Family members of the man who was fatally stabbed outside a bar in Hudson, Wisconsin, early Sunday have identified him as a 26-year-old from the Twin Cities.
Meanwhile, the stabbing has Hudson's mayor considering a curfew in the city, citing the influx of people crossing the border to drink at bars.
Cain Solheim was killed in a stabbing that injured two others around 1 a.m. Sunday, family members said on Facebook and a Go Fund Me page. The Star Tribune notes Solheim is from New Brighton.
"... He was brutally murdered by stabbing over in Hudson last night around 1-1:30 a.m. in front of the Smilin' Moose bar along with two other friends who were stabbed as well all coming to the aid of a much smaller friend who’s life most likely was spared due to my son's ultimate sacrifice," Solheim's stepfather Kevin Hanson wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday.
A Go Fund Me page created by Solheim's aunt says it is "a really hard time for our family," noting they're hoping to raise $5,000 to help with funeral expenses.
According to the Hudson Police Department, officers responded to a stabbing incident around 1 a.m. Sunday, where they found three people had been stabbed at three different areas of downtown Hudson.
They were all brought to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where Solheim died (police have not officially identified him). The conditions of the other victims, who also have not been formally identified, have not been released.
Police believe this was a targeted attack, saying witnesses described multiple unknown suspects getting into a Chrysler Town and Country minivan with Minnesota license plates.
As of Sunday, the suspects were still at large and no arrests had been made, but police said they do not believe there's a risk to the general public.
Hudson considers 10 p.m. curfew
Minnesotans have been flocking to Hudson to go to bars and out to eat in wake of Gov. Tim Walz's four-week ban on in-person dining at bars and restaurants to curb the spread of COVID-19. The order went into effect on Nov. 21 and is set to expire on Dec. 18.
Wisconsin does not have such a ban, which has made the state appealing to many Minnesotans.
Hudson Police Chief Geoffrey Willems told the Star Tribune that since Minnesota's latest shutdown the city has seen a "huge influx of people from all over Minnesota," saying they come to "shop and dine, others to occupy bars late at night."
Geoffrey noted that this increase in visitors has led to more calls related to disturbances, weapons, violence, and ordinance violations, the paper said.
As a result of all these visitors, O'Connor plans to recommend to the Common Council that it adopt a curfew for bars and restaurants that starts at 10 p.m., according to FOX 9.
O'Connor says a curfew is "going to keep people away that are driving two, three hours that are coming here just to drink because they usually don’t come into town until right about 10 o’clock," according to FOX 9.
“We want to put them on notice if that’s [drinking] all you’re here to do, honestly, at this point and time, you’re not welcome. Especially after what happened [Sunday morning],” he added.
The Hudson Common Council has a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday.