Local/state briefs

Blood donation opportunity set for Feb. 25 in Tracy

Tracy High School, Sanford Tracy and Community Blood Bank will partner up to help save live in the Tracy community on Tuesday. Tracy High School will host the bloodmobile from 10-a.m.-1 p.m. and Sanford Tracy will host the community blood drive from 3-6 p.m. on the same day. All those donating blood will receive a blood donor T-shirt.

Blood donations are needed each day of the week to support the work of medical professionals to treat local hospital patients. The demand for blood within the Tracy area is only met by those volunteers willing to make a difference by giving blood when the bloodmobile is in the community. Community Blood Bank has been the sole blood provider for Sanford Tracy and 35 other local area hospitals for over 18 years.

Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with a signed parent consent form), weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good general health. It is recommended that a person eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to donating blood. Bring an ID with at the time of donation. For more information log onto www.cbblifeblood.org, call Community Blood Bank at 1-877-877-3070 or call Sanford Tracy at 507-629-8488.

Alzheimer’s Disease presentation is Monday at library

A presentation on Alzheimer’s Disease will be Monday at the Marshall-Lyon County Library, 201 C. St.

There are two presentation times: 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. It will be presented by Joseph Gaugler, PhD, the Robert L. Kane Endowed Chair in Long-Term Care and Aging and a professor at the University of Minnesota. His work focuses on the best way to support families and professionals who care for persons with memory loss. He aims to improve the health and well-being of caregivers through innovative programs and technologies.

Contact Ann Emery with questions (carl0219@umn.edu)

This event is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $747,581. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government. This project is part of the Minnesota Northstar GWEP, which is supported by the University of Minnesota Office of Academic Clinical Affairs.

Prosecutor: No charges for St. Paul officer in 2019 shooting

ST. PAUL (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor announced Thursday that he won’t bring charges against a St. Paul police officer who shot and killed a man who rear-ended his squad car and then charged him with a knife.

Officer Steven Mattson was justified in using deadly force against Ronald Davis, 31, on Sept. 15 in the city’s Midway neighborhood, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi wrote. The death of Davis, who was black, led to a demonstration a week later by several dozen protesters calling for an end to police shootings.

Choi wrote that Mattson’s body-camera video “on its face” supported a finding of justifiable deadly force. His finding came after an investigation by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

Police released the footage two weeks after the shooting that corroborated their initial account of events, with Mattson’s chest-mounted camera showing his vehicle lurch after impact. As Mattson got out, the footage showed Davis running into view. Mattson can be heard shouting, “Whoa! Whoa!” and “Get away from me! Drop the knife!”

Freeze-frames showed Davis holding a flashlight in his left hand and the knife in his right. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension earlier said Davis was holding a knife when he was shot, and a knife was recovered near his body.

An autopsy found amphetamine, methamphetamine and THC, the high-inducing ingredient in marijuana, in Davis’ system.

Mattson, who is white, joined the department as a trainee in August 2018 and was promoted to officer the following December.

St. Paul man dies on Cook County ski hill

LUTSEN (AP) — Sheriff’s officials said a St. Paul man has died on a ski hill in northeastern Minnesota.

David Skog, 70, was found unresponsive and bleeding from the face on a ski hill at Lutsen Mountains ski area Wednesday afternoon, according to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Skog was fatally injured.

The ski patrol and bystanders attempted to revive him and he was brought to the patrol building where he was pronounced dead.


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