>>State GOP Chair predicts Biden will drop out of race, says Repub Natl Convention delegates “pretty solidly behind” Trump

(Milwaukee, WI) — As President Joe Biden tells congressional Democrats he’s not dropping his bid for re-election, Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman David Hann is headed to Milwaukee for meetings before next week’s Republican National Convention. Hann says, “I will be surprised if President Biden stays on the ticket. He might even be gone in the next couple weeks. I just think it’s gonna continue to ramp up.” D-F-L Party leaders haven’t been available for comment. Second District Democratic Congresswoman Angie Craig is among those calling on the president to end his campaign. State G-O-P Chair Hann says he hasn’t “seen any indications that there is much dissention among the ranks” for the upcoming Republican National Convention. He says, “Our delegation is pretty solidly behind President Trump, and I think that’s pretty much true across the country.”

>>Minnesota Vikings Mourn Loss of Rookie Corner Khyree Jackson

(Upper Marlboro, MD) — The investigation continues into the car crash that left Minnesota Vikings rookie cornerback Khyree Jackson dead in Maryland. Officials say 24-year-old Jackson and two former high school teammates, Isaiah Hazel and Anthony Lytton Junior, were driving just southeast of Washington, D-C early Saturday morning when they were hit by another car. The impact forced their car off the road, and Jackson and Hazel were killed. Lytton was taken to a hospital where he later died. The Vikings and N-F-L community are mourning the loss of Jackson. Minnesota drafted him out of Oregon in April.

>>Driver dies after crashing car carrying fireworks in St. Paul

(St. Paul, MN) — Police continue investigating after a car carrying fireworks crashed in Saint Paul, claiming the life of the driver. A police spokesman says the vehicle left the road, struck a tree and light pole, then caught fire. Officers say fireworks inside the car began to explode and made it difficult to rescue the driver. He died at the scene. The medical examiner will determine the victim’s official cause and manner of death. Investigators say they believe speed was a contributing factor.

>>$150M in down payment assistance loans now available

(Undated)  —  150 million dollars is now available in down payment assistance loans for Minnesotans who are first-generation homebuyers. Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, who just bought her first home with her husband, is emphasizing how meaningful homeownership can be. She says, “As a kid who grew up in an apartment — thankfully to a Section 8 housing voucher — being a first-time home buyer, having a basement for sleepovers, a backyard to dine with my family, it’s a big deal. Flanagan says the funds will help 45-hundred first-generation homebuyers purchase their first homes.

>>Three wounded, two critically by gunfire on street at bar-closing in downtown Minneapolis

(Minneapolis, MN) — Minneapolis police continue investigating after two men in their 20s were critically wounded and a woman in her 30s less seriously injured by gunfire early this morning (Mon) close to a crowd on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. It happened at bar-closing time and police say preliminary information indicates an altercation escalated to shots fired. No arrests have been made and the names of the victims have not yet been released.

>>Over 18K passengers first full month of service on Amtrak daily Twin Cities to Chicago run

(Chicago, IL) — Amtrak logged more than 18-thousand-500 riders during the first full month of new daily train service between Saint Paul and Chicago (“Borealis”), averaging about 300 passengers aboard each of the eastbound and westbound trains. The service has state support from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Amtrak’s Marc Magliari says, “The states and Amtrak knew that this was going to be a route that had lots of opportunity on it, and people are taking the opportunity to the tune of 18-thousand-500 and more last month, to ride these Amtrak trains.” Plans are moving forward to resume passenger train service between Minneapolis and Duluth-Superior. In May 2023, the legislature approved nearly 195 million dollars to match expected federal funding for the Northern Lights Express. There’s also talk about adding passenger rail service between the Twin Cities and Fargo-Moorhead.

>>Short section of major highway in far north metro to close for construction

(East Bethel, MN) — Starting tomorrow (TUES) morning in the far north metro, all lanes of Highway 65 between 187th Lane and Viking Boulevard in Ham Lake and East Bethel will be closed through July 31 for construction. Officials are urging drivers to use alternate routes, such as I-35W or Highway 47. Business and residential entrances will remain open during the road closure. The project is part of Mn-DOT’s larger efforts to repave roads, repair bridges and install cable medians along Highway 65 between Spring Lake Park and East Bethel.

>>Near-Drowning Under Investigation in Detroit Lakes

(Detroit Lakes, MN) — The Becker County Sheriff’s Office hasn’t provided an update on the medical condition of a 24-year-old man pulled from Little Detroit Lake on Saturday afternoon. Deputies say Sterling Bucholz of Fargo, North Dakota, was swimming from shore when he went underwater. He located a few minutes later by a citizen but was unresponsive and not breathing. Authorities said he was taken to a Detroit Lakes hospital and transferred to a Fargo area hospital. His condition is still not available.

>>St. Croix River Drowning Victim ID

(St. Croix River, MN) — Authorities have released the name of a 27-year-old man pulled from St. Croix River at Afton State Park last Wednesday. Officials say Jeremy Paulson was swimming at the state park beach when he went underwater and did not resurface. Rescue crews found him in 18 feet of water, around 20–30 feet offshore. Paulson died later at Regions Hospital in Saint Paul.

>>Rochester Woman Scammed Out of $20K

(Rochester, MN) — A Rochester woman was scammed out of $20,000 in June while attempting to fix her Facebook account. Police say the woman found a phone number on Google that claimed to be Facebook’s helpdesk. The scammer, claiming to check the victim’s apps for suspicious activity, transferred the money out of her bank account.


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