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January 30
“You’re dealing with physical evidence, emotion, trauma. This is more than going to a burglary," Hastings Police Chief Bryan Schafer said.

Police undertrained and overwhelmed by rape cases in Minnesota

Inadequate training for police who investigate sexual assaults, along with poor staffing and high turnover, plagues many police departments across the state – resulting in fewer charges against suspected offenders.
South Metro
January 29
Dakota County will spend $50,000 to study the idea of whether it’s feasible to return bison to the county through its park system.

Dakota County will study bringing back the bison to county parks

Dakota County once consisted of more than 300,000 acres of prairie and savanna. Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of that area remains.
South Metro
January 28
Commander Wolffe, a one-eyed Selkirk Rex, borrowed his sister Rosa’s crown after confusion over a tiebreaker led to two cats being declared winner.

Two cats take home the crown at the St. Paul Winter Carnival cat show

In another first, the annual Saintly City Cat Show crowned one queen but two kings.
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January 27
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January 26

Metro police blotter, Jan. 27

BLAINE JAN. 8 Suspicious vehicle. An officer responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 1000 block of Oak Ridge Point NE.…
South Metro
January 26
U.S. Rep. Angie Craig, a Democrat, held a town hall on Saturday in Burnsville. Here, Craig responded to a question.

Climate change, guns, shutdown top Rep. Angie Craig's first town hall

The doors to freshman Rep. Angie Craig’s first public town hall opened 18 hours after lawmakers voted to temporarily end the longest federal government shutdown…
South Metro
January 24
Sergey N. Balandin

Life in prison, no parole for Shakopee man for murder of girlfriend

The woman's body was badly bruised, bloody and "unrecognizable" when found by police, according to the charges.
South Metro
January 23
Myron Peterson, a janitor at Lakeville Christian Academy who suffered a traumatic brain injury after a car crash, and ended up with a new ability: dra

An accident, a janitor and a Lakeville school's unexpected gift

More than two years after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a car crash, Myron Peterson has morphed from an average doodler into a prolific, talented artist.
South Metro
January 22
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2010 file photo, an Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver in Palo Alto, Calif. The Min

Greater MSP should be transparent with details of Amazon proposal, Dakota County commissioners say

But Greater MSP has no legal obligation to share the information, a judge ruled earlier this month.
Movies
January 22
The Minnesota Zoo is closing its Imax theater.

Imax closing the Minnesota Zoo theater, which has the state's largest movie screen

State of the art when it opened, the theater might have suffered from a lack of more modern amenities.
South Metro
January 20
Cars were warned last March before driving on an ice road.

Three cars break through ice Saturday, prompting warnings

Authorities are warning people to use caution.
South Metro
January 19

Dakota County to hire officer to regulate commercial trucks

As commercial vehicle traffic increases in Dakota County, so does the need for enforcement, officials say.
South Metro
January 19

Metro police blotter, Jan. 20

BAYTOWN TOWNSHIP DEC. 18 Suspicious activity. The grounds­keeper at the Washington County Fairgrounds, 12300 40th St. N., reported confronting a woman he found behind…
South Metro
January 19
Father and son John, left, and Johnny Nagel were dressed for the cold temperatures on Friday while shoveling snow outside their north Bismarck, N.D.,

Fresh blanket of snow covers southern Minnesota

The sun will come out Saturday across much of the state, according to the National Weather Service. But it won't bring much warmth.
South Metro
January 17

Driver crosses median, dies in crash south of Twin Cities

The other motorist suffered critical injuries.
South Metro
January 17
Michael Walker posted on Facebook a photograph of fans in Jordan with a Trump flag draped over the legs of four front-row spectators.

Twin Cities school superintendent reviewing display of Trump 2020 flag at basketball game

Minneapolis Roosevelt's coach was unhappy to see the banner displayed in the front row when his team played at Jordan on Tuesday. The flag's owner said it was part of a "theme night."
South Metro
January 17

I-35 driver who collided with teen's pickup that rolled into his path dies

The pickup rolled over the cable barriers in the median and hit two SUVs heading the other way on New Year's Eve.
South Metro
January 12

1 killed when pickup hits stopped car on Hwy. 62 in Inver Grove Heights

Drugs are suspected to be a factor in the crash, the State Patrol said.
South Metro
January 12

Metro police blotter, Jan. 13

ANDOVER DEC. 20 Burglary. Gifts were stolen from under a Christmas tree at a home in the 16500 block of Wintergreen Street NW. Entry…
South Metro
January 11

Roseville man struck by two cars, killed in St. Paul Park

In an earlier crash, an Albert Lea man died in a crash in southern Minnesota.