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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers cities of the south Twin Cities metro area.
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Train accident kills one in northeast Minneapolis rail yard

Train accident kills one in northeast Minneapolis rail yard

Victim not identified; was member of railroad crew.
Cyclists attack PedalPubs with squirt guns in Minneapolis; six arrested

Cyclists attack PedalPubs with squirt guns in Minneapolis; six arrested

  They came armed and on bicycles, planning a “Mad Max”-style attack. Their target was PedalPubs in downtown Minneapolis. Their weapons of choice were squirt…

Dakota County arts briefs: Hastings setting up public-art task force

The Hastings City Council recently approved plans for a grant to support public art that is free and accessible to everyone. To further that effort,…
Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more of the gardens

Burnsville uses native plant sale to encourage more of the gardens

Burnsville will host the city’s first Native Plant Market on May 30.

900-kilometer bike trip benefits Kids 'n Kinship nonprofit

  Next week, semiretired businessman John Elder will climb onto his bicycle and set off on his 10th consecutive nine-day, 900-kilometer journey to raise money…
Eagan finance director is crossword constructor extraordinare

Eagan finance director is crossword constructor extraordinare

Finance Director Tom Pepper’s crosswords have been published in the New York Times.
Farmington man who killed 3 brothers while driving drunk faces another DWI

Farmington man who killed 3 brothers while driving drunk faces another DWI

Farmington man served time in prison for criminal vehicular homicide in the 2004 deaths of brothers.

St. Paul event benefits earthquake relief for Nepal

A Minnesota group rallied in St. Paul to raise hope and funds.
Arts briefs: Peter Yarrow slated to perform at Ames Center in Burnsville

Arts briefs: Peter Yarrow slated to perform at Ames Center in Burnsville

Folk singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow will perform at 7:30 p.m. May 21 at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. “His music and songs with Peter,…

The Garage in Burnsville set to reopen in July as all-ages music venue

The nonprofit Twin Cities Catalyst Music is taking over operations of the Burnsville facility.
LEAP High School teacher wins Minnesota's 2015 Teacher of Year award

LEAP High School teacher wins Minnesota's 2015 Teacher of Year award

Amy Hewett-Olatunde says her success is built on listening to and learning from her students.
Arts briefs: 'Narnia: The Ballet' hits Ames Center stage

Arts briefs: 'Narnia: The Ballet' hits Ames Center stage

Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota will perform “Narnia: The Ballet,” based on the C.S. Lewis book, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” from Friday…
Briefs: Burnsville seeks members for city advisory commissions

Briefs: Burnsville seeks members for city advisory commissions

Burnsville residents and business and property owners who are interested in city issues are invited to apply for advisory commissions and committees by Friday. The…
Blast won't keep Lakeville food truck owner down

Blast won't keep Lakeville food truck owner down

Despite the explosion that destroyed his Motley Crews Heavy Metal Grill truck, Marty Richie is busy with plans to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Lakeville come June 1.
HQ staff of Sweet Harvest Foods moves to Rosemount

HQ staff of Sweet Harvest Foods moves to Rosemount

The company, which makes Mel-O honey and other goods, ran out of space at its old base.
Arts briefs: Reinventing at retirement is topic of talk at Lakeville library

Arts briefs: Reinventing at retirement is topic of talk at Lakeville library

Minnesota artist and author Lucy Rose Fischer will give a talk titled “Close Encounters of the Third Age — Reinventing at Retirement” at an event…
Briefs: Dakota County deputy, canine partner among top dogs

Briefs: Dakota County deputy, canine partner among top dogs

Dakota County sheriff’s deputy Matt Schuster and his canine partner, Ace, recently completed recertification for narcotics detection through the U.S. Police Canine Association. Among 60…
Minnesota is next stop in quest for justice for missing students

Minnesota is next stop in quest for justice for missing students

Family members of 43 missing Mexican students are touring U.S. to educate and spur action.

Arts briefs: Classic rock tribute bands play Ames Center

A Led Zeppelin and Bad Company tribute show will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Av. S. Madd Company…
Briefs: Trees for sale at Eagan Maintenance Facility

Briefs: Trees for sale at Eagan Maintenance Facility

Starting Monday, Eagan residents can reserve one or two trees to be picked up May 9 at the Eagan Maintenance Facility. Prices vary by species…
Eagan approves back-yard beekeeping

Eagan approves back-yard beekeeping

Residents must complete a beekeeping course or prove they have experience before they can set up hives.
Mom of 4-year-old Burnsville murder victim pleads guilty to role in death

Mom of 4-year-old Burnsville murder victim pleads guilty to role in death

Sha’reese Miller pleaded to manslaughter while her boyfriend is accused of murdering the child.
Briefs: Apple Valley tree and shrub sale starts April 17

Briefs: Apple Valley tree and shrub sale starts April 17

City residents are invited to buy trees and shrubs at wholesale prices through April 17 for pickup on April 25. The sale, sponsored by the…
Craft beer boom continues: Lakeville scores Angry Inch Brewery

Craft beer boom continues: Lakeville scores Angry Inch Brewery

Lifelong friends hope to open their business on Holyoke Avenue by the July 4 weekend.
Food trucks inspections focus on meal prep not propane tanks

Food trucks inspections focus on meal prep not propane tanks

All food trucks are inspected like restaurants for food safety issues at least once a year. Some face additional regulations that apply to commercial vehicles. But nobody is keeping a routine eye on food trucks’ propane tanks.
Food truck explosions are 'amazingly rare'

Food truck explosions are 'amazingly rare'

The food truck explosion late Friday heavily damaged several houses.
Food truck explosions like one in Lakeville are 'amazingly rare'

Food truck explosions like one in Lakeville are 'amazingly rare'

The cause of a food truck explosion late Friday heavily damaged several houses remains unknown, the truck’s owner said Sunday.

Crashes in Burnsville, Anoka County leave two dead

Burnsville crash involved alleged drunken driver.

St. Paul man guilty of trying to kill girlfriend's ex-boyfriend

A 35-year-old St. Paul man was found guilty Thursday in Dakota County District Court of first-degree attempted murder and three other felonies for a shooting…
Hastings police to test body cameras for officers

Hastings police to test body cameras for officers

The department will start with eight cameras and rotate them among the 29 sworn officers.
Arts briefs: Michael Monroe closes out Frozen Apple concert series

Arts briefs: Michael Monroe closes out Frozen Apple concert series

Michael Monroe will perform at the last of the three Frozen Apple winter concerts Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Valleywood Golf Course…
Briefs: Dakota County opts for fewer sirens for severe weather

Briefs: Dakota County opts for fewer sirens for severe weather

Dakota County has changed its policy on when outdoor warning sirens are activated. In the past, the sirens were sounded during tornado warnings and any…

Arts briefs: Ballet dancers will put 'Art in Motion'

The Lakeville Area Arts Center, Twin Cities Ballet of Minnesota and Ballet Royale Minnesota are teaming up to present “Art in Motion” at 7:30 p.m.…
Briefs: Take a 'Bite of Burnsville' on Thursday night

Briefs: Take a 'Bite of Burnsville' on Thursday night

Food samples from some of the area’s best restaurants, raffles, live and silent auctions and entertainment are the highlights of the “Bite of Burnsville” on…
Prior Lake and South Metro Polar Plunges set for Feb. 21, 28

Prior Lake and South Metro Polar Plunges set for Feb. 21, 28

The Prior Lake Polar Plunge and South Metro Polar Plunge raise money for MN Special Olympics.
Dance team tournament ends with protest, disqualifications

Dance team tournament ends with protest, disqualifications

Other teams say the Faribault Emeralds copied an out-of-state team's moves. The MSHSL determined before the tournament that Faribault did not rip off its dance routine.
Briefs: Dakota County Sheriff's Office to hold annual Citizen Academy

Briefs: Dakota County Sheriff's Office to hold annual Citizen Academy

The annual Dakota County Sheriff’s Citizen Academy will be held six consecutive Thursdays starting March 19. The workshops run from 6 to 9 p.m. The…
Mesothelioma survivor throws party of hope, support

Mesothelioma survivor throws party of hope, support

Mesothelioma survivor Heather Von St. James threw a party in Roseville for more than 100 to celebrate the ninth anniversary of the radical surgery she underwent shortly after she was diagnosed in late 2005.
Meth was downfall of manhunt gunman, those who knew him say

Meth was downfall of manhunt gunman, those who knew him say

David M. Winters, 41, was prohibited from possessing firearms because he was a convicted felon and a gang member with a long history of criminal behavior. He killed himself after a daylong manhunt that started with an exchange of gunfire in St. Louis Park and ended at a house in Jordan.
Medical examiner rules Apple Valley deaths were murders-suicide

Medical examiner rules Apple Valley deaths were murders-suicide

Friends and family members of David Crowley have set up a fund for his wife’s family in Texas.
Apple Valley deaths mystify family friend

Apple Valley deaths mystify family friend

Friends of David and Komel Crowley were in disbelief and anguish two days after the bodies of the couple and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani, were found in their Apple Valley home.
Apple Valley couple and their child dead in apparent murder-suicide

Apple Valley couple and their child dead in apparent murder-suicide

Neighbors and family members say the bodies may have been in the rambler for up to four weeks before they were found Saturday. Though they have not been formally identified, neighbors and real estate records showed they were David T. Crowley, 29; his wife, Komel Crowley, 28, and their 5-year-old daughter, Rani.

Eagan dad who slept on baby, killing him gets jail time

Judge commends father for working to turn his life around, imposes 60-day sentence.
Jury selection begins in killing of Mendota Heights officer

Jury selection begins in killing of Mendota Heights officer

When potential jurors file into the Stearns County Courthouse Monday, it will be nearly six months since Brian Fitch was accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer during a routine traffic stop.
Suspect in officer's killing linked to plot vs. witness

Suspect in officer's killing linked to plot vs. witness

Accused cop killer Brian G. Fitch allegedly conspired to have a witness killed before he or she could testify at his upcoming murder trial, prosecutors say.
Man charged with killing Mendota Heights cop pleads not guilty

Man charged with killing Mendota Heights cop pleads not guilty

Defense attorneys for Brian G. Fitch Sr., the man accused of shooting Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick on July 30, entered a not guilty plea Monday in Dakota County District Court.
Attorneys for suspect in officer Patrick's slaying ask to throw out some evidence

Attorneys for suspect in officer Patrick's slaying ask to throw out some evidence

Trial is coming in January for Brian Fitch Sr., accused in death of Mendota Heights officer.
Suspect in police shooting knew he was likely headed back to prison

Suspect in police shooting knew he was likely headed back to prison

Brian G. Fitch Sr., a ca­reer crim­i­nal, was al­read­y want­ed by auth­ori­ties be­fore he was shot by po­lice and arrested in the kill­ing of a Mendota Heights of­fi­cer.
Suspect in officer slaying hospitalized after trading gunfire

Suspect in officer slaying hospitalized after trading gunfire

Brian G. Fitch Sr., a career criminal suspected of killing Mendota Heights police officer Scott Patrick during a traffic stop, was shot and wounded by police.
Attorneys seek to exclude evidence in officer's slaying

Attorneys seek to exclude evidence in officer's slaying

Brian Fitch allegedly tried to have a witness killed.

16 teens face consequences for Farmington High homecoming prank

The homecoming incident included “kidnapping.”
Community raises cash for fire-damaged Minneapolis mosque

Community raises cash for fire-damaged Minneapolis mosque

One year after a tragic fire, Somalis raise money to rebuild their Minneapolis mosque.
Dakota County Sheriff Bellows remembers a career in policing well spent

Dakota County Sheriff Bellows remembers a career in policing well spent

It was at midnight Wednesday that Dakota County Sheriff Dave Bellows’ 35-year career in law enforcement came to an end. He’d already cleaned out his…
Twin Cities police, activist respond to NYC cop killings

Twin Cities police, activist respond to NYC cop killings

Minneapolis Chief Harteau condemns deaths as “unacceptable;” others say it’s wrong to link one man’s violence to ongoing protests.
Whitetail Woods camper cabins going, going, almost gone

Whitetail Woods camper cabins going, going, almost gone

The popular cabins at Whitetail Woods are almost entirely booked through next April.
No. 5: Waseca teen accused in school shooting plot had been planning for months

No. 5: Waseca teen accused in school shooting plot had been planning for months

John David LaDue, 17, plotted to murder his family, then go on a rampage through Waseca’s junior high and high school, according to criminal charges filed Thursday.
Eagan outlet center is off to the races

Eagan outlet center is off to the races

Open for four months, Premium Outlets pulling more shoppers to Dakota County.
Judge says bullet evidence will be allowed in cop killing case

Judge says bullet evidence will be allowed in cop killing case

It includes statements by Brian Fitch after the death of officer Scott Patrick .
Eagan outlet center is off to the races

Eagan outlet center is off to the races

Premium Outlets has been a boon for redevelopment and visitors, and it has caused relatively few problems, officials report.

Judge rules Hastings auto dealer needn't cover contraceptives

Another business owner wins exemption from some parts of health insurance coverage.
Jordan man accused of raping another foster child

Jordan man accused of raping another foster child

Daniel A. Hennen of Jordan was convicted in 2002 of raping and molesting four children he and his wife had adopted or cared for as foster parents. He admitted then that there were more victims but he refused to name them.

Hastings hopes hefty fine convinces residents to move cars

That’s one of a few steps the city is taking to ease snow removal.
Joe Leko named No. 2 in Dakota County Sheriff's Office

Joe Leko named No. 2 in Dakota County Sheriff's Office

Captain Joe Leko is described as a guy who “rolls up his sleeves and gets things done.”
Suspect in Mendota Heights officer's killing to be tried in St. Cloud, not Dakota County

Suspect in Mendota Heights officer's killing to be tried in St. Cloud, not Dakota County

A judge granted a motion to change trial’s venue from Dakota County.
Charges: Man assaulted woman at Jordan church shelter

Charges: Man assaulted woman at Jordan church shelter

Herring is accused of assaulting his pregnant girlfriend with a gun.

Shakopee eyes $35M in amenities, improvements

City Council already has approved spending for a feasibility study.
Patrick Schoonover had heart defects, says his father

Patrick Schoonover had heart defects, says his father

Mike Schoonover said the medical examiner’s office told him that Patrick died from heart defects, not a hit and fall he took early in the game. “We didn’t know anything about it,” he said. “It didn’t show up in any physicals. He never complained of chest pains or anything."
32-year-old gets life for murder outside Burnsville restaurant

32-year-old gets life for murder outside Burnsville restaurant

Shavelle Chavez Nelson was convicted Wednesday of first-degree premeditated murder in the 2013 shooting death of Palagor Jobi in Burnsville.
People who were at Burnsville bar testify at murder trial

People who were at Burnsville bar testify at murder trial

Video from the period in question is shown in court
Defense: Chavez-Nelson will admit to role in fatal shooting outside Burnsville bar

Defense: Chavez-Nelson will admit to role in fatal shooting outside Burnsville bar

All agree Shavelle Nelson, charged with first-degree murder, shot a man for flirting.

Patient who assaulted nurses then died in police scuffle was St. Paul man

  A hospital patient who died early Sunday after attacking and injuring four nurses at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood was identified Monday as Charles…
Suspect in Burnsville bar slaying fires attorneys before murder trial starts Monday

Suspect in Burnsville bar slaying fires attorneys before murder trial starts Monday

He is charged with killing Palagor (Paul) Jobi in September 2013 outside Nina’s Bar in Burnsville.
Fire destroys north Minneapolis storefronts

Fire destroys north Minneapolis storefronts

No one was in any of the buildings at the time, the assistant chief said, and no firefighters were hurt. What led to the fire starting remains under investigation.
Ex-nurse gets jail time for assisting suicides

Ex-nurse gets jail time for assisting suicides

William Melchert-Dinkel, 52, was given a six-month jail sentence and a stayed three-year prison term in the 2005 suicide of a British man and the 2008 suicide of a Canadian teenager.
April 13: 'Best-case scenario': No one injured in Dinkytown melee near U

April 13: 'Best-case scenario': No one injured in Dinkytown melee near U

All was quiet again Sunday in the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Minnesota, where crowds of disappointed Gopher fans faced off the night before with police in riot gear and on horseback.
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