Charges: Man shot sister’s boyfriend at reservation funeral

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A 28-year-old man is charged in a shooting on an American Indian reservation in northern Minnesota that prompted a lockdown of tribal offices and a school.
Prosecutors on Monday charged Shelby Boswell of Hugo, Minnesota, with first- and second-degree felony assault. Bail is set at $500,000.
On Friday morning, Boswell allegedly entered the Head Start gymnasium where a funeral was about to start on the Fond du Lac Reservation. According to the charges, Boswell approached his sister’s boyfriend from behind and fired a rifle at the back of his head.
Other funeral-goers disarmed Boswell. The man who was shot, 45-year-old Broderick Robinson of Minneapolis, was released from a Duluth hospital Friday night.
The Star Tribune reports interim Cloquet Police Chief Derek Randall says the funeral was for Boswell’s grandmother.
The shooting sent tribal offices and a school into lockdown for more than two hours Friday.

Judge OKs $40M settlement with Duluth diocese

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $40 million settlement between the Diocese of Duluth and dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests.
Judge Robert Kressel signed off on the settlement Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and reached the settlement in May.
The agreement also calls for the diocese to open its files on more than three dozen priests who were credibly accused of abuse and develop procedures to ensure children will be protected.
The Star Tribune reports that Duluth Bishop Paul Sirba apologized and expressed “sincere sorrow.”
Attorney Jeff Anderson, who represented 120 claimants, says the settlement “can and does make this community safer and better.”
The northeastern Minnesota diocese has more than 56,000 members in 92 parishes.

Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Several days removed from a marathon Democratic presidential debate, Amy Klobuchar was still feeling an afterglow. On the debate stage, the Minnesota senator repeatedly hit Elizabeth Warren for failing to level with voters about how she would pay for her ambitious policy proposals, exposing a vulnerability in her progressive rival and earning much needed attention for herself in a crowded primary field.
“It was really important to make the case that there are other ways to do things, and it doesn’t mean you’re not fighting” for people, Klobuchar said as her campaign bus sped past cornfields in eastern Iowa.
If there’s a place where Klobuchar can build momentum from the debate, it’s here in Iowa, where her Midwestern roots and pragmatic approach to politics could resonate in the nation’s first caucus state. She has more than 50 staffers on the ground in Iowa and a familiarity with local issues as a senator from a neighboring state.
But she found that attention can be fleeting. Her bus tour was a chance to leverage her debate performance and attract more media notice. But Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, who was also in Iowa and earned headlines after feuding with Hillary Clinton, took some of the spotlight away from Klobuchar during her bus tour.
“Is she here? Oh,” Klobuchar said of Gabbard, visibly chagrined that the spotlight might shift away from her Iowa tour.
Klobuchar is polling near the bottom of the pack and has struggled to raise money. She spent more than she raised during the third quarter, and while she’s launched a television ad in Iowa, it’s only airing in two media markets. And she has yet to qualify for the November debate.
Still, her debate performance gave her a boost: She raised $1.5 million in the 36 hours following the debate. And post-debate, she launched a frenzied week of campaigning to try to turn that bump into lasting momentum, hitting 10 counties over two days in New Hampshire and 12 over three days in Iowa.
Klobuchar’s biggest challenge in Iowa and other early voting states may be that she has no clear lane. She’s not the only woman in the race — Warren, Gabbard, Kamala Harris and Marianne Williamson are also running.
And she’s not the only candidate preaching moderation. Former Vice President Joe Biden is leading many polls as a centrist candidate. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is also garnering attention as a moderate candidate calling for generational change in politics.
Avis Bennett is an independent voter who represents the work ahead for Klobuchar. The 65-year-old watched Klobuchar at a breakfast stop in Dover, New Hampshire, last week and said she wasn’t sure she would support the senator.
“Amy is kind of the same old, same old senator,” Bennett said. “I think her ideas are great, but I think Mayor Pete really grasped our interest.”
Facing such skepticism, Klobuchar is persistent in her message, framing herself as a pragmatic progressive who is one of the most prolific and bipartisan legislators in the Senate. That’s a subtle contrast with Buttigieg, who has no national political experience, as well as Warren and Sen. Bernie Sanders, who each have passed a fraction of the legislation she has during their time in office.
And coming from the neighboring state of Minnesota, where voters like personal contact with their politicians, Klobuchar says she’s good at the kind of retail campaigning that helps long-shot candidates win in the early voting states.
“I’m someone who believes in retail politics, believes in telling the truth to people and sometimes that’s harder to do if you’re just battling on the airwaves,” she said. “But it’s much easier to do in the states where people really want to meet you and really want to see your face.”
During the course of her three-day tour across Iowa, she twice took groups of voters for impromptu tours of the bus. She listened intently as the Republican owner of a closed biofuel refinery plant talked about the workers he laid off. And for good measure, she went to a bar Sunday to watch the Minnesota Vikings football game.
The debate may have helped her overcome one key hurdle with some voters: “Making sure people know I’m tough enough” to take on Donald Trump, which she says has been her biggest challenge running for president as a woman.
“One of the most interesting things to me, in this last debate…was how many people have come up about that (and said) ‘OK, I decided you can do this,” she said, incredulously. “I feel like, wow, I have: One, been the DA, run an office of 400 people, and a bunch of lawyers, for eight years; Two, won in some really difficult races; and done multiple debates!”
That was exactly Terry Dalmasso’s takeaway from the October debate. The 71-year-old retired pharmacist drove over from Illinois to see Klobuchar speak in Davenport, Iowa, and he said he was “very impressed” with the senator.
“I originally thought she was too timid because you have to be able to be forceful and be confident,” he said. “She obviously is both of those now, I saw that in her last debate.”
Klobuchar says she’s optimistic about her prospects, but she won’t predict a top-three finish in Iowa. She’s planning for every contingency, noting she’s working to get on the primary ballot in all 50 states. The primary could “easily” go to a contested convention, Klobuchar said.
“There’s a lot of good people running,” she said. “And we don’t know what’s going to happen.”
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This story has been updated to correct spelling of last name of Marianne Williamson.
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Associated Press writer Hunter Woodall in Dover, New Hampshire, contributed to this report.

Justice Kagan: High court must avoid partisan perceptions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Associate Justice Elena Kagan said Monday that it “behooves” the U.S. Supreme Court to realize in these polarized times that there’s a danger of the public seeing it as just a political institution — and to strive to counter that perception.
Speaking at the University of Minnesota, Kagan said the high court’s legitimacy depends on public trust and confidence since nobody elected the justices.
“We have to be seen as doing law, which is distinct from politics or public policy, and to be doing it in a good faith way, trying to find the right answers,” she said.
Kagan acknowledged that the justices can be “pretty divided” on how to interpret the Constitution. But she said the view that politics guides their decisions is an oversimplification. The justices decide most of their cases unanimously or by lopsided margins, she said.
The justice didn’t mention a Marquette University Law School poll released earlier Monday in which 64% of respondents said they believe the law, rather than politics, mostly motivates the high court’s decisions. But the findings dovetailed with her remarks.
“It behooves us on the court to realize that this is a danger and make sure it isn’t so,” she said.
Kagan, 59, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 and is a member of the court’s liberal wing, said she believes none of the justices decide cases for partisan political reasons, but they do have different legal philosophies and approaches to constitutional issues.
Sometimes there’s no way to decide some cases without the results seeming pollical, she said, “but I think especially in these polarized times, I think we have an obligation to make sure that that happens only when we truly, truly can’t help it.”
Kagan said she took the unusual step, for her, of reading part of her dissent from the bench in a gerrymandering case this summer because it was such an important issue and that she strongly disagreed with the 5-4 decision. The conservative majority ruled that partisan gerrymandering of congressional and legislative districts was none of its business. The decision freed state officials from federal court challenges to their plans to reshape districts to help their parties.
“I thought that the court had gotten it deeply wrong,” she said.
Kagan appeared as part of a lecture series sponsored by the University of Minnesota Law School that, in past years, has brought Justices John Roberts, Sonia Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg to campus.

Minnesota authorities searching for ‘habitual runaway’ emu

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota are searching for a missing emu described as a “habitual runaway.”
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office says the big bird went missing from the Foley area on Saturday. Foley is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis.
Emus are the second-largest living birds in the world by height behind the ostrich. Animal experts say the flightless native Australian birds can sprint at up to 30 mph (48 kph).
The sheriff’s office says there were two emus and a dog that also wandered away, but one of the emus and the dog were located.

1 person killed, 5 injured in St. Paul crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One woman is dead and five others are injured in a head-on crash in St. Paul.
Police say two vehicles carrying nine people collided in the Battle Creek neighborhood Thursday evening. An 18-year-old woman who was thrown from a vehicle died at the scene. Authorities say three men suffered critical injuries and two people have noncritical injuries.
Investigators say one car carrying six people turned into the path of the second car and struck it head on. They are working to determine whether drugs or alcohol contributed to the crash.

Advocate for disabled sues over electric scooters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An advocate for people with disabilities is taking the city of Minneapolis and two electric scooter companies to court.
Noah McCourt says the electric scooters have made city sidewalks inaccessible. McCourt, who has autism and a coordination disorder, says he was injured while tripping over a scooter at a light rain station.
Minnesota Public Radio News reports the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday says the scooters are also an impediment to people who use wheelchairs. McCourt claims the city and scooter companies are violating the American with Disabilities Act.
The city declined comment on the lawsuit. One of the other defendants, Lime, says it’s working to educate users about proper riding and parking etiquette. The other defendant, Bird, ended operations in Minneapolis in late 2018.
Minnesota law generally prohibits riding electric scooters on sidewalks.
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Woman and fetus killed, 3 injured in Minneapolis crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman was killed and three others were injured when a speeding vehicle hit a minivan and several other vehicles in Minneapolis.
Authorities say police and fire department personnel worked for nearly an hour to extricate the woman, who was eight months pregnant, from the minivan Thursday about 11 p.m. Police say she and her unborn child died before she could be removed.
Investigators say an SUV was going the wrong way on a one-way street when it struck a parked vehicle and sped away, striking the minivan and several other vehicles.
The driver of the minivan and the two occupants from the striking SUV are hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say drug use and speed are possible factors in the crash.

Man shot and wounded at funeral on Minnesota reservation

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — One man was shot and a suspect was arrested after a shooting Friday on an American Indian reservation in northern Minnesota that prompted a lockdown of tribal offices and a school.
The shooting happened at around 10 a.m. during a funeral at a Head Start building gymnasium on the Fond du Lac Band reservation, police said. The suspect apparently shot an attendee in the head, and that man was taken to a hospital, said Derek Randall, the interim police chief in Cloquet, which abuts the reservation and is near Duluth.
Randall said initial reports suggested the shooting was at the school gymnasium, but authorities later learned it happened at the community center, WDIO-TV reported.
The suspect was restrained by funeral-goers until police arrived, and officers recovered a rifle that they believe was used in the attack, said Randall. He said investigators don’t believe it was a random attack.
Randall said the suspect was a 28-year-old Minneapolis man. The victim, a 45-year-old man from Minneapolis, was in Essentia Hospital. Randall said he didn’t believe the man’s wound was life-threatening.
The shooting prompted lockdowns of tribal offices and the reservation’s school, but the lockdowns were later lifted and employees were sent home, said band spokeswoman Rita Aspinwall.
She said the suspected shooter is not among the band’s roughly 4,200 enrolled members.
“(Shootings) happen everywhere, but it especially hurts when it happens in your own community,” Aspinwall said during a news conference.

No deal yet, but Walz, lawmakers agree to work on insulin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers have agreed to keep talking about emergency insulin legislation.
Walz met privately Friday with House and Senate authors of competing insulin proposals. Minnesota Public Radio reports the Democratic governor and lawmakers offered few details, but said there’s agreement on trying to reach a compromise that could be passed in a special session.
The meeting came a day after Walz criticized Senate Republicans for what he viewed as inaction. On Friday, Walz was upbeat, saying, “There’s no daylight between us on doing what’s right for Minnesota.”
The House passed an emergency insulin measure last session, but the issue remained unfinished when lawmakers went home.
Republican Sen. Eric Pratt of Prior Lake, chief sponsor of the Senate insulin proposal, says he’s hopeful there is now a path to resolve the issue.
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