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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.
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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.
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.
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