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Suspect in custody after vehicle crashes through gate of governor’s residence

Plus: farm bankruptcies on the rise in the Midwest; Walz calls for marijuana legalization; St. Paul’s High Bridge gets life-saving redesign; and more.

Gate crasher. MPR’s Tim Nelson reports: “One person is in custody after a vehicle crashed through the gate at the governor’s mansion on Summit Avenue Sunday night. … The Minnesota State Patrol said the incident happened at about 9:30 p.m., when a person drove a vehicle into the swinging steel gate in front of the governor’s residence. It wasn’t clear if the crash was an accident or intentional. …”

Farming: still hard. The Star Tribune’s Adam Belz reports: “Farm bankruptcies are on the rise in Minnesota and across the Upper Midwest. … Eighty-four farms filed for Chapter 12 bankruptcy in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana in the 12 months that ended in June, according to a new analysis from the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. That’s more than double the number over the same period in 2013 and 2014. …”

Stirring the pot. The Pioneer Press’ Ryan Faircloth writes: “Going green could take on a new meaning in Minnesota if incoming Gov. Tim Walz has something to say about it. … As more states legalize marijuana, Walz says it’s time for Minnesota to follow suit. He’s argued that legalizing pot could bring in a new source of tax revenue if regulated properly, and it could reduce the number of people locked up for drug offenses.”

Design change. KSTP’s Joe Mazan reports: “St. Paul’s recently renovated Smith Avenue High Bridge has a new addition designed to save lives. … The Minnesota Department of Transportation put up a 9-foot fence to prevent people from taking their own life on the bridge, which has a long history of suicides.”

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