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ST. PAUL -- Negotiators will need to work out Iron Range Unemployment benefit differences between Republicans who control the House and Democrats who hold a Senate majority. Senators on Monday rejected 40-25 a House-passed bill that links extended range unemployment benefits to reforming a trust fund that provides those benefits. "I am livid..." Sen. David Tomassoni, D-Chisholm, said. "This should have been done in November."
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Democrats put high priorities on ending the state's teacher shortage, increasing the number of school counselors and expanding schooling for 4 year olds. The senators announced their plan Monday, including offering student loan forgiveness and other financial incentives to attract new teachers.
EAGAN, Minn. – A Minnesota state trooper helped rescue a bald eagle that was hit by a vehicle Sunday, March 20, on Interstate 494 in Eagan. The trooper - identified by the Minneapolis Star Tribune as Paul Kingery - was able to subdue the raptor and transport it to be treated for its injuries. Here's the full report that the Patrol posted on Facebook:
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- The man shot down Thursday morning by Burnsville police after a confrontation in a McDonald’s parking lot has been identified by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office. Map Kong, 38, of Chaska, was shot by officers after brandishing a weapon in the restaurant parking lot about 6:15 a.m. Police were called to the scene at the corner of Washburn Avenue and State Highway 13 and shot Kong after a brief altercation.
AITKIN — The National Weather Service in Duluth has issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River affecting Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. Spring snowmelt along with rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches earlier this week have resulted in strong rises on the Mississippi River. River gauges in the upper Mississippi Headwaters show many tributaries were cresting Friday.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton announced the appointment of Bridgid E. Dowdal as a district court judge in the state’s Tenth District on Friday. Dowdal replaces Judge Alan F. Pendleton. She is currently the chief legal counsel for the office of the Inspector General in the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. -- Five officers involved in a shooting resulting in the death of a person at a McDonald’s restaurant early Thursday morning have been identified.
MILACA, Minn. -- Criminal charges have been filed against an Isle man in connection with the death of a 23-year-old woman whose body was found last week in Mille Lacs County. William Phillip Sayers Jr., 33, made his first appearance Tuesday in Mille Lacs County District Court. He was charged with four counts of criminal vehicular homicide and two gross misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated in connection with the death of Tanya Jean Skinaway.
CROSBY, Minn. – Four people were arrested, 3 ounces of methamphetamines with a street value of $9,000 was confiscated and four children were placed in emergency foster care following the execution of a search warrant Tuesday in Crosby. Agents with the Lakes Area Drug Investigative Division executed the search warrant at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a residence on the 800 block of Pine Street in Crosby, the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Office reported. The search warrant was in connection to an ongoing investigation involving the sale and distribution of methamphetamine.
FARGO—Different lawyers may represent a man who is on death row for the murder of a UND student. Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. was sentenced to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering 22-year-old Dru Sjodin more than 12 years ago. In his lengthy appeal, Rodriguez has been represented by court-appointed attorneys Michael Wiseman and Joseph Margulies. But Wiseman and Margulies asked Monday to be replaced by the Federal Community Defender Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.