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Hundreds join Daunte Wright's family on march for justice

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of people joined Daunte Wright’s family and friends on a march through the Minneapolis suburb where he was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop three weeks earlier.

Demonstrators on Sunday called for police reform and more serious charges against the officer who killed Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, on April 11.

The crowd gathered in the neighborhood where Kimberly Potter, who is white, fatally shot Wright as he struggled with police. Potter’s body camera recorded her shouting “Taser! Taser!” before she fired, and the city’s former police chief said he believed she meant to use her stun gun.

The group walked several miles to the Brooklyn Center Police Department where his mother, Katie Wright, called on the crowd to keep saying her son’s name.

“We’re going to continue to be in these streets, on social media, at the police station. ... Like I’ve always said, it’s never gonna be justice for us,” she said. “But we want 100% accountability.”

Potter was charged with second-degree manslaughter in Wright’s killing, which Katie Wright said was not enough. He was killed as the Minneapolis area already was on heightened alert during the trial of Derek Chauvin in George Floyd’s death. Chauvin was convicted April 20.

Johnathon McClellan, president of the Minnesota Justice Coalition, told protesters that his group is demanding that additional charges be brought against Potter. He also said the coalition plans to pressure elected officials to support police reform, the Star Tribune reported.

Demonstrators shut down traffic a couple of times before arriving at the police station, which is secured by concrete barriers and fencing.

Wright’s name was spelled out in air fresheners attached to the fencing. Wright’s mother said he told her on the phone that he was pulled over for an air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror.

Police have said they pulled Wright over for an expired registration, and then discovered that he had a warrant for a gross misdemeanor weapons charge. Potter fatally shot Wright seconds after he pulled away from officers as they tried to arrest him.


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MSC Southeast Practical Nursing program achieves continued ACEN accreditation
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Minnesota State College Southeast has announces that the college’s Practical Nursing program has achieved continuing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).

In a letter dated April 23, ACEN provided formal notification of the continuing accreditation status, with the next evaluation visit taking place in 2028.

“The ACEN commends the flexibility, courage, and resiliency demonstrated by nursing program faculty and leaders, and their institutional colleagues during the global pandemic,” said ACEN Chief Executive Officer Marsal P. Stoll in the letter. “The ACEN would like to offer a note of thanks for maintaining high standards while providing outstanding support to the students and your communities.”

Janine Mason, MSC Southeast Dean of Nursing, said, “Congratulations to the nursing team at MSC Southeast; the hard work and extraordinary effort put forth to achieve this on top of and during a pandemic should be commended and celebrated!

“This was a college wide effort. The support of our programs by all employees across the Winona and Red Wing campuses is something I have appreciated since I came to Southeast.”

ACEN accreditation recognizes nursing programs that have been found to meet or exceed standards and criteria for nursing education quality. ACEN accreditation is one of many facets that signify the quality of a Practical Nursing education at Minnesota State College Southeast:

  • As a public two-year educational institution, MSC Southeast is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).
  • The nursing programs at MSC Southeast are approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.
  • Minnesota State College Southeast is a member of Minnesota State, the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.

“The reaccreditation of the Practical Nursing program by the ACEN speaks to the quality of our offerings and to the dedication of program faculty and staff,” said MSC Southeast Interim President Larry Lundblad. “The program, which is offered on the Red Wing and Winona campuses, is vital in meeting employer staffing needs across southeastern Minnesota.”

The Practical Nursing major provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide direct nursing care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, home and community-based settings within the scope of practice of a Practical Nurse. This two-semester program requires students to demonstrate competence in classroom theory, laboratory experiences, simulated events, and supervised clinical rotations. Upon successful completion of the Practical Nursing program, graduates are eligible to be licensed as LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurse) after passing the NCLEX-PN® board exams.

The college also offers a five-semester Associate of Science in Nursing degree, which leads to graduates who are eligible to be licensed as RNs (Registered Nurse) after passing the NCLEX-RN® board exams.

For more information about the college’s nursing majors, see Applications are being accepted now for a Fall 2021 start in nursing at MSC Southeast.

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Various Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Centers to receive additional funding

The Minnesota Senate approved a comprehensive health and human services budget that will provide funding for critical programs like the various Hiawatha Valley Mental Health Centers in the region.


Locations like Winona, Caledonia, Red Wing, Rushford and Wabasha are all expected to benefit from the additional funding, which state Senate president Jeremy Miller (R-Winona) said will allow a person struggling with mental illness to continue or begin their path to recovery and a healthy future.

In a statement issued Monday, Miller tied the lack of affordable and safe housing to mental illness.

“When folks struggling with mental illness do not have stable housing, they tend to cycle in and out of homelessness, jails, shelters and hospitals,” Miller said.

Due to these obstacles, the budget will provide a supplemental for a supplementary services rate of $750 per month in addition to the monthly room and board rate in order to continue to support individuals who are struggling.

On top of that, the budget will also lower the cost of prescription drugs by improving drug price transparency and allowing the importation of lower-cost, FDA-approved drugs, as well as improving maternal and newborn care with in-home nurse visits.

“The Senate budget implements millions of dollars in savings to slow the massive growth in Health & Human Services costs so we have the resources to invest in critical needs like local public health and childcare services,” the statement reads.

To read the full statement, please visit the Minnesota Senate Republican Caucus’s website.

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La Crosse County man charged in Capitol riot (copy)

A La Crosse County man has been added to the list of people accused of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol building during a Jan. 6 riot that challenged the certification of Electoral College votes.

Abram Markofski of La Crosse County and Brandon Nelson of Dane County made initial federal court appearances Monday afternoon. A criminal complaint charges both with entering/ remaining in a restricted area, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted area, violent entry/disorderly conduct and demonstrating inside a capitol building.

The complaint says an anonymous tipster alerted investigators to the presence of Nelson, who was interviewed by FBI agents Jan. 18. He admitted to being inside the Capitol with Markofski. Investigators verified Markofski’s presence with an email address tied to a phone number he uses. The mobile device connected to the email was present in an area within the Capitol between 2:15 and 3:41 p.m.

Markofski and Nelson traveled together to Washington, D.C., Jan. 5 to hear then-President Donald Trump speak the following morning. After listening to the speech, Markofski and Nelson were part of a crowd that marched to the Capitol building.

The complaint says Nelson told investigators that he and Markofski walked up the stairs of the Capitol and were guided in by police. Nelson said they were inside the Capitol for about 40 minutes.

Markofski reportedly gave investigators a different version of what Capitol police told them. He said an officer inside said, “I can’t make you guys leave. However, for your safety, you should leave.”

More than 400 people have been charged with federal crimes during the riot, which sought to overturn the count of electoral votes that confirmed Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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