Governor Tim Walz is calling out Minnesota Republicans for blocking gun legislation.  Walz called GOP leaders an “island of resistance,” opposing new gun restrictions in Minnesota.  The governor made the remarks at a rally against gun violence held yesterday.

Health officials in Minnesota are declaring an outbreak of hepatitis A.  Officials are calling for broader vaccination efforts in high-risk areas such as homeless shelters and jails.  State health leaders said yesterday that a recent upswing in cases is cause for concern.  No infected Minnesotans have died, but over a dozen patients required hospital care.

Authorities say a man broke into a woman’s apartment near the University of Minnesota and sexually assaulted her.  The attack happened early yesterday morning in the 700 block of Fourth Street Southeast.  The 21-year-old victim managed to get away long enough to call 911.  She was taken to the hospital for examination.

Three people were shot in Maplewood Wednesday afternoon, this triggered a lockdown at a hospital. The shooting took place on the 400 block of south McKnight Road. One of the people shot is in critical condition.

A judge is siding with Mayo Clinic in an IRS lawsuit.  The clinic has been in a nearly three-year legal battle with the government agency over whether it can be classified as a school.  If the ruling stands, the clinic is owed a more than eleven-million-dollar refund from the IRS.

Minnesota information technology officials say two state web pages were hacked earlier the week.  Officials confirmed yesterday that the pages were part of the Department of Human Services.  Government officials say there is no evidence that anyone from the public saw the anti-government rhetoric posted.

Duluth officials and community members are calling for action on gun violence.  About 100 people gathered yesterday at the Duluth Civic Center. Officials and activists pushed for action on gun restrictions.

Two men are recovering from their injuries after they were shot in St. Paul’s West Frogtown neighborhood.  Police say the shooting took place last night near the West Minnehaha Recreation Center.  One victim was shot in the leg and the other was wounded in the buttocks.

The cost of cleanup of roads in Minnesota this past winter is extremely expensive.  MnDOT officials announced yesterday that they spent 133-million-dollars to keep roads clear and called the extreme weather the worst in a decade.  The statewide snowfall average was 97-point-two inches and there were 31 snow events over the winter.

A man drowned at the Twin City Marina in Inver Grove Heights last night. Authorities say a man fell in the water last night after he left his boat. Dakota County sheriff’s Deputies and fire personnel were able to try to revive the victim. Emergency workers say the 50-year-old was underwater for more than an hour.

A central Minnesota superintendent is facing DWI charges.  Pierz Public Schools superintendent George Weber was pulled over Monday night and found to have a blood alcohol level just under three times the legal limit.  He is charged with two gross misdemeanor counts of third-degree DWI.  The maximum sentence on each count includes a year in jail and a possible three-thousand dollar fine.

It only comes to the US once every thirty years, it’s the 2019 World Ploughing Contest. This event brings competitors from 28 countries here to Minnesota for a chance to be named World Champion. The three-day event will take place August 30th through September 1st at the Lake of the Woods Tourism in Baudette.

Project Scientist is letting girls fly in St. Paul.  The summer science, technology, engineering, and math camp wraps up this month.  About 40 girls ages four to 12 participated in the St. Paul pilot program.

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