GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — Community rallies around Waseca officer
Earlier this week, Officer Arik Matson was shot in the head while responding to a 911 call.The suspect, 37-year-old Tyler Janovsky, has been charged with first-degree attempted murder of a police officer. Since then, practically all of Southern Minnesota has rushed to the Matson family’s side, in the form of donations, fundraisers, vigils and now a Thursday evening prayer service in the officer’s hometown of Albert Lea. Sitting in the front row for the hour-long event, Megan Matson rose to the stage at the very end to offer a few words of gratitude to the audience. She specifically thanked the small businesses raising money for her family, the police officers protecting her home and the hospital at night, and her friends and family who’ve stayed by her side at the hospital. A GoFundMe for the family has now raised more than $100,000.
It all started on Sunday when Rudolph caught that game-winning touchdown between the Vikings and the Saints. After the game when talking to reporters in the locker room, someone asked Rudolph for the gloves he was wearing during that final catch. Rudolph gave over his gloves, and even signed them. But then three days later, the gloves turned up for auction on eBay. Luckily, the fan who bought the gloves contacted Rudolph and offered to donate the gloves to charity. He chose Kyle Rudolph's End Zone on the lobby level of M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital in Minneapolis. The therapeutic patient care space is a place where kids can play and families can connect. The hospital has a ongoing crowdfunding site to cover their costs-previous to "GloveGate", they had raised about $24,000. Since King's post, they've raised more than $14,000. eBay also announced a donation to the cause.
Authorities say one person is dead following a Maple Grove home fire in the 6700 block of Zinnia Lane North. Officials say they arrived to the home around 7 p.m. and it was fully engulfed in flames. Crews used a "defensive attack" to battle the flames. They were able to keep the fire from spreading to neighboring homes. Officials found one person in a wheelchair, inside the home, who died in the fire. The state fire marshal is investigating, but a cause for the fire has not yet been released.