>>Drydahl Pleads Not Guilty in Straw Weapons Charges

(Minneapolis, MN) — A Burnsville woman accused of making straw purchases of weapons used in the deadly shooting of three Burnsville first responders is pleading not guilty to eleven charges. 35-year-old Ashley Dyrdahl(Deer-Doll)allegedly purchased the two AR-15 weapons used in the February 18th shooting just weeks before the ambush.  BCA Superintendent Drew Evans says Drydahl knew her boyfriend, Shannon Gooden, was prohibited from buying guns and even wrote a letter on his behalf to get his firearms rights restored. Drydahl is accused of illegally purchasing Gooden a total of five firearms.

>>Walz Signs SRO Bill

(St. Paul, MN) — Governor Tim Walz moved quickly to fix a state law that led to confusion over the use of force by school resource officers.  The Minnesota Senate passed a bill clarifying those standards yesterday in a 61-to-3 vote.  Walz signed the bill into law late yesterday.  Backers say it keeps the limitation on the use of chokeholds for all peace officers in Minnesota, plus requires a statewide standard of basic training for school-based resource officers.

>>Fatal Fire in Moorhead

(Moorhead, MN) — A fatal house fire in north Moorhead Thursday morning. Firefighters quickly put the fire out and found a man dead inside. Two dogs were rescued. The fire investigation continues.

>>Duluth Music Teacher Accused of Assaulting Preteen Student

(Duluth, MN) — A Duluth music teacher is accused of molesting a preteen student. John Horgeshimer has been charged with first and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.  Police say the instructor at Duluth Edison’s Raleigh Academy cornered the female student in a stairwell and fondled her.  Horgeshimer was arrested Monday and remains behind bars on 75 thousand dollars bail.  He is also on administrative leave.

>>Drought Worsens Across Minnesota

(Undated) — Drought conditions across the state are worsening. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the overall level of drought in Minnesota remains around 99-and-a-half percent. The biggest change is moderate drought, which increased from around 40 percent to over 60 percent. Parts of northern and southeastern Minnesota are most affected by dry conditions, classified as severe or extreme drought.

>>MnDOT Allocates $81.5M to Projects to Improve Freight

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) has allocated $81.5 million to fund fifteen projects aimed at enhancing freight mobility, safety, and intermodal connections statewide. Funded through the Minnesota Highway Freight Program, the projects will span various transportation modes, including roads, ports, airports, and railroads. The funding, designated for projects in state fiscal years 2026-2028, will support initiatives in MnDOT rest areas and Cottage Grove, Coon Rapids, Clearwater, Mankato, Bridgewater, and several counties, including Sherburne, Carver, and Scott.

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