St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Mayo Clinic doctors dressed in scrubs and showing off their musical talent have entranced Internet users this week with an “Imagine” rendition offered to an exhausted and frightened nation. The medical staffers are identified in an online video as Dr. Elvis L. Francois and Dr. William Robinson, who work as chief residents. “Over the next few months our health care system will be tested,” Francois, who sings in the video, wrote on Facebook. “Many lives will be lost.
ST. PAUL -- A Washington County sheriff’s deputy who fatally shot an armed suicidal man in Lake Elmo in 2018 was acquitted Thursday, March 19, of second-degree manslaughter. After deliberating for about four hours Wednesday evening and about two hours on Thursday morning, the Washington County jury reached its verdict about 11 a.m. in the trial of Washington County Deputy Brian Krook.
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin health officials announced the state’s latest coronavirus patient is a Pierce County resident exposed while traveling in the United States. The patient is currently isolated at home, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported Monday, March 9. Pierce County is located across the Mississippi River from Hastings and Red Wing, Minn. Meanwhile, the Osceola School District, which is located in Polk County, said it is canceling classes Tuesday because the ill individual attended a Destination Imagination event at Osceola High School on Saturday.
ST. PAUL — Increased coronavirus cases in Italy have cut short study abroad programs for University of St. Thomas students. Those participating in the St. John Vianney and Catholic Studies semester programs on the Bernardi Campus in Rome were ordered to return home by March 6. “As the number of cases continues to increase within the country, Italian officials have taken aggressive measures to contain the virus, including nationwide prohibition of school trips, travel restrictions and quarantines in certain municipalities in the northern part of the country,” the St.
MINNEAPOLIS — Four thousand Twin Cities janitors plan to walk off their jobs Thursday evening, Feb. 27, after negotiators failed to reach a contract agreement between their union and their employers. The 24-hour strike will begin about 5 p.m., according to a news release issued by the Service Employees International Union Local 26, which represents the janitors. A rally will begin at 6:15 p.m. at Eighth Street and Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis, followed by a march through the city’s downtown.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Human Services has overpaid as much as nearly $29 million in Medicaid costs over the past three years, according to state officials. The figure, which could be as low as $12.6 million, was contained in a report to state lawmakers earlier this month from DHS and state information technology officials.
ANDOVER, Minn. — A 35-year-old man was killed when a fire started in an Andover home early Tuesday, Feb. 25. Firefighters were called to the home in the 14300 block of Woodbine Street Northwest at about 3:30 a.m. The fire started near the garage and spread to the rest of the home, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. A 39-year-old woman was able to escape the home without injuries. Two boys, ages 16 and 13, were also able to escape and were taken to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and later released, according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.
ST. CROIX FALLS, Wis. — Two people who died in a rollover crash in St. Croix Falls on Friday, Feb. 21, have been identified, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. McKinley Erickson, 16, of Dresser, Wis., and Kegan Koshiol, 15, of rural Dresser were fatally injured in the crash. Erickson was driving a sport utility vehicle on 220th Street near U.S. 8 shortly before 8 a.m. Friday when the northbound vehicle veered out of control, entered the east ditch and rolled over, striking several trees. Erickson was given first aid and airlifted to Regions Hospital in St.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police are investigating how two men were shot over the weekend, and whether the incidents are related. Officers responding to several 911 calls shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, arrived at a building on the 400 block of Second Avenue North to find “a chaotic scene,” according to a news release. Inside the building, a man suffering from a gunshot wound had no pulse or respiration.
MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities found a body in the Mississippi River in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23, according to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. About 12:15 p.m., Minneapolis police and fire department officials notified the sheriff’s office they had spotted the body in the river’s ice near the Franklin Avenue Bridge. Personnel from the sheriff’s water patrol responded with an airboat, working alongside Minneapolis Fire Department personnel to recover the body. Sheriff’s investigators also responded.