>>Top Analyst: Trump ballot case headed to U-S Supreme Court

(St. Paul, MN) — Analysts predict a showdown in the nation’s highest court after Colorado’s Supreme Court banned Donald Trump from the presidential primary ballot — while the Minnesota Supreme Court in early November denied a similar request, as did the high court in New Hampshire.  Hamline University legal and political analyst David Schultz says the question inevitably must be addressed by the U-S Supreme Court because if it doesn’t, you’re going to see a patchwork across the country where different states reach different conclusions regarding Trump’s eligibility. Schultz says the issue also must be resolved pretty quickly, with the Iowa caucuses fast approaching in mid-January and the New Hampshire primary only about a week later.

>>Lt. Governor Flannagan Highlights Affordable Housing

(Duluth, MN) — Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan visited Duluth’s Birchwood Apartments Monday to highlight the $70 million investment northeast Minnesota is receiving to preserve and build over 460 housing units. Nancy Cashman, the Executive Director of Center City Housing Corp., says the commitment to housing that came out of the 2023 legislature will have a demonstrated impact on homelessness and housing. The $70 million is just a piece of the nearly $350 million going towards the housing industry in Minnesota, which will fund over 4,700 units of housing and support 7,000 jobs.

>>Authorities ID Pedestrian Killed by 2 Vehicles in Coon Rapids

(Coon Rapids, MN) — Anoka County authorities are identifying a pedestrian who was struck and killed last week in Coon Rapids.   Deputies say 53-year-old Mary Katherine Kessler was crossing the roadway on December 13th when she was hit by two vehicles.   Officers say the incident is still being investigated.  Both drivers cooperated with the police.

>>Chisago County Authorities Mourn Loss of Longtime Sheriff’s Deputy

(Rush City, MN) — The Chisago County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of a longtime sheriff’s deputy.   Officials say Deputy Chris Henricks died unexpectedly Tuesday morning at his home in Rush City.   Henricks started with Chisago County in April 1991 and retired in April 2020.  The sheriff says Henricks continued serving part-time in Government Center security.

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