One treated after fire at Minneapolis homeless encampment

Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment
MinnPost photo by Jim Walsh
Hiawatha Avenue homeless encampment
Scary situation. MPR’s Max Nesterak and Tim Nelson report:Multiple tents caught fire Monday at a Minneapolis homeless encampment but the fire department said much of the fire was extinguished quickly. One person was treated for smoke inhalation.”

Spare a dime? The Pioneer Press’ Frederick Melo reports: “Dai Thao found himself in legal trouble last November after entering a voting booth with an elderly Hmong resident. He helped her cast a vote for a mayoral candidate — himself. … Thao faced charges in connection with unlawfully marking a ballot but a judge recently determined he acted legally. Noting the woman’s language barrier, and that he did nothing at the time to hide the fact he was a candidate, a Ramsey County District Court judge found him not guilty of multiple charges against him. … Now come the legal fees. … On Friday, Thao began asking for public contributions to pay off his legal debts. A fundraising page on the website GoFundMe seeks $6,500.

Today in special places in hell. The Associated Press reports (via MPR): “Authorities are investigating a possible rash of dog poisonings in Rice Lake. … The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office says it has received several reports in the past month of dogs that have become sick without a clear reason. The pets of at least two owners have died. ”

Sunny news. WCCO reports: “A new report predicts that by 2050 solar and wind power could account for 70 percent of Minnesota’s electricity needs, and do so at costs comparable to new natural gas generation.”

In other news…

Hope it’s clean coal:Train carrying coal derailed in Polk County” [Fargo Forum]

Stop me if you’ve heard this one:Minnesota is going for the World’s Fair again, after nearly landing it for 2023” [Pioneer Press]

Gotta do something when you’re stuck inside seven months out of the year:Minnesota company at the forefront of board game revival” [KARE]

Minnesota’s global ambassador:Former Secretary of State Mark Ritchie’s next big adventure” [Pioneer Press]

First the caravan, now this:Drilling for Gold: Mining company’s increased exploration worries cabin owners” [KSTP]

Cute chicks:Endangered burrowing owls hatch at Lake Superior Zoo” [Duluth News Tribune]

Just axing the question:Hops and hatchets — what could go wrong?” [MPR]

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