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Minnesota Marine shot and killed in D.C. barracks

Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.
Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Sad news. WCCO reports: “Relatives say a U.S. Marine from Minnesota is dead following an incident on New Year’s Day where a Marine was shot and killed while on duty in the nation’s capital. … Riley Kuznia, of Karlstad, was fatally shot Tuesday morning at his barracks in Washington, D.C.”

Scare at UMD. The Duluth News Tribune reports: “A male suspect was located and arrested less than 30 minutes after a 911 report of a person with a weapon on the University of Minnesota Duluth campus Tuesday night. … Charges are pending, and UMD Police Chief Sean Huls said they would not release the identity of the suspect Tuesday night since it was an active investigation. The male was taken into custody outside the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at 9:35 p.m., taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation and is booked in the St. Louis County Sheriff Jail.”

Blues news. For City Pages, Jim Walsh writes: “Willie Murphy is sick and he’s depressed. … The 75-year-old Minneapolis blues-rock legend has been laid up with a kidney problem, severe stomach flu, and a serious blood infection that landed him in a nursing home for much of last year, leaving him unable to sing until just recently. He’s been doing yoga and tai chi to fight off the depression that descended after finishing his new album, Dirtball: Every Man for Himself and God Against Us All. He’s sung the blues and he’s endured depression, and he knows the difference between the two.”

Also in City Pages, staffers have put together a useful list of ways to enjoy the Minnesota cold. Some solid suggestions: “Winter has a bad rep. The weather is harsh, the days are dark, and the heating bills are high. Still, we choose to live like this, because on some level we kinda love it. Mother Nature is challenging us, and each time we conquer the game–by surviving another bike ride, walking to a rock show on a freezing night, or digging out a car before the plows come–we experience a warm rush of gratitude. … The following are some of our successes in mastering the harshest season.”

In other news …

Home remedies:They did what? The best of the worst home inspection photos of 2018” [Star Tribune]

Spaceman:St. Cloud native confirms NASA’s success in historic mission today” [St. Cloud Times]

Had to truck in the snow:Bartz brothers of New Brighton, MN, unveil 8th snow sculpture, a snail” [Pioneer Press]

On Wisconsin:Drunk man wanders into wrong home, sleeps on dog bed next to 150-pound Mastiff” [KARE]

A real pizza work:This Minneapolis guy ate pizza every day last year” [City Pages]

RIP:WWE Hall of Famer “Mean” Gene Okerlund Passes Away” [WWE]

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