Minnesota news in brief at 7:58 p.m. CDT

The Associated PressJuly 15, 2014 

Police in standoff at Minnesota pharmacy

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — Breckenridge police have a downtown drug store surrounded after an attempted armed robbery.

KFGO-AM (http://bit.ly/1zKsi3shttp://bit.ly/1zKsi3s ) reports the four employees of Thrifty White Pharmacy who were in the store were able to get out safely.

Police and sheriff's deputies from several agencies are on the scene Wednesday evening. The suspect remains in the business.

The standoff started around 5:15 p.m. No shots have been fired. Traffic in the area has been blocked off.

---

$10K reward offered in fatal Minnesota shooting

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to whoever fatally shot a 21-year-old man outside a Mankato ballroom three months ago.

Poth Acouth, of Omaha, Nebraska, was shot about 2 a.m. on April 20 in the parking lot during a disturbance after he attended a Sudanese cultural event at the Kato Ballroom. Three other people were shot and wounded.

Mankato police and the Minnesota Department of Criminal Apprehension announced the reward Wednesday. The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1wwyuaQ) reports investigators say they are confident numerous people saw the shooting.

---

Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.comhttp://www.startribune.com

---

2 meetings set on Minnesota medical marijuana law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two public meetings have been set to discussing planning for Minnesota's new medical marijuana program.

The first is on July 31 and will be used to familiarize a 16-member Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research with its duties. The other one is an early-August session by the Office of Medical Cannabis to brief potential manufacturers and others about the timetable and program guidelines.

The Minnesota Department of Health announced the schedule Wednesday.

The Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton passed a limited medical marijuana law last session.

Patients can only use a pill, liquid or vaporized form of the drug. Only those who suffer from eight illnesses including cancer, HIV/AIDS and glaucoma will qualify for the program.

---

Ex-SEAL testifies that he saw Ventura punched

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy SEAL testified Wednesday that he saw military sniper Chris Kyle punch former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in a bar in 2006, providing the most complete account yet backing the version told by Kyle in his best-selling autobiography.

Jeremiah Dinnell testified in federal court as part of Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of the former SEAL and "American Sniper" author, who was killed in Texas last year.

Dinnell, who served in the SEALs for a decade before leaving last year, said he saw Kyle strike Ventura with his right hand at a California bar after Ventura said the SEALs "deserve to lose a few." Dinnell said he watched Ventura fall and get up again.

In his 2012 book, Kyle wrote that he punched a man he called "Scruff Face." Kyle later identified the man as Ventura, who is also a former SEAL.

Ventura says he never said SEALs deserved to die and alleges Kyle never hit him.

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service