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Roseville schools settle two federal discrimination lawsuits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Roseville School District has settled two federal lawsuit accusing a former second-grade teacher of discriminating against Black students. The lawsuits accused Geraldine Cook making the Black students in her class sit apart from their peers in 2019. She allegedly grabbed a girl’s arm, tearing her shirt, and choked a boy after he gargled water and made him walk to the principal’s office with his hands behind his back. Cook taught at Harambee Elementary, a year-round racial integration school. She resigned in December 2019. The mothers of the girl whose shirt was torn and the boy who was choked filed the lawsuits. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Thursday that the district settled the cases privately.


Authorities release video of deputy shooting in NW Minnesota

NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released a dashcam video showing a sheriff’s deputy in northwestern Minnesota shooting and wounding a woman. Minnesota Public Radio reports state investigators have been reviewing the March 13 incident near Naytahwaush in Mahnomen County. Sheriff Josh Guenther says he released the video in response to social media posts accusing Deputy Dakota Czerny of attempted murder. The incident began when Czerny forced a vehicle off the road during a pursuit. The video shows Czerny handcuffing someone outside the vehicle. Another person standing next to the vehicle, later identified as Shequoya Basswood, appears to point a handgun at the representative, who tells her to drop the gun and then shoots her. Basswood was hit several times but survived.


Motorcyclist accused of hitting boy charged with felonies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a motorcyclist accused of driving around a stopped school bus and hitting a 10-year-old boy with two felonies. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that 18-year-old Terrence Jacquise Mather-Lymon of Minneapolis faces one count of operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner and causing substantial bodily harm. According to the criminal complaint, Mather-Lymon told detectives he didn’t have a driver’s license and was riding a motorcycle for the first time when he drove around a school bus and hit the boy in Edina on Monday. The bus had activated its red stop lights and the stop arm was down. The boy suffered abrasions to his head and a broken leg that required surgery.


Governor candidate Stanek released from hospital after crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Rich Stanek has been released from the hospital after a Tuesday night car crash following a campaign event in Buffalo. A Minnesota State Patrol incident report says Stanek collided with a car going north on Highway 25 Tuesday night as he was pulling out of the church parking lot. Alcohol was not a factor for either driver and both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, the state patrol said. The other driver suffered non-life threatening injuries. Stanek, a former Hennepin County sheriff, was expected to return to the campaign trail Thursday.


Tornado destroys half of community’s homes, cleanup underway

TAOPI, Minn. (AP) — Residents of a small farming community in southeastern Minnesota are working to recover from a devastating tornado that destroyed half of the town’s homes, toppled tall trees and left piles of debris in its wake. An EF2 tornado with peak wind speeds of 130 mph (209 kph) struck Taopi near the Iowa border late Tuesday night, tearing the roofs off houses, overturning vehicles and bringing down power lines. There were no reports of serious injuries. Volunteers from the area arrived Wednesday to help residents clean up the debris in the community of about 80 people. Family members sifted through rubble looking for keepsakes. City Clerk Jim Kiefer says at least 10 of Taopi’s 22 homes are beyond repair.


Activists seek change after 4 kids handcuffed in Maplewood

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Activists in Minnesota are demanding an apology and calling for changes in the way officers deal with children after police in the St. Paul suburb of Maplewood handcuffed four juveniles as they investigated an incident for which the kids were later cleared. Maplewood Police Lt. Joe Steiner said Tuesday that two 12-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 10-year-old were handcuffed for about 20 minutes Monday as police investigated a report of shots fired. The children were not involved. Attorney Jeff Storms said the case is an example of implicit bias. Three of the kids are Black and one is Hispanic.


Blizzard in North Dakota, tornado in SE Minnesota

BISMARCK, ND (AP) — Spring storms moving through the Upper Midwest, including a blizzard and a tornado, have forced the closure of the North Dakota Capitol, schools and roads, and tore up a small town in Minnesota. The National Weather Service says a tornado with winds of more than 110 mph took the roofs off houses, destroyed grain bins, snapped power lines and lifted a house off its foundation in Taopi, Minnesota, late Tuesday. Two people were taken to the hospital with noncritical injuries. The North Dakota state Capitol in Bismarck, along with scores of schools, government offices and roads, remained closed Wednesday due to the blizzard. Two feet of snow was expected to fall by Thursday.


Woman killed by falling tree as storms hit Midwest, South

RISON, Ark. (AP) — Officials say a 20-year-old Arkansas woman was killed when a tree fell on her home as severe storms swept through the state. Her death occurred Wednesday as part of a multiday severe weather outbreak that caused tornadoes, powerful winds and huge hail in parts of the central and southern United States. A confirmed weak tornado also caused damage Wednesday night in rural Greene County, Alabama. A day earlier, 23 people were injured in the central Texas town of Salado. Tornadoes were also reported Tuesday in parts of Iowa and Minnesota. And a blizzard struck North Dakota this week, closing the state Capitol, schools, government offices and interstates.

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