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Police investigate racist video targeting Prior Lake frish

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) – Police say they have been investigating a racist video targeting a black freshman at a suburban Twin Cities high school. The announcement came after hundreds of students and community members showed up at Prior Lake High School to support the 14-year-old girl. The school principals had canceled classes early because they cited safety concerns at the protest. The video, which was circulated on social media earlier this week, appears to show two girls making racist remarks mixed with profanity. Nya Sigin, the target of the video, says another classmate shared it with her on Monday night. She says it’s the “most disgusting” thing she’s ever seen. Savage Police Chief Rodney Seurer calls it an “appalling, hateful, racist” video.


Executives emphasize the need for more veteran centers in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Four Minnesota political leaders toured a veterans center in St. Paul while calling for better access to mental health care and adjustment services for those who served in the military. Governor Tim Walz, US Sen. Amy Klobuchar and US Reps. Angie Craig and Dean Phillips attended Veterans Day. They wanted to highlight the value of centers like the three in Minnesota in helping veterans get the support they needed, such as counseling, job placement, and referrals for other services. They support laws aimed at establishing more veteran centers across the country.


Minneapolis Police arrest the mother of an infant found dead

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police say they arrested the mother of a two-month-old baby who was found dead in a Minneapolis apartment building. Authorities said officials went to the home around 3 a.m. on Wednesday to check the welfare of the mother and child. According to police, the infant showed signs of trauma and died. The 23-year-old mother was arrested and sent to Hennepin County Jail on possible murder charges. Crime scene investigators worked on the crime scene and gathered evidence while homicide investigators began their work. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office has not identified the victim or the type of death.


The Supreme Court resets the unlawful death lawsuit following the 2013 murder

MINNNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minnesota Supreme Court retried a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the heirs of a boy whose killing in 2013 sparked major child protection reforms in Minnesota. The lawsuit alleges that Pope County and three child protection workers were negligent in the murder of Eric Dean. The 4-year-old boy who lived in Starbuck died through his father’s girlfriend after at least seven reports of suspected child abuse from various sources. The state Supreme Court retried the lawsuit. The Supreme Court says the district court should decide whether the county and social workers are liable for the boy’s death for failing to inform law enforcement about abuse in accordance with legal requirements.


Democrats sell infrastructure bills, push for Biden backup

STILWELL, Kan. (AP) – Democrats in Congress, who may face tough re-election campaigns next year, are cheering long-neglected public works projects that are coming to life thanks to the new infrastructure package. It is part of an attempt by President Joe Biden’s party to put months of power struggles between more progressive lawmakers and moderates from swing districts behind them. The party also wants lawmakers to band together on a shovel-ready approach to get the post-coronavirus pandemic economy into high gear. And some want Biden to do more to sell the American legislature. Biden traveled to the port of Baltimore on Wednesday to promote the $ 1 trillion plan.


Malcolm laments an “alarming surge” in Minnesota COVID-19 cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says COVID-19 hospital admissions have reached the highest level of the year. She also said Wednesday that hospital capacities across the state continue to tighten in the face of a “really alarming surge in cases”. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 5,277 new COVID-19 cases and 43 new deaths from the disease. The country’s hospitals were now caring for 1,159 COVID-19 patients, 257 of them in intensive care units. Malcolm says dozens of Minnesotans die every day from a disease they didn’t have to get. She urges Minnesotans to use preventive measures such as vaccinations, masking in public, and staying home if sick.


Probation, house arrest for MN men in riots in the US Capitol

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) – A man from Moorhead, Minnesota was sentenced to parole, house arrest, and community service for participating in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. A federal judge in Washington, DC, on Tuesday gave the 32-year-old Kenneth Stott’s 60 days house arrest and two years probation for his role in the uprising as Congress finalized the 2020 presidential election results. He also has to do 60 hours of community service. Stotts previously pleaded guilty to having committed, demonstrating, or demonstrating an administrative offense in a Capitol building. Three other charges were dismissed in a plea. Stotts was arrested by the FBI in northern Minnesota in March after he turned himself in.


Remains found in Texas in 1980 were eventually identified as teenagers

STILLWATER, Minnesota (AP) – A body found on a Texas freeway 41 years ago was finally identified as a 14-year-old girl missing from Minnesota. Officials at the Walker County, Texas sheriff said new DNA technology and forensic genealogy had helped them track down the unidentified remains of a handful of possible relatives. Investigators eventually discovered the remains were Sherri Ann Jarvis, whose naked body was discovered by a trucker along the interstate near Huntsville in November 1980. Walker County Sheriff Clint McRae said at a news conference Tuesday that the cause of death was asphyxiation from strangulation.

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