>>Minnesota Senate Panel to Consider Ethics Complaint Against Mitchell

(St. Paul, MN) — A Minnesota Senate ethics panel this afternoon (Tues 1pm) considers a complaint filed against Democratic Senator Nicole Mitchell, who faces felony burglary charges for allegedly breaking into her stepmother’s home in Detroit Lakes. Republicans say there are inconsistencies in Mitchell’s story: She told police “I know I did something bad”… but later posted she was checking on a family member with Alzheimer’s, while her stepmother said she never told Mitchell about the early-stage diagnosis; Mitchell said she was looking for her late father’s ashes, but her stepmother says she sent a portion of them to Mitchell. The subcommittee, with two Democrats and two Republicans, will likely debate whether there’s “probable cause” for an investigation. Republicans have called for Mitchell’s resignation which would tie the Senate at 33-33, but Democrats say she has a right to due process. Mitchell’s next court appearance isn’t until after the legislature’s May 20th adjournment deadline.

 

>>New Minnesota State Patrol Chief Bogojevic Sworn in

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota State Patrol is officially welcoming its new chief, Colonel Christina Bogojevic (boh-go-YAY’-vich). She was sworn in during a pinning ceremony Monday afternoon in St. Paul. Colonel Bogojevic thanked the State Patrol troopers and staff, saying “you are the reason this organization is what it is.” Bogojevic¬† joined the State Patrol in 2003 and served as captain of the Rochester District from 2005 to 2022. She takes over for longtime Colonel Matt Langer. Bogojevic is just the second woman to serve as State Patrol chief.

 

>>St. Cloud State University Plans Major Program and Faculty Cuts

(St. Cloud, MN) — St. Cloud State University plans to cut almost 100 programs and 57 faculty positions to address a long-standing budget deficit. The university’s leaders aim to focus on its most robust degree and minor programs, reducing the overall number of offerings. These proposed cuts come at a time of ongoing financial difficulties due to declining enrollment and higher instructional costs. S-C-S-U is facing a deficit of about $15 million this year.

 

>>Woman Pointing Gun at Officers Fatally Shot by St. Paul Police

(St. Paul, MN) — Authorities are investigating a shooting by police in St. Paul Monday night that left a woman dead. Investigators say officers called to the report of a suicide in progress were speaking with a woman when she produced a handgun and pointed it at them. The officers fired their duty weapons, striking the woman. Paramedics provided treatment but she died at the scene. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is leading the investigation. The officers involved are being placed on administrative leave. No further information has been released.

 

>>Man Wanted in Saint Paul Shooting Arrested in Fergus Falls

(Fergus Falls, MN) — A man wanted in connection with a shooting incident April 24th on Saint Paul’s East Side is jailed in Fergus Falls. Officers say 19-year-old Zykevious Crosby was arrested early Monday morning during a search related to a domestic disturbance call. Video from the Saint Paul conflict between two groups shows Crosby firing a handgun at multiple women fleeing the area, with additional shots coming from the vehicle Crosby got into as it left.

 

>>4 People Hurt in St. Louis County Off-Road Vehicle Crash

(Canosia Township, MN) — Four people are injured following a side-by-side, off-road vehicle crash late Monday night in Canosia Township in northeastern Minnesota. The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office reported all four were on the same machine and a 17-year-old female was taken to the hospital with life-threatening critical injuries. The three other riders are being treated for non-life threatening injuries in a Duluth hospital. Authorities say alcohol is believed to have played a role in the crash.

 

>>Authorities ID St. Cloud Man Killed in Morrison County Motorcycle Crash

(Little Falls, MN) — State troopers say 43-year-old Eric Michael White of St. Cloud is the motorcyclist killed in a crash Sunday afternoon near Little Falls. The report says White’s motorcycle collided with a pickup at an intersection in Belle Prairie Township. White died at the scene and was not wearing a helmet. The truck driver wasn’t hurt.

 

>>Bicyclist Seriously Injured in Collision with Pickup in Faribault

(Faribault, MN) — A Northfield man is hospitalized with serious injuries after being hit on his bicycle by a vehicle Sunday night in Faribault. Police say 52-year-old Daniel Torkelson was riding near an intersection on Highway 60 when he was struck by a pickup. Officers say Torkelson was conscious and breathing before he was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. Investigators say the truck driver entered the intersection on a green light and no citations were issued.

 

>>Rochester Mayor Announces “My Neighborhood Week”

(Rochester, MN) — The city of Rochester is planning a new event called “Love My Neighborhood Week” which will commence on May 19th. The goal is to bring neighbors together and promote kindness, creating a more vibrant and closely-knit community. Mayor Kim Norton is leading this initiative to foster a connected community. If you’re interested in participating, you can find more information about activities and volunteer opportunities online at r-neighbors-dot-org.

 

>>Valleyfair Continues Chaperone Policy for 2024 Season

(Shakopee, MN) — Valleyfair amusement park confirms that its chaperone policy will remain in effect for the 2024 season, which starts on Sunday, Mother’s Day. The policy implemented last year mandates that all guests who are 15 years old or younger must be accompanied by a chaperone who is at least 21 after 4:00 pm. The safety measure aims to improve guest safety and minimize disruptive behavior and violent incidents in the park.

 

>>Hy-Vee Recalls 2 Products due to Potential Salmonella Contamination

(West Des Moines, IA) — Hy-Vee is voluntarily recalling two varieties of its Cream Cheese Spread and bulk-packaged Cookies & Cream Mix out of caution, due to a potential contamination with salmonella. The affected products were distributed to Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drugstore, Dollar Fresh Market, and Hy-Vee Fast and Fresh locations in Minnesota and seven other states. No other varieties of Hy-Vee Cream Cheese or bulk-packaged items are affected by this voluntary recall.

 

>>Timberwolves Take 2-0 Lead over Nuggets in Western Conference Semifinals

(Denver, CO) — The Timberwolves are up two games-to-none in the Western Conference semifinals after a 106-80 win Monday night in Denver. Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns both scored 27 points to lead Minnesota. The Wolves routed the defending N-B-A champions without starting center Rudy Gobert (GO’-bare), who stayed home for the birth of his son. Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic (yo-kitch) had 16 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists in the home loss. The Timberwolves are six-and-oh this postseason. Game 3 of the second-round playoff series is Friday night at Target Center.

 

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