Local/state briefs

Power of the Purse event to support early childhood literacy programs

Power of the Purse is at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Ramada Inn, Marshall. The evening includes purses, silent auction and food. The Power of the Purse event raises money will be used for local initiatives that help prepare young area children for kindergarten. Proceeds from this event support efforts such as Imagination Library, Wild About Kindergarten Bags, 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, Born Learning Trails and Little Red Bookshelf.

Tickets for the event are $45 and tables of six, eight and 10 are available. Seating is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.UnitedWaySWMN.org or by calling the United Way of Southwest Minnesota office at 507-929-2273. Silent auction items can be previewed, starting now up to the event, on the website or on the Power of the Purse 2018 event page located on the United Way of Southwest Minnesota Facebook page.

Marshall orchestra students qualify for SPCO Competition

The string trio consisting of Marshall High School orchestra students JP Rabaey and Joel Zabel, violin, and Annabelle Lecy, cello, has qualified for the semifinal round of the SPCO Youth Chamber Music Competition to be held on March 10 at Sundin Hall at Hamline University. The trio has chosen the name Potem Firmissimum, which is Latin for strong bridge.

Six groups were chosen from throughout MN for the semifinal round. The competition is open to students 19 years of age or younger who are not enrolled in a college degree program. The chamber ensembles can included strings, brass, woodwinds, percussion and/or piano.

The contest is sponsored by the MN String Orchestra Teachers Association in partnership with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.

A Chamber Music camp sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Orchestra at SMSU helped train these individuals. The string camp called the Southwest MN String Festival will be held this summer from July 22 to 28 at SMSU and is open to students of all ages. More information can be found at www.SouthwestMinnesotaStringFestival.com

Brainerd man accused of trying to poison infant

BRAINERD (AP) — A Brainerd man is accused of trying to poison an infant with antifreeze.

Twenty-three-year-old Jeffrey Thomas is charged with attempted murder and first-degree assault. A criminal complaint alleges Thomas tried to poison the 4-month-old girl after his wife because upset that he may have fathered the child with another woman. A paternity test has not been completed, but Thomas said he’s not the father.

The Star Tribune said the baby was placed with Thomas shortly after she was born following a child protection proceeding in Carlton County. The complaint says Thomas and his wife took the infant to the hospital after she became sick Jan. 18. Authorities said hospital tests showed the baby had ingested ethylene glycol, commonly found in antifreeze.

Thomas is in the Crow Wing County Jail on $750,000 bond.