(Willmar, MN) -- No officers are injured after a suspect fired at Willmar Police. Authorities say 36-year-old Esteban Ramos Jr. shot a round at officers during a traffic stop Saturday night in the 100 block of High Avenue Northeast. Officers set up a perimeter and used drones and aircraft to search the neighborhood for Ramos after he ran off. He was found inside an detached garage nearby and officers used tear gas and a battering ram to take him into custody. Ramos was treated for self-inflicted injuries, then was taken to Kandiyohi County Jail on outstanding warrants from Lyon County and [...]
(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota Republican lawmakers are proposing a series of anti-crime bills. These will be the first public safety measures of the 2022 session, with the GOP making it a top priority. Senator and candidate for governor Paul Gazelka brought a bill forward that would apply mandatory minimum sentences for convicted carjackers. Gazelka also says he will be introducing a bill to require judges to impose the current five-year minimum for repeat offenders who commit a crime with a gun. A third bill would create a signing bonus program to help police departments increase their ranks, after a dramatic [...]
(Brooklyn Center, MN) -- Many in the legal community are saying that any possible appeal by former Brooklyn Center police officer Kim Potter is unlikely to succeed. Attorneys not involved in the case say the trial was well run and had few major legal issues, creating serious challenges for Potter's team to overcome in any appeal. Potter hasn't appealed yet. Her attorneys have declined to comment further on the case.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is being praised for being a great place to raise a family. WalletHub has named Minnesota as the fourth best state to raise a family in 2022. The rankings were based on five key indicators. They include health and safety, education and child care, affordability, socioeconomics, and family fun.
(St. Paul, MN) -- Minnesota is no longer requiring licensed child care providers to quarantine children and staff who come in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, the state's Department of Human Services says that license holders are strongly encouraged to follow state or federal guidance on quarantining. Child care providers will still be required to report positive COVID cases among children or staff to state health officials and isolate anyone who has tested positive for the virus.
(Morehead, MN) -- A Minnesota man who evaded police for two decades is in custody to face charges for allegedly having sex with a teenage girl. Curtis Brovold was caught in Cancun, Mexico yesterday where authorities arrested him outside his home. It's believed he fled there 22 years ago after his arrest for having sex with a minor. Brovold will be transferred back to the U.S.
A potent winter storm is primed to dump deep snow on dozens of states from the Northern Plains to the Deep South and up to New England. Forecasters say up to a foot will invade the eastern Dakotas, western Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, and possibly the Ozarks in Arkansas today. Cities including Minneapolis, Des Moines, St. Louis, and Kansas City are in the storm's path. Parts of the Carolinas and Virginia could get up to half-an-inch of ice and Atlanta's nearly four-year run of no measurable snow could end today or Saturday. The storm will make a sharp turn to the [...]
Come out to Minneopa State Park on January 15th (Saturday) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to enjoy the full moon and go for a walk on a trail lit by candles. The luminary trail will start at the Group Campground on the park’s campground side. Luminaries (candles in a white bag) will light a trail winding through some of the forested areas of Minneopa and give visitors a chance to enjoy the state park at night in the winter. There is no charge to attend this event, but vehicles are required to have a permit ($7 daily or $35 [...]
The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) urges the public to use extra caution when approaching traffic signals following a heavy snowfall event. Motorists and pedestrians should be prepared to stop at intersections with traffic signals, as snow-covered traffic indications can be challenging to see. For reasons of energy efficiency and longer service life, the State’s traffic signals have switched from using incandescent bulbs to light-emitting diodes (LEDs). LEDs produce less than half the heat as incandescent bulbs, and do not emit enough heat to melt off snow and ice that may accumulate on them.
The Mankato Area Public School Board and the district's Legislative Committee are scheduled to meet with local legislators from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday (January 18), at the Intergovernmental Center (Mankato Room), 10 Civic Center Plaza.