FARGO, N.D. — The head of North Dakota State University is asking students not to speculate out of respect for the dead student’s family, even as investigators try to determine how 18-year-old Thomas Bearson died. N-D-S-U President Dean Bresciani says “in a campus and a tight-knit civic community like ours, this sort of thing is traumatic for everyone involved.” Bearson’s body was found Tuesday morning outside an R-V business in Moorhead. He was last seen at a party near the NDSU campus early Saturday and was reported missing Sunday. Authorities say there’s nothing to suggest that the public is in any danger.
A large quantity of prescription drugs were stolen from a pharmacy in west-central Minnesota and authorities believe one overdose is connected to the drugs. Starbuck Police responded to a report of a burglary at Samuelson’s Drug Store September 16th. Nearly two-thousand prescriptions pills, several pain patches and some oral solutions, were among the items stolen. Authorities did arrest a man in Stevens County on Monday for selling prescription pills, which are believed to be among those stolen from Samuelson Drug Store. Anyone who comes in contact with someone selling prescription drugs should contact police right away. Authorities are worried because these medications are very potent.
Officials have closed a Saint Paul home day-care at least temporarily, after a loaded gun was found in a crib last week when police searched the home. The Star Tribune reports police also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia, and arrested several people, including a 37-year-old woman who apparently runs the day-care. Authorities say there were four children in the home at the time. There was no child in the crib where the gun was found.
A new report from the group Minnesota 2020 shows more than half of homeowners in the state will see a ten-percent reduction in property taxes this year. The declines are the result of property tax refunds and increases in state aid to schools and local governments approved by the legislature. MN 2020’s Jeff Van Wychen (WIKE’-in) says some folks will see even larger property tax reductions: In Duluth a typical homeowner will see a 15-percent reduction, the same in Mankato, Moorhead would see a 14-percent reduction, Rochester about a ten-percent reduction and in St.Cloud a 12 percent reduction. Republicans say because state dollars are being used to artificially keep property taxes down, there’s no incentive for cities and counties to control their spending. Property tax data for 851 Minnesota communities can be found online at mn2020-dot-org.
A new study indicates Minnesota could add millions in tax revenue if the state legalized recreational marijuana. The financial website NerdWallet-dot-com used federal health data showing more than four percent of Minnesotans over 25 say they smoke pot, which is about 156-thousand residents. The report figured in Colorado’s 15-percent excise tax and Minnesota’s seven-percent sales tax for annual revenue of 45-million dollars. The U-S would bring in an estimated three-billion dollars a year from federal taxes on recreational marijuana. Medical cannabis will be available to eligible patients in Minnesota next July.
It’s not too early to get your flu shot. Caren Gaytko with the Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency says in addition to getting the flu vaccine, hand-washing is probably one of the biggest preventers of infection. She also says you should cover your cough and stay home when you’re sick. Gaytko says everyone ages six months and older should get a flu shot.
Governor Dayton is asking his North Dakota counterpart to take steps to make Bakken oil safer as trains carry it across Minnesota. Dayton wrote North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, urging him and other members of the North Dakota Industrial Commission to “quickly establish oil conditioning standards that will decrease the volatility of Bakken oil being exported from North Dakota.” Dayton notes he signed legislation last spring to improve prevention and emergency response efforts — but adds “only the State of North Dakota has direct control over the safety of the products being shipped into our state.” Governor Dalrymple’s press secretary says that was the topic of a public hearing Tuesday which the North Dakota governor attended and officials are determining what can be done.
Senate Republicans announce this morning (11am) they’re filing an ethics complaint against Democratic state Senator Jeff Hayden of Minneapolis. It comes after Minneapolis School District officials alleged that Hayden and Senator Bobby Joe Champion threatened to withhold state aid unless the district approved a contract with a north side community group. Republicans say Hayden is “using his elected office for personal gain” — an allegation which Hayden denies.
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