KMSP TV Theo Keith states that Minnesota transportation officials are moving forward with the construction of an electric vehicle charging network, after receiving federal approval. Minnesota will receive $68 million over five year from the federal infrastructure law 2021. Officials from the state Department of Transportation expect to set up 16 charging stations on interstates 94, 35 by 2024.
Patch.com William Bornhoft: “Republican candidate to lieutenant governor Matt Birk dialed back his boisterous Twitter presence after his gag about meeting Gov. Tim Walz. Birk’s “Walz” troll was only one of many sarcastic or testy tweets that he sent in September. Birk was trolling his fans. Birk went golfing with Wes Walz (a former member the Minnesota Wild), just a few days ago. Birk’s Twitter presence has been much less active since the ‘Walz” gag. It now consists of retweets from Jensen and standard campaign points. His response to a Star Tribune poll that showed him and Jensen dropping 7 points was not snarky.
KARE-TV ‘s Dana Thiede says that a delivery driver is one of the latest victims of gun violence in Minneapolis. According to police, the incident occurred on Saturday at 10:15 p.m., in the 5400 block Nokomis Ave. S., following what they called a “failed delivery”. Two men approached the driver and one was holding a gun. … The victim tried to drive away. A police spokesperson Officer Garrett Parten said that the man holding the gun fired multiple shots at the victim and his vehicle. He was able to get to safety and call 911.
Another KARE story by Lou Raguse. “Three teenagers were arrested at the Edina High School Homecoming Football Game Friday Night after an extensive fight, which required Edina Police officers from Richfield and St. Louis Park to assist. According to Edina Police Lieutenant Dave Venne, a large group of between 15-30 teens entered the athletic facility after the half-time break and started fighting. Venne stated that no one was hurt seriously and that none of the agitators had a weapon. There was chaos at the scene with volunteers and parents trying to help officers.
Stribber Paul Walsh reported that a federal grand jury indictment alleges that a Coon Rapids man made violence threats against a U.S. Senator. Brendon Michael Daugerty, 35, was charged with threatening to kill a United States official, and interstate transmission. The target of Daugherty’s threats is not identified in public court records. Daugherty is still in federal custody in Sherburne County jail without bail. On Tuesday, he will be back in court.
KSTP-TV Josh Skluzacek states that a Minnesota-based medical marijuana company is suing state over its THC regulations. claiming discrimination. Vireo Health filed last week a civil suit against the Minnesota Department of Health and several county attorneys. Vireo claims that Minnesota’s THC laws discriminate. Vireo is among two companies MDH has approved to distribute medical marijuana in the state. THC-infused edibles are just a few of the products that they can distribute under the program.
KSTP Eric Chaloux also reports that a former high-ranking Minnesota National Guardsman, who was fired under scandal, has been convicted of a crime. A Hennepin County jury convicted Michael D. Pazdernik , 48, of one of two charges for sexual misconduct involving a minor from the southwest metro in relation to an incident that occurred before 2017. According to Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office records, Pazdernik was taken into custody in Minneapolis without bond Monday afternoon. He is awaiting sentencing. Before the sentencing, the judge in charge of the case ordered Pazdernik to undergo a sex offender assessment.
MPR News’ Matt Sepic said that a federal judge in St. Paul allowed a voting machine company to continue with its defamation lawsuit against Mike Lindell, Minnesota businessman and MyPillow CEO. Lindell believes that the statements are true and that they are not inherently improbable.