Moonglow Thursday night - pics, w short precede of weekend activities
27ethics complaint (Carlson, 17 inches w/ mugs) After clearing city council president Dennis Hanson of an alleged ethics violation, Rochester’s city administrator is calling for changes to the city’s code of ethics.
Steve Kvenvold said in his 28 years as city administrator, this was the first time an ethics complaint had been filed against a council member. During the process, Kvenvold said he became concerned about issues with the code of ethics.
A major issue is the possibility of criminal charges for violators. Kvenvold said he thinks the ethics code should be a guide and not used for punishment. He said the codes could be clearer and he questions whether the city administrator should be the one deciding whether an ethics investigation moves forward.
27Purple Heart (Doty, 13 inches w/ submitted mug) Nearly three years ago, Spc. James Kramer was driving a military truck in Iraq when an improvised explosive device exploded, rupturing his eardrum and leaving him with short-term memory loss.
Kramer’s sacrifice and service, including his ongoing work in the military, were recognized Thursday when he was awarded the Purple Heart, a military combat decoration given to service members wounded in action.
Even without the medal, his friends and family call him “a true American hero.”
moved/ 27 zumbro river community festival (Schuett, 12 inches w/ submitted pic) - ZUMBRO FALLS — A 5-mile canoe race Saturday down the Zumbro River will benefit some Rochester youths, providing them with scholarships for a summer camp experience.
27winona bridge (Weiss, 17 inches w/ mugs) WINONA — The economic fortunes of this river city were tied in knots earlier this month when the Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the bridge over the Mississippi River, stymying traffic for jobs and commerce.
REFER inside to 27bridge inspector
MOVED/ 27Answer Man -- 19 inches
Lots of Rochesterfest pix
27Gloria Dei’s “Big Give” (Russell, 14 inches, w/ pic) Bit by bit and piece by piece, little things can add up to something big.
The good that can happen when people work together was clear this week at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Rochester, where 150 vacation Bible school students gathered items for charity in an effort inspired by “Oprah’s Big Give,” a reality TV show in which contestants were challenged to outdo each other in charitable giving.
27Rochesterfest Quilters (Doty, 14 inches w/ pic) Jamie Wallen was one of the few men at the 30th annual Minnesota Quilters Inc. Annual Show and Conference Thursday in the Mayo Civic Center, but he was anything but intimidated.
MOVED/ 27 rochesterfest calendar -- 20 inches
27Rochesterfest Medallion (Doty, 12 inches) It took 10 years, but the Sucher’s finally did it.
UPDATING THE NEWS:
27bridge inspector (Weiss, 20 inches, w/ pic) WINONA — Eric Even’s job is to be obscure, usually unseen, as he wades through manure, fights off mosquitoes or dodges bats to inspect culverts or dangles 100 or more feet over the Mississippi River to see how a big bridge is doing.
At rare times, however, his role as a Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge inspector, makes the front pages.
27medrano appeal denied (staff/wire, 12 inches, mug) ST. PAUL — Minnesota’s highest court rejected on Thursday an appeal from a convicted murderer from Rochester who claimed he was denied his right to have a lawyer present during questioning.
MOVED/ 27RADAR needs help (Weiss, 15 inches w/ pic) RUSHFORD — Because of time and other disasters, the flood of money and volunteers that was so vital to Rushford after August’s deluge has become a trickle.
27blaisdell (Gregorson, 13 inches) A Lake City man said he needed money to pay off fines in order to get his driver’s license reinstated.
27more people charged (Gregorson, 8 inches) Three more people now face burglary and riot charges in connection with a break-in at a northeast city apartment earlier this year.
27Students go to Honduras with Habitat for Humanity (Mann, 18 inches w/ submitted pic) For many outside the Honduran city of Santa Cruz De Yojoa, home consists of a hastily-built wooden shack, topped by sections of tin. Running water exists only in rumor. One meal a day, usually a cornmeal tortilla, is standard fare.
27BBB Tips (18 inches)
MOVED/ 27stewartville grocery (15 inches, Kiger w/ pic) Cementing the plan announced in November, Stewartville city officials and a representative of Fareway grocery stores officially “broke ground” Thursday as trucks poured foundations behind them.
MOVED/ 27bizcal, 11 inches
WATCH FOR IBM/ MARS CHOCOLATE STORY
WATCH FOR STOCKS PLUNGE FOLLOW-UP
WATCH FOR EXISTING HOME SALES RISE STORY
27interim superintendent AUST (Colbenson, 15 inches, Raskin mug, board member mugs) As school board members prepared Thursday to approve a contract for Austin Public Schools’ interim superintendent, outgoing superintendent Candace Raskin asked the board if they realized they were paying him more than they paid her.
MOVED/ 27Lyle celebration AUST (Ruzek, 9 inches) LYLE -- Lyle once again is getting into the Fourth of July spirit early.
Scheduled annually for the last weekend in June, Lyle’s Independence Day Celebration starts today and runs through Sunday in the small, border town along U.S. 218 South.
27Hastings Shoes (Ruzek, 12 inches, w/ pix) TO FINISH IN A.M. -- Carrying some old boots, a man on Wednesday afternoon came across the temporary location for Hastings Shoe on North Main Street.
He was unsure if he came to the right store front until Jean Hastings, who owns the business with her husband Skip, explained the situation.
27Tornado sirens AUST (Ruzek, 15 inches w/ info box) Starting today, tornado-warning sirens in the city of Austin will be used under a different procedure during severe weather.
27Drug bust AUST (Ruzek, 10 inches) TO UPDATE IN A.M. -- Local authorities do search warrant at Austin home, arresting an 18-year-old man for possessing nearly 40 tablets of ecstasy, 3 grams of cocaine, small amt. of pot and drug paraphernalia
already pleaded guilty and awaiting sentencing for felony 5th deg drug crime
27Burglary AUST --- 3 inches
27Dog attack AUST -- 5 inches
WASHINGTON — Sen. Norm Coleman has been living in the basement of a campaign consultant for the past year while in Washington, and missed a couple of rent payments until a magazine brought them to the attention of the senator. By Frederic J. Frommer.
DULUTH — A 29-year-old youth counselor and a 17-year-old girl, both members of a Twin Cities church group, died after they were swept away by the swift-flowing Temperance River in northeastern Minnesota and carried over waterfalls.
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ST. PAUL — A 60-year-old man who had tried to take several county officials hostage during a board meeting in central Minnesota died of multiple gunshot wounds after law enforcement officers confronted him, according to preliminary autopsy results released Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS — It’s doubtful that Minnesotans will see much change as a result of the Supreme Court ruling that individuals can own guns. Minnesota’s recent change to rules for carrying concealed weapons was the state’s biggest new gun law in years, and the Supreme Court ruling appeared to leave such rules intact. By Joshua Freed.
— SCOTUS-GUNS moving nationally.
MADISON, Wis. — Police arrested a suspect in Minnesota Thursday in the stabbing death of a man in his Madison home — one of three unsolved murders that have worried city residents for months. By Ryan J. Foley.
— NWA-FLIGHT CUTS — Northwest Airlines says it is suspending or canceling three international flights, because of high fuel costs and decreased demand.
— BOY KILLED — A Minneapolis woman has admitted fatally beating a 4-year-old boy who was in her care.
— ST. PAUL HOMICIDE — St. Paul police are investigating the city’s second homicide in less than a week.