At least 13 people who visited a traveling petting zoo have been infected with E. coli. State health officials traced the E. coli O157:H7 outbreak to the Zerebko Zoo Tran petting zoo. In a press release Tuesday, the Minnesota Department of Health says that of the confirmed cases, seven people have been hospitalized, including three children. The petting zoo exhibited at several county fairs between July 4 and July 27.
Chris Field, the Minnesota Republican Party official whose Twitter comment about the death of Robin Williams caused a storm of criticism on social media Monday night, issued an apology Tuesday afternoon. The war of words began shortly after Ellen Anderson, a Minnesota DFL Party official, tweeted a message mourning the passing of actor and comedian Robin Williams.
Minnesotans took to the polls Tuesday for the state's primary election, where voters will choose candidates to represent their political party for governor, U.S. Senate and state auditor in the Nov. 4 general election. Low voter turnout was expected, with only 200,000-300,000 people expected to cast votes. Polls are open until 8 p.m.
The man who was shot and killed at an Arden Hills gas station Monday has been identified as Kelly Phillips, a longtime executive at Boston Scientific and the co-founder of a Minneapolis bar, according to reports. Phillips, 48, was fatally shot Monday morning moments after stepping out of a BMW at a Holiday gas station on West Highway 96.
A Moorhead, Minnesota, teen got to play with his music idol at WE Fest over the weekend thanks to a little help from social media. Dan Brekke, a country musician himself, has long idolized Brad Paisley, one of the headliners at WE Fest. Brekke was allowed to play one song with Paisley after a friend started a #letBrekkeplay hasthtag on Twitter.