>>Minnesota Senate Panel to Consider Ethics Complaint Tuesday Against Mitchell

(St. Paul, MN) — A Minnesota Senate panel Tuesday considers an ethics complaint Republicans filed against Democratic Senator Nicole Mitchell, who’s charged with felony burglary for allegedly breaking into her stepmother’s home in Detroit Lakes. Senate G-O-P Minority Leader Mark Johnson says, “It’s another opportunity for the Democrats to see the evidence — I mean, it’s been very, very public, very blatant — and have an opportunity to, after that, take some action on, how are we gonna hold Senator Mitchell accountable.” Johnson says he doubts there will be an official determination Tuesday but says at any point the Senate “could put some real consequences” on Mitchell. Democrats say Mitchell has a right to due process — not only in the Minnesota Senate but also in the courts.


>>Minnesota House to Hear Testimony on Proposed ERA/Abortion Rights Amendment

(St. Paul, MN) — A key Minnesota House committee hears public testimony this morning (Mon 9am start) on a proposed E-R-A (Equal Rights) and abortion rights constitutional amendment. The bill would ask voters in fall 2026 whether the Minnesota Constitution should be amended to prohibit discrimination based on race, color, national origin, ancestry, disability or sex — including gender identity, sexual orientation and “all matters relating to one’s own pregnancy.” That is where the abortion issue comes in. Backers of the bill contend abortion rights, currently in state law, should be more firmly ensured in the Minnesota Constitution, with Roe -v- Wade now overturned. Opponents warn the proposed amendment would put language allowing abortion up to the moment of birth directly into the Minnesota Constitution.


>>Washburn’s Byrd Named 2024 Minnesota Teach of the Year

(St. Paul, MN) — Tracy Byrd of Washburn High School in Minneapolis is being honored as the 2024 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. The ninth grade English language arts teacher received the 60th annual award Sunday in St. Paul. Education Minnesota says Byrd left a career in the financial world in 2008 to join the Wayzata school district as a supervisor and coach and later earned his teaching credentials before returning to his alma mater, Washburn, in 2017. Byrd says his goal is to show students something new and authentic so they can learn and grow.


>>MNA Members to Protest North Memorial Hospital Service Cuts

(Robbinsdale, MN) — Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) members at North Memorial in Robbinsdale are speaking out today (Mon 2pm) against recent cuts to services at the hospital and clinics. This comes after North Memorial executives announced March 14th they are closing the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), reducing mental health patient beds, and closing all outpatient mental health services. M-N-A says the cuts present a risk for mothers giving birth at North Memorial, as any baby born that requires NIC-U will have to be sent to another hospital and put mental health services puts patients in danger.


>>Carver County Deputies Shoot Man with Knife in Chanhassen

(Chanhassen, MN) — A man is reportedly in stable condition after being shot by Carver County sheriff’s deputies during a domestic incident Saturday in Chanhassen. Investigators say deputies were talking with a woman outside when the suspect came out of the house with a knife. The report says the man refused to drop the knife and two deputies shot him several times. He was taken by ambulance to Hennepin Healthcare. The Minnesota B-C-A is still investigating the shooting.


>>1 Dead, Another Injured in South Minneapolis Shooting

(Minneapolis, MN) — One man is dead, another injured, after an early morning shooting Sunday in south Minneapolis. Officers were called to the parking lot of the old Whiskey Junction bar and found a man in his 40s with life-threatening gunshot wounds who later died in the hospital. Investigators believe shots were fired across the street at a group of people and that led to an exchange of gunfire. The victim was identified by family as Eagan and Eden Prairie firefighter Joseph Johns. A second man with arrived at H-C-M-C with non-life threatening injuries.


>>2 Dead in Alcohol-Related Crash near Walker in Cass County

(Pine River, MN) — Authorities say alcohol likely played a role in a crash early Sunday morning in Cass County that left two people dead. State troopers say a pickup driven by 32-year-old Kyle Jones of Bayport collided head-on with a car driven by 39-year-old Royal Noe from Hillman in Pine River Township south of Walker. The report says Noe and his passenger, 50-year-old Heather Ceballos from Brainerd, both died at the scene. Two other passengers in Noe’s car were also hurt. Jones and his passenger were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.


>>St. Cloud Man killed in Motorcycle vs. Pickup Crash in Morrison County

(Little Falls, MN ) — A motorcyclist is dead after a crash Sunday afternoon in Morrison County near Little Falls. The Minnesota State Patrol says the motorcycle and a pickup collided at an intersection in Belle Prairie Township. Troopers say the 43-year-old rider from St. Cloud died at the scene and the truck driver wasn’t hurt. The report says the roadway was dry at the time of the crash.


>>Walk for Animals 2024 Called ‘Another Success’

(Falcon Heights, MN) — Animal Humane Society officials are calling this year’s Walk for Animals “another success.” A-H-S spokesperson Brittany Baumann says Mother Nature cooperated for Saturday’s big event on the State Fairgrounds. She says they had a ton of animal lovers, supporters come out and the rain held out in time for the start of the walk. She says the fundraising numbers will be finalized later this week, but the preliminary total was 586 thousand dollars, and the goal is 700 thousand.


>>Wolves at Nuggets in Game 2 of Western Conference Semifinals

(Denver, CO) — The Minnesota Timberwolves take a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals tonight (Mon pm) in Denver. The Wolves topped the Nuggets 106-99 in the opener Saturday night at Ball Arena. Anthony Edwards led Minnesota with 43 points, Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20, and Naz Reid had 16 points off the bench. Assistant coach Micah Nori led the team from the sidelines while injured head coach Chris Finch helped communicate from behind bench.


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