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Duluth man charged with "accidental" shooting of St. Cloud State professor

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Charges allege that a 45-year-old man from Duluth, Minnesota, suffering from multiple mental illnesses shot and killed a St. Cloud State University economics professor after driving a stolen car into his front yard early Sunday morning in St. Cloud. Jason Beckman was convicted Tuesday for a second degree murder […]

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Charges allege that a 45-year-old man from Duluth, Minnesota, suffering from multiple mental illnesses shot and killed a St. Cloud State University economics professor after driving a stolen car into his front yard early Sunday morning in St. Cloud.

Jason Beckman was convicted Tuesday for a second degree murder crime, a motor vehicle theft crime, and a gun possession crime for the shooting of 68-year-old St. Cloud State University professor Dr. Edward Anthony charged with ward.

Suspect arrested for accidentally fatal shooting of stranger in St. Cloud

A man is dead after a suspect allegedly shot and killed him arbitrarily while staying at a residence in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Sunday morning.

After the shooting, police called it “random” and said the men appeared to have “no connections”.

According to charges in Stearns County District Court, Beckman told police he drove to the Waite Park area the night before on his way to southwest Minnesota from Duluth to the Waite Park area. He told police that someone had a gun pointed at him in the parking lot of a grocery store, but admitted that he wasn’t sure if it was a fraud or not. He told police he was previously diagnosed with PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and manic depressive disorder.

Beckman told police he stole a limo early Sunday morning before getting lost and the car crashing in Ward’s front yard. Beckman told police he knocked on Ward’s door for help after the accident, but said he was the man who pointed a gun at him in the grocery store parking lot.

Beckman pointed a gun at Ward, who tried to slam the door. He shot and killed Ward, who later died in the hospital.

Ward has been a professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at St. Cloud State University since 1990.

?He was just one of those guys who wouldn’t forget him if you were just in his class,? student Brooks Anderson told FOX 9. ?He was just a great guy, super nice, compassionate, funny, very funny was, but really cared about his students. ”

“I know when I signed up for his course everyone was like, ‘Dr. Ward is fantastic. You will get so much out of this course. It won’t be a waste of time.’ He takes care of his students, “says Brittany Prigge, a student. “He put so much energy and time into helping us prepare for graduation. It’s sad that so many students can’t experience what I got to experience with him.”

St. Cloud State professor identified as deadly victim

The man who was shot dead in a random incident in St. Cloud on Sunday morning has been identified as a 68-year-old professor at St. Cloud State University.

In a statement to FOX 9, Dr. Ward:

We are shocked and saddened by the murder of our beloved Ed. A gentle, calm, and intelligent man, he was a professor at St. Cloud State University for over 30 years, influencing the lives and careers of countless students.

He loved reading, cycling, and history. Ed’s greatest love was his family, however, and he leaves behind two adult children, Amy and Mark, and his lifelong partner and mother of his children, Denese. We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and ask you to respect our privacy.

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Duluth man charged with "accidental" shooting of St. Cloud State professor

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (FOX 9) – Charges allege that a 45-year-old man from Duluth, Minnesota, suffering from multiple mental illnesses shot and killed a St. Cloud State University economics professor after driving a stolen car into his front yard early Sunday morning in St. Cloud. Jason Beckman was convicted Tuesday for a second degree murder […]

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Duluth man charged with "accidental" shooting of St. Cloud State professor

Charges allege that a 45-year-old man from Duluth, Minnesota, suffering from multiple mental illnesses shot and killed a St. Cloud State University economics professor after driving a stolen car into his front yard early Sunday morning in St. Cloud.

Jason Beckman was convicted Tuesday for a second degree murder crime, a motor vehicle theft crime, and a gun possession crime for the shooting of 68-year-old St. Cloud State University professor Dr. Edward Anthony charged with ward.

Suspect arrested for accidentally fatal shooting of stranger in St. Cloud

A man is dead after a suspect allegedly shot and killed him arbitrarily while staying at a residence in St. Cloud, Minnesota, Sunday morning.

After the shooting, police called it “random” and said the men appeared to have “no connections”.

According to charges in Stearns County District Court, Beckman told police he drove to the Waite Park area the night before on his way to southwest Minnesota from Duluth to the Waite Park area. He told police that someone had a gun pointed at him in the parking lot of a grocery store, but admitted that he wasn’t sure if it was a fraud or not. He told police he was previously diagnosed with PTSD, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and manic depressive disorder.

Beckman told police he stole a limo early Sunday morning before getting lost and the car crashing in Ward’s front yard. Beckman told police he knocked on Ward’s door for help after the accident, but said he was the man who pointed a gun at him in the grocery store parking lot.

Beckman pointed a gun at Ward, who tried to slam the door. He shot and killed Ward, who later died in the hospital.

Ward has been a professor in the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship at St. Cloud State University since 1990.

?He was just one of those guys who wouldn’t forget him if you were just in his class,? student Brooks Anderson told FOX 9. ?He was just a great guy, super nice, compassionate, funny, very funny was, but really cared about his students. ”

“I know when I signed up for his course everyone was like, ‘Dr. Ward is fantastic. You will get so much out of this course. It won’t be a waste of time.’ He takes care of his students, “says Brittany Prigge, a student. “He put so much energy and time into helping us prepare for graduation. It’s sad that so many students can’t experience what I got to experience with him.”

St. Cloud State professor identified as deadly victim

The man who was shot dead in a random incident in St. Cloud on Sunday morning has been identified as a 68-year-old professor at St. Cloud State University.

In a statement to FOX 9, Dr. Ward:

We are shocked and saddened by the murder of our beloved Ed. A gentle, calm, and intelligent man, he was a professor at St. Cloud State University for over 30 years, influencing the lives and careers of countless students.

He loved reading, cycling, and history. Ed’s greatest love was his family, however, and he leaves behind two adult children, Amy and Mark, and his lifelong partner and mother of his children, Denese. We would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and ask you to respect our privacy.

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Duluth man charged with second degree murder of St. Cloud State professor

Investigators say 45-year-old Jason Beckman may have had substance abuse and mental health issues. DULUTH, Minnesota – A 45-year-old Duluth man is behind bars in St. Cloud for arbitrarily shooting and killing a longtime St. Cloud State professor with ties to Duluth. Now we get to know more about Jason Beckman’s criminal past, why he […]

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Investigators say 45-year-old Jason Beckman may have had substance abuse and mental health issues.

DULUTH, Minnesota – A 45-year-old Duluth man is behind bars in St. Cloud for arbitrarily shooting and killing a longtime St. Cloud State professor with ties to Duluth. Now we get to know more about Jason Beckman’s criminal past, why he was in St. Cloud and what made him pull the trigger.

A Stearns County judge is investigating the intellectual competence of Beckman, now officially charged with the second degree murder of 68-year-old Ed Ward, a management professor at St. Cloud State University, in the doorway of his own house on Sunday night.

According to the criminal complaint, Beckman made his way from Duluth to St. Cloud in a truck that a man from the Twin Ports had lent him.

This man, an acquaintance, told police he did not know why Beckman had to be in the St. Cloud area, while Beckman told him he had to go to his grandmother’s funeral.

Beckman told investigators that he was lost and the truck broke down. Then he claimed to have seen a man parked in a grocery store parking lot with a gun pointed at him.

But the complaint says Beckman wasn’t sure whether it was a sham or not.

He admitted using controlled substances in the past few days and said he was diagnosed with PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and manic-depressive disorder.

Beckman then told investigators that he found an unoccupied vehicle with keys in the ignition, which he stole and drove away.

Beckman claimed he then got lost again and crashed his car in the neighborhood where the community was living.

He admitted knocking on the door of Ward’s house for help and when he answered Beckman thought he was the guy he thought had a gun pointed at him earlier in the day.

At that point, Beckman reportedly drew a handgun, began firing at Ward before taking off, and was arrested less than two miles away a short time later.

According to investigators, Ward was yelling for his wife, Denese, who was asleep at the time.

She tried to call 9-1-1 but the phone didn’t work so she ran to the neighbors to call.

All of this while hearing Ed scream, “Get an ambulance, I’m dying”.

Denese told the police there was no reason to kill her husband.

According to the criminal complaint, it was by chance that Beckman Ward, a father of two adopted children from South Korea, took his life.

His daughter Amy from Duluth told us he was a gentle, calm, and intelligent man.

Investigators say Beckman stole the murder weapon from Red Wing, Minnesota. He is being held on bail of $ 2 million.

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Duluth man charged with second degree murder of St. Cloud State professor

Investigators say 45-year-old Jason Beckman may have had substance abuse and mental health issues. DULUTH, Minnesota – A 45-year-old Duluth man is behind bars in St. Cloud for arbitrarily shooting and killing a longtime St. Cloud State professor with ties to Duluth. Now we get to know more about Jason Beckman’s criminal past, why he […]

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Duluth man charged with second degree murder of St. Cloud State professor

Investigators say 45-year-old Jason Beckman may have had substance abuse and mental health issues.

DULUTH, Minnesota – A 45-year-old Duluth man is behind bars in St. Cloud for arbitrarily shooting and killing a longtime St. Cloud State professor with ties to Duluth. Now we get to know more about Jason Beckman’s criminal past, why he was in St. Cloud and what made him pull the trigger.

A Stearns County judge is investigating the intellectual competence of Beckman, now officially charged with the second degree murder of 68-year-old Ed Ward, a management professor at St. Cloud State University, in the doorway of his own house on Sunday night.

According to the criminal complaint, Beckman made his way from Duluth to St. Cloud in a truck that a man from the Twin Ports had lent him.

This man, an acquaintance, told police he did not know why Beckman had to be in the St. Cloud area, while Beckman told him he had to go to his grandmother’s funeral.

Beckman told investigators that he was lost and the truck broke down. Then he claimed to have seen a man parked in a grocery store parking lot with a gun pointed at him.

But the complaint says Beckman wasn’t sure whether it was a sham or not.

He admitted using controlled substances in the past few days and said he was diagnosed with PTSD, schizophrenia, bipolar and manic-depressive disorder.

Beckman then told investigators that he found an unoccupied vehicle with keys in the ignition, which he stole and drove away.

Beckman claimed he then got lost again and crashed his car in the neighborhood where the community was living.

He admitted knocking on the door of Ward’s house for help and when he answered Beckman thought he was the guy he thought had a gun pointed at him earlier in the day.

At that point, Beckman reportedly drew a handgun, began firing at Ward before taking off, and was arrested less than two miles away a short time later.

According to investigators, Ward was yelling for his wife, Denese, who was asleep at the time.

She tried to call 9-1-1 but the phone didn’t work so she ran to the neighbors to call.

All of this while hearing Ed scream, “Get an ambulance, I’m dying”.

Denese told the police there was no reason to kill her husband.

According to the criminal complaint, it was by chance that Beckman Ward, a father of two adopted children from South Korea, took his life.

His daughter Amy from Duluth told us he was a gentle, calm, and intelligent man.

Investigators say Beckman stole the murder weapon from Red Wing, Minnesota. He is being held on bail of $ 2 million.

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Gold splits with Mankato American | News, Sports, Jobs

Employee photo of Jeremy Behnke Carter Lang from New Ulm Legion Gold practices a pitch at the double header on Tuesday against Mankato American in Mueller Park. NEW ULM – New Ulm Legion Gold scored seven runs in the first three innings to hold their own 7-2 against Mankato American and won the first double-header […]

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Employee photo of Jeremy Behnke Carter Lang from New Ulm Legion Gold practices a pitch at the double header on Tuesday against Mankato American in Mueller Park.

NEW ULM – New Ulm Legion Gold scored seven runs in the first three innings to hold their own 7-2 against Mankato American and won the first double-header game at Mueller Park 8-5.

Mankato came back to split the Nightcap with an 8-2 win.

Tony Geiger won the first game. He went four innings, allowed five runs.

Ben Snaaza took the loss to American.

Jaden Drill had three hits. Jackson Bode, Cole Ranweiler and Josh Giefer each had two hits for New Ulm.

Ranweiler and Carter Lang each drove in two races.

Gold, who plays in Minnewaska on Friday, scored two runs on a wild pitch and a mistake in the first game.

Gold added another run in the second on a Hunter Sehr RBI single before sliding four runs over in the third inning.

Drill executed with a double and scored with a Giefer single. A walk and a bode base hit added another run. A double single from Ranweiler improved the Neu-Ulm lead to 7-2.

Mankato reduced the lead to 7-5 in the fourth.

Gold added an insurance run on the sixth on an outfield player’s choice.

In the second game, Mankato scored five runs in the sixth inning to convert a 3-2 lead into a comfortable 8-2 win.

Bode took the loss on gold, now 4-3 over the year.

Matt Wirk took the win for American and held gold on four hits.

Bode had a double for Neu-Ulm.

Gold had five mistakes in the game.

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Gold splits with Mankato American | News, Sports, Jobs

Employee photo of Jeremy Behnke Carter Lang from New Ulm Legion Gold practices a pitch at the double header on Tuesday against Mankato American in Mueller Park. NEW ULM – New Ulm Legion Gold scored seven runs in the first three innings to hold their own 7-2 against Mankato American and won the first double-header […]

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Employee photo of Jeremy Behnke Carter Lang from New Ulm Legion Gold practices a pitch at the double header on Tuesday against Mankato American in Mueller Park.

NEW ULM – New Ulm Legion Gold scored seven runs in the first three innings to hold their own 7-2 against Mankato American and won the first double-header game at Mueller Park 8-5.

Mankato came back to split the Nightcap with an 8-2 win.

Tony Geiger won the first game. He went four innings, allowed five runs.

Ben Snaaza took the loss to American.

Jaden Drill had three hits. Jackson Bode, Cole Ranweiler and Josh Giefer each had two hits for New Ulm.

Ranweiler and Carter Lang each drove in two races.

Gold, who plays in Minnewaska on Friday, scored two runs on a wild pitch and a mistake in the first game.

Gold added another run in the second on a Hunter Sehr RBI single before sliding four runs over in the third inning.

Drill executed with a double and scored with a Giefer single. A walk and a bode base hit added another run. A double single from Ranweiler improved the Neu-Ulm lead to 7-2.

Mankato reduced the lead to 7-5 in the fourth.

Gold added an insurance run on the sixth on an outfield player’s choice.

In the second game, Mankato scored five runs in the sixth inning to convert a 3-2 lead into a comfortable 8-2 win.

Bode took the loss on gold, now 4-3 over the year.

Matt Wirk took the win for American and held gold on four hits.

Bode had a double for Neu-Ulm.

Gold had five mistakes in the game.

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Minnesota lawmakers reach education budget deal

The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as the sun sets on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Photo by Tony Webster. Minnesota legislative leaders reached an education budget agreement Tuesday, just over a week before the June 30 deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or risk not being able to send payments to school […]

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The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as the sun sets on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Photo by Tony Webster.

Minnesota legislative leaders reached an education budget agreement Tuesday, just over a week before the June 30 deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or risk not being able to send payments to school districts. 

The agreement lays out funding levels for new and existing programs, including a boost to the general education funding formula and millions for initiatives aimed at hiring more teachers of color. It also covers a handful of policy changes, though each party had to give up some top priorities during negotiations.

?I?m very happy with the way this bill came out. It truly is a compromise. It?s consensus,? Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, said during a news conference Tuesday. ?It really hit what we needed to hit.?

Earlier in the spring, Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders agreed to set the target for new education spending at $525 million above the current base spending level, totaling more than $20.5 billion. The vast majority of the new spending will go toward increasing the general education funding formula ? the complicated equation that sets minimum funding levels for school districts ? by 2.45% in 2022 and 2% in 2023. That will cost nearly $463 million, according to state Sen. Charles Wiger, the DFL lead on the Senate Education Committee. 

The funding formula increase comes as somewhat of a surprise. It exceeds initial proposals from both parties ? the DFL-controlled House called for a 2% increase in both years, while the GOP-majority Senate?s budget included no increase.

Chamberlain told reporters Tuesday that the 2.45% increase was a compromise between DFL and GOP lawmakers. Chamberlain said he offered a 3% increase in 2022 and a 1.5% increase in 2023 in exchange for dropping policy mandates on school districts.

?(This is) the largest increase in the K-12 education (formula) for 15 years,? Chamberlain said. ?The final bill ended up being very tight, very small, very few mandates, consensus policy.?

The agreement also includes more than $15 million for planks of the Increase Teachers of Color Act, which had been introduced each year since 2017. Both the House and Senate budgets included funding for teacher recruitment and retention programs, but they differed in funding levels: The House bill dedicated $23.3 million, while the Senate included $10 million.

?We are proud of the inclusion that makes a historic investment in programs to attract, train, and retain teachers of color and American Indian teachers. House DFLers will continue to emphasize the importance of improving student experiences so that Minnesota can better respond to the racial disparities in educational opportunities,? House Education Finance Committee Chair Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis, said in a statement.

Wiger said bipartisan support for the effort and growing awareness of the state?s struggles to hire and keep teachers of color ? and the importance of having a diverse teacher workforce ? helped push the bill through this year. 

?Investing in these programs is going to truly make a difference,? Wiger said. ?We?ve taken some smaller steps (in the past), but this is a big one.?

Minnesota?s student body is now more than one-third Black, Indigenous and other students of color, but just 5% of the teacher corps come from those communities.  

Other provisions with bipartisan support in the agreement include a ban on shaming students who can?t pay for school meals, and $265,000 for suicide prevention training for teachers. 

Several DFL priorities made it into the agreement, including $46.5 million to maintain 4,000 preschool slots that were set to expire in 2022. There?s also $10.4 million to reduce the special education cross-subsidy ? the funding gap that results from districts providing required services for students with disabilities, without receiving enough state or federal funding to cover those services.

A handful of GOP proposals are included as well. The agreement directs $3 million for literacy training grants for teachers, limits screen time at school for preschool students and creates a $1 million grant for training and resources around digital well-being for students.

Republicans dropped their proposal for a new voucher-style program called ?education savings accounts,? which would give families state money to pay for private school tuition and supplies. Walz and DFL lawmakers weren?t willing to negotiate on the program, Chamberlain said.

A House proposal to create a new aid formula for school districts and charter schools to hire counselors, psychologists and nurses didn?t make it into the final agreement either. DFL lawmakers also wanted to alter teacher licensure requirements and require that students learn about Native history and culture in social studies, which aren?t in the agreement.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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Minnesota lawmakers reach education budget deal

The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as the sun sets on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Photo by Tony Webster. Minnesota legislative leaders reached an education budget agreement Tuesday, just over a week before the June 30 deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or risk not being able to send payments to school […]

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Minnesota lawmakers reach education budget deal

The Minnesota State Capitol in St. Paul as the sun sets on Election Day, November 3, 2020. Photo by Tony Webster.

Minnesota legislative leaders reached an education budget agreement Tuesday, just over a week before the June 30 deadline for lawmakers to pass a budget or risk not being able to send payments to school districts. 

The agreement lays out funding levels for new and existing programs, including a boost to the general education funding formula and millions for initiatives aimed at hiring more teachers of color. It also covers a handful of policy changes, though each party had to give up some top priorities during negotiations.

?I?m very happy with the way this bill came out. It truly is a compromise. It?s consensus,? Senate Education Committee Chair Sen. Roger Chamberlain, R-Lino Lakes, said during a news conference Tuesday. ?It really hit what we needed to hit.?

Earlier in the spring, Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders agreed to set the target for new education spending at $525 million above the current base spending level, totaling more than $20.5 billion. The vast majority of the new spending will go toward increasing the general education funding formula ? the complicated equation that sets minimum funding levels for school districts ? by 2.45% in 2022 and 2% in 2023. That will cost nearly $463 million, according to state Sen. Charles Wiger, the DFL lead on the Senate Education Committee. 

The funding formula increase comes as somewhat of a surprise. It exceeds initial proposals from both parties ? the DFL-controlled House called for a 2% increase in both years, while the GOP-majority Senate?s budget included no increase.

Chamberlain told reporters Tuesday that the 2.45% increase was a compromise between DFL and GOP lawmakers. Chamberlain said he offered a 3% increase in 2022 and a 1.5% increase in 2023 in exchange for dropping policy mandates on school districts.

?(This is) the largest increase in the K-12 education (formula) for 15 years,? Chamberlain said. ?The final bill ended up being very tight, very small, very few mandates, consensus policy.?

The agreement also includes more than $15 million for planks of the Increase Teachers of Color Act, which had been introduced each year since 2017. Both the House and Senate budgets included funding for teacher recruitment and retention programs, but they differed in funding levels: The House bill dedicated $23.3 million, while the Senate included $10 million.

?We are proud of the inclusion that makes a historic investment in programs to attract, train, and retain teachers of color and American Indian teachers. House DFLers will continue to emphasize the importance of improving student experiences so that Minnesota can better respond to the racial disparities in educational opportunities,? House Education Finance Committee Chair Rep. Jim Davnie, DFL-Minneapolis, said in a statement.

Wiger said bipartisan support for the effort and growing awareness of the state?s struggles to hire and keep teachers of color ? and the importance of having a diverse teacher workforce ? helped push the bill through this year. 

?Investing in these programs is going to truly make a difference,? Wiger said. ?We?ve taken some smaller steps (in the past), but this is a big one.?

Minnesota?s student body is now more than one-third Black, Indigenous and other students of color, but just 5% of the teacher corps come from those communities.  

Other provisions with bipartisan support in the agreement include a ban on shaming students who can?t pay for school meals, and $265,000 for suicide prevention training for teachers. 

Several DFL priorities made it into the agreement, including $46.5 million to maintain 4,000 preschool slots that were set to expire in 2022. There?s also $10.4 million to reduce the special education cross-subsidy ? the funding gap that results from districts providing required services for students with disabilities, without receiving enough state or federal funding to cover those services.

A handful of GOP proposals are included as well. The agreement directs $3 million for literacy training grants for teachers, limits screen time at school for preschool students and creates a $1 million grant for training and resources around digital well-being for students.

Republicans dropped their proposal for a new voucher-style program called ?education savings accounts,? which would give families state money to pay for private school tuition and supplies. Walz and DFL lawmakers weren?t willing to negotiate on the program, Chamberlain said.

A House proposal to create a new aid formula for school districts and charter schools to hire counselors, psychologists and nurses didn?t make it into the final agreement either. DFL lawmakers also wanted to alter teacher licensure requirements and require that students learn about Native history and culture in social studies, which aren?t in the agreement.


originally published in the minnesotareformer.com

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New farmers market in Duluth Township drawing large crowds

There were many attractions at the event, along with vendors selling items such as locally produced foods, beverages, produce, plants, flowers, and handicrafts. Market manager Blane Tetreault is pleased about the participation so far this year. “It’s a new market this year so it’s exciting to see all of these people come out of our […]

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There were many attractions at the event, along with vendors selling items such as locally produced foods, beverages, produce, plants, flowers, and handicrafts.

Market manager Blane Tetreault is pleased about the participation so far this year.

“It’s a new market this year so it’s exciting to see all of these people come out of our community, participate, and buy locally made products. So it was a huge turnout,” said Tetreault.

The market takes place in front of City Hall on Homestead Road every Tuesday from 4:30 am to 6:30 am through September 28th.

More information about the Clover Valley Farmers Market can be found here.

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New farmers market in Duluth Township drawing large crowds

There were many attractions at the event, along with vendors selling items such as locally produced foods, beverages, produce, plants, flowers, and handicrafts. Market manager Blane Tetreault is pleased about the participation so far this year. “It’s a new market this year so it’s exciting to see all of these people come out of our […]

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New farmers market in Duluth Township drawing large crowds

There were many attractions at the event, along with vendors selling items such as locally produced foods, beverages, produce, plants, flowers, and handicrafts.

Market manager Blane Tetreault is pleased about the participation so far this year.

“It’s a new market this year so it’s exciting to see all of these people come out of our community, participate, and buy locally made products. So it was a huge turnout,” said Tetreault.

The market takes place in front of City Hall on Homestead Road every Tuesday from 4:30 am to 6:30 am through September 28th.

More information about the Clover Valley Farmers Market can be found here.

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Minnesota Twins claim Beau Burrows off waivers from Detroit

Right-hander reports to Triple-A St. Paul MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2021) The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed the Beau Burrows right-handed pitcher from Detroit Tigers waivers. Burrows, 24, made his major league debut on July 27, 2020 and appeared in six major league games for the Tigers from 2020-21. […]

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Right-hander reports to Triple-A St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2021)

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed the Beau Burrows right-handed pitcher from Detroit Tigers waivers.

Burrows, 24, made his major league debut on July 27, 2020 and appeared in six major league games for the Tigers from 2020-21. Burrows is from Fort Worth, Texas and was selected by Detroit in the first round (22nd overall) of Weatherford (TX) High School’s 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

Burrows will report to Triple-A St. Paul and join the Saints in Columbus where they will start a six-game series against the Clippers tonight.

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Minnesota Twins claim Beau Burrows off waivers from Detroit

Right-hander reports to Triple-A St. Paul MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2021) The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed the Beau Burrows right-handed pitcher from Detroit Tigers waivers. Burrows, 24, made his major league debut on July 27, 2020 and appeared in six major league games for the Tigers from 2020-21. […]

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Minnesota Twins claim Beau Burrows off waivers from Detroit

Right-hander reports to Triple-A St. Paul

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL, MN (June 22, 2021)

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have claimed the Beau Burrows right-handed pitcher from Detroit Tigers waivers.

Burrows, 24, made his major league debut on July 27, 2020 and appeared in six major league games for the Tigers from 2020-21. Burrows is from Fort Worth, Texas and was selected by Detroit in the first round (22nd overall) of Weatherford (TX) High School’s 2015 First-Year Player Draft.

Burrows will report to Triple-A St. Paul and join the Saints in Columbus where they will start a six-game series against the Clippers tonight.

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Mankato man sentenced for 2020 domestic assault in Renville County

OLIVIA – A Mankato man was sentenced to 29 months in prison for a domestic attack in 2020 in Renville County and for threatening a probation officer in January. Jordan Craig Rue, 30, pleaded guilty in March of domestic assault and plead guilty of terrorist threats in May. He was sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment […]

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OLIVIA – A Mankato man was sentenced to 29 months in prison for a domestic attack in 2020 in Renville County and for threatening a probation officer in January.

Jordan Craig Rue, 30, pleaded guilty in March of domestic assault and plead guilty of terrorist threats in May.

He was sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment in both cases, but the sentences run simultaneously. He was credited with 121 days already worked.

According to court records, Rue hit his girlfriend several times in the face and on the head in November 2020 and locked her in her garage on the Danube after Rue accused her of fraud when she came home late from work.

Rue was convicted of domestic violence in Stearns County in 2012 and fifth degree assault in Blue Earth County in 2018.

In January, a probation officer asked Rue for a random urine sample. Rue told her that if she got to his location, “she wouldn’t go because it was a one-way door,” according to court documents.

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Mankato man sentenced for 2020 domestic assault in Renville County

OLIVIA – A Mankato man was sentenced to 29 months in prison for a domestic attack in 2020 in Renville County and for threatening a probation officer in January. Jordan Craig Rue, 30, pleaded guilty in March of domestic assault and plead guilty of terrorist threats in May. He was sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment […]

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Mankato man sentenced for 2020 domestic assault in Renville County

OLIVIA – A Mankato man was sentenced to 29 months in prison for a domestic attack in 2020 in Renville County and for threatening a probation officer in January.

Jordan Craig Rue, 30, pleaded guilty in March of domestic assault and plead guilty of terrorist threats in May.

He was sentenced to 29 months’ imprisonment in both cases, but the sentences run simultaneously. He was credited with 121 days already worked.

According to court records, Rue hit his girlfriend several times in the face and on the head in November 2020 and locked her in her garage on the Danube after Rue accused her of fraud when she came home late from work.

Rue was convicted of domestic violence in Stearns County in 2012 and fifth degree assault in Blue Earth County in 2018.

In January, a probation officer asked Rue for a random urine sample. Rue told her that if she got to his location, “she wouldn’t go because it was a one-way door,” according to court documents.

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Air National Guard: Don't be alarmed if you hear fighter jets take off and land

Ed Markham, Flickr The Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing warns Northland residents that they may hear jet fighter activity for a few nights. The wing, based in Duluth, said it would perform “night flights” June 21-24. Northern Minnesota residents, especially those near the 148th Fighter Wing base at Duluth International Airport, shouldn’t be surprised […]

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The Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing warns Northland residents that they may hear jet fighter activity for a few nights.

The wing, based in Duluth, said it would perform “night flights” June 21-24. Northern Minnesota residents, especially those near the 148th Fighter Wing base at Duluth International Airport, shouldn’t be surprised to hear “jets take off, fly, and land.”

“All jets will be on the ground by midnight,” added the wing.

The 148th Fighter Wing flies an F-16 model known as the “Fighting Falcon”. According to its website, the wing is one of only two “tasked with supporting enemy air defense (SEAD) suppression for our nation”.

In 2020, 1,049 airmen were assigned to the wing, 490 of them full-time. Its members were also mobilized in the summer of 2020 during the riots following the assassination of George Floyd.

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Air National Guard: Don't be alarmed if you hear fighter jets take off and land

Ed Markham, Flickr The Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing warns Northland residents that they may hear jet fighter activity for a few nights. The wing, based in Duluth, said it would perform “night flights” June 21-24. Northern Minnesota residents, especially those near the 148th Fighter Wing base at Duluth International Airport, shouldn’t be surprised […]

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Air National Guard: Don't be alarmed if you hear fighter jets take off and land

The Air National Guard’s 148th Fighter Wing warns Northland residents that they may hear jet fighter activity for a few nights.

The wing, based in Duluth, said it would perform “night flights” June 21-24. Northern Minnesota residents, especially those near the 148th Fighter Wing base at Duluth International Airport, shouldn’t be surprised to hear “jets take off, fly, and land.”

“All jets will be on the ground by midnight,” added the wing.

The 148th Fighter Wing flies an F-16 model known as the “Fighting Falcon”. According to its website, the wing is one of only two “tasked with supporting enemy air defense (SEAD) suppression for our nation”.

In 2020, 1,049 airmen were assigned to the wing, 490 of them full-time. Its members were also mobilized in the summer of 2020 during the riots following the assassination of George Floyd.

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St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks Illuminates New Honorary Commissioner

By: Nyah Adams / News Director The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee appoints Leighton Broadcasting as honorary fireworks commissioner for 2021. Tom Richardson, chairman of the Fireworks Committee, says Leighton Broadcasting has supported the July 4th Fireworks in St. Clouds for many years and does so much for so many. This year’s fireworks celebration will take […]

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By: Nyah Adams / News Director

The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee appoints Leighton Broadcasting as honorary fireworks commissioner for 2021.

Tom Richardson, chairman of the Fireworks Committee, says Leighton Broadcasting has supported the July 4th Fireworks in St. Clouds for many years and does so much for so many.

This year’s fireworks celebration will take place at both Wilson and Hester Park in St. Cloud, with events starting at 2:00 p.m.

Both parks host daytime food vendors and educational activities for children of all ages. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. and can be seen from both locations.

The St. Cloud fireworks is the longest running and most popular event in the St. Cloud area and is financed exclusively through donations. For more information or to make a donation, visit the St. Cloud Fireworks website.

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St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks Illuminates New Honorary Commissioner

By: Nyah Adams / News Director The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee appoints Leighton Broadcasting as honorary fireworks commissioner for 2021. Tom Richardson, chairman of the Fireworks Committee, says Leighton Broadcasting has supported the July 4th Fireworks in St. Clouds for many years and does so much for so many. This year’s fireworks celebration will take […]

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St. Cloud Area July 4th Fireworks Illuminates New Honorary Commissioner

By: Nyah Adams / News Director

The St. Cloud Fireworks Committee appoints Leighton Broadcasting as honorary fireworks commissioner for 2021.

Tom Richardson, chairman of the Fireworks Committee, says Leighton Broadcasting has supported the July 4th Fireworks in St. Clouds for many years and does so much for so many.

This year’s fireworks celebration will take place at both Wilson and Hester Park in St. Cloud, with events starting at 2:00 p.m.

Both parks host daytime food vendors and educational activities for children of all ages. The fireworks start at 10 p.m. and can be seen from both locations.

The St. Cloud fireworks is the longest running and most popular event in the St. Cloud area and is financed exclusively through donations. For more information or to make a donation, visit the St. Cloud Fireworks website.

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New Machine Learning Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

News – MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/22/2021) – Machine learning algorithms do a lot for us every day – send unsolicited emails to our spam folder, warn us when our car hits something again, and give us recommendations as to which TV shows we should watch Next. Now we are increasingly using the same algorithms […]

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New Machine Learning Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

News – MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/22/2021) – Machine learning algorithms do a lot for us every day – send unsolicited emails to our spam folder, warn us when our car hits something again, and give us recommendations as to which TV shows we should watch Next. Now we are increasingly using the same algorithms to make environmental predictions for ourselves.

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh and the US Geological Survey recently presented a new study predicting flow and temperature in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2021 at the International Conference on Data Mining (SDM21.) River networks published) procedure. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The research demonstrates a new method of machine learning in which the algorithm is ?taught? the rules of the physical world in order to make better predictions and to steer the algorithm towards physically meaningful relationships between inputs and outputs.

The study presents a model that can make more accurate predictions of the temperature of rivers and streams even when limited data is available, which is the case with most rivers and streams. The model can also be better generalized to different time periods.

“The water temperature in streams is a ‘main variable’ for many important aquatic systems, including the suitability of aquatic habitats, evaporation rates, greenhouse gas exchange and the efficiency of thermoelectric power generation,” said Xiaowei Jia, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh at the University in the School of Computing and Information. ?An accurate prediction of the water temperature and the flow of electricity also helps resource managers make decisions, for example helping them determine when and how much water from reservoirs has to be released into rivers downstream.

A common criticism of machine learning is that the predictions are not rooted in physical meaning. That is, the algorithms only find correlations between inputs and outputs, and sometimes these correlations can be “wrong” or give wrong results. The model is often unable to handle situations in which the relationship between inputs and outputs changes.

The new method published by Jia who is also the 2020 Ph.D. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the College of Science and Engineering, and his colleagues use “process-driven or knowledge-driven machine learning.” This methodology is applied to a use case of predicting water temperature in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) and aims to overcome some of the common prediction pitfalls using machine learning. The method informs the machine learning model with a relatively simple process – correlation over time, spatial connections between currents and energy balance equations.

Data scarcity and variability in stream temperature dynamics are not limited to just the Delaware River Basin. Compared to most of the continental United States, the water temperature of the Delaware River Basin is well monitored. The Delaware River Basin is therefore an ideal place to develop new methods of predicting river temperature.

An interactive visual explanatory published by the US Geological Survey highlights these model developments and the importance of water temperature predictions in the DRB. The visualization shows the societal need for predictions of water temperature, where reservoirs supply more than 15 million people with drinking water, but also have competing water requirements to maintain runoff and cold water habitats for important game fish species. Reservoir managers can release cold water when they anticipate the water temperature to exceed critical thresholds, and accurate predictions of water temperature are key to using limited water resources only when needed.

The latest study builds on a collaboration between water scientists from the US Geological Survey and computer scientists from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the laboratory of Professor Vipin Kumar in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the College of Science and Engineering, where researchers are using knowledge-based machine learning techniques.

“These knowledge-driven machine learning techniques are fundamentally more powerful than traditional machine learning approaches and traditional mechanistic models used by the scientific community to address environmental problems,” said Kumar.

This new generation of machine learning methods, funded by the NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution program, are used to address a wide variety of environmental problems, including: B. improving the temperature predictions of lakes and rivers.

In another new NSF-funded study predicting water temperature dynamics of unsupervised lakes in the American Geophysical Union’s Water Resources Research, conducted by the Ph.D. Candidate Jared Willard show researchers how knowledge-driven machine learning models have been used to solve one of the most difficult environmental forecasting problems – forecasting in unsupervised ecosystems.

Models were transferred from well-observed lakes to lakes with little to no observations, resulting in accurate predictions even in lakes where no temperature observations exist. Researchers say their approach scales easily to thousands of lakes, showing that the method (with meaningful predictor variables and high quality source models) holds great promise for many types of unsupervised systems and environmental variables in the future.

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New Machine Learning Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

News – MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/22/2021) – Machine learning algorithms do a lot for us every day – send unsolicited emails to our spam folder, warn us when our car hits something again, and give us recommendations as to which TV shows we should watch Next. Now we are increasingly using the same algorithms […]

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New Machine Learning Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

News – MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/22/2021) – Machine learning algorithms do a lot for us every day – send unsolicited emails to our spam folder, warn us when our car hits something again, and give us recommendations as to which TV shows we should watch Next. Now we are increasingly using the same algorithms to make environmental predictions for ourselves.

A team of researchers from the University of Minnesota, the University of Pittsburgh and the US Geological Survey recently presented a new study predicting flow and temperature in the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) 2021 at the International Conference on Data Mining (SDM21.) River networks published) procedure. The study was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The research demonstrates a new method of machine learning in which the algorithm is ?taught? the rules of the physical world in order to make better predictions and to steer the algorithm towards physically meaningful relationships between inputs and outputs.

The study presents a model that can make more accurate predictions of the temperature of rivers and streams even when limited data is available, which is the case with most rivers and streams. The model can also be better generalized to different time periods.

“The water temperature in streams is a ‘main variable’ for many important aquatic systems, including the suitability of aquatic habitats, evaporation rates, greenhouse gas exchange and the efficiency of thermoelectric power generation,” said Xiaowei Jia, lead author of the study and assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh at the University in the School of Computing and Information. ?An accurate prediction of the water temperature and the flow of electricity also helps resource managers make decisions, for example helping them determine when and how much water from reservoirs has to be released into rivers downstream.

A common criticism of machine learning is that the predictions are not rooted in physical meaning. That is, the algorithms only find correlations between inputs and outputs, and sometimes these correlations can be “wrong” or give wrong results. The model is often unable to handle situations in which the relationship between inputs and outputs changes.

The new method published by Jia who is also the 2020 Ph.D. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the College of Science and Engineering, and his colleagues use “process-driven or knowledge-driven machine learning.” This methodology is applied to a use case of predicting water temperature in the Delaware River Basin (DRB) and aims to overcome some of the common prediction pitfalls using machine learning. The method informs the machine learning model with a relatively simple process – correlation over time, spatial connections between currents and energy balance equations.

Data scarcity and variability in stream temperature dynamics are not limited to just the Delaware River Basin. Compared to most of the continental United States, the water temperature of the Delaware River Basin is well monitored. The Delaware River Basin is therefore an ideal place to develop new methods of predicting river temperature.

An interactive visual explanatory published by the US Geological Survey highlights these model developments and the importance of water temperature predictions in the DRB. The visualization shows the societal need for predictions of water temperature, where reservoirs supply more than 15 million people with drinking water, but also have competing water requirements to maintain runoff and cold water habitats for important game fish species. Reservoir managers can release cold water when they anticipate the water temperature to exceed critical thresholds, and accurate predictions of water temperature are key to using limited water resources only when needed.

The latest study builds on a collaboration between water scientists from the US Geological Survey and computer scientists from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in the laboratory of Professor Vipin Kumar in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the College of Science and Engineering, where researchers are using knowledge-based machine learning techniques.

“These knowledge-driven machine learning techniques are fundamentally more powerful than traditional machine learning approaches and traditional mechanistic models used by the scientific community to address environmental problems,” said Kumar.

This new generation of machine learning methods, funded by the NSF’s Harnessing the Data Revolution program, are used to address a wide variety of environmental problems, including: B. improving the temperature predictions of lakes and rivers.

In another new NSF-funded study predicting water temperature dynamics of unsupervised lakes in the American Geophysical Union’s Water Resources Research, conducted by the Ph.D. Candidate Jared Willard show researchers how knowledge-driven machine learning models have been used to solve one of the most difficult environmental forecasting problems – forecasting in unsupervised ecosystems.

Models were transferred from well-observed lakes to lakes with little to no observations, resulting in accurate predictions even in lakes where no temperature observations exist. Researchers say their approach scales easily to thousands of lakes, showing that the method (with meaningful predictor variables and high quality source models) holds great promise for many types of unsupervised systems and environmental variables in the future.

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