Local/state briefs

Marshall cancels snow emergency

MARSHALL — The cleanup on the streets after Monday’s winter storm isn’t over yet. But the snow emergency declared by the city of Marshall is.

Marshall Public Works Director Glenn Olson announced Wednesday that the city’s 48-hour snow emergency was canceled early. The emergency declaration, which went into effect Tuesday, had prohibited on-street parking while city staff were working to plow the streets. Marshall got more than 10 inches of snow during Monday’s storm, plus rain before that.

Olson said the Marshall street department had cleared enough snow off the roads by Wednesday to cancel the snow emergency. He said the city would like to thank residents and businesses for responding to the snow emergency, and giving city crews room to work.

Removal of compacted snow and ice on Marshall streets will continue over the next few days, Olson said.

Olson said there will be some localized flooding caused by the high water content of the snow. Marshall residents should contact the city public works department if they have any street flooding caused by blocked catch basins.

— Deb Gau

United Way of Southwest Minnesota Community Impact Grant Workshop and Platform Demo is March 21

United Way of Southwest Minnesota 2018 Community Impact Grants are open and must address at least one of UWSWMN’s priorities (health, education, financial stability, hunger and safety and well-being). Programs must be delivered in Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine and/or portions of Cottonwood, Lac qui Parle, Nobles and Redwood counties. To see the detailed list of communities and zip codes covered by UWSWMN, determine eligibility and access the online grant platform, visit www.unitedwayswmn.org (Our Impact tab –Community Impact Grants section).

The grant application deadline is at 5 p.m. Monday, April 2. All applications must be submitted online and extensions will not be granted. Applications that do not align, are late and/or incomplete will not be considered for UWSWMN funding.

All grant applications will be reviewed by a team of trained community volunteers who will make recommendations on funding to the UWSWMN board of directors. Grant funding comes from donations given to UWSWMN during its recent fundraising campaign.

United Way of Southwest Minnesota will have a final grant workshop and demo the new online grant platform (no paper submissions will be accepted) from 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Marshall-Lyon County Library. RSVPs are required for planning purposes by emailing unitedway@unitedwayswmn.org or by calling 507-929-2273. The session is not mandatory, but is intended to be helpful for applicants.

Complaint: Woman tried to shoot trooper near Moorhead

MOORHEAD (AP) — Court documents said a woman driving a car that spun out of control on Interstate 94 near Moorhead earlier this week held a gun to the head of a state trooper who stopped to help her.

The details are part of a criminal complaint against the passenger in the car, 29-year-old Domonique Crayton. The complaint says the vehicle was stolen from Wisconsin. While Trooper Mark Peterson attempted to handcuff Crayton on Monday, the woman pulled out a 9 mm handgun, held it to the trooper’s head and tried to pull the trigger. KFGO-AM reported the gun did not fire.

The trooper then shot the woman in the right arm, and she ran into a field.

The woman, who has not been charged, remains in a Fargo, North Dakota hospital. Peterson is on standard administrative leave.

Mall of America owners seek to add water park

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — The owners of the Mall of America hope to add a huge water park near the shopping center that the city of Bloomington would pay for and own.

Triple 5 pitched the plan to the city’s Port Authority in a memo released Tuesday, the Star Tribune reported . The park would be about 225,000 square feet and cost $150 million to $200 million.

Though private financing was considered for the project, interest rates would likely cause higher payments on the debt that the park’s revenue couldn’t support, the memo said. However, the city can borrow money at rates below what’s available to private entities.

Triple 5 would lease land to the city and be hired by the city to operate the park, according to the document. The city would collect the park’s potential profits, which the company estimates would be $1 million to $2 million annually.

The company hopes to get a major international brand, such as DreamWorks or Nickelodeon, involved in the project.

The memo highlighted the success of the company’s water park at the West Edmonton Mall in Alberta. That park features slides, other rides, a wave pool and hosts beach parties and surfing leagues. The attraction brings in 500,000 users each year and contributes to the mall’s vibrancy, the memo said.

Man found dead at eelpout festival died of CO poisoning

WALKER (AP) — Authorities said a 21-year-old man whose body was found in a fish house during the eelpout festival in northern Minnesota last month died of accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.

Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch released the ruling of the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office Wednesday.

Samuel Schooley of Bemidji was reported unresponsive Feb. 25 at the popular festival celebrating the ugly, bottom-dwelling fish on Leech Lake. Schooley was pronounced dead at a Park Rapids hospital.