>>River Levels Dropping in Southern Minnesota

(Chanhassen, MN) — All the rivers flooding in southern Minnesota are on their way down. Craig Schmidt, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, says we’ve had a few days without rainfall, and it’s helped everything start to recede. He says river levels are, however, still very high, and quite a few are still above flood stage. On the Minnesota River, the crest is moving through Jordan this afternoon and will crest
within a tenth-of-a-foot of the record level there. And then that will work its way down to St. Paul over the weekend. Schmidt says the rain forecast for tonight into tomorrow isn’t enough to affect river levels.

>>Man Found Dead in Vehicle Near Breckenridge

(Breckenridge, MN) — The Wilkin County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a man northeast of Breckenridge who was found pinned in a vehicle Wednesday afternoon. The car was on its side when deputies got to the scene at about 3:30. The man’s body was taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office in St. Paul. His name has not been released.

>>Winona Man Pleads Guilty to Online Sextortion Scheme

(Minneapolis, MN) — A Winona man is pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges for an online sextortion scheme that victimized more than 60 girls in 2022 and 2023. Prosecutors say 30-year-old Valentin Quintana used social media apps to threaten, sexually manipulate and exploit girls between the ages of nine and 12 in Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New Zealand. Court records show Quintana posed a minor girl and convinced victims to send him a sexual photo or video and then threatened to send those images to their family and friends. His sentencing date hasn’t been scheduled.

>>2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trial Kick Off Tonight at Target Center

(Minneapolis, MN) — The 2024 U.S. Olympic Team Trials begin tonight at Target Center in Minneapolis. The U.S. Olympic rosters will consist of five men and five women and will be announced after the trials. Former Gopher men’s star gymnast Shane Wiskus of Spring Park, who was on the U.S. roster in the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, will compete among a group that includes three-time U.S. all-around champion Brody Malone. The women’s competition includes gold medalists Simone Biles and Suni Lee of St. Paul. The action continues on Saturday and Sunday.

>>MN Zoo Welcomes Two Rare Amur Tiger Cubs

(Apple Valley, MN) — The Minnesota Zoo announced today the arrival of two rare Amur tiger cubs! Born May 23rd to mom, Sundari (Dari for short), and dad, Luka, the newborn male and female cubs have yet to be named. Amur tigers are considered endangered, with only about 500 in the wild. MN Zoo co-leads the Tiger Conservation Campaign and plays a prominent role in the Amur Tiger Species Survival Plan. Updates on the cubs and Dari can be found on social media.

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