State health officials are trying to find the source of e-coli that led to complications which claimed the life of a three-year-old girl from Wright County and has her five-year-old brother fighting for his life. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of Kade and Kallan Maresh. Investigators say deaths from H-U-S, which causes kidney failure, are very rare. As a precaution, animals at a petting zoo the children visited have been taken off display, but officials say the boy and girl could have contracted e-coli from any number of sources.
As controversy continues over body cameras not being used by police during Saturday’s shooting of Justine Damond, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says it will start using body cameras later this year. About 40 deputies will be trained before the program begins in December.
A man who police say threatened his girlfriend and fired two shots in the direction of officers Saturday afternoon in Fergus Falls remains in jail on one-million-dollars bond. 27-year-old Theodore Tiede is accused of holding a gun to the head of his girlfriend, who got out of the house and called authorities. Police Chief Kile Bergren eventually negotiated with Tiede, who fired shots out a basement window before surrendering. At one point, prosecutors say Tiede said he was having mental health issues and challenged police to come into the house and see how officers would do against the Marine corps.
Authorities say several thousand of the 40-thousand minks someone released from a farm near Eden Valley have been recovered but most died soon after. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says he’s convinced animal rights militants are responsible for the crime and called the suspects “nitwits” for thinking they were helping the minks but ended up killing them by the thousands. No arrests have been made and local, state and federal authorities are involved in the investigation.
More heat extremes are predicted this afternoon in far southwestern Minnesota. Forecasters say heat indices could reach 105 just over the border from Nobles, Rock and Pipestone counties. Meanwhile, NOAA reports that this past June was the third-hottest on record worldwide — only outdone by the Junes in 2015 and 2016.
Federal records show former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert was released from prison in Rochester(Minnesota) Monday and transferred to a Chicago re-entry facility. Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison in a hush-money case after being accused of sexually abusing boys while coaching wrestling at a Chicago area high school. Hastert is scheduled for release in August.