The Northland's week in review: June 21-26
Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22 ? Lamech Mokono, 27, of Kenya, won Grandma's Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds Saturday. Mary Akor, 31, of Hawthorne, Calif., was the top women's finisher with a time of 2 hours, 38 min...
Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22
- Lamech Mokono, 27, of Kenya, won Grandma's Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 13 minutes, 39 seconds Saturday.
Mary Akor, 31, of Hawthorne, Calif., was the top women's finisher with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes, 50 seconds. She won it last year as well.
- As of Sunday, June 22, at least 4,102 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in Iraq, according to an Associated Press report. The Defense Department has a count one higher than the Associated Press.
Monday, June 23
- Lance A. Moore, 26, who had been charged with six counts of first-degree criminal conduct, seven counts of burglary, four counts of criminal sexual predatory conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, was found to be incompetent for trial by Judge Mark Munger in St. Louis County District Court.
Munger made the decision based on the recommendation of two psychologists who believed he is not able to help in his own legal defense because he doesn't have the ability to relate to his attorney in a manner that is meaningful.
Also, Moore cannot make reasoned decisions in connection with his case.
- Blake Chaffee, campaign manager for Rep. Jim Oberstar said he would not run for Minnesota House District 7B seat held by Mike Jaros. City Council President Roger Reinert announced he will run for the position.
Other people running for the seat include DFL parenting advocate and residential designer Brandon Clokey, Republican engineer Allan Kehr. Marsh Stenerson, local labor leader and DFLer, said he will begin his candidacy July 1.
Tuesday, June 24
- The University of Minnesota Duluth women's hockey team met with President Bush at the White House. They came there as part of a ceremony for NCAA champions.
- Senior Minnesota Department of Transportation officials went in front of state lawmakers to offer a response to a report by the law firm Gray Plant Mooty which states that money worries, imprecise inspections and a disregard for policies could have led to bad maintenance decisions before the Interstate 35 bridge collapse, according to an Associated Press report.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation said they are recruiting more engineers and changing inspection practices.
- A report released by the Minnesota Department of Health cited the Chris Jensen Health & Rehabilitation Center, in Duluth, for neglect of a patient (the complaint was made in January).
In January a woman at the center was found unresponsive with an open pressure sore, a fever, a urine-soaked pad and dressing and a blood sugar level that was elevated.
- Exterior construction began on Phase II of the Duluth Heritage Sports Center. This phase is a multi-sport facility.
Wednesday, June 25
- Spencie Walker, 21, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the shooting of Stanley Boody. According to police, the incident revolved around a failed drug deal gone bad June 14.
- Sixth Judicial District Judge Kenneth Sandvik ordered that the city of Duluth, currently, cannot make changes in the health insurance benefit levels of two retired city employees and the spouse of another.
Thursday, June 26
- Kim Hall, the current SMDC Health Systems human resources director, was hired as the city's new human resources manager by Mayor Don Ness.
-- The Duluth News Tribune contributed to these reports
Coming this weekend
- The annual Park Point Art Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Park Point Recreation Area Saturday, June 28. It will be held at the same time Saturday, June 29.
For more, visit www.parkpointcommunityclub.org .