More evacuations ordered before wildfire in northeast Minnesota
ISABELLA, Minnesota (AP) – Authorities have ordered more evacuations near a rapidly spreading wildfire, one of many fires in northeast Minnesota. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said Monday’s evacuations were occurring near Grouse and Mitewan Lakes due to the growing fire at Greenwood Lake, about 15 miles southwest of the town of Isabella in the upper national forest. About fifty houses and chalets were covered by the order. The evacuations follow the demining of more than 100 homes and cabins in the area last week. The lightning blaze had burned nearly 14 square miles on Monday morning, but officials said there was “substantial growth in the fires” on Monday afternoon.
St. Cloud woman crushes SUV in police chase
Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old St. Cloud woman who allegedly fled police with her 8-month-old daughter in the vehicle. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Angelica Henry-Schmidt is facing one count of flight from an officer and endangering a child. According to a criminal complaint, a sheriff’s deputy noticed that Henry-Schmidt had parked at a Little Canada gas station early Saturday morning. Burglars had targeted the station several times over the past year. The deputy asked her to stop as she passed, but she took off, approaching 100 mph before losing control and rolling the vehicle. The deputies found the baby on the ground next to the SUV. The baby suffered only superficial injuries.
MINNESOTA VIRUS OUTBREAK
University of Minnesota demands vaccination against COVID-19
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The University of Minnesota will require all students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. President Joan Gabel and Dean Jakub Tolar School of Medicine issued a press release Monday hours after federal regulators fully approved the Pfizer version of the vaccine stating that injections will be mandatory and students will receive an email in the next few days with instructions on how to confirm their vaccination. status. The mandate is effective on the campuses of the University of Minnesota in the twin cities of Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester. Professors and staff will be required to inform the university of their immunization status.
Tallest man in US, Igor Vovkovinskiy dies in Minnesota
ROCHESTER, Minnesota (AP) – Igor Vovkovinskiy, America’s tallest man, has died in Minnesota. He was 38 years old. His family say Vovkovinskiy, of Ukrainian descent, died of heart disease on Friday at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. He came to the Mayo Clinic in 1989 as a child. His size was due to a tumor pressing against his pituitary gland. He became the tallest man in the United States at 7 feet, 8.33 inches. Vovkovinskiy’s older brother told the Star Tribune that he was already a celebrity when he arrived from Ukraine, but that he “would rather have lived a normal life than be known”.
The Minnesota wildfire does not spread; still not content
FINLAND, Minnesota (AP) – Authorities fighting a forest fire in northeast Minnesota say the blaze did not extend its reach over the weekend. The Greenwood fire had been spreading about 1,000 acres per day since it started last Sunday. But after reaching nearly 7 square miles Thursday night and raging through Friday, the US Forest Service reported an estimated 9,067-acre footprint on Saturday. He remained that size during his report on Sunday morning. None of the fires have been brought under control The agency closed the popular Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness on Saturday due to concerns about wildfires and drought. Several other small lightning-ignited forest fires have been reported within the wilderness area.
Man shot dead on I-94 in Brooklyn Center
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A man found with a gunshot wound on Interstate 94 in Brooklyn Center later died of his injuries. Commander Garett Flesland said officers were dispatched to I-94 just south of I-694 around 9:30 p.m. Saturday for a shooting report. Officers found a man with gunshot wounds and was taken to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead. While the police say they are no longer looking for individuals, several people at the scene have been arrested and detectives are conducting several interviews. According to prison records, a 42-year-old man was arrested.
ROYAL WILDFIRE ISLAND
Trails and camps closed on Isle Royale after the extension of the forest fire
ISLE ROYAL, Michigan (AP) – A wildfire that burned approximately 200 acres on Michigan’s remote island Isle Royale prompted the National Park Service to close some trails and campgrounds on the Wild Island. The parks service said on the Isle Royale National Park Facebook page on Sunday that the closures were necessary “to maintain public health and safety” after the blaze on the island’s east end of the lake Superior expanded over the weekend amid persistent drought. MLive.com reports that the fire was burning so intensely that it could be detected by satellites and that planes were used to carry water over the fire in hopes of extinguishing part of it.
Man found dead of gunshot wound in Minneapolis North Loop
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police in Minneapolis say a man was found dead from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle in the North Loop neighborhood, believed to be a homicide. The man, who is believed to be in his thirties, collapsed in the vehicle to which officers answered a 911 call in the 300 block of Washington Avenue North shortly after 2 a.m. on Sunday. Police said in their preliminary investigation that the victim was shot from inside the vehicle. The department’s crime lab collected evidence and the scene as the homicide unit spoke to locals that morning.