Myon Burrell, convicted in the 2002 murder of 11-year-old Tyesha Edwards, tells ABC News he was railroaded by then-prosecutor and now U-S Senator and presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar: "She re-charged me. She re-charged me with first-degree murder. Never looked into the facts of the case. Never even addressed the misconduct that had taken place, and still put the same detective, the same police on my case, to go and get more bogus evidence." Just before that interview aired on A-B-C, current Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman released a statement accompanied by court findings which he says support Burrell's conviction. But some [...]
After six months of testimony, study and deliberation, today a state working group released a plan that if implemented they believe would help reduce deadly force encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota. State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington says over the past five years there have been well over 100 officer-involved shootings in the state: "One of the things that was surprising to us, 60-percent of those happen in Greater Minnesota. As much as I think we all hear about the ones that happen in the Twin Cities it's Greater Minnesota where we spend a lot of our time having this [...]
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are looking for more stable funding for the state's Disaster Assistance Fund, even as a one-time 30-million-dollar infusion at Governor Tim Walz's request moves forward in the Minnesota House. Starbuck Republican Paul Anderson says: "We have over a billion dollars in the budget reserve. We have a 'Rainy Day Fund.' If some of that could be designated, if the need were there to replenish this disaster fund to give it a more stable basis in case of a severe disaster someplace." Winona Democrat Gene Pelowski responds he's discussing with House leaders whether there [...]
Super Tuesday is one week away and Democratic presidential hopefuls are out campaigning in full force. Hamline University political analyst David Schultz says Super Tuesday is a critical day: "It really tests all the candidates in a variety of ways including Senator Klobuchar. What Super Tuesday does coming right after South Carolina is really making it difficult for candidates to decide which of all the states to campaign in." More than a third of all delegates for the Democratic National Convention are up for grabs on Super Tuesday.
Governor Tim Walz's request for a 30-million-dollar infusion into the state's Disaster Assistance Fund appears to be on a fast-track in the Minnesota House, clearing a key committee today (Mon) on a unanimous voice vote. Emergency Manager Laine Sletta from southwest Minnesota's Brown County told lawmakers the aid is a godsend to small units of government: "For... a small township with not too many people in it, it doesn't take much for their entire operating budget to be blown out of the water." Over in the Senate, Finance Committee Chair, Vernon Center Republican Julie Rosen says adding more funding to the [...]
A 50-million-dollar injection for the state agency that makes loans to farmers cleared its first Minnesota Senate committee Monday afternoon, and a House panel debates the measure this morning (8am). Ag groups warn the Rural Finance Authority is running out of money, and Stu Lourey with Minnesota Farmers Union says that creates problems for those like a Blue Earth County family transitioning the farm to their daughter: "Trying to cobble together financing, like right at this moment, and RFA could be that kind of critical piece for that family and be the difference between whether she's able to continue farming [...]
A 50-million-dollar infusion for the state agency that makes loans to farmers is the subject of a hearing this afternoon (3pm) in the Minnesota Senate and tomorrow morning (Tues) in the House. Republicans tried unsuccessfully last week for a vote on the House floor, warning the Rural Finance Authority is out of money: "If we can't all rally around something like, we might just as well pack our bags and go home." ...Roseau Representative Dan Fabian. But Democratic Majority Leader Ryan Winkler said Republicans didn't get an okay from leadership on fast-tracking the bill, which "suggests not urgency, but politics": [...]
Despite a poor showing in the Nevada caucuses, Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar is gearing up for Super Tuesday. Speaking in Minneapolis, she said she is targeting the Rust Belt to build her own wall of Democrats: "At those states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, Iowa, and our own state. And what are we going to do? We are going to build a beautiful blue wall of Democratic votes around those states and we're going to make Donald Trump pay for it." The next primary is Saturday in South Carolina.
There's a hearing in the Minnesota House this afternoon (1245pm) on Governor Tim Walz's request for an additional 30 million dollars in the state's Disaster Assistance Fund, prompted by increased frequency of storms and flooding. The governor can allocate that money without the legislature's approval, something Winona Democrat Gene Pelowski argues is necessary: "You can't wait weeks or days when we have a disaster. We have to get the aid to that area and to those people as quickly as possible." Pelowski says the fund had 10 million dollars when first established in 2014, but that figure has gradually grown because [...]
Spring flooding is likely across Minnesota this year. Craig Schmit is a hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen: "Of course, the main factors are going to be what kind of snowpack are we going to end up with and then what our melt looks like and the temperature profile we end up with in March. And whether we get more snow while the melt is going on or rain on top of snow." Schmit says areas that haven't seen flooding in the past will likely be more susceptible this year due to high soil moisture and river levels.