13April 2021

Basketball (women)

St. Olaf 75, Macalester 71

13April 2021

Baseball (men)

MSU-Mankato and UM-Crookston, postponed

MSU-Mankato and UM-Crookston, doubleheader, postponed

Augsburg and Concordia of Moorhead, postponed

Augsburg and Concordia of Moorhead, doubleheader, postponed

13April 2021

Volleyball (women)

St. Thomas 3, St. Catherine 1

13April 2021

Baseball (boys)

Winona Winhawks and Red Wing Wingers, postponed

Houston Hurricanes and Adams Southland Rebels, postponed

Rochester Marshall and Northfield Raiders, postponed

13April 2021

Softball (girls)

Faribault Falcons 18, Austin Packers 10

Houston Hurricanes and Adams Southland Rebels, postponed

Byron Bears and Cannon Falls Bombers, postponed

Albert Lea Tigers and Mankato East Cougars, postponed

13April 2021

Dakota man who killed sick wife pleads guilty

WINONA, Minn. – A Dakota man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in what he described at the time as a mercy skilling of his ailing wife. Joseph Wright, 76, entered the plea as part of an agreement with the prosecutor that the maximum sentence be no more than10-1/2 years. Sentencing was scheduled for July 21. Wright has been in jail since his arrest at the couple’s apartment up County Road 12 from Dakota in July. He had called the Sheriff’s Office and reported that he had killed his wife. When deputies arrived, they found the body. They also saw that Wright himself had attempted suicide by cutting his wrist. There was a note that he couldn’t “watch her suffer.” She had dementia.

Earlier: Court document details Dakota killing

Wright. To receive credit for eight months already served in the county jail.

13April 2021

Family taps Ben Crump to chart legal course

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The family of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, who was fatally shot in a police traffic stop, hired civil rights attorney Ben Crump for counsel and perhaps litigation. Crump has been a high-profile attorney in officer-involved shootings for black persons. His clients have included the families of Ahmaad Avery in Brunswick, Georgia; Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin; George Floyd in Minneapolis; and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. In the Floyd case, Crump negotiated a $ $27 million civil settlement from the city of Minneapolis. In a statement about the Daunte Wright case, Crump said: “This level of lethal force was entirely preventable and inhumane. What will it take for law enforcement to stop killing people of color?”

Crump. Civil rights lawyer whose focus is racial police violence.

13April 2021

Catholic bishop steps down for sex coverup

CROOKSTON, Minn. – The bishop of the Roman Catholic Crookston diocese, Michael Hoeppner, resigned after an investigation by the Vatican on interfering with past investigations into clergy sexual abuse. Pope Francis had requested the resignation. At 71, Hoeppner is four years short of the normal retirement age for bishops. The diocese of Crookston includes Bemidji, Crookston, Detroit Lakes, East Grand Forks, Moorhead, Park Rapids, and Thief River Falls in northwest Minnesota. Nearly 35,000 Catholics live in the diocese. Named as interim bishop was Richard Pate, the retired bishop of Des Moines.

Hoeffner. Crookston bishop since 2007.

The accusation

Hoeppner was accused of stating that a priest was fit for ministry despite allegedly knowing the priest had abused a 16-year-old boy 50-some years ago. The victim, Ron Vasek, later accused Hoeppner of blackmailing him into retracting his allegations against the priest. A lawsuit filed by Vasek lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed sum in 2017. Bishop Hoeppner claimed that he had trying to protect Vasek’s confidentiality by stating that the priest, Roger Grundhaus, was fit for ministry. Grundhaus has continued to deny Vasek’s allegations.

Vatican role

Hoeppner was the first bishop known to be investigated by the Vatican under a 2019 church law. Pope Francis created the law to conduct preliminary investigations against bishops accused of sex abuse or cover-up. In Hoeffner’s case, a further investigation was ordered. The conclusion: Bishop Hoeffner “had at times failed to observe applicable norms when presented with allegations of sexual abuse involving clergy.”

13April 2021

Meth-tainted needles lead to drug arrest

DRESBACH, Munn. – A LaCrosse man, Phillip Samuel Dunn, 34, was arrested and referred for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance. The Sheriff’s Office said that Dunn was pulled over in Dresbach because he was weaving on the road. In the car deputies found two syringes that tested positive for meth.

12April 2021

Police shooter a veteran cop

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota equivalent of the FBI, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, released the name of the police officer in the Brooklyn Center shooting that left a 20-year-old black man dead Sunday. The officer, Kimberly A.  Potter, age 48, is white. She has been in police work 26 years, entirely in Brooklyn Center. Potter is president of the Brooklyn Center Police Officers Association. In that role. She has represented other officers involved in deadly shootings. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is in charge of investigating the shooting,, has placed Potter on administrative leave. Meanwhile, Potter has engaged attorney Earl Gray, who has his own experience in officer-involved shootings. Gray currently is representing ex-Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane, who was involved in the deadly arrest of George Floyd in May. Earlier Gray represented St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who was acquitted in the 2016 shooting death of Philando Castile in suburban Falcon Heights.

Potter knows ropes

Potter has experience in officer-involved shootings. Records how she was one of the first officers to arrive after police shot and killed Kobe Dimock-Heisler in 2019. She advised the officers during the early stages of the investigation and was present when one officer gave his statement. Those officers were eventually cleared of wrongdoing.

12April 2021

Protest becomes march becomes violent

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. —Protesters gathered, many with home-made signs, at the site where 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by police Sunday. The gathering, comprising whites and blacks, evolved into a two-mile march to the Brooklyn Center police building with anger and frustration swelling. At the police station the crowed milled. Some projectiles were hurled at officers in riot gear in front of the building. Police declared an unlawful assembly and ordered the crowd to disperse, then fired tear gas and flash-bang grenades to clear protesters. People in apartment buildings across from the police station, including children, watched from windows as police deployed the crowd-dispersal munitions. There was vandalism and looting at the Shingle Creek Crossing strip-mall shopping center and nearby stores. In Minneapolis too there was sporadic looting and property damage.

12April 2021

Baseball (men)

Winona State 9, Southwest Minnesota State 7

12April 2021

Baseball (boys)

Wabasha-Kellogg Falcons 12, Spring Grove Lions 3

Wells United South Central Rebels 10, Blooming Prairie Amazing Bloomers 4

Rushford-Peterson Trojans 11, Rochester Schaeffer 1

Lake City Tigers 12, Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars 6

Owatonna Huskies 7, Rochester Century Panthers 5

Rochester Lourdes Eagles 5, Kasson-Mantorville Komets 1

Adams Southland Rebels 15, Harmony Fillmore Central Panthers 1

Byron Bears 16, Stewartville Tigers 5

Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights 6, Dodge Center Triton Cobras 4

New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale Panthers 12, Faribault Bethlehem Cardinals 2

12April 2021

Softball (girls)

Rochester Lourdes 20, Kenyon-Wanamingo Knights 0

Hayfield Vikings 5, Medford Raiders 4

Rushford-Peterson Trojans 23, Rochester Schaeffer Lions 3

Apple Valley Eastview Lightning 9, Northfield Raiders 4

Adams Southland Rebels 8, Harmony Fillmore Central-Lanesboro Burros 3

Blooming Prairie Amazing Bloomers 11, Wells United South Central Rebels 0

Chatfield Gophers, Pine Island Panthers 2

Stewartville Tigers 15, Lake City Tigers 7

12April 2021

Governor issues curfew, readies Guard deployment

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Governor Tim Walz announced a 7 p.m. curfew for the four counties that comprise the Twin Cities. It was expected that Walz would increase his National Guard on-street presence in the metropolitan area to 1,000 soldiers, including Brooklyn Center. Overnight street protesters in Brooklyn Center were met with police tear gas and rubber bullets. The protests were in response to the police killing of a black man, Daunte Wright, on Sunday. Protesters threw objects and shouted outside the Brooklyn Center police station. The station was not breached. At least one shot was fired. In the governor’s arsenal to enforce the curfew are 2,000 Minnesota National Guard soldiers on standby as part of Operation Safety Net. The operation was organized by the Guard as the Derek Chauvin murder trial was moving toward a conclusion in the death of George Floyd.

12April 2021

State takes jurisdiction in Daunte Wright shooting

MINNEAPOLIS – The investigation of the police killing of Daunts Wright in suburban Brooklyn Center will not be in local hands. Nor will the inevitable legal aftermath. In officer-involved incidents, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is in charge of investigating to sidestep issues of localism and police favoritism. Although Brooklyn Center is in Hennepin County, the county attorney, Mike Freeman said any decision on criminal charges will be made in Washington County, whose county seat, in Stillwater, is 30 miles from Brooklyn Center. Under an inter-county agreement adopted last year, county prosecutors take each other’s cases when there are possibilities of appearances of conflicts of interest because of the usual working relationship between prosecutors and police. Freeman himself has been criticized over the years by activists in Minneapolis for going light in police cases involving deadly use of force.

Birthday moment. Family remembers Daunte Wright as a doting father, here with his 1-year-old namesake son.

12April 2021

Physician making geriatric house calls

WINONA, Minn. – Somewhat like those good ol’ days that grandparents recall, when doctors made house calls, a geriatric physician at Winona Health is calling on patients where they’re at. Jennifer Forsyth sees people at their senior living, assisted living and long-term care residences so they do not have to make a trip to the clinic for doctor appointments. “When I see a person in their own home — their own space — I get a much better picture of their day-to-day life, their priorities and challenges,” Forsyth said. “In my experience, most are also more likely to be relaxed enough to ask questions and take in the information that will be most helpful to them. So, having their appointment in their home also has the potential to improve their care and, therefore, their overall health and well-being.” In addition to house calls, she continues to see patients in the clinic one day a week.

In-home appointments

> St. Anne, Sauer Healthcare.

> Senior Living at Watkins.

>Adith Miller and Roger Metz manors.

> Callista Court.

> Sugarloaf Senior Living.

> Brookdale Senior Living.

> Lewiston Senior Living.

> Speltz Estates.

Winona Health plans to expand house calls to the senior independent living residences.

Forsyth. Medial degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Certified in geriatric medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine.

12April 2021

Merchants board up storefronts as precaution

BROOKLYN CENTER., Minn. – About 20 businesses were broken into at strip-mall shopping centers near where Daunte Wright was killed by police Sunday. Looting was rampant as darkness fell on what had been gatherings of peaceful protesters. Store managers began assessing losses a dawn. In Minneapolis a half-dozen businesses began boarding up their windows along Lake Street, where there had been intense violence after Floyd’s death in May. National Guard vehicles were deployed to a few major intersections. Soldiers in camouflage, some carrying assault weapons, could were patrolling.

12April 2021

Big-league sports drop games in wake of shooting

MINNEAPOLS — Three professional sports teams – the basketball Timberwolves, the baseball Twins and the hockey Wild — called off Monday games in deference to unfolding events after the police shooting of Duante Wright in suburban Brooklyn Center. The teams’ governing leagues expressed concern for the Wright family and friends. There also was concern for pubic safety as racial tensions mounted.

12April 2021

Police chief: Fatal point shooting accidental

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – The shooting death of a black man during a police stop Sunday afternoon was “deeply tragic” but an accident, said Police Chief Tim Gannon. The chief said the officer meant to fire a taser, not a handgun, as Daunte Wright struggled with police as they attempted to handcuff him. Gannon said he based his interpretation of events on police body-cam video. At a news conference Gannon played the video. The officer shouted: “I’ll Tase you! I’ll Tase you! Taser! Taser! Taser!” She draws her weapon after Wright breaks free outside his car and gets back behind the wheel. After firing a single shot from her handgun, the car speeds away, and the officer is heard saying, “Holy shit! I shot him.” The officer, was identified by Gannon only as “very senior.” Whether to fire officer would depend on an investigation, Gannon said. Meanwhile, she is on suspension.

Earlier: President shares upset with police shooting

Why the stop?

> Police stopped Wright’s vehicle either for expired plates or no plates. Which isn’t clear. There was, however,  a temporary license taped to a rear window.

> Once the car was stopped, police found an air-freshener hanging from the windshield mirror, an illegality albeit petty,

> Police learned in the process of the stop that Wright had been summoned to court. Initial reports varied on the reason for the summons. One report was a misdemeanor. Another was a gun issue.

Gannon: Police chief has suspended the officer who shot and killed Daunte Wright.

Brooklyn Center profile

> Location: Borders Minneapolis on the northwest. On Mississippi River west bank.

> Population 30,0000.

>Racial breakdown: 49% white, 26% black, 14% Asian.

> Police force: 48

Data: 2010 census

12April 2021

President shares upset with police shooting

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden urged calm in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center after a night of palpable anger in the streets over the police killing of a 20-year-old black man in a traffic stop.  The president said he had seen the body camera footage of the shooting. “We do know that the anger, pain and trauma amidst the black community is real,” Biden said from the Oval Office. Even so, he said there was no justification of violence and looting.


12April 2021

Coming soon: More burgers ‘n’ fries

All beef here. No pork. It abuts Winona’s historic Hog Line but on the far side. Image: Steve Lunde

Earlier: City Council already can taste those Whoppers

Prime site. Ground been broken for a Burger King fast-food place on a corner of the Target parking lot on busy Mankato Avenue. Try some triangulation: Sugar Loaf, Winona Health, Target.

11April 2021

Driver finds power pole in his way

WINONA, Minn. – A Lewiston man, Joshua Allen Eggert, 22, drove into a power pole on the East Side and then drove off, police said. He was arrested near Franklin and Sanborn streets and referred for driving while intoxicated. This was about 11 p.m.

11April 2021

Three arrests in Pleasant Point Drive burglary

WITOKA, Minn. – Three Winona 20-somethings were arrested for a burglary at a trailer house in the 34000 block out on  Pleasant Point Drive. Deputies said the threesome entered the unoccupied trailer and two nearby sheds. Charged with third-degree burglary were Logan Mitchell McCarthy, 21; Annabelle Joan Seavey, 23; and Kyra Elizabeth Shrake, 21. In addition McCarthy was referred referred for possession of a dangerous weapon and possession of drug gear. Shrake also was referred, for possession of marijuana and possession of drug gear. The arrests were about 9:50 p.m.

11April 2021

Crowds gather after suburban police shooting

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. – A large group of community members gathered on the street where police fatally shot a black driver in the afternoon. Another crowd, numbering hundreds, blocked Humboldt Avenue just south of the Brooklyn Center police headquarters about 9:30 p.m. Police used irritants to try to disperse the crowd. From a distance, smoke was visible. At one point a single shot was fired into the police building. Police said nobody was injured. There were no immediate arrests.

Earlier: Governor: Guard troops ready for Brooklyn Center


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