Senator Tina Smith to Join UAW in Hudson, WI Protest Against GM
(Hudson, WI) — U-S Senator Tina Smith is joining the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local 722 picket line today (Fri 12 pm) outside the G-M Parts Distribution Center in Hudson, Wisconsin, as many of the impacted workers live in Minnesota. The U-A-W strike, over 20 days long now, is a nationwide protest against auto parts distribution centers for better wages and benefits from their employers. Smith previously joined the U-A-W picket line in Hudson when they went on strike in 2019.
Lindell’s Lawyers Want Out Due to Being Unpaid
(Minneapolis, MN) — The legal firm representing MyPillow C-E-O Mike Lindell is asking to quit due to not being paid. Andrew Parker has represented Lindell since February 2022 in his defamation suit, and he claims no payments to his company have been made on invoices submitted for July and August of this year. Lindell is being sued by voting machine company Smartmatic for falsely claiming the company manipulated votes that caused former President Trump to lose the 2020 election.
Downs Will Become Minnesota State Moorhead President Next Week
(Moorhead, MN) — Minnesota State University Moorhead will officially install Doctor Tim Downs as its 12th president in an investiture ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 12. The ceremony, open to the public, will begin at 2 p.m. in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts Hansen Theatre. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system Board of Trustees named Downs MSU-Moorhead president on March 22nd. He began his tenure on July 1st. The installation is taking place during M-S-U-M’s Homecoming Week activities.
Death Investigation Underway at State Correctional Facility in Lino Lakes
(Lino Lakes, MN) — A suspected homicide investigation is underway at the state’s correctional facility in Lino Lakes. Thursday morning a 63-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell. Life-saving measures were taken but he died a short time later. A 42-year-old man serving a life sentence in the facility is the lone suspect. The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. The prison will remain on modified lockdown during the investigation.
No Charges in White Bear Lake Police Shooting of Armed Suspect
(White Bear Lake, MN) — Prosecutors will not charge two White Bear Lake police officers who exchanged gunfire with a domestic assault suspect in January. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi determined that Sergeant Eric Gadbois and Officer Ryan Sheak were justified in using non-lethal force against Daniel Holmgren. Agents say Holmgren came out of a bedroom and fired several rounds, striking Officer Sheak twice. He and Gadbois fired back before fleeing the apartment, but Holmgren wasn’t hurt. He was sentenced to 19 years in prison in August.
Seneca Food Plant Employee Killed in Warehouse Incident
(Montgomery, MN) — An employee is dead after an accident at the Seneca Foods plant in Montgomery in Le Sueur County. Montgomery police responded to a call Thursday morning of a worker trapped under a fallen item in a warehouse. Officers say the victim did not survive their injuries. Minnesota OSHA is investigating the incident at Seneca Foods. The name of the worker who died is being withheld pending family notification.
Authorities ID 14-Year-Old Girl Killed in St. Paul Shooting
(St. Paul, MN) — Authorities are identifying the teenage girl who died after a shooting Wednesday night on the East Side of St. Paul. Police say 14-year-old Monica Holley and a 13- and 15-year-old friend were found with gunshot wounds and Holley died at Regions Hospital. Investigators say a 19-year-old female shooting victim later turned up at another hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers are encouraging potential witnesses to come forward with information.
Body Found After Northeast Minneapolis Encampment Fire
(Minneapolis, MN) — Police are investigating after a body was pulled from a homeless encampment fire in northeast Minneapolis. On Wednesday, firefighters put out the fire, and an unidentified person was found dead. The person has not been identified, but the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office is working to identify the victim and cause of death.
MN Boys Volleyball Season to Begin 2024-2025 School Year
(Brooklyn Center, MN) — The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) has approved boys’ volleyball as a spring sport, with the first season to be played in the 2024-2025 school year. This comes just one year after the M-S-H-S-L denied approval of the sport, and after it was officially sanctioned this May. While many schools have a boy’s volleyball team already, the state approval will bring greater resources to the nearly 2,000 students in Minnesota who want to play.