5 things to know today: home-rule charter, RiverView Health, Grand Forks baseball, 'educated racist', 3-year-old in critical condition
1. Thompson voters approve city's home-rule charter, sales tax
Voters in Thompson approved a proposed home-rule charter and the sales, use and gross receipts tax that stems from it. Thompson voters passed the home-rule charter with 62% of people voting in favor of it, in a vote of 147-90. The sales, use and gross receipts tax passed by a similar margin, with a vote of 153-93.
2. RiverView Health's new hospital, clinic approaching completion
Construction of RiverView Health’s new hospital and clinic in Crookston remains on track to open this fall. The health care provider broke ground about 14 months ago on a $51 million hospital and clinic that will face the Red River. The new facility is 80,000 square feet.
3. Grand Forks baseball splits with West Fargo in first local prep game in months
Prep sports were back in Grand Forks on Wednesday night for the first time in months. And for the Blue Devils' baseball team, specifically, most haven't played the sport in a competitive game in more than nine months.
4. Minnesota native's post about being an 'educated racist' strikes a chord
Peter Engen does something a lot of writers do. When they have thoughts in their heads that won’t go away, they feel an insistence — almost a compulsion — to write them down before they can move on with the rest of the day.
5. Alleged abuse leaves Mahnomen 3-year-old in critical condition
Local authorities and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the incident as a report of child abuse.