"They said 'Send her back.' They didn't know I was already going back," Rep. Ilhan Omar said to the cheering supporters welcoming her to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Thursday. Omar's remarks were directed at crowds who chanted "send her back" during a North Carolina Trump rally Wednesday. While she's been doing plenty of policy work, Omar has also been making national headlines lately in her back-and-forth battle with President Donald Trump. It started when Trump tweeted Sunday that Omar and three other congresswomen of color should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from. Omar is the only one of the four not born in the U.S. The congresswomen fired back on Monday, condemning what they called "xenophobic bigoted remarks." Omar and fellow Rep. Pramila Jayapal hosted a town hall on Medicare For All in south Minneapolis Thursday night.
Instead of practicing with his team at the ice rink this week, Joel Carlson, 17, was at Regions Hospital. Carlson was at a pool when, after jumping in, his family says he had a freak accident, leaving him with two broken vertebrae. "I think the first day we all started skating again it was pretty tough," said teammate Garrett Horsager, "The locker room was pretty quiet. We were just all so shocked that this had happened to him." The team and Rosemount community are trying to help, setting up a GoFundMe for Carlson and his family. That GoFundMe says after a six-hour surgery, Carlson can move and feel his arms and is beginning to have feeling in his legs, but his family says it's still too soon to say what the outlook is for his future.
Dangerous heat has descended upon the Twin Cities, with an Excessive Heat Warning in effect on Friday. The heat index will make it feel between 104 and 107 degrees. At the same time, kids from around the world will be at the National Sports Center in Blaine for the Target USA Cup, the largest youth soccer tournament in the western hemisphere. There are more than 1,000 teams in town for the event, which runs through Saturday. Organizers say this isn't the first time a heat wave has happened during the tournament, so they're prepared. Aidan Berg, with Target USA Cup, says they have a dedicated team that monitors the heat. He said they've set up hydration and cooling stations, and are encouraging players to drink water consistently throughout the day. Berg says they're adding in breaks to games when needed.