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DULUTH, Minn. — Lake Superior rose an inch more than it usually does in May, according to the monthly report released Friday, June 2, by the International Lake Superior Board of Control. The big lake rose 5 inches in May, a month it usually goes up 4 inches. Lake Superior now sits 9 inches above the long-term June 1 average and 4 inches higher than at this time in 2016. Lakes Michigan-Huron rose 5 inches in May, 2 inches more than the usual 3-inch increase. The lakes now sit 14 inches above average and an inch higher than the June 1, 2016 level.
ANDOVER, Minn.—The three people found dead in an Andover home Wednesday evening appear to have died in a murder-suicide, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office. Deputies went to the home at 7 p.m. Wednesday for a welfare check. A neighbor became concerned after not seeing the residents for a couple days or the usual activity at the home, the sheriff's office said. Deputies found the door unlocked and discovered the bodies of three adults inside.
The economy appears to be on the rebound, at last reaching the steady employment numbers of 10 years ago — before the Great Recession swelled the ranks of the jobless. The return of unemployment rates under 4 percent for Minnesota and Wisconsin residents with college educations should have people feeling cautiously optimistic. Businesses, restaurants and manufacturers are hiring. In fact, many local firms can't get enough good workers. "Hiring now" banners fluttering in the wind and "help wanted" signs posted or painted on windows are just about anywhere you look.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—Detroit Lakes police plan to analyze phone records as they investigate to a bomb threat hoax that shut down Wal-Mart on the city's west edge on Memorial Day as vehicles were backed up along busy U.S. Highway 10. Just after 1 p.m. Monday, the store received a phone call that, according to reports, alleged a bomb threat. Wal-Mart management directed an evacuation, according to protocol. Staff then contacted local authorities, who responded, placing the building on lockdown to conduct a thorough search.
The final inmate was apprehended Friday afternoon, May 26, after a transport van carrying nine prisoners was taken over.
Franken rules out White House bid in 2020 ST. PAUL—U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he won't run for president in 2020. The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run. "I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, 'No, I'm not going to do that,'" Franken told the magazine. The senator's wife and daughter both agreed with the decision.
MINNEAPOLIS—A Maplewood woman has been found guilty of third-degree murder in the overdose death of a man who received the fatal dose from her. Hennepin County District Judge Paul Scoggin filed his guilty verdict Tuesday, in the bench trial of Beverly Nicole Burrell, 30, following the death of Lucas Ronnei of Chanhassen in January 2016.
Come Memorial Day, a few aging but tough World War II veterans will find the fortitude to attend ceremonies at local cemeteries, riverfronts and community memorials. Some veterans will stand on their own two feet, some will use canes, walkers and wheelchairs. All will stand in pride and sorrow as the names of those who died since Memorial Day 2016 are read. America's "Greatest Generation" is disappearing.
ST. PAUL—A body found in the Mississippi River in St. Paul on Monday was a 52-year-old missing since the beginning of May. Earlier on Monday, authorities were searching the river bluffs in the area for a motorist who ran from officers trying to pull him over. Officials did not immediately say on Monday whether the body found belonged to the man from that day's traffic stop. The identification from the Ramsey County medical examiner's office on Tuesday indicated he was not.
"Mental health is health" is the Minnesota Department of Human Services' theme for May's Mental Health Month. The slogan is a reminder that not only are mental illnesses common and treatable, but access to mental and chemical health care is an essential part of everyone's health.