Charges against Red Wing woman relate to deaths of decades-old children found in Mississippi River
Reporting by Dana Theide of KARE 11: “Describing it as a mystery that has touched the hearts of law enforcement and community residents for decades, GOodhue County Sheriff Marty Kelly announced charges were filed against a woman linked to two children found dead in Mississippi in 1999 and 2003. Authorities say Jennifer Matter, 50, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the 2003 death of a little boy from the river. Goodhue County District Attorney Stephen O’Keefe said additional charges were pending as prosecutors finalized the case. of a newborn girl found in the Mississippi River nearly four years earlier.
Kavita Kumar writes in the Star Tribune“When banks partner up these days, community groups are pushing them to scale up their investments in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods and communities of color. That’s what happened after US Bancorp announced an $8 billion merger with MUFG Union Bank. After months of meetings with community groups, primarily in California where MUFG Union is based, the Minneapolis-based banking company announced Monday a $100 Billion Community Benefits Plan during the five years following the conclusion of the agreement. … Only a small part of the plan represents new spending by US Bank. Much of the $100 billion worth is made up of salaries, loans, economic development investments, capital for community development financial institutions, philanthropy and other programs.
Nick Ferraro writes in the Pioneer Press: “Authorities are continuing to investigate the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy who died Sunday night in South St. Paul – and are seeking advice to help solve the case. On Monday, the teenager was identified by family and friends as Anthony Skelley of South St. Paul. … Officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 1900 block of Conver Avenue at approximately 10:42 p.m. and found Skelley lying in the road with gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Officers and medics assisted Skelley at the scene, where he was pronounced dead. South St. Paul police said Monday they believe the shooting was not random. They have yet to release any additional details about the case, which is also being investigated by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
said Emma Nelson for the Star Tribune“No matter what happens in the last two weeks of the legislative session, Minnesota’s frontline workers will receive bonus checks as part of a $500 million deal that Governor Tim Walz signed last month. … But how many people will be eligible for ‘hero pay’, and how much money they will receive, is yet to be determined.. State officials have estimated that 667,000 workers will receive about $750 each, but that could change depending on who applies and is ultimately deemed eligible.
At MRP, Reporting by Grace Birnstengl“St. Paul’s Gordon Parks High School on University Avenue is named after the pioneering artist who attended Central High School and began his career as a photographer in the city. But the school’s adherence to the heritage de Parks goes far beyond his name. “I want every student to know him,” said Robin Hickman-Winfield, Parks’ great-niece, who is very involved in the school. … On Monday morning, students and staff became involved first hand in Parks’ work, as actor Kyle Johnson visited the school to share his experience of being the star of Parks’ 1969 film “The Learning Tree”, adapted by Parks from his semi-autobiographical novel The Same Name.”
WCCO-TV’s Mike Max reports: “It’s not often that a Super Bowl champion stops by your school to shoot hoops, but Rob Gronkowski did it this Monday. He completely surprised the Hopkins High School student body and presented a check for $15,000 from his foundation.. He and his brother then engaged members of the state championship women’s basketball team in a three-point shooting contest. Gronk hit a mid-court shot, which was later matched by Kelly Boyle of the Royals.
An AP story by Aamer Madhani and Will Weissert say“President Joe Biden announced on Monday that 20 internet companies have agreed to provide discounted service to low-income people, a program that could effectively make tens of millions of households eligible for free service through an already existing federal subsidy. .. … The $1 trillion infrastructure package passed by Congress last year included $14.2 billion in funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program, which provides monthly grants of $30 ($75 in areas tribes) over Internet service to millions of low-income households.
At MRP, says Sam Stroozas“At 10:09 p.m. Sunday, Judy Houseman received a notification on her phone from her security camera – there was movement. She didn’t check it right away. About five minutes later, she swiped to dismiss the notification when she saw something she didn’t expect: security camera footage of a large black bear in her front yard at St. Louis Park.”None of us could believe what we were seeing ‘, Houseman said of her and her husband.’Seeing a bear walking through my yard in St. Louis Park is pretty crazy. He was just passing through.'”
For the PA, Scott Bauer writes“Police asked for the public’s help Monday in locating those who vandalized and threw two Molotov cocktails into the office of a prominent Wisconsin anti-abortion lobbying group that was damaged by fire.. No one has been arrested and there are no suspects in custody in the blaze which was discovered early Sunday morning when a person traveling to nearby Madison airport noticed flames coming from the office building, Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes said at a news conference. The Wisconsin Family Action office fire came after two Catholic churches in Colorado, including one known for its annual anti-abortion expo, were vandalized last week.