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The author William Gibson writes, "The future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed." So true when it comes to broadband. Given Minnesota's many opportunities and challenges — in economy, health care, education and public life — it is easy to see how access and use of high-speed internet is essential for progress. Yet absent adequate broadband, existing opportunity gaps across our state will continue to widen.
ST. PAUL—A 21-year-old man has been charged with a misdemeanor in connection with a crash last year that killed a 20-year-old mother who was expecting her second child. Drew Tyler Fleming, 21, of North Hudson, Wis., was charged with one count of reckless driving in the Feb. 29, 2016, crash in Washington County that killed Megan Goeltz, 22, of Hudson, Wis. According to charges filed Friday in Washington County, Fleming "was distracted by his cell phone."
ST. PAUL—State Rep. John Lesch, a veteran lawmaker from St. Paul, is launching a bid for Minnesota attorney general. A longtime prosecutor for the city of St. Paul, Lesch was first elected to the Minnesota House in 2002. After an unofficial trip to Iraq in 2006, Lesch enlisted in the Minnesota National Guard in 2009, when he was in his late 30s.
On March 29, the United Kingdom sent a letter to the European Union invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the two-year separation process. It's fair to wonder why Americans and particularly those of us in the Heartland should care about U.K.-EU relations. If the "special relationship" between the United States and the U.K. isn't enough to warrant concern, surely trade between the two countries is.
ST. PAUL—More than $100 million in federal money is available for nearly 30 road and bridge projects across Minnesota. Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday, April 3, signed a bill authorizing the expenditure after key lawmakers last year said a legislative panel could not make the decision without votes of the full House and Senate. The bill passed with unanimous support in both chambers. "I am pleased that the Legislature has authorized this funding, which is ready to put people to work to improve our road and bridge infrastructure across our state," Dayton said.
ST. CLOUD—Authorities say a body found in the Mississippi River over the weekend might be that of missing St. Cloud State University student Jesse Dady. Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold said officials believe the body to be Dady, but will wait for confirmation from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office, which could come in the next few days.
ST. PAUL—A man considered a person of interest in the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling has filed a federal lawsuit against the county sheriff who investigated the case. Dan Rassier filed the suit Wednesday assigned to Judge Donovan W. Frank, according to court documents. Rassier indicated last September he was planning to sue Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner soon after Danny Heinrich confessed to abducting, molesting and killing 11-year-old Wetterling near his home in St. Joseph.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — One man died Wednesday, March 29, after a crash between a sedan and a beet truck at the intersection north of Moorhead. Moorhead firefighters cut the roof off the car to extricate the man, who has not been identified, according to Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist. The front end of a bright blue two-door car was smashed and wedged under the front end of a tractor-trailer sugarbeet truck in the middle of the intersection roughly a mile south of Kragnes.
BRAINERD, Minn. — Human remains found Saturday night in a wooded area off Business Highway 371 south of Brainerd have been identified as those of Marc Welzant, a developmentally disabled man who went missing over two years ago, Brainerd Police Chief Corky McQuiston stated in a news release.
GULLY, Minn.—No one was seriously injured Monday morning after an SUV broadsided a school bus carrying students in far northwest Minnesota.. According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash occurred at about 7:23 a.m. when the driver of a 2006 Pontiac Torrent, which was traveling south on Polk County Road 2, did not stop at a stop sign and hit the school bus, which had been driving east on State Highway 92 and was turning onto County Road 2.