Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has declared Tuesday, June 25th, "Gabe Day" in Minnesota. The day will honor the life of champion runner Gabriele Grunewald on what would have been her 33rd birthday. After living, and running, with rare cancers for the last decade, Grunewald passed away earlier this month. Her family is now planning a “Gabe Day” run to celebrate her incredible life and legacy. The “Gabe Day” run will begin at 6:15 p.m. from BF Nelson Park in Minneapolis. Anyone is welcome to show up for a 1.405 mile run or walk because 1,405 was Gabe’s favorite number. If you can’t make it, the family encourages people to run where they can, take a photo, and post it on social media using #bravelikegabe or #runningonhope.
Today, the Minnesota man convicted of killing a teenager in Minneapolis more than 30 years ago will be sentenced. In May, Darrell Rea was found guilty of second-degree murder for the April 1983 death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl. Police believe Laurie was raped, driven to a train yard in North Minneapolis, and beaten to death. At the time, DNA technology wasn't available, but a DNA match taken from Rea in 2013 matched a semen sample taken from Laurie's body. Rea was charged in 2017 with second-degree unintentional murder. Today's sentencing hearing begins at 9 a.m.
After racking up roughly $20,000 in undergraduate loan debt at Whitman College, Alex Waheed has paid off about $10,000 while working and attending graduate school at the University of Minnesota. But the task of paying back the remaining debt is still as daunting as ever. So it's not surprising that Waheed and many of his peers are cheering for any proposal that eliminates student debt — like the plan unveiled by presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday. With the first primary debates scheduled this week, Sanders is now pushing to cancel debt for 45 million Americans, part of a $2.2 trillion plan that would also make two-year and four-year public colleges and universities free for everyone.To cover the costs of the plan, Sanders wants to implement a tax on Wall Street transactions such as selling stocks or bonds. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who introduced a debt-cancellation bill in the House of Representatives on Monday, stood beside Sanders as he formally unveiled the proposal.