Bullet grazes nursing home resident
ST. PAUL (AP) — A bullet grazed the head of a nursing home resident in St. Paul when gunfire erupted outside the facility, according to police.
The 63-year-old resident was sitting outside of Galtier, a Villa Center in the Summit-University neighborhood Tuesday night when numerous shots rang out, officials said.
The resident was taken to the hospital, treated and released, according to the nursing home, which said the man “was the victim of senseless random gunfire,” the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Officers canvassed the area and found nine shell casings from two different caliber handguns.
Police are investigating who was involved and what led to the shooting, Ernster said.
Court fast-tracks ballot case
ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to fast-track a challenge to absentee ballot rules for the November general election that were liberalized due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump campaign, Minnesota Republican Party and other GOP groups are appealing a lower court ruling. The high court will hear the case Sept. 3.
Under a court-approved consent decree, Democratic Secretary of State Steve Simon agreed to suspend the state’s usual requirement that people voting absentee by mail get a witness to certify their eligibility. He also agreed to make ballots postmarked by the general election day eligible for counting if received up to seven days after.
Campaign attorney Benjamin Ellison wrote in his petition for accelerated review that eliminating the witness requirement requires election officials to count absentee ballots that are invalid under Minnesota law.
New Princess Kay crowned
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus, but that didn’t stop the tradition of picking a dairy ambassador for the state.
Brenna Connelly, representing Olmsted County, was crowned the 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way at a private ceremony that was streamed virtually Wednesday night.
The 19-year-old University of Minnesota student from Byron is the goodwill ambassador for nearly 3,000 dairy farm families in the state.
Ten county dairy princesses from across the state competed for the title. Emily Benrud, representing Goodhue County, and Maggie Molitor, representing Stearns County, were selected as runners-up.