Rod Thompson, former Shakopee schools superintendent.

Ex-Shakopee superintendent pleads guilty to felony theft, embezzlement

Rod Thompson's plea calls for two years in prison and restitution.
South Metro
November 17

Metro area police blotter, Nov. 18

EDINA OCT. 20 Theft. A 60-year-old Minnetonka woman was arrested for stealing decorative pillows and a vase from HomeGoods, 7435 France Av. S. FRIDLEY…
South Metro
November 16

Missing toddler found and with mother, West St. Paul police say

The 21-month-old had last been seen with her father on Wednesday night.
South Metro
November 16
Waste Management’s Burnsville landfill is running out of space, and the company is hauling more trash to Iowa.

Loss of garbage leaves Burnsville in a financial fix

City officials are scrambling after firm diverts trash, landfill fees.
South Metro
November 15
A Savage police vehicle was struck by a motorist who has been charged with criminal vehicular operation causing bodily harm while under the influence

Bloomington man charged after striking Savage police squad

Officer Alex Casey was not seriously hurt in the crash Monday on Hwy. 13
South Metro
November 15

Richfield woman dies a week after wreck on Hwy. 13 in Savage

The crash occurred Nov. 4 at Quentin Avenue.
South Metro
November 15
The Savage police squad vehicle struck by a motorist Monday night.

Charges pending for driver who struck Savage police squad car

Officer Alex Casey was helping a motorist on Hwy. 13 when his squad was hit.
South Metro
November 14

Alorica to add 300 call center jobs in Mendota Heights, hike base hourly pay by $2

Company also plans to add 300 jobs at its Mendota Heights facility.
South Metro
November 14
Rod Thompson

FBI: Ex-Shakopee superintendent sought bribe from school contractor

Rod Thompson, 53, is already facing 20 felony counts related to accusations that he embezzled more than $70,000 from the school district.
South Metro
November 12

Worker at Dakota housing agency charged with stealing $271,000

Prosecutors intend to seek a longer sentence than called for under the state guidelines if they obtain a conviction against a man charged on Friday…
South Metro
November 12

In rare feat, write-in candidate wins seat on Farmington City Council

Joshua Hoyt beat six others to secure a City Council seat.
South Metro
November 11
Bushra Abdi (left) and Zeynab (Hapsa) Abdalla .

'Help, we are drowning': 911 call from Shakopee women released

The recording and transcripts of a 911 call made by two Shakopee women who drowned last month, just released by Chaska police, offer new details…
South Metro
November 10

Shakopee police kill person they say pointed gun at officer

A Shakopee police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at the officer who was responding to a fire alarm late Friday,…
South Metro
November 7

Change afoot in West St. Paul, along with battles for Dakota, Scott boards

The West St. Paul elections capped a year in which the city manager resigned under pressure from some council members.
South Metro
November 5

Minnesota counties test video for daily check-ins with TB patients

Dakota, Stearns are first in state to test technology.
South Metro
November 5
Minnesota Correctional Facility-Faribault grounds, 2008.

Faribault prison on lockdown after 2 guards injured in assault

The alleged offender was immediately placed in "restrictive housing" and the injured officers were treated at a hospital and released.
South Metro
November 3

Claire Joan Ericksen, matriarch to traveling St. Olaf students, dies at 88

Ericksen traveled the world three times over with her husband Jerry, a retired St. Olaf psychology professor and current golf coach at Carleton College.
South Metro
November 3

Metro police blotter, Nov. 4

FRIDLEY OCT. 6 Assist family. Officers responded to a report of an argument at a home in the 6300 block of NE. 5th Street.…
South Metro
November 1

Stolen dump truck snags power lines, pulls down poles in Inver Grove Heights

Some Xcel Energy customers were without electricity.
South Metro
October 31
An updated rendering of a 250,000 square foot indoor water park proposed in front of the Mall of America in Bloomington.

$250 million MOA water park floated as no risk to taxpayers

The city of Bloomington thinks it can build what could be the continent's largest indoor water park next to the Mall of America, while protecting local taxpayers if it's a financial flop.
South Metro
October 29
Colon Cancer Coalition’s inflatable colon is often taken to health fairs and community events. Photo provided by Colon Cancer Coalition.

Story of Edina nonprofit's stolen inflatable colon has a happy ending

Before police in Kansas City, Mo., found the 10-by-12 foot tunnel used as a teaching tool, funds had been raised to replace it.