Minnesota News Briefs: Homeowners warned of water treatment scamsState Health Department officials are urging homeowners to beware of deceptive sales pitches and scare tactics being using by some companies to sell expensive and unnecessary water treatment systems.
ST. PAUL -- State Health Department officials are urging homeowners to beware of deceptive sales pitches and scare tactics being using by some companies to sell expensive and unnecessary water treatment systems.
Health Department spokesman Stew Thornley says police in Richfield issued an alert after residents reported green bottles left on their doorsteps with a request for a water sample. He says homeowners should deal only with well-established companies and call the state Health Department if they have questions.
Minneapolis Police are investigating the death of an adult female. Police were called to Queen Avenue north just before four this morning where they found a woman dead from stab wounds. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner will release the victim’s name and exact cause of death after the investigation is complete.
A North Dakota man was killed Tuesday afternoon in a snowmobile accident near Park Rapids. Otter Tail County authorities say 40-year-old Jerome Kotalik of Fargo was thrown from his sled when he lost control and fell off, striking his head on a parked snowmobile trailer. Authorities say the snowmobile may have unexpectedly accelerated because of a mechanical failure of the throttle. Kotalik was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. Sheriff's officials believe Kotalik was taking the snowmobile out for a short warm-up and likely intended to put on a helmet before going out for a longer ride with others. Helmets were sitting out at the scene.
Attorneys for Amy Senser say their client was unjustly convicted earlier this year of criminal vehicular homicide. In formally appealing the conviction, attorneys argued that prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to prove that Senser knew she had struck a man near Interstate 94 last year. Senser told police and later testified at trial she thought she hit a construction sign or traffic cone when exiting the freeway. Senser is currently serving a 41-month sentence at the state women's prison in Shakopee.
Three National Guard armories in Greater Minnesota are getting facelifts in 2013. Multi-million-dollar renovation projects are scheduled in Austin, Chisholm and Pipestone. Architect Tom Vesely says those facilities are in need of some modernization, including installing women's showers and locker rooms. Construction will begin in late summer or early fall and the projects should be completed in the summer of 2014. Vesely says the armories are the home stations of the National Guard, but are also very important to local communities.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources needs helicopters to help with spring fire control. The DNR is seeking out vendors for its fire control bases in Cloquet, Princeton and Roseau. In addition to transporting personnel, equipment and supplies, the primary mission is dropping water, reconnaissance, mapping, photography, and some fire detection Sheldon Mack, wildfire aviation supervisor for the DNR, says they need eight helicopters. He says typically the contracts are awarded by the end of February.