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Death By Stray Bullet
January 19, 2021, 10:39 am

A Willmar man who was hit and killed by a stray bullet last week has been identified. Police say David Delfosse was shot and killed while working in his garage last Friday night. No arrests have been made in the case.



Vaccine Doses Going Out On Schedule
January 19, 2021, 10:39 am

Minnesota continues to administer more of its coronavirus vaccine doses. The state department of health says it’s administered nearly 43 percent of the hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses it’s received. The state says the Centers for Disease Control has promised it about 627-thousand vaccine doses.



Vehicle Crashes Thru Ice
January 19, 2021, 10:38 am

A person’s rescued after a UTV crashes through ice on a northern Minnesota lake. The Crow Wing County Sheriff’s Office says the vehicle crashed through ice on Daggett Channel in Crosslake Saturday afternoon. The 69-year-old driver was able to get out of the water but a 64-year-old passenger had to be rescued by a firefighter. No injuries have been reported.



Monday’s Minnesota Daily Briefing
January 18, 2021, 9:56 am

St. Paul police brass say that violent crime in the city increased by 25 percent in 2020. Year-end crime figures showed a double-digit increase in every category except rape and residential burglaries. The total of homicides last year was 34, which tied the record of the deadliest year set in 1992.
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Women’s apparel chain Christopher & Banks is filing for bankruptcy. The Plymouth-based retailer announced over the weekend that they went forward with the action because sales were not enough to keep the stores open. They also said their turnaround plan was stalled due to the pandemic. Christopher & Banks is currently holding liquidation sales.
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The Lakes Area police are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old. John Grillo has been missing since January 5th. He was last seen at Casey’s gas station, where he works.
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The Gophers women’s basketball team is on a three-game losing streak. They took another one on the chin in a 90-to-73 loss against ninth-ranked Maryland at Williams Arena. Jasmine Powell led the Gophers with 22 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds. They face Nebraska next on the road on Tuesday.
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A California-based student loan debt relief company is ordered to stop operating in Minnesota. Attorney General Keith Ellison’s office says Document Assist Center fraudulently enrolled Minnesotans in federal repayment programs. The A-G’s office announced late last week, that the Document Assist Center must pay the state nearly eleven-thousand-500 dollars to refund fraud victims.



Body Discovered After Car Crashes Through Ice
January 14, 2021, 9:56 am

A body’s found in a northern Minnesota lake after a car crashes through ice. The Beltrami County Sheriff’s Office says a car crashed through ice on Lake Irving in Bemidji Sunday afternoon and a body was recovered from the lake Monday. The victim hasn’t been identified.



Friday News In Brief
January 8, 2021, 8:44 am

St. Paul police are investigating a deadly two-vehicle crash involving a stolen car. The collision happened early Thursday morning . One person died and a second person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Authorities are searching for two people who ran from the scene.
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A man is hospitalized after an early morning house fire in Minneapolis. The blaze broke out Thursday. Fire crews found a man collapsed near the back door. He was taken to a hospital and there is no word of his condition.
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A limited number of fans will be allowed to attend youth sporting events in Minnesota. On Wednesday, Governor Tim Walz announced indoor venues can be filled at 25-percent capacity, or up to 150 people. Outdoor venues can be filled with up to 250 people. Practices were allowed to resume Monday, and games are set to begin on January 14th.
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UnitedHealth Group is making a huge purchase of a health technology business from Nashville. The recent deal to buy Change Healthcare for 13-billion dollars is among the largest by the Minnetonka-based company. UnitedHealth announced yesterday it will fold the company into Optum, its health information, and technology business.
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Despite the Vikings season being over, the team is still getting some recognition. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. He passed for 405 yards, passed for three touchdowns, and rushed for one score in last week’s 37-to-35 season finale win over the Lions.
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Governor Tim Walz says the new more contagious strain of coronavirus is probably in Minnesota. While announcing loosened coronavirus restrictions Wednesday, Walz announced health leaders are working to identify cases of the new strain. However, testing has yet to officially confirm the strain’s presence in Minnesota.
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MINNESOTA NEWS BRIEFS FOR THURSDAY
January 7, 2021, 10:20 am

Minnesota health officials are urging residents to check their homes for radon. The request is being made because many people are spending more time at home due to the pandemic. Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that comes with health risks such as lung cancer. For information on buying a low-cost radon testing kit online, contact the Minnesota Department of Health’s Indoor Air Unit.
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The Minneapolis parking lot made popular by late music superstar Prince will be converted into a high-rise office building. The property was sold to Houston-based Hines for eight-point-four million dollars. Prince posed in front of the parking lot’s famous musical score in 1977.
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The Vikings are looking for a new special teams coordinator. The team decided to let Marwan Maalouf’s contract expire and now is seeking a replacement. The Vikings’ special teams were last in the NFL in punt returns, 16th in kickoff returns, and last in field goal percentage.
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More Minnesota restaurants are being punished for violating Governor Tim Walz’ coronavirus orders. The Minnesota Department of Health says Patrick McGovern’s Pub in Saint Paul and Norm’s Wayside in Buffalo have both lost their food license’s for 60 days. The department of health says both restaurants were serving people indoors.



MINNESOTA DAILY NEWSBRIEFS FOR TUESDAY
December 22, 2020, 11:46 am

CVS Health plans to vaccinate over 63 thousand long-term care residents and workers in Minnesota. The action is expected sometime after the Christmas holiday. Vaccinations for the general public at CVS Pharmacy locations aren’t expected until next year.
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A teenage boy from St. Paul is going to an adult prison after he pleaded guilty to gunning down an older teen several months ago. The 14-year-old was recently sentenced to 12 years behind bars for the shooting death of 17-year-old Jorge Batres in September. The defendant must serve eight years in the Lino Lakes prison in a section reserved for juveniles.
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The Gophers football team will not accept a bowl bid this season. The athletic department made the announcement yesterday claiming their focus is on the team’s well-being off the field. The Gophers could have been offered a low-tier bowl even with their losing record since the NCAA did not set bowl eligibility requirements for this pandemic year.
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Republican State Senator Jerry Relph, who represented the 14th district which includes Saint Cloud, has died from complications due to COVID-19. Relph was 76-years old. A Vietnam veteran, he was first elected in 2016 but lost to DFL challenger Senator-elect Aric Putnam last month. Governor Tim Walz called his passing terrible news.
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A conservation group has filed suit against the state of Minnesota over its policies toward animal traps. The Center for Biological Diversity alleges the state’s policies in particular pose a serious threat to the Canada lynx. The group says Minnesota allows the trapping of Canada lynx, which violates the Endangered Species Act. It says the population of the lynx in Minnesota may be as low as fifty.



MONDAY MINNESOTA DAILY BRIEFS
December 21, 2020, 10:28 am

Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer still refuses to call Joe Biden president-elect. While the Electoral College recently voted to certify his victory, the Republican lawmaker said, during a panel discussion at the Economic Club of Minnesota, that there is a process in place, and he will allow that same process to finish its course. Emmer added that January 6th could “possibly” be the time he recognizes Biden as the country’s new leader. That is when Congress will officially count the Electoral College’s votes… yet Constitutionally, the only firm/official date though, is actually Inauguration Day.
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No one is hurt after an early Friday morning fire at a homeless encampment in St. Paul. The blaze broke out near the corner of Cedar Lake and Kellogg Boulevard. Firefighters say several propane tanks exploded and seven tents were damaged. City leaders said they hoped to have everyone that resided at the encampment in a safe place by today.
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Residential customers of Xcel Energy will not see a power rate increase for the second straight year in 2021. However, commercial customers will see a bump that will raise 171 million dollars. Regulators decided on Friday, not to look at long-term rates while coronavirus is impacting the economy. Xcel last month filed for a rate increase of 597 million dollars over three years.
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A priest who helped create Minneapolis-based St. Stephen’s Human Services has passed away. The Reverend Patrick Griffin served at several churches within the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He operated St. Stephen’s Human Services that provided daily meals and shelter for the homeless. Griffin recently died at Catholic Eldercare at 79.



SEX OFFENDERS DIE IN MOOSE LAKE FACILITY
December 14, 2020, 9:47 am

Another resident at the sex offender facility in Moose Lake has died from coronavirus. The Minnesota Department of Health and Human Services says the man died last week… on Wednesday… and they say he was the second resident at the Moose Lake facility to die from the virus. The first death also happened last week.



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