>>Crossfit gyms in Fargo-Moorhead raising money to honor slain Officer Jake Wallin

(Fargo, ND) — Crossfit gyms in the Fargo-Moorhead area are helping raise money to send slain officer Jake Wallin’s (wah-LEENZ) family and fiance to Washington D-C next May, when his name will be added the the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during National Police Week. Kerri Gortmaker, an owner of Sheyenne River Crossfit in West Fargo, says Monday’s fundraiser is an honor WOD (WAD). “The workout is three rounds for time, and the three rounds is because he was working Beat 3 at the time. And then there is a one-thousand-50-meter run, so 1050, which is police code for a car accident, which is what he was responding to,” Gortmaker says. Other exercises in the WOD (WAD) mark 7-14-23 — Wallin’s end-of-watch. Monday’s all-day event is open to the public and is free, but sponsors are asking for donations.

>>Target Candle Recall

(Minneapolis, MN) — Minneapolis-based Target is recalling more than two million scented candles. The recall impacts “Threshold” glass jar candles sold in multiple sizes and scents including frosted cupcake, rose petal, and pumpkin spice. Federal regulators say the jars of the candles can break during use, and become a burn and cut hazard. Target has received 19 reports of the candles breaking, resulting in one minor injury. The candles were sold from February 2020 through July 2023.

>>Top analyst says Walz should turn Ricky Cobb shooting investigation over to U-S Justice Dept, amid criticism from police association

(St. Paul, MN) — The Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association says Governor Tim Walz meeting privately with the family of a man fatally shot by a state trooper — a meeting a Ricky Cobb’s family members called “very important” — undermines due process and the rights of law enforcement officers. Hamline University legal analyst Dave Schultz says offering condolences is “basic human decency.” But he says on the other hand, “If the B-C-A comes in and says, in fact, the officers did do something wrong, well,… might look like the governor had some undue influence on the investigation in some way, shape or form.” Schultz says there’s a clear conflict of interest with one state agency — the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension — investigating another state agency — the Minnesota State Patrol. Schultz says a “much smarter move at this point” would be to turn the investigation over to the U-S Justice Department.

>>Man sentenced to 30 years for Minneapolis shooting that killed 12-year-old boy

(Minneapolis, MN) — A Minneapolis man, 20-year-old Jeremiah Grady, will spend just over 30 years in prison in connection to a shooting that killed 12-year-old London Bean back in 2021. A witness told police she saw Bean and another boy fighting when Grady came around from the back of a home, pointed a gun and started firing. Police later identified Grady as the older brother of the boy who was fighting with Bean. Grady pleaded guilty in May.

>>Minnesota State Fair Hosting First Sensory Friendly Day

(Minneapolis, MN) — The Minnesota State Fair is hosting its first sensory-friendly morning for adults and kids with Autism. Fair organizers say on August 28th, they will reduce the noise and commotion to give those with sensory processing differences a chance to enjoy the rides and play games in peace. Visitors who feel overwhelmed can head to the Fraser Sensory Building on Cosgrove Street to relax and unwind. Fair organizers say they’ll continue to make the fairgrounds accessible because everyone deserves the chance to have fun.

>>Honors for Albert Woolson Saturday in Duluth

(Duluth, MN) — Events are Saturday at Park Hill Cemetery and the Depot in Duluth to honor the man recognized as the last veteran of the Civil War from either side. Albert Woolson joined the Union Army at age 14 in October 1864 as a drummer boy. Woolson and his family lived in several Minnesota cities and moved to Duluth around the turn of the century where he spent the rest of his long life, and died at age 106 in August of 1956. Military honors from the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War and American Legion Post 28 will be held at 11 a-m at the cemetery followed by a noon wreath laying at his statue and a reception at the Depot.

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