RED RIVER DIVERSION
Family feud: Cousins take opposite sides on diversion plan
MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A public meeting meant to discuss environmental impacts of a revised Red River diversion channel around the flood-prone Fargo-Moorhead area may have been the last chance for opponents to publicly air their grievances. And in one case it put cousins on opposite sides.
The project has been on hold because it has not received a permit from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. However, DNR officials have given favorable reviews to changes made in a so-called Plan B option.
A public forum was held Thursday in Moorhead to discuss the changes. One speaker, Leroy Richard, of Horace, called the project a “bad dream” for upstream residents whose land would be flooded in times of high water.
Shortly thereafter, Richard’s cousin, Mark Vanyo of Moorhead, stood up to support the diversion.
DEPUTY HIT BY ARROW
Man arrested after shooting Minnesota deputy with crossbow
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot a Minnesota sheriff’s deputy with a crossbow also was shot and wounded by law officers firing their guns.
Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmunson says the deputy was shot in the forearm Thursday and was taken to a hospital, where he is in good condition. Deputy Paul Orvis was undergoing surgery to remove the arrow shaft.
The sheriff’s office says more than one officer from different agencies fired their guns, but it’s unclear who shot the suspect. The 31-year-old man was shot in the left shoulder and buttocks, and was flown to a hospital.
The incident began when a stolen pickup from Osaskis exited into Sauk Centre, a community about 90 miles (145 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. It traveled through backyards and smashed into parked vehicles and through a garage.
The sheriff’s office says the suspect then ran into a home, where he allegedly shot Orvis with a crossbow belonging to the homeowner.
Nearby homes were evacuated. The standoff lasted about two hours.
FRAT HOUSE DEATH
Student found dead at fraternity house identified
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police have identified the student whose body was found in a University of Minnesota fraternity house.
The body of 20-year-old Dylan Fulton, from St. Lawrence, South Dakota, was found at the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity house early Wednesday. Police say they do not suspect foul play in Fulton’s death. Police spokesman Steve Linders says although authorities do not believe Fulton was hazed, alcohol may be a factor in his death.
A resident of the house called police after finding Fulton. It’s unclear whether he lived at the fraternity house.
Ex-cop, Minneapolis want to put shooting lawsuit on hold
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis and a former police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman are asking a federal judge to put a $50 million lawsuit on hold.
Attorneys for Mohamed Noor, the city and others say civil proceedings should be delayed while Noor’s criminal case is pending. Noor is charged with murder and manslaughter in the July 15, 2017, killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond.
Attorneys for Damond’s family say the criminal and civil cases can move forward simultaneously.
But Noor’s attorneys say the civil case should be delayed so he can fairly defend himself in both cases. Noor hasn’t spoken to investigators in the criminal case, and his attorneys say he can’t continue to invoke the 5th Amendment while also defending himself against the civil claims.
Jury convicts uncle in death of baby in St. Louis County
VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted the uncle of a baby who was killed in a house fire in St. Louis County.
KBJR-TV reports the jury found 26-year-old Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski of Hibbing guilty Thursday on two counts of manslaughter. He’ll be sentenced Oct. 24.
Bonacci-Koski was on trial for the August 2017 death of 11-month-old Bentley Koski. Prosecutors say Bonacci-Koski left his nephew home alone that day when a fire broke out.
In closing arguments, the defense argued there was insufficient evidence to convict Bonacci-Koski of manslaughter.
But the prosecution countered that the fact that Bonacci-Koski left the baby home alone was enough to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. But investigators say there is no evidence that Bonacci-Koski started the fire.
Rate of uninsured increases in Minnesota
(Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of people without health insurance in Minnesota has increased for the first time in five years, when the Affordable Care Act was in full effect.
A U.S. Census report says about 243,000 Minnesotans did not have insurance in 2017. That’s an increase of 18,000 from the previous year. Still, Minnesota has one of the lowest uninsured rates in the country at 4.5 percent. Nationally that rate is 8.8 percent, or about 28½ million people.
State health economist Stefan Gildenmeister tells the Star Tribune what is of particular concern is that the rate of uninsured has increased at a time of economic prosperity.
More victims added to Detroit-area genital mutilation case
DETROIT (AP) — Federal prosecutors have added three Illinois girls as victims in a criminal case against Detroit-area doctors accused of female genital mutilation.
The disclosure was made Wednesday in an updated indictment against Dr. Jumana Nagarwala and others.
The government is accusing Nagarwala of performing genital mutilation on nine girls at a Livonia clinic. She denies any crime and says she performed a religious custom on girls from her Muslim sect, the Dawoodi Bohra.
The government says the victims were three girls from Illinois, four from Michigan and two from Minnesota . Eight people have been charged in the case.
The initial charges were filed in April 2017. A trial is scheduled for January.