The University of Minnesota is beginning to test a cancer-fighting natural killer cell for the first time on patients. The university is launching two industry-funded clinical trials of the NK cell products it helped create. University officials say the testing is in the early stages but shows great promise.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton are coming to Minneapolis to promote a book they co-authored. The two will be speaking about The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience on October 24th. The speech will take place at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church.
Metro Transit is temporarily pulling its recently launched electric buses from the C line because of charger problems. Diesel buses will provide service for the rapid bus line that links downtown Minneapolis to Brooklyn Center. The 37-million dollar C Line debuted in June.
The first snow of the season is on the ground in northern Minnesota. A dusting of snow fell in St. Louis County and parts of Itasca County yesterday morning. The first snow in that area usually hits toward the end of October.
Nearly 20 students at St. Cloud’s Tech High School are facing criminal charges in connection with a large-scale fight last month. All the students were charged yesterday with second or third-degree riot. One 16-year-old boy who was carrying a pocket knife was also charged with possessing a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats. Four of the students also face charges of aiding and abetting an assault.
A Hennepin County judge is facing an uncertain future. Judge Fred Karasov has been on life support since early last month when he went into cardiac arrest. Karasov is no longer in a coma but isn’t responding to commands.
The longtime owner of 17 newspapers in Minnesota and Wisconsin is dead at 80. A recent report says Robert Lee Bradford the Second died in August in Minneapolis. Bradford fought for the relevance of weeklies as a vital link to keeping small towns connected. He retired in 1998.
A central Minnesota deputy is being cleared of wrongdoing for using non-deadly force against a man during a domestic assault incident. Authorities tracked a domestic assault suspect to a field in Little Falls in May. The suspect ignored commands to get out of his vehicle and claimed he had a gun. Deputy Vanden Avond fired a bean bag round at the suspect and was later found to have acted within acceptable guidelines.
St. Cloud school district overall enrollment is down, while early childhood attendance is up. About 100 fewer students are attending kindergarten through 12th grade in the district. The district reports on student count each October 1st.
The city of Duluth is rolling out its snow removal assistance program. The move comes less than 24 hours after the season’s first snowfall in the area. The pilot program will give 20 residents a hand shoveling snow off sidewalks this winter. The city is accepting applications to the program that will pair senior citizens or people with disabilities with volunteers who will clear their walkways.
The Twin Cities Marathon gets underway this weekend. Drivers will want to use Interstates 94, 35E and 35W as alternates to get around the race on Sunday. Several downtown Minneapolis streets will be closed in addition to roads close to the State Capitol in St. Paul. A number of bus routes will also be detoured during the marathon, so check metrotransit.org for affected routes.
An eleven-story office complex is coming to the St. Louis Park. Developers Ryan Cos. and Excelsior Group plan to break ground on their 10 West End project next week. The proposed building has yet to sign a tenant but the financing for the project has been secured. It will have full fitness facilities, an expansive bike room and a rooftop deck with views of downtown Minneapolis. The 10 West End office structure is expected to be completed in early 2021.
The Twin Cities has the hardest working parents in the nation. A new study conducted by Fabric Life Insurance says area moms and dads work an average of 44-point-9 hours a week. In the Twin Cities, 69-point-4 percent of parents work full time, which ranks the highest of any major city.