>>19-Year-Old Suspect in Custody in Connection with Drug Overdose Death of Willmar Man

(Willmar, MN) –A 19-year-old suspect is jailed in Kandiyohi County in connection with the drug overdose death of a man in Willmar. Willmar Police say that just before 1 p.m. Friday a 9-1-1 call was received indicating a 26-year-old male was found not breathing at a residence in northwest Willmar. Lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and the man died. Police believed he died of a drug overdose, and in the course of an investigation, they identified a suspect they thought sold the drugs to the victim. A search warrant was performed at a Willmar home Tuesday morning, and a 19-year-old man was arrested on potential charges of third-degree murder and third-degree controlled substance crimes.


>>Minnesota BCA Investigating Officer-Involved Shooting in Fargo

(Fargo, ND) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is investigating a shooting across the border in Fargo involving a North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) agent. Officials say it happened Tuesday in south Fargo as the B-C-I agent was helping the Cass County Drug Task Force serve a felony warrant. No Fargo police officers were involved in the incident and no one was seriously hurt.


>>Active Investigation After Man Stabbed in Duluth

(Duluth, MN) — An investigation is active and ongoing after a 37-year-old man was stabbed Tuesday. Duluth Police officers responded to a report of a stabbing victim around 9 p.m., finding a victim with a minor stab wound to his elbow and bringing him to a local hospital. Around the same time, officers responded to a suspicious activity incident in a residential area, finding a blood trail near the Chum food shelf. Initial findings show this is where the victim was stabbed after an altercation with a known party. No suspect or knife was located at the scene.


>>Record Warmth Expected in Southern Half of Minnesota

(Chanhassen, MN) — Some weather records will fall today in Minnesota as another heat wave arrives. The National Weather Service is forecasting high temperatures in the low to mid-50s in southern and central Minnesota and around 60 degrees in the far southwest. More than a dozen golf courses are opening today in the southern half of the state. The Twin Cities, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Hibbing set record-high temps on Monday.


>>USDA Adds Online Feature for Farmers to Pay Direct Loans

(Undated) – The National Department of Agriculture has found a new way for farmers to make payments on their direct loans. MN USDA Executive Officer Dan Mahoney says the Farm Service Agency processes over 225,000 loan payments a year, helping over 85,000 direct loan borrowers, and historically, “Our borrowers have had to get a check, get a money order, get a cashier’s check, and either mail that to that local USDA service center that they work with, or physically drive and deliver that to the loan officer, loan staff that they’re working with in order to make this payment.” Mahoney says through the online Pay My Loan feature coming in February, payments on direct loans can be made online.


>>NFS Giving $160M to Research Teams for Regional Innovation Award

(Chicago, IL) – A Chiago-based water innovation hub, working to recover valuable resources from waterways, is leading the effort in the Regional Innovation Awards, research projects receiving up to $160 million over 10 years from the National Science Foundation. University of Minnesota Lead Researcher Jeff Peterson says the project is being led by “different universities, a number of companies who are interested in the technology, different kinds of water treatment plants, and city infrastructure.” Peterson says the NFS’s funding in these types of projects allows new innovations, that aren’t usually funded, to get a kickstart into commercialization.


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