>>Thousands of First Responders Attending Public Memorial for Fallen Burnsville Officers, Fire Medic

(Eden Prairie, MN) — Grace Church in Eden Prairie will be filled with thousands of first responders for today’s (Wed) public memorial for the Burnsville officers and fire paramedic killed in the line of duty. Minnesota State Fire Chiefs Association President Eric Bullen says firefighters and law enforcement work hand in hand with each other and have a special bond. He says, “it’ll be emotional. It will be good for everyone to see each other and share that support and that brotherhood and sisterhood.” Bullen says first responders from across the state, region and Canada are expected at the service for fallen Burnsville Officers Matthew Ruge (ROO-ghee), Paul Elmstrand and Firefighter/paramedic Adam Finseth.


>>Fallen Burnsville Fire Medic Finseth Honored at Rochester Vigil

(Rochester, MN) — Fallen Burnsville Firefighter/paramedic Adam Finseth was honored during a vigil Wednesday night in his hometown of Rochester. Deputy Fire Chief Holly Mulholland says in the days ahead, they will continue to honor Adam’s sacrifice. She said, “We will do that by getting on the fire apparatus, ambulance, and law enforcement vehicle every time a call for help comes in. We honor those who have gone before us by serving others the way they would have wanted.” Childhood friend, Drew, said, “As a firefighter, soldier, husband, and friend, Adam stayed true to who he was. He was humble. He worked hard and didn’t care to receive any credit and he was okay with that. He was an absolute servant leader.”


>>Lawmakers Return to State Capitol Following Burnsville First Responders’ Memorial

(St. Paul, MN) — Business at the State Capitol is paused until mid-afternoon (Wed 2pm ) as lawmakers and fellow Minnesotans remember the two officers and paramedic who were fatally shot in Burnsville. Governor Tim Walz and Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy will be among those in attendance at this morning’s (11am) memorial service in Eden Prairie. Senator Murphy says, “The community of law enforcement, first responders, the community of Burnsville, our community here in the State Capitol — but really for Minnesota — we are experiencing a tragic loss.” Thousands are expected at the service to honor Officers Paul Elmstrand and Matthew Ruge (ROO-ghee) and Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Finseth.


>>Walz, Explore Minnesota Launch Star of the North Campaign

(Rochester, MN) — A new campaign is underway to attract visitors and new talent to our state. Governor Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota unveiled the Star of the North campaign, which is aimed at attracting visitors from all over the world and recruiting top talent to Minnesota. This is the first campaign of its kind for Explore Minnesota. During the 2023 legislative session, the State Legislature approved an increase of $3.84 million to Explore Minnesota, and the state will invest $22 million in one-time funding over the next two years. Talent attraction ads will be run in nearly 30 cities nationwide.


>>Snowfall Accumulates in Far Northern and Northwestern Minnesota

(Grand Forks, ND) — There’s measurable snowfall on the ground this morning (Wed) in parts of far northern and northwestern Minnesota. The National Weather Service is reporting seven inches in Ada and Dorothy in Red Lake County, six inches of new snow in Gully in Polk County, five in Kabetogama (cab-uh-TOH’-guh-muh) and Glyndon, four inches at International Falls and Blackduck, three-and-a-half in Moorhead and two inches in Bemidji. Most of central and southern Minnesota received a dusting of snow Tuesday afternoon and evening.


>>1 Dead in Quadruple Shooting in South Minneapolis

(Minneapolis, MN) — One man is dead following a quadruple shooting Tuesday in south Minneapolis Tuesday. Police responding to reports of gunfire discovering three victims at the scene. A 34-year-old man was found dead from a gunshot wound, a 37-year-old man with a life-threatening gunshot wound, and a 37-year-old woman with a non-life-threatening injuries. Both injured victims were transported to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC). A 31-year-old man self-transported to HCMC with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. No arrests have been made, and an investigation is ongoing.


>>Minneapolis Gang Member Convicted of Shooting near George Floyd Square

(St. Paul, MN) — A Minneapolis gang member faces federal prison time for a shooting incident during an attempted carjacking near George Floyd Square. Thirty-year-old Traigh Tillman was convicted of possession of ammunition as a felon following a two-day trial. Surveillance video shows Tillman armed with a gun as he approaches a car, opens the door and begins to wrestle with the driver. Prosecutors say Tillman can then be seen firing two shots, with the second one accidentally hitting his own leg. They say Tillman is a member of the Minneapolis Bloods street gang. His sentencing hearing hasn’t been scheduled.


>>State Ag Officials Confirm EAB in Pine and Renville Counties

(St. Paul, MN) — The State Department of Agriculture is confirming emerald ash borer (E-A-B) for the first time in Renville and Pine counties. E-A-B has now been detected in 50 counties in Minnesota. Infestations were found in the town of Danube in Renville County and Rock Creek in southern Pine County. Minnesota ag officials enacted an emergency quarantine limiting the movement of firewood and ash materials in the two counties.






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