So much for spring. Much of southern Minnesota experienced summer-like conditions Monday as temperatures soared in the high-90s.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Scott said four Minnesota cities -- Appleton, Litchfield, Maple Lake and Montevideo -- felt temperatures reach 99 degrees. In the Twin Cities, the high of 94 was one degree shy of the record for May 14, set in 1932.
Two found dead
BLOOMINGTON, (AP) -- Several people were in custody Tuesday after a couple was found beaten to death in their home.
The victims, a man and a woman, both 68, were found about 6:30 p.m. Monday after a relative went to check on the two and saw the bodies through a window.
Sgt. Dave Olmstead said the couple suffered "blunt-force trauma." The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office had yet to disclose a cause of death.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- A former HMO executive has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Planned Parenthood of Minnesota-South Dakota.
Sarah Stoesz, former vice president for public affairs at Allina Health System, will begin work with Planned Parenthood of Minnesota-South Dakota on June 4. She succeeds Tom Webber, who retired last year after 30 years as president.
Stadium clears hurdle
ST. PAUL (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins pulled out a 15-9 House committee victory Monday in the team's bid for a $300 million ballpark.
The action by the Taxes Committee keeps the bill in play with a week to go in the 2001 session. The plan requires $150 million in up-front help from the state.
"It still has a long way to go," said Twins president Jerry Bell, who added that the climate "feels good" compared with past stadium efforts that fell short.
Bell said the House bill is problematic, but the Twins are willing to see how the process plays out. A Senate bill favored by the team will be heard Tuesday in the Taxes Committee. The House bill is to be heard Tuesday in the Ways and Means Committee.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Senators on Monday toughened penalties in a bill that would make it a felony to be caught driving drunk four or more times in a 10-year period.
The proposal was amended on the Senate floor so that it would take effect in 2002 instead of 2003.
And the required prison time would be longer than what was recommended in the bill before it was amended. Finally, to pay for the changes, senators proposed increasing the surcharge from $40 to $340 that people must pay to get a revoked driver's license back.
Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, supported the bill but said even with the changes, it wouldn't go far enough.
The bill's sponsor, Sen. Dave Johnson, DFL-Bloomington, agreed, but added, "I do not see this bill as a last step, I see this bill as a first step."
The House has approved a similar bill.
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