On the outskirts of Little Falls, Minn., Crystal Shaeffel walked down the long driveway on Sunday, past the "keep out" sign, to see the house where her teenage brother and her cousin were shot to death on Thanksgiving Day.
She was met in the driveway by the brother of Byron David Smith, the man who is in the Morrison County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder after telling deputies he shot the pair when they broke into his house, where he lived alone. He is to make his first court appearance on Monday.
The bodies of Nicholas Brady, 17, and his cousin Haile Kifer, 18, both of Little Falls, were discovered on Friday when authorities began investigating a missing-persons report and after a car parked down the road from Smith's home prompted a neighbor to report suspicions that something was wrong.
"They were 17 and 18 years old, and they didn't need to die," Shaeffel told Bruce Smith as she stood in the driveway, tears flowing down her face.
Jack Jablonski was surrounded by his Benilde-St. Margaret’s teammates on Sunday afternoon while he lay in the pediatric intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center.
Photo by Richard Sennott, Star Tribune
No. 5: 'First-class kid' paralyzed by hit in Benilde hockey game
Monday January 2, 2012
Well-wishers crowded into Jack Jablonski's hospital room and lit up his Facebook and CaringBridge pages all weekend as the high school sophomore and his family awaited a prognosis on a paralyzing injury he suffered during a hockey game on Friday.
"It's a parent's worst nightmare," his father, Mike Jablonski of Minneapolis, said on Sunday in the pediatric intensive care unit at Hennepin County Medical Center. "He dropped and didn't move. Right then and there I knew that my son, that there was something seriously wrong."
Known as "Jabby" to his friends, the 16-year-old honors student, hockey forward and varsity tennis player at Benilde-St. Margaret's scored the first goal of what would be a victory for the junior varsity Red Knights against Wayzata during the Holiday Hockey Classic tournament at the St. Louis Park Recreation Center.
Jack's team was up by one goal 5 minutes and 48 seconds into the second period when he made a dash for the puck near the end boards with two Wayzata players in hot pursuit, said Chris McGowan, the Red Knights' JV coach.
Amy Senser trial exhibit 109: Photo of damaged hood and headlight of Mercedes SUV.
Photo by Renee Jones Schneider, Star Tribune
No. 4: Sensers' text messages show a family grappling with tragedy
Tuesday May 8, 2012
A thick printout containing hundreds of text messages sheds little light on what happened when Amy Senser struck and killed a man on a Minneapolis freeway ramp last summer.
But it does paint a picture of a family struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in the glare of news media and public attention while she faced serious felony charges.
Asked by a friend a week after the accident whether the Sensers had reported it to the State Patrol, Joe Senser texted back: "Yes, that's all I can say. Humiliation, and it's just starting."
The phone records of Senser, 45, and her husband, a restaurateur and ex-Minnesota Vikings star, were part of more than 140 exhibits released Monday, four days after a Hennepin County jury convicted her in the hit-and-run death of 38-year-old Anousone Phanthavong.
Leggings and yoga pants are usually worn with a long top covering the hips.
Photo by Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune file photo
No. 3: Minnetonka High principal’s plea: 'Cover your butts up'
Wednesday November 14, 2012
Dozens of parents and high schools across the metro endorsed a Minnetonka principal's message Tuesday that discourages teen girls from wearing trendy tight-fitting leggings with increasingly shorter tops.
Sparking the latest debate over what's appropriate attire in schools, David Adney sent an e-mail to high school parents Monday asking them to talk to their daughters about wearing spandex-like yoga pants or other tight-fitting leggings with T-shirts that expose "more leg and backside" and can "be highly distracting for other students."
From Forest Lake to St. Paul, more than 70 parents and other high schools called or e-mailed Adney supporting his message, which didn't ban leggings, but urges teens to dress more modestly.
"It must have touched a nerve," he said, saying the school tries to get ahead of problem trends.
Best Buy employees walked through the parking lot and to the Best Buy store Thursday in Richfield.
Photo by David Joles, Star Tribune
No. 2: Ax falls on 50 stores, hundreds of jobs in a reboot of Best Buy
Wednesday April 4, 2012
Faced with a stubborn slide in sales at its U.S. stores, Best Buy Co. Inc. announced Thursday its steepest round of cuts: closure of 50 big box stores and elimination of 400 positions at corporate headquarters in Richfield.
The closings include five stores in the Twin Cities area, leaving 301 workers without jobs. Nationally, layoffs will likely be in the thousands since each store employs roughly 100 workers, including so-called Blue Shirts and Geek Squad technicians.
Best Buy, once known as the undisputed discount king of consumer electronics, has been struggling to find its place in a world dominated by flashy high-end brand temples like Apple Stores and low-cost Internet retailers like Amazon. Customers have been increasingly migrating online, where they often find better deals, forcing Best Buy to figure out a reason why shoppers would need to visit an actual store.
Last year, Best Buy lost a staggering $1.2 billion as it deeply discounted merchandise to keep pace with rivals Amazon and Wal-Mart.
No. 1: Target stocks cards for same-sex couples
Sunday July 15, 2012
Same-sex marriages aren't recognized in most states, but Target stores nationwide are now selling greeting cards to celebrate them.
Placed on card racks under the headings of "For two special men" and "For two special women," the cards are adorned with phrases such as "Mr. & Mr." and "Two very special women, one very special love."
The cards hit shelves in mid-June, a month after the retailer began selling T-shirts with gay pride themes, and two years after Target drew a backlash for a $150,000 donation it made to a group backing Tom Emmer, the Republican gubernatorial candidate who opposed gay marriage.
Target offers a range of greeting cards that appeal to a variety of audiences, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, spokeswoman Molly Snyder said.