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FATAL SHOOTING

St. Paul police investigating after body found in backyard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – St. Paul police are investigating a homicide after officers found a man dead in the backyard of a home. Police were called at about 11:30 am Friday for a report of a man lying in the backyard of a residence ,. He was not breathing or responsive and had a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office will identify the victim and cause of death. No one has been arrested. It was the city’s 10th homicide in 2022.

MINNESOTA SCHOOLS-STRIKE

Twin teacher strikes possible in Minneapolis and St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Teachers in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools could strike as soon as Tuesday for higher wages, smaller class sizes and more mental health services. The twin walkouts could shut more than 60,000 students out of classes. Teachers in both districts, like many around the country, say they’re exhausted by the taxing demands of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. And in Minnesota, they feel the state should tap some of its whopping $ 9.25 billion budget surplus to help. Negotiations will continue through the weekend. National labor leaders say teachers and support staff across the country are experiencing the same sorts of frustrations, but that the Twin Cities’ districts are the only large ones on the verge of possible strikes.

DROUGHT RELIEF-MINNESOTA

Minnesota lawmakers at odds over drought relief package

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers in both chambers have proposed $ 10 million in grants and recovery loans for livestock farmers and specialty crop producers impacted by the drought. But an additional $ 13.3 million proposal in the House for drought recovery on state-managed lands and local governments may be a potential snag that could delay the much-needed funds. Last summer’s drought has ended for many farmers. But many livestock farmers and specialty crop producers are still reeling from the drought’s lingering effects. The grants would help lessen the burden by paying for specific needs like feed and watering supplies.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR-MINNESOTA

Walz orders state to terminate Russian contracts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has directed state agencies to terminate any contracts with Russian entities to punish the country for invading Ukraine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz issued an executive order on Friday directing more than two dozen state agencies to end their contracts. He also asked his cabinet not to enter into any future contracts with Russian entities to ensure the state doesn’t aid what he called “the Russian government’s aggression against Ukraine.” A Walz spokesman said state agencies will review their business deals but administrators believe they have few, if any, contracts with Russian agencies.

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE-CONTRACT

Tentative contract would give Minneapolis officers raise

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minneapolis police officers would get pay raises and payments totaling $ 7,000 under a tentative contract agreement that also includes some provisions related to discipline. Calls to change the contract to give city leaders more authority to fire problem police officers grew after the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. The tentative agreement still needs City Council approval, and Mayor Jacob Frey is recommending that it be approved. Frey has said recently that officers “need to be paid more and fired more.”

MINNESOTA SENATE-EDUCATION

Minnesota Senate takes up GOP ‘Parents Bill of Rights’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Senate has held its first votes on a package of Republican-backed education bills promoted as a “Parents Bill of Rights.” Most them likely won’t make it through the Democratic-controlled House this session. But the debate tees up some hot-button social issues for the election campaign. A bill allowing parents to review all instructional materials “without cost and immediately on request,” passed 37-30 Thursday. Senate GOP leaders decided to defer the debate over one of the most contentious bills – one opposed by advocates for LGBTQ youth – until an unspecified future date, citing a scheduling crunch.

PENTAIR-MANITOWOC ICE

Pentair to acquire Manitowoc Ice in $ 1.6 billion deal

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) – Pentair, a leading water treatment company, plans to acquire a Wisconsin manufacturer of commercial ice machines for $ 1.6 billion. Pentair, headquartered in London and managed out of Golden Valley, Minnesota, has a definitive agreement to buy Manitowoc Ice, based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Pentair’s chief executive John Stauch says the acquisition is expected to be a game changer for its commercial water solutions platform. Manitowoc Ice is a subsidiary of Wellbit Inc., a Florida-based maker of commercial food-service equipment. With plants in Wisconsin, Mexico and China, Manitowoc Ice employs 800 people and manufactures about 200 models of commercial ice-making machines used in a variety of food service and industrial settings.

AP-US-LAKE-SUPERIOR-SHIPWRECK

Shipwreck discovered in Lake Superior, 131 years later

DEER PARK, Mich. (AP) – A ship that sank in 1891 has been discovered in Lake Superior off Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Great Lakes Shipwreck Historical Society says the Atlanta is well-preserved in the coldest of the Great Lakes. The shipwreck group posted photos and video with the name of the ship clearly visible at a depth of more than 600 feet, roughly 35 miles off Deer Park, Michigan. Sonar technology had a critical role in locating the Atlanta. The ship was being towed by another vessel when the line snapped during a storm. Crew members got into a lifeboat, though only two survived when that boat overturned.

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