A man shot and killed in St Paul on Saturday night makes it the city’s eight homicide this month. The call came in shortly after 11pm in the Dayton’s Bluff area at Hudson Road and Earl Street. Officers found the man shot, and he was taken to the hospital where he later died. This makes the 22nd homicide this year and the eighth so far this month. The West Central Tribune reports that there have been 120 people shot in St Paul this year and 14 wounded by gunfire in September.

Police say that a group of elementary school students and teachers in Duluth discovered a body in the woods near their school Friday morning. According to the Rochester Post-Bulletin the students were told that the body was a Halloween decoration. No further information has been released.

The Roseville Center has announced plans expand and redevelop the 50-year-old shopping center. In the plans they plan to add more retail, housing, a hotel and a grocery store. The company plans to get started on construction sometime next year.

A worker shortage is leading Minnesota businesses to think outside the box.  Job vacancies are near record highs, and the number of unfilled positions exceeds the number of people looking for work.  The shortage is being felt the strongest in manufacturing.  Many companies are offering on-the-job training to fill positions.

St. Paul police say six people were hospitalized after suspected drug overdoses.  Three separate incidents played out in less that three hours on Saturday morning.  In the first incident, three adults were found unconscious on the 800 block of East 3rd Street.  Minutes later, St. Paul Fire Department personnel were sent to rescue two people unconscious in a vehicle at Minnehaha Avenue and Cypress Street.  Two hours later, a sixth person was taken to the hospital after a suspected overdose.  No deaths have been reported.

Minnesota election officials want to call in the National Guard to fight election meddling. A workshop is planned this week in St. Paul as part of a national policy academy on election security.

Schools in the Duluth district are receiving security upgrades.  The district has received a grant from Minnesota’s school safety program and the Community Oriented Police Services School Violence Prevention Program through the federal government.  The state grant will be used to make security upgrades at Denfeld High School and Rockridge Academy.  The COPS grant and a local match will be used on upgrades for the rest of the schools in the district.

The city of Minneapolis is testing out spots called mobility hubs.  The city’s pilot program is testing the use of mobility hubs’ multiple modes of non-automobile transportation.  Each hub includes a bus stop, a bench and parking for Nice Ride bicycles and scooters that can be checked out by smartphone app.  The testing of the hubs started this month at four busy north Minneapolis intersections.

Douglas County’s 911 system is back up and running after an outage.  The system was down for about two-and-a-half hours yesterday.  The 911 system is fully operational again.

Criminal charges could be filed today in Saturday’s deadly shooting in downtown Minneapolis.  Enzo Herrera was driving with his girlfriend when she says they were being taunted by people in another car.  She says a man got out and fought with Enzo then shot him near the corner of Eighth Street and Hennepin Avenue. That suspect took off and was arrested yesterday.

Minnesota rock music icon Jim Johnson is dead.  He was known for being part of the Underbeats, which is referred to the best band in Minneapolis in the 60s.  Johnson passed away of esophageal cancer.  He was 76.

Regulatory delays are slowing efforts to stop burning coal at Duluth’s steam plant.  The general manager of Duluth Energy Systems says the plant will not be burning renewable fuel oil this year, and probably not in 2020.  The wood-based fuel is expected to qualify as a renewable fuel, but the designation by the EPA is slow in coming.


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