One man is dead and one is injured after a fight led to gunfire in south Minneapolis. Officers responded the 23-hundred-block of East Franklin Avenue yesterday evening. On the way there, a man suffering a noncritical gunshot wound to the leg flagged squad cars down. Half a mile from the scene a man was found without a pulse in a parking lot behind Cedars 94 apartments in the Seward neighborhood. He was taken to the hospital, where he died. The injured man was also taken to the hospital and treated. No arrests have been made. The killing is Minneapolis’ 33rd homicide this year.
Business leaders are continuing to call for more police officers on patrol in downtown Minneapolis. The leaders made their request yesterday, just days after a deadly shooting in the city’s theater district. Data from the Minneapolis Police Department shows more than 630 violent crimes have happened downtown so far this year. City Council member Lisa Goodman, who represents a section of downtown, says the city should hire at least 30 new officers.
New research from Mayo Clinic is linking vaping-related lung injuries to people inhaling toxic substances. The finding is based on an examination of 17 biopsies of patients with vaping-associated lung injuries. The research contradicts a popular theory that the cases were caused by oil or lipid contamination in the lungs.
A federal audit has found that Minnesota’s Medicaid program improperly paid nearly four-million dollars to HMO to provide health coverage for people who were deceased. The audit report was released this week by the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The finding was backed up by DHS’s own internal audits.
Apartment and home construction is continuing at a furious pace. Housing First Minnesota reported yesterday that builders had a particularly strong September, after being issued over 470 single-family permits. Apartment construction continues to be strong with 26 permits for over a thousand multi-family units.
Preliminary reports from a recent survey suggest that the percentage of teens vaping in the Northland is higher than the state average. The survey by the state Department of Health released yesterday found that more than one in four Minnesota high school juniors vaped in the month before the survey was taken. Early numbers show rates in the Northland may be double the state average.
A Duluth company is pitching a new four-million dollar airport hanger. Monaco Air officials say the proposed hangar could lure military contracts to the city and have a strong impact for the region. Monaco is seeking tax payer support for the project he says could bring 13-hundred visitors a year to the city.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is offering a settlement to four Somali-American teens who were handcuffed in a city park. Park police handcuffed the teens ranging in age from 13 to 16 in July 2018 at Minnehaha Park after they were mistaken for criminal suspects. Video of the encounter went viral and stirred racial tensions.
Northern Minnesota is experiencing the first snowfall of the season. The National Weather Service reports one-point-six inches of snow near Celina on Highway 1. The northeast corner of Itasca County had one-point-four inches and there was zero-point-six inches near Big Fork. The forecast calls for more rain tomorrow night into Saturday.
A 22-year-old driver is dead after running a red light in Inver Grove Heights and being hit by two vehicles. The crash happened yesterday morning on Highway 55 at Argento Trail. Rebecca Waller turned left against a red light and was first hit by a pickup, then by an oncoming semi. The pickup’s driver was hospitalized with noncritical injuries. The semi’s driver wasn’t hurt.
An Eagan-based trucking company says it has reached a settlement with a driver who accused the business of charging him a fee to allow his certified service dog to ride with him. Transport America agreed to pay Matthew Ellison 22-thousand-500 dollars to settle a federal lawsuit. The company must also revise its policies to permit employees with disabilities to use a service animal without any additional cost.