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Hagedorn mobile office postponed

FAIRMONT — Congressman Jim Hagedorn’s office has canceled mobile office hours that were scheduled for today at the Martin County Library in Fairmont.

The office says the gathering will be rescheduled for a future date.

Mobile office hours are designed to offer constituent services. Members of Congress frequently handle casework that helps people solve problems with Social Security, passports, veteran benefits, USDA farm programs and more.

Boy thrown from Mall balcony being treated

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday.

Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell nearly 40 feet after a man who apparently didn’t know the boy or his family threw him off the balcony Friday. Authorities haven’t released the boy’s name and say his family has requested privacy.

Potts said he couldn’t give an update on the boy’s status, except to say that he’s being cared for at the hospital and that his parents are with him. Hospital officials haven’t responded to requests for a status update.

Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, of Minneapolis, was arrested at the mall’s transit station after the attack and is jailed on a suspicion of attempted homicide charge. Potts credited bystanders and mall security for his quick capture.

St. Cloud coach encourages more diversity

ST. CLOUD (AP) — A swimming coach at a St. Cloud high school is working to introduce the sport to more students of color and students with disabilities.

Apollo High School coach Alex Badger is running a spring camp for students in grades 3-8 that’s intended to encourage those who might not have been involved in swimming to try the sport, the St. Cloud Times reported .

The camp grew from 33 students last year to 57 this spring. The team also recently welcomed its first Muslim students.

“We originally thought of this because we wanted to make sure that this was accessible to all kids and all students regardless of their financial status or regardless of what transportation they had,” Badger said.

The after-school camp provides transportation and help with covering costs to ease the burden on families, she said. The class costs $30.

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