Minnesota

State Fair rides evacuated as storm rolls in

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Rides and free stages at the Minnesota State Fair were evacuated as severe storms rolled through the Twin Cities Monday night.

Fair spokeswoman Danielle Dullinger says people at the free stages were told to seek safety at one of five severe weather shelters on the fairgrounds.

The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Twin Cities, including the fairgrounds in Ramsey County, until 6 p.m. Monday A tornado warning was issued near Red Wing.

N. ‘Kato officers cleared in stun gun death

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — An investigation has concluded that North Mankato police officers were justified in using stun guns on a man who later died.

Officers on Feb. 6 responded to a report of a man who had taken multiple prescription medications and was acting aggressively. Authorities say officers used stun guns to subdue 39-year-old Aaron Rasmussen when he ignored commands and advanced toward them.

Rasmussen died several days later. An autopsy listed the cause of death as complications from an irregular heartbeat.

The Free Press reports the Washington County Attorney’s Office reviewed the officers’ actions and deemed them appropriate and justified.

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