Micah Walker Detroit Free Press Published 9:36 PM EDT Mar 10, 2019 A 19-year-old man from Dearborn was killed when he fell from the seventh-floor balcony of a hotel room while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, according to reports. Citing the Municipal Secretariat of Public Security and Transit, The Yucatan Times on Saturday identified the man as Ahmed Altaii and said he was vacationing at the GR Solaris Hotel with a girlfriend on spring break. The Dearborn Area Community Members Facebook page also reported the death, as did other social media posts. The Yucatan Times reported authorities have contacted the family and an autopsy and toxicology report will be conducted to determine cause of death. Altaii was a 2017 graduate of Dearborn's Fordson High School, according to his personal Facebook page. He played on the school's varsity football team. A GoFundMe campaign has been started to help Altaii's family with funeral costs. As of … [Read more...] about Dearborn man killed in fall from hotel balcony in Cancun
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In June of 2007, a group of 18 Minnesota legislators convened a panel with an ambitious title and an aspirational goal: they were “The Commission To End Poverty in Minnesota by 2020.” Eighteen months, four public hearings, a 10-stop statewide listening tour and numerous meetings later, the commission issued a report that aimed to do just what it said: end poverty in just 10 years. “The Commission’s overall mission and vision are captured in both its name and its guiding principles, which were first articulated in the Minnesota faith community,” read the summary. “The consensus in the faith community is that the existence of poverty, and our acceptance of it, counters the most basic values of justice.” To reach their goal, commission members called for an increase in the minimum wage; expanded working family tax credits; more child care help; and credits for small businesses. They wanted increased state and federal spending on affordable … [Read more...] about 12 years ago, the Legislature set out to end poverty in Minnesota by 2020. How’s it going?
CROOKSTON, Minn. — The state Department of Health is investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires’ disease in northwestern Minnesota. The department said Friday the four people became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 after visiting the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. The four did not stay overnight but had visited the hotel. Investigators are working with the hotel to determine the source of the bacteria. But evidence suggests the source is the hotel’s spa. Hotel management has temporarily closed the spa and pool to guests. The hotel is notifying guests who were at the hotel between Jan. 14 and Feb. 13 that they may have been exposed to the bacteria. The disease is spread by inhaling fine mist from water sources containing the bacteria. Minnesota had more than 150 cases of the disease reported last year. … [Read more...] about Legionnaires’ disease cases linked to Minnesota hotel spa
The manager of a small-town Minnesota grain elevator who allegedly treated himself to exotic hunting safaris with millions of dollars stolen from farmers plans to plead guilty to federal criminal charges, his lawyer said Thursday. Jerry Hennessey, who managed the Ashby Farmers Co-Operative Elevator Co. for nearly 30 years, plans to plead to charges of mail fraud and tax evasion at a hearing in U.S. District Court on Feb. 14, said Thomas Kelly, his attorney. Hennessey could face up to 20 years in prison on the mail fraud charge and five years for tax evasion, although his actual sentence will be based on complex federal guidelines. He's estimated to have stolen about $5.5 million from the elevator company, according to Erik Ahlgren, a Fergus Falls lawyer hired by the co-op to recover the losses. Chatty and personable, Hennessey was on a first-name basis with the world's most renowned big-game guides, paying $50,000 or more for hunting safaris in Africa, New Zealand and Alaska. He spent … [Read more...] about Western Minnesota grain elevator manager to plead guilty in $5.5M swindle case
Whether you agree with them or not, you might not want to talk politics with your family over the holidays — we don’t either. With that in mind, here’s a list of eight decidedly more fun facts we learned about Minnesota this year, which you can deploy to steer the conversation at your holiday gathering clear in a different direction when it turns to Robert Mueller, Donald Trump, or anything going on in Minnesota’s political sphere. 1. There are no poop trains leaving the station in Minnesota… Remember the story about the smelly as all get-out train full of New York City poop stranded in Alabama? Yep, the Big Apple landfills its sewer sludge hundreds of miles away from New York (federal policy bars them from just dumping it in the ocean). Not so in Minnesota, where sewage is processed in-state (incinerated, in the case of the Twin Cities metro). You can read about what happens after you flush here. 1.5. …and: It takes about a day for sewage to get to … [Read more...] about 8 fun facts about Minnesota to talk about with your family instead of politics this holiday season