Local
February 10

5 snowmobile crashes since Friday in Wisconsin kill 5 people

Closest to Minnesota occurred about 50 miles from border, where a snowmobiler lost control on a designated trail.
Minneapolis
February 10
2 women found shot and killed in southeast Minneapolis apartment building

2 women found shot and killed in southeast Minneapolis apartment building

Minneapolis police detectives canvassed the neighborhood, near Central and University avenues, for witnesses well into the night.
St. Paul
February 10

Balloon ride over St. Paul fueled Count Zeppelin's dream

Considered the father of so-called rigid dirigibles, Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin at age 25 made his first flight above downtown St. Paul.
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.
Local
February 10
New Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell has made a point of visiting the prisons he oversees, such as the one in Stillwater he visited.

Openness, optimism are hallmarks of Minnesota's new corrections chief

Paul Schnell aims to make the state's prisons safer and saner.
Local
February 9
Carleton College student Ross Matican did statistics homework at the Weitz Center for Creativity in Northfield. Matican struggled with health issues d

Study-abroad programs face new pressure to focus on safety

Colleges work to better monitor international programs.
Local
February 9
With the help of Housing Coordinator Genevieve Pelrine of Start Today Hennepin, Robert Kleen was able to get an affordable lease on a studio in downto

Push puts Minnesota near goal of ending veteran homelessness

A goal that once seemed unattainable — securing safe and stable housing for every veteran known to be homeless — is now within reach.
Local
February 9
Susan Bass Roberts of the Pohlad Family Foundation.

Preventing evictions becomes a focus in fight against homelessness in Minnesota

Foundation has started legal funds for renters.
Local
February 9
Revelers from the St. Paul Winter Carnival in the early 1900s proudly wore blackface.

Brooks: Blackface left a stain in Minnesota yearbooks, too

We were so cruel. We had no idea how cruel, which is why this keeps happening.
East Metro
February 9
"The 1968 Exhibit" at Minnesota History Center.

Woodbury police use history exhibit in implicit bias training

Woodbury officers used visit to contemplate race relations and inequality.
East Metro
February 9
More than 50 people slept Friday night in the lobby of the Ramsey County law enforcement center after Sheriff Bob Fletcher opened it up to those looki

Dozens sleep at Ramsey County Sheriff's Office to evade the cold

It may be open for the homeless again if subzero temperatures return, authorities said.
North Metro
February 9

Blaine police ID husband and the wife he said he killed

The 46-year-old reported the death to police, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.
Don't Miss
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.
Local
February 9
Members of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe are seeking ways to codify their “spiritual connection” to wild rice.

Minnesota tribe asks: Can wild rice have its own legal rights?

Maneuver to inject nature into modern law faces long odds.
Local
February 9

Two people killed in a crash on icy Hwy. 61 in Wabasha County have been ID'd

The head-on crash involved a pickup and a semitrailer truck, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Local
February 9
Jon Noreen and his daughter Darby in front of his 20-foot Sea Ray boat, which received a $50,000 makeover.

Jon Noreen, Minnesota teacher and coach, dies at 67

Elected to the Minnesota Girls Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2010, Noreen died unexpectedly on Feb. 1 at his home in Avon.
Local
February 9

Two found guilty in major Minnesota Medicaid fraud case

The women were part of a scheme to steal state money for phone personal care attendance cases, according to Attorney General Keith Ellison's office.
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.…
Local
February 9

Minnesota briefs: Itasca State Park accepting reservations for Bert's Cabins

The owners of a dozen cabins near the Mississippi River headwaters retired and sold the property to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in December,…
Local
February 9
Bagley, Minn., animal control officer Dan Ekre has faced down rabid bulls, spitting llamas and a herd of baby pigs running down U.S. Hwy 2.

Minnesota animal catcher shares his secrets to corralling llamas on the loose

Dan Ekre, Bagley's animal control officer, handles some surprising cases.