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ICE Agents Break Car Window, Arrest Man In Minneapolis https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/16/ice-agents-break-car-window-arrest-man-in-minneapolis/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say an arrest in south Minneapolis Monday was not connected to the national crackdown on undocumented immigrants promised by President Donald Trump. Local ICE officials say a 38-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador was inside a car Monday morning when they stopped him. When he refused orders […]]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say an arrest in south Minneapolis Monday was not connected to the national crackdown on undocumented immigrants promised by President Donald Trump.

Local ICE officials say a 38-year-old undocumented immigrant from El Salvador was inside a car Monday morning when they stopped him. When he refused orders to surrender, agents shattered a window and removed him from the car.

The activist group Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee posted images of the arrest on Facebook, saying it happened around 7:20 a.m. at the intersection of Portland Avenue and 42nd Street.

ICE says the man is now in custody for re-entering the country after being deported in 2009 following a misdemeanor conviction.

As of Monday, the nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants the Trump administration said was coming over the weekend has yet to materialize.

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What Everyday Items Do We Have Because Of NASA? Good Question https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/what-everyday-items-do-we-have-because-of-nasa-good-question/
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Fifty years ago this week, American astronauts landed on the moon. That huge leap came about due to incredible advances in technology created by NASA.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Fifty years ago this week, American astronauts landed on the moon. That huge leap came about due to incredible advances in technology created by NASA.

Before and since that time, much of that technology has turned up in products here on the ground. So, what everyday items do we have because of NASA? Good Question.

There are some examples at the Bell Museum in St. Paul. It has on loan from NASA a breathing machine used by firefighters that was inspired by space suits and small wireless microphones used by astronauts to communicate to mission control.

“Technologies have gotten lighter and smaller because you had to pack as much as you could in on the space vehicles,” says Holly Menninger, director of public engagement and science learning at the Bell Museum.

Menninger’s favorite NASA contribution is the dustbuster. That happened because of a partnership between NASA and Black and Decker to invent a cordless tool that didn’t use much power. It would be used to extract core samples ten feet below the surface.

“NASA brings its space and aviation technologies back down to Earth by encouraging businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to use NASA technologies to develop new ideas and products,” says NASA technology transfer program executive Daniel Lockney.

Those products and ideas are called Spinoffs. NASA has a list of 2,000 Spinoffs on its website that range from the GPS, to shock absorbers on bridges, scratch resistant sunglasses lenses, invisible braces, to water filtration systems and the world’s first endoscope used in brain surgery.

Also included are some of the list are three things NASA often is credited with inventing, but were actually created somewhere else: Velcro, Teflon and Tang.

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Severe Weather Damages Trees, Homes, Power Lines https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/severe-weather-damages-trees-homes-power-lines/
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Heavy rain and brisk winds blew into North Saint Paul just around suppertime. Jeff Schmidt was at his son’s baseball game in Oakdale when he a neighbor gave him a surprise call. ]]>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Heavy rain and brisk winds blew into North Saint Paul just around suppertime. Jeff Schmidt was at his son’s baseball game in Oakdale when he a neighbor gave him a surprise call.

“When we got here the fire department was already on the scene, and they went in and did a structural assessment just to see what the interior looked like,” Schmidt said.

A century old ash tree, rotten at the base, snapped off– smashing squarely into Schmidt’s garage.

“That tree, for all we know, could have been there since 1890… somewhere in that area,”

A neighbor’s house was slightly damaged, too. Schmidt says structures can be repaired– he’s just thankful no one was home at the time.

“Our other son had just left and went to a friends house down the street, too, and he was in there,” Schmidt said. “So we’re really blessed for that.”

Tree branches into power lines caused scattered outages. Xcel Energy reports some 33,000 customers lost service. One of those large branches blocked the northbound lane of Lexington Parkway.

City crews quickly went to work removing the hazard and buzzing up what mother nature just brought down.

And almost as quickly as this thunderstorm hit it was over. Over, except for those with damage. Tomorrow will be their day of cleanup.

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‘Up To Us To Be His Voice’: Family Of Late CO Joe Gomm Pledge To Continue His Work https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/up-to-us-to-be-his-voice-family-of-late-co-joe-gomm-pledge-to-continue-his-work/
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The family of the first corrections officer to die in the line of duty in Minnesota is still reeling from his death, nearly one year later.]]>

STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — The family of the first corrections officer to die in the line of duty in Minnesota is still reeling from his death, nearly one year later. An inmate attacked and killed officer Joe Gomm while he was overseeing a work program at Stillwater Correctional Facility last July 18.

In their first sit down interview, Gomm’s sisters and their husbands spoke about him at length. They pledge to continue his work to ensure the safety of officers.

Behind the uniform was a man that took care of those he loved.

“He was a very, very kind and gentle person,” sister Angela Wood said.

The family of Officer Joe Gomm reflect on the Joe they knew.

“He loved cooking, he and I used to trade recipes back and forth,” sister Audrey Cone said.

And they say he was always good for a prank or goofy face.

“He was fun. Just a lot of fun to be around,” brother-in-law David Wood said.

They routinely played cards and did last July, the last time they gathered as a family, mere days before Joe died.

“We have not played since. And that’s my fault because I can’t bring myself to play it. I still have the piece of paper he kept score on,” Angela Wood said.

The 45-year-old Gomm grew up in Maine, moved to Minnesota in 2001 and started his career as a corrections officer the following year. He worked at Stillwater prison and that’s where he gave his life in the line of duty. Offender Edward Johnson is charged with his murder.

RELATED: ‘It’s So Very Sad’: Community Pays Respect To Officer Gomm

“We look at what happened to Joe as a, essentially a sitting duck situation,” brother-in-law Chris Cone said.

Gomm had expressed concerns about safety to his younger sister. She brushed it off until that fateful day.

“He said every day that I go to work there’s a chance that I will not come home. It only takes a second for something to happen,” Audrey Cone said.

They learned Gomm pushed for a safer work environment at Stillwater. And now they’re picking up where he left off.

“We don’t want any other family to go through what we’re going through,” Audrey Cone said.

“And this would be Joe’s mission. It was Joe’s mission. He was trying desperately to get things changed,” Angela Wood said.

They want cameras to cover the prison. The industry building where Joe was attacked with a hammer didn’t have surveillance. Plus, they’re pushing for more safety improvements and elevated staffing.

RELATED: Prison Union Calls For Workplace Changes Following Officer Gomm’s Death

“He made the ultimate sacrifice and now it’s up to us to be his voice and get the change,” Audrey Cone said.

An attorney for the family has submitted a claim to the legislature, asking for an appropriation of $3 million to compensate the family for the tragedy. It should be looked at next session.

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Former Iowa State Official Wins $1.5M In Discrimination Case https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/former-iowa-state-official-wins-1-5m-in-discrimination-case/
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A jury has awarded a former state workers’ compensation commissioner $1.5 million, concluding the state and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him because he’s gay and that a pay cut was retaliation for refusing to quit. Jurors in the civil trial found Monday that Chris Godfrey proved Branstad’s attempts to get him to quit and cut his pay in 2011 were discriminatory and deprived him of his rights.]]>

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A jury has awarded a former state workers’ compensation commissioner $1.5 million, concluding the state and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against him because he’s gay and that a pay cut was retaliation for refusing to quit.

Jurors in the civil trial found Monday that Chris Godfrey proved Branstad’s attempts to get him to quit and cut his pay in 2011 were discriminatory and deprived him of his rights.

Godfrey’s attorney, Roxanne Conlin, says jurors awarded $1.5 million for discrimination based on sexual orientation, retaliation and violation of his constitutional rights.

Branstad, the U.S. ambassador to China, denied knowing Godfrey was gay when he asked for his resignation.

Branstad’s attorney directed reporters to the governor’s office for comment.

Gov. Kim Reynolds says she’s disappointed and is consulting with attorneys.

The verdict in Godfrey’s favor could mean Iowa taxpayers will be responsible for millions of dollars in attorney fees for Branstad and Godfrey.

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Charges: Truck Driver Watched Porn Before Fatal Crash https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/charges-truck-driver-watched-porn-before-fatal-crash/
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A Minnesota truck driver is accused of watching pornographic videos before a crash that killed a highway worker standing along an interstate. Forty-seven-year-old Tate Doom of St. Paul Park was charged last week in Hennepin County court with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota truck driver is accused of watching pornographic videos before a crash that killed a highway worker standing along an interstate.

Forty-seven-year-old Tate Doom of St. Paul Park was charged last week in Hennepin County court with criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation.

The crash happened last October on Interstate 94 in Rogers and killed 59-year-old Vernon Hedquist of Pillager.

According to the complaint, Doom’s semi rear-ended a pickup and trailer merging to the left. The trailer struck Hedquist while flying debris hit a co-worker.

Troopers seized two cellphones from Doom’s semi. Authorities recovered deleted files from a pornographic website.

Doom denied using his cellphone at the time of collision. The Star Tribune reports he is being held on $30,000 bail and is due in court Aug. 12.

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Mohamed Noor Now In Out-Of-State Prison https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/mohamed-noor-now-in-out-of-state-prison/
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A former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to more than 12 years for fatally shooting a woman who called 911 to report a possible crime has been moved to a prison outside of Minnesota.]]>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to more than 12 years for fatally shooting a woman who called 911 to report a possible crime has been moved to a prison outside of Minnesota.

RELATED: ‘I Felt Horror’: Fmr. Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor Sentenced To 12.5 Years In Prison For Shooting, Killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond

A representative of the Minnesota Department of Corrections told KSTP-TV that Mohamed Noor has been moved to an out-of-state prison but said the location is not public.

Noor shot 40-year-old Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and Australia, in the alley behind her home on July 15, 2017, after she called 911 to report what she thought was a woman being assaulted.

Noor was convicted of third-degree murder in April in the shooting of Damond, who was unarmed. A judge sentenced Noor in June to more than 12 years in prison.

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Minnesota Weather: Flash Flooding, Severe Thunderstorms https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/minnesota-weather-twin-cities-heat-advisory-evening-severe-weather/
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After a steamy weekend with damaging storms, Monday is shaping up to be another hot and humid day with a chance for severe weather in the evening. ]]>

Update as of 9:30 p.m. 

⚠ From @WCCO: Tornado Warning for Blue Earth and Waseca County in MN until 9:45pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 16, 2019

Update as of 8:45 p.m. 

⚠ From @WCCO: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Buffalo County in WI until 9:30pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #wiwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 16, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Wabasha County in MN until 9:30pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 16, 2019

Update as of 8 p.m. 

Another inch of rain could lead to flooding. Turn around don't drown. @wcco pic.twitter.com/2sIx6o50VA

— Lisa Meadows (@LisaMeadowsCBS) July 16, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Flash Flood Warning for Scott County in MN until 11:00pm Monday. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 16, 2019

Update as of 7:45 p.m. 

The line is moving slow…we will see more counties dealing with flash flooding. pic.twitter.com/EVsZjLU4TH

— Chris Shaffer (@WCCOShaffer) July 16, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Dakota, Goodhue, and Rice County in MN until 8:30pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 16, 2019

Wow! Huge, egg-sized hail near Delano, MN.

📷: @WCCO WWN @GrampaD_S pic.twitter.com/1XVWfXSsqP

— Matt Brickman (@Matt_Brickman) July 16, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Flash Flood Warning for Hennepin County in MN until 12:15am Tuesday. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 16, 2019

Tornado Warning. Doppler radar indicated tornado moving east at 20 mph. Take shelter if you are in the path of this storm. @wcco pic.twitter.com/ouWFQNHRE8

— Lisa Meadows (@LisaMeadowsCBS) July 16, 2019

Update as of 7 p.m. 

LIVE WEATHER UPDATE: Meteorologist Chris Shaffer has the latest on a tornado warning for Scott County until 7:45pm. https://t.co/XVttQr1wlP

— WCCO – CBS Minnesota (@WCCO) July 16, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Tornado Warning for Scott County in MN until 7:45pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 15, 2019

Another flash flood warning in place for Hennepin, Dakota & Scott counties. Additional Rainfall Amounts Of 1 To 2 Inches Are Possible In The
Warned Area. Turn around if you encounter a flooded road. @wcco pic.twitter.com/YEJmEln9pJ

— Lisa Meadows (@LisaMeadowsCBS) July 15, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Flash Flood Warning for Dakota, Hennepin, and Scott County in MN until 10:45pm Monday. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 15, 2019

Update as of 5:45 p.m. 

⚠ From @WCCO: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Hennepin and Ramsey County in MN until 6:15pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 15, 2019

⚠ From @WCCO: Tornado Warning for Carver County in MN until 6:00pm. https://t.co/s2Oa0qXjCb #mnwx

— WCCOWeather (@wccoweather) July 15, 2019

Update as of 4 p.m. 

Thunderstorms are blossoming wnw of the Twin Cities. Nothing severe (yet). They are moving east. pic.twitter.com/4YBPDrgX8L

— Chris Shaffer (@WCCOShaffer) July 15, 2019

Update as of 2:30 p.m.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch (yellow) lasts until 10pm. Itasca has the first of several warnings that we will see this afternoon. Wind, hail and heavy rain are the main threats. pic.twitter.com/cpAZRoa3Vh

— Chris Shaffer (@WCCOShaffer) July 15, 2019

Meteorologist Lisa Meadows says the main threats accompanying severe weather warnings will be damaging winds and hail.

In Beltrami County downed trees reported blocking part of Highway 72. Main threat with storms that develop will be due to strong winds. Please stay weather aware especially in the norther part of the state. pic.twitter.com/eRAak4JIRr

— Lisa Meadows (@LisaMeadowsCBS) July 15, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a steamy weekend with damaging storms, Monday is shaping up to be another hot and humid day with a chance for severe weather in the evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the Twin Cities metro until 10 p.m. Monday, as the combination of sunny skies, temperatures in the low 90s and high humidity will make it feel upwards of 100 degrees outside.

Those working outside are advised to drink plenty of water and take several breaks in air-conditioned buildings.

Hot and humid today with a chance of thunderstorms. There is a slight risk of severe weather with large hail and damaging wind gusts being the primary threats (along with heavy rainfall). The strongest storms are expected from mid-afternoon through this evening. #mnwx #wiwx pic.twitter.com/lM6sQivb48

— NWS Twin Cities (@NWSTwinCities) July 15, 2019

Meteorologist Matt Brickman says Monday’s heat could be fuel for evening storms, particularly in southeastern Minnesota.

He says that around 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., storms could develop, threatening communities with hail and strong winds.

Here in the metro, we are in the slight risk for severe weather. Heavy downpours, wind and hail are the primary threats. Can't rule out an isolated tornado. pic.twitter.com/A7sYkItFBf

— Chris Shaffer (@WCCOShaffer) July 15, 2019

Tuesday looks to bring slight relief from the heat, as it’s expected to be cloudy. However, there’ll be another chance for storms.

As for the rest of the week, it’ll be hot. Both Thursday and Friday are expected to bring highs in the 90s.

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Amazon Workers Protest Conditions Amid Prime Day https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/amazon-workers-protest-conditions-amid-prime-day/
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Labor leaders are using Prime Day to call attention to conditions in the Amazon warehouses by going on strike. Protesters have been marching since 2 p.m. Monday.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Amazon’s biggest sale of the year is underway. Customers around the country are cashing in on Prime Day.

Not only are there deals on door buster items and Amazon devices, but the online retailer says it has seen many customers buying things like school supplies for later this year.

Amazon isn’t the only company trying to make big sales this week. Walmart, Target, eBay and Best Buy are all holding their own sales.

“We’re in a hyper competitive environment, retail has always been that way,” said Cem Sibay, Amazon Prime’s vice president. “The month of July is no different.”

Here in the Twin Cities, labor leaders are using Prime Day to call attention to conditions in the Amazon warehouses by going on strike.

Protesters have been marching since 2 p.m. Monday. This is the fifth year Amazon has done Prime Day, and this year they made it even bigger by making it a two day event.

But employees wanted to make a statement by striking on day one of Prime Days to tell Amazon they want better treatment.

Dozens of Amazon employees walked out of the Shakopee Amazon Fulfillment Center demanding safer working conditions and less demanding quotas.

“I sustained a workplace injury a few months ago,” said Meg Brady, an Amazon Fulfillment associate. “I have been out on medical leave and that really pushed me over the edge to want to do something more.”

These workers also want more temporary jobs to become full-time positions at Amazon. A small group of protesters flew in from Seattle to show support.

“We want to help them to create a better and more sustainable company which would include, for all the workers– really the backbone of the company– who are the reason that we are able to ship out the products that we do,” said Rajit Iftikhar, a software engineer on strike.

A spokesperson for Amazon said there are 1,500 full-time employees at this location. Mahammud Hirsi, who didn’t go on strike, started as a part-time associate at Amazon four years ago and is now a full-time manager.

He says he thinks the company does a lot to make employees happy and safe.

“Almost all the issues that some of them are claiming we’re already doing that here,” Hirsi said. “I do know that there’s inclusivity, there’s diversity– if you want to progress in your career it’s available.”

The employees on strike plan to be out for six hours. If you’re worried how this will affect your order if you buy one of the Amazon Prime deals, Amazon said they will not be impacted.

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Xcel Energy: Power Outages In Twin Cities https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/xcel-energy-power-outages-in-twin-cities/
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As of 6:30 p.m. Monday, there were 354 power outages in the Twin Cities affecting over 32 thousand customers, according to the Xcel Electric Outage Map. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — As of 7 p.m. Monday, there were 515 power outages in the Twin Cities affecting over 34 thousand customers, according to the Xcel Electric Outage Map.

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Gov. Walz Signs Bill To Protect Workers From Wage Theft https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/gov-walz-signs-bill-to-protect-workers-from-wage-theft/
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Governor Walz is hoping a new bill will protect workers against wage theft in Minnesota. He signed the bill today, which increases penalties for wage theft.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Governor Walz is hoping a new bill will protect workers against wage theft in Minnesota. He signed the bill today, which increases penalties for wage theft.

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry estimates up to $12 million is lost through wage theft every year. Wage theft can happen through wrongful withholdings, not getting paid enough, or missed payment for mandatory breaks or overtime.

If you suspect wage theft, you can contact the Department of Labor and Industry.

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‘Near Impossible To Track’: Eagan Police Warn Of Reshipping Scams https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/reshipping-scam-eagan-police-department/
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The work sounds promising: earn a quick buck by reshipping products delivered to your home, but police are sending a warning before more people fall victim to a global crime spree.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The work sounds promising: earn a quick buck by reshipping products delivered to your home, but police are sending a warning before more people fall victim to a global crime spree.

Eagan Police Department spokesperson Officer Aaron Machtemes says at least five people have come forward so far, signing up for what they consider the perfect summer job: earning extra cash reshipping products from the comfort of their own home.

“The people we talked to feel scammed and feel like they definitely wasted a lot of time. They’re expecting this money that never comes,” Officer Machtemes said.

Turns out they’re tied to a much larger scheme: scammers first buy credit card numbers on the dark web, then use them to order pricey electronics or other high-end items. They’ll send those packages to the people who have signed up to reship them.

Often, the products will make a few stops in the United States before finally being sent out.

“They just want to get the most expensive product out of this country and into wherever they’re wanting to sell it,” Machtemes said.

Police consider it a high-tech twist on money laundering, creating a parcel mule and a tangled web in the process.

“It’s near impossible to track,” Machtemes said.

In one Eagan case, a man reshipped more than 40 items over the last couple of months, only calling police after he never got paid.

“They’re just unknowingly taking part in it,” Machtemes said.

By then, the once legit-looking website was gone and so was the seemingly-perfect summer job.

“Bottom line, you’re not going to make money by reshipping people’s product,” Machtemes said.

The Better Business Bureau warns people to always be cautious of work-at-home jobs. Most surface when students and young adults are looking for easy work in the summer.

Things of which job-seekers should be aware:

BBB also encourages folks who were scammed or feel they could have been scammed, to report it on Scam Tracker.

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St. Louis Park City Council Votes To Keep Saying Pledge Of Allegiance https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/protesters-prepare-as-st-louis-park-city-council-meet-for-reconsideration/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The St. Louis Park City Council voted 7-0 to return to its previous practice of saying the Pledge of Allegiance during city council meetings. The council met Monday and amended its rules and procedures after protesters prepared to defend the Pledge of Allegiance.

The council came under fire after deciding to remove the pledge from its meetings last month. Since then, people across the community and country have responded, including President Donald Trump.

The council’s next step will be to talk to residents about what they’d like to see at meetings. An outline for when and how that will happen is still unclear.

Video of the vote will be available on the St. Louis Park’s YouTube channel.

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1 Injured In Oak Grove Township Motorcycle Crash https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/1-injured-in-oak-grove-township-motorcycle-crash/
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A 66-year-old man has undetermined injuries after losing control of his motorcycle in Oak Grove Township Saturday night, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said. Around 8:00 p.m. Michael Ozment from Hampton, MN drove his 1999 Harley Davidson into a Highway 35 ditch while traveling northbound.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 66-year-old man has undetermined injuries after losing control of his motorcycle in Oak Grove Township Saturday night, the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office said. Around 8:00 p.m. Michael Ozment from Hampton, MN drove his 1999 Harley Davidson into a Highway 35 ditch while traveling northbound.

The office says Ozment was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was flown to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

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‘Unacceptable’: Democratic Lawmakers Denounce Trump’s Racist Tweets https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/unacceptable-democratic-lawmakers-denounce-trumps-racist-tweets/
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President Donald Trump is doubling down on his attack of four freshman congresswomen, including Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — President Donald Trump is doubling down on his attack of four freshman congresswomen, including Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

“We are grateful for your solidarity, your encouragement, and your support in the face of the most recent xenophobic and bigoted remarks from the occupant of our White House,” said Rep. Pressley.

Standing together, the lawmakers, nicknamed “The Squad,” responded to a series of racist tweets.

This morning, President Trump wrote: “If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out.”

If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019

Over the weekend, he said the four freshmen lawmakers should go back to what he calls “the “broken and crime infested” countries they came from.

….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

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All four women are American citizens. Three were born in the U.S.

Representative Omar was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. as a child.

“This is an agenda of white nationalists,” said Rep. Omar “He would love nothing more than to divide our country based on race, religion, gender, orientation or immigration status because this is the only way he knows he can prevent the solidarity of us working together across all of our differences.”

“Dividing this country along racial lines is unacceptable,” said Governor Tim Walz.

On Monday,  Minnesota Governor Tim Walz reiterated the President’s focus is misplaced.

“Get the trade deal done, do your job is what I would send to the President,” said Walz. “Bring this country together around these things and don’t denigrate American citizens who are serving and were duly elected by, in this case, the people of Minneapolis.”

President Trump’s comments highlight the growing divide between Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the members of the progressive caucus. Pelosi defended the women saying ‘diversity is their strength and unity is their power.’

But Republican leadership has not publicly responded to the comments.

“I think that you need to talk to the President about his specific tweets,” said Acting Commissioner of U.S Customs and Border Protection, Mark Morgan.

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Athletes Power Through Heat For Adaptive Sports Junior Nationals https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/adaptive-sports-junior-nationals-minnesota-heat-wave/
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Young athletes are taking aim at their dreams, and they’re doing it in Eden Prairie. For the first time, the state is hosting the Adaptive Sports USA 2019 Junior Nationals.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Hundreds of elite athletes from around the country are truly feeling the heat in Minnesota this week. For the first time, the state is hosting the Adaptive Sports USA 2019 Junior Nationals.

Two-hundred-fifty young athletes are taking aim at their dreams, and they’re doing it in Eden Prairie.

“Whatever their disability is, this is a time when they can develop those relationships that are going to last a lifetime, but they are with people who are just like them,” said George Lee, a longtime volunteer and coordinator. “They face the same challenges, they face the same opportunities.”

Dave Ramos, 13, is a track athlete from Maryland, and 9-year-old Liza Robbins is his teammate.

“I like competition,” Robbins said.

But there’s also something she and her teammate don’t like.

“This weather is being bad, horrible, very hot,” Ramos said.

But these athletes know how to conquer adversity and they are doing just that.

“This is adaptive sports, which means that we have to be adaptable to anything that happens and just make it work,” Lee said.

And they are doing that with water fountains, water bottles, lots of ice and lots of tents. These athletes know how to power through.

If you are up for braving the heat, the games could use some support. They still need volunteers and fans to fill the stands Thursday and Friday and help cheer on these incredible athletes.

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North Dakota Native Awarded For Efforts To End Hunger https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/north-dakota-native-awarded-for-efforts-to-end-hunger/
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A Minnesota college student says she has raised $115,000 in a decade toward ending hunger in North Dakota. Lauryn Hinckley was 9 years old and living in Bismarck, North Dakota, when she created Stopping Hunger One Backpack at a Time.]]>

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota college student says she has raised $115,000 in a decade toward ending hunger in North Dakota.

Lauryn Hinckley was 9 years old and living in Bismarck, North Dakota, when she created Stopping Hunger One Backpack at a Time. Hinckley partnered with a United Way backpack program that offers $5 food bags to students in Bismarck and Mandan during the school year.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that volunteer coordinators say 1,300 students received food bags this past year.

Hinckley says around one in five North Dakota children go hungry, despite the state having the highest number of billionaires per capita.

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation awarded Hinckley a $5,000 scholarship and a $5,000 grant in June for her hunger-relief efforts. She’s a sophomore at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

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‘A New Leader Is Necessary’: Commissioner Lourey Latest To Leave In DHS Shakeup https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/tony-lourey-resigning-as-walzs-human-services-commissioner/
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Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey resigned abruptly Monday as head of Minnesota’s largest state agency, just days after his two deputy commissioners quit with no public explanation.]]>

ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — There is a major shakeup at the state of Minnesota’s largest agency the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

After just six months on the job, Commissioner Tony Lourey abruptly resigned Monday.

His resignation comes just days after the department’s two highest ranking deputy commissioners announced they were leaving.

Any shakeup at the Department of Human Services is a big deal because of the size of this agency. It serves roughly a million Minnesotans, has an $18 billion budget and more than 6,000 employees.

Lourey’s resignation comes days after the announced departures of his two top deputy commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson. Neither Wilson nor Johnson are commenting publicly.

Lourey’s resignation letter to the governor did not give a specific reason, mentioning only his belief that, “A new leader is necessary to best execute your vision.” Lourey gave up a crucial Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party state senate seat to become commissioner.

“This is a dedicated servant who has self-awareness and looked at this and said this is going to take a little different leadership style to bring this agency into where you want it to be,” Gov. Tim Walz said.

The resignations come in the midst of a tumultuous period at DHS with controversies over data breaches and a slow moving investigation into
Carolyn Ham, the department’s inspector general. Ham was put on paid administrative leave four months ago after an audit found pervasive fraud in a state-administered daycare program. Ham has been paid $42,000 during her leave — a fact sharply criticized by top legislative Republicans who also want to know what is behind the resignations.

“We want to know exactly what is going on at DHS,” Republican House Minority Leader Rep. Kurt Daudt said. “Frankly, it’s too early in the Walz administration to have a scandal of this size.”

Walz quickly picked Lourey’s successor as Pam Wheeler. Wheeler has a long history of leadership positions in the public and private sector, including serving as Commissioner of Finance under Gov. Jesse Ventura.

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2 Charged, Horses Seized Due To Neglect In Hubbard County https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/horses-seized-two-charges-animal-mistreatment-laporte/
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Investigators say the horses were starving and had been eating the trees and fence posts around them.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two owners have been charged with multiple felonies after investigators found dead and neglected horses at a residence in rural Hubbard County.

Johnathan Johnson, 32, and Stephanie Johnson, 27, both of Laporte, face numerous felony and misdemeanor charges related to animal mistreatment.

After receiving a report of neglect in April, authorities say investigators executed a search warrant at a residence outside Laporte, where they found four dead horses and five alive but in very poor condition due to inadequate nutrition.

When asked about one of the dead horses, Stephanie allegedly told authorities the animal “went down” in January and she shot it because it would not get back up.

While executing a search warrant, a deputy also found a dead foal on the edge of the fence, partially in the water. According to a criminal complaint, Stephanie reportedly told authorities she didn’t know it was there and she wasn’t sure which horse had given birth to it. Investigators say the foal appeared to have been dead for some time.

Investigators say the horses were starving and had been eating the trees and fence posts around them. The horses were seized and transported to another location.

Stephanie told investigators she and Johnathan purchase bags of alfalfa cubes daily for the horses. Authorities say they found multiple empty bags of cubes and one partial bag in the residence. There were no other bags of horse feed.

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Woman Shot Through Wall Of Adjacent Motel Room https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/woman-shot-through-wall-of-adjacent-motel-room/
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A woman is recovering after she was shot in the leg through the wall of her motel room.]]>

WILLMAR, Minn. (WCCO) — A woman is recovering after she was shot in the leg through the wall of her motel room.

According to Willmar police, the 68-year-old victim was in her motel room on the 2600 block of South 1st Street when she was shot in the leg through the wall from an adjacent room. Police later learned 34-year-old Joey Schipper of Sheldon, Iowa accidentally fired his handgun.

The victim was transported to the hospital where she was treated for a non-life threatening injury.

Schipper was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and is cooperating with authorities.

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Lakefront Music Festival Announces 2020 Country Headliner: Lady Antebellum https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/lakefront-music-festival-announces-2020-country-headliner-lady-antebellum/
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The Prior Lake Rotary announces their country headliner for the 2020 Lakefront Music Festival, multi-platinum group Lady Antebellum.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – After a successful 10-year anniversary for the Lakefront Music Fest, the Prior Lake Rotary announces their country headliner for 2020, multi-platinum group Lady Antebellum.

Lady Antebellum is a major power force, winning seven Grammy awards, a Billboard Music Award, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards and a Tony Award nod.

The trio has also sold over 18 million album units, and 34 million tracks with over 4 billion digital streams.

This announcement comes after the festival’s most successful night in history over the weekend, with artists Brad Paisley, Steve Miller Band and Joan Jett.

Lakefront Music Fest. 2019

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Additional artists will be announced in the coming months.

General admission tickets for 2020 are now $60 for both days or $40 per night until a limited quantity are sold. There are also limited VIP tickets available for people ages 21 and up.

Next year’s Lakefront Music Festival, hosted by The Prior Lake Rotary, will be July 10 and 11 at 5 p.m. at Lakefront Park.

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Duluth Pursuing Study Of Toxic Chemical After Refinery Blast https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/duluth-pursuing-study-of-toxic-chemical-after-refinery-blast/
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The Duluth City Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of its residents following the reconstruction of a refinery that exploded in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin.]]>

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Duluth City Council is taking steps to ensure the safety of its residents following the reconstruction of a refinery that exploded in neighboring Superior, Wisconsin.

The Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior was rocked last April by a huge blast and fire. The flying shrapnel narrowly missed a tank of hydrogen fluoride, a toxic chemical that can be deadly if inhaled.

Husky spokesman Mel Duvall noted in April that the refinery will still use hydrogen fluoride when the $400 million facility is rebuilt. The mayors of Duluth and Superior urged Husky to stop using the chemical.

The Minnesota Public Radio News reports that Duluth officials will vote Monday on a resolution asking the Environmental Protection Agency to examine hydrogen fluoride usage at the Husky refinery.
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5 Twin Cities Beaches Still Closed Due To E. Coli Levels https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/5-twin-cities-beaches-still-closed-due-to-e-coli-levels/
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Five beaches in the metro are still closed Monday due to unsafe levels of E.coli bacteria, an indicator of water quality.

Crews tested lake waters Monday morning at Thomas Beach and 32nd Street Beach on Bde Maka Ska; Lake Hiawatha Beach in Minneapolis; Excelsior Beach on Lake Minnetonka and McCarron Beach in Roseville.

Katie Steiner, who spent the morning with crews from Hennepin County Public Health as they tested the water at Excelsior Beach, says the beach could be open Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning at the earliest.

Every Monday morning from Memorial Day to Labor Day, the county tests the water from all their beaches, which is 37 samples total. The county gets a sample of the water, brings it back to its headquarters in Hopkins and then a courier picks it up and brings it to the lab in New Ulm.

As for the cause of the higher E. coli levels?

“Typically, we do see a correlation with heavy rainfall with a lot of E. coli indicators – a little bit of a higher sampling. We do recommend if there’s higher rainfall, don’t go swimming for 24 hours after that just to make sure that everyone is safe,” said Zamzam Abdirahman, an environmentalist with the Hennepin County Public Health Department.

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Post Malone To Play Xcel Energy Center On Sept. 26 https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/post-malone-to-play-xcel-energy-center-on-sept-26/
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The Xcel Energy Center announced Monday that the Grammy-nominated rapper will perform at the St. Paul area on Sept. 26, with special guests Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Post Malone is coming to the Twin Cities this fall.

Post Malone

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The Xcel Energy Center announced Monday that the Grammy-nominated rapper will perform at the St. Paul arena on Sept. 26, with special guests Swae Lee and Tyla Yaweh.

Tickets for the show go on sale Friday, but Citi cardholders can get early access beginning Tuesday.

Earlier this month, Post Malone released his latest song, “Goodbyes,” which features Young Thug.

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Coleman Undergoing Surgery To Remove Cancerous Part Of Lung https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/coleman-undergoing-surgery-to-remove-cancerous-part-of-lung/
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Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is undergoing surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove the cancerous part of a lung.]]>

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman is undergoing surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove the cancerous part of a lung.

Coleman posted on his Facebook page that his surgery scheduled for Monday, July 15 would remove about a quarter of his lungs and cut his lung capacity by up to 20%.

Last August, Coleman said he was being treated for stage 4 lung cancer. He wrote that after “heavy doses of chemotherapy, the tumor was gone.”

But after he had five weeks of intensive radiation, a follow-up scan found a spot on his lungs, and a biopsy determined that cancer had returned.

Coleman, a Republican, lost a close race to Democrat Al Franken in 2008.

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Report: Freeway Congestion, Metro Population On The Rise https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/report-freeway-congestion-metro-population-on-the-rise/
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It’s not in your head: A new report released Monday says Twin Cities metro freeway congestion is increasing as the population grows.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — It’s not in your head: A new report released Monday says Twin Cities metro freeway congestion is increasing as the population grows.

The 2018 Metropolitan Freeway System Congestion Report says area freeway congestion increased from 23.2% in 2017 to 24.2% in 2018. The Minnesota Department of Transportation also says the population in the seven-county metro area is estimated to be at 3.11 million — up from 3.08 million in 2017.

MnDOT crews are currently working on several roadway projects to relieve some congestion, among other reasons, including on major freeways like Interstate 35W and Highway 169.

“Congestion is affected by a number of things, including the local economy, road construction, transit ridership and population growth,” said MnDOT Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher. “As the Twin Cities grow, and our roads continue to age and deteriorate, it’s imperative that we identify a long-term, dedicated funding solution to invest in transportation, improve our system’s efficiency and keep Minnesotans moving.”

To see the full report, visit MnDOT’s website.

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Police: Man Dies In Hospital After Minneapolis Shooting https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/police-man-dies-in-hospital-after-minneapolis-shooting/
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A man died Monday morning in the hospital after he was shot over the weekend in Minneapolis, police say.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A man died Monday morning in the hospital after he was shot over the weekend in Minneapolis, police say.

On Sunday, officers responded to the 2200 block of 6th Street North around 1:43 a.m. Police were then advised of a shooting in the 2000 block of Washington Avenue North, where they found a man suffering gunshot wounds. Police say the man was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

The investigation is ongoing. The ID of the man who died and the nature and cause of his death will be released in coming days.

Anyone with information should call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted online at http://www.CrimeStoppersMN.org.  All tips are anonymous.

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Couple Survives Crash With Half-Ton Moose https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/couple-survives-crash-with-half-ton-moose/
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A young couple remains hospitalized in Duluth after surviving a collision with a half-ton bull moose on a dark northern Minnesota highway.]]>

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A young couple remains hospitalized in Duluth after surviving a collision with a half-ton bull moose on a dark northern Minnesota highway.

Seventeen-year-old Amaya Nelson was behind the wheel July 7 and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Remington Dellinger, was in the seat beside her when they crashed into moose with their small car.

Amaya’s dad, Scott Nelson, says first responders told him it was a miracle the two survived the crash, which sent their car down an embankment.

Nelson tells the Star Tribune his daughter had multiple skull fractures and numerous broken bones in her face, yet managed to crawl up the hill and call 911. He says she’s undergone facial reconstruction at a Duluth hospital where she remains in intensive care. Dellinger is in the same hospital with head, neck and arm injuries.
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Netherlands Runner Sifan Hassan Breaks Women’s Mile Record In Race Dedicated To Gabe Grunewald https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/netherlands-runner-sifan-hassan-breaks-womens-mile-record-in-race-dedicated-to-gabe-grunewald/
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Sifan Hassan, a distance runner from the Netherlands, broke the women’s mile record on Friday with a time of four minutes 12.33 seconds. The race was dedicated to former Gopher Gabe Grunewald. ]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Sifan Hassan, a distance runner from the Netherlands, broke the women’s mile record on Friday with a time of four minutes 12.33 seconds. The record was previously set by Russia’s Svetlana Masterkova in Zurich in 1996 who clocked a time of four minutes 12.56 seconds.

The race at the Diamond League’s Herculis Meeting in Monaco was dedicated to American runner Gabe Grunewald, who died of cancer in June at just 32 years old. She was honored with a tribute to her on the screens before the race, which was named “Brave like Gabe”.

Hissan said she did not expect to be a world record holder after the race, “I knew I could run fast, but the first 800 was a bit slow, so after that I wasn’t thinking it would be a world record.”

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3 In Custody, 1 Being Sought In Connection With Albert Lea Armed Robbery https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/3-in-custody-1-being-sought-in-connection-with-albert-lea-armed-robbery/
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Three people are facing felony robbery charges and one person is still being sought after they allegedly robbed a Clarks Grove man on his walk home from work.]]>

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (WCCO) — Three people are in custody facing felony robbery charges and one person is still being sought after they allegedly robbed a Clarks Grove man at gunpoint on his walk home from work.

According to the Albert Lea Police Department, the 20-year-old victim was walking home from work Friday in the early morning hours when a car pulled up to him. Police say three men got out of the car and pointed guns at the victim before taking the contents of the victim’s backpack. The suspects then fled the scene.

Officers located the suspect vehicle shortly after and, after an investigation, took three people into custody. A third man is still being sought.

Albert Lea police ask anyone with information about the incident contact them at 507-377-5200.

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Sheriff: Woman Falls 30 Feet From Gooseberry’s Lower Falls; Airlifted To Hospital https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/sheriff-woman-falls-30-feet-from-gooseberrys-lower-falls-airlifted-to-hospital/
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A 20-year-old woman suffered serious injuries over the weekend when she fell from the lower falls at Gooseberry State Park. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 20-year-old woman suffered serious injuries over the weekend when she fell from the lower falls at Gooseberry Falls State Park.

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The Lake County Sheriff’s Office says the woman fell about 30 feet Saturday evening and was airlifted from the popular state park to Essentia Health in Duluth.

The extent of the woman’s injuries is unknown, the sheriff’s office said.

Gooseberry Falls State Park is about 40 miles northeast of Duluth on Minnesota’s North Shore.

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YesStyle Ranks Minneapolis No. 1 City With Green Spaces https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/yesstyle-ranks-minneapolis-number-one-city-with-green-spaces/
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YesStyle has ranked Minneapolis the No. 1 city with green spaces out of the 46 cities in the world that they analyzed.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – YesStyle has ranked Minneapolis the No. 1 city with green spaces out of the 46 cities in the world that they analyzed.

In their study of the world’s most relaxing cities, Minneapolis also has the highest air quality, along with Stockholm.

This study ranked each city based on how well they perform on 10 data points relating to relaxation and stress.

YesStyle has their methodology and categories explained on their website, along with the full chart of data on the 46 cities.

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Bemidji PD Seek Help Locating Missing 20-Year-Old Woman https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/bemidji-pd-seek-help-locating-missing-20-year-old-woman/
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The Bemidji Police Department is asking for the public’s help after a 20-year-old woman went missing Sunday. ]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Bemidji Police Department is asking for the public’s help after a 20-year-old woman went missing Sunday.

According to police, Tangela Aragon was last seen at 767 26th Street NW on Sunday at around 11:20 p.m. She told others she was going out to smoke and didn’t come back inside the residence.

Aragon may have been seen at PetroServ Gas Station shortly after going missing and possibly getting into a blue and gray minivan.

Aragon is described as 5-foot-4, 140 pounds, brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and shorts. Her hair was up in a “bun.” No picture has been made available yet.

Anyone with information on Aragon’s whereabouts is asked to call the Bemidji Police Department at 218-333-9111.

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‘Deeply Disturbing’: Minnesota DFL Chair Responds To Trump’s Racist Tweets https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/deeply-disturbing-minnesota-dfl-chair-responds-to-trumps-go-back-tweets/
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The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party is responding to President Donald Trump’s racist tweets suggesting a group of U.S. Congresswomen should “go back” to their countries.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor party is responding to President Donald Trump’s racist tweets suggesting a group of U.S. Congresswomen should “go back” to their countries.

….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019

DFL chairman Ken Martin released a statement Monday morning denouncing the President’s language, in which many believe he, in part, was alluding to Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar.

“Representative Ilhan Omar became an American citizen almost 20 years ago because she wanted to be part of our great country and to live the American Dream,” Martin said. “Donald Trump telling her to go back to her home country is flat out racist and goes against the founding principles of our nation.”

Martin added, “Before we are Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans. It is deeply disturbing that, instead of bringing Americans together to solve our common problems, Donald Trump has spent his presidency trying to divide our country for political gain. We deserve so much better from our president.”

Read DFL Chair @kenmartin73's full statement here: https://t.co/s3PrDVxlsw

— Minnesota DFL Party (@MinnesotaDFL) July 15, 2019

Rep. Omar responded to the President via Twitter Sunday afternoon.

You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.

“America's answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” -RFK

— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019

The original tweets were believed to have been referring to Omar, along with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Massachusetts Rep. Ayanna Pressley. Omar was born in Somalia and came to the U.S. when she was 10. She became a U.S. citizen when she was 17. The three other women were born in the U.S.

All four women broke barriers in 2018. Omar and Tlaib are the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, Pressley is the first black woman elected to Congress from the state of Massachusetts and Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress at 29.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also responded to President Trump’s tweets, calling his comments “xenophobic.”

I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids – #FamiliesBelongTogether!

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019

President Trump doubled down on his rhetoric Monday.

When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019

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Amazon Warehouse Workers Push For Higher Wages In ‘Prime Day’ Protest https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/amazon-warehouse-workers-to-walk-off-the-job-in-prime-day-protest/
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Monday is the start of Prime Day, the two-day holiday the online retail giant Amazon manufactured to get people to buy things over the summer months.]]>

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (WCCO) – Monday is the start of Prime Day, the two-day holiday the online retail giant Amazon manufactured to get people to buy things over the summer months.

Yet, many of its workers are using Prime Day as a chance to push for higher wages. On Monday, roughly 100 Amazon workers plan to walk out of a warehouse facility in Shakopee for six hours.

Working conditions have long been a conversation between Amazon and its warehouse employees. Workers are disputing pay, physically demanding working conditions and a quota that supposedly requires they handle 600 orders per hour.

Amazon says it’s always looking to improve yet challenged anyone to compare its pay, benefits and working environment to other retailers in the Shakopee area.

This back and forth, according to business expert and University of Minnesota professor George John, looks like a pull to unionize. But he doesn’t see it getting very far unless it picks up traction beyond Shakopee.

Why? Because 100 workers protesting won’t really impact the customer.

“They’ll fulfill [the order] some other way,” John said. “They’ve got an incredibly sophisticated system so when you put in an order they will try to figure out where is that product available and where is the cheapest way of getting it to you – on time. So if the Shakopee warehouse is not functioning, what they’ll do is they’ll ship it out of a New Jersey warehouse or something else.”

There’s also a small group of tech employees expected to come from Seattle to join the protest.

Full statement from an Amazon spokesperson:

“Events like Prime Day have become an opportunity for our critics, including unions, to raise awareness for their cause, in this case, increased membership dues. These groups are conjuring misinformation to work in their favor, when in fact we already offer the things they purport to be their cause — industry leading pay of $15 per hour, benefits, and a safe workplace for our employees. We can only conclude that the people who plan to attend the event on Monday are simply not informed. If these groups — unions and the politicians they rally to their cause — really want to help the American worker, we encourage them to focus their energy on passing legislation for an increase in the federal minimum wage, because $7.25 is too low.”

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Overnight Fire Destroys Mobile Home In Dayton https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/15/overnight-fire-destroys-mobile-home-in-dayton/
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Problems communicating caused confusion for firefighters battling an overnight fire at a mobile home park in Dayton.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Problems communicating caused confusion for firefighters battling an overnight fire at a mobile home park in Dayton.

Fire officials says English is not the first language of the people who live in the home on Gaywood Drive, so firefighters thought someone could have been inside when they arrived.

After searching the mobile home several times, they determined the home was vacant.

The home was destroyed in the fire. Two neighboring homes also sustained damage.

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‘Make Our Roads Safer’: MN State Patrol Chief Matt Langer Explains Hands-Free Law https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/14/make-our-roads-safer-mn-state-patrol-chief-matt-langer-explains-hands-free-law/
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In two and a half weeks, the state’s new hands-free driving law goes into effect.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — In two and a half weeks, the state’s new hands-free driving law goes into effect. The state of Minnesota has allocated $300,000 in an outreach campaign to let people know what the law involves.

But as the Aug. 1 date approaches, there are still a lot of questions.

The State Patrol put chilling videos on their website showing the results of distracted driving, and they’ve distributed information about what’s covered under the law. The basic bottom line is that you won’t be able to hold a cell phone in your hand while driving. The goal is to make Minnesota roads and highways safer.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, in 12 out of 15 states with hands-free laws, traffic fatalities have dropped by 15%. Col. Matt Langer, the Chief of the Minnesota State Patrol, was a guest on WCCO Sunday Morning.

“The whole goal of the law is to make our roads safer so a 15% reduction in fatalities in Minnesota would mean perhaps about 30 Minnesotans are alive instead of being killed in our traffic crashes on a yearly basis,” Langer said.

The penalties are significant. While a first-time offense is a $50 ticket, the second and any additional offenses are $275 plus court costs– and state troopers are expected to write a lot of tickets. In the first 11 months of the hands-free law in Georgia, the State Patrol there wrote more than 22,000 tickets with local authorities writing even more.

For more information about the new law, click here.

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Staying Safe Amid The Heat Advisory https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/14/staying-safe-amid-the-heat-advisory/
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With the heat advisory in effect, doctors want people to plan ahead. They share the symptoms to look for when it comes to heat exhaustion and how to keep your family safe.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With the heat advisory in effect, doctors want people to plan ahead. They share the symptoms to look for when it comes to heat exhaustion and how to keep your family safe.

There’s a lot to remember when you’re toting young kids around in the heat, and for good reasons.

“We’ve seen an increase in heat related illness,” said Dr. Tom Horejsi with Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis said.

The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for the metro area from 1 p.m. Sunday through Monday evening.

Horejsi says while the elderly and children are more at risk for heat-related illnesses, anyone is susceptible under intense heat.

“When you are exposed to heat, find a cool place to cool off and you want to take measures to hydrate,” he said.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion include dizziness, heavy sweating and fatigue. If untreated it can progress to the more serious heat stroke, which raises your heart rate and core temperature. It can be life threatening.

“It’s really easy to just kind of keep going and say, ‘I’ll finish this next project outside or I’ll finish this next inning.’ It’s really important people take time to take a break,” Horejsi said.

A splash pad is an easy way to cool off– even if it takes an extra step or two to make sure everyone’s having safe fun in the sun.

If you don’t have air conditioning at home you can go to the mall, rec center, or even a public library. Hennepin County has an interactive map to find cooling areas.

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St. Paul Library Aims To Preserve Heritage For Minnesota’s Hmong Population https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/14/st-paul-library-aims-to-preserve-heritage-for-minnesotas-hmong-population/
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At the Hmong Archives, more than 200,000 items detail a captivating history.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Hmong population in Minnesota is now over 80,000. Many of them came to the U.S. after helping American soldiers during the Vietnam War. Over the years, some of their culture and traditional ways got left behind, but at a library in St. Paul, they are hoping to bring it all back.

At the Hmong Archives, more than 200,000 items detail a captivating history.

On a summer morning, bright sunshine lights the way to St. Paul’s East Side Freedom Library, where inside they’re hoping a bright future can be found by looking at the past.

“People wanted to see things in their own language. And that you don’t get in Target and Walmart,” Marlin Heise, an archivist and volunteer at the Hmong Archives, said.

Heise became interested in Southeast Asia while reading National Geographic magazines as a boy, and he now travels there yearly.

“The Hmong don’t have a country. They don’t have a national library, national museum or national anything,” Heise said.

A tiny section of the library is hoping to change that. For 20 years they’ve collected books, art, posters and videos of Hmong culture from around the world.

“We are now up to 206,000 items as of December 31, 2018,” Heise said.

The purpose is to help the current generation of Hmong children learn about what their parents and grandparents went through to make a new life in America.

“My uncle and father are part of the soldiers that helped the Americans. They served in the secret war,” Brian Xiong said.

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After helping U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War, Xiong’s family lived in refugee camps around Thailand. But when he was 10, they moved from the jungles and mountains of Southeast Asia to the lakes and prairies of Minnesota. His family and thousands of others are the reason St. Paul now has the largest Hmong population per capita in the United States.

“The younger generation, they don’t speak Hmong anymore. And they have the archives to be a resource to them so they can learn who they are, the identity and at the same time the language,” Xiong said.

Much of the work that happens here is educating and translating. Authentic, written documents have been hard to come by.

“Writing? Not very much done. Paper and such, not very much available. Publishing in Laos, not very much,” Heise said.

That’s why they’re looking for VHS tapes that families may have recorded during their journey west. They’re hoping to turn those into documentaries that this generation can learn from, so they can rediscover what being Hmong really means.

“I really hope the Hmong Archives continues to collect more. I think the most important thing is how do we keep the material but at the same time let our younger generation look it through, understand what it is, and be able to read Hmong,” Xiong said.

Researchers from around the world have traveled to St. Paul to study the Hmong Archives. If you would like more information on how you can visit, click here.

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Blaine’s Target USA Soccer Cup Taking Precautions In The Weekend Heat https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/07/14/blaines-target-usa-soccer-cup-taking-precautions-in-the-weekend-heat/
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The heat is making it challenging for players at one of the largest soccer tournaments in the world in Blaine over the weekend. The 35th annual Target USA Cup battled through the hottest day of the tournament so far on Sunday.]]>

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The heat is making it challenging for players at one of the largest soccer tournaments in the world in Blaine over the weekend. The 35th annual Target USA Cup battled through the hottest day of the tournament so far on Sunday.

The tournament is hosting 1,152 teams from 22 states and 19 countries at the National Sports Center. Organizers raised a “yellow flag” on Sunday around 12:30 p.m. for the first time during this year’s tournament, which warns of dangerous heat and humidity. Steve Olson, the Chief Operating Officer of National Sports Center, says the yellow flag means that referees will reduce playing time, extend half time and add mandatory water breaks.

Olson says they’ve dealt with one heat-related medical incident so far this weekend, “but the kids now are on game three or game four and the more games you play, the higher incidents there is of that,” he said.

Olson says the turf fields are 10 to 15 degrees hotter than regular grass fields, so they placed cool mister fans on the turf fields for players to use.

Nikki Palmer is a coach for the Winnipeg Bonivital Soccer Club, which is competing in the USA Cup this weekend. She says multiple games in the heat is grueling for her players, but they came prepared.

“Lots of substitutions, we actually brought a cooler full of face cloths with ice, so every break that they get they’re putting that on their necks and their faces,” said Palmer.

The tournament continues from Tuesday, July 16 to Saturday, July 20.

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