Rod Thompson

State auditor reprimands Shakopee school board, recommends policy changes after superintendent credit card scandal

Current superintendent said district has already implemented changes.
South Metro
February 18
Terri Stephenson, Michael Serres

Couple's Valentine's Day crash: She's dead, he's in jail suspected of being drunk

A Dakota County couple who were out on Valentine's Day crashed in their pickup truck, killing her and landing him in jail under suspicion of…
South Metro
February 18
Todd Weldon, 47, overdosed and died at Minneapolis’ navigation center in early January.

Second person dies at temporary Minneapolis homeless center

Resident is the second to overdose in tents at the homeless services center.
South Metro
February 17
This image from Shakopee police officer Thor Carlson's body-worn camera shows James Hanchett raising a gun in his hand.

Ruling: Shakopee officer justified when he killed man aiming gun at him

Video from the officer's body-worn camera captured as part of the Nov. 2018 encounter.
South Metro
February 16

Metro area police blotter, Feb. 17

AFTON JAN. 17 Suspicious activity. A deputy checked on a report of a car parked at the end of a driveway in the 12000…
South Metro
February 15
Pro snowboarder Jake Olson-Elm helps Amourah Hammond, 8, strap on a snowboard at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. TONY S

Fans of costly winter sports try to level the playing field

In a state known for its snowy, cold months, more Twin Cities nonprofits are stepping up to diversify winter activities and make them more accessible to people who wouldn't normally try them.
South Metro
February 14

Burnsville man pleads guilty to violent kidnapping

Victim abducted from downtown Minneapolis in August 2017.
South Metro
February 14
Darren Troseth, 45, of Jordan, holding the sturgeon with help from his fishing buddy, John Kimble of Prior Lake, wearing the headlamp.

Long battle lands record-setting 120-pound sturgeon on the St. Croix

Likely to go down as Minnesota's largest record fish of any kind, the ancient-looking sturgeon was 6 feet 6 inches long, 29 inches around and weighed about 120 pounds.
South Metro
February 12

Hastings assistant principal and wrestling coach faces embezzlement, theft charges

Joshua McLay told district officials he was taking staff to coaching clinics.
South Metro
February 12
Jay Haugen, superintendent of Farmington Area Public Schools, is heading to Los Angeles this week as one of the nation’s top educators.

Farmington's superintendent draws rave reviews for approach to learning: 'People think the world of him'

Jay Haugen, Minnesota's superintendent of the year, believes in individualized approaches to education.
South Metro
February 10
A huge pileup of vehicles in the east metro.

Snow snarls traffic, causes at least two major pileups

Nearly 6 inches of snow fell hard and fast in Minnesota and Wisconsin on Sunday, creating hazardous roads and causing two major pileups involving dozens…
South Metro
February 10
Pedestrian struck by SUV, killed while trying to cross Farmington highway

Pedestrian struck by SUV, killed while trying to cross Farmington highway

A 38-year-old woman died on Hwy. 3 at 209th Street, the State Patrol said.
South Metro
February 9
Inver Grove Heights police got an 11 p.m. call Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, from a resident who was apparently surprised to find a horse in her basement.

Horse in basement of Inver Grove Heights home spurs police to action

Officers arrived to find a white or tan horse hoofing it through various rooms as police watched through windows from the outside.
South Metro
February 9

Metro police blotter, Feb. 10

BIRCHWOOD JAN. 6 Suspicious activity. A resident in the 200 block of Wildwood Avenue contacted authorities about a neighbor pointing cameras at his home.…
South Metro
February 8
Ha-Vi Nguyen, right, a public health nutrition specialist, checked the height of 3-year-old Micaela with the help of her mother, Jenny Valdez, during

Dakota County program reaches out to families, connects them with help

Birth to Age Eight Collaborative is trying to make sure various government agencies and other groups are sharing information about struggling kids.
South Metro
February 6
Skiers for Prior Lake High School showed their affection for Sam Foltz at Monday’s meet.

20 high school teams observe moment of silence in honor of Prior Lake skier

Many of the ninth-grader vital organs are scheduled to be donated.
South Metro
February 5
Firefighters sift through the rubble after one person died and another was seriously injured following a house explosion Tuesday, Feb. 5, 209, in the

1 dead, 1 badly burned after Dakota County house explodes

The explosion, which leveled the house in Hampton Township around 6:15 a.m., could be heard as far away as Hastings and Farmington.
South Metro
February 5

Family: Teen dies in broadside crash after SUV driver allegedly ran stop sign

Three vehicles ended up among the wreckage, according to the Scott County Sheriff's Office.
South Metro
February 4
A report commissioned by Housing First Minnesota says it's nearly impossible to build a single-family house in the Twin Cities metro area for less tha

What's driving up new home costs? Fees, local builders say

A report commissioned by a builders group said municipal fees and regulations in the Twin Cities make it nearly impossible to build a single-family house for less than $375,000.
South Metro
February 1

Douglas Bonar, Farmington problem-solver and peacemaker, dies at 61

Bonar, who according to colleagues had a contagious passion for civic issues, died of lung cancer Jan. 9.
South Metro
February 1
Cortney Metcalfe

Woman admits to murder, gets 6 months in workhouse for inmate's OD in Hennepin County jail

She admits to sneaking heroin into the jail, passing it to a fellow inmate.