"Minnesota News Summary" 9-25-13
MN FBI Continue to Question American Involvement in Kenya Attack
(Brooklyn Center, MN) -- Minnesota officials continue to closely monitor the aftermath of the deadly mall attack in Nairobi, Kenya Saturday. FBI Minnesota-spokesman Kyle Loven (low-ven)says there's no confirmation of any American involvement in the attack that killed 61 people. Loven says at this point, it's too early to say with any certainty that where are any Minnesota connections to the event. Minnesota is home to the largest Somali community in the U.S.
MOA Heightens Security in Aftermath of Kenya Attack
(Bloomington, MN) -- The Mall of America is stepping up security after the deadly terrorist attack in Kenya last week. Mall of America officials say they're taking extra precautions, some noticeable to guests, some not and that the safety and security of guests, employees and tenants is the Mall's top priority The terror group al-Shabab is believed to be responsible for the attack in a Kenyan mall that left 61 civilians dead.
Steele County Fugitive on the Run
(Various) -- Steele County Sheriff Wayne Beckman believes a fugitive sought in his county is now on the move in a stolen vehicle. 21-year-old Dylan Klode(KLO-dee) is wanted for stealing a motorhome in northwestern Minnesota. Beckman says they thought they had Klode cornered between Finley and Portland yesterday but he managed to give them the slip. A second suspect, 22-year-old Cory Roper was captured. Roper's a predatory sex offender who cut off his monitoring bracelet and took off in the stolen motorhome yesterday from Thief River Falls where both men live. Roper had just been released from prison. The sheriff says Roper and Klode were believed to be headed for teh North Dakota oil patch to look for work.
Two Rochester Teens in Juvie Jail for Attacks Against Parents
(Rochester, MN) -- Two separate incidents of violence by teenagers against their parents have sent 16-year-olds to juvenile jail. Rochester police say a 16-year-old boy was fighting with his parents over use of the computer when the teen hit his father with a shelving unit and hit his mother with a beer bottle. Neither parent was seriously hurt. At nearly the exact same time, at another Rochester home, a 16-year-old was fighting his father when the teen charged at the older man with a steak knife. The father was able to deflect the knife and wasn't injured. Both teens are being held in the Olmsted County Juvenile Detention Center.
Body Found in Mississippi River
(Minneapolis, MN) -- The body of an adult male was recovered from the Mississippi River this morning in Minneapolis. Authorities were called to the scene after receiving a report of a man jumping off the Washington Avenue Bridge. The victim was in his 50s and a resident of the Twin Cities metro area. His name is not being released at this time.
Cruz Continues Marathon Speech; Franken Reacts
(Washington, DC) -- 20 hours and counting; Texas Republican Ted Cruz continues to stand in the Senate chamber, ripping the Affordable Care Act in a filibuster that began at 2:41 yesterday (Tue) afternoon. Cruz is pushing for the defunding of the health care reform plan, and colleague Minnesota U-S Senator Al Franken says that's not what his voters want. He says Minnesotans, by and large, want the program to be implemented the best way it can be--without shutting down the government. Cruz has read from both �tlas Shrugged�and �reen Eggs and Ham� cited actor Ashton Kutcher and quoted the TV show �uck Dynasty,�and got a bit of a break when fellow filibuster leader Senator Mike Lee asked a 45-minute-long question.
Officials Continue to Investigate Winona Fire
(Winona, MN) -- State, federal and local agencies are launching a joint investigation today (Wed) into the cause of the September 13th fire in downtown Winona. The blaze destroyed three historic buildings and damaged several others. Assistant Winona Fire Chief Jim Multhaup (MULL'-top) says the collapsed roof of the Winona Islamic Center will be removed along with debris as investigators try to reconstruct the scene. Authorities said earlier that they were confident the fire started in the rear of the Islamic Center but could not gain full access to the area. Multhaup says it may take until the end of this week to complete the investigation and make a final determination on the fire's origin. The F-B-I and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are among the federal agencies in Winona.
Price of Stamps May Go Up
(Washington, DC) -- The U.S. Postal Service is proposing a three-cent hike in prices for first class stamps. Starting January 1st, it would cost 49-cents to mail a letter. It's expected the increase would generate two-billion-dollars in revenue for the troubled agency. Officials also continue to look into the possibility of ending Saturday service.
MPLS Girl Hits Right Notes on "The Voice"
(Various) -- A Minnesota woman made it through Tuesday's blind auditions on "The Voice." 19-year-old Holly Henry of Minneapolis sang her rendition of Coldplay's "The Scientist." Henry barely sang two words before getting country superstar Blake Shelton to turn around. The other three coaches eventually did and all immediately began making their case for Holly to pick them as her mentor and coach. In the end, she chose Blake Shelton who told her afterward, �ecause of you, I� officially excited for season 5 of the Voice.� Besides singing Henry says she also enjoys songwriting.
And in sports...
Ponder Questionable for Sunday's Game
(London, England) -- The Minnesota Vikings completed an early morning workout in London today in preparation for their game on Sunday against the Steelers. Quarterback Christian Ponder revealed today that he suffered a rib injury in last Sunday's loss to Cleveland. Ponder says he believes he'll play in this weekend's game--but it all depends on how he feels after Friday's practice. Sunday's game will be played at London's famed Wembley Stadium and kicks off at noon, Minnesota time.