>>Sartell Apartment Fire Leaves Man and Infant Dead
(Sartell, MN) — Two people are dead after an apartment fire Thursday night just north of St. Cloud. The Sartell Police Department says a man was found dead inside and crews also located an infant boy under age one. Officers say the child was taken to the hospital where it died. Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire and secure the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting local investigators with the case.
>>30,000 Dollar Reward In Missing Person Case
(Edina, MN) — A $30,000 dollar reward is being offered for information that leads to the whereabouts of a missing Eagan man. 23-year-old Bryce Borca (BORE-cuh)was last heard from just after 2 a.m. on October 30th, when he exited a Lyft ride and called friends after becoming lost near Fort Snelling Park. Witnesses say the 23-year-old was extremely intoxicated after spending the night drinking with friends on a party bus. Numerous tips and leads, including surveillance footage from businesses and homes in the area his phone last, pinged, have been followed up on. Despite all these efforts, Broca’s case remains open.
>>Open Arguments Postponed in Trial of Alleged Shooter of North High QB Hill
(Minneapolis, MN) — The trial of the man accused in the shooting death of Minneapolis North High School quarterback DeShaun Hill, Junior is postponed until Monday. The judge granted a defense request this morning (Friday) to delay opening arguments in the trial of 30-year-old Cody Fohrenkam. He was charged with the second-degree murder of 15-year-old Hill last February. Attorneys said Fohrenkam hasn’t been able to discuss recent rulings in the case with his family. Jury selection wrapped up Thursday.
>>Reproductive Freedom Caucus Pushing to Put Abortion Rights Into Law
(St. Paul, MN) — A group of state lawmakers called the Reproductive Freedom Caucus is pushing hard to put abortion rights into state law… repeal numerous anti-abortion laws that Minnesota courts struck down but remain on the books… and protect people from other states who come to Minnesota for abortions. Democratic Senator Erin Murphy from Saint Paul says the U-S Supreme Court stripped away people’s rights in overturning Roe -v- Wade. “I hope you feel the sheer determination of this caucus, and that we will not leave this session without completing this work.” Pro-*life* groups rally Sunday at the State Capitol on the 50th anniversary of “Roe” which is overturned, but Paul Stark with Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life warns, “The legislature and the governor are pushing forward this agenda to really enshrine in Minnesota law a right to abort any baby, for any reason, at any time up to birth.” A vote on the Protect Reproductive Options or PRO Act is expected late next week in the Senate. If it passes, it’s likely Governor Tim Walz would sign it.
>>St. Cloud Could Be Home To New Medical School
(St. Cloud, MN) — CentraCare and the University of Minnesota are working on creating a new medical school based in St. Cloud. CentraCare would provide the clinical rotations for the medical students while the University would provide the academic component. Dr. Ken Holmen president and CEO at CentraCare says Minnesota averages around 300 medical students per year, the same number as in the 1970s. He says this new school would be focused on rural health care and adds, many physicians are retiring but one in three rural physicians will be retiring in the next five to 10 years. He says the need to recruit physicians for rural America is really important, as well as we have a shared focus to improve the health outcomes of rural Americans. The U of M already has medical school programs in the Twin Cities and Duluth, and this would be an extension of that program with this being the third campus. The only other medical school program in Minnesota is at Mayo Clinic in Rochester.