West Nile Virus is being reported in Minnesota for the first time this year. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District says pools in Ramsey County and Hennepin County tested positive. Only two of 496 samples taken turned out positive for the virus, compared to last year when 57 out of 600 samples were testing positive around this time of year. The Minnesota Department of Health says a Dakota County resident is the first human West Nile case in the state, but the person may have contracted the disease while traveling.
A 15-year-old girl is in custody in Albert Lea. Police say she made a threat on social media to shoot up Albert Lea High School. The threat was reported by several concerned residents on Tuesday. She was arrested for felony threats of violence.
The Duluth School District is using an outside firm to find their next superintendent. The School Board approved the plan yesterday. Twenty-five-thousand dollars has been budgeted for the search. Current superintendent Bill Gronseth’s contract ends in June of 2020.
A juvenile is in custody in Rochester in connection to a hit-and-run crash. Police say the 17-year-old was arrested Tuesday night. He allegedly stole a motorcycle on Sunday before being involved in the crash on Monday. He could face a slew of charges, including motor vehicle theft, fleeing an officer, reckless driving, and criminal vehicular operation.
An Edina woman is missing from an assisted living facility. Authorities say 64-year-old Melinda Ann Larson has not been seen since Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Edina Police Department is seeking the public’s help in locating her. She left her medication behind, causing authorities to be concerned over her welfare.
A man’s drug conviction has been overturned by Minnesota’s highest court due to a body cavity search. The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled a forced body cavity search violated the man’s rights. That means that the cocaine found during a search where he was strapped down and sedated cannot be used as evidence in a retrial. The court used a 1985 U.S. Supreme Court decision on invasive body searches as precedent.
The City of Duluth will soon have a new flag. A new design is being sent to the City Council for consideration at their Monday meeting. It features dark blue, white, and green ripples across a light blue background with a yellow star on top. Blane Tetreault, along with his wife and two daughters, created the design. He says they wanted to focus on Duluth’s natural features while keeping the design simple and elegant.
A skydiver from Moorhead is dead after a parachute malfunction. Eighty-one-year-old Gerald Fischer died Saturday. He was jumping in Montana as part of a major skydiving event. Fischer was reportedly an experienced skydiver, but had a malfunction when his chute opened, causing him to begin turning at four-thousand feet before landing in a pasture.
A large grant from the National Science Foundation will allow research on sustainable plastics to continue at the University of Minnesota. Specifically, the research focuses on making sustainable plastics out of agricultural products. The grant is worth 20-million-dollars.
Six former students have reached settlements in their lawsuits against the Children’s Theatre Company. The organization announced the settlements yesterday, saying the victims endured sexual abuse in the 1970s two former employees.