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FATAL SHOT

St. Paul police investigate after body found in yard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Paul police are investigating a homicide after officers found a man dead in the backyard of a home. Police were called around 11:30 a.m. Friday to a report of a man lying in the backyard of a residence. He was not breathing or responding 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 of 2022.

MINNESOTA SCHOOLS STRIKE

Two possible teacher strikes in Minneapolis and St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Public school teachers in Minneapolis and St. Paul could strike as early as Tuesday for higher wages, smaller class sizes and more mental health services. The twin walkouts could exclude more than 60,000 students from classes. Teachers in both districts, like many others across the country, say they are exhausted from the heavy demands of teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic. And in Minnesota, they believe the state should tap into some of its massive $9.25 billion budget surplus to help. Negotiations will continue throughout the weekend. National union leaders say teachers and support staff across the country are experiencing the same kinds of frustrations, but the Twin Cities districts are the only big ones on the brink of possible strikes.

DROUGHT RELIEF-MINNESOTA

Minnesota lawmakers at odds over drought relief plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers in both houses have proposed $10 million in grants and stimulus loans for drought-affected livestock and specialty crop growers. But an additional $13.3 million proposal in the House for drought recovery on lands managed by state and local governments could be a potential issue that could delay much-needed funds. Last summer’s drought has come to an end for many farmers. But many livestock and specialty crop producers are still reeling from the lingering effects of the drought. Subsidies would help ease the burden by paying for specific needs like feeding and watering.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR-MINNESOTA

Walz orders state to terminate Russian contracts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has ordered 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 ordering more than two dozen state agencies to terminate their contracts. He also instructed his cabinet not to enter into any future contracts with Russian entities to ensure that the state does not aid what he called “the Russian government’s aggression against Ukraine.” A spokesperson for Walz said state agencies would review their business deals, but administrators believe they have few, if any, contracts with Russian agencies.

MINNEAPOLIS POLICE CONTRACT

Interim contract would give Minneapolis officers a raise

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers would receive pay raises and payments totaling $7,000 under a tentative contract agreement that also includes some discipline-related provisions. Calls to change the contract to give city leaders more power to fire problem cops grew after the May 2020 killing of George Floyd. The tentative deal still needs to be approved by city council, and Mayor Jacob Frey recommends that it be approved. Frey said recently that officers “need to be paid more and fired more.”

MINNESOTA SENATE-EDUCATION

Minnesota Senate Passes GOP ‘Parents’ Bill of Rights’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate held its first votes on a set of Republican-backed education bills billed as a “parents’ bill of rights.” Most of them are unlikely to make it through the Democratic-controlled House this session. But the debate raises burning social questions for the election campaign. A bill allowing parents to review all educational materials “at no cost and immediately upon request”, passed 37-30 on Thursday. future date not specified, citing a scheduling problem.

PENTAIR-MANITOWOC ICE

Pentair buys Manitowoc Ice for $1.6 billion

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Pentair, a leading water treatment company, plans to acquire a Wisconsin commercial ice machine maker for $1.6 billion. Pentair, headquartered in London and operated from Golden Valley, Minnesota, has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Manitowoc Ice, based in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Pentair chief executive John Stauch said the acquisition is expected to be a game-changer for its water solutions business platform. Manitowoc Ice is a subsidiary of Wellbit Inc., a Florida-based manufacturer of commercial catering equipment. With plants in Wisconsin, Mexico and China, Manitowoc Ice employs 800 people and manufactures approximately 200 models of commercial ice machines used in a variety of food service and industrial environments.

AP-US-LAKE-SUPERIOR-SHIPWRECK

A 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 group of wrecks released photos and videos with the ship’s name clearly visible at a depth of over 600 feet, about 35 miles off Deer Park, Michigan. Sonar technology played a vital role in locating the Atlanta. The vessel was being towed by another vessel when the line broke during a storm. The crew members got into a lifeboat, although only two survived when that boat capsized.

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