Despite heat and tension, Black Lives Matter supporters turn out in Elgin

Under the watchful eyes of men driving pickup trucks displaying oversized Confederate flags and teen boys wearing Trump shirts, a group of about 50 people gathered in front of the Elgin Town Hall to support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The rally was similar to ones held in places like Rochester. However, the tension between the BLM group and counter-protesters in pickups, as well as groups standing on the other side of the street, was much more obvious in the small town with 1,087 residents.

Holding handmade signs saying things like “Protesting racism and fascism is patriotic” and “I can’t breathe,” the group standing in the afternoon heat shouted chants such as, “No justice, no peace! Prosecute the police,” led by Elgin resident Jake Roberts.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

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Toxic environment forces employee out

While in the midst of cleaning out a car, putting away fishing gear, and trying to ignore continuous requests for ice cream, I received a shocking text that sent me reeling to the nearest chair.

It said, “I am moving to Texas, today was my last day at work.” This came from someone I took under my wing two decades ago, groomed for greatness and then sent on her way to bigger and better things. After 15 loyal years to the same company, she feels she was targeted to quit.

When I asked her how, in her mind, this targeting began, she shared, “I would talk to people around me, and I would get in trouble but never the other person. Soon it was one small thing after another, and I would make the change they requested. Once that change was made, I was in trouble for yet another issue. I cried so much, and was filled with anxiety. I would panic at the thought of meeting with my management team.”

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Police confirm boy died after being pulled from Rochester lake

The beach remains closed on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Cascade Lake Park in Rochester. The beach will opening for the summer. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)
The beach remains closed on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at Cascade Lake Park in Rochester. The beach will opening for the summer. (Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

A child died Saturday evening after he was rescued from the water at Cascade Lake Park, the Rochester Police Department confirmed Sunday night.

Lt. Jim Evenson said the boy died "shortly after the incident." As of Sunday evening, Evenson said he couldn't provide any additional information, such as the child's name or age. He said the department likely will release more information after hearing back from the medical examiner.

A spokeswoman for the city initially released a statement on the situation Saturday evening, saying that the police department, the fire department and other emergency crews responded to Cascade Lake Park just before 7 p.m.

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RIP Chuck E. Cheese: Med City kids eatery won't re-open



It looks like a well-known mouse will not survive the COVID-19 pandemic, at least not in the Med City.

It’s official. The frenetic house of skee ball and pizza called Chuck E. Cheese will not re-open in Rochester. The kids eatery closed early in the pandemic. While the 13 other Minnesota locations are slated to re-open, Rochester’s is expected to remain closed.

It is one of 45 locations the parent company, CEC Entertainment, identified in a bankruptcy filing last week.

Read the full story by Jeff Kiger here.

Flipping the camera around: The man behind King Of The Courts

Evan Schlee, the videographer for the popular King of the Courts twitter/instagram account. (Contributed photo)
Evan Schlee, the videographer for the popular King of the Courts twitter/instagram account. (Contributed photo)

Evan Schlee is a basketball lifer.

The 2015 Stewartville graduate played for the Tigers in high school. But when New Prague tripped up Stewartville 68-63 in the first round of the Section 1AAA tournament, Schlee’s career came to a close.

His life without basketball seemed incomplete.

Read the full story by Isaac Trotter here.