Minnesota Somalis are shaken by the bombing in Mogadishu that claimed more than 300 lives including a father of three from Bloomington. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a press conference Monday to announce plans to raise money and to help those affected by Saturday’s blast. Many in the community are still trying to confirm whether their loved ones are safe. The bombing is being blamed on the Al-Qaida-linked group Al-Shabab.
A northern Minnesota woman has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for cutting off a man’s head. 23-year-old Kaylenne Greniger, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. She admitted to decapitating 20 year-old David Haiman with a machete after her boyfriend assaulted him with a baseball bat and stabbed him near Grand Rapids. Greniger testified against her boyfriend, Joseph Thoresen, at his trial. Testimony indicated Thoresen believed that Haiman had raped Greniger. Thoresen was given a life-prison term.
A 40-year-old woman from Brainerd was killed in an ATV crash in Brule, Wisconsin Friday night. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department has identified the victim as Wendy Davis. According to an initial investigation, Davis missed a curve and hit a utility pole. She was not wearing a helmet and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Campaign donations to Senator Al Franken from Harvey Weinstein are being redirected. The donations are now in the hands of Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. The money will go various service and out reach projects aimed at helping Indian women and their families.
Large denomination counterfeit bills are once again turning up in the FM area, not in large numbers, but enough to remind you to watch for funny money. One police officer calls it “due diligence.” Moorhead police Lt. Tory Jacobson says don’t be embarrassed to examine bills you receive, whether you’re at a business or, as in the most recent case, which involved a counterfeit bill that was exchanged in a Facebook purchase.?
The Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth will be reduced to a single lane between 9:30 and 3:30 today.(Tues) The City of Duluth is doing some site assessment work to prepare for the anticipated deck replacement project that will start in January.