“A 19-year-old Rochester man fatally shot himself in front of a group of young skateboarders at the Rochester Skate Park on Monday in what authorities say was a suicide,” the Rochester Post-Bulletin reported today. The man was identified by police as Colton Lloyd Jones, 19, of northeast Rochester.
“Two Pine County men were charged today with 57 felony counts in connection with the 2008 Big Pine Lake arson fires — which caused nearly $1.5 million in damages — and numerous burglaries,” reports Steve Kuchera in the Duluth News Tribune. They were charged with setting on fire eight cabins and two other buildings at Big Pine Lake near Finlayson on April 13, 2008.
Deb Gau reports in the Marshall Independent that former Minnesota state legislator Marty Seifert has been named executive director of The Avera Marshall Foundation. The appointment was announced by the board of directors on Monday. “It’s an exciting opportunity, and I’m looking forward to it,” Seifert said.
“A group of Lake Vermilion residents is asking the St. Louis County Board to set speed restrictions in the Hinsdale Narrows on Lake Vermilion in order to protect both the public and wildlife from unsafe boat traffic in the area,” writes Marshall Helmberger in the Ely/Tower/Cook Timberjay. He writes that people in the area “recently documented the Aug. 22 death of an adult loon in the narrows, which appeared to have been struck by a boat on a particularly busy weekend. The loon was one of a pair that has been nesting in the area for several years.”