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hennepin county jail inmate dies in apparent suicide


a 26-year-old male inmate died in an apparent suicide saturday at the hennepin county jail in downtown minneapolis, authorities said.deputies found the man unresponsive around 11:15 a.m. during a routine cell check, according to a news release from the hennepin county sheriff’s office. they began cpr, but the inmate was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics less than an hour later.the man, whose name has yet to be released, was arrested by minneapolis police on a warrant from wisconsin. he had been jailed since tuesday night.the hennepin county medical examiner’s office will release the inmate’s name and official cause of death.






3-year-old boy killed while crossing minneapolis street


minneapolis — minneapolis police say a 3-year-old died when he was struck by a car.authorities say the boy got out of a van friday night, walked behind the van and into the street when he was struck by a the car. passers-by tried to help until emergency crews arrived. the boy was taken to hennepin county medical center, where he died of his injuries.the hennepin county medical examiner's office identifies the victim as hamza mohoumed abdillahi.police say the driver is cooperating with investigators.






authorities investigating a child's death in osseo


authorities are investigating the death of a child tuesday night in osseo.the hennepin county sheriff’s office said at 8:12 p.m., osseo police and firefighters responded to a medical emergency on the 8700 block of jefferson highway.the child was then pronounced dead at the scene.the child died at a roofing and siding company in osseo, hennepin county officials have confirmed.police said the incident happened at spotless and seamless exteriors, a roofing and siding company, according to kstp.authorities did not release further information.the hennepin county medical examiner’s office will make the identification and official cause of death.the sheriff’s office is investigating.karen zamora






don omodt, longest-serving sheriff in hennepin co., dies at 89


don omodt, hennepin county’s longest-serving sheriff, died on friday, the sheriff’s office announced. he was 89.omodt served as hennepin county sheriff for seven terms, from 1967 to 1994.before his career with the sheriff’s office, omodt served in the airborne division of the u.s. army. he was a special agent with the fbi and an assistant hennepin county attorney.many current employees of the sheriff’s office joined under omodt’s leadership, according to the sheriff’s office.






don omodt, longest-serving sheriff in hennepin co., dies at 89


don omodt, hennepin county's longest-serving sheriff, died on friday, the sheriff's office announced. he was 89.omodt served as hennepin county sheriff for seven terms, from 1967 to 1994.before his career with the sheriff's office, omodt served in the airborne division of the u.s. army. he was a special agent with the fbi and an assistant hennepin county attorney.many current employees of the sheriff's office joined under omodt's leadership, according to the sheriff's office.






hartman: hennepin county's target field debt could be paid off early


there never is a guarantee that a publicly funded stadium plan is going to work out well for taxpayers, but 10 years into the funding of target field, it’s clear that the twins and hennepin county put together one of the better tax deals you can have for stadium financing.the announcement in 2007 that target field would be jointly financed by the twins and hennepin county through a sales tax was met with a lot of skepticism from legislators and the public alike.but last week hennepin county released updated information on its stadium sales tax collection and how that has affected its bond payments for its debt obligation.hennepin county financed $350 million of the total cost of $555 million for target field and levied a 0.15 percent sales tax to collect that money to pay off 30-year bonds






long no. 2, ramsey county now grows at rate equal to hennepin


the state’s no. 2 county, long eclipsed by no. 1, is catching up on one big bragging-rights metric: rate of growth.ramsey county in this decade is managing to do something it hasn’t done since at least world war ii — add residents at a rate nearly identical to that of hennepin county, its much bigger neighbor.moreover, forecasts call for that trend to continue for decades. a key reason, according to demographers, is ramsey county’s status as a destination for immigrants, often youthful and ready to have bigger families than u.s. natives.“i think i shocked some city staff in st. paul not long ago when they asked me about a need to prepare for an aging population,” state demographer susan brower said. “and my response was, ‘you know, you’re pretty young here!’ they’d heard about the age wave






hennepin county's 10-year plan to end homelessness falls short


a 10-year plan to end homelessness in hennepin county has concluded short of its goal, with the number of homeless actually increasing slightly since 2007.even so, there were successes to point to after a decade of intense collaboration, said david hewitt, the new director of hennepin county’s office to end homelessness. “all of the talk was of the need to carry the energy forward and carry the communitywide effort forward,” hewitt said.minneapolis mayor betsy hodges and former hennepin county commissioner gail dorfman, now executive director of st. stephen’s human services in minneapolis, gathered wednesday with about 100 others at hennepin avenue united methodist church to reflect on the heading home hennepin plan — its successes, shortcomings and promise moving forward.the number of hom






inmate dies in apparent suicide at hennepin county jail


minneapolis — an inmate at the hennepin county jail in downtown minneapolis has died in an apparent suicide.authorities say the 26-year-old man was found unresponsive during a routine cell check saturday morning. deputies immediately tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.the man had been in jail since tuesday evening. minneapolis police had arrested him on an outstanding warrant from wisconsin.the hennepin county medical examiner's office will release the man's name and cause of death.






hennepin county sheriff's alerts to ice draw criticism


hennepin county sheriff richard stanek is under fire from county officials and advocates who argue his office does too much to help immigration authorities — even as the trump administration called him out recently for not cooperating enough.stanek’s office does not honor requests to hold inmates longer for immigration agents. but it does alert immigration and customs enforcement when deputies book foreign-born inmates, among other assists. such practices spend county resources to do the feds’ bidding and undermine trust in immigrant communities, say a county commissioner, the hennepin public defender’s office, and immigration attorneys and activists.“what the sheriff is doing is making it much easier for ice to target our clients,” said mary moriarty, hennepin county’s chief public defend






hennepin county to hold hearing on tax increase


a public hearing will be held by the hennepin county board tuesday afternoon to glean comment regarding an increase in a countywide sales tax for transit and transportation purposes.the current sales tax of a quarter of a cent is levied in five metro counties (including hennepin) by another body, called the counties transit improvement board (ctib), which is scheduled to dissolve by july 1.hennepin county is mulling an increase in the tax of up to a half cent for transit and transportation, including construction of the southwest and bottineau light rail lines and the orange line i-35w bus-rapid transit project. the tax would help pay for operating costs of the green and blue line lrt, as well.the public works committee will conduct the hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the boardroom (a-2400) of the






man dies at hennepin county workhouse


authorities are investigating the death of a man at the hennepin county workhouse in plymouth saturday morning.staff were waking people up for breakfast and found bearheart buehlmann, 19, unresponsive. paramedics were called, but he couldn't be revived, according to the hennepin county sheriff's office.the medical examiner's haven't determined cause and manner of death.according to state court records, buehlmann was convicted of felony drug possession in october 2016 and ordered to attend a diversion program. but after several probation violations, he was sentenced in may to 180 days in the workhouse, with furloughs for job interviews if he wanted them.david chanen






teen dies at hennepin county workhouse


authorities are investigating the saturday morning death of a 19-year-old man at the hennepin county workhouse in plymouth.staff members were waking people up for breakfast and found bearheart buehlmann, unresponsive. paramedics were called, but he couldn't be revived, according to the hennepin county sheriff's office.the medical examiner has not determined the cause and manner of death.according to state court records, buehlmann was convicted of felony drug possession in october 2016 and ordered to attend a diversion program. but after several probation violations, he was sentenced in may to 180 days in the workhouse, with furloughs for job interviews if he wanted them.david chanen






tax-forfeited homes get a new life


leila navidi – star tribunegallery: seen through a replaced window, matt zinser, center, of load-bearing, inc, who is acting as a liaison between the general contractors and hennepin county, speaks with john donohue, right, and james sorenson of hennepin county outside a home being renovated on girard avenue north in minneapolis.






hennepin county's unlikely experience with landslides gets attention at u.s. cap


minnesota isn’t usually considered a problem area for landslides and mudslides. but in the past several years, the state has seen several devastating examples of each:• two children killed in a 2013 landslide during a field trip at lilydale regional park in st. paul.• the collapse of a slope on west river parkway in minneapolis in 2014 that cost millions of dollars to repair.• houses destroyed along purgatory creek in eden prairie and along the minnesota river in henderson, minn.so eric waage, hennepin county’s emergency management director, was recently invited with other experts to brief congress on landslide threats and the science behind them.he discussed a relatively rare local-scale landslide assessment that hennepin county is doing and why it’s important to local emergency officials






man dies after being pulled from bloomington hotel pool


the death of a man who was found unconscious in a bloomington hotel swimming pool friday night is being investigated as an apparent drowning.according to the hennepin county sheriff’s office, emergency personnel responded to a 911 call about an unconscious man having been found in the pool at the doubletree hotel at 7800 normandale blvd. at 8:40 p.m.first responders administered medical care and took the man to a hospital in critical condition. he was pronounced dead early saturday.his name and the exact cause of death will be released by the hennepin county medical examiner after an autopsy. the sheriff’s office and bloomington police continue to investigate.staff report






hennepin county jail inmate dies in apparent suicide


a 26-year-old male inmate died in an apparent suicide saturday at the hennepin county jail in downtown minneapolis, authorities said.deputies found the man unresponsive around 11:15 a.m. during a routine cell check, according to a news release from the hennepin county sheriff’s office.they began cpr, but the inmate was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics less than an hour later.the man, whose name has not been released, was arrested by minneapolis police on a warrant from wisconsin. he had been held without bail since tuesday night and was awaiting extradition to wisconsin to face charges there. officials declined to elaborate.the hennepin county medical examiner’s office will release the inmate’s name and official cause of death.upon entry to the jail, each inmate is screened for m






homicide charges filed in fatal hennepin county crash


minneapolis — an apple valley man is facing homicide charges in a crash that killed a woman last week near downtown minneapolis.prosecutors expect the 30-year-old man to make his first court appearance wednesday on charges of criminal vehicular homicide.a criminal complaint filed in hennepin county says the accused driver ran a red light, struck and killed 47-year-old krista sandstrom, then left the scene of the crash along with a passenger.police found him not far from the crash site. he was handcuffed and taken to hennepin county medical center.






long no. 2, ramsey county grows at rate equal to hennepin


the state’s no. 2 county, long eclipsed by no. 1, is catching up on one big bragging-rights metric: rate of growth.ramsey county in this decade is managing to do something it hasn’t really done since at least world war ii — add residents at a rate nearly identical to that of hennepin county, its much bigger urban peer next door.moreover, forecasts call for that magic to continue for decades to come. a key reason, according to demographers, is ramsey county’s status as a first port of call for immigrants, often youthful and ready to make bigger families than u.s. natives these days.“i think i shocked some city staff in st. paul not long ago when they asked me about a need to prepare for an aging population,” state demographer susan brower said. “and my response was, ‘you know, you’re pretty






man dies at hennepin county workhouse


the hennepin county sheriff’s office is investigating the death of a man at the workhouse saturday morning.staff were waking people up for breakfast and found bearheart buehlmann, 19, unresponsive. paramedics were called, but he couldn’t be revived.the medical examiner’s haven’t determined cause and manner of death.david chanen






hennepin county leaders say new approach needed to address gaps — from housing t


hennepin county leaders want to find new ways to tackle a long-standing problem: disparities between whites and people of color, from income to housing.officials met wednesday to review fresh data, brainstorm on closing the gaps through increased departmental collaboration, discuss ways to engage the business community and look for innovative programs.“this is a first-of-its-kind conversation,” county board chairwoman jan callison said.home ownership in hennepin county varies widely among different groups, with 18 percent of black residents owning a home compared to nearly 71 percent of whites.eighty-six percent of white hennepin county residents are likely to graduate from high school in four years, compared to 46 percent of american indians and 58 percent of black students. in the twin c






hennepin county scraps relocation of courtrooms from edina to bloomington


hennepin county court facilities in edina will no longer be relocated to bloomington as planned in the next few years, which will force some suburban residents to travel to downtown minneapolis for their court appointments.a project to move the courtrooms from the southdale library to new quarters at bloomington civic plaza was left on the cutting-room floor during budget negotiations by the hennepin county board, which on tuesday approved the county's 2018 budget.bids to build the bloomington facility came in over $18 million, more than the $11.5 million that county officials had first estimated. that price tag was "really eclipsing anything we thought at least initially we would be spending to do this," county administrator david hough said.the edina courts are expected to close sometime






west metro news briefs: hennepin county truth-in-taxation hearing set for nov. 2


hennepin county taxpayers will get a chance to weigh in tuesday on the county’s proposed 2018 budget and tax levy at the annual truth-in-taxation hearing.the hearing, conducted by the county board, is required by the state to provide taxpayers with information and the opportunity to speak on the proposed budget and levy before both are approved.the hearing begins at 6 p.m. in the county board room, on the 24th floor of the hennepin county government center, 300 s. 6th st., minneapolis.county officials have proposed a budget for next year of $2.4 billion, about $280 million more than this year’s spending plan. it would be partly financed by the property tax levy, proposed to rise next year to nearly $797 million. that’s an increase of $37.6 million over this year’s levy, or a hike of 4.95 p






hennepin county plans for extra detox services during super bowl week


hennepin county commissioners hearing details thursday of the gala that will surround the super bowl also found themselves tackling a potential hazard — people having too much fun.a super bowl subcommittee with hospital representation on it asked the county board for additional funding to cover the potential need for extra detox services, especially if the weather is very cold and with later bar closing times.and with the recent surge in flu cases, the subcommittee fears a shortage of beds in emergency rooms.hennepin county medical center in downtown minneapolis averages about 12 detox patients a night, while other area hospitals average two to five such patients, the subcommittee said. the three detox centers in the twin cities have a total of 91 beds.each year, all three facilities handl






child struck, killed by car in minneapolis was 3


the boy struck and killed by a car in minneapolis on friday night was 3, police said saturday.no other information about the child was shared. the minneapolis police department’s traffic investigation unit is investigating the incident.according to a news release, the boy exited a van parked facing north on the 2500 block of 17th avenue s. about 8:30 p.m. friday. he walked behind the van and onto the street.a chrysler sedan traveling north on 17th avenue s. then struck the child. passersby tried to help, and emergency crews soon responded. he was taken to hennepin county medical center, where he died.the hennepin county medical examiner will release his identity after an autopsy.the man driving the chrysler is cooperating with investigators, police said.






teen dies at hennepin county workhouse


authorities are investigating the saturday morning death of a 19-year-old man at the hennepin county workhouse in plymouth.staff members were waking people up for breakfast and found bearheart buehlmann unresponsive. paramedics were called, but he couldn't be revived, according to the hennepin county sheriff's office.the county medical examiner's office has not yet determined the cause and manner of buehlmann's death.according to state court records, buehlmann was convicted of felony drug possession in october 2016 and ordered to attend a diversion program. but after several probation violations, he was sentenced in may to 180 days in the workhouse, with furloughs for job interviews if he wanted them.the workhouse, which houses adult offenders for up to one year, had suspended visits and p






southwest lrt to cost hennepin county more with end of transit board


an agreement to dissolve a five-county transit board means hennepin county will be called on to contribute an additional $103.5 million toward construction of the $1.9 billion southwest light-rail line.the hennepin county regional railroad authority has already signed on to contribute about $186 million for southwest. the new agreement brings the county’s total to about $289 million.the pact also means that a controversial method of financing big public projects using “certificates of participation” will no longer be part of southwest’s tenuous funding puzzle.the proposed 14.5-mile line between downtown minneapolis and eden prairie would operate entirely in hennepin county, stopping in st. louis park, hopkins and minnetonka along the way. if built, the line is expected to open for passenge






southwest lrt to cost hennepin county more with end of transit board


an agreement to dissolve a five-county transit board means hennepin county will be called on to contribute an additional $103.5 million toward construction of the $1.9 billion southwest light-rail line.the hennepin county regional railroad authority has already signed on to contribute about $186 million for southwest. the new agreement brings the county’s total to about $289 million.the pact also means that a controversial method of financing big public projects using “certificates of participation” will no longer be part of southwest’s tenuous funding puzzle.the proposed 14.5-mile line between downtown minneapolis and eden prairie would operate entirely in hennepin county, stopping in st. louis park, hopkins and minnetonka along the way. if built, the line is expected to open for passenge






billboards take aim at hcmc's use of animals for training doctors


a national nonprofit is using billboards to call out hennepin county medical center for using live animals to teach and train physicians in emergency medical procedural skills.the animal-rights group says the hospital should instead use simulators. it says they show the human anatomy better and are more realistic for training than using sheep and rabbits to practice procedures such as inserting breathing tubes and needles to drain fluids from the chest and heart.the group called physicians committee for responsible medicine placed a billboard on 3rd street near chicago avenue that shows a doctor in a white coat giving a thumbs down to the practice.it is accompanied by the words "hennepin county medical center: using animals to teach human medicine? switchtosimulation.org." the group said a






billboards take aim at hcmc's use of animals for training doctors


a national nonprofit is using billboards to call out hennepin county medical center for using live animals to teach and train physicians in emergency medical procedural skills.the animal-rights group says the hospital should instead use simulators. it says they show the human anatomy better and are more realistic for training than using sheep and rabbits to practice procedures such as inserting breathing tubes and needles to drain fluids from the chest and heart.the group called physicians committee for responsible medicine placed a billboard on 3rd street near chicago avenue that shows a doctor in a white coat giving a thumbs down to the practice.it is accompanied by the words "hennepin county medical center: using animals to teach human medicine? switchtosimulation.org." the group said a






hennepin county board to consider defense fund for those facing deportation


the hennepin county board is expected to vote wednesday on a proposed defense fund to help people facing deportation after being arrested.the measure, sponsored by commissioner marion greene, would designate $250,000 for free legal services.an estimated 35,000 hennepin county residents lack immigration documentation, according to greene. many were arrested by federal immigration customs enforcement (ice) agents notified when they were leaving jail. a vast majority of the cases result in dislocation of families, employment and school.only 14 percent of detained individuals appear in immigration proceedings with an attorney, said greene. there is no public defender system in immigration proceedings.greene also proposed a protocol to inform people booked in jail of their rights, especially wi






child struck, killed by car in minneapolis was 3 years old


the boy struck and killed by a car in minneapolis on friday night was 3 years old, police said saturday.no other information about the child was shared. the minneapolis police department's traffic investigation unit is investigating the collision.according to a news release, the boy exited a van parked facing north on the 2500 block of 17th avenue s. about 8:30 p.m. friday. he walked behind the van and onto the street.a chrysler sedan traveling north on 17th avenue s. then struck the child. passersby tried to help, and emergency crews soon responded. he was taken to hennepin county medical center, where he died.the hennepin county medical examiner will release his identity after an autopsy.the man driving the chrysler is cooperating with investigators, police said.






ramsey and hennepin county coffers continue to fill with property tax prepayers


hennepin and ramsey counties continued friday to fill their coffers with unanticipated millions in revenue from thousands of residents, who prepaid their 2018 property taxes in hopes of getting a bigger deduction next year.as of friday afternoon, hennepin county had collected $122.2 million in 2018 taxes from more than 16,000 taxpayers — one-fourth of whom paid in person at the government center in downtown minneapolis or by mail.in comparison, hennepin received about $6 million in prepayments from fewer than 1,000 taxpayers in all of 2016.ramsey county handled 893 prepayments from tuesday to thursday, more than twice the number it handled in all of 2016. at thursday’s end of day, it had recorded 2,119 tax prepayments for 2018 amounting to $12.5 million.the rush to pay taxes in advance was






don omodt, longest-serving sheriff in hennepin county, dies at 89


don omodt, hennepin county’s longest-serving sheriff, died friday at the age of 89.omodt, a native of st. paul who most recently lived in minneapolis, served as sheriff of the state’s most populous county for seven consecutive terms, from 1967 to 1994, according to the sheriff’s office. at age 66, he considered running for an eighth term, but changed his mind at the last minute, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.as the son of a st. paul police detective, omodt preached the importance of professionalism, and his rules sometimes earned him a reputation as a taskmaster among the rank and file.“i insist on excellence and expect excellence,” he said in 1993, shortly after announcing his retirement. the motto “a public office is a public trust” guided his time in that role, acco






hennepin county weighing purchase of thrivent building for $55 million


hennepin county officials want to buy the landmark thrivent financial building in downtown minneapolis for $55 million.the proposal was on the county board’s agenda tuesday, but some commissioners expressed concerns and tabled a vote to get more information. commissioner mike opat said the county already had enough space for its employees and didn’t see the need for additional property.the project laid out by county administrators also includes purchase of parking stalls and related spaces adjacent to thrivent for an additional $11.5 million. that property, owned by interstate parking co., is slated for a mixed-use development to be built by interstate.as reasons to buy the building, county administrator david hough cited a desire to consolidate or end leases on many of the county’s proper






hennepin county mulls purchase of thrivent building for $55 million


hennepin county officials want to buy the landmark thrivent financial building in downtown minneapolis for $55 million.the proposal was on the county board’s agenda tuesday, but some commissioners expressed concerns and tabled a vote to get more information. commissioner mike opat said the county already had enough space for its employees and didn’t see the need for additional property.the project laid out by county administrators also includes purchase of parking stalls and related spaces adjacent to thrivent for an additional $11.5 million. that property, owned by interstate parking co., is slated for a mixed-use development to be built by interstate.as reasons to buy the building, county administrator david hough cited a desire to consolidate or end leases on many of the county’s proper






1 us service member killed, 3 wounded in yemen raid


sanaa, yemen — the u.s. military said sunday that one service member was killed and three others wounded in a raid in yemen targeting its local al-qaida branch, marking the first-known combat death of a member of the u.s. military under president donald trump's new administration.u.s. central command said in a statement that a fourth service member was injured in a "hard landing" in a nearby location. the aircraft was unable to fly afterward and was "intentionally destroyed."the central command statement said 14 militants from al-qaida's branch in yemen, formally known as "al-qaida in the arabian peninsula," were killed in the ault and that u.s. service members taking part in the raid captured "information that will likely provide insight into the planning of future terror plots."yemeni se