The beaches at Lake Nokomis are closed indefinitely after an E. coli outbreak that sickened three children. The lake’s two popular beaches were shut down yesterday because of worries the outbreak may spread. All events at the lake have been canceled until further notice.
Over two dozen people are seeking to fill seats on the St. Paul City Council. The deadline to file for the November election was last night. Candidates include the seven current council members, community organizers, and entrepreneurs. Every current member will face at least one challenger.
Four cases of severe lung injury to teens in the Twin Cities are being linked to vaping and e-cigarette use. The Minnesota Department of Health issued a warning yesterday about the dangers of these products and advising doctors to be on the lookout. Four teenage patients suffered from the illnesses and were hospitalized for more than a week, some in intensive care.
Minnesota state senators are demanding answers after weeks of problems at the Department of Human Services. The agency has been facing a leadership shuffle, a whistle-blower action over contract compliance. A nearly four-hour hearing yesterday showed how difficult the Legislature’s challenge is to conduct meaningful oversight when lawmakers aren’t in session.
Incumbent Mayor Emily Larson will face off against David Nolle in November’s election. Larson received an overwhelming number of votes at the polls yesterday, with 66-percent. Nolle received 12-percent. Larson and Nolle defeated seven candidates to advance to the November election.
Demolition is underway at the former St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in St. Paul. Preservationists had fought to keep the building from being torn down but didn’t win. The former church is now owned by the Twin Cities German Immersion School.
One person is behind bars after an overnight stabbing that left three people hurt on the south side of Minneapolis. The condition of the victims has not been released. Police say the incident happened near West 35th Street and Nicollet Avenue. The suspect, who has been arrested, has yet to be charged or identified.
The head of Minnesota Health Action Group plans to step down next month after serving 20 years at the helm. The Bloomington-based non-profit health care improvement organization announced yesterday that Carolyn Pare will retire at the end of September. The 62-year-old longtime president and CEO says she wants to spend more time traveling and advising on health policy matters. Pare is credited with helping to create key initiatives that focused on financial reform in Minnesota.
No charges will be filed in the death of a seven-year-old boy who shot himself with a handgun stashed with a toy in his Plymouth family home. Police Chief Mike Goldstein says authorities were not able to determine who was responsible for the gun that Keyaris Simmons used to wound himself in the head in May 2018. He added that police did find out who originally bought the weapon, but it changed hands several times, which made the investigation more difficult.
A man is accused of threatening a teen with a large knife and stealing ten thousand dollars from a south Minneapolis apartment over the weekend. Robert Buckingham is charged with burglary with a dangerous weapon and aggravated robbery. Police say the 33-year-old cut out the screen of an apartment window Sunday evening. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison on each count.
A 23-year-old man is facing murder charges in connection with a stabbing death. Tristan Kilde was charged yesterday with second-degree murder in the death nearly two weeks ago of 37-year-old Natasha Thompson in Rice Lake.