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Fatal police encounters since 2000

The Star Tribune collected the names and stories of everyone who died after a physical confrontation with law enforcement in Minnesota since January 2000, and continues to update this database as new incidents occur.
South Metro

Charge: Man robs Northfield bank at gunpoint, pays off his back rent

A customer was tied up as duo made off with more than $11,000, according to federal prosecutors.
South Metro
April 17

Missing Belle Plaine teen found safe

Andrew Cunat was reunited with his family late Wednesday.
South Metro
April 17

Three Dakota County libraries get a new look in time for library system's 50th anniversary

Apple Valley's remodel is finished; Lakeville and Hastings are underway.
South Metro
April 16
This silver carp was caught in the St. Croix River, the Minnesota DNR announced Monday.

Latest capture of silver 'flying' carp on St. Croix is 'disappointing' to DNR

An angler caught invasive fish in same area where one was found in 2017. The large fish compete with native species and are a potential threat to recreational boating.
South Metro
April 15
Christian Huelsman of the Minneapolis Alley Initiative led a tour Sunday of the brick, granite and wood used in local streets.

State's county historical societies go 'beyond the facts' to better cater to modern world

Hands-on activities, tours in unexpected locations help boost attendance.
South Metro
April 15
Michael and Heather Germain

Southern Minnesota swinger couple sentenced in sex room assault case

Michael L. Germain will serve prison time for criminal sexual conduct.
South Metro
April 15

Judge orders Minnesota woman who drove distracted to visit her victim's grave

The Minnesota registered nurse also was sentenced to six months in jail.
South Metro
April 14
“The abuse and mistreatment of animals in the manner that occurred in this instance was unconscionable,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom sa

Dakota County woman who had 64 dead cats, 43 live ones pleads guilty

The grisly situation was discovered after deputies were called about a pig on the loose.
South Metro
April 14

Mdewakanton Sioux award $2.5 million in grants to tribes nationwide

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community has awarded nearly $2.5 million in grants to a dozen Indian tribes and Indian-related nonprofits across the United States, including…
South Metro
April 13

Twin Cities police blotter, April 14

CENTERVILLEMARCH 22Suspicious activity. Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired in the 1900 block of 72nd Street. They searched the area and determined…
South Metro
April 12
President Donald Trump listens to South Korean President Moon Jae-in speak during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, April 11,

Trump will discuss economy, tax cuts at Burnsville business Monday

Trump will appear at Nuss Truck and Equipment on Monday, which is the deadline for filing income taxes.
South Metro
April 11
The state Legislature has been debating various ways to crack down on distracted driving.

Patrol: Teen was video chatting on phone at 96 mph when stopped near St. Peter

The Lakeville 18-year-old "laughed and was flippant" in front of the trooper after being stopped on southbound Hwy. 169, according to the citation.
South Metro
April 10
Somebody in a vehicle drove onto the baseball and soccer fields at the Sports Complex in West St. Paul, causing damage to the soft ground.

Driver doing doughnuts rips up athletic fields in West St. Paul

The vandalism at the Sports Complex comes two weeks after similar damage was done to fields in Hastings.
South Metro
April 9

Charges: Oakdale cop car stolen by suspect held 2 long guns as officers gave chase

Police have yet to say whether the man had access to ammunition or whether he could have armed himself with the weapons.
South Metro
April 6

Twin Cities police blotter, April 7

DELLWOOD MARCH 1 Suspicious activity. A nickel taped to the front window of a home was reported in the 10 block of High Point…
South Metro
April 3
Hockey players practiced in 2017 at one of Shakopee's new ice arenas.

Shakopee will end spring switch to artificial turf at ice arena

Demand for ice time is growing while teams that want turf space go elsewhere.
South Metro
April 2
Christopher J. Endicott

Ex-Lakeville principal admits to ID theft, burglary, stalking

Investigators say he compiled information to hack at least 15 victims.
South Metro
March 31
Rodney Thompson, former Shakopee schools superintendent

Former Shakopee superintendent to serve two years in prison

Rodney Thompson has pleaded guilty to federal and state charges of bribery and theft.
South Metro
March 30

Twin Cities police blotter, March 31

Birchwood FEB. 27 Neighbor complaint. A resident in the 700 block of Birchwood Avenue reported an ongoing issue with a neighbor pushing snow onto…