Local/state briefs

Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association to have annual meeting

The Friends of the Casey Jones State Trail Association will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Monday, June 14. A meal will be provided with a business meeting to follow. The public is welcome to attend this meeting. RSVPs are requested by June 7 to Jakob Etrheim, treasurer at 507-763-3708 or fcjtrl@gmail.com.

The meeting will take place at the Eastern Trailhead of the Lake Wilson segment of the Casey Jones Trail. This is located on the far West end of Minnesota Avenue in Lake Wilson behind Schmitz Grain.

The Casey Jones State Trail consists of three segments. The longest segment is 13 miles of former railroad grade between the city of Pipestone and the Pipestone/Murray county line. Five miles of this segment from Pipestone to County Road 16 is paved. The remaining eight miles are natural surfaced. A second, small, natural-surfaced segment runs west 1.5 miles from the city of Lake Wilson. The third portion of the trail is a six-mile, paved loop between Lake Shetek State Park and the city of Currie.

Girl shot in head while jumping on trampoline in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are investigating a shooting on the city’s north side Saturday evening that left a young girl critically injured.

Authorities say the girl was jumping on a trampoline with other children when a person in a vehicle that was driving in an alley shot at a home.

Responding officers found a preteen girl with a gunshot wound to the head and “realizing the extent of her injuries” they brought her to a hospital in a squad car, police spokesman John Elder said.

No other children were injured.

Police said they are looking for a red four-door Ford that fled the scene.

The shooting comes just two weeks after another child, 10-year-old Ladavionne Garrett Jr., was shot while riding in a vehicle in Minneapolis. Garrett remains in critical condition at a Twin Cities hospital.

Police: 50 cars leave tracks in Minnesota train derailment

ALBERT LEA (AP) — Police have blocked off roads in a southeastern Minnesota city after 50 train cars derailed, authorities said Saturday.

The train left the tracks near Goose Lake in Albert Lea, located 100 miles south of the Twins Cities, about 1:30 p.m. Saturday, police said in a Facebook post.

Police said a precautionary shelter-in-place order was in effect for nearby homes. Officers say there is “nothing airborne” at this time, although teams are searching the area.

No further information was immediately available.


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