The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has identified two of the three people who died when their single-engine plane crashed into a water-filled quarry last weekend. The bodies of 60-year-old Larry Schlichting, of Eagan, and 24-year-old Lucas Knight, of North Mankato, have been recovered from the quarry on Grey Cloud Island near Cottage Grove. Sheriff’s officials say a dive team continues to search for the third person who died when the Cessna went down last Sunday. Some wreckage of the plane has been recovered. Authorities have said the recovery work has been difficult because of the large debris field in the quarry [...]
Sheriff's officials say recovery crews have located a missing airplane in a water-filled quarry near the Mississippi River on Grey Cloud Island in Washington County. Three people were in the single-engine Cessna aircraft when it left Fleming Field in South St. Paul sometime after 2 p.m. Sunday. Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry says officials were notified that the plane was missing late Sunday night, said. Crews will be working to recover the plane from the water. Starry says the wreckage is in water over 70 feet deep.
Minnesota health officials have confirmed 741 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 deaths resulting from COVID-19, Nine of the people who died were residents of long-term care and assisted-living facilities, the Minnesota Department of Health reported. A total of 1,919 people in the state have died since the pandemic began. The latest Minnesotans to die ranged in age from 60 to 99. Hennepin and Ramsey counties each reported three deaths. St. Louis and Waseca counties each had two deaths. Anoka, Freeborn and Kanabec counties each reported one death. Officials say hospitalizations have dropped from 247 to 241 in the last [...]
Prosecution documents in the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd show the white officer who pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck had seven prior incidents of using neck or head and upper body restraints on arrestees, including four in which prosecutors say he went too far. The document was made public on the same day that Chauvin and three other former officers appeared in court for a hearing on the prosecution’s request to hold a joint trial, a defense request to move the trial out of Minneapolis, and other issues. Judge Peter Cahill [...]
President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden will bring their presidential campaigns to Minnesota on Friday of next week. The Trump campaign says the president will hold a rally at the Bemidji airport Friday, Sept. 18, at 4 p.m. The Biden campaign says the where and when of the former vice president's visit will be announced later. Trump came within about 45,000 votes of carrying Minnesota in 2016. His campaign is trying to build on his support in greater Minnesota and the outer suburbs, while Biden is counting on strong Democratic turnout in the Twin Cities and inner suburbs.
Gov. Tim Walz has called a special session for Friday, citing the need to preserve the emergency powers that he’s been using to manage the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic governor said he intends to extend the state’s COVID-19 peacetime state of emergency by 30 more days to ensure that the state can continue to quickly and effectively respond. The Republican-controlled Senate has used previous special sessions to vote to end the peacetime emergency, saying the immediate emergency is over. The Democratic-controlled House has blocked those attempts. Senate Republicans also used last month's special session to oust a Walz cabinet member.
Winona State University has quarantined itself for two weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Officials aren't aware of any serious illness related to COVID-19 within the Winona State community. But they're seeing an increase in asymptomatic transmission affecting not only the campus but the greater community. Meanwhile, most Minnesota elementary and secondary schools kicked off a school year Tuesday that will test whether their preparations to teach amid the pandemic will pay off. According to partial figures, 63% of districts and charter schools opened with a hybrid of in-person and distance learning, with 25% offering only in-person learning.
Gun dealers in Minnesota attribute a surge in firearms sales to anxiety over the coronavirus, civil unrest, and the uncertainties involving the presidential race. The National Shooting Sports Foundation says there were about 21,900 background checks for gun purchases in Minnesota in August of 2019. This year, there were nearly 35,000 in the same month. Gun shop owners say the surge in gun and ammunition sales began in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic lead to panic buying, as it did with some household supplies. George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police in May and the protests and violence that [...]
Minnesota health officials have reported 638 new cases of the coronavirus, and three additional deaths, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 1,860. The state has reported a total of 81,225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. As of Monday, 275 people were hospitalized with the virus, including 136 in intensive care. The new figures come after days of warnings from state officials to stay vigilant, wear masks and continue to social distance during weekend gatherings over the Labor Day holiday.
Minnesota has surpassed 80,000 positive COVID-19 cases. Health officials reported 714 positive tests on Sunday, bringing the statewide total to 80,587. Health officials said 8,747 health care workers have tested positive for the virus since the pandemic began. More than 72,000 people were marked as no longer needing isolation. Minnesota’s death toll from the coronavirus rose by six to 1,8577 as of Sunday. Officials report that 1,359 of deaths have been among residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities. A total of 6,719 people have required hospitalization. Of those, 284 remain in those facilities, with 143 in intensive care.