Olivia police officer cleared of deadly July shooting
MANKATO, Minnesota (AP) – A police officer in the city of Olivia, in western Minnesota, will not face criminal charges for a fatal shooting in July. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Blue Earth County District Attorney Patrick McDermott said Officer Aaron Clouse acted within the law when he killed Ricardo Torres Jr. on July 4. had been fired. Clouse said he saw Torres carrying a gun and told him to drop it. Torres reportedly replied that Clouse should drop his and pointed a shotgun at the officer, who then shot Torres.
MINNESOTA VIRUS OUTBREAK
Minnesota COVID-19 hospitalizations exceed 1,400 amid increase
ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – The number of Minnesota patients hospitalized with COVID-19 exceeded 1,400 for the first time since last December, before vaccines became available. According to state health department statistics released Friday, hospitals in Minnesota were treating 1,414 patients with complications from the coronavirus, including 340 patients in intensive care. Only 2% of beds in adult intensive care units were free, and 56 hospitals reported that their adult intensive care beds were at full capacity. The influx of new patients comes as Minnesota has reported 5,162 new infections and 30 more deaths. Minnesota continues to have one of the highest infection rates in the country.
Turkey Farmers Benefit From Higher Prices This Year
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Agricultural experts say Minnesota farmers who raise about 45 million turkeys a year will benefit from higher prices this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says the price of turkeys has steadily increased as demand increased after a year in which there were fewer family reunions and traffic to restaurants declined due of the coronavirus pandemic. Tim Petry, a livestock marketing economist in the extension service at North Dakota State University, says the prices are the best producers have seen in a number of years. And, as turkey prices are up 17 cents a pound from a year ago, Petry said consumers are still likely to find good deals as many stores sell turkeys at a lower price. and mark up other items that accompany a Thanksgiving meal.
FARGO FATAL DRAWS
Minnesota man charged with murder of couple at Fargo factory
FARGO, ND (AP) – A 35-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder in the shooting death at a Fargo factory of a man and woman who was eight months pregnant. Anthony Reese Jr., of Moorhead, Minnesota, is accused of killing Richard Pittman, 43, April Carbone, 32, and her unborn child after an argument Wednesday at Composite America. He made his first court appearance on Thursday, where a judge set his bail at $ 2 million and set a preliminary hearing for December 16. Authorities allege Reese shot the couple after arguing at the factory and being told by management to leave. According to police, he later returned with a gun and opened fire.
Tribes welcome injection of money into infrastructure bill
FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) – The massive infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed this week includes billions of dollars to address long-standing water and sanitation problems on the land tribal. India’s health service said it would consult with tribes on how best to use the $ 3.5 billion. The amount is sufficient to meet the more than 1,560 projects on the agency’s list of sanitation deficiencies. Tribes have welcomed the cash injection, but say sustained investment is needed to make up for decades of neglect and underfunding. The bill also includes funding for broadband in the Indian country, tribal settlements on water rights, roads and climate resilience.
White House offers more help with winter heating and utility bills
The Biden administration is helping distribute billions of dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills. Much of the money comes from the administration’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief program. It provides an additional $ 4.5 billion to the government home energy assistance program for low-income people, which typically has funding of $ 3-4 billion per year. Tenant aid can also cover utility costs. The White House is organizing an appeal to governors’ offices on Thursday to help unlock aid to vulnerable households. Speakers will include the Secretaries of Energy, Health and Human Services and the Governors of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan and Minnesota.
MINNESOTA VIRUS OUTBREAK
Department of Defense to help relieve 2 Minnesota hospitals
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has said the Defense Department will send medical teams to two major Minnesota hospitals to provide relief to doctors and nurses who are overwhelmed by a growing wave of COVID-19 patients. The teams, each consisting of 22 people, will arrive at Hennepin County Medical Center and St. Cloud Hospital next week and begin treating patients immediately. Walz made the announcement from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. the last stage of its European trade mission. Minnesota has become one of the nation’s worst hot spots for new COVID-19 infections. Hospital beds are filling up with unvaccinated people and staff are wave-exhausted.
Survey shows continued growth of rural economy in November
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – A new monthly survey of rural bankers in 10 plains and western states suggests increasing economic growth in the region, but confidence in the future of the economy has continued to decline. Rural Mainstreet’s overall economic index rose in November to 67.7 from 66.1 in October. Any score above 50 suggests growth. The survey’s confidence index, which reflects bank CEOs’ expectations for the economy over six months, fell for the fifth consecutive month to 48.4 in November. This is the lowest level since August last year and down from October 51.8. Bankers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming were interviewed.
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