- Associated Press - Sunday, October 11, 2015
Temperatures soar into 90s in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It’s October, but summer is having a last hurrah in Minnesota.

Temperatures on Sunday soared into the 90s in parts of Minnesota as southern winds pushed in warm air.

The National Weather Service says the temperature in Minneapolis reached 84 degrees at 4 p.m. Sunday, trying a record set in 1930. The average high for Oct. 11 is 61.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1L6zBaR0https://strib.mn/1L6zBaR ) reports in west-central Minnesota, Wheaton hit 97 at 3 p.m.

Moorhead, Appleton, Montevideo and Granite Falls have reached 93 so far. Bemidji and Orr in northern Minnesota touched 90, and International Falls - the self-proclaimed Nation’s Icebox - was at 87.


Immigrant shot, killed in St. Paul remembered as loving dad

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Friends and family have celebrated the life of a 54-year-old Karen immigrant who escaped his war-torn homeland of Myanmar and then a Thai refugee camp only to be gunned down in front of his St. Paul home.

The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1jXxZr4https://strib.mn/1jXxZr4 ) reported that more than 100 family members and friends gathered Saturday to mourn Htoo Baw’s death. Baw was fatally shot Monday night as he unloaded his car after a road trip.

Baw thought he’d finally found safety and opportunity when his family arrived in St. Paul seven years ago. “He wanted his daughters to come here to have an education,” said daughter Ehgay Poe, 23.

Mourners said prayers and sang hymns in Baw’s honor. His wife, Annita Thaw, and Poe shared his life story.

The son of farmers, Baw was born in Burma, now known as Myanmar. A member of the Karen ethnic minority, he fled the civil war that long has rocked that country. He met his wife in a Thai refugee camp, and they have three daughters, ages 15, 23 and 29.


Body of 2nd missing boater recovered from Lake of the Woods

BAUDETTE, Minn. (AP) - Law enforcement officers have recovered the body of a second boater missing for the past week on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota.

The Lake of the Woods County Sheriff’s Department says the body of 24-year-old Cody Ostendorf was discovered by a resident of Flag Island. His body was recovered around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Ostendorf was one of three men missing after their boat apparently capsized on the lake a week ago. The body of Justin Haugtvedt was recovered Friday in about 14 feet of water.

Authorities continued searching Sunday for the remaining missing boater, Keith Ayers.

The three men from Baudette were last seen leaving Sunset Lodge on Oak Island late on Oct. 2. Their 16-foot boat was found capsized near Flag Island the next day.


Minnesota Capitol art debate turns to Native American images

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A group of state lawmakers, historians and others is looking at how art portraying Native Americans should be used inside the renovated Minnesota Capitol when it reopens in 2017.

The art subcommittee of the Capitol Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet Monday to take up the topic. Gwen Westerman, a Dakota educator and subcommittee member, will lead the discussion, Minnesota Public Radio News (https://bit.ly/1G7dB0Ahttps://bit.ly/1G7dB0A ) reported.

DFL state Rep. Dianne Loeffler of Minneapolis said concerns have been raised about the historical accuracy of some current Capitol paintings.

“Some are romanticized visions of Native Americans that portray them in ways that we don’t believe the historical record supports them, in terms of dress and those sorts of things,” Loeffler said. “So, as a place people go to learn history, that’s a concern.”

The controversy primarily involves four paintings.

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