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Minnesota has seen its unemployment rate drop below 3 percent for the first time since 1999. The Minnesota Department of Economic Development reported on Thursday that the adjusted unemployment rate for August was 2.9 percent. This is the first time since December 1999 the figure has gone below 3 percent, and is closing in on the all-time record in the first two months of 1999, when the rate was 2.5 percent. This means that there are now fewer than 90,000 unemployed, working-age adults in the state. Despite this, the number of available jobs in the state also fell last month. After three consecutive months of "strong job growth" in Minnesota, employers eliminated 200 net jobs last month. Over the past year, the state has added 50,904 jobs, a 1.7 percent increase, just below the 1.8 percent national average. In the sectors adding jobs, construction gained 1,700 positions, following by government (up 1,000) and leisure and hospitality (up 400). Education and health services lost 1,000 jobs, while manufacturing was down 900, and transportation and utilities down 600. The metro area seeing the strongest job growth is Mankato, according to DEED figures.


Suspect identified in standoff

SAUK CENTRE — The man taken into custody after a two-hour hour standoff Thursday in Sauk Centre, as well as the three officers who fired shots or used or a Taser in the incident, were identified Saturday by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The bureau issued a statement saying 31 year old Ramey Olson, of Alexandria, is the man who was shot by law enforcement during a standoff in Sauk Centre Thursday.Olson was released from the hospital Saturday and booked at Stearns County Jail on suspicion of felony assault, according to the agency. Stearns County Attorney Janelle Kendall said Friday that the county attorney's office was expected to file charges Today (Monday.) During the incident, Stearns County Deputy Paul Orvis was struck by a target arrow, which went through his left forearm, according to Sheriff Don Gudmundson at a Thursday afternoon press conference at the Stearns County Administration Center in St. Cloud. Orvis has been released from the hospital and is "expected to be back to work in the near future," according to the Stearns County Sheriff's Office newsletter. After Orvis was struck by the arrow fired from the compound bow, several law enforcement officers then fired their weapons, according to Gudmundson. The sheriff said the suspect sustained gunshot wounds in the "shoulder, buttocks, and a graze wound on his hand." The BCA media release identified officers discharging a firearm as Minnesota State Patrol Trooper Anthony Butler and Melrose Police Officer Patrick Nechanicky. It also said Sauk Centre Sgt. Joseph Jensen discharged his Taser. Butler and Nechanicky are on standard administrative leave, according to the release.


Todd County Sheriff

On Wednesday (9/5/18) night at 6:21 pm the Todd County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a power lines down on 500th Street near 195th Avenue in Barlett Township. A Forage Harvester driven by Jordan Burns of rural Browerville struck the power lines. Todd Wadena Electric was able to fix the lines, nobody was injured as a result of the accident.



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