Valley Today Top 5 - Jan. 15, 2020
Here is all the top news you need to start your morning:
Union snowplow drivers are set to strike Wednesday in northeastern Minnesota's St. Louis County as snow moves into the area. The local's chief negotiator posted on Facebook that the strike will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday. County officials have a contingency plan to keep roads plowed. The union plans mobile pickets to follow Public Works vehicles that aren't driven by Teamsters.
Authorities are warning motorists about a phony law enforcement officer who is stopping drivers in northwestern Minnesota. At least two incidents have been reported, in Clay and Becker counties. The imposter's vehicle had flashing, multi-colored lights. The man is described in his late 20s or 30s, with a beard. He's driving a white, unmarked SUV described as a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
An official of the Transportation Security Administration has apologized to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Indigenous rights activist and attorney Tara Houska says she was headed home to Bemidji Monday when a TSA agent said she needed to pat down her long braids and then pulled them behind her shoulders and said “giddyup” as she snapped them like reins of a horse.
A Republican state lawmaker in North Dakota says he doesn’t know how two anti-Islam posts appeared in his Facebook feed. Rep. Jim Kasper, of Fargo, says his account may have been hacked by political opponents. Kasper posted an apology Tuesday on his private Facebook page to those who can see his posts.
Lawmakers in South Dakota are considering whether to ban doctors from performing gender-transition operations and treatment on minors. A bill introduced to the Republican-dominated Legislature would make it a felony for doctors to perform surgeries or administer hormone therapy to help minors change gender.