ST. CLOUD, Minn. - A group of students held a protest outside of the St. Cloud Tech High School yeserday afternoon.
The students mostly Somali, walked out of class in protest, of several offensive incidents. The latest had to do with a photo posted on social media about an insensitive remark involving a Somali girl in a wheelchair. District 742 Communications Director Tami DeLand says two students have been talked to about the incident. She says the administration will be looking into the latest allegations as well as previous incidents involving similar conflicts in the school.
Duluth Man Found Guilty In Home Invasion
DULUTH - A jury has found 28-year-old Tommy Morgan of Duluth guilty of all seven charges in a home invasion assault that occurred in May of 2014. Police say Morgan invaded a woman's home while she slept, assaulted her with a glass vase and stole jewelry and other items. He was convicted of 1st degree aggravated robbery, 1st degree assault, 1st degree burglary and three counts of credit card fraud for using the woman's stolen credit cards. In addition, Morgan faces charges in several other cases including the robbery of a Duluth restaurant at gunpoint.
Shots Fired During High Speed Chase In Olmsted County
ROCHESTER - The Olmsted County Sheriff's Department is expected to release more information later today about a high speed chase in the Oronoco area last night. Some police cars were damaged and shots were fired during the incident, which began when a State Trooper spotted a pickup truck that had been reported stolen on Tuesday and attempted to stop it. The pursuit ended along Olmsted County Road 12 after the pickup was driven into a farmfield. At this point, it's not known if the shots were fired by law enforcement officers or the occupants of the vehicle. No injuries were reported.
February Unemployment Numbers To Be Released Today
ST. PAUL - February unemployment numbers are due out later this morning. January numbers showed Minnesota employers eliminating 7,900 jobs. State job analyst Steve Hine says following revisions to December's unemployment numbers, the state's unemployment rate in January held steady at 3.7 percent. The biggest losses were in trade, transportation and utilities, down six-thousand. Professional and business services led all sectors in January adding 2,200 positions, followed by education and health services up 15-hundred. At last report, Minnesota was still well below the national jobless rate of 5.5 percent.
Target Will Increase Minimum Wage
MINNEAPOLIS -- Target says it will raise the minimum wage for hourly workers to at least nine dollars an hour next month. The decision by the Minneapolis-based retailer follows a similar move by Walmart last month. Target won't say what it is currently paying employees.
St. Patrick's Day DWI Arrests Lowest In Six Years
Ninety-four DWI arrests in Minnesota on Saint Patrick's Day is the lowest number in six years, but the holiday fell on a Tuesday and law enforcement made over three hundred drunk-driving arrests the weekend before. Temps should start warming up again soon, and State Patrol Lieutenant Tiffani Nielson says there's always an increase in DWIs when weather gets nice. She says not only that, but there are more high-speed incidents, and more fatal and serious crashes. Nielson urges motorists to make smart choices by planning ahead for a designated driver.
Still Big Need At Minnesota Foodshelves
ROCHESTER -- Foodshelves across the state continue to see record numbers of people coming through the door. Jennifer Woodford, executive director of Channel One Regional Food Bank in Rochester, says even though the Great Recession is behind us, a number of people still need food resources. Woodford says the unemployment rate is low but the state still has fairly high under-employment with people having their hours cut. The Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign is over half-way finished. Organizers are hoping to raise enough food and dollars to replenish the state's shelves for at least six months.
Settlement Expected in Target Data Breach
MINNEAPOLIS - The data breach that affected up to 110-million customers at Target could be headed for a settlement. CBS news says Target will offer ten-million dollars to settle a class action lawsuit over the 2013 data breach. The offer would create a fund that would pay affected consumers up to ten-thousand dollars per settled claim. Target is expected to put the offer forward in federal court in Minnesota today. Target announced last year that data from up to 40-million customer credit cards was compromised during the 2013 holiday shopping season. Email addresses and phone numbers were among the data hackers may have taken.
Lifting Nuclear Plant Ban Remains Controversial
ST. PAUL - The controversy continues at the state legislature over lifting Minnesota's ban on new nuclear power plants. Rep. Jason Isaacson (DFL-Little Canada) says it's mind-boggling to think about bringing back nuclear, because "The science is so clear that long-term we just don't know how to manage it." Fellow DFLer Tim Mahoney from St. Paul says he spent two years working at the Prairie Island nuclear plant, and his radiation level after that "was less than a chest x-ray." A key House panel debated a bill Wednesday but left a vote for later.
Phy Ed Bill Meant to Tackle Childhood Obesity in Minnesota
ST. PAUL - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol aims to make sure Minnesota school children are being active. State Representative Bob Dettmer, a former physical education teacher, says it updates statewide standards for physical education for the first time in more than a decade, and requires the development of grade specific benchmarks. The bill would also require that the courses be taught by licensed and certified physical education instructors and discourages schools from withholding recess from students as a form of punishment. The Minnesota Department of Health says the number of overweight children has tripled since 1980.
Motorcyles Back on Minnesota Roads; MSP Urges Caution
ST. PAUL - Warm temperatures will be back before long and many Minnesotans are thinking about taking their motorcycle out for the first ride of the season -- if they haven't already. State Patrol Lieutenant Tiffani Nielson says Minnesota has already had its first motorcycle death of 2015, and drivers need to be aware and be watching, checking their blind spots, so that they don't get involved in a fatal or serious crash. She says drivers need to be cognizant that they are sharing the road with motorcyclists who are in a more vulnerable position.
Minnesota Man Charged with Burglary for Stealing Back Christmas Gift
BURNSVILLE - Burglary charges are in store for a Minnesota man who got caught taking back a Christmas gift he gave a neighbor. Police in Burnsville say Alfred Guercio showed up at his neighbor's house last week demanding that his neighbor return the knife set he gave the family for Christmas. The victim went to get the knife set, but Guercio forced his way through the door and took the knives himself. Guercio told police he believed the neighbors weren't using the set "in the way they had agreed." He could face up to ten years in prison if convicted.