The family of a 5-year-old boy thrown off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America earlier this month says he remains in intensive care but that the public's "prayers are working." A short statement Tuesday said the boy remains under sedation. The family, which has asked for privacy, says the child "has an important week ahead with more milestones to accomplish." Mac Hammond, a pastor at a church attended by the child's grandparents, said during his Easter service that there was no evidence the boy had a brain injury. Stephen Tillitt, an attorney for the boy's family, says he could [...]
Attorney General Keith Ellison has called on lawmakers to reverse a 2017 law that repealed Minnesota's ban on for-profit health insurance companies. The law takes effect July 1, but language to undo it is part of a broad health and human services bill that will be debated on the House floor Wednesday. Ellison and lawmakers who held a news conference Tuesday said that unless the Legislature acts, for-profit companies could pocket billions of dollars in assets now held in reserve by the state's nonprofit health plans. They say the money should be used for health care instead. Democratic Rep. Tina Liebling [...]
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says three law enforcement officers fired their weapons in the fatal shooting of a man in Coon Rapids. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man who died as 40-year-old John Duane Fairbanks, of Cass Lake. He died of multiple gunshot wounds following a traffic stop April 18. Police say officers believed Fairbanks posed a deadly threat to them and opened fire. The BCA says crime scene personnel recovered a handgun next to Fairbanks' body. The three officers who fired their weapons, Alex Hattstrom and Geoff Neumann, of the Coon Rapids police department and [...]
U.S. auto safety regulators have expanded an investigation into malfunctioning air bag controls to include 12.3 million vehicles because the bags may not inflate in a crash. As many as five deaths are blamed on the problem. The probe covers parts made by made by ZF-TRW that were installed in Toyota, Honda, Kia, Hyundai, Mitsubishi and Fiat Chrysler vehicles from the 2010 through 2019 model years. Government documents say electrical signals can interfere with a circuit that monitors crash sensors. The interference can damage the circuit.
Police in Minnesota are investigating who fired at least a dozen shots into a crowded garage where a family was playing dominoes and having a barbecue in Austin. Austin police say a 32-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman suffered injuries on their legs, but their relatives say they are recovering. The Post Bulletin reports that no one else was injured during the Saturday night shooting. Police are looking for a motive.
Minnesota farmers are sketching proposals to prevent the closure of small dairies during a sustained slump in milk prices. The Star Tribune reports that local farmers recently gathered in Greenwald to voice concerns about the loss of small dairies, which face higher milk production costs. Former University of Minnesota professor Dick Levins outlined a proposal to address the "operating cost imbalance" between small and large dairies. The legislation hasn't been written, but it would make emergency federal payments to farmers based on production costs. Small dairies would receive more money per hundredweight of milk produced, while the largest dairies wouldn't receive [...]
Two more police departments in southern Minnesota are getting officers to wear body cameras. The Le Sueur City Council already has approved purchasing them and on Monday will hear public comment about how the cameras will be used. The city's police department hopes to begin using the cameras by year's end. The New Ulm Police Department has already heard from the public and ordered the cameras. Officers expect to start using them this spring or summer. In all, more than 40 police and sheriff's departments are using body cameras in Minnesota. Le Sueur police Sgt. Aaron Thieke told city officials officers [...]
Authorities say a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer died after being thrown from a boat while responding to a call about a possible body in a lake near Pine City. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the officer has been identified as Eugene Wynn. He was responding with Pine County Sheriff's deputies Friday night to a report from anglers that there might be a body in Cross Lake.
Metro Transit Police say a man has died after falling from a light rail platform in Minneapolis. Authorities say the man was pulled under the train at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on the Green Line platform at the Stadium Village station, which is located on the University of Minnesota Campus. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that police don't know if the man was a college student.
A 74-year-old St. Paul man was rescued from his burning home by two of his neighbors who were working outside when the house exploded and burst into flames. Israel Melendez and Paul Warner told reporters they were working on a truck about 2 p.m. Saturday when they heard a loud boom. They saw flames and debris falling around the house owned by Michael Schultz. Melendez broke through a window and the with the help of Warner, moved him to safety.