>>Record warmth followed by blizzard warning, wind chill advisory

(Various) — After record warmth across the state Monday, there’s a blizzard warning for northwest Minnesota through this evening, winter weather advisories for parts of northern and western Minnesota, and a wind chill advisory for northeast Minnesota through tomorrow morning. Jacob Beitlich with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen says, “There’s a strong cold front that’s moving across the state. Temperatures are falling. Northwest winds are 30 [mph] gusting to 40 and by the time we wake up Wednesday morning we’re probably going to have temperatures in the single digits.” Lows could be below zero tomorrow (Wed) night in northern Minnesota — then highs in the 40s pretty much statewide on Thursday, and by Friday southwest Minnesota could hit the low 60s.

>>Vigil tonight in Rochester for Paramedic Adam Finseth, killed in the line of duty

(Rochester, MN) — The Rochester Fire Department hosts a vigil tonight (Tues 630pm start) for Adam Finseth, the Burnsville firefighter/paramedic who was fatally shot along with Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge while responding to a domestic violence incident. Finseth was a graduate of Rochester’s John Marshall High School. Tonight’s vigil at Rochester Assembly Church includes a tribute by the Fire Department Honor Guard, a bell ceremony and speakers including local officials, firefighters and Finseth family friends. Thousands are expected for tomorrow’s (Wed) joint memorial service for Finseth and the two officers at Grace Church in Eden Prairie.

>>Alexandria Man Arrested for Alleged Murder of Woman

(Alexandria, MN) — An arrest has been made in a stabbing death in Alexandria last November. Police arrested 78-year-old Angel Rua-Torres at the home where the crime took place. The Douglas County Attorney’s Office has charged Rua-Torres with the murder of 58-year-old Desiree Frederick, his niece. Rua-Torres told police he saw a man running out of the mobile home and leaving in a convertible. Surveillance video from near the scene proved that was a lie. The case has been under investigation by Alexandria police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension with assistance from the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

>>Democratic challenger enters race for U-S House in First Congressional District

(Rochester, MN) — Attorney and former Rochester Township board member, Democrat Rachel Bohman announced today (Tues) she’s challenging Republican Brad Finstad for U-S House in the First Congressional District. Bohman, a former assistant county attorney, says she has a vision of “shared prosperity” for southern Minnesota. She says. “Our country will work best when it works together, and those are some of the things that I’ve heard from people across southern Minnesota. They want to feel like they have a partnership with their person who they send to Congress.” Bohman enters the race only about eight months before the election. Congressman Finstad’s campaign wasn’t immediately reachable for comment. In 2022, Finstad defeated former Hormel C-E-O Jeff Ettinger, who’s now interim president of the University of Minnesota.

>>Key Republican says no final consensus yet on “fix” for school resource officer use-of-force law

(St. Paul, MN) — Not so fast — the word from a key Republican in the Minnesota Senate, as a “fix” on a new use-of-force law for school-based officers (school resource officers) awaits a vote in the full Minnesota House. Lakeville Senator Zach Duckworth says it’s great that the House has made improvements — but there isn’t 100-percent consensus. “I think there’s still room for improvement,” he says. “It’s great that we’re moving in the direction of finding a ‘fix’ or a solution, but I don’t think we’re all the way across the finish line yet.” Duckworth says he hopes the Democratic majority will work with Republicans in the Senate, the way their counterparts did in the Minnesota House.

>>Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan to play early September date at far western Wisconsin venue

(Undated) — Two musical icons — Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson — will join forces September 6th at the Somerset (Wisconsin) Amphitheater, just across the Saint Croix (KROY) River from the Twin Cities. Also on the bill is fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp. Tickets go on sale 10am Friday at outlawmusicfestival.com, with presale options already under way. Nelson is also scheduled to play at Duluth’s Bayfront Festival Park on May 23rd. Despite a renewed road tour, Dylan’s last Minnesota gig was in fall 2019 at Mankato Civic Center.

>>MN A-G Ellison pushing for state to clamp down on monopoly practices

(St. Paul, MN) — Alongside D-F-L lawmakers, Attorney General Keith Ellison this week urging support for legislation to “unrig” the state’s economy by tamping down on monopolization. Ellison says, “We’re going to stand tall for small business, for small farmers, for consumers so that we can have a competitive, robust, dynamic economy.” Among proposed bills: stiffer antitrust penalties, a ban on junk fees, farmer’s right to repair equipment and banning medical debt from impacting a person’s credit.

>>Woman arrested after exposing herself at New York Mills business, assaulting owner

(New York Mills, MN) — Charges are pending against a 38-year-old Wadena woman who authorities say caused a disturbance and exposed herself to customers at a business in downtown New York Mills on Sunday morning, and when asked to leave became combative and assaulted the business owner. Before officers arrived on the scene, they received another call that the woman was seen on the side of Highway 10 with no clothes. Deputies found the woman in a vehicle and arrested her for a probation violation.


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