Man killed in police-involved shooting in Duluth

WCCO-TV reports: “Police say a suspect and a K9 partner were killed Sunday night in an officer-involved shooting in Duluth. An officer was also injured. According to authorities, officers were responding to a domestic assault in the 1000 block of West Skyline Parkway when a man started shooting from inside the home. Negotiations were attempted, but police say the suspect fired, injuring an officer and killing his K9 partner. An officer returned fire. Upon gaining access to the room where the suspect was located, police found the man dead.”

Says the Star Tribune’s Chris Riemenschneider: “He excelled at the blues, and suffered from it, too, but Willie Murphy was best known for consistently bringing joy to Twin Cities audiences for five decades whether he was fronting the sprawling R&B band Willie & the Bees or playing solo piano at the 400 Bar. The celebrated singer, songwriter, producer, bandleader and all-out ringleader from the Minneapolis West Bank music scene died Sunday morning just a month after celebrating his 75th birthday by releasing a topical new album. He had been hospitalized for several weeks battling pneumonia after a hard year of myriad health complications.”

John Myers in the Duluth News Tribune reports: “With Minnesota wildlife officials scrambling this winter to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease among wild deer in southeastern counties, and 55 Wisconsin counties now identified as CWD sites, the impacts of the disease are hitting closer to the Northland. CWD, now confirmed in 25 states and two provinces, is always fatal to cervids — whitetail and mule deer, moose and elk. Studies show that once it infects more than one-third of the population, entire herds may be decimated. … So far, there is no antidote, no vaccine for deer, no way to get rid of it. But it’s not just deer populations that are at stake — it could be the future of deer hunting.”

An AP story says, “Katie Beers’ joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home. ‘She is going to have to grieve the loss of her parents and also come to terms with the fact she was abducted, escaped and whatever (other) hell she went through,’ said Beers.‘And it’s not going to be easy.’ Beers knows that better than most. Sunday marks 26 years since a then-10-year-old Beers was rescued from an underground concrete bunker in Bay Shore, N.Y., where she had been held captive for more than two weeks by a family friend who had lured her to his home with the promise of birthday presents.”

At MPR, Kirsti Marohn writes, “A plan to use sand and sediment removed from the Mississippi River to build several islands near the head of Lake Pepin is moving forward. The pilot project proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers aims to restore backwater fish and wildlife habitat. It would also provide a use for some of the material the Corps of Engineers dredges from the river every year to allow barges to move freely. The idea has been in the works for a few years, since the nonprofit Lake Pepin Legacy Alliance pitched it to the Corps of Engineers’ St. Paul district, said Tom Novak, project manager.”

A Strib story by Mara Klecker says, “After announcing screenings for ‘Woody Allen month,’ a Stillwater film group has found itself at the center of a debate about how and if art can be separated from its artist. The St. Croix Film Society, which was founded about a year ago, typically screens two films a month, often by the same director or screenwriter. When last week’s showing of Allen’s ‘Manhattan’ was first announced on social media, the comments stacked up, with many commenters calling the society’s decision ‘tone-deaf’ in light of sexual assault accusations against Allen.”

Stribber Chao Xiong says, “As a 13-year-old immigrant in St. Paul in the late 1980s, Pao Paul Yang was responsible for filling out his parents’ health care benefits and other paperwork. Soon, the former Thai refugee camp resident was doing the same for aunts, uncles and extended family members. So was born his interest in helping others that led to a law career and as of January, a new job as a Ramsey County district judge. … Yang was sworn in earlier this month and was recognized at an investiture ceremony on Thursday. He and Ramsey County District Judge Adam Yang were elected in November, becoming the state’s second and third Hmong-American judges.”

KSTP-TV reports: “A U.S. judge in California on Sunday blocked Trump administration rules, which would allow more employers to opt out of providing women with no-cost birth control, from taking effect in 13 states [including Minnesota] and Washington, D.C. … The changes would allow more employers, including publicly traded companies, to opt out of providing no-cost contraceptive coverage to women by claiming religious objections.”

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