>>34th Annual MLK Day Breakfast at Minneapolis Convention Center
(Minneapolis, MN) — Hundreds are expected at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Holiday Breakfast this morning (Mon 8am) at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The keynote speaker is teen activist, author and Harvard student Marley Dias and the moderator is University of St. Thomas Racial Justice Initiative director Doctor Yohuru Williams. Dias launched the #1000 Black Girl Books campaign in 2015 at age 11, writes for the Harvard Crimson and Rolling Stone, and serves as national ambassador of Read Across America.
>>Wind Chills Warnings and Advisories Continue for Minnesota
(Chanhassen, MN) — The National Weather Service say dangerous wind chills will continue through Tuesday in Minnesota. Parts of southwest and far western Minnesota are under a wind chill warning until noon tomorrow (12pm Tues). Forecasters says high temperatures in the warning area will be around three-below zero today (Mon) with wind chills as low as minus-40. A wind chill advisory is in effect for most of Minnesota with subzero highs expected statewide.
>>Iowa Voters Casting First Ballots in GOP Presidential Primary
(Undated) — The eyes of the nation are on Minnesota’s southern neighbor today (Mon 1/15) as Iowa Republicans hold their presidential caucuses. The latest Des Moines Register-NBC -Mediacom Iowa Poll shows Donald Trump with a massive lead among Republicans: 48 percent, to 20 percent for Nikki Haley and 16 percent for Ron DeSantis. Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Trump likely wants to clear all the challengers away as soon as possible so he can march straight to the Republican nomination. Governor Tim Walz was in Iowa Sunday campaigning for President Biden, and Minnesota Senator Tina Smith is in Des Moines today (Mon 230pm).
>>Services Set for Victims in Cloquet Double Murder-Suicide
(Cloquet, MN) — Memorials are planned this week for the victims in a double murder-suicide at the Super 8 hotel in Cloquet. Twenty-two-year-old hotel clerk Shellby Trettel of Cloquet and 35-year-old Patrick Roers of Deer River died in the shooting last Monday night. The visitation for Roers is Thursday at 10 am at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Grand Rapids, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11. There’s a celebration of life for Trettel from 4 to 7pm Wednesday at Nelson Funeral Care in Cloquet. Police say Nicholas Lenius of Ramsey shot Trettel and Roers before turning the gun on himself.
>>Domestic Violence Suspect Arrested for Shooting at MPLS Police
(Minneapolis, MN) — Police say a domestic violence suspect is in custody after shooting at officers Sunday morning in north Minneapolis. Authorities say the 31-year-old man shot out a patio door and was threatening and assaulting a 74-year-old woman, 23-year-old man and a seven-year old. Officers entered the home and the suspect reportedly fired at them and jumped out a second-story window. He was arrested, and a gun was recovered in the backyard. Investigators say police did not fire a single shot.
>>Multiple People Injured in Polk County Bar Brawl and Stabbing
(McIntosh, MN) — The Polk County Sheriff’s Office in northwest Minnesota says two people are recovering from injuries suffered in a stabbing and bar fight in McIntosh. Deputies found multiple people that required medical attention at Little Bobby’s Bar and Grill around midnight on Saturday. Officers say one person was taken by ambulance to the hospital and another arrived in a private vehicle. Investigators say a teen was arrested for an alleged stabbing.
>>Rochester Man Pleads Guilty to Hammer Attack
(Rochester, MN) — A man is pleading guilty in connection to a hammer attack at a Rochester grocery store last summer. Prosecutors say 29-year-old Pedro Vasquez was charged with felony assault after swinging a hammer at several Cub Foods shoppers on July 5th. Vasquez entered a guilty plea on Friday and is currently in the Olmsted County Jail on $20,000 bail with conditions. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.
>>No Increase in Minnesota State Fair Gate Admission for 2024
(St. Paul, MN) — Admission for the Minnesota State Fair will not be going up this summer. The board of managers voted not to increase 2024 ticket prices at its annual meeting over the weekend. Gate admission will remain at 18 dollars for fairgoers ages 13 to 64, and 16 dollars for kids ages five to 12 and seniors 65 and better. The Minnesota State Agricultural Society approved more than ten million dollars for maintenance projects and capital work on the fairgrounds this year. Pre-fair discount tickets are currently on sale for 15 dollars.