February was winding down today with record warmth around the state.
By 8:45 a.m., Austin in southern Minnesota hit 48 degrees, breaking the previous record of 47 set in 1992. Austin also reported a record high of 55 on Monday and was the state's hot spot Friday with a high of 61.
Duluth in northeastern Minnesota also broke a record today. At 9:30 a.m., the temperature was 46, breaking the previous record of 44 set in 1964. The temperature was expected to continue to rise a few more degrees during the day.
At 5 a.m. today, temperatures ranged from 30 degrees at Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota to 55 at Winona.
Other records set Monday included 53 at Rochester International Airport, breaking the record of 51 set in 1932, and Hutchinson's high of 57, which broke the record of 50 set in 1983.
Highs today were expected to range from the 40s in the northwest to the lower 60s in the far south.
Woman stabbed riding in car
OWATONNA -- An Owatonna man was arrested and accused of stabbing a woman in the neck while they rode together in a car with the woman's 3-year-old daughter looking on.
Police said Margarita DelBosque, 19, was riding in a car driven by her mother along a downtown Owatonna street when she was attacked Saturday afternoon. He was expected to be charged today.
Witness Nick Zumbrannen said the car stopped abruptly and he heard shouting and screaming, and then he saw the back-seat passenger grab at the woman.
She tried to keep him at bay, Zumbrannen said, but a man swung his arm around and stabbed her in the neck. She jumped out of the car, screaming and holding her bleeding neck, and sat down on the curb.
The 39-year-old suspect tried to drive away, but Police Capt. Dana Finne said a bystander reached into the car and pulled the keys from the ignition. He then ran, but two bystanders chased him and he was arrested.
DelBosque underwent surgery Saturday at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, which was not releasing information on her condition Monday.
Man accused hatchet attack
AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) -- An Austin man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly attacked his roommate with a hatchet after a night of drinking.
Austin police were called about 10 p.m. Friday and a found 51-year-old man passed out in the middle of a busy intersection. Moments later, officers received a call from a nearby motel that another man needed assistance. They found Jay Jackson, 51, with a deep gash on one hand.
Police said the two men had been rooming together at the motel. Jackson told police they had been drinking, and he said he was cut while trying to defend himself after the other man got angry and began swinging a hatchet.
Jackson was treated at the Austin Medical Center. The other man was jailed pending formal charges of attempted murder and assault.
Fire damages apartment house
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A wrecking ball on Monday afternoon finished what an early morning fire began.
Fire gutted a building that was being renovated in the West Bank area of the Mississippi River and heavily damaged a neighboring 60-unit apartment building early today.
No one was injured, although dozens were left homeless after the fire. A car later was accidentally crushed when demolition crews finished tearing down Dania Hall.
Humphrey son-in-law dies
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- C. Bruce Solomonson, a son-in-law of the late Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey who spent nearly four years in prison for bank and mail fraud, has died at the age of 58.
Solomonson, who lived in Plymouth, died Friday of heart failure.
In the 1960s, Humphrey introduced Solomonson, who was married to Humphrey's daughter Nancy, to Midwest Federal chairman Harold Greenwood Jr. In 1964, Greenwood appointed Solomonson to Midwest Federal's board of directors, and in 1967 Solomonson was hired to help run Midwest's insurance division.
Solomonson opened his own insurance businesses in the 1980s and was convicted in 1988 in U.S. District Court of diverting more than $1.5 million from his two Edina insurance agencies into his personal accounts.
He was sentenced to three years, 10 months in prison and served his sentence at the Duluth minimum-security prison and the Rochester Federal Medical Center, where he was treated for heart problems.
In 1990, Solomonson lost an appeal of his conviction, and upon being released from prison, he retired to private life.
At a funeral home in Edina Monday night, a brother-in-law -- former state Attorney General Hubert Humphrey III -- remembered Solomonson as a giving person, in particular for his work as an advocate for people with Down syndrome. Solomonson's daughter Victoria has Down syndrome.
Humphrey said Solomonson was instrumental in expanding the Twin Cities' Fraser school and community services for those with mental disabilities.
''He paid his dues, and he did it in a fashion that was honorable,'' Humphrey said. ''He went home and did hard work for a lot of people. And he always, always cared about others.''
Besides his wife, Nancy, Solomonson is survived by four daughters, Vicky Solomonson, Jill Gillis, Amy Butterfield and Cindy Noel; his mother, Alice Solomonson; three brothers, Daryl, Earle and Frank, and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were scheduled for 10 a.m. today at the Lakewood Cemetery chapel in Minneapolis.
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