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By The Associated Press

Thu., Nov. 25, 2021 timer 4 min. read

HUNTING DEATH-MAN KILLED

Minnesota man dies in apparent hunting accident in Wisconsin

SAXON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man was shot and killed in an apparent hunting accident in northwestern Wisconsin. The Iron County Sheriff’s Office says dispatchers received a call just before 5 p.m. Tuesday in the town of Saxon. The caller reported an accidental discharge of a firearm, which left one man with serious injuries. When responders arrived on the scene, they tried to revive the 65-year-old man but were unsuccessful. KBJR-TV reports that the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident remains under investigation. Saxon is about 95 miles (153 kilometers) east of Duluth, Minnesota.

MANKATO BABY DEATH

Charges upgraded to murder, manslaughter in death of infant

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Officials say charges against a Minnesota man accused of killing his 2-month-old child have been upgraded to murder and manslaughter. Kristopher Henderson, of Mankato, is accused of causing fatal injuries to his daughter in September. The child died earlier this month. The 39-year-old Henderson was originally charged with first-degree assault. The Mankato Free Press reports that charges were amended to include second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony, and first-degree manslaughter while committing malicious punishment of a child. The complaint says Henderson admitted to hitting the baby on the back forcefully for about five minutes while trying to quiet her. The infant’s injuries included bleeding in her brain, broken ribs and broken bones in both legs.

FORMER PRINCIPAL-JAIL-DEATH

Former middle school principal found dead in Minnesota jail

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former middle school principal serving a prison sentence was found dead in a Minnesota jail. Christopher Jerome Endicott had previously been sentenced to prison for identity theft, stalking and burglary, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. Crow Wing County Sheriff Scott Goddard says that Endicott was found unresponsive at the jail in Brainerd and efforts to save his life were not successful. Endicott was jailed on a Minnesota Department of Corrections warrant. He had been released from prison earlier this month as part of a program that allows inmates to live in the community under supervision.

BC-US-FLEEING-AFGHANISTAN-MIDDLE-AMERICA

‘They become our family:’ US farming couple rescues Afghans

FERGUS FALLS, Minnesota (AP) — A Minnesota woman who worked as an agricultural adviser in the hinterlands of Afghanistan has been using her own time and money to get the Afghans who worked for her program out of the country. So far, five of the men and their families have made it out with Caroline Clarin’s help. The 12 agricultural specialists, all traditional Afghan men, formed a deep, unexpected bond with their boss. Her wife, Sheril Raymond, has been helping the families start their life in the remote town of Fergus Falls near the North Dakota border. The Afghans say they consider them family.

XCEL ENERGY-COAL-FIRED PLANT

Xcel files plan to close coal-fired power plant in Pueblo

DENVER (AP) — Xcel Energy has filed a plan to close Colorado’s largest coal-fired power plant by 2035, well ahead of its original retirement date of 2070. The plan comes as regulators consider how the largest utility operating in Colorado can reduce its carbon emissions. Colorado Public Radio reports that Xcel filed its plan to close the Comanche 3 unit at its Comanche Generating Station in Pueblo on Wednesday. The unit has faced operational, equipment and financial problems that led to more than 700 days of unplanned shutdowns since 2010, regulators said in a report this year. If approved, Xcel’s plan could reduce the utility’s carbon dioxide emissions in Colorado by close to 90% this decade.

AP-FBN-VIKINGS-GRIFFEN

Vikings relieved Everson Griffen crisis ends ‘peacefully’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings say defensive end Everson Griffen has emerged from his home without incident and is receiving care for his mental health. Griffen called 911 early Wednesday out of fear of an intruder after a worrisome series of social media posts. He said people were trying to kill him. Police determined there was no intruder. Griffen spent most of the day refusing to come out of his house before the team announced the peaceful resolution. Griffen took a leave from the team in 2018 for mental health treatment.

FATAL SHOOTING-HIBBING

Hibbing man sentenced to life in prison for 2018 killing

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Hibbing man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the shooting death of another man on Christmas Day 2018. A judge found 32-year-old Jerome Spann guilty of murder and assault following a court trial in August. Prosecutors say Spann exited an SUV and fired into a group of people standing outside a residence in Hibbing. A man with whom Spann had a dispute, 34-year-old Jeryel McBeth, was shot three times and died at Fairview Range Medical Center in Hibbing. Spann continued to fire another four or five rounds and wounded 25-year-old Jamien Stuckey.

VIRUS OUTBREAK

Vaccines making Thanksgiving easier, but hot spots remain

The U.S. is in better shape approaching its second Thanksgiving of the pandemic, thanks to the vaccine. But some cold weather regions are reporting surges of COVID-19 cases that could get worse in the days ahead as families travel the country. Nearly 200 million Americans are fully vaccinated. That leaves millions without a shot in the arm. Hospitals in the cold Upper Midwest, especially Michigan and Minnesota, are filled with COVID-19 patients who are mostly unvaccinated. Dr. Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says vaccines make this fall holiday much different.