>>Man Fatally Shot at Apartment in St. Paul 

(St. Paul, MN) — Police in St. Paul are investigating a deadly shooting at an apartment in the Payne Phalen neighborhood. Officers found a man suffering from gunshot wounds around 1:30 this morning, and he died at the scene. Investigators say they unsuccessfully searched the area for suspects and are still looking for witnesses and evidence. The Ramsey County medical examiner is expected to identify the victim. This is the 11th homicide of the year in the capital city.


>>1,922 Seat Belt Citations Issued in Latest Click It or Ticket Campaign in Minnesota 

(St. Paul, MN) — State public safety officials say more than 1,900 seat belt and 108 child restraint citations were issued during the Click It or Ticket campaign from May 20th through June 2nd. Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson says, “If any of the more than 1,900 people cited had been in a crash, they may not be here today.” He says wearing your seat belt will get you home safely. The citations included a Hastings woman wearing her infant in a chest carrier while driving. Seat belt and child restraint citations were down by about 480 compared to last year.


>>German Embassy Officials Visit Minnesota

(Rochester, MN) — A group of German officials is spending some time in Minnesota this week. The group visited Rochester yesterday and met with Olmsted County leaders. They plan to travel to St. Paul today before returning to the German embassy in Washington, D.C. A group member said the U.S. and Germany share common problems, and visiting other states gives them a better idea of how to solve them. It’s the group’s first visit to Minnesota.


>>Twin Cities Activists to Banner, Rally to U.S. Occupation of Haiti

(Minneapolis, MN) — Twin Cities activists are set to banner and rally on the Lake Street-Marshall Ave. Bridge tonight, opposing U.S. occupation in Haiti. MN Peace Action Coalition officials say the U.S. is “financing and orchestrating a multinational military occupation of Haiti, to be led by 1,000 special forces from Kenya, with additional forces from other countries in Africa and the Caribbean.”


>>MDH To Hold Meetings About Nitrates in Private Wells

(Stewartville, MN) — State officials want to give residents of southeastern Minnesota information about how nitrates in well water can affect their health. The Minnesota Department of Health is holding several open houses this month to discuss the impact materials like fertilizer and manure can have when they contaminate private wells. The first meeting will be held at the Stewartsville Community Center today at 5 p.m. Meetings in Rushford and Mazeppa will be held later this month.


>>MDA Study Indicates Famers Using Conservation Practices Make More Money

(Undated) — A new study indicates farms that use conservation practices see better financial returns than those that don’t. Brad Jordahl Redlin, who manages Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program, says findings from the state’s farm business management database show the average net cash income for certified farms was more than $50,000 more than non-certified farms. The voluntary program has grown to 1,500 farms since its launch in 2016. Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says the analysis provides continuous data proving that being ag water quality certified delivers better financial outcomes besides the benefits to water and soil resources.


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