In an effort to reduce traffic accidents and fatalities, Minneapolis transportation officials say they’re considering lowering speed limits citywide.  In a presentation yesterday, transportation officials said they want to improve enforcement and safety measures with a goal of ending deaths and injuries from car crashes by 2027.  City officials want to take advantage of action the state legislature took this year to give local communities the authority to set their own speed limits.

The Minnesota Department of Health says 11 people were infected by E. coli after visiting the Minnesota State Fair.  One person developed a problem that health officials described as potentially deadly.  The department says the most likely explanation for the E. coli infections is contact with livestock.  The victims are between ages two and 43.

A man is dead and another is under arrest after a vehicle ended up in the Kettle River.  The Pine County Sheriff’s Office says the driver of the vehicle could be charged with criminal vehicular operation.  The car went into the river Monday afternoon.

Minneapolis may soon lower the speed limit on city streets it is part of a national safety project called Vision Zero that has been implemented in 30 cities across the US. WCCO TV reports that the city presented a draft of proposal to the Transportation and Public Works Committee on Tuesday- that included a plan to lower the speed limit on most if not all city roads. The current speed limit on most roads is 30 mph, no word on what the new speed limit would be. An open house will be held October 3rd from 4pm to 6:30pm. An online open house is set for October 10th from 6pm until 6:45 on the City of Minneapolis Facebook Page.

Minneapolis police say one person stabbed and assaulted another with a hammer yesterday afternoon in the Powderhorn neighborhood. Police received the call around 3:30pm to a home on the 35-hundred block of 2nd Avenue South near Stevens Avenue. Both were injured neither of their injuries were life-threatening.

People affected by flooding this summer in parts of Minnesota can get a no-interest loan to help them recover.  Minnesota Housing says the loan that’s also forgivable could be as much as 15-thousand-dollars.  People in Dodge, Goodhue, Mower, Olmsted, Rice, and Steele counties can take advantage of the offer.  All insurance and SBA funds must be applied for and accepted before the loan program application is submitted.

Three officers are recovering after being exposed to what was called an unknown substance.  It happened Monday night in Albert Lea as the Minnesota State Patrol stopped a commercial vehicle.  The substance later identified as Styrene caused the officers to go for decontamination and treatment at Mayo Clinic Health Systems.

A grand opening celebration will be held later this week for the Dairyland trail extension in Stearns County.  The ceremony set for Friday afternoon at 5:30 begins at the Greenwald Trailhead and will continue on from there.  The three miles of new trail goes from east of Greenwald to 315th Avenue.

Authorities are investigating a deadly fire in an east-central Minnesota home.  The blaze broke out last night on Highway 23 near Brook Park.  A woman was found dead in the residence, but her husband was able to escape injury.  Authorities have yet to release details of the cause of fire, which is under investigation.

A toddler is recovering after being struck by a bullet in north Minneapolis.  Police say the two-year-old boy was shot early this morning.  The young victim is expected to survive.  No arrests have been made.

A man accused of robbing a bank in White Bear Lake last month is now behind bars.  William Villanueva has been charged with two counts of second-degree aggravated robbery.  Police say the 37-year-old defendant has been linked to six bank robberies in Minnesota and one in Wisconsin that took place in August.

The Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office will soon be getting new body cameras.  KIMT-TV reports the Board of Commissioners approved the over one-million-dollar purchase price that’ll also include new squad car cameras.  Officials are hoping the new cameras are in by the start of next year.

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