St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and snowmobile racer Levi LaVallee after their 12,000-foot parachute jump onto Harriet Island Tuesday.

St. Paul mayor skydives into news conference to say Red Bull's 'Flugtag' event will return

Mayor Melvin Carter parachuted onto Harriet Island to spread the news.
Politics

Legislative auditor calls for shift in Minnesota's child-care fraud investigations

March 19
State Legislative Auditor James Nobles recommends transferring investigations of fraud in Minnesota’s child-care assistance program (CCAP) to the st
They are criminal probes, he said, and belong in the state's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Local

Valerie Castile and John Choi create guidelines to reduce officer-involved shootings

March 19
For Valerie Castile, working on the tool kit with Ramsey County Attorney John Choi and others was a highly personal project.
Prosecutor and families collaborated on a guide to reduce police use of force.
Local
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Justin Morneau, now a TV broadcast analyst for Twins games, has been given Opening Day first-pitch honors.

Morneau to throw out first pitch, Har Mar Superstar to sing anthem at Twins opener

A former All-Star, a self-described "superstar" and a Stars and Stripes battlefield defender are headlining Opening Day festivities for the Twins next week.
Local
56 minutes ago
Pastor Paul Marzhan has a new role as a church flipper, even getting a real estate license to resurrect old spaces like this former Catholic Charities

Minnesota church flipper gives empty religious buildings new life

Pastor Paul Marzahn finds a mission matching empty buildings and congregations. It's work that might soon get a wider audience via TV.
St. Paul
March 19

St. Paul schools still show gaps in student discipline

Report says black students last fall were suspended eight times more often than whites.
Local
March 19

Minn. lawmakers aim to reduce salt runoff from sidewalks

Bills in the House and Senate would create a state program to certify the professionals who apply salt to sidewalks and parking lots, so they know how to best control ice without using excessive salt.
Local
March 19

Attorney Bucky Zimmerman dies at 72

In a career spanning nearly five decades, Zimmerman waged battle against legal foes that included Target, the NHL and the Vatican bank.
South Metro
March 19
Prairie Island Indian Community and volunteers built a berm Tuesday, March 19, 2019 as they prepare for flooding in the Prairie Island Indian Communit

Minnesota cities prep for worst as spring, snowmelt bring flood threat

Prairie Island Indian Community shows what is at stake with planning efforts.
North Metro
March 19
Catie Lonergan, a senior at St. Francis High School, on Monday made parts for MnDOT that will be used on street light fixtures.

St. Francis students score big by turning out parts for MnDOT

They're rethinking the bounds of high school shop class.
Local
March 19
Former Minnesota Attorney Generals Lori Swanson and Mike Hatch.

Former AGs Lori Swanson, Mike Hatch to open Mpls. law firm

The firm brings together the last two state attorneys general, both of them litigators with a long history of working together in Minnesota's legal community.
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Local
March 19
Michael Herzog suffered second- and third-degree burns over nearly 80 percent of his body, according to his CaringBridge page.

Detroit Lakes man in critical condition after Moorhead fish house explosion

Michael Herzog suffered second- and third-degree burns over nearly 80 percent of his body.
Local
March 19
Cynthia Grund

Lois Riess' sister accused of purposely running over adult son, putting him in hospital

The moth­er said she re­spond­ed to him say­ing, "Why don't you just run me over," ac­cord­ing to the Sher­iff's Office.
Minneapolis
March 19
Juan A. Vasquez Jr.

Man gets nearly 40-year prison term for fatal shooting on Minneapolis sidewalk

He'll serve roughly 25 years of his sentence in prison.
St. Paul
March 19
Taressa D. Wilson-Snyder

Police release description of car in fatal St. Paul hit-and-run

The vehicle is a 1996 to 1998 red Honda Civic, according to police.
Minneapolis
March 19

The bank robbery that wasn't: Man tells Minneapolis teller he wants $10,000

Police sort out the details and let the man go without charges.
Local
March 19
A bumblebee in Susan Damon’s pollinator-friendly in St. Paul in 2014.

Pollinator-friendly yards could get help from the state of Minnesota

Legislature considers subsidies for homeowners who convert lawns to clover and wildflowers.
St. Paul
March 19

Waconia wrestling coach investigated over drug allegation involving student

A Waconia high school wrestling coach and his wife are under investigation for allegedly giving a student prescription medication to treat a herpes rash in an apparent attempt to avoid disqualification from competition.
Minneapolis
March 19
The Northern Metals Recycling facility, located on the Mississippi River just south of the Lowry Avenue Bridge in Minneapolis. Families in north Minne

Families urged to seek free lead, asthma testing in north Minneapolis

The services are funded by a settlement over air pollution concerns at Northern Metals Recycling.
St. Paul
March 19
Watch St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter jump out of an airplane

Watch St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter jump out of an airplane

Mayor Melvin Carter and snowmobile racer Levi LaVallee dropped out of an airplane at 12,000 feet and parachuted to Harriet Island on Tuesday morning to announce Red Bull's Flugtag will come to St. Paul on Sept. 7.
TV & Media
March 19
Lindsay Guentzel

Lindsay Guentzel again leaving WCCO Radio

The producer and on-air talent said she'll be starting a weekly podcast and taking up other opportunities.
Local
March 19
Prairie Island Indian Community prepares for flooding

Prairie Island Indian Community prepares for flooding

Flooding is an annual issue for the community as much of its reservation land sits within the floodplain.
Local
March 19
Flooded fields in Omaha, Neb., March 19, 2019.

Midwest forecast for further flooding, 'cannot be complacent'

With epic floods swamping much of the Great Plains and warmer weather likely to start melting the snowpack across Minnesota and North Dakota, Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney declared a state of emergency for his city in anticipation of spring flooding and is seeking 200 volunteers to begin stuffing 1 million sandbags.