GOP secretary of state candidate recovering from float crash
CARVER, Minn. (AP) — The Republican candidate for Minnesota secretary of state is home recovering after being hurt in a parade float crash.
John Howe says he suffered abrasions and received 14 stitches in his scalp following the accident Sunday at Steamboat Days in the city of Carver. Howe’s campaign manager, Tim Droogsma, was also injured.
Howe told Minnesota Public Radio News the tractor that was pulling the float trailer suffered a steering malfunction and the pair were thrown to the pavement as the tractor was pulling away from the end of the parade.
The trailer then ran over Droogsma, a former staffer for U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and Republican Gov. Arne Carlson.
Several other Republican candidates, including U.S. Senate hopeful Jim Newberger, were at the parade, but no one else was hurt.
South Dakota residents upset about Minnesota wind proposal
(Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org)
CANBY, Minn. (AP) — A project that calls for dozens of skyscraper-sized turbines in southwestern Minnesota is stirring fierce opposition across the state border in South Dakota.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that U.K.-based Renewable Energy Systems’ Bitter Root Wind Project calls for raising 44 of the supersized machines in Minnesota’s Yellow Medicine County, near the South Dakota border. The turbines are capable of generating 50 percent more energy than the average U.S. turbine.
But the project is seeing public opposition from residents of South Dakota’s Lake Cochrane, which sits less than a mile from the Minnesota border. Resident Ron Ruud says the turbines will interrupt views and produce noise.
Project developer Michelle Matthews says she understands Lake Cochrane residents weren’t prepared to see turbines built nearby, but the company is trying to “minimize the impacts.”
Rochester police investigating man’s fatal shooting
ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Police in Rochester say the person who shot and killed a man at a mobile home park apparently had targeted the victim.
KTTC-TV reports the shooting at Bob’s Trailer Court happened about 4 a.m. Monday. Police say 38-year-old Brandon Matthew Arndt of Rochester responded to a knock on his door and was shot in the face. Another person in the trailer was awakened by the gunshot and called 911.
Arndt was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are looking for a suspect. Investigators are securing a warrant to search the trailer home.
Woman with gun causes evacuation at Moorhead restaurant
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say patrons were evacuated from a restaurant in Moorhead when a woman at the bar displayed a handgun.
Police say the 47-year-old Fargo, North Dakota woman was making suicidal comments at Buffalo Wild Wings Sunday night and had some employees cornered in the restaurant. Officers entered and arrested the woman without incident.
She’s being held in the Clay County Jail. Authorities say the gun was a facsimile.
TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL-BLACK LIVES MATTER DRAMAS
‘The Hate U Give’ puts Black Lives Matter on the screen
TORONTO (AP) — In a wave of films at the Toronto International Film Festival, the kinds of police brutality-inflicted tragedies that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement are being filtered into fiction film with anguished and stirring passion.
Many filmmakers are seeking to capture the humanity beneath the headlines, explicitly confronting the racial fissures in American society while channeling the sorrow and outrage of generations of black Americans.
“The Hate U Give,” adapted from Angie Thomas’ best seller, is about a 16-year-old girl whose childhood friend is shot by a police officer when he reaches for a hair brush. Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Monsters and Men” has similarities to the killing of Eric Garner, the Staten Island man who was choked and killed by police after being approached for selling single cigarettes.
Minnesota man injured in Wyoming bear encounter
(Information from: Powell (Wyo.) Tribune, http://www.powelltribune.com)
CODY, Wyo. (AP) — A 48-year-old hiker from Minnesota has been injured in a bear encounter in northern Wyoming.
Park County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lance Mathess says Bradley D. Johnson of Plymouth, Minnesota, received severe injuries to his arm, shoulder and back when he encountered two bears on Sunday afternoon in the Beartooth Mountains near the Wyoming-Montana border.
The Powell Tribune reports that medics had to hike in about a mile to reach Johnson. They carried Johnson to their waiting helicopter, which took him to St. Vincent Hospital in Billings, Montana, for treatment.
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department says Johnson had been backpacking with three friends in the Shoshone National Forest when he hiked out ahead and came upon two bears.
Wildlife officials were trying to determine what type of bear was involved.