St. Paul North Stars outscored Hastings-Vermillion to win it all. The final was 43-35.