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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.
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Report: St. Paul council member fires mayoral campaign chief amid bribe allegation

Report: St. Paul council member fires mayoral campaign chief amid bribe allegation

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.
'Two Kisses for Maddy' author turns wife's loss into legacy

'Two Kisses for Maddy' author turns wife's loss into legacy

Minnetonka native Matt Logelin was here for a benefit Saturday.

Four suspended from Gophers wrestling team until Jan. 1

The university would not confirm if the discipline was in connection with drug ring allegations.
Edina mayor and City Council apologize over police treatment

Edina mayor and City Council apologize over police treatment

An overflow crowd complained about last week's incident between a white officer and a black man caught on video.
Target pulls clown masks from stores, website due to 'crazy clown' scares

Target pulls clown masks from stores, website due to 'crazy clown' scares

The big retailer cited "sensitivity" for removing masks ahead of Halloween.

Minneapolis Roosevelt High senior is in ICU with soccer game injury

A Roosevelt High School student was seriously hurt during a soccer game Monday in St. Paul and is hospitalized in intensive care, according to a post on the Minneapolis school's Facebook page.
At vigil, a plea for information on shootings of baby, 'Uncle Gus'

At vigil, a plea for information on shootings of baby, 'Uncle Gus'

Police said no one has been arrested in connection with the crime, but they have released few other details.
Man and baby dead after south Minneapolis shooting

Man and baby dead after south Minneapolis shooting

A man and an 8-month-old infant died Sunday afternoon in a shooting near a Stewart park in south Minneapolis.

Man gets two life terms plus 12 years in prison for double homicide in St. Paul

Jamaine Jamie Williams, 25, was sentenced Tuesday to two consecutive life sentences plus another 12 years for killing two men and almost killing a third…
Floatplane pilot lands in hot water at Ryder Cup

Floatplane pilot lands in hot water at Ryder Cup

Small plane that put down on Lake Hazeltine Sunday was met by Chaska police.
Sir Neville Marriner, former Minnesota Orchestra music director, dies at 92

Sir Neville Marriner, former Minnesota Orchestra music director, dies at 92

Sir Neville Marriner, outspoken music director of the Minnesota Orchestra from 1979 to 1986, died early Sunday in London. He was 92.Marriner, who returned to…
In Falcon Heights, a discussion on community policing

In Falcon Heights, a discussion on community policing

More than 100 people came together in Falcon Heights to sort out the options.

Missing Minnetonka woman's body is found in Mississippi River in Dakota County

Dakota County authorities are asking for help in finding her car.
Falcon Heights City Council votes to support police policy task force

Falcon Heights City Council votes to support police policy task force

City also joins two others in new review panel

St. Cloud has been a hot spot for anti-Islam sentiment

St. Cloud has dealt with tensions between Muslims and some non-Muslims for the past seven years, with incidents including bullying of Somali and other East…
Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance

Oromo Olympian draws big crowd at his Minneapolis appearance

Marathon silver medalist seen as a hero for his running as well as his political statement.
St. Paul loses a civic giant: Larry Cohen, mayor, advocate and judge

St. Paul loses a civic giant: Larry Cohen, mayor, advocate and judge

Landmark Center stands as a lasting legacy in city he loved.
DFL asks Minn. Supreme Court to order Trump, Pence off ballot

DFL asks Minn. Supreme Court to order Trump, Pence off ballot

The party's petition asks that the secretary of state be forced to remove Trump and Pence from the ballot, saying the process that put them on it broke the law.

May 17: Globe University/Minnesota School of Business to close 4 Twin Cities locations

Globe University/Minnesota School of Business said Monday that it is closing campuses in Lakeville, Brooklyn Center, Elk River and Plymouth and moving students to other…
Castile protesters angry with Falcon Heights police task force plan

Castile protesters angry with Falcon Heights police task force plan

After the mayor and council members left the meeting, residents and protesters engaged in an emotional dialogue.

Motorcyclist dies in collision in Burnsville

A motorcyclist died Thursday afternoon when its driver collided with a delivery truck near Burnsville Parkway and 143rd Circle in Burnsville, authorities said. Burnsville Parkway…

One killed, two wounded in St. Paul shooting

Officers heard about 10 gunshots before finding the victims in the Frogtown neighborhood.
Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Two in Michigan-based crew on its way to Utah died in wreck.

No body cam footage in officer-involved Eagan shooting

Three police officers involved in Sunday’s fatal shooting in Eagan were not wearing body cameras, though footage may have been taken on a dashboard camera…
One man dead in officer-involved shooting in Eagan

One man dead in officer-involved shooting in Eagan

Three police officers are on administrative leave after the shooting.

BCA investigating after inmate dies at Beltrami County jail

An inmate at the Beltrami County Jail in Bemidji, Minn., died Thursday morning, authorities said. Tony Edward May, 26, of Red Lake, had been held…
'Push! Push! Push!' Ex-Gophers swimmers gather to cheer their medal winner

'Push! Push! Push!' Ex-Gophers swimmers gather to cheer their medal winner

"We're all living vicariously through him tonight," said Zach Wood, one of a dozen of David Plummer's friends and former teammates who commandeered a table at Sally's Saloon in Dinkytown. "This is the dream for all of us. But he's the one — he can dig deeper than anyone."
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