>>City of Duluth Settles Lawsuit with Man Shot by Police

(Duluth, MN) — A man shot by a Duluth Police officer has settled a $600-thousand dollar lawsuit with the city. In 2020, officers were sent to Jared Fyle’s apartment for a disturbance. As the officers approached Fyle’s apartment, he pounded his door closed. The noise prompted Officer Tyler Leibfried (LEEB-FREED) to fire six shots through the door. A bullet hit Fyle in the shoulder. Leibfried was charged but acquitted in the shooting. The lawsuit says the officers had no reason to believe Fyle was armed. They did not announce themselves or give any warnings. Leibfried told investigators that Fyle couldn’t have known officers were outside. The lawsuit contended Fyle’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated, and the city of Duluth failed to train Leibfried in proper use of force.

>>2 Men Injured in Home Explosion and Fire in Mankato

(Mankato, MN) — Two men are hospitalized after an apparent home explosion and fire early Tuesday in Mankato. The Mankato Department of Public Safety says crews found a small fire possibly caused by an explosion in a laundry room and immediately released the flames. Officers say a 19- and 20-year-old man were injured and got out of the home before firefighters arrived. They were taken to the Mayo Clinic Health System Hospital, but their conditions haven’t been released. Investigators are still looking into the incident.

>>Anoka County Deputy Awarded MPPOA 2024 “Officer of the Year”

(Anoka, MN) — Anoka County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tanner Shipman has been named the 2024 “Officer of the Year” by the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association (MPPOA) for his heroic off-duty actions in South Dakota. While on vacation in Sturgis, SD, in August 2023, Shipman noticed a man pointing and shooting a firearm at an SD State Trooper. Shipman grabbed a firearm belonging to a family member with his group and helped the trooper, who was on the ground. After identifying himself as a law enforcement officer, Shipman and the trooper saw the suspect attempt to get into the trooper’s squad vehicle, and the shootout continued. The suspect was later arrested, survived his injuries, and pleaded guilty to shooting at the trooper. MPPOA will honor Shipman and other award winners on Saturday.

>>St. Louis County Receives Grants to Combat 2 Invasive Species

(St. Louis County, MN) — St. Louis County has received $15,000 from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) to combat two invasive plants that have taken root. The funds will be paid by a contractor to spray herbicide where infestations of wild parsnip and invasive knotweed are located, starting in mid-June and late August, respectively. Wild parsnip sap can cause significant burns to a person’s skin, while invasive knotweed blocks site lines at driveways and intersections and damages waterways, home foundations, and asphalt. Residents can help reduce the spread of both plants by cleaning dirt and vegetation off mowers and road vehicles before and after using them on the road.

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