SKYWAY ARREST DISPUTE
St. Paul police defend officers in stun-gun video
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The St. Paul police union is defending the three officers who used a stun gun on a man who was sitting in a downtown skyway.
The president of the St. Paul Police Federation says the officers acted "responsibly, respectfully and in accordance with the high professional standards we expect from our members."
Chris Lollie says he was sitting in the skyway waiting to pick up his children when security guards called police and said he'd been sitting in a private area. The 28-year-old recorded the encounter, in which police used a stun gun on him despite his protests that he'd done nothing wrong.
Police Federation President Dave Titus said Saturday that Lollie refused "numerous lawful orders for an extended period of time."
Lollie posted his cellphone video online last week.
Woman struck, killed by St. Paul light-rail train
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - St. Paul police say a woman who was struck and killed by a light-rail train may have been listening to headphones.
Police tell WCCO-TV the woman was heading toward the station in a crosswalk Sunday morning when she was struck by an eastbound train. Authorities say the station's warning signals were working, and she may have been using headphones.
Police haven't released her name but say she was in her 40s.
Metro Transit says the collision happened near the Westgate Station. Green Line service was halted, and replacement buses were being used to shuttle passengers between the Prospect Park and Raymond Avenue stops.
FARM TO SCHOOL
Twin Cities schools launch Minnesota Thursdays
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Students in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools will eat lunch food that comes from Minnesota farmers on the first Thursday of every month.
School administrators say Minnesota Thursdays stems from the Farm to School programs at both districts.
Students in St. Paul and Minneapolis public schools this coming Thursday will eat food coming from farmers within a 200-mile radius of the Twin Cities. Lunch includes grass-fed beef hot dogs from Thousand Hills Cattle Company in Cannon Falls. Corn on the cob will come from Pahl Farms in Apple Valley and Zywiec Farms in Cottage Grove. Watermelon will be delivered from Riverside Farms in Elk River.
School officials say they're not only supporting Minnesota farmers, but also providing healthy meals and teaching students about nutrition and agriculture.
VA WIND TURBINES
$2.2M wind turbine at Veterans Affairs site idle
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - A $2.2 million wind turbine at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in St. Cloud remains broken, and a series of repairs has been ineffective.
A St. Cloud Times report says there have been similar issues with wind turbines at VA facilities in two other states.
The turbine at the St. Cloud VA Health Care System hasn't worked in two years. Workers have made a series of hydraulic and electrical repairs with no luck. VA spokesman Barry Venable wouldn't say when, if ever, the turbine will generate power.
The St. Cloud site was one of four VA locations selected for wind power. A veterans' cemetery in Massachusetts has a working wind turbine, but facilities in Utah and New York have also failed.
Minnesota holding onto $606M in unclaimed assets
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The state of Minnesota is making little effort to return unclaimed money to more than 50,000 residents, including a U.S. senator, rock star and state commissioner.
A Minneapolis Star Tribune report says the state Department of Commerce is holding onto $606 million in unclaimed assets.
The stash includes funds from dormant bank accounts and safe-deposit boxes. It also includes untouched death benefits and stock shares.
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she wasn't aware the state had some of her cash, listed as over $100. Rock star Prince and state Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson are also in the state database.
Commerce spokeswoman Emily Johnson Piper says the state doesn't actively track people down. It no longer notifies people by letter but it does link to a searchable website (missingmoney.com).
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