>>Man who shot at five officers in central Minnesota facing numerous felony charges
(Foley, MN) — Six counts of first-degree attempted murder of a peace officer, among numerous felony charges filed today (Fri) against 64-year-old Karl Holmberg, the man who prosecutors say blindly shot at officers with a military-grade rifle through his bedroom door Thursday morning at his home in Glendorado Township in central Minnesota. All five officers hit by gunfire are expected to survive, but two with substantial injuries remain hospitalized at North Memorial in the Twin Cities. One of those officers suffered gunshot wounds to the chest and hip; the other was shot in the arm. Holmberg was shot in the foot, but it’s expected he’ll be released from the hospital this afternoon (Fri) and booked into Benton County Jail.
>>Biden administration slates nearly $1B for clean hydrogen projects in Minnesota, Dakotas
(Philadelphia, PA) — Up to 925 million dollars of the seven billion dollars in federal infrastructure funding that President Biden is announcing today (Fri) is slated for the “Heartland Hydrogen Hub” in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. The Biden administration says it will “leverage the region’s abundant energy resources” to help decarbonize fertilizer production, decrease the cost of clean hydrogen, and advance its use in electric generation and cold-climate space heating. Officials say there will also be equity ownership opportunities for tribal communities and for local farmers and co-ops. Governor Tim Walz says it will create upwards of 38 hundred jobs and is “a major investment in Minnesota and the region’s economy and vote of confidence in our ability to innovate.”
>>Guilty Plea from Minnesota Man Charged with Stealing Judy Garland’s Red Slippers
(Duluth, MN) — A Minnesota man accused of stealing the ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the Wizard of Oz pled guilty today to the theft of major artwork. Seventy-six-year-old Terry Martin is accused of stealing the shoes in 2005 from the Judy Garland Museum in Grand Rapids. The famous footwear was recovered in a sting operation in Minneapolis in 2018 but no one was linked to the crime for several years. Martin’s sentencing date has not been set.
>>U of M Board of Regents Vote to Move Forward for State’s First Medical School in 50 Years
(Minneapolis, MN) — The vote was unanimous today (Fri) by the U-of-M Board of Regents to move forward with plans for the state’s first new medical school in 50 years, in Saint Cloud in partnership with CentraCare. The Board could still cancel the project if they don’t like the financial prospectus, but Regent Penny Wheeler told her colleagues “The Special Committee received a preview of that financial plan and feels confident it’s moving in (the) right direction.” The plan is to have the first students at a new Saint Cloud Regional Medical School in the fall of 2025. CentraCare C-E-O Ken Holmen said earlier that medical students will get hands-on experience working in small-town hospitals and the flavor of the Saint Cloud program will be those who really have an interest in rural health care.
>>Search underway for a possible vehicle in Red Lake River in Crookston
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(Crookston, MN) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Crookston Police Department responded to a report of a crash this morning after a witness reported that a vehicle drove off the road near the north end of the Red Lake River bridge and plunged into the river. Officers located damage consistent with the report. The Grand Forks County Dive Team was called to the scene and is assisting in a search of the river. Authorities say the occupant and vehicle information is not known and no further information has been released.
>>Wabasha Man Reels in State Record Salmon on Lake Superior
(Duluth, MN) — A coho salmon caught on Lake Superior in St. Louis County last month is a new state record holder. The Minnesota D-N-R certified the 10-pound, 14-ounce salmon reeled in by David Cichosz from Wabasha. It broke the previous record from 1970. Officials say Cichosz was on a chartered fishing trip with his wife on September 4th, and they had already caught their limit of lake trout before switching to salmon. They took pictures of the record salmon and found a certified scale at a grocery store in Duluth.