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August 18 Live: Today's top Minnesota stories

All of today's top Minnesota stories in one place.

Jack Morris suspended indefinitely by Bally Sports after racist comment

Jack Morris has been suspended indefinitely by Bally Sports Detroit after he used a racist accent while talking about MLB superstar Shohei Ohtani during Tuesday night's game between the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels.

In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Bally Sports Detroit called Morris' comments "extremely disappointing," adding that the Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher-turned-broadcaster will undergo bias training.

"Bally Sports Detroit is extremely disappointed with the remarks analyst Jack Morris made during last night's Tigers game," the network said in a statement.

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Minnesota State Fair reveals COVID rules: People urged – but not required – to wear masks, vaccinate

The Minnesota State Fair will not implement a mask mandate for the 2021 get-together, but organizers are "urging" attendees to wear a face covering in many situation.

Describing a mandate as "extremely difficult for our organization to enforce," the fair Wednesday morning appealed to Minnesotans' moral compass, repeatedly calling adherence to the guidelines "the right thing."

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It will also not require attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, despite a growing number of large events across the country imposing such rules.

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Four former MN GOP executive directors call on Carnahan to resign

The four most recent executive directors of the Republican Party of Minnesota under Jennifer Carnahan's leadership have issued a statement calling for her resignation, declaring the party "morally bankrupt" with her in charge amid the revelations of the past week.

In a fiery statement, Kevin Poindexter (GOP executive director from May '18 – Nov. '19), Becky Alert (Nov. '19 – Oct. '20), Christine Snell (Feb–Apr. '21), and Andy Aplikowski (May–Aug. '21) spoke out after the non-disclosure agreements "that have silenced the four of us" have now been lifted by the party.

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Citing waning protection over time, US to offer COVID booster shots beginning September 20

With COVID-19 vaccine protection possibly waning over time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Wednesday said Americans should get a booster shot eight months after being fully vaccinated.

A joint statement issued by the nation's top health experts, including Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, makes it clear that vaccine protection isn't as strong at preventing infection from COVID-19 after eight months.

The plan is to offer booster shots to all Americans starting the week of Sept. 20, though people will only be eligible if it has been at least eight months since they received their second dose.

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Diane Miller will host 'The Local Show' on The Current starting in September

The Current has a new host for The Local Show on Sunday nights.

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The radio station has hired musician and journalist Diane Miller as host and producer of the segment that features the latest from up-and-coming Minnesota artists.

The Local Show airs from 6-8 p.m. on Sundays on 89.3 FM and online.

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Greenwood Fire swells again, now at 3,200 acres

The Greenwood Fire in northern Minnesota continues to grow at a rapid pace, swelling by more then 1,000 acres over the past 24 hours.

Authorities estimate the size of the blaze at about 3,200 acres as of Wednesday morning, with fire quickly consuming dry timber in a large area just southwest of Isabella, Minnesota.

Officials said the fire is 0% contained at this point, and "is threatening cabins, homes, and recreational sites."

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Automatic weapon possibly used, 50 rounds fired in Brooklyn Park shootout

Authorities have revealed more details about the shootout that occurred during a memorial for a slain 17-year-old Tuesday.

"Several groups" were shooting at each other during the incident, police said, noting at least one of the weapons is believed to be fully automatic. Investigators said at least 50 rounds were fired, with "many vehicles" in the area hit by the gunfire.

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As former staffers share GOP sexual harassment allegations, Jennifer Carnahan says they're out to get her

Several more Minnesota Republicans have been sharing experiences of harassment they say they've endured within the party as the pressure increases on chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan, who is facing calls to resign.

On Tuesday, Carnahan gave two radio interviews in which she addressed some of the issues that have roiled her party this week, starting with the indictment of GOP donor Anton Lazzaro for child sex trafficking, and continuing with allegations of sexual assault and harassment within the GOP that went un-investigated, and the alleged awarding of cash to employees in exchange for signing non-disclosure agreements.

Speaking with WCCO, Carnahan denied claims that she has ignored harassment complaints, describing the claims as stories from disgruntled former staffers or those with apparent axes to grind with her personally.

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Tree trimmer dies after extended saw touches power line in Sherburne County

A 33-year-old man was working on the north side of the 14500 block of County Road 35 in Big Lake Township around 12:30 p.m. Friday, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff's Office. He'd been using a Silky Saw pole saw with an extension to cut branches on an evergreen there, authorities said.

At some point, authorities believe, the saw came into contact with a power line and he fell to the ground.

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