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Minnesota court names Prince heirs

Plus: legislator held up at gunpoint in St. Paul; five more carfentanil overdoses in Minnesota; Brainerd student makes controversial comment about Trump in yearbook; and more.

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The heirs are apparent. MPR reports: “A Minnesota court has determined that Prince’s six siblings are the lawful heirs to his fortune and that the Minnesota music icon left no will before his death last year. … Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said in January he wouldn’t declare the heirs of the late rock superstar until appeals run their course for others whose claims of heirship have been rejected. … Court documents posted Friday, though, show the court has concluded Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings — Omarr Baker, Alfred Jackson, Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson and John R. Nelson — are the heirs.”

Yikes. The Pioneer Press’ Mara H. Gottfried and Rachel E. Stassen-Berger report: “Police are investigating after a state representative was robbed at gunpoint on a St. Paul street Thursday night. … Rep. Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, was not injured in the robbery at Grand Avenue and Milton Street, police said. … ‘A gentleman approached me and he had a gun out, asked for my wallet and my phone and I agreed. And I was able to walk away safely,’ Smith said Friday morning. … Officers responded to Salut Bar on Grand Avenue on Thursday at 10:40 p.m., where Smith had returned to call for help, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.”

Elephant tranquilizer. The Star Tribune reports: “The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has confirmed that five more people have died from overdoses related to the powerful drug carfentanil, bringing the total to 10 deaths in Minnesota. … Carfentanil, a powerful new opioid to the state, is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, another synthetic opioid. Its intended use is a tranquilizer for elephants and other large animals.”

Hopefully there’s a teachable moment here. The Duluth News Tribune’s Spenser Bickett reports: “A comment made by a Brainerd (Minn.) High School student in the 2016-17 yearbook generated sizable controversy on social media. … One page of the yearbook asks students for their feelings about President Donald Trump. One of the four commenters, a sophomore, had harsh words for the president. … ‘I would like to behead him,’ the student said. ‘I do not like him.’”

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