>>Dakota 38+2 Memorial Run Ends With Closing Ceremony in Mankato
(Mankato, MN) — Around 60 runners are participating in the annual Dakota 38 plus-Two Memorial run from Fort Snelling to Mankato. Organizer Willard Malebear, Junior says his father started this run 37 years ago and had a vision to honor the “Dakota 38 plus two that were hung in 1862.” The run ends around 11:30 this morning with a closing ceremony at Land of Memories Park in Mankato which is about the time that 38 Dakota prisoners were hanged by the military. Two more Dakota men were later captured and hanged as well. The runners left Fort Snelling around 11:30 on Monday night.
>>Search Continues for New U of M President
(Minneapolis, MN) — A search committee is reviewing nearly 40 applications for president of the University of Minnesota. Chair Mary Davenport says, “we have been charged to bring to the Board of Regents some lead candidates — two to four unranked lead candidates — for the 18th president of the University of Minnesota.” Davenport says they anticipate the search committee’s recommendations will be presented at the February 8th and 9th meeting of the Board of Regents. She says the finalists’ names will be public at that point.
>>Minnesota Law Enforcement Stepping Up DWI Patrols
(St. Paul, MN) — Extra law enforcement officers will be out on Minnesota roads through New Year’s Eve targeting impaired drivers. State Office of Traffic Safety Director Mike Hanson says impaired driving is still responsible for one-third or more of the fatalities or serious injury crashes that take place. He said, “impaired is impaired whether it’s alcohol, whether it’s cannabis whether it’s something someone else is using. Or even some prescription drugs.” Hanson says speed and distraction are also contributing factors in fatal crashes in Minnesota.
>>16-Year-Old Boy Killed in South Minneapolis Shooting
(Minneapolis, MN) — A 16-year-old boy is the victim in a deadly shooting on East Lake Street in south Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office says Isayah Coburn died of multiple gunshot wounds Saturday night at Hennepin Healthcare. Police say they found Coburn wounded and a 29-year-old woman with non-life threatening injuries at the scene. The side of a building was also hit with gunfire. No arrests have been announced.
>>Authorities ID Pedestrian Struck and Killed in Crow Wing County
(Garrison, MN) — The Minnesota State Patrol is identifying a Princeton woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle near Garrison in Crow Wing County. State troopers say 30-year-old Page Dahler was walking on Highway 18 Saturday night when she was hit by a car and died at the scene. The driver wasn’t hurt in the crash. The report shows the roadway was wet at the time.
>>Dog Dies in Uptown Minneapolis Kitchen Fire
(Minneapolis, MN) — A dog is dead after a kitchen fire ion Christmas Day in Uptown Minneapolis. Firefighters found flames in the kitchen of the two-and-a-half story home. The fire was quickly extinguished with no one at home at the time except for three dogs. Two dogs were resuscitated, but one died did not survive. A firefighter was taken to the hospital with abdominal pain. No word on the cause of the fire.
>>Marvin Windows Gives $20 Million to Holiday Profit-Sharing Program
(Warroad, MN) — Warroad-based Marvin Windows is sharing more than 20 million dollars in profits with over seven thousand of its employees this holiday season. C-E-O Paul Marvin says full-time employees with more than 15 hundred hours worked are getting at least 22 hundred dollars and up to 64 hundred depending on their length of service. Marvin says in a statement, “Our benefits are not only a big investment, they’re also a big expression of Marvin’s commitment to our employees and the things they care about.” The company says it has shared nearly 400 million dollars with its workers over the 66-year profit sharing program.
>>Salvation Army Raises $239K in Rochester in 2 Days
(Rochester, MN) — The Salvation Army is thanking the Rochester community for helping its final push to meet this year’s fundraising goal. The organization asked the community to donate during the last two days of this year’s Red Kettle campaign because the Mayo Clinic planned to match all donations up to 100-thousand dollars. The Salvation Army says the public gave more than 139-thousand dollars on Friday and Saturday. That will increase to over 239-thousand with the Mayo Clinic’s matching funds. The organization called the generosity of the community “inspiring.”
>>MN Sled Dog Race Postponed Due to Lack of Snow
(Grand Marais, MN) — A northeastern Minnesota sled dog race is postponed due to warm temperatures and a lack of snow. Organizers of the Gunflint Mail Run Sled Dog Race announced the January 6th event has been put on hold. They need snow to fall for about two weeks to prepare the course in Cook County. Temperatures also need to drop below freezing and stay there so that part of Poplar Lake along the Gunflint Trail is safe for use. Organizers hope to announce a new date for the 100-mile and 65-mile race next month.