Local musician hospitalized after being shot in northeast Minneapolis

Says Andy Mannix of the Strib, “The stranger jumped out of the car and approached from behind. Katie Szczepaniak could guess by his shaky demeanor that his gun was loaded. … Szczepaniak and her boyfriend, Aaron Lee, turned over their wallets. … And then: ‘The guy turned around and just shot him’ in the abdomen, she said Sunday, recounting the violent mugging Friday night along a busy stretch of late-night bars and restaurants in northeast Minneapolis. After three surgeries, Lee is expected to survive. … Lee, better known to his friends as ‘Hix,’ was shot around 10:30 p.m. Friday … just before his band, Red Daughters, was slated to play at the nearby 331 Club.”

A PiPress story by Tad Vezner says, “Echoing a recent trend in other states, for the first time a lawsuit has been filed in Minnesota alleging that websites — in this case, belonging to a county and couple of cities — violate disability law. Much like lawsuits demanding such things as wheelchair ramps and handicap parking, the suits claim the defendants’ digital real estate is so inhospitable it denies access. Late last month, Noah J. McCourt, a disability advocate with autism from Waconia, sued Carver County as well as the cities of Norwood Young America and Chanhassen in federal court, claiming their websites violated both state and federal disability law.”

The AP reports, “John Gagliardi was ahead of his time as a football coach, believing he did not need to make his players suffer for them to succeed. Using unconventional methods at a small private university in Minnesota, Gagliardi won more football games than anybody who has ever coached in college. Gagliardi died Sunday at the age of 91, according to St. John’s University. …Gagliardi retired in 2012 after a record 64 seasons as a head coach, with 60 of those at St. John’s, an all-male private school in Collegeville. He finished with 489 victories, 138 losses and 11 ties, winning four national championships with the Johnnies.”

Andrew Krueger at MPR says, “The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of southern Minnesota, including the Twin Cities, as several inches of rain are forecast to fall over the coming days. The flood watch is in effect from Monday afternoon through Wednesday morning and also includes Mankato, Red Wing, Albert Lea, Worthington and Redwood Falls. The watch extends into parts of western Wisconsin, including Hudson, River Falls and Eau Claire.”

An endorsement from the Forum newspapers. “Jeff Johnson is the clear choice to be Minnesota’s next governor. Johnson, a Republican, is well-prepared professionally and through his public service to be governor. … He has staked out well-defined positions as a fiscal conservative and as a proponent of school choice. He supports alternatives to incarceration for low-level, nonviolent offenders. Johnson, a native of Detroit Lakes and a graduate of Concordia College, says his Christian faith guides his positions.”

Jorge Ortiz and Bob Nightengale at USA Today report, “Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano was detained by police in the Dominican Republic after a traffic incident early Sunday morning during which Sano ran over a police officer. Sano struck officer Argenis Emilio Gillandeux with his vehicle, leaving him with a broken leg. The officer was on duty outside the nightclub Riversay in San Pedro de Macoris, according to the police report. Sano was driving a vehicle without license plates and did not have his ID.”

Stribber Matt McKinney writes, “The ribbon-cutting and official opening is still months away, but a new research building rising here within blocks of the Mayo Clinic has already filled most of its available space. Normally a routine matter for any new commercial development, finding tenants for the building known as One Discovery Square stands as an early test of Mayo’s multibillion-dollar effort to create a new economy in Rochester. … It’s hard to overstate just how important Discovery Square is to the future success of the Mayo Clinic and its massive expansion known as Destination Medical Center, a project that blends $5.6 billion in private investment with $585 million in public money to fuel growth over 20 years.”

Also from the Strib, John Bream on Joan Baez’ concert at the State. “Who knew what the prevailing mood would be at Joan Baez’s sold-out concert Saturday at the State Theatre in Minneapolis? Would the emotions deal with experiencing the folk-music queen’s final Twin Cities appearance as part of her Fare Thee Well Tour? How would the Kavanaugh confirmation color the mood? What would the godmother of social activism say or do? … she’s still a fighter at age 77 on her farewell tour. When a female fan asked what her message was to new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Baez simply said: ‘Up yours.’

Comments (2)

  1. Submitted by Robert Moffitt on 10/08/2018 - 09:45 am.

    “An endorsement from the Forum newspapers. “Jeff Johnson is the clear choice to be Minnesota’s next governor.”

    Stay in your lane, North Dakota media company.

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