BODY FOUND-LAKE MINNETONKA
Divers locate body in Lake Minnetonka after boater missing
ORONO, Minn. (AP) — Divers have recovered a body from Lake Minnetonka near where a boater was reported missing.
The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office says the body was found Sunday near Big Island. Deputies had been searching that area for a missing boater since Saturday evening.
Deputies responded to a 911 call of a boat circling in the water. When deputies arrived, they found a recreational boat operating with no one aboard.
The sheriff’s office is investigating. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office will identify the body and release the cause of death.
DEPUTY HIT BY ARROW
Officers named in shooting of deputy arrow assault suspect
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified two law officers who shot and wounded a 31-year-old man after he shot a sheriff’s deputy with an arrow, prompting a standoff in Sauk Centre.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says state Trooper Anthony Butler and Melrose police Officer Patrick Nechanicky fired their guns. Both are on standard administrative leave.
Authorities say the suspect, from Alexandria, was released from the hospital Saturday and was booked into the Stearns County Jail.
The incident began Thursday when a stolen pickup from Osaskis exited into Sauk Centre, smashed into parked vehicles and through a garage.
Authorities say the suspect ran into a home, where he shot Deputy Paul Orvis in the forearm with the homeowner’s compound bow.
Law officers on the scene were not wearing body cameras.
STUDENT LOAN DEFAULTS
Minnesota amps up oversight for student loan repayments
(Information from: Minnesota Public Radio News, http://www.mprnews.org)
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has become more aggressive about taking student loan recipients to court when they fall behind on payments to keep its rates low.
Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Student Education Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to Minnesota students to help bridge the gap between financial aid and the cost of education. The loan has helped more than 250,000 students pay for higher education since it began in 1984, lending out more than $2 billion.
The SELF loan’s current fixed interest rate is 6 percent, and the variable interest rate is 4.3 percent. But to keep those rates low, the state must keep defaults down.
The office hired in-house attorney Andrew Wold to file cases in state court. Wold has filed more than 1,000 cases since January 2016, dropping default rates on the loan in his first year.
Canterbury Park closes out 69-day meet with record purses
SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Canterbury Park has closed out its 2018 meet with record purses and an increase in total handle.
Mister Banjoman, a Minnesota-bred 2-year-old gelding owned by Joe Novogratz of Chanhasssen , won the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes by a nose over Topper T on Saturday, the final day of racing at the Shakopee track.
Total handle was $48.1 million for the 69 days of racing, a record and a 10 percent increase over last year’s 67 days. Average daily handle totaled nearly $698,000 and was a 7 percent increase.
Canterbury’s daily attendance averaged 6,500, down slightly from 2017. Purses paid to horsemen increased by 10 percent to a record $15.2 million.
Novogratz, who races as Novogratz Racing Stables, tied with Charles Garvey for leading thoroughbred owner. Each had 15 wins.