>>Twins clobber Tigers 12-3 in rain-shortened game at Target Field

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Twins turned things around big-time after last night’s 9-2 loss, beating the Tigers 12-3 this afternoon (Thurs) at Target Field when the game was called for rain in the bottom of the seventh inning. Jose Miranda had five hits, including two doubles, four runs, and three R-B-I’s. Winning pitcher Bailey Ober says, “Felt good the whole game. Early on felt great. Hung an 0-2 breaking ball in the first, guy put a good swing on it. And, then I kind of leaned on my stuff the rest of the way and I knew that I was putting the ball in spots that I needed to and ended up being able to go through and finish six. Minnesota opens a three-game series against Houston tomorrow night at Target Field.

>>Weather forecast forces cancellation of some fireworks displays, while others will go on

(Various) — It’s definitely not banner weather to celebrate the nation’s birthday, with forecasted storms prompting a number of communities to either cancel their fireworks displays or postpone them until at least tomorrow (Fri). Minneapolis officials will decide by 6 p-m whether the big show on the Mississippi riverfront downtown will go on. Saint Cloud officials say the day’s and evening’s festivities are a “go” regardless of weather for the 78th consecutive year, noting it would take severe storms and lightning to change plans. Mankato’s “Red, White and Boom” display has been moved to 10 p-m Friday, and it can be viewed from the Minnesota State University athletic fields. But Rochester officials have decided to cancel that city’s “4th Fest” event and fireworks. The Weather Service says it will be partly sunny statewide tomorrow (Fri) with a chance of showers and thunderstorms; highs in the 70s. Saturday and Sunday: partly cloudy with showers likely and a chance of thunderstorms.

>>Three arrested, awaiting charges in Meeker County assault

(Litchfield, MN) — Authorities in central Minnesota’s Meeker County say three people are in custody after taking a victim to a remote location in late June to rob him, hitting him with their vehicle, stabbing him and then leaving him along the roadside where a passerby found the victim and called for help. A 20-year-old woman from Pennock was arrested at a Willmar hotel on Tuesday, a 48-year-old man from Arco was arrested at a hotel outside Granite Falls late afternoon yesterday (Wed), and a 26-year-old man from Litchfield was taken into custody during a traffic stop in Willmar last night. Formal charges are pending and it’s expected all three will have initial court appearances in the coming days. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says, “Thanks to the collaborative effort among several law enforcement agencies, we were able to track down and arrest these suspects quickly.”

>>Man seriously injured in west-central MN motorcycle crash

(Erhard, MN) — An 18-year-old man is hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries after a motorcycle crash early Wednesday evening in Erhard in west-central Minnesota. The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office says a U-P-S driver saw the motorcycle crash, called 9-1-1 and gave the man first aid until responders arrived.



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