The Rev. Mike Lotzer preaches at Mercy Road Church, the updated name for his Burnsville church.

Minnesota church Facebook page explodes – with requests for the Illuminati

It shows off the downside of the national trend for churches to creatively rebrand.
South Metro
February 19
This home in West St. Paul is operated by the state Department of Human Services. It’s licensed to provide care and living services for up to four a

Murder charges: Man stabbed 20-plus times by fellow resident at West St. Paul group home

Many of those wounds were to the victim's hands, according to the complaint.
South Metro
February 17
This home in West St. Paul is operated by the state Department of Human Services. It’s licensed to provide care and living services for up to four a

Man fatally stabs fellow resident at state-run mental health group home in West St. Paul

Another resident arrested in attack at state-run mental health facility in West St. Paul; others unharmed.
South Metro
February 15

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 16

CHANHASSEN JAN. 19 Drugs. A 17-year-old boy was cited on suspicion of possession of marijuana in a motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and…
South Metro
February 14
A bar patron played electronic pulltabs at a bar in Coon Rapids.

Shakopee community challenging legality of electronic pulltabs

Sioux community claims e-pulltabs breach compact.
South Metro
February 14
Two of the four officers fired in the aftermath of a Shakopee inmate’s sexual assault allegations have regained their jobs.

Fired officer at Shakopee women's prison reinstated after bribe allegation

He was one of two officers to get their jobs back at Shakopee.
State + Local
February 13
Apple Valley's ordinance prohibits people convicted of certain sex offenses from living within 1,500 feet of schools, parks, playgrounds, churches and

Minnesota sex offenders sue over residency restrictions in Apple Valley

Attorneys argue the far-reaching ordinance effectively bars sex offenders from living in the city.
South Metro
February 8
A woman was found lying in the street in Inver Grove Heights, police said.

Pedestrian seriously injured after being struck by driver in Inver Grove Heights

Officers found a 40-year-old woman lying in the street at the intersection of Broderick and Concord boulevards, just off Hwy. 55, police said.
South Metro
February 8

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 9

BAYTOWN TOWNSHIP DEC. 29 Suspicious activity. A deputy stopped a vehicle at the Washington County Fairgrounds at 8:30 p.m. after watching it pull into…
Inspired
February 7
Grace Myler and her mother launched Threads for Teens Minnesota in 2016. The store found a permanent space in 2017.

Shakopee student whose nonprofit clothing shop changed teen lives now is getting a national award

At Threads for Teens Minnesota, girls in need can get free clothing.
South Metro
February 7
Brad Schwantke and Derek Doty swept in front of the stone during their curling league at the Four Seasons Curling Club in Blaine.

Last cattle farm in suburban Savage could make way for year-round curling

As the number of suburban curling facilities grows, Minnesota fans say there's more than enough demand for additional ice as more people try the social sport.
South Metro
February 5
Laura Ritt and River, her service animal.

Twin Cities refinery to pay $75K to settle dispute over worker needing service dog

State agency brokered the agreement and backed up her claim that the animal would help her cope with a military-related disability.
South Metro
February 5
Pastor Wes Feltner.

Burnsville church investigation finds abuse allegations made against former pastor are credible

The investigation by Berean Baptist blamed the Rev. Wes Feltner for misuse of power in dating two teenage women in his youth group.
South Metro
February 3

South St. Paul revokes rental licenses of problem owner, allows two others another chance

South St. Paul council grants other owners provisional agreements.
South Metro
February 1

Rosemount crash victim identified as Hastings teen

A vehicle the 17-year-old was a passenger in crashed on Blaine Avenue near E. 152nd Street.
South Metro
February 1

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Feb. 2

AFTON DEC. 26 Suspicious activity. A deputy responded to a report of a vehicle that had driven up a driveway at 5:40 a.m. in…
South Metro
January 30
Charlie Vig

Charlie Vig looks back on eight years as Shakopee tribal chairman

Getting more people involved, strengthening local ties and building cultural center are among the achievements.
South Metro
January 30
Rocky the sea otter flashed a smile as he swam around in his off-exhibit pool while he spent the afternoon behind the scenes Wednesday. at the Minneso

Minnesota Zoo's sea otter thrives after being first to have flipper amputated

Limb amputation is common in cats and dogs, but no one had heard of a flipper amputation on an otter.
South Metro
January 28
Karen Christiansen, left, and Jena Christiansen.

10 months in jail for Dakota County driver whose boulder fatally hit 2 women

Hastings man also must pay restitution and write a letter of apology.
South Metro
January 26

Fergus Falls woman pleads guilty in 6-year-old's abuse death

The scars and bruises on Justis Burland-Arnett's battered and lifeless body left little doubt that the 6-year-old had been systematically mistreated when his caretaker brought…
South Metro
January 25

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Jan. 26

ANDOVER JAN. 9 Theft. A handgun was reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the 13300 block of NW. Uplander Street. BIRCHWOOD DEC. 20…