>>Becker County Court Hearing for Senator Mitchell Pushed Back to August 30th

(Detroit Lakes, MN) — An omnibus court hearing for state Senator Nicole Mitchell of Woodbury is being pushed back to late August in Detroit Lakes. The Becker County Court Administrator’s Office says it has been moved to August 30th after a request by the defense. Mitchell is facing a first-burglary charge for an alleged break-in at her estranged stepmother’s Detroit Lakes home in April. Several lawmakers and D-F-L leaders have called on Mitchell to step down, but the Woodbury Democrat says she has no plans to resign.


>>Legal Cannabis Supporters Submit Petition to ND Secretary of State

(Bismarck, ND) — A proposed measure to legalize recreational cannabis in North Dakota is one step closer to appearing on the November ballot. Organizers submitted a petition with 22 thousand signatures Monday to the Secretary of State’s Office. It required a minimum of 15 thousand signatures. If approved by voters, the program would allow up to seven cannabis manufacturing facilities, 18 dispensaries, and residents could grow up to six plants. A recreational ballot measure failed in North Dakota in 2022.  Adult-use cannabis became legal in Minnesota last August.


>>Heat Wave Expected in Minnesota this Weekend

(Chanhassen, MN) — It looks like the first heat wave of the summer will arrive later this week in Minnesota. National Weather Service Meteorologist Melissa Dye says we’re looking at high temperatures in 90s across much of the state this weekend, even up north to the international border. She says high humidity will be widespread as well. Dye says Sunday will be the hottest day with the Twin Cities, central and northern Minnesota seeing their first 90-degree highs of the summer.


>>Drinking Water Advisory for Flood-Stricken Waterville

(Waterville, MN) — LeSueur County Emergency Management is warning residents in Waterville not to drink the city water that might be contaminated as they search for a water main break. Due to flooding, it’s estimated over 130 homes were damaged and damage to public infrastructure alone is currently estimated to be about three-million-dollars. Officials say most homeowners didn’t have flood insurance.


>>Weekly Crop Report Shows Heavy Rains Restricted Access to Minnesota Fields

(St. Paul, MN) — Heavy rains and saturated soils continue to restrict access to fields throughout much of Minnesota. U-S-D-A’s latest weekly crop report says there were fewer than three days suitable for fieldwork statewide, and livestock losses were reported due to flash flooding. Corn silking reached four percent, five days behind last year and two days behind the five-year average. For the first time this growing season, corn rated in good to excellent condition dipped below 60 percent. Soybeans are 32 percent blooming, equal to the usual pace, with 60 percent called good to excellent. Sugar beet condition remained at 79 percent, and the second cutting of alfalfa reached 23 percent.


>>Passersby Lift S-U-V Off Boy after Vehicle Strikes Bicycle in Maplewood

(Maplewood, MN) — Authorities say at least four witnesses and passersby lifted an S-U-V to free a boy pinned underneath after the vehicle’s driver ran a red light lon the Fourth of July in Maplewood. Investigators say the boy and his father were bicycling when the youth was struck while riding in the crosswalk. A motorist stopped after seeing it happen and rushed to help the boy, as did others in the area immediately after. The police report says the boy was “conscious, alert and breathing” when paramedics arrived and suffered a “possible broken leg and other unknown injuries.” His condition isn’t available. Officers cited the S-U-V driver for failing to stop.


>>Man with Child in Car Leads Police on High-Speed Chase in Southern Minnesota

(Austin, MN) — A 48-year-old man is in Mower County Jail after authorities say he led police on a high-speed chase from Owatonna to Austin with a child in the car. The man surrendered more than 10 hours later following a standoff at the home of a relative. Investigators say Owatonna officers responding to a disturbance at a local store approached the man late Sunday night and he struck a squad car as he fled. Stop sticks disabled the man’s vehicle and after extended negotiations officers took the suspect into custody and safely recovered the child who was released to family. Officers say they saw a number of knives plus bear spray and a can of gasoline in the vehicle’s front seat.


>>Minnesota DNR Certifies 9 New State Record Fish since March

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says it has certified nine new state record fish since making changes to the program in March. The D-N-R added more species to the catch-and-release category and made more space for records in the certified weight category. The catch-and-release records include a 35-inch shovelnose sturgeon caught on the Minnesota River in Scott County, and 22-and-a-quarter inch smallmouth bass on Basswood Lake in Lake County. A record 12 pound, five-ounce Coho salmon was pulled from Lake Superior in St. Louis County, and a three-pound, nine-ounce black crappie was caught on Cedar Lake in Rice County. D-N-R officials say they expect to keep posting more records.


>>Minneapolis Submits Bid to Host Sundance Film Festival in 2027

(Minneapolis, MN) — The City of Minneapolis officially submitted its bid last month to host the Sundance Film Festival in 2027. Officials cited the city’s existing network of theaters, art, and entertainment. The festival has been hosted in Park City, Utah, for the past 40 years and will do so through 2026. The 2027 host will be announced later this year or in early 2025.


>>Minnesota Twins Top White Sox in 11 Innings in Series Opener

(Chicago, IL) — The Minnesota Twins outlasted the White Sox 8-6 in extra innings in the series opener Monday night in Chicago. Rookie slugger Brooks Lee singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and Manny Margot added an insurance run for Minnesota. Trevor Larnach (LAR’-nick), Matt Wallner, and Carlos Correa hit home runs for the Twins. Closer Jhoan Duran got the win and Kody Funderburk picked up his first save. Bailey Ober is scheduled to start the second game tonight (Tues 7pm) at Guaranteed Rate Field.




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