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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.
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Planned Parenthood supporters rally in St. Paul

Planned Parenthood supporters rally in St. Paul

The rally, lit by hundreds of pink lights at sunset, joined similar events in at least 20 other states.
Frustrated plea from Yanez verdict protesters: 'We need to do better'

Frustrated plea from Yanez verdict protesters: 'We need to do better'

Three days after the verdict that broke the hearts anew of Philando Castile's family members, friends and many in the community, marchers took to the streets again Sunday. The three-hour rally and march started at noon at the St. Anthony City Hall and Police Department and drew about 300 people.

Man is shot several times in the groin and stomach, Minneapolis police say

Law enforcement officers near the Little Earth housing project heard gunfire and found the victim.

Falcon Heights works to promote inclusion and tolerance in policing and community

The city also continues to explore dropping St. Anthony as its police department.

Latvian man, extradited to Minnesota, charged in malware scheme that targeted Star Tribune website

A Latvian man who authorities say targeted the Star Tribune's website several years ago with a malware virus has been extradited to Minnesota and faces…
Judge finds D.C. cabdriver guilty of harassing Rep. Ilhan Omar

Judge finds D.C. cabdriver guilty of harassing Rep. Ilhan Omar

Muslim legislator was targeted with insults.
Patty Wetterling wins national award

Patty Wetterling wins national award

Honored for her work for missing, exploited kids.

Man found shot on a Minneapolis stoop dies at hospital

The 37-year-old found on the steps on the 3300 block of Newton Avenue N was taken to North Memorial, where he died.
Friends and family of Crystal man shot by police seek answers

Friends and family of Crystal man shot by police seek answers

They demand that police release video of Khaleel Thompson shooting.

St. Paul man, 19, drowns in St. Croix River; friend is revived

A 19-year-old St. Paul man drowned shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday in the St. Croix River in Hudson, Wis., authorities said. Hudson Police Chief Marty…
Food-packing event at RiverCentre supplies almost 5 million meals for Somalia

Food-packing event at RiverCentre supplies almost 5 million meals for Somalia

More than 19,000 volunteers packed meals to help Somalis facing severe drought and famine.
Stanek's son charged with soliciting girl, 13, for sex, possessing child porn

Stanek's son charged with soliciting girl, 13, for sex, possessing child porn

Ryan Stanek, 24, has been charged in Blue Earth County. Rich Stanek says the phone used by his son is registered to his volunteer committee.

Two charged in Fridley shooting death described as drug deal gone bad

James Chapman was shot to death during a drug transaction, authorities say.
House members decry 'Scaffold' as Dakota elders meet about it

House members decry 'Scaffold' as Dakota elders meet about it

Letter to Walker director expresses "deep disappointment" over handling of controversial sculpture.
Minneapolis climber summits Everest on second try

Minneapolis climber summits Everest on second try

Mpls. man celebrates Everest climb … once he's safely down
Wayne Simoneau, legislator and finance commissioner who worked across the aisles, dies at 82

Wayne Simoneau, legislator and finance commissioner who worked across the aisles, dies at 82

Simoneau made it his life's work to serve the people of Minnesota and was humbled by the honor of doing so, his friends, family and colleagues said.
Gophers official to be suspended, demoted for sex harassment

Gophers official to be suspended, demoted for sex harassment

Athletics official and fundraiser Randy Handel acted inappropriately with a co-worker, the University of Minnesota report said.
Delano students describe bullying and harassment as they support diversity signs

Delano students describe bullying and harassment as they support diversity signs

Students and others weighed in after flap over rainbow signs in district classrooms.
Tornado reported south of Mankato, but no damage or injuries found

Tornado reported south of Mankato, but no damage or injuries found

A tornado was reported in Rapidan Township, south of Mankato, Minn., about 4:40 p.m. Wednesday, but Blue Earth County sheriff’s deputies found no injuries or…
One dead, 25 hurt after tornado ravages Wisconsin trailer park

One dead, 25 hurt after tornado ravages Wisconsin trailer park

Barron County sheriff's deputies were going door to door in the Prairie Lake Estates trailer park near Chetek, Wis., late into the night checking on residents.

One dead, three arrested after afternoon shooting in Minneapolis

The victim's name and gender have not been released.
In reversal, Forest Lake decides it wants to keep police force

In reversal, Forest Lake decides it wants to keep police force

A three-year contract agreement will be presented to union members Thursday for a vote.
Forest Lake vote will effectively disband its entire police force

Forest Lake vote will effectively disband its entire police force

The 3-2 vote to approve a contract with the Washington County Sheriff's Office essentially fires Forest Lake's force.
State's teacher of the year on students: 'They keep me young'

State's teacher of the year on students: 'They keep me young'

Corey Bulman is Minnesota's 2017 Teacher of the Year.
Six-hour manhunt after shots were fired ends in Bloomington

Six-hour manhunt after shots were fired ends in Bloomington

An intensive manhunt for a man with whom police may have exchanged gunfire Wednesday night ended after six hours early Thursday in Bloomington. The man…
State GOP, DFL rebuke racist Facebook post about Ellison

State GOP, DFL rebuke racist Facebook post about Ellison

The post appeared on the Facebook page belonging to the Republican Party's Seventh Congressional District. The party's chair said the person responsible for the post "resigned immediately."
St. Paul Council Member, mayoral candidate Dai Thao fires campaign manager

St. Paul Council Member, mayoral candidate Dai Thao fires campaign manager

St. Paul City Council Member and mayoral candidate Dai Thao fired his campaign manager Saturday after allegations arose that she solicited a bribe from a lobbyist, according to a report on Fox 9 News.

Two shot and wounded on Park Avenue just south of downtown Minneapolis

A male critically hurt in the stomach and a female with a wound to her arm both showed up at Hennepin County Medical Center.
With 3 more measles cases, Minn. health officials engage with Somali community

With 3 more measles cases, Minn. health officials engage with Somali community

All cases are still among Somali-American children in Hennepin County. A meeting Wednesday night tried to spread the word to get more kids vaccinated.
Community tells St. Paul police, leaders that it wants change

Community tells St. Paul police, leaders that it wants change

Police shootings must be prevented, community members tell officials.
HCMC and workers reach settlement, but lawsuit continues

HCMC and workers reach settlement, but lawsuit continues

Hospital agrees to several moves, but claim of employer hostility toward union still has a court date.
U renames journalism school in honor of Hubbard family

U renames journalism school in honor of Hubbard family

Name change reflects generosity of pioneering broadcasters.
10-day closure for Surdyk's, $6,000 fine for Sunday opening

10-day closure for Surdyk's, $6,000 fine for Sunday opening

The city of Minneapolis has reached a tentative agreement with Surdyk's in a dispute that started when the liquor store opened for business on a Sunday before it was legal: a 10-day suspension on nine Sundays starting July 2 and one Saturday, plus a $6,000 fine.
Moose rescued after falling through ice on northern Minnesota lake

Moose rescued after falling through ice on northern Minnesota lake

A Gunflint Trail lodge owner and others sprang into action when a young moose fell through the ice, probably to escape wolves.
Spurned by calamity, Minneapolis climber will take another crack at the highest peak

Spurned by calamity, Minneapolis climber will take another crack at the highest peak

Andrew Towne survived a devastating quake and avalanche in 2015 in Nepal while he was at Everest base camp.
Falcon Heights takes first step away from St. Anthony police service

Falcon Heights takes first step away from St. Anthony police service

Council takes first step to end police services contract with St. Anthony.
Wild Rumpus wins 2017 Bookstore of the Year

Wild Rumpus wins 2017 Bookstore of the Year

For first time, best bookstore award goes to a children's shop.
Model Matzah Bakery passes on ancient tradition

Model Matzah Bakery passes on ancient tradition

With words, songs and lessons, Jewish children helped make matzah for Passover at the makeshift Model Matzah Bakery in St. Louis Park.
St. Anthony doesn't want to pay for Falcon Heights police events

St. Anthony doesn't want to pay for Falcon Heights police events

Discussion prompted by the costs in the wake of the Philando Castile shooting led to a resolution that passed unanimously.
Attorney accused in crash that killed runner has brain lesions

Attorney accused in crash that killed runner has brain lesions

Attorney who fatally struck man underwent brain surgery Monday.
Protesters snarl rush-hour traffic, denounce Trump, urge $15 minimum wage

Protesters snarl rush-hour traffic, denounce Trump, urge $15 minimum wage

About 200 people marched on Monday evening through downtown Minneapolis.
Worst of winter storm steers mostly south of Twin Cities

Worst of winter storm steers mostly south of Twin Cities

The metro area may get very little snow after all. Farther south, heavy snow and fierce winds were making travel difficult to impossible in many areas.

Reaction in Minnesota to the Trump administration decision

In Minnesota, the state Human Rights Act, which has been on the books since 1993, makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sex.Jill…
Pet rat owners nervous about rat-to-human virus probed in Minnesota, elsewhere

Pet rat owners nervous about rat-to-human virus probed in Minnesota, elsewhere

No human infections have been reported in Minnesota, but rumors of seizing animals have raised fears among owners and breeders in the Twin Cities.
DAPL protesters march to U.S. Bank CEO's home to 'show their love'

DAPL protesters march to U.S. Bank CEO's home to 'show their love'

About 75 people — young and old, carrying signs, shouting chants and singing songs — marched Sunday afternoon from Walker Art Center in Minneapolis to…
Lori Swanson: 'More deliberate approach' could have avoided litigation

Lori Swanson: 'More deliberate approach' could have avoided litigation

While some legal observers expressed jubilation, they also cautioned that the controversy is far from resolved.

Four candidates for U Board of Regents advance

Members of the joint Minnesota House and Senate committee on higher education voted Tuesday night on the four people they’d like to see fill the…
Charges: Medical pot officials trucked cannabis oil from Minn. to N.Y.

Charges: Medical pot officials trucked cannabis oil from Minn. to N.Y.

Former medical and security officers accused of transporting it illegally.
Somali-American family has emotional reunion at MSP

Somali-American family has emotional reunion at MSP

With President Trump's travel ban under a legal challenge, a Somali-American man living in the Twin Cities was at MSP Sunday afternoon to greet his wife and two small children after years of separation.
ACLU legal director advises immigrants in U.S. not to travel overseas

ACLU legal director advises immigrants in U.S. not to travel overseas

Somali immigrants sought advice, answers from legal experts and advocates.

Mound fire victim is identified

Authorities have identified the woman who died in a fire at a Mound apartment building last week as Elizabeth M. Maldonado, 61.

Man killed by car in Fridley overcame mental challenges, his brother says

Francisco Javier Ojeda had a family who loved him. Despite his struggles with schizophrenia, he had found housing just a few blocks from his older…
Three Minneapolis teens win big with sports gear check-out program

Three Minneapolis teens win big with sports gear check-out program

The Cedar Riverside middle-schoolers' idea wins national competition designed to foster innovation.
Many schools closed, delayed today; 'solid ice' on side streets

Many schools closed, delayed today; 'solid ice' on side streets

The advisory, which warns of slippery roads and sidewalks due to freezing rain and snow, expires at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Bill would let bars stay open till 4 a.m. during 2018 Super Bowl week

A bill working its way through the state House of Representatives would allow bars to stay open until 4 a.m. during Super Bowl week in…
Justice Dept. officials hear community reaction to fatal police shooting of Philando Castile

Justice Dept. officials hear community reaction to fatal police shooting of Philando Castile

Meeting was first of three in the federal scrutiny of the Police Department.
Ouch! Twin Cities doctors seeing more injuries from falls on ice

Ouch! Twin Cities doctors seeing more injuries from falls on ice

Be careful out there, and take injuries seriously.
Falcon Heights task force gets to work on improving police relations

Falcon Heights task force gets to work on improving police relations

City Council takes step in aftermath of Philando Castile shooting.
Wintry mix today, but prepare for below-zero 'Arctic hammer'

Wintry mix today, but prepare for below-zero 'Arctic hammer'

Twin Cities will get 1-2 inches; more Up North.
State health officials urge Minnesotans to test homes for radon

State health officials urge Minnesotans to test homes for radon

In the past five years, only 1 percent of state residents have tested for it, the agency warns.
Richfield officer seen striking teen must be reinstated, arbitrator says

Richfield officer seen striking teen must be reinstated, arbitrator says

"We are extremely disappointed" by the decision, the city's police chief said.
Indoor skaters flock to U.S. Bank Stadium

Indoor skaters flock to U.S. Bank Stadium

They came in shorts and tank tops, in jeans and T-shirts and spandex. Families and singles, old and young. Some wore helmets, some didn’t. But…

Ice jams causing flooding, road trouble in Elk River and surrounding area

Unseasonably high temperatures are contributing to problem.

3-year-old found in bitter cold in St. Paul at 2 a.m.

Thanks to a good Samaritan, a 3-year-old boy who wandered from his home on the East Side of St. Paul during subzero temperatures early Sunday…

Charge: Minn. man threw 5-week-old daughter across kitchen, killing her

Suspect had offered several versions of how his 5-week-old daughter was injured, court documents say.
Weekend storm brings first snow emergencies, deep freeze

Weekend storm brings first snow emergencies, deep freeze

Eight inches or more of snow were recorded from Burnsville to Shakopee to lead the metro. Snow emergencies are declared in Minneapolis, St. Paul and elsewhere.
Hennepin County Medical Center says it plans to cut staff in 2017

Hennepin County Medical Center says it plans to cut staff in 2017

The hospital said it must respond to a "financial challenge."
Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown

Minimum-wage workers take daylong fight to streets of Dinkytown

Coordinated actions included arrests, an Eden Prairie mall lockout and a U of M demonstration.

Brooklyn Center man dies days after motorcycle-pedestrian crash

A Brooklyn Center man died Sunday afternoon, four days after he was hit by a motorcycle at Brooklyn Boulevard and County Road 10, the Hennepin…
Men wrongly targeted in Wetterling, Decker investigations to sue

Men wrongly targeted in Wetterling, Decker investigations to sue

The two men who were named "persons of interest" in each case sat side by side with their attorneys to announce plans to sue over being wrongly targeted.
Report of man with a gun at St. Cloud's Crossroads Mall leads to hour-plus lockdown

Report of man with a gun at St. Cloud's Crossroads Mall leads to hour-plus lockdown

Police converged on the mall, site of a mass stabbing attack on Sept. 17, after a report that a man had displayed a gun to a couple outside. The shopping center is now closed.
Prince's estate sues Jay Z over streaming rights to late star's music

Prince's estate sues Jay Z over streaming rights to late star's music

The battle has festered for months in Carver County District Court, but on Tuesday, NPG Records Inc. and NPG Music Publishing — Prince's music entities — escalated it with the federal lawsuit.
St. Paul protest is among several in country after Trump victory

St. Paul protest is among several in country after Trump victory

After a rally outside the State Capitol, some protesters marched in downtown St. Paul, blocking some traffic.

Bloomington raid seizes record amount of fentanyl in Minnesota

The 2,754 milliliters had an estimated street value of $275,000, authorities said.
911 transcripts of Crossroads Mall stabbings reveal chaotic scene

911 transcripts of Crossroads Mall stabbings reveal chaotic scene

Transcripts reveal chaos as people hid from attacker.
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