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Tonic Sol Fa to play Opera House

FAIRMONT — Tonic Sol Fa will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Fairmont Opera House.

A vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa began at St. John’s University in central Minnesota. It includes lead vocalist Shaun Johnson, tenor and vocal percussionist Greg Bannwarth, baritone and percussionist/vocal percussionist Theo Brown and bass, Jared Dove.

The group reached national prominence with appearances on NBC’s Today Show and in Newsweek magazine. Along the way, it shared the stage with a number of recognizable performers, including Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy and Weird Al Yankovic, and was recently inducted in the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame.

This show is free to attend. Those who would like to reserve seats ahead of time may visit fairmontoperahouse.org or call (507) 238-4900. Donations will be accepted.

2 boys charged in fatal carjacking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two teenage boys have been charged in juvenile court in a fatal carjacking attempt in Hennepin County.

Prosecutors say the 15- and 16-year-old boys, armed with pistols, approached 39-year-old Steven Markey who was sitting in his parked car in northeast Minneapolis on June 4.

Court documents say the boys ordered Markey out of the vehicle. The older boy told investigators he believed Markey was reaching for a gun, so he shot him. The younger boy says Markey was shot because he laughed at the two. A juvenile petition says both boys admitted firing their guns. Markey tried to drive off, but crashed his car about a block away.

The petition says the boys later stole an SUV in St. Louis Park and burglarized two cellphone stores later that night.

Governor criticizes DFL official

ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is criticizing a Minnesota Democratic party official for describing a Navy ship as a “murder boat.”

Walz, a Democrat who served in the military, said he was “totally appalled” by a tweet from William Davis, the deputy communications director for the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. In his weekend tweet, Davis called the newly christened USS Minneapolis-St. Paul a “murder boat.”

Davis deleted the tweet Monday after he was sharply criticized, and said he meant no disrespect for soldiers. He said he was “talking about a weapon of war.”

Walz said the DFL should “take appropriate response” to Davis’ remarks. Ken Martin, the state party chairman, said Davis had deleted his account and would no longer be handling “public-facing communications” for the party.

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