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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUND-UP: Dilworth considering disbanding police force

DILWORTH, Minn. - The city of Dilworth in northwestern Minnesota is considering scrapping its police force and contracting with the Clay County Sheriff's Office. 

Dilworth currently has six full-time officers  Sheriff Bill Bergquist says if the city council decides to use deputies for routine patrols, it won't be cheap, because Dilworth needs to be a 24-hour-a-day police department.  Bergquist says his department would have no trouble providing services to Dilworth, but plenty of issues still need to be worked out, including whether Dilworth officers would be hired as sheriff's deputies. 


A Little Falls woman was killed Sunday when she fell out of a moving RV in Randall.  The Morrison County Sheriff's office says as the RV began to move, 26-year-old Ashley Canon fell against the interior door and outside onto the pavement, striking her head.  Cannon was pronounced dead at St. Cloud Hospital.  Officials say there were no signs the driver of the RV was impaired.  The accident remains under investigation.  


The U.S. House has passed legislation sponsored by Congressman Tim Walz (DFL-Mankato) that grants full veteran status to National Guard and Reserve retirees who served at least 20 years.  Walz says he's pleased it received unanimous support because current law excludes those who may have been deployed, but not for what's called a "Title 10" in support of an armed conflict in excess of 180 days.  Walz says he's optimistic the "Honor America's Guard-Reserve Retirees Act" will finally become law this year.  He spent 24 years in the Army National Guard and is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier to ever serve in Congress. 


Stroke is one of the leading killers in Minnesota and across the nation, but a new effort set to launch in Minnesota in the new year should mean better care and outcomes.  Dr. Albert Tsai (SY) with the State Department of Health says the goal of the Minnesota Acute Stroke System is to make sure victims have access to the best treatment available no matter where they are in the state.  Tsai says the second phase will be addressing protocols for ambulance and E-M-S workers in the state and the role they play in the treatment of stroke.  This is World Stroke Day.


Minnesota's harvest advanced rapidly last week.  According to the USDA there were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork.  As of Sunday, 84 percent of the sugarbeets were lifted, compared with last year's 90 percent.  Dry beans and potatoes were both nearly finished. 48 percent of corn and 91 percent of soybeans were harvested.  And the sunflower harvest advanced 21 percentage points to 37 percent complete, remaining well behind the normal 67 percent. 


Minnesota Public Radio has filed a lawsuit against a Rochester company that the non-profit partnered with to construct a broadcast tower and a building to house broadcast equipment near Rochester.  The suit alleges the head of United Audio Corporation embezzled more than $315,000 from the partnership over the past ten years.  MPR was first alerted to possible financial irregularities by the IRS in December of 2010 and again in February of this year.  MPR alleges that Thomas Jones also failed to pay his company's share of electric bills, overstated company assets, and engaged in deceptive accounting practices.