>>School Resource Officer Hearing Postponed

(St. Paul, MN) — A second state Senate committee hearing on the school resource officer issue has been postponed to a date to be determined “out of respect for Minnesotans impacted by this weekend’s tragic events in Burnsville” when two officers and a firefighter/paramedic were killed.

>>Man Calls 911 to Report he Shot and Killed his Brother

(Elbow Lake, MN) — A man is in jail for the shooting death of his brother in Elbow Lake.  Grant County Sheriff Jon Combs says his office received a 911 call from a 30-year-old man at about 11 Sunday night who reported that he shot his brother. Combs says the suspect was detained at the scene. The victim was a 33-year-old man. The case remains under investigation.

>>Fergus Falls Man Found Guilty in Shooting Death of his Girlfriend

(St. Paul, MN) — Sentencing is set for late March for a Fergus Falls man convicted in the murder of his girlfriend in St. Paul.  Former Lake Region Healthcare Clinic Nurse Practitioner Matthew Ecker was found guilty by a Ramsey County District Court jury of second-degree intentional murder in the shooting death of Alexandra Pennig. The 45-year-old Ecker had been free on bond. He was taken into custody following the verdict. Ecker was accused of killing 32-year-old Pennig with his handgun in a downtown St. Paul apartment in December of 2022. Ecker told police that he called 911 minutes after Pennig shot herself in the head in the bathroom of her apartment. Ecker’s attorney argued that there was no physical evidence to support the verdict. The prosecutor said Ecker gave inconsistent statements early in the investigation. The judge scheduled sentencing for March 29.

>>Workers Notify Virginia City Government About Possible Strike

(Virginia, MN) — Employees of a northern Minnesota city have told officials there that they may strike if they don’t get a new contract.  The city of Virginia is facing the possibility of a strike involving public works, parks and recreation, and administrative employees.  The union representing the workers must give the city a ten-day notice before calling a strike, and the city had not received this notice as of yesterday.  The workers involved say the city has offered reduced benefits and protections for union employees in exchange for a one percent pay increase.

>>Multiple Injuries Reported After Hit-And-Run Buggy Crash In Fillmore County

(Fillmore County, MN) — The Fillmore County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol are investigating a hit-and-run crash involving an Amish buggy.  The crash happened Friday night on County Road One in Spring Valley. Nine people were in the buggy, and six of them were transported to the hospital for evaluation after the crash.  Investigators say the vehicle and driver who left the scene have been located, but no further information has been released.  Another buggy crash on the same road in Fillmore County killed two children last September.

>>Schumacher Makes History at Loppet Cup in Minneapolis

(Minneapolis, MN) — An American man has won a World Cup cross-country skiing race for the first time in a decade.  Gus Schumacher made history yesterday in the 10K at the Stifel Loppet Cup in Minneapolis.  At 23, he’s the youngest American ever to win a World Cup cross-country race and only the third American to ever do so.  Minnesota’s Jessie Diggins took third in the women’s 10K yesterday and finished fourth in the sprint on Saturday.

>>Sprint Training Underway

(Fort Myers, FL) — Spring training is officially underway for the Minnesota Twins in Fort Myers, Florida.   Manager Rocco Baldelli says there’s a lot of excitement this time of year. Baldelli says fans can watch the Twins’ all-stars, veteran players, minor-league guys, and non-roster invites.  The first full-squad workouts were on Sunday, and the first exhibition game was on Friday against the University of Minnesota baseball team.

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