Stories from July 10, 2024

‘Rain bomb’ downs tree branches, dumps 2 inches of rain in Minneapolis Wednesday
An isolated wet microburst ripped through parts of Minneapolis Wednesday afternoon. And it looks like the first 90-degree temperature of the year will come this weekend.
Interim president hopes to help St. Cloud State University find path forward
Larry Dietz, former president of Illinois State University, will lead SCSU for the next two years amid budget challenges. He hopes to help stabilize enrollment and draw students back to a more vibrant campus.
Democratic Gov. Tim Walz continues to stand by President Joe Biden as his party's presidential nominee. That's as congressional Democrats continue to raise concerns that he will lose in November and impact down-ballot races. And the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified three officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man in Crookston last month.
The latest on where Minnesota Democratic leaders stand on President Joe Biden’s candidacy
President Joe Biden is facing some internal and external pressure in the Democratic Party to end his reelection bid following a shaky debate performance. Minnesota’s Democrats are offering various appraisals of Biden’s candidate status.
Three weeks after heavy rain, Waterville is still recovering from flooding
Three weeks after heavy rains flooded dozens of Minnesota counties, parts of Waterville are still underwater. Water levels in the city have dropped about 3 feet in the past week, but residents still find themselves grappling with sandbags and road closures and the town’s mayor says its streets are still lined with soggy furniture and lumber.
Animal Humane Society policy changes raise concerns of an increase in feral cat populations
The nonprofit organization Animal Humane Society will no longer be providing free Trap-Neuter-Return spay and neuter services. The new change could create hardship for individuals and organizations that aid in maintaining the feral, or “community” cat populations.  
’It happens way too often:’ Attorney says trooper crash points to dangers of high-speed pursuits
Jeff Storms is the attorney for the family of Leneal Frazier, who was killed in a collision with a Minneapolis police officer in 2021.
BCA: Crookston officer who fatally shot man last week also fatally shot another man in May
Authorities say the Crookston police officer who fatally shot a man at a homeless shelter last week is the same officer who fatally shot another man in the northwest Minnesota city in May.
Actor George Clooney, a high-profile Biden supporter and fundraiser, asks president to leave race
Movie star and lifelong Democrat George Clooney is adding his voice to calls for Joe Biden to leave the presidential race. Clooney says in a New York Times opinion piece Wednesday that he loves Biden, but the party would lose the presidential race as well as any control in Congress with him as the nominee.
Judge cites ‘hyper-religious’ belief in ruling man incompetent for trial in Minnesota killings
A Hennepin County judge has ruled that a man accused in the deaths of three relatives is incompetent to stand trial, citing his “hyper-religious” belief that God is telling him to plead guilty.
Understanding the rights of deaf and hard of hearing people in prison and jail
Through lawsuits, deaf and hard of hearing inmates and advocates have pushed jails and prisons to improve their procedures for providing ASL interpreters and communication tools.
Bipartisan Senate group pushes ban on lawmaker stock trading
Senators from both parties unveiled bipartisan compromise bill that would require all members of Congress, spouses and dependent children to stop buying or selling individual stocks, saying it will help restore confidence in Congress.
Pelosi says 'it's up to the president' to decide to stay in the race
Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi is stopping short of saying President Joe Biden should continue his reelection campaign. Pelosi speaking Wednesday on MSNBC instead said “it’s up to the president to decide” if he’s going to run.
Bob Dylan is giving fans a chance to relive his 1974 tour on a 27-disc set
Bob Dylan fans who want to relive his memorable 1974 concert tour with The Band will soon have the opportunity to own most of it. The box will contain previously unreleased recordings of 417 songs, including some 21 versions of “Lay Lady Lay.”
Spotty shower chances continue Wednesday; hot weekend shaping up
Wednesday will be the last day of spotty showers for a bit. We’ll have showers early and then possibly again later in the day. Thursday and Friday will be dry before heat builds for the weekend.
Olmsted County prosecutors have charged a Minnesota state trooper with manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide in connection with a fatal crash in Rochester. And Duluth officials want to create several new misdemeanor-level crimes in the city, including a ban on camping on city property.
Shaboozey's slow-burning hybrid of hip-hop and country is finally the biggest song in the land
This week, Shaboozey becomes only the second Black artist ever to top “Billboard's” pop and country singles charts at the same time. The first, earlier this year, was his collaborator, Beyoncé.
Sheepish solar symbiosis: Two very different industries work together on the green energy transition
New players are entering the field to help with the green energy transition by literally chowing down on the fields. It’s through the growing collaboration between solar developers and sheep farmers.