Fallen Marine returns home to Waseca
WASECA, Minn. (AP) - South-central Minnesota residents lined a procession route and held flags to pay their respects to a 20-year-old Marine killed in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Caleb Erickson died February 28th from injuries he received in an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.
The Free Press of Mankato reports his body arrived at Owatonna's airport Saturday afternoon and from there it was taken by motorcade to Waseca.
The route on old Highway 14 between Owatonna and Waseca was lined with well-wishers holding American flags and signs of appreciation.
A visitation for Erickson is set for Sunday afternoon and Monday morning at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca. Burial is Monday at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.
Governor Mark Dayton ordered all federal and state flags be flown at half-staff Monday.
MINNESOTA LEGISLATOR-NBA TWEET
Minnesota legislator criticized for NBA tweet
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota legislator's tweet about the NBA has prompted hundreds of responses, with many on social media calling it racist.
State Representative Pat Garofalo sent a tweet Sunday that read: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime."
The Star Tribune reports that when asked about the tweet, the Farmington Republican said he was "talking about NBA's high arrest rate and that they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation."
Garofalo added: "No intent beyond that."
Within two hours of his tweet, more than 600 people retweeted it and hundreds more responded. Many called the comment he made in the tweet racist.
DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION
No consensus on notifying victims of data breaches
WASHINGTON (AP) - The data breach at Target has refocused attention on the patchwork of state consumer notification laws - and it's renewed a push for a national standard.
Most states have laws requiring retailers to disclose data breaches, but those laws vary.
Consumers in one state might immediately be told that their personal information has been exposed. But that might not happen elsewhere.
Requirements for businesses depend on where companies are located.
Attorney General Eric Holder has joined the call for a nationwide notification standard.
Consumer groups don't want to weaken existing protections.
Retailers want laws that are easier to comply with and say that too much notification isn't necessarily the best way.
Congress is exploring how a federal standard should be enforced and what the threshold should be for notification.
STALKERS ON GPS
For domestic violence victims, promise in GPS
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Authorities say a program that uses GPS to monitor alleged domestic violence offenders shows some promise.
Bills in the House and Senate would let Ramsey County extend its program, which uses GPS to alert a woman if her alleged abuser is nearby.
The bills also set standards for other jurisdictions to set up their own GPS monitoring.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi (choy) says the program helps women who fear for their safety. It also helped one man who was falsely accused of violating a no-contact order because GPS showed he wasn't near the victim.
Choi will testify in favor of the bill Wednesday before the House Public Safety Committee. The program will end in June if the Legislature doesn't act.
FATAL CRASH-SLEEPY EYE
Sleepy Eye community mourns after crash kills 4
SLEEPY EYE, Minn. (AP) - The Sleepy Eye public schools superintendent says counselors and clergy will be available for students and teachers mourning the deaths of four people, two of which graduated from the high school.
They died when their car lost control on an icy highway near Sleepy Eye and veered into oncoming traffic Friday night. Killed were 18-year-old John Mangen of Fairfax; 17-year-old Caleb Quesenberry, of St. Peter; 17-year-old Payton Adams of Sleepy Eye; and 20-year-old Tyler Hadley of Sleepy Eye. Four others were injured.
Superintendent John Cselovszki tells the Star Tribune Hadley graduated in 2012 and Mangen in 2013 from Sleepy Eye High School.
Cselovszki says Monday is an in-service day, but the school will be open from 10 a.m. to noon for young people who want to gather.
FATAL CRASH-SLEEPY EYE-DRIVER
Driver from icy crash is in critical condition
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The 19-year-old driver of a car that lost control on an icy highway near Sleepy Eye, killing four people, is still recovering in the hospital.
State Patrol Lieutenant Eric Roeske says Kansas Adams, of Sleepy Eye, was the only one wearing a seatbelt when the car he was driving was broadsided by a pickup truck after veering into oncoming traffic Friday night.
Killed were 18-year-old John Mangen of Fairfax, 17-year-old Caleb Quesenberry of St. Peter, 17-year-old Payton Adams of Sleepy Eye, and 20-year-old Tyler Hadley of Sleepy Eye. The driver of the pickup and his two children suffered injuries that weren't life-threatening.
Trudy Marshall, spokeswoman for the North Memorial Medical Center, says Adams was in critical condition Sunday. Kansas Adams is Payton Adams' brother.
Minneapolis police find man dead
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police are investigating after finding a man dead with apparent gunshot wounds.
According to police, officers responded to a report of multiple shots fired at about 10 p.m. Saturday.
When officers arrived, they found a man dead.
The medical examiner has not yet released the man's identity or nature and cause of death.
Farm water quality event set for western Minnesota
BARNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Farmers in the Whiskey Creek area of western Minnesota are being invited to learn more about how they can help clean up the region's lakes and streams.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Buffalo-Red River Watershed District are holding an open house in Barnesville starting at 9:30 a.m. Friday on how farmers can get involved in the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program.
It's a voluntary program to encourage adoption of on-farm conservation practices that reduce water pollution. Producers who sign up and maintain approved farm management practices get guarantees that they won't face stricter regulations for 10 years.
The Whiskey Creek area was selected as one of four watersheds across the state to test the program. This pilot area includes parts of Wilkin and Otter Tail counties.
High demand for Minn. solar energy program
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The state Commerce Commissioner says more people have signed up for Minnesota's solar energy incentive program than the program can support.
The Made in Minnesota incentive program helps homeowners and businesses install solar energy systems manufactured in the state. The Legislature set up the program last year and established a $15 million annual budget for the next 10 years, funded by Minnesota's utilities.
Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman tells Minnesota Public Radio the program is a "phenomenal" success.
That means applications received in January and February will have to be selected by lottery.
The solar incentive program is part of a new law that also requires large utilities to produce 1.5 percent of their electricity using solar by 2020. The state's overall goal is 10 percent by 2030.
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