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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.
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Klobuchar: It doesn't matter if man or woman replaces Franken

Klobuchar: It doesn't matter if man or woman replaces Franken

Senator says long vacancy after Franken resigns would hurt Minnesota interests in Washington, D.C.
CEO: 'Multiple allegations' were made over long time period against Keillor

CEO: 'Multiple allegations' were made over long time period against Keillor

American Public Media CEO's comments came in a closed staff meeting, according to report.
University of Minnesota police investigating dead body on campus

University of Minnesota police investigating dead body on campus

The investigation was taking place at the Mechanical Engineering building on the East Bank campus in Minneapolis.
After record high, Twin Cities headed into the freezer

After record high, Twin Cities headed into the freezer

Snow and winds of 25 to 30 mph are in the forecast early Monday evening, possibly during the rush hour.
Settlement for Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds will be $800K

Settlement for Castile's girlfriend Diamond Reynolds will be $800K

St. Anthony City Council voted 4-0 to settle with Diamond Reynolds for $675,000 while Reynolds will receive another $125,000 from the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust and the city of Roseville, making the total settlement $800,000.
Dog walker finds body in park south of Lake Nokomis; no ID

Dog walker finds body in park south of Lake Nokomis; no ID

The body was partly covered, apparently by another person — with more than just leaves, debris and branches that could have fallen on it, police said.
Protesters "take a knee" before start of Vikings game

Protesters "take a knee" before start of Vikings game

The "Take a Knee" protesters were at U.S. Bank Stadium again Sunday before the start of the Vikings-Rams game, carrying signs and making impassioned speeches.
Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day

Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day

Only ticket holders for the game can board on game day; all others must ride buses.
'Interrupted theft' led to stabbings at Macy's in MOA

'Interrupted theft' led to stabbings at Macy's in MOA

Police arrested a man they believe stabbed two other men who tried to stop him from stealing. He was held by other shoppers after the assault, police said.

Search continues for two fishermen on Lower Red Lake

No progress was made Thursday in the search for two fishermen who have been missing since Monday on Lower Red Lake in northern Minnesota. Ground…
At police-community forum, Philando Castile's mother says nightmare hasn't ended

At police-community forum, Philando Castile's mother says nightmare hasn't ended

Talk on police-community relations that includes the top Twin Cities prosecutors focused on loss of trust in police and courts.
WCCO Radio legend Roger Erickson made mornings, snow days a joy

WCCO Radio legend Roger Erickson made mornings, snow days a joy

For generations of Minnesotans, Roger Erickson was the first voice they heard in the morning.The WCCO-AM radio legend, along with his co-host Charlie Boone, were…

St. Paul school cafeteria workers OK two-year contract

Pact in St. Paul increases wages 2 percent each year.
Ready, set, snow: Slush likely to slow morning commute

Ready, set, snow: Slush likely to slow morning commute

The metro area and much more of Minnesota should see 1 to 4 inches, according to the National Weather Service.
Falcon Heights OKs policing deal with Ramsey Co. sheriff

Falcon Heights OKs policing deal with Ramsey Co. sheriff

Deputies will start to patrol suburb starting Jan. 1 in a vote 16 months after the shooting death of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights at the hands of a St. Anthony officer.
Princeton man's body found in plane pulled from river

Princeton man's body found in plane pulled from river

Crash killed the pilot and his wife, who were sightseeing.
Party-line vote recommends Minnesota Legislature rejects union contracts with 30,000 state workers

Party-line vote recommends Minnesota Legislature rejects union contracts with 30,000 state workers

Contracts between the state, MAPE and AFSCME will go to the Legislature in February.
St. Paul police: Man fatally shot had fired gun at woman with five children nearby

St. Paul police: Man fatally shot had fired gun at woman with five children nearby

St. Paul police fatally shot a man Thursday night outside a home in the Dayton's Bluff neighborhood after he fired a gun at a woman with five small children nearby, according to a police spokesman.
Last appeal failed, Worthington dad leaves for Guatemala

Last appeal failed, Worthington dad leaves for Guatemala

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement denied a stay of deportation to Jacobo Gabriel-Tomas on Sept. 25, and a review by the acting director was denied Wednesday.
Burnsville mail carrier receives national honor for donating stem cells

Burnsville mail carrier receives national honor for donating stem cells

Someone needed Deborah Ochetti. She didn't know who. But she didn't hesitate.
Family of Mpls. woman set on fire pleaded with her to leave relationship

Family of Mpls. woman set on fire pleaded with her to leave relationship

She talks of daughter's death in hopes of helping other victims.
Minneapolis woman dies after being set on fire during dispute

Minneapolis woman dies after being set on fire during dispute

A man set a woman ablaze in a northeast Minneapolis duplex Thursday in what police are saying is a domestic dispute that has killed the victim and left the suspect in critical condition.
Proposed Minneapolis property tax levy clears first hurdle

Proposed Minneapolis property tax levy clears first hurdle

Now it will be heard by the city's Ways and Means/Budget Committee through Oct. 27, and the City Council will hold a public hearing on Nov. 29.
State officials meet North Side business owners to talk jobs, economic development

State officials meet North Side business owners to talk jobs, economic development

Minority employment in Minnesota since recession has risen more than in other states.

DOJ shift casts doubt on federal audit of St. Anthony police

St. Anthony was one of 16 cities nationwide enrolled in a program that sought to boost police reform and the federal changes make the status and future of the assessment unclear.
Metro area, much of southern Minnesota under air quality alert Friday

Metro area, much of southern Minnesota under air quality alert Friday

High ozone levels to pose problems for those with breathing issues.
St. Catherine University security guard actually shot himself, police say

St. Catherine University security guard actually shot himself, police say

The 25-year-old man was charged with filing a false police report.
Minnesota asks for extension to comply with Real ID Act

Minnesota asks for extension to comply with Real ID Act

Dayton asked for an extra year to comply with federal security standards.

St. Catherine University security officer shot, injured in St. Paul

No one had been arrested yet Tuesday night, but there was an active search for the suspect, St. Paul police said.
With air safe, classes starts Thursday at Crossroads School in St. Paul

With air safe, classes starts Thursday at Crossroads School in St. Paul

Classes will start Thursday at Crossroads Elementary Science and Montessori in St. Paul as planned, after a delay caused by the concern that toxic vapors…
After Castile's death, John Thompson turned anguish into energy

After Castile's death, John Thompson turned anguish into energy

A 44-year-old St. Paul man has made his voice heard — and has even won grudging respect — from police. "Are all cops bad? I want to say yes, but I can't," Thompson said. "If I said yes, I'd be a hypocrite."
Obituary: Angus Wurtele, arts donor and former CEO of Valspar

Obituary: Angus Wurtele, arts donor and former CEO of Valspar

Angus and Margaret Wurtele gave generously to the Walker Art Center and Guthrie Theater.
Snelling Avenue near State Fair is reopened following protest

Snelling Avenue near State Fair is reopened following protest

Under the theme "Minnesota Ain't Fair," about 100 protesters gathered Sunday afternoon at Hamline Park in St. Paul.
Obituary: Food writer, author and humorist Al Sicherman

Obituary: Food writer, author and humorist Al Sicherman

For decades, his readers laughed over groceries, cried over a lost son, savored his wise words.
Bystander hit in shooting at 6th and Hennepin near arguing men

Bystander hit in shooting at 6th and Hennepin near arguing men

A man who was shot and wounded near 6th Street and Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis happened to be standing near two other men who were arguing, police said.
Vintage farm truck survives 76 years, then is totaled by drunken driver

Vintage farm truck survives 76 years, then is totaled by drunken driver

Suspected drunken driver totals Mound man's vintage Chevy.
7 tornadoes hit Minnesota on Wednesday, Weather Service says

7 tornadoes hit Minnesota on Wednesday, Weather Service says

Three tornadoes touched down Wednesday night as storms rolled across south central Minnesota, and as many as three other twisters might also have landed, according to the National Weather Service.
Strong storms drop tornadoes, heavy rain in Minnesota

Strong storms drop tornadoes, heavy rain in Minnesota

At least five touchdowns were reported, as well as rainfalls of 3-plus inches in a couple hours, on a stormy night full of watches and warnings.
Former Mrs. Minnesota convicted of switching price tags on clothes

Former Mrs. Minnesota convicted of switching price tags on clothes

Jennifer Kline could get jail time for Macy's clothing scheme.
Anti-racism rally blocks streets and light rail in Minneapolis

Anti-racism rally blocks streets and light rail in Minneapolis

With a police escort, marchers proceeded along Franklin, Cedar and Washington avenues until they reached downtown Minneapolis.
'Never forget this': Past and present workers honored at State Capitol

'Never forget this': Past and present workers honored at State Capitol

The event drew descendants of some of the building's original laborers and craftsmen.
Minnesota River added to DNR infested-waters list for zebra mussels

Minnesota River added to DNR infested-waters list for zebra mussels

The presence of the invasive mussels has been confirmed in Granite Falls, and its larvae have been found at four of seven sites along the river.
Hundreds turn out to support Bloomington Islamic center

Hundreds turn out to support Bloomington Islamic center

The community gathering at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center on Tuesday night showed support and denounced the destruction from the weekend's bombing.

One killed in multivehicle crash in Plymouth that had closed part of Hwy. 55

Several people were taken to a hospital with injuries.
Anoka County gets state aid for damage from June 11 storm

Anoka County gets state aid for damage from June 11 storm

Gov. Mark Dayton on Monday authorized more than a half-million dollars in aid to help Anoka County pay for storm damage to the National Sports…
Woman killed in Mendota Heights was 'kindest soul'

Woman killed in Mendota Heights was 'kindest soul'

Beverly Cory, 48, was shot by a robber fleeing police.

Hwy. 243 bridge over St. Croix closed to repair a hole

"We always err on the side of safety," said a MnDOT spokesman.
Columbus City Council delays vote on proposed asphalt plant

Columbus City Council delays vote on proposed asphalt plant

Bituminous Roadways wants to build the plant near where Interstates 35W and 35E converge. But opponents, including Running Aces Casino and Horsetrack, aren't happy.

Willmar officers who shot and wounded suicidal man are ID'd

The two police officers who shot and wounded a suicidal man Sunday afternoon in Willmar, Minn., have been identified by the state Bureau of Criminal…
Warsame upset with anti-Somali rhetoric since Damond's death

Warsame upset with anti-Somali rhetoric since Damond's death

City Council member reacts to cultural comments after a Somali-American cop shot Justine Damond.

Eau Claire cop fatally shoots man; police say suspect shot at them

Police in Eau Claire, Wis., shot and killed a man who fired a shotgun at them from a home on Saturday night, authorities said.

Arrest made in woman's stabbing in Minneapolis parking ramp

The victim of the stabbing in Ramp B is still in HCMC in serious condition.

Driver dies after weekend crash with light-rail train in St. Paul

Witnesses have said they believe Nicholas Westlake had the right of way with a green traffic light. Metro Transit is investigating.
Sources: Woman was fatally shot through door of police car

Sources: Woman was fatally shot through door of police car

A 40-year-old woman who family members said called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her south Minneapolis home Saturday night was fatally shot by a police officer.
7 officers fired guns in fatal shooting of Chisago County carjack suspect, BCA says

7 officers fired guns in fatal shooting of Chisago County carjack suspect, BCA says

A North Carolina man was killed Monday near Harris, Minn., after a carjacking.
Husband is in custody after wife fatally shot at Crystal home

Husband is in custody after wife fatally shot at Crystal home

A SWAT team and police from Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Maple Grove and Golden Valley swarmed the area after the suspect refused to come out of the house. Neighbors were asked to leave their homes during the two-hour negotiation.

Woman killed in multivehicle crash in southeast Minneapolis

A woman was killed Wednesday afternoon in what Minneapolis police are calling a “multivehicle personal injury crash” at University and Central avenues SE. Officers went…
St. Anthony terminates contract to police Falcon Heights

St. Anthony terminates contract to police Falcon Heights

In further fallout from the slaying of Philando Castile, cities sever ties for law enforcement.
St. Anthony Park and 3 other St. Paul libraries celebrating 100 years

St. Anthony Park and 3 other St. Paul libraries celebrating 100 years

The St. Anthony Park branch library and three other grandes dames of the St. Paul Public Library system are celebrating their 100th anniversary this year.…
Video shows police officer shooting dogs in north Minneapolis yard

Video shows police officer shooting dogs in north Minneapolis yard

Neither dog appears to have been charging at the officer.
A year after Castile's death, events seek to honor and heal

A year after Castile's death, events seek to honor and heal

In contrast to protests after Castile's death and officer Jeronimo Yanez's acquittal, the gatherings were peaceful — alternately celebratory and mournful.
Ellison: Evictions must be reduced

Ellison: Evictions must be reduced

U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., was at the Minneapolis Urban League on Wednesday night to talk about evictions. “Tonight is not a night to beat…
St. Anthony mayor should resign, partly over Castile death, protesters say

St. Anthony mayor should resign, partly over Castile death, protesters say

Protesters call for Jerry Faust to resign over Philando Castile's death and other issues.
Pride, protest and passion were on display at Twin Cities parade

Pride, protest and passion were on display at Twin Cities parade

Tens of thousands of people packed downtown Minneapolis Sunday to cheer on the 2017 Pride parade, which proceeded with minor disruptions from protesters.
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.
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