Severe weather leaves one dead in western Minnesota

Erin Hassanzadeh of WCCO-TV reports: “A second night of dangerous weather has turned deadly. The National Weather Service says a grain container fell onto a car just before 7 p.m. Thursday in Blomkest in Kandiyohi County, killing a passenger inside. A possible tornado also touched down two hours north of there in Pillager. Around that time, severe storms hit towns like Murdock, near Willmar. …Winds also knocked semi trucks off the road in Alexandria. Portions of eastbound Interstate 94 are blocked Thursday night as crews work to assist drivers.”

Says a KMSP-TV story, “A tornado touched down in Coon Rapids, Minnesota on Wednesday night as severe storms battered the Twin Cities metro overnight, survey crews confirmed Thursday.. According to National Weather Service survey crews, the tornado touched down shortly before 8:30 p.m. in a neighborhood near University Avenue, just south of Morningside Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Inspection teams say it appears the tornado left a path of about three miles, with a width of about 50 yards and maximum winds of 80 mph.”

Report by Neal St. Anthony and Dee DePass for the Star Tribune: “Developer Tim Baylor, flanked by employees, equity partners, supporters and city officials, broke ground Thursday on the largest market-rate housing project on North Minneapolis’ main commercial artery.. After seven years of planning and fundraising, Baylor has launched the first phase of a $68 million project that will eventually include up to 220 apartments and some retail space on three blocks along lower W. Broadway.”

Alex Derosier writes for the Forum News Service: “Legal sports betting passed a major milestone in the Minnesota Legislature on Thursday night, with the House voting to pass a bill that would allow a practice already allowed in all neighboring states.. But as the legislative session draws to a close, the Senate has yet to act on its version of the gambling bill, making it less likely that the state will change the law.”

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Also in the Star Tribune, Andy Mannix and Liz Sawyer say: “The city of Minneapolis will pay more than $200,000 to settle separate claims of discrimination by two former police officers, who were disciplined after speaking out against the department’s internal policies and culture.. Former Deputy Director Art Knight, who is African American, was stripped of his rank in 2020 after criticizing the agency’s hiring practices in a newspaper article. … Former officer Colleen Ryan filed a complaint with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights alleging that MPD leaders discriminated against her because she was a lesbian and she advocated for ‘women and gay officers’ in the workplace.”

Dan Gunderson reports for MPR: “Wet conditions are affecting farms across much of the state, said state statistician Dan Lofthus of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.. … Planting is delayed in much of the Midwest. At this time last year, the topsoil in Minnesota farm fields was 44 percent low or very low moisture. This year that number is five percent.”

Steve Karnowski writes for AP: “The Democratic minority in the Minnesota Senate tried unsuccessfully to force consideration Thursday of nine bills related to abortion and health that the Republican majority has kept bottled up in committee., saying it was critical to take a stand even though they lacked the votes to prevail. The leaking of a draft US Supreme Court opinion that would overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade and would slash abortion rights in roughly half the states has energized both sides of the Minnesota abortion debate.”

For the Star Tribune, Hunter Woodall says: “Donald Trump’s endorsement is helping shape Republican races across the country, but the former president hasn’t chosen a side in the party’s shaky race for Minnesota governor. “He hasn’t seen a compelling reason to reward or punish,” said David Sturrock, a former Minnesota Republican Party official and political science professor at Southwestern Minnesota State University. ‘He’s great at both.’”

Dane Mizutani writes in Pioneer Press: “This time it was supposed to be different. After the best regular season in franchise history, Wild entered the playoffs a week and a half ago thinking of a deep run. Some considered them a dark horse to win the Stanley Cup. … However, like so many teams before them, Wild once again folded in the first round, this time falling 4-2 in a series against the rival St. Louis Blues..”

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