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Pat Pheifer

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Pat Pheifer covers the Twin Cities metro area.
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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."
Sid Applebaum, Rainbow Foods co-founder who powered dynasty, dies at 92

Sid Applebaum, Rainbow Foods co-founder who powered dynasty, dies at 92

He took on his father's work, drawing national attention.
Obituary: Massimo Bonavita, co-founder of Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis, dies at 67

Obituary: Massimo Bonavita, co-founder of Italian Cultural Center in Minneapolis, dies at 67

Massimo Bonavita, co-founder of the Italian Cultural Center in downtown Minneapolis and a member of Italy’s Senate for 12 years, died July 2 in his…
Services for Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup set for Friday

Services for Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup set for Friday

Services for Jim Northrup, an award-winning Ojibwe storyteller, poet, playwright and author, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Sawyer Tribal Community Center.…
Connection, not conflict, dominates National Night Out

Connection, not conflict, dominates National Night Out

North Minneapolis is ground zero for efforts to improve police-community relations.
Ojibwe storyteller and writer Jim Northrup dies at age 73

Ojibwe storyteller and writer Jim Northrup dies at age 73

Jim Northrup, an Ojibwe storyteller whose books, plays and poems were widely published and produced, died of complications of cancer Monday night. He was 73.…
Five tons of trash collected at Minnehaha Creek Cleanup

Five tons of trash collected at Minnehaha Creek Cleanup

The 10th Minnehaha Creek Cleanup netted a record 5 tons of trash.
Black church leaders rally the faithful against violence, for unity

Black church leaders rally the faithful against violence, for unity

A Unity Service in Minneapolis seeks "peace, strength and solace" in light of recent events.

DNR plans state's first 4-wheel-drive touring trail

The 400-mile adventure route is seen as a way for families to explore the state in a leisurely fashion.
Proposal for copper mine near BWCA draws divided response

Proposal for copper mine near BWCA draws divided response

Debate at a "listening session" in Duluth focused on pollution vs. jobs.

Tornadoes, major flooding cause damage in central Minn.

Heavy rain prompted warnings in the northeast to stay away from flooded roads and abandon flooded camps.
Heavy rain, high winds hit across state

Heavy rain, high winds hit across state

A tornado hit Watkins, Minn., and the National Weather Service warned of flooding in the Brainerd lakes area.
Monday: Riot charges filed against 46 protesters in I-94 melee

Monday: Riot charges filed against 46 protesters in I-94 melee

Hundreds of people protested in connection with the gathering late Saturday and early Sunday that turned violent and injured 21 law enforcement officers after protesters began throwing rocks.
Children march for Philando Castile in St. Paul

Children march for Philando Castile in St. Paul

After a night of protests, violence and arrests, hundreds of men, women and children of all races gathered peacefully around the Twin Cities on Sunday…
Aftermath of fatal Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting on video

Aftermath of fatal Falcon Heights officer-involved shooting on video

A man identified by relatives as Philando Castile, 32, a St. Paul schools employee, died Wednesday night at HCMC. The shooting followed a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. On the video, Castile is slumped next to a woman, his T-shirt soaked with blood.
Thousands lose power in strong storms

Thousands lose power in strong storms

Xcel Energy reported that 70,000 customers were still without power this morning as the Twin Cities cleaned up after severe thunderstorms flooded roads and downed trees.
MPR reporter and news editor Toni Randolph dies at 53

MPR reporter and news editor Toni Randolph dies at 53

During her news career, she had a passion for teaching aspiring writers and young journalists.
Mom of wounded Mpls. 10-year-old describes life in the battle zone

Mom of wounded Mpls. 10-year-old describes life in the battle zone

Jon'tayasia Dillon-White wasn't safe in her bedroom from the violence outside.

U.S. appeals court issues mixed ruling in Indian lands case

Federal court backs suit's dismissal, but removes attorney sanctions.

St. Paul 18-year-old charged with murder in Indian Mounds Park killing

Police and prosecutors believe it was Rayvion Trebor Brooks, 18, who fired the shot that killed another St. Paul teenager who was picnicking at Indian…
Hundreds turn out to dedicate state's second veterans cemetery

Hundreds turn out to dedicate state's second veterans cemetery

The second state veterans cemetery spreads across verdant hills.
Public weighs in on eve of Minneapolis superintendent vote

Public weighs in on eve of Minneapolis superintendent vote

Minneapolis school board is to select either state's education commissioner or educator from Alaska to be new superintendent.

Prescribed burn in Superior National Forest jumps containment lines

A planned-burn fire in the Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota escaped its boundaries Thursday afternoon and was burning just south and west of the…

St. Paul police, Catholic Charities leader hear neighborhood's frustration over girl's sexual assault

The conversation at the meeting was raw at times, and the anger of Ramsey Hill residents was quick.

Milkweed Editions to open new chapter, bookshop in Open Book building

The publishing house will open Milkweed Books in early July at 1011 Washington Av. S.

Wildfires continue to burn across northern Minnesota

A handful of wildfires continued to burn Sunday in northern Minnesota, the largest of which has charred about 1,000 acres east of Hoyt Lakes in…

First-grade teacher in St. Paul is hurt when student throws chair in class

A first-grade teacher at Cherokee Heights Elementary School in St. Paul was injured Wednesday when an agitated student flung a chair at the teacher, school…

Toddler who drowned in Corcoran holding pond is identified

The toddler who drowned Tuesday in a Corcoran holding pond has been identified as 2-year-old Charlie J. Vollrath, of Loretto, officials said Thursday. Deputies from…

2-year-old drowns in holding pond in Corcoran

A 2-year-old boy drowned Tuesday in a holding pond outside a farmhouse in the 22900 block of Strehler Road in Corcoran, authorities said. Hennepin County…
Light-rail trains moving again in downtown Minneapolis after suspicious package is found

Light-rail trains moving again in downtown Minneapolis after suspicious package is found

A "suspicious package" had been found at the U.S. Bank Stadium stop, Metro Transit said.
South Dakota wildlife artist Terry Redlin dies at 78

South Dakota wildlife artist Terry Redlin dies at 78

Redlin won the Minnesota Duck Stamp competition twice and created an art center in his hometown of Watertown, S.D.
St. Paul officer delivers big assist with 44 pairs of basketball shoes

St. Paul officer delivers big assist with 44 pairs of basketball shoes

The giveaway was the brainchild of Tom Reis, who while working off-duty security noticed some were on the court with loafers and moccasins.
After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

After 24 hours of gun violence in St. Paul: 2 dead, 6 injured

It was not clear whether the shootings Sunday night and Monday were related. "We're still trying to figure that our ourselves," St. Paul police Sgt. Mike Ernster said.
NE. Minneapolis fundraiser fights hunger one bowl of soup at a time

NE. Minneapolis fundraiser fights hunger one bowl of soup at a time

Serving soup in artisan bowls, Empty Bowls NE raised more than $8,000.
Nonprofit seeks $34M to reinvigorate historic Fort Snelling

Nonprofit seeks $34M to reinvigorate historic Fort Snelling

It is asking for $34 million for a new visitors' center.
Town to stay cleared overnight after train-tanker crash and fire

Town to stay cleared overnight after train-tanker crash and fire

Residents of Callaway in northwestern Minnesota may be allowed to return Friday afternoon.

2 teens severely burned by bonfire in northern Minnesota

They were injured when a gas can exploded as they fed fuel to the fire.
Boy who took cement truck on high-speed chase was just 11 years old

Boy who took cement truck on high-speed chase was just 11 years old

One of the officers who gave chase recalls the frightening incident.
Valspar shares jump sharply after Sherwin-Williams deal

Valspar shares jump sharply after Sherwin-Williams deal

Sherwin-Williams intends to keep a "significant presence" in Minneapolis but its executives were short on specifics in their first explanation of the $11.3 billion deal.
Roseville pastor reinstated to ministry after investigation into abuse allegations

Roseville pastor reinstated to ministry after investigation into abuse allegations

St. Paul police and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis found no evidence to support allegations of sexual abuse of a minor.
Ex-megachurch North Heights Lutheran closes its doors

Ex-megachurch North Heights Lutheran closes its doors

Internal schism proves fatal to North Heights Lutheran, which once boasted more than 7,000 members.

Two arrested in shooting outside Brooklyn Center shoe store

Two teenagers were arrested Wednesday night in connection with a shooting Saturday morning outside a Foot Locker store in a Brooklyn Center strip mall, authorities…
Gov. Dayton visits vandalized mosque in south Minneapolis

Gov. Dayton visits vandalized mosque in south Minneapolis

"This is an assault against all Minnesotans to practice their faith as they choose," he said of the break-in.

Imam barred from security tour at MSP for group of Muslims

The faith leader feels he was singled out; federal officials say it may have been a paperwork problem.

Child thrown from vehicle in crash at Hwy. 55, Rockford Road in Plymouth

An elementary-school-age child was injured Wednesday evening in a two-vehicle crash on Hwy. 55 at Rockford Road in Plymouth, police said. The child, whose name…
Firing of Chaska officer for anti-Hispanic bias was justified, arbitrator rules

Firing of Chaska officer for anti-Hispanic bias was justified, arbitrator rules

Investigation found he targeted Hispanic residents simply because of their ethnicity.

Rochester police officer put on leave after racially offensive Facebook posts

The police chief acted after complaints from 2 groups.
Dalai Lama, visiting Twin Cities, says his health is good

Dalai Lama, visiting Twin Cities, says his health is good

The Tibetan Buddhist spoke Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and said, "Basic human nature is more compassionate, more loving kindness."
Jacob Wetterling's mom sends birthday message on his 38th birthday

Jacob Wetterling's mom sends birthday message on his 38th birthday

"How I wish to wrap my arms around you and hug you tight!" Patty wrote to her long-missing son.
Woman fatally injured in Minneapolis hit-and-run

Woman fatally injured in Minneapolis hit-and-run

Minneapolis police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a hit-and-run driver who fatally injured a woman in north Minneapolis on Tuesday evening. Officers…
Woman gets 15 years in murder of U student Anarae Schunk

Woman gets 15 years in murder of U student Anarae Schunk

The ex-girlfriend of a man serving life in the U student's death will be imprisoned for about 9 more years.
Bug spray bound for Haiti to fight Zika virus turned away at MSP

Bug spray bound for Haiti to fight Zika virus turned away at MSP

Airline rules kept medical volunteers from taking it on their mission to help combat the Zika virus.
State roads and schools reopen, while city impound lots fill up

State roads and schools reopen, while city impound lots fill up

The metro's first big snow snarled traffic and delighted winter-lovers. A little more might be on the way Thursday.

January deaths on state roads 3 times higher than year ago

January was more deadly than usual on Minnesota roads, with nearly three times as many deaths in 2016 as last year, including two in the last two days of the month.
St. Paul Central mourns 2 more student deaths

St. Paul Central mourns 2 more student deaths

Two students at St. Paul Central High School died this week, school officials said Thursday. A third student died earlier this month. Foul play is…

MnDOT suspends work on Zip Rail to Rochester project

The plan for a publicly funded high-speed rail line between Rochester and the Twin Cities has been shelved because of lack of money and political…

Shots fired outside Shakopee Wal-Mart store; no one hurt

A Craigslist transaction turned into an attempted robbery and led to shots being fired Tuesday evening outside the Shakopee Wal-Mart, police said. The incident took…
Minnesotans talk about the East Coast super-blizzard

Minnesotans talk about the East Coast super-blizzard

Former Minnesota residents give New Yorkers some weather tips.

St. Paul Central High School student taken to hospital Monday dies

The St. Paul Central High School student who was taken to the hospital Monday after a medical emergency has died, school officials said Wednesday. Central…
Meeting on St. Paul charter's gender policy brings silent protest

Meeting on St. Paul charter's gender policy brings silent protest

Minnesota Family Council discusses issues over a charter school's plan for inclusion.
Windchill advisory until noon; frigid temps to linger

Windchill advisory until noon; frigid temps to linger

The air will warm into the teens Wednesday afternoon and into the 20s Thursday and Friday before another cold front descends Saturday.
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