WORTHINGTON – No new information is available in the investigation into the homicide of Jan Pigman-Kruse, who was shot to death in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities have not made an arrest in the case, but have said there is no threat to public safety.
A spokesperson for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said she understands the community wants answers, which they are continuing to work on finding, but they cannot give out more details of an active investigation.
The funeral for Pigman-Kruse is at 10:30 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — It’s time to choose between the cops and the firefighters once again. The 10th annual Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive is set for 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.
This drive is a friendly competition between the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Fire Department and emergency medical services to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the community blood supply.
Donors will designate their donation to the department of their choice and will receive a special T-shirt and free lunch. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.
Donors must be 17 years of age or older (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at www.cbblifeblood.org); weight at least 110 pounds; and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. All donors must have identification.
For more information or to make an appointment, call 372-3319; walk-ins are also welcome.
SUTHERLAND, Iowa — Residents of the city of Sutherland, Iowa are being advised to boil their water before use, due to water system issues. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Sutherland, which gets its water from Osceola County Rural Water, lost pressure on Sunday afternoon.
When a system loses pressure, bacteria could be allowed into the system, which means a boil advisory is required by the DNR. Water samples are being submitted, and Sutherland residents should boil water until the results are in.
Boil orders issued by the DNR normally say to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.
IOWA - Expect to see additional law enforcement on the roads beginning today through September 7th. Law enforcement agencies throughout Iowa will be involved in the special enforcement, which coincides with the upcoming Labor Day holiday period.
Officials say it ranks among the deadliest, with 424 fatalities reported nationwide over that timeframe back in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available. Officials say about half of those cases involved drunk drivers.
In addition to local law enforcement, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau will also be involved.
That's in addition to a special enforcement campaign that will be going on September 4th-7th along the entire stretch of U.S. Highway 71 in Iowa from Page County through Dickinson County.
MINNESOTA - Black Lives Matter St. Paul is sticking to its plans to disrupt business at the Minnesota State Fair Saturday despite social media backlash that erupted just hours after going public with the protest.
The group plans to march from Hamline Park in St. Paul north on Snelling Avenue to the State Fairgrounds. As of Monday evening, over 600 people have said on the event's Facebook page that they plan to attend. Hundreds of others left negative comments on the page saying that disrupting the State Fair would hurt the group's cause. Organizers say they have no plans to enter the fairgrounds, but intend to disrupt traffic and inconvenience fairgoers.
The event, dubbed #BlackFair, alleges State Fair officials deny minorities equal opportunity to participate as vendors. Black Lives Matter St. Paul lead organizer Rashad Turner cited anecdotal references of people of color trying to get booths but were unable to do so. He said the black elders of the community have shared their frustration about income disparities and racial injustices.
The Minnesota State Fair has had a rule against large groups of people congregating in one spot since the 1980s. The restriction was affirmed by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the International Society for Krishna Consciousness from distributing material and sharing its mission all over the fairgrounds. The intent is to manage the flow of traffic and ensure public safety.
State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said political groups, nonprofits and several causes share their messages by reserving booth space.
But Turner said getting a booth at the fair will not yield the same outcome as marching and protesting. Black Lives Matter wants to reach as many people as possible and a public protest is the best way to do so, he said.
MINNESOTA - U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is busy making the media rounds to promote her new autobiography, which comes out Tuesday. As she does so, political wags are busy trying to figure out whether she’s signaling her interest in running for the White House someday.
Klobuchar’s book, “The Senator Next Door,” recounts her middle-class upbringing in suburban Minneapolis, her rise in politics and her experiences as one of the few women to serve in the U.S. Senate.
he’s done interviews with various regional and national media in the past several days to promote the book, including CBS News, WNYC in New York, and MSNBC. But when she’s been asked about her political aspirations, Klobuchar is coy.
“This book is called ‘The Senator Next Door,’” she said on CBS Monday morning. “And I like my job now.”