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May 8: Case closed: Driver's good Samaritan wore Minneapolis blue

May 8: Case closed: Driver's good Samaritan wore Minneapolis blue

The posted note that helped Aaron Purmort find his car after suffering a seizure and losing consciousness was from Kyle Severson, a Minneapolis police officer who says it was all in a day’s work.
Nuns in the Hood: 25 years of doing good

Nuns in the Hood: 25 years of doing good

Nuns from a small inner-city monastery foster peace and love on Minneapolis’ North Side.

Boy, man drown in Carver County lake 24 hours apart

The 6-year-old and 60-year-old died after the incidents on Parley Lake.

Northstar train kills man on tracks in Elk River

A Northstar train hit and killed a pedestrian on the tracks in Elk River just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, prompting authorities to shut down trains…
Obituary: Peace activist Mary Eoloff, 82, gave a voice to the voiceless

Obituary: Peace activist Mary Eoloff, 82, gave a voice to the voiceless

Peace activist Mary Eoloff of St. Paul flew to Israel 13 times to see the man imprisoned as a traitor for exposing Israel’s nuclear weapons…

Willmar turkey plant resumes operation after mass illness

Facility was evacuated after 24 workers got sick; officials could find no cause for illnesses..
After five months, Mankato beating victim Isaac Kolstad is discharged from rehab

After five months, Mankato beating victim Isaac Kolstad is discharged from rehab

Isaac Kolstad’s long road to recovery took a big step forward Friday with news that the former college football player has been discharged from inpatient…

Dozens of workers sickened at Willmar turkey plant

Twenty-eight employees at a Willmar turkey-processing plant fell sick on Friday evening, and 21 of them were treated at a hospital. Fire officials could find…

Suspect in parking ramp sex assaults charged in two more attacks

Charges say man attempted one rape, carried out another in ramp. Two weeks earlier, he allegedly attacked someone in skyway.

Man killed by police in St. Anthony was from Georgia

William Thomas Holt was the man shot and killed by police in St. Anthony last Thursday, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. Holt,…
Obit: Len Janski was beloved ticket-taker at fair

Obit: Len Janski was beloved ticket-taker at fair

jpowell@startribune.comIn his many years as a ticket-taker at the Minnesota State Fair, Leonard “Len” Janski’s quick wit came in handy.Fairgoers and friends alike found it…
Obituary: Investment manager Stephanie Prem, 61, helped families, nonprofits

Obituary: Investment manager Stephanie Prem, 61, helped families, nonprofits

At Abbot Downing, a Wells Fargo division, attorney Stephanie Prem helped wealthy families plan where their money would go, both during their lives and after…

Police issue crime alert after two attacks in Mpls. parking ramp

Police suspect the same man accosted two women only hours apart in Ramp C.
Obituary: Shelly Fling wrote of the U's alumni

Obituary: Shelly Fling wrote of the U's alumni

As longtime editor of the University of Minnesota’s alumni magazine, Michelle “Shelly” Fling would get requests from inside and outside the U, from alumni and…
Burnsville man, arrested in case of missing Andover girls, is a coach

Burnsville man, arrested in case of missing Andover girls, is a coach

Anoka County authorities said the girls, who are neighbors in Anover, met Casey Lee Chinn, 23, online and that he picked them up near their homes Monday night.

Wrecks kill two in Hubbard, Chisago counties

A 24-year-old woman was killed Tuesday night when a pickup truck she was driving rolled over on southbound 35 near Harris, Minn., about 45 miles…
Historic train takes volunteer on a sentimental journey

Historic train takes volunteer on a sentimental journey

Old locomotive’s trip to Duluth pays tribute to active volunteer.
Body is identified as missing NDSU student

Body is identified as missing NDSU student

Thomas Bearson, 18, was last seen leaving a campus party early Saturday.
Sept. 4: Widow of author, Navy SEAL challenges $1.8 million award to Ventura

Sept. 4: Widow of author, Navy SEAL challenges $1.8 million award to Ventura

The attorneys representing the slain author’s widow, Taya Kyle, want either a new trial or a judgment entered in favor of Kyle’s estate.
Obituary: Pericles Caranicas, longtime DFL Party activist

Obituary: Pericles Caranicas, longtime DFL Party activist

As a boy, Pericles “Perry” Caranicas fled his village of Volos, Greece, with relatives. As they chugged up a hill in an old electric company…
At Union Depot, railway history was the ticket

At Union Depot, railway history was the ticket

Union Depot celebrates railway history with vintage displays, a movie and author lectures.
Nine officers exchanged fire with Crookston-area shootout suspect

Nine officers exchanged fire with Crookston-area shootout suspect

Two of the responding officers were struck, protected by their vests. Bail was set at $1 million.
Man who escaped courthouse during trial is in custody

Man who escaped courthouse during trial is in custody

Hennepin County Sheriff responds to questions surrounding the escape and arrest of a convict.
Obituary: Marge Gerten, matriarch of the garden mart, dies at 89

Obituary: Marge Gerten, matriarch of the garden mart, dies at 89

Over the years, there would be those customers who wanted to talk only with Marge Gerten’s son Terry, wanting to hear “from a man” about…
Minneapolis slaying suspect found hiding

Minneapolis slaying suspect found hiding

A man sought on a first-degree murder warrant in connection with a fatal stabbing in south Minneapolis was arrested Wednesday while hiding at a relative’s…
Hinckley dad disappears with kids after missing custody hearing

Hinckley dad disappears with kids after missing custody hearing

Pine County authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating a father and two children who have been missing since Friday. Peter Kunze, 44,…

Fall from horse kills Stacy, Minn., teacher

A 53-year-old teacher has died after she and two others were thrown from their horses in Chisago County over the weekend. Felicity A. Crosby of…
Minneapolis police hunt for man wanted in fatal stabbing

Minneapolis police hunt for man wanted in fatal stabbing

Police say he is a possible danger to anyone who might confront him.

South Minneapolis man killed in stabbing lived steps away from scene

The man fatally stabbed Wednesday night in the area of the Little Earth housing complex in south Minneapolis has been identified as Cody Rasche, according…
Lake City man is held in girlfriend's slaying in Wisconsin

Lake City man is held in girlfriend's slaying in Wisconsin

Hours passed between a fatal gunshot and the suspect’s call to police.

Wright County, Lake Independence drownings claim two men

The body of one drowning victim has been identified, while a second victim in a separate incident remains unnamed as of Tuesday evening. A man…
Wright County offers $5,000 for information on missing Annandale man

Wright County offers $5,000 for information on missing Annandale man

Christopher Rossing of Annandale vanished Aug. 22, and his family fears foul play.
Obituary: Beloved Fridley teacher Duane Georgius changed lives

Obituary: Beloved Fridley teacher Duane Georgius changed lives

On the first day of classes, Fridley teacher Duane Georgius would stride to the blackboard and dash off: “Gum is sin. Teachers are love.” With…
Man fatally shot in Ramsey and officers who fired are identified

Man fatally shot in Ramsey and officers who fired are identified

The 21-year-old Michigan man allegedly fled from a car and pointed a gun.
Hundreds pay tribute to slain exec Kelly Phillips

Hundreds pay tribute to slain exec Kelly Phillips

The slain man was remembered for his political activism and charitable contributions.

2 critically stabbed in Fridley after giving bar patrons a ride

The 21-year-old men were at Two Stooges bar in Fridley before the attack early Saturday.
Obituary: Tony Centeno, fisherman and friend to many

Obituary: Tony Centeno, fisherman and friend to many

In the silvery moonlight, Tony Centeno cast his lighted bobber for walleye, just as he had countless times before at Fisherman’s Wharf Resort on Lake…
Missing St. Paul climber's body recovered from Mount Rainier

Missing St. Paul climber's body recovered from Mount Rainier

Mark Mahaney had scaled other large peaks.

Four-car pileup on Hwy. 10 in Arden Hills kills Princeton man

A Princeton man was killed late Friday afternoon when his car was rear-ended in a four-car pileup on Hwy. 10, just south of County Road…

Ramsey, Hennepin among counties getting flood assistance

Hennepin and Ramsey counties will be eligible for federal funds for emergency relief and reconstruction following flooding in June, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)…

Debt collector gets 14-plus years in scams, threats that targeted elderly

A jury found the south metro man intimidated elderly victims to steal identities and money.
U student crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

U student crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way

Jeni Haler, a 19-year-old college student from Norwood Young America, was crowned the 61st Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair…
Obituary: Dr. Burton Shapiro, dental and genetic scientist,

Obituary: Dr. Burton Shapiro, dental and genetic scientist,

A world renowned scientist, Dr. Burton Shapiro discovered causes of genetic disorders ranging from cleft palate to Down syndrome during 40 years of researching and…
Boschwitz firm resolves federal suit, will repay funds

Boschwitz firm resolves federal suit, will repay funds

Home Valu Interiors, the defunct store chain begun by former U.S. Sen. Rudy Boschwitz, agrees to repay employee funds.
BCA: After five-hour attack, Minn. woman fatally shoots assailant

BCA: After five-hour attack, Minn. woman fatally shoots assailant

Five hours into the attack on her, a Pope County woman grabbed her assailant’s rifle and shot him to death, authorities said Friday. They were…

Jury convicts college football star in gang-related double shooting outside Blue Nile

  A jury on Thursday convicted a star college football player of aiding a gang-related murder and attempted murder during a gunfight outside a Minneapolis…

Driver killed in Isanti County collision with truck

A driver was killed Friday in Isanti County after his car veered into oncoming traffic and collided with a truck, according to the Minnesota State…

Crash kills motorcyclist on Hwy. 12 in Wright County

The crash occurred about 9:40 a.m. on the highway near Zephyr Avenue on the eastern edge of Montrose.
Semi driver turns himself in after near-miss at bus stop

Semi driver turns himself in after near-miss at bus stop

“It just kept coming and didn’t stop, and it didn’t even stop when it passed me,” said Alexis Schwartz, 13, who lives between New London and Paynesville, and was standing on the side of the road when the truck roared by on the right side of her stopped school bus.
Dixon Bond helped bring Ordway to life

Dixon Bond helped bring Ordway to life

  Dixon Bond was a troubleshooter. From leading construction of the Ordway Center in St. Paul to rescuing a struggling Northfield school for the disabled,…
Badly burned body found next to Minneapolis dumpster after fire

Badly burned body found next to Minneapolis dumpster after fire

A burned corpse found next to a south Minneapolis garbage dumpster remained unidentified Friday evening, and authorities were seeking the public’s help to identify the…
Pro-Palestinian protesters stage "die-in”

Pro-Palestinian protesters stage "die-in”

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered outside Klobuchar’s office.
Missing teen and her baby located in Hudson, Wis.

Missing teen and her baby located in Hudson, Wis.

Brooklyn Center police said baby could have a seizure and die without RX
June 5, 2013: Lawyer killed by boyfriend in Shoreview home

June 5, 2013: Lawyer killed by boyfriend in Shoreview home

Nancy A. Sullivan, 57, and her boyfriend of several years, Johnny L. Simpson, 65, were both dead at the scene from gunshot wounds when sheriff’s deputies arrived at their home.
Cook County attorney convicted of sex crimes.

Cook County attorney convicted of sex crimes.

Sentencing guidelines recommend probation.
Obituary: Helen Louis Kuehn was a prominent brewing chemist

Obituary: Helen Louis Kuehn was a prominent brewing chemist

Helen Louise Kuehn, a prominent brewing chemist, broke ground as one of the wine industry’s first female quality assurance directors. She directed laboratories for Theodore…

North Minneapolis shooting leads to crash

Four men were hurt after a car-to-car shooting and ensuing car crash.
Authorities confirm bodies are of St. Louis Park hikers

Authorities confirm bodies are of St. Louis Park hikers

The two bodies recovered in the Rockies are of Damian McManus, 51, and his son Evan, 18.
July 20, 2013: Car keys found next to Theis in hot trunk

July 20, 2013: Car keys found next to Theis in hot trunk

It’s unknown how Isaiah Theis became trapped in the vehicle. Said one searcher: “He was right there.”
Obituary: Col. Jeffrey W. Nelson led Special Forces

Obituary: Col. Jeffrey W. Nelson led Special Forces

Jeffrey W. Nelson’s life was one of service, from his work as a city administrator to his covert operations as a Green Beret officer.Nelson, of…
Obituary: Jim Lund, 97, lawyer, World War II officer

Obituary: Jim Lund, 97, lawyer, World War II officer

During World War II, James “Jim” Lund was a military railroader who moved troops and supplies through North Africa, Italy and France, helping to repair…
Obituary: Matt Bristol made Matt’s Bar a local icon

Obituary: Matt Bristol made Matt’s Bar a local icon

For Matt Bristol, each Jucy Lucy he grilled was a work of art, the molten cheese melted just so between two pancake-size beef patties, and…
Obit: Judith Ziegeweid wove a tapestry of faith and love.

Obit: Judith Ziegeweid wove a tapestry of faith and love.

Judith “Judy” Ziegeweid always said she found her soul when weaving.“It was such a meditative activity, and oftentimes profound thoughts came to me,” she once…
Witness to Sauk Rapids plane crash talks of 2nd aircraft

Witness to Sauk Rapids plane crash talks of 2nd aircraft

Authorities have not released the names of the two victims, whose bodies were recovered about midnight after firefighters doused the fire.
Police: Jewelry store heist ends with robber dead

Police: Jewelry store heist ends with robber dead

An officer interrupted the robbery at Johnson Jewelers in Woodbury. Police say one suspect shot himself while another is still being sought.
Two killed as small plane crashes in Sauk Rapids home

Two killed as small plane crashes in Sauk Rapids home

The only resident at the home jumped from a second-story window as fire consumed the structure. He was uninjured.
Obituary: Pediatrician Tom Norris, 74, a healer with humility

Obituary: Pediatrician Tom Norris, 74, a healer with humility

The great Halloween Blizzard of 1991 paralyzed the Twin Cities, but that wasn’t going to stop Dr. Tom Norris from seeing his patients. At his…
Woman struck and killed by LRT train in Minneapolis

Woman struck and killed by LRT train in Minneapolis

The pedestrian was struck as she crossed E. 35th Street in Minneapolis.
Deal could enable Medtronic to pay less in taxes

Deal could enable Medtronic to pay less in taxes

If a deal for Covidien goes through, it could enable Medtronic to pay much less in corporate taxes.
Obituary: President Roland Dille led 26 years of growth at Moorhead State

Obituary: President Roland Dille led 26 years of growth at Moorhead State

As longest serving president of Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Roland Dille not only strengthened its reputation as a liberal arts college, he championed human rights.In…

One dead in head-on Hwy. 13 collision near Burnsville

One person is dead after a minivan swerved into oncoming traffic on Hwy. 13 in Dakota County on Tuesday, authorities said. The accident happened shortly…

St. Paul man dies 9 days after swimming accident

Nine days after a swimming accident left him comatose, a prominent University of Minnesota food scientist has died. Koushik Seetharaman, 48, of St. Paul, was…
Obituary: Denny Schapiro toiled to educate, protect kids

Obituary: Denny Schapiro toiled to educate, protect kids

Dennis “Denny” Schapiro wanted the best for every child.Nationally, he helped expand the Montessori educational approach from private to public schools, where all children can…
Fight breaks out at slain teen's vigil in north Minneapolis

Fight breaks out at slain teen's vigil in north Minneapolis

Hundreds attended the event, where friends, family members and representatives of the group MAD DADS called for an end to gun violence before a dispute erupted between two young women.
Pedestrian jumps to death from 4th Street overpass onto I-35W

Pedestrian jumps to death from 4th Street overpass onto I-35W

The pedestrian jump onto Interstate 35W Wednesday, and was killed at the scene by an oncoming semitrailer truck.
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