Hundreds of people gathered at Republican Party headquarters in Minneapolis on Monday. This latest protest was in response to the White Supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia which turned deadly over the weekend. The anti-racism demonstrators then moved into the downtown area of Minneapolis, disrupting light-rail service and blocking traffic.
Reaction is mixed after President Trump on Monday called out white supremacists two days after violence erupted at a march in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hamline University political analyst David Schultz thinks “it’s a little bit of both too little too late and better late than never. I think it’s the kind of thing people wanted to hear on Saturday when the violence first occurred, for him to specifically call out the neo-nazis, the KKK and racists, but the fact that he still finally did it, I think is important.” Schultz says, however, delaying the message so long may have dulled the impact of Trump’s words. The Department of Justice is opening a civil rights investigation into the violence, which left one dead and more than a dozen injured.
The state Health Department has yet to find the source of E. coli which killed a three-year old girl and sickened her brother in Wright County last month. Testing has included animals at a petting zoo, swimming locations and foods. Kallen Maresh suffered from kidney failure which contributed to her death. Her brother, five-year old Kade is recovering from the illness.
Charges are pending against a man who engaged authorities in a wild afternoon east of St. Paul. The Washington County Sheriff’s Office says the man left a trail of blood while allegedly stealing a gun from a sports store, then taking a stolen car from Woodbury to a Lake Elmo trailer park. Law enforcement then surrounded the home, evacuated several homes in the area and spent an hour and a half trying to get the man to surrender. The suspect then tried to exit the home disguised as a female. He was taken into custody without incident.
There is a high level of fire risk in northwestern Minnesota. The driest counties include Kittson, Roseau, Marshall, Pennington and portions of Beltrami and Lake of the Woods counties. Fire departments have responded to more than a half-dozen wildfires in the last week and fire officials say people should check brush piles and burning rings to make sure fires are out. In the past month, less than a quarter-inch of rain has fallen in northwestern Minnesota.
There’s an extra degree of difficulty this morning for drivers across much of the state. The National Weather Service says heavy fog will cause sudden drops in visibility across most of central and southern Minnesota. An advisory is in effect through 9am.