“A former Minnesota President Donald Trump supporter who officials claim staged a fire at his Minnesota home and pinned it on left-wing radicals pleaded guilty to wire fraud Tuesday, prosecutors stated. According to prosecutors, Denis Molla (30 ) claimed that his camper was attacked because of his Trump flag. Molla also set up a GoFundMe fundraising page after the fire.
An WCCO TV story by Beret Leone says. “Activists calling for a pause in Minneapolis’ homeless encampment evictions were met with resistance Wednesday. Paul Meringdol, an activist who also experiences homelessness, stated that it was clear that there is a problem. ‘A problem that has been overlooked and sidestepped’, said Paul Meringdol, an activist from Communities United Against Police Brutality. They also met with people experiencing homelessness to discuss a resolution to stop camp evictions within the city. Evictions can cause fatigue, stress, and trauma to their health. It also makes it more difficult to assist those who are not housed in the city. … The group presented the resolution to council at its meeting. LaTrisha vetaw, the councilwoman, listened to their plea. Vetaw stated, “I want to help.” Vetaw said, “I want to help people that need help.” Despite multiple attempts and passionate requests, Vetaw refused to sign the resolution. She stated that the problem of homelessness is complex and encouraged them to visit Hennepin County for solutions.
The Pioneer Press reports via Frederick Melo that a Ramsey County judge has approved a plan to create a shelter for homeless people on the site of Red’s Savoy’s former restaurant on East Seventh Street, St. Paul. With city funding, this is possible. Molly Jalma (executive director of Listening House), stated that “it is all systems go.” The organization plans to move from Maria Avenue to the edge downtown St. Paul. “The contractor is ready to go. The (interior demolition) will begin next week. Judge Leonardo Castro issued his ruling Tuesday. This was after more than a dozen businesses sued …” MinnPost CityScape columnist.
Stribbers Ryan Faircloth and Alex Chhith report. “University of Minnesota Prof. Steven Ruggles won a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Wednesday. He is the architect of the largest global population statistics database , which details the characteristics of more 2 billion people who have walked the Earth in the period 1790 to today. Ruggles (67) created the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series in 1993 to help him with his research on family structure changes. It is now the largest public database of microdata from censuses in the world, allowing researchers to examine social change over time. The data has been used by scholars to assess COVID-19 vulnerability, how residential segregation intersects with employment, and how climate events impact migration.
KSTP-TV Josh Skluzacek reports that the Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed a conviction for secretly recording a teen using a bathroom, a decision which could lead to legislation next year. A 15-year old boy from Bloomington, Indiana stopped by a gym to use the locker room. The teen noticed a camera lens on a cellphone pointed at him while he was in the bathroom. According to court documents, he reported the incident to management. His parents filed a police report against him. The suspect was later charged with felony interference in a minor’s private life by the authorities. 5 EYEWITNESS News will not name the suspect because the case against him was dropped. According to court documents, the man claimed that he believed that it was his friend. He was trying to return for something similar in the past. He claimed that he didn’t know the victim was a child, and this prevented him from being charged for the felony. State law requires proof that the victim was a child.
This is Tommy Wiita from BringMeTheNews. “Country music stars Miranda Lambert, Cody Johnson, and Cody Johnson will headline Winstock Country Music Festival, Winsted, Minnesota, in 2023. It will be held for its 29th year on June 16-17. Cody Johnson will headline Friday’s event and Miranda Lambert Saturday. On Wednesday, the entire lineup was announced. It includes, among other things, Gabby Barrett and Jordan Davis, BlackHawk and Dylan Scott as well as Jo Dee Messina and Chris Kroeze.
Erica Pearson from the Strib says, “What’s a good lunch for a queen?” This week, Norway’s Queen Sonja will be visiting a Minneapolis church. The menu includes smoked lake trout, wild rice salad and vegetables and fruits from Minnesota. And for dessert? Waffles. Queen Sonja will be visiting Minnesota from Thursday to Sunday. She’ll make stops at the Northfield’s St. Olaf College as well as Norway House in Minneapolis, where she’ll open a new center for Norwegian culture and art. A meeting with Governor Tim Walz is also on our royal agenda.
KARE-TV CeCe Wines and Kiya Ed Edwards said, “Wednesday morning elected officials revived a push for Minnesota to be on the international stage. Gov. Gov. BIE members visited Bloomington, Minneapolis, and St. Paul in the last few days to assess the viability and feasibility of hosting the expo. They met with the mayors from each city, and visited places such as U.S. Bank Stadium and the Governor’s Mansion. The White House chose and appointed Bloomington as the host of the expo. It’s almost 40 years since an International Fair was held in America.
Another KARE story is this one by Allasondra. Doyle states that several southwestern Minnesota counties were placed under a Red Flag Warning from the National Weather Service because of extreme fire risk. The advisory covers all of the counties of Minnesota, including Cottonwood, Jackson and Lyon. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, “A Red Flag Warning” means that the area is experiencing conditions ideal for wildfire. This includes strong winds, warm temperatures, and low humidity. ‘”