Minnesota extends statewide air quality alert until Tuesday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended an air quality alert until noon on Tuesday for the entire state due to what authorities are calling an “unprecedented significant air quality event.“ Minnesota has been dealing with smoke from Canadian wildfires that has created some of the highest particulate readings on record. An air quality alert was set to expire Friday afternoon, but it was extended. The MPCA says fine particle levels are expected to reach a level that’s considered very unhealthy for everyone, across north central and south central Minnesota. That area includes Hibbing, Brainerd, St. Cloud, and the Twin Cities.


Man charged with beheading woman in Minneapolis suburb

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — A man is charged with beheading a woman while they were in a car in traffic in a Minneapolis suburb. Alexis Saborit was charged Friday with second-degree intentional murder in the knife attack on America Thayer, which happened Wednesday afternoon in Shakopee. Several people witnessed the attack. When police arrived, they found Thayer’s body and head. A machete-style knife was in an alley a few blocks away. Authorities have not said what motivated the attack, but Soborit has a criminal history that includes a domestic assault conviction for an attack against Thayer in 2017. At that time, she said they had been dating seven…

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