Minnesota News Briefs: Car chase ends with one death in WasecaMinnesota News
-- One person is dead after a police chase the Minnesota State Patrol says involved officers from six different agencies and ended in a rollover crash near Waseca this morning.
AUSTIN, Minn. -- One person is dead after a police chase the Minnesota State Patrol says involved officers from six different agencies and ended in a rollover crash near Waseca this morning.
Officers began pursuing the 46-year-old Oakdale driver near Austin, and the chase lasted about 30 minutes before the driver lost control on Highway 13. Investigators say the driver wasn't wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the car and died at the scene. Austin Police and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are now on the scene of what may be a murder, searching the yard of a home where a body was discovered early this (Fri) morning. The crime scene is apparently connected somehow to the high-speed police chase that left a driver dead, but investigators aren't yet saying how the events are related.
A man found unconscious suffering from head injuries in the middle of a St. Paul street has died. Police say 50-year-old Mark Urang may have been hit by a car, but they aren't certain yet and continue to investigate. Investigators also say they have a woman in custody at the Ramsey County Jail in connection with the case. A preliminary report called it an aggravated assault with a dangerous weapon case.
A man is dead after a workplace accident in Renville Thursday afternoon. The Sheriff's Department says the 60-year-old victim was working outside the Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative when he was runover by a payloader. It was windy at the time and visibility was poor due to blowing beet pulp. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is under investigation.
The son of slain Accent Signage owner Reuven Rahamim has been invited to President Obama's State of the Union address. Sami Rahamim will be sitting with 5th District Congressman Keith Ellison during the February 12th speech. The elder Rahamim and six others, including the gunman, were killed last September in Minnesota's deadliest workplace shooting. Sami Rahamim has since become an activist for reducing gun violence in the state and U.S.
A new month requires an extra layer of clothing for many Minnesotans today. Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay says January had its share of highs and lows and was anything but normal. He says the wild swing from above normal temperatures to much below normal temps would up about a degree-and-a-half above normal for the month. January ended on a cold note as February began, when overnight temperatures last night exceeded 30-below in northwestern Minnesota.
Today is "National Wear Red Day" for women's heart health. This is the tenth year of the event, which is aimed at raising awareness about the leading killer of women. People are being encouraged to wear something red today. On average, about 14 women in Minnesota die from heart disease and stroke every day. For more info, visit GoRedForWomen.org.
Austin-based Hormel Foods has completed its purchase of the "Skippy" peanut butter business for an estimated $700-million. Hormel announced late Thursday that it closed on the acquisition from Unilever United States Inc. The deal includes the Little Rock, Arkansas plant and all Skippy sales worldwide except China. The company plans to close on its China-based operations by the end of the fiscal year. Hormel expects annual Skippy sales of $370-million.
Flu activity is still circulating around the state but it appears it has reached its peak. Hospitalizations and school outbreaks were both way down in the last week. Kris Ehresmann with the Minnesota Department of Health says it was an early start to the season. She says flu deaths could remain high because it takes a while to gather those numbers The mild flu season last winter peaked in early March.
The buyers of the closed Verso Paper Mill in Sartell will likely have to have an environmental assessment done on the property as part of any redevelopment plans. The 104-year-old mill has had machines on-site nearly the entire time and questions need to be answered on what types of pollution if any exist on that site. Minnesota Pollution Control Redevelopment Program Supervisor Hans Neve says those questions will get answered and shouldn't pose any risk to redeveloping that site. Neve says they won't know what possible pollutants exist on the site until they take samples of the soil and water.
A boiler explosion ended class early yesterday at a Minneapolis elementary school, but nobody was hurt. While there was no smoke or fire present when firefighters arrived at Lake Harriet Upper Elementary School, the 300 children at the school were taken to a fire station a block away while fire investigators checked it out. The boiler has been repaired and classes resumed as normal.