- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014
St. Paul police arrest suspect in ND slaying

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Police arrested a man Saturday in St. Paul in connection to the slaying of another man in North Dakota.

The 29-year-old was taken into custody at a residence after police received a tip Saturday morning, St. Paul police spokesman Paul Paulos told The Associated Press. He was arrested on warrants for murder and burglary, according to a news release from police in Grand Forks, North Dakota, who are working on the case with St. Paul police and the U.S. Marshals Service.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether the man has been officially charged or when he will appear in court. He was taken to the county jail in Ramsey County, Minnesota, and being held until further notice.

Police believe he and Dametrian Welch are responsible for the death of 24-year-old Jose Lopez, who died early Tuesday in his Grand Forks home after suffering three gunshot wounds.

Welch made his initial court appearance Friday on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit burglary. WDAZ-TV in Grand Forks reported that his bond was set at $500,000.


Study finds antibiotics in Minnesota groundwater

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A government study finds that measurable levels of antibiotics, detergents and other consumer chemicals are turning up in Minnesota’s groundwater.

The chemicals apparently come from landfills, septic systems and sewage treatment systems. They’ve been found in surface waters in recent years. But Minnesota Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/1rI77txhttps://bit.ly/1rI77tx ) that the new survey is the most extensive evidence yet that the chemicals are also making their way into both shallow and deep aquifers in the state.

Groundwater supplies drinking water for three-fourths of Minnesota residents. The study, conducted between late 2009 and mid-2012 by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, found no chemicals in excess of drinking water quality standards.

But neither the state nor the federal government has set health-based water quality standards for four of the most common chemicals it found - the antibiotic azithromycin, the antihistamine diphenhydramine, the flame-retardant tributyl phosphate and the animal antibiotic lincomycin.

The chemicals come from a variety of consumer and industrial products, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, lotions and detergents.


Harmony offers rebates up to $12K for new homes

HARMONY, Minn. (AP) - The southeastern Minnesota city of Harmony really wants new residents - so much that it’s offering to pay up to $12,000 to families willing to build new homes there.

The community of 1,020 recently began offering rebates to counter the loss of young professionals to other communities after officials learned that younger people don’t want to live in old homes that need work, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Saturday (https://strib.mn/1qWFrUahttps://strib.mn/1qWFrUa ).

“The younger people coming here, they don’t want to live in their grandmother’s house,” said Steve Cremer, president of Harmony Enterprises, which manufactures trash compactors and recycling equipment. Cremer estimates that 95 percent of his employees live outside of Harmony, in cities such as St. Charles, Rushford and Rochester.

So, Harmony is offering $5,000 to people who build a house worth $125,000, and up to $12,000 for a $250,000 home. The city has at least 15 lots that are shovel-ready. Lots with dilapidated, vacant homes can also qualify.

Existing single-family houses might cost $60,000 but then require $50,000 of work, said Christopher Skaalen, head of the Harmony Economic Development Authority. The young professionals whom the city is seeking want move-in-ready homes, he said.


Man dies in Minneapolis forklift accident

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A man has died after a stack of wood fell from his forklift and crushed him.

KSTP-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1lYmkFLhttps://bit.ly/1lYmkFL ) it happened about 4 a.m. at AA Container in Minneapolis.

Police say the man was stacking bundles of a wood product when he apparently got off the forklift. That’s when the stack fell and crushed him.

His name has not been released.

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