>>HCAO Adds Four Ex-Federal Prosecutors To New Team Handling Trooper Londregan Case

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office is adding four new prosecutors to the case of a Minnesota State trooper accused of gunning down a motorist last summer in Minneapolis. Officials mentioned yesterday that a team from the law firm Steptoe LLP will assist the prosecution against Trooper Ryan Londregan. He is charged with shooting and killing Ricky Cobb the Second. County Attorney Mary Moriarity will retain authority over the case, but the lead prosecutor, Joshua Larson, is stepping down. The new legal team will appear in court on May 15 to review scheduling, followed by a hearing on June 10 to continue arguments over probable cause.

>>Public Hearing on the Future of Mahonomen Health Center

(Mahnomen, MN) — State health officials are hosting a public hearing tonight (Tuesday, 6 p.m.) on the Mahnomen Health Center’s transition from a critical access hospital to a rural emergency hospital. C-E-O Dale Kruger says the main difference is that they will no longer accept hospital inpatients. The move will force residents in that part of northwest Minnesota to travel to places like Bemidji or Fargo for inpatient care.

>>April 30th is the Application Deadline for Hemp Licenses in Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesotans looking to grow or process hemp in 2024 must apply for a license with the State Department of Agriculture by today (4/30). The deadline was extended last year but will not be this season. Officials say first-time applicants and authorized representatives must also pass a criminal background check before the license is issued. The state expects fewer applicants this year because many growers are waiting for adult-use cannabis licenses.

>>Moorhead Freez Employee Fired for $100 Tip

(Moorhead, MN) — A Moorhead Freez employee was recently let go because a customer gave her a $100 tip. Seth and Lisa Swenson say a customer put a $100 bill in the tip jar while their daughter Emily worked. Emily told the customer she couldn’t accept such a big bill, but the woman drove off. Lorraine Moore, owner of Moorhead Freez, says it’s her policy that accepting bills over $20 is a violation as some customers are elderly and could be dealing with dementia. Moore says she warned Emily, adding, “No one in their right frame of mind tips $100 at a place where every menu item is under $12.” The Swenson’s say their daughter is ready to move on and wishes the best for her friends at Moorhead Freez.

>>Timberwolves Coach Finch to Undergo Knee Surgery on Wednesday

(Minneapolis, MN) — Minnesota Timberwolves coach Chris Finch will reportedly undergo knee surgery on Wednesday. Finch suffered a tear of his right Patellar tendon in a collision with guard Mike Conley late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s playoff win in Phoenix. The Wolves open the Western Conference Semifinals Saturday night against the Nuggets in Denver. E-S-P-N reports Finch’s leg will have to be immobilized in a brace. No word yet from the Timberwolves on whether Finch will be on sidelines for Game 1.

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