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Man sentenced to prison for veteran to death in road rage attack

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Leslie Sanders pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for the crime that happened in June 2022 outside Faribault.

FARIBAULT, Minn. — A judge sentenced Leslie Sanders to 140 months after he pleaded guilty to killing 79-year-old Larry Myers during a road rage incident last summer.

Police say it happened near Dundas on June 27, 2022, when Sanders tried to pass Myers’ vehicle and hit it while pulling back into his lane near Northfield. At a nearby intersection, the criminal complaint says Sanders then got out of his vehicle while it was still rolling, approached Myers and started punching him. Police say several witnesses at the scene said they all saw Sanders hitting Myers numerous times.

In court on Thursday, Myers’ family said he was on his way to dialysis and was still buckled in his vehicle when Sanders became angry.

“My dad was killed, four words I never thought I’d say, but this cowardly and senseless act by the defendant changed all of that,” said Wayne Myers, the victim’s son.

Police said Myers suffered several facial fractures and bleeding on the brain. His family agreed to remove him from life support several days after the attack.

“When I went to see him I barely recognized the man who was my dad,” said Wayne. “That wasn’t the final vision of my dad I thought I would have.”

Several other family members spoke out, describing Myers as a fiercely independent man who loved his grandchildren and was a Vietnam veteran. His daughter said she didn’t agree with the plea deal and only accepted it out of respect for her family and not kindness or mercy for Sanders. Myers’ family said Sanders is also a veteran and has several children.

“I hope he never feels peace again in his life and I hope he gets forgiveness from his God, because he will never get it from me,” said Myers’ daughter, Jennifer.

The judge sentenced Sanders to 140 months in prison. In Minnesota, inmates serve two-thirds, which in this case, is about eight years.

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Local reactions to Biden dropping out of the 2024 race

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Lawmakers posted their well-wishes to the President on Sunday after he announced he would not seek reelection, endorsing VP Kamala Harris.

ST PAUL, Minn — On Sunday, President Joe Biden announced on social media that he would not seek reelection in the 2024 election. Across social media and across the state, reactions poured in. 

Minnesota’s Governor Tim Walz called President Biden a hero. 

Senator Amy Klobuchar shared a picture of herself and the president. 

In a statement shared with the press, Minnesota DFL Chair Ken Martin said in part:

“As we thank President Biden for his service and for everything he has done for our country, we must also look ahead to the existential stakes in November. Our party must now rally behind Vice-President Harris and emerge as a united front ready to defeat Donald Trump.”

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Minnesota Attorney General Keither Ellison noted that Biden put his country over his personal ambition: 

Senate Majority Leader Erin Murphy released the following statement on Sunday: 

“Joe Biden is an extraordinary president. I’m grateful for his investments in our freedom and prosperity. America is strong for his leadership. With a full heart, thank you Mr. President.

Our future rests in our hands, the people of this country. Our fight for our families, communities, our freedom and America’s democracy are the work of this election. I have faith in what we will accomplish when we work together.”

RELATED: No, Kamala Harris will not automatically replace Biden as presidential nominee





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Crews cleaning up after train derails in Big Lake

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On Saturday, 15 cars piled up on the tracks near Big Lake, slowing drivers and canceling trains to Minneapolis.

SHERBURNE COUNTY, Minn. — After a train carrying consumer goods went off the track in Sherburne County, railroad officials said crews are getting closer to clearing away the resulting mess. 

On Sunday, officials with BNSF said Main Track 2 returned to service Sunday morning. They anticipate Main Track 1 will open later on Sunday night. 

For a second day, Metro Transit said the Northstar service to the Twins game at 12: 05 p.m. is canceled. No replacement bus service is available. 

Early on Saturday morning, the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office said a BNSF train derailed near 197th Avenue and County Road 14 around 3:15. No injuries were reported and officials said there was no threat to the public. 

Near Big Lake, 172nd Street Northwest was blocked between 197th Avenue and County Road 14. 

RELATED: Train derails in Sherburne County





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Cruise boat strikes breakwater near Duluth

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Multiple agencies were called Saturday night to the Wisconsin entry after the 100-ton ship hit the wall built to keep the tides at bay.

DULUTH, Minn. — One person was injured on Saturday night after a tour boat struck a breakwater near Duluth. 

The St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that 84 people were on board the Vista Star around 10:45 Saturday night when emergency crews got a report the vessel was against the breakwater but not taking on water. 

Crews were also told one person had been injured. When the U.S. Coast Guard responded, they evacuated the injured person and took them to Loon’s Foot landing, then to St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth. Officials said their injuries were not life-threatening, but have not released any other information about the person or their condition. 

Several other people were assessed for minor injuries, officials said. 

When crews arrived at the site, they found the Vista Star listing to one side in five-foot waves. Officials said the crew was able to maneuver the 92-foot-long vessel off of the breakwater. Crews from the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, U.S. Coast Guard and Duluth Fire helped escort the Vista Star under its own power back to the Minnesota Slip, where it docked. 

This incident is still under investigation by the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. 

The Vista Star can carry up to 220 people on sightseeing tours and cruises around Duluth and the North Shore. 



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