Authorities have not yet released the name of the man who shot and killed his wife in the west metro suburb of Crystal late Wednesday. Reports say the man told his son to call police after a domestic incident. The man stayed in the apartment with his gun during a standoff with officers which lasted more than two hours before he was taken into custody.
The tornado count in Minnesota is growing. The National Weather Service confirmed another twister which hit Norman County in northwestern Minnesota on Tuesday. There is also tornado damage Wednesday north of the Twin Cities in Forest Lake where nearly 30 trees were knocked down by what was likely an E-F-1 twister. To the south, two tornadoes touched down near Mankato on Sunday.
Three Minnesota kids are part of a group of 50 taking part in Children’s Hospital Association’s “Speak Now for Kids” family advocacy day event in Washington D-C. Dr. Jennifer Arnold, star of TLC’s “The Little Couple” says a healthcare bill being debated in Congress would cut at least 43 billion dollars over 10 years in Medicaid funding. She says kids represent 40-percent of coverage by Medicaid but they only cost 20-percent of the healthcare dollars. Arnold says Medicaid provides health care coverage for most children with complex medical conditions.
Minnesota business services firms feel positive about the economy. Shane Delaney with the state Department of Employment and Economic Development says more than 80-percent are expecting revenues and profits to increase or at least remain stable in the next year. Delaney says outcomes in the past year for productivity, employment levels, labor availability and selling prices also were positive.
Weather officials are warning against swimming today at Duluth’s Park Point Beach in Lake Superior. They say rapid successions of high waves can tire swimmers quickly and rip currents are strong due to windy conditions. There is also a small craft advisory in effect along much of the big lake’s shoreline until late afternoon.
The X-Games gets underway in Minneapolis today and runs through Sunday. The annual competition features extreme sports such as skateboarding, B-M-X biking, and motorcycling. U-S Bank Stadium will host most of the events, although there are some other venues hosting certain competitions.