>>Governor Walz To Discuss Red Flag Law Now in Effect In Minnesota

(St. Paul, MN) — Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and other leaders plan to discuss the red flag law this afternoon.  The new law allows Minnesotans to petition courts to prevent another person from purchasing or possessing firearms.  An extreme risk protection order can be requested by a family, law enforcement officer, or city or county attorney.  A judge would then decide if the person is a danger to themselves or others.

>>Crow Wing County Board Approves Resolution Opposing New State Flag

(Brainerd, MN) — Crow Wing County Commissioners have passed a resolution in opposition to redesigning the Minnesota state flag and seal.  During its meeting this morning, they heard from residents on the issue. Three Crow Wing County commissioners voted in favor of the resolution, one voted against it, and one voted ‘present’.

>>Over 300 DWI Arrests Over New Year’s Weekend

(St. Paul, MN) —  Minnesota transportation officials say more than 300 people were arrested for drunken driving over the New Year’s holiday weekend.  The Department of Public Safety reports that in 2023 there were 27-thousand-197 DWI arrests made statewide.  That’s up more than 13 hundred from 2022.

>>Blood Donations Needed

(St. Paul, MN) — The need for blood doesn’t go down during the winter holidays in Minnesota but donations do.   Carrie Carlson-Guest says the American Red Cross is responsible for about 40 percent of the nation’s blood and they move it where it’s needed.  Carlson-Guest says 62 percent of the population is eligible to give blood and only three percent are regular donors.  You can find a local blood drive at redcrossblood-dot-org.

>>Man Convicted Of Murdering 17-Year-Old To Be Sentenced Today

(Plymouth, MN) —  A man who confessed to gunning down a 17-year-old boy over a pair of shoes in a Plymouth parking lot is expected to be sentenced today.  Augustus Sirleaf is one of two people charged with killing Yaseen Thomas Johnson in November 2022.  The defendant is expected to get a 23-year sentence.  Sirleaf’s co-defendant, Hans Madave, is scheduled to be sentenced on January 10.

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