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MINNESOTA NEWS ROUNDUP: St. Paul police shot and kill carjacking suspect

ST. PAUL -- St. Paul Police say an officer shot and killed a carjacking suspect after the man fired at them during a traffic stop  His name has not been made public.  At least two officers suffered minor injuries and were treated and released.  A teenage bystander was apparently grazed by a bullet during the incident.  It was the second officer-involved shooting in less than a week in St. Paul.  Officer Scott Patrick of Mendota Heights was killed last week by a man who pulled a gun during a traffic stop, and the suspect -- Brian Fitch Senior - was shot by arresting officers.  On Saturday a man tried to disarm a uniformed St. Paul officer working off-duty at a St. Paul gas station, but authorities say the officer was able to hold the man until backup arrived to arrest him.


 Strong words from Governor Mark Dayton regarding the Fargo-Moorhead Diversion Project. In a written statement, Dayton says "flood relief which would greatly benefit North Dakota, and would damage property in Minnesota, is unacceptable." The governor says if the Diversion Authority sincerely desires a cooperative relationship with the state of Minnesota, it needs to reform its current practices.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources(DNR) is attempting to join with the Richland-Wilkin Joint Powers Authority to stop ring dike work in the Oxbow-Hickson area.  The DNR says an environmental impact statement is needed in order to be in compliance with state law.


The lawyer for a man suing the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and Winona for not protecting children from sexually abusive priests will release the names of New Ulm priests accused of sexual misconduct.  A hearing concerning a requested change of venue is scheduled for this (Mon) morning, and after it Attorney Jeff Anderson says his office will release a transcript of the deposition of Father Francis Garvey, a priest and former top official of the Diocese of New Ulm who has apparently identified Diocese of New Ulm priests accused of sexual misconduct.  Archbishop John Nienstedt has denied any knowledge of abusive priests during his tenure as Bishop of New Ulm. 


The man accused of shooting a Mendota Heights police officer last week has quite a criminal past.  According to court records, Brian Fitch Sr. has been convicted of a number of crimes including burglary, assault and terroristic threats.  He is currently facing 12 different charges in Ramsey and Dakota counties in connection with the shooting death of Officer Scott Patrick.  Patrick was shot during a traffic stop last Wednesday in West St. Paul.  Fitch was arrested the same day following an extensive manhunt.


A Minneapolis-based non-profit group is doing its part in the fight against the Ebola epidemic.  One Village Partners says they are taking measures to make sure the area where they have worked in Sierra Leone the past 12 years remains safe from the deadly disease.  Around seven-thousand people live in that region.    


The coast-to-coast challenge along Interstates 90 and 94 intended to reduce the number of fatalities on two of the most heavily traveled interstates made it through the first 64 hours without a death.  The goal of the 15-state challenge a death-free weekend on those interstates, and police have increased patrols on more than 5,600 miles of road from Massachusetts to Washington.  Minnesota State Patrol says that over the same August weekend in the past three years the highways have averaged 524 total crashes, 136 crashes with injuries, 56 crashes involving a large truck or bus, 10 alcohol-related crashes and three crashes with fatalities.  Police officials across the country have been posting on Twitter using the hashtag #9094Challenge as they encourage motorists to drive sober, avoid distraction, and wear their seat belts.


Authorities are searching for the suspect who hit two bicyclists with his car Saturday and fled the scene.  Police say 37-year-old E. Xiong and 35-year-old Mai D. Yang were biking along Highway 36 in Oak Park Heights when the reported incident happened.  Both were taken to the hospital where Yang was in critical condition.    


Paul McCartney is getting a little something back as he tours the U.S. on his "Out There" trek.  In honor of his performance last Saturday at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton proclaimed August 2nd, 2014 "Sir Paul McCartney Day" throughout the state.  Nearly 44-thousand fans snatched up tickets to the sold-out show, which featured the rock legend delivering nearly three hours of classic Beatles, Wings and solo hits.  The concert was McCartney's first in the Twin Cities since 2004.  The rock legend made his concert debut in Minneapolis nearly 50 years ago, performing at Met Stadium with The Beatles back in 1965.


A 19-year-old St. Anthony woman died as a result of injuries she received in a crash Friday in Carver County.  The accident occurred in Louisville Township at around 4pm. Officials arrived to find Amy Holscher injured. She was brought to Hennepin County Medical Center where she was pronounced dead a short time later.  The medical examiner says Holscher died of blunt force injuries sustained in the accident, which remains under investigation. 


Nurses at Fairview Lakes Medical Center in Wyoming, Minnesota vote today on a new contract (6am - 6:30 pm).  Bargaining Unit Co-Chair Sandie Anderson says the negotiating team is recommending a "yes" vote on the current agreement. In addition to wages and benefits, Anderson says patient care was a key sticking point.  She says the more that patients need care and attention, the less time there is for the nursing staff to spend doing so. Around 220 nurses are eligible to vote on the contract. 


A Minnesota lawmaker says South Korea and eight other countries have been illegally 'dumping' underpriced steel into the U-S market, and he's repeatedly called on the U-S Department of Commerce to put a stop to it.  Senator Al Franken says the steel imports in question have been priced below fair value and in deceptive ways that are designed to get around international trade laws. The Commerce Department's proposed tariffs of up to 118% will be imposed if the U.S. International Trade Commission determines that domestic steel makers have been harmed by unfair trade practices.


Many families have already started their back-to-school shopping.  Terri Steenblock assistant commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Revenue says don't forget to save your receipts for tax purposes.  She says there are a couple different tax deductions -- the first an education credit which is based on household income.  Steenblock says if you qualify you would be entitled to up to a thousand dollars per child.  She says there is also what she calls a subraction where there is no income limit. For more information go to the state Department of Revenue's website.


Along with the growth in the number of farmers markets in Minnesota is the growth in the variety of produce offered for sale  Kent Lorentzen, manager of the Grand Rapids Farmers Market, says one vendor offers 21 different kinds of garlic. Minnesota Grown listed 43 markets in 1994. Today 176 are listed. This is National Farmers Market Week.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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