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Williamson wins scholarship

FAIRMONT — The Ambassador Committee of the Fairmont Area Chamber of Commerce has awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Sierra Williamson.

She is the daughter of Jamie and Deb Williamson of Sherburn. She is a student at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

The Ambassador Scholarship is offered annually to a Martin County student in a business-related field who is entering their junior or senior year at a four-year college or their final year in a technical college. The recipient is required to confirm achievement of a 3.0 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale.

Father charged in son’s death

STILLWATER (AP) — Minnesota prosecutors say a Woodbury father intentionally dropped his 5-month-old son headfirst on the floor because the baby was crying and fussy.

Thirty-five-year-old Matthew Hoisser is charged with second-degree murder in the April death of his son, Gus. Hoisser’s bail was set at $350,000 on Friday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a Washington County judge also ordered Hoisser to have no contact with his wife, Nicole, who is pregnant.

Hoisser’s attorney, John Leunig, says the order isn’t necessary because Hoisser’s wife supports him. A hearing on the no contact order was scheduled Monday.

A criminal complaint says Hoisser told investigators he was frustrated because the baby was “being difficult” so he dropped him. The child died of blunt force trauma several days later at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.

Walz calls for special hearings

ST. PAUL (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he still wants Senate Republicans to hold hearings on Democratic proposals for gun control and emergency insulin supplies.

The governor told reporters Monday he finds it “absolutely unacceptable” that none have been scheduled following the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas.

He contrasted the impasse in Minnesota with states with Republican governors and legislatures that have adopted gun safety measures, as well as President Donald Trump’s recently stated willingness to consider stronger federal background checks.

Proposals for tighter gun controls and easier access to emergency insulin stalled out during the 2019 Legislature’s regular session amid GOP opposition.

Walz says it wouldn’t be productive to call lawmakers back into a special session if they’re not willing to do anything, but he says voters are demanding action.

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