Minneapolis landlord fined for ‘horrible’ rental conditions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A Hennepin County district judge fined a north Minneapolis landlord $ 133,500 for what he called horrific conditions at his rental properties. Judge Patrick Robben ruled Thursday that owner Steven Meldahl operated in bad faith by telling tenants they were not allowed to contact city inspectors, violating the rights of 267 families who rented out his properties. Robben fined $ 500 per family. He also issued a permanent injunction preventing Meldahl from engaging in illegal and deceptive practices, and gave him until December 15 to comply with all housing correction notices. David Shulman, Meldahl’s attorney, declined to comment.


Photo firm responsible for preserving websites; owes $ 25,000 in rent

BISMARCK, ND (AP) – A judge has ordered Glasser Images to preserve its websites as the North Dakota Attorney General’s Office investigates the brutal shutdown of Bismarck photography studio last month. The company is also facing possible eviction from its downtown location for rent of $ 25,000 and late fees. Glasser Images has photographed weddings in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Colorado. Owner Jack Glasser has said the studio cannot remain financially viable, in large part because of the coronavirus pandemic. The photo studio has announced that it will not be able to reimburse customers when it closes. The attorney general’s office is investigating to determine whether there has been fraud.


Olivia policeman cleared of fatal shooting in July

MANKATO, Minnesota (AP) – A police officer in the city of Olivia, in western Minnesota, will not face criminal charges for a fatal shooting in July. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Blue Earth County District Attorney Patrick McDermott said Officer Aaron Clouse acted within the law when he killed Ricardo Torres Jr. on July 4. had been fired. Clouse said he saw Torres carrying a gun and told him to drop it. Torres reportedly replied that Clouse should drop his and pointed a shotgun at the officer, who then shot Torres.


Minnesota COVID-19 hospitalizations exceed 1,400 amid increase

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The number of Minnesota patients hospitalized with COVID-19 exceeded 1,400 for the first time since last December, before vaccines were made available. According to state health department statistics released Friday, hospitals in Minnesota were treating 1,414 patients with complications from the coronavirus, including 340 patients in intensive care. Only 2% of beds in adult intensive care units were free, and 56 hospitals reported that their adult intensive care beds were at full capacity. The influx of new patients comes as Minnesota has reported 5,162 new infections and 30 more deaths. Minnesota continues to have one of the highest infection rates in the country.


Turkey Farmers Benefit From Higher Prices This Year

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) – Agricultural experts say Minnesota farmers who raise about 45 million turkeys a year will benefit from higher prices this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says the price of turkeys has steadily increased as demand increased after a year in which there were fewer family reunions and traffic to restaurants declined due of the coronavirus pandemic. Tim Petry, a livestock marketing economist with the North Dakota State University Extension Service, says the prices are the best producers have seen in several years. And, as turkey prices are up 17 cents a pound from a year ago, Petry said consumers are still likely to find good deals, as many stores sell turkeys for a lower price. and mark up other items that accompany a Thanksgiving meal.


Minnesota man charged with murder of couple at Fargo factory

FARGO, ND (AP) – A 35-year-old man has been charged with three counts of murder in the shooting death at a Fargo factory of a man and a woman who was eight months pregnant. Anthony Reese Jr., of Moorhead, Minnesota, is accused of killing Richard Pittman, 43, April Carbone, 32, and her unborn child after an argument Wednesday at Composite America. He made his first court appearance on Thursday, where a judge set his bail at $ 2 million and set a preliminary hearing for December 16. Authorities allege Reese shot the couple after arguing at the factory and being told by management to leave. Police said he later returned with a gun and opened fire.


Tribes welcome injection of money into infrastructure bill

FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) – The massive infrastructure bill President Joe Biden signed this week includes billions of dollars to address long-standing water and sanitation problems on the land tribal. India’s health service said it would consult with tribes on how best to use the $ 3.5 billion. The amount is sufficient to meet the more than 1,560 projects on the agency’s list of sanitation deficiencies. Tribes have welcomed the cash injection, but say sustained investment is needed to make up for decades of neglect and underfunding. The bill also includes funding for broadband in the Indian country, tribal water rights regulations, roads and climate resilience.


White House offers more help with winter heating and utility bills

The Biden administration is helping distribute billions of dollars in aid for winter heating and utility bills. Much of the money comes from the administration’s $ 1.9 trillion coronavirus relief program. It provides an additional $ 4.5 billion to the government’s home energy assistance program for low-income people, which typically has funding of $ 3-4 billion per year. Tenant aid can also cover utility costs. The White House is organizing an appeal to governors’ offices on Thursday to help unlock aid to vulnerable households. Speakers will include the Secretaries of Energy, Health and Human Services and the Governors of Connecticut, Maine, Michigan and Minnesota.

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