>>Winona County Man Arrested Following Standoff, Firing Gun in Townhome

(Lewiston, MN) — A southeast Minnesota man is jailed after a standoff and firing a gun inside a townhome in Lewiston. Winona County authorities say neighbors reported hearing yelling and gunshots Monday night. The Winona County Emergency Response Team negotiated with the 38-year-old suspect for hours, and adjoining townhomes were evacuated. Deputies say the man eventually exited the residence with two kids, ages 13 and 14. Investigators believe the suspect fired two rounds from a long gun before they arrived. He’s a felon on probation and prohibited from having a gun.

>>St. Peter Bond Referendum

(St. Peter, MN) — Today, the residents of St. Peter will have an opportunity to vote on a bond referendum that would authorize the school district to invest nearly $11 million in improving the middle school. The proposed upgrades include renovating science, STEM, and art classrooms, upgrading bathrooms to comply with ADA standards, and replacing old and worn-out materials. The school building has been in use since 1958 and needs repairs and maintenance to ensure a safe and conducive learning environment for students.

>>Fire Damages Band Shell In International Falls

(International Falls, MN) — Authorities are investigating a suspicious fire at a historic bandshell in Smokey Bear Park in International Falls. The fire was reported around 1 p.m. on Sunday, and it quickly spread, causing significant damage to the wooden structure. Initial reports suggest that the fire might have been intentionally set. Local investigators will collaborate with the Minnesota Fire Marshal to investigate the cause.

>>Minnesota Students Pay Tribute To Prince At Kennedy Center

(Minneapolis, MN) — A group of fifth-grade students from Bethune Arts Elementary School in Minneapolis recently paid tribute to Prince during a performance in Washington, D.C. They created a song and dance inspired by the Prince track “Northside Funk.” The 15 students performed on Sunday during the Turnaround Arts Student Showcase at the Kennedy Center, along with over 100 other students from around the U.S. who also participated in the event.

>>Spring Warm Up

(Chanhassen, MN) — Minnesota will enjoy a nice warm-up this weekend. National Weather Service Meteorologist Jacob Beitlich (BITE’—lick) says the clouds will clear statewide Friday evening. He says Saturday temperatures could hit the 70s in the southern part of the state and the 60s elsewhere. Highs in the 70s will be more widespread on Sunday. Spring-like temperatures are expected across the state for the next ten days.

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