>>D-F-L Party leader injured in carjacking in driveway of her Minneapolis home
(Minneapolis, MN) — No arrests at this point, after four masked carjackers beat a Minnesota Democratic Party leader in the driveway of her Minneapolis home as her children watched and assailants held back neighbors who tried to intervene at gunpoint. D-F-L Party second vice chair Shivanthi Sathanandan — who suffered a broken leg, cuts to her head and bruises — wrote in a social media post accompanied by a picture of her bloodied head, “We need to get illegal guns off of our streets, catch these young people who are running wild creating chaos across our city and HOLD THEM IN CUSTODY AND PROSECUTE THEM. PERIOD.” Her car was later found abandoned. Carjackers face tougher penalties in Minnesota under a new law and sentencing guidelines that took effect August 1st.
>>Northeast MN wildfire 85 percent contained
(Barnum, MN) — Crews now have an 80-acre wildfire about 85 percent contained near Barnum and Moose Lake in northeast Minnesota. Leanne Langeberg at the Interagency Fire Center says firefighters are now concentrating on the east side of the fire, where peat soil could provide long-term fuel for it to spread underground. She says to cool down the peat, they’ll use heavy equipment to turn and mix it with bare mineral soil and water.
>>Vikings kick off 2023 season Sunday against Tampa Bay at U-S Bank Stadium
(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota Vikings kick off the 2023 season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday at U-S Bank Stadium. Coach Kevin O’Connell says they need to get off to a good start. He says, “We want to come out with a bunch of energy, play fast and fly around in all phases of our team. And how we come out of the tunnel on Sunday is as important as anything ’cause it’s going to be a heckuva challenge against Tampa.” Minnesota went 13-and-4 last year but lost in the first round of the playoffs. Future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady retired from the Buccaneers this offseason.
>>Minnesotans remember the late Gov. Al Quie
(St. Paul, MN) — Flags are flying at half-staff on state buildings through sunset Saturday in honor of former Governor Al Quie, as Minnesotans paid their last respects this afternoon (Fri) at the State Capitol. Quie represented southern Minnesota’s 1st District in the U-S House for 20 years before serving one term as governor from 1979 to 1983. The Republican was known for working across the aisle with Democrats. Quie died on August 18th of natural causes at age 99. There’s a public funeral tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 pm at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis.
>>Medical examiner identifies man who died in police custody in Faribault, no word yet on cause
(St. Paul, MN) — The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office has identified a man who Faribault police say lost consciousness while in a police squad and died a short time later at a hospital. Officers say 36-year-old Jerrell Skelton of Faribault led them on a “low speed” pursuit Saturday night and appeared to be going in and out of consciousness before he was stopped. The medical examiner is awaiting toxicology results to determine Skelton’s cause and manner of death. He had no apparent injuries.
>>Man Arrested for Outstanding Warrants, Police Found Gun, Over 130 Fentanyl Pills
(Fargo, N.D.) — A man is in custody after police in Fargo found over 130 fentanyl pills and a gun in his possession while executing several high-risk no-knock search warrants. Officers arrested 32-year-old Rex Dweh for possession with intent to deliver fentanyl and two outstanding warrants. The raid at an apartment complex is part of an ongoing narcotics investigation.
>>DNR launches fall color-finder map
(St. Paul, MN) — The D-N-R has launched its fall color-finder map which is updated every Thursday afternoon at dnr.gov/fallcolors. Spokeswoman Sara Berhow says, “One of the cool aspects of the fall color finder is the public can participate. We have a spot there where people can share their photos from their fall color adventures out on state lands.” Berhow says you can also sign up on the D-N-R’s website for weekly fall color updates.