(Richfield, MN) -- One teen is out of jail after being arrested in connection with a shooting outside a Richfield High School football game. Police released a 16-year-old boy yesterday who was being held on suspicion of having a role in last week's shooting that left two people wounded. Authorities say the teen is suspected to have instigated the fight that led to the shooting. A 15-year-old boy remains in custody and is awaiting charges, accused of being the shooter.
(Washington, DC) -- Senator Amy Klobuchar is helping to win bipartisan approval of changes to the Electoral Count Act. The Minnesota Democrat is head of the powerful Senate Rules Committee, which is moving forward with an overhaul of the 19th-century law. The panel signed off on changes that will make the vice president's role in the election certification process a "ministerial" position. The changes also outline how a three-judge panel would handle certification objections. Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 while the 2020 election results were being certified by Congress.
Twelve Red Cross and National Guard members from Minnesota are in Florida to help prepare for Hurricane Ian. They are among thousands of others from across the country assisting residents in potentially affected areas.
(St. Paul, MN) -- State grants are being issued to ten providers of services for people with disabilities. The providers will share nearly three-million dollars to assist with efforts to support people with disabilities to live and engage with their communities and to access better employment opportunities. The grants are part of the Minnesota Department of Human Services' innovation grant program.
Minnesota State University, Mankato is participating in “Minnesota State Month” and, as part of this statewide effort, will waive its $20 application fee for new undergraduate students who apply for admission during the month of October. During October, new undergraduate students are encouraged to: Learn more information about admission to Minnesota State Mankato online here as well as Minnesota State Mankato’s degree and certificate programs. Schedule a campus visit and tour. Learn about opportunities for financial aid, such as the Minnesota Future Together Grants that offer admission-free pathways for students in high-demand career areas such as health care, STEM, business, industry and technology, education and public service. Apply for admission to Minnesota State Mankato at no charge any time during October. [...]
(Mankato, MN) -- A Mankato man accused of causing a deadly ATV crash is now accused of being drunk at the time. A criminal complaint accuses Joshua Wieland of having a blood-alcohol level over four-times the legal limit when he lost control of his ATV and crashed in South Bend Township last month. The crash killed passenger Karissa Bode of North Mankato. Investigators say Wieland told them Bode was driving the ATV, but surveillance shows he was actually in the driver's seat. He's charged with criminal vehicular homicide.
A warmer-than-normal October is forecast for all of Minnesota. The National Weather Service's October outlook shows the entire state has a 40 to 50-percent chance to see above normal temperatures. Most of Minnesota has about equal chances for above or below normal precipitation.
(Minneapolis, MN) -- Mental health workers from M Health Fairview and Allina Health are moving forward with strike plans. The workers filed a ten-day notice yesterday for a three-day planned strike if a labor agreement between the sides isn't reached. The over 400 workers are members of Service Employees International Union Healthcare Minnesota and Iowa, who say they haven't been able to reach an agreement on a "fair first contract." The union says 98-percent of its workers voted to support authorizing the strike.
(Richfield, MN) -- Middle and high schools in the Richfield Public Schools are facing online threats. Secondary school classes were canceled yesterday after threats were received early in the morning. The decision followed a weekend shooting outside its high school football game last week. The shooting led district officials to cancel the high school's homecoming dance Saturday night. Elementary schools remained open.
(St. Paul, MN) -- State Senate Majority Leader Jeremy Miller is calling for the resignation of Minnesota Education Commissioner Heather Mueller. Miller says the Education Commissioner failed to quickly shut down Feeding Our Future after concerns had been expressed about the organization's practices. Nearly 50 people associated with the organization are accused in a massive meal fraud scheme. DFL Governor Tim Walz's administration has commended Mueller's office for alerting the FBI to the fraud.