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ATV operator dies in late-night crash in northern Minnesota

The Sheriff's Office believes that alcohol played a role in the crash.
Kanyi Williams

Driver admits being drunk when he crashed in St. Paul, killing passenger on 21st birthday

Wreck in St. Paul killed man on his 21st birthday.

Motorcyclist reaches nearly 150 mph in chase; runs out of gas, caught near Grand Forks

The on-and-off pursuit lasted nearly an hour up Interstate 29.

Motorcyclist dies in crash in S. Minnesota; patrol says no helmet worn

The wreck occurred early Saturday evening near New Ulm.

Teen in SUV disobeys stop sign, hits and kills car's driver in western Wis.

The crash occurred midafternoon Saturday near Grantsburg.
Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Tom Roy spoke Thursday as Washington County Attorney Pete Orput stood next to him.

Stillwater inmate accused in corrections officer's death had run-ins

Prosecutors said they are awaiting end of BCA investigation before deciding on charges against inmate.
Police investigated the scene of a shooting between a suspect and two South St. Paul police officers on Thursday.

'Constantly shooting' suspect wounds 2 officers in South St. Paul

Gunfire broke out at a residence for people with mental illness. The suspect shooter was taken into custody without injury.
Bruce Fry

Charge: Woman's nude photos ignite clash; brother fatally stabbed by man sharing pics

The woman said she and defendant "had been romantically involved," according to the criminal complaint.
At the Department of Corrections in St. Paul, Commissioner Tom Roy confirmed the death of Joseph Gomm from an assault Wednesday by an inmate at the st

Stillwater inmate serving time for homicide kills guard

The officer was identified as Joseph Gomm, who had been on the job for 16 years. The attack prompted a lockdown of all state prisons.
Two hogs wander at the crash site near Mankato on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.

Hogs roam highway near Mankato after semi overturns

The animals blocked traffic for a spell on the highway, according to authorities.
Terry Williams

Man assaulted downtown near Hennepin dies months later

The 24-year-old lay motionless as his attacker went through his pockets, the charges read.
Super Frisbee: At 52 feet high, the gondola rotates at 20 revolutions per minute and free-falls at 3½ times the force of gravity.

7 new rides to make State Fair midway that much mightier

Three attractions are billed as the only ones of their kind in North America.

Woman dies in Brainerd area crash with semi; daughter behind wheel injured

Car pulled into the path of the truck, according to the State Patrol.

35-year term for gunman who followed order, killed woman in Mpls. parking lot

She was shot while fighting with her boyfriend outside a north Minneapolis strip mall.
Construction worker Laura Elena Soto Silva had given birth weeks before she was struck. She and Ryan Berg were preparing to close on a house.

No felony charge against driver who hit road worker in Anoka County

Prosecutors said they could not find enough evidence of gross negligence.
Nataliia Karia, center, with her lawyers Brock Hunter, right, and Ryan Else, reacts during her sentencing hearing.

Probation for Mpls. day-care provider who tried to hang toddler

In deciding against prison time, the judge agreed with the assessment by doctors that Karia was "a low risk" to reoffend.
Taylor Johnson, 5, and Zachary Johnson, 8

Woman, 2 young grandsons die in crash

Their driver crossed into wrong lane. Boys' mom died in river crash in 2016.
The scene outside the home where sheriff's deputies shot and killed a teenager.

911 call: Chanhassen teen had outburst day before police fatally shot him

The teenager fatally shot outside his family's Chanhassen home last week by sheriff's deputies went into a rage a day earlier after his parents took away his car, prompting a call to 911.

3 die in 2-vehicle crash southeast of Twin Cities

The drivers were injured in the crash in Goodhue County.
Aelicia Taylor

Patrol: Pedestrian fatally hit on I-694 had just crashed her car

The motorist who struck the woman and that person's vehicle have yet to be found.
The scene of an officer-involved shooting in Chanhassen on Friday that left a 16-year-old boy dead with his parents nearby after a brief standoff outs

Standoff outside Chanhassen home ends with teen shot, killed

The BCA, which is investigating the shooting by Carver County deputies, says a Taser was used before the shooting. Friends identified the 16-year-old as an incoming Minnetonka High junior.
Leonard Richards

Double murderer has spot on ballot vying for Klobuchar's Senate seat

Yes, it's legal for the Stillwater inmate to run for federal office, even though he's serving a life sentence.
Domonic E. Green

Charges: Drunk dad let 1-year-old steer SUV in downtown Hopkins

"He was telling the child which way to turn the vehicle," police said, according to a witness.
Charlie R. Barnett

Unlicensed driver with history of 'huffing' charged in crash that killed 2 near St. Cloud

The driver was spotted buying aerosol cans shortly before the wrong-way collision, according to authorities.
Niles Schulz, departing in his canoe Tuesday, the day he died.

Ex-Edison HS teacher, coach dies during canoe trip on beloved Boundary Waters

The former wrestling and football coach was on an outing with a friend to introduce their 8-year-old grandsons to the Minnesota backwoods.
John Fanning

Body found of boater who jumped in Pine County lake to save friend's hat

The search lasted two days until the 28-year-old man's body was recovered late Monday afternoon.
Jermaine McMahon

11-year term for shooter who murdered man outside Mpls. ramp

With credit for time in jail, defendant will serve a little over 5 years in prison, rest on supervised release.

ATV rider in northern Minnesota crashes into fence and dies

The woman did not have on a helmet, authorities said.
Workers were back on the site Tuesday where a Topgolf driving range is moving closer to completion.

Topgolf driving range having 'ambition auditions' to hire 500 for Twin Cities center

Dallas-based Topgolf said it will stage "ambition auditions" in a few weeks, "cloaked in mystery but full of intrigue."

Onetime Park Nicollet pharmacist admits stealing 20K doses of drugs from workplace

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy investigation found that he used the stolen drugs while on duty at clinics in Minnetonka and Wayzata.

Man fatally trapped in hay baler in western Wisconsin

The 67-year-old man was from Menomonie.

Suspect in Minneapolis killing identified with facial recognition technology, police say

Facial-recognition technology has linked a fatal Minneapolis shooting two weeks ago to a gang-affiliated felon who likely hopped a plane for Georgia the next day,…
A firefighter set his feet firmly ahead of lifting the dog to safety.

Family dog rescued after 25-foot fall over falls in southwestern Minn. park

Firefighter grabbed dog from crevice after 25-foot plunge over rushing fall.
Everett Hawk

Man found dead in home was on Waconia HS football staff

Police were called late Saturday afternoon to the home in St. Bonifacius.
Michelle and James Young

Couple out for motorcycle ride with family members killed when driver turns in front of them

A woman turned her car into the path of three motorcycles carrying family members out for a midday ride in central Minnesota, causing a collision…
Sarah Kortan

NW. Minnesota woman charged with killing 2-month-old in her care

She reportedly was caring for the girl, whose mother is in prison.
Bringewatt Park

Police fatally shoot gunman who posed 'a perceived threat' near Grand Forks park

Officers were sent to the scene on a report of someone acting suicidal, police said.
Isaac Brown

Work release for '81 killer of Mpls. cop 'a great opportunity,' ex-Police Chief Bouza says

Former Chief Tony Bouza calls it an "opportunity to mix justice with mercy."
Flames consumed this minivan in April on a highway in Eden Prairie.

Patrol reveals why deadly fire consumed woman's van on Eden Prairie hwy.

A piece of a flat tire ignited gasoline as van traveled.
Trap found along Shingle Creek Trail.

Illegal animal traps baited with peanut butter found near trail in Minneapolis

State conservation officials are trying to figure who left them in the well-traveled urban setting.
John C. Ploetz

10-day jail term for driver who ran stop sign, killed motorist

A woman with a record of texting and driving will serve 10 days of a 90-day sentence after pleading guilty to running a stop sign north of the Twin Cities and killing another driver.

Man shot dead near U; 2nd killing close to campus this week

The shooting occurred after 12:50 a.m. along Washington Avenue in the Seven Corners neighborhood of Minneapolis, near several bars and a hotel.
Left: Nougai Xiong, 27, of St. Paul. Right: Yang H. Xiong, 28, of La Crosse, Wis.

2 cousins are charged in man's fatal shooting at Hmong festival in St. Paul

Fatal shooting near Como pool may be gang-related.
Robert Allen Johnson

Man guilty of ramming pickup into building while drunk near Twin Cities, killing 1 person

One killed, four hurt when pickup rammed Zimmerman business.
Richard Bild

Man kills himself in jail 3 days after fiery standoff at Forest Lake home

Family says Forest Lake man should have been on suicide watch.

2 arrested in shooting death of 19-year-old at Hmong Freedom Festival

St. Paul police have not described a motive for the gunfire at popular festival.

ID released of line worker killed trying to restore power after storms in N. Minnesota

Fellow workers were among many who tried to save the man's life.
Koi are a favorite of residents with backyard ponds.

DNR blames large fish kill near Twin Cities on illegal release of ornamental goldfish

Reports of dead fish showing up on Lake Byllesby near Cannon Falls sent staff from the DNR's Lake City fisheries office to the scene. A virus from the koi goldfish also has been found in at least eight other southern Minnesota lakes in the past year, the DNR said Friday.

Power failure briefly leaves many thousands lacking electricity in Bloomington area

A problem with a substation is drawing the attention of work crews, a utility spokeswoman said.

Motorcyclist dies in crash in Bemidji

The rider was declared dead at the scene, authorities said.

'Suspicious' death in hallway of apartment building next to downtown Minneapolis grocery store

Woman wasn't feeling well and was heading to hospital before collapsing, police said.
This strategy for cooling off could be an option in the Twin Cities come Friday. Two summers ago, Mehdi Kennar countered the heat during a water break

Heat, humidity will return with a vengeance Friday in Twin Cities

The forecast also includes anticipated thunderstorms that night and into Saturday.
Minnesotans can now buy lottery tickets with an app on their smartphones.

Minnesotans can now buy lottery tickets on smartphone but legal status debated

After a test run, the service offered by a New York-based company has started, but opponents are lining up.
Brenda Travis

Charges: SUV driver on phone when she ran Dakota County stop sign, killed woman

The victim was a longtime teacher of U.S. military dependents overseas.

Woman killed in south Minneapolis house fire is ID'd

The blaze erupted before dawn Sunday.
Rosalie Vascellaro, mother of WCCO-TV anchor Frank Vascellaro, and Doris Rosen, mother of WCCO-TV sports anchor Mark Rosen, show off Emmys won for the

Rosalie Vascellaro, mom of WCCO anchor who found own TV fame, has died

She teamed with Mark Rosen's mom to chat away about pop culture and more.
Rosalie Vascellaro, mother of WCCO-TV anchor Frank Vascellaro, and Doris Rosen, mother of WCCO-TV sports anchor Mark Rosen, show off Emmys won for the

Rosalie Vascellaro, mom of WCCO anchor who found own TV fame, has died

Rosalie Vascellaro, the mother of a WCCO-TV news anchor who found a degree of television fame in her own right, has died. Vascellaro died Saturday…
Christine Funk

Jail for Dakota County teacher who had sex with high school student

She also must register as a predatory offender.
A sheriff's department SWAT member keeps an eye toward a New Hope apartment where a man was barricaded inside Tuesday. The man was later captured by p

Capture ends long standoff with man holding 2 in New Hope

The incident began as a domestic dispute Monday night.

Man angry at ex-wife crashes vehicle into Forest Lake home

He has surrendered to law enforcement, according to police.

More groping charges against onetime downtown Minneapolis hairstylist

Two young women say he molested them in cosmetology class.
Douglas Palm photographed about seven years ago, with wife Debbie and children Molly, left, and Emma.

2 deaths after ventilators stopped prompt Brooklyn Park police to seize provider records

It's part of an investigation into the deaths of two patients under its care.

2-month-old girl stops breathing in NW. Minn. home, dies; BCA joins investigation

State and county criminal investigators are trying to figure out why a 2-month-old girl has died in a northwestern Minnesota home and who might be…
This van crashed into a parked vehicle in a north Minneapolis alley.

Jailed driver had license taken away before crash killed 2 in Mpls. alley

The defendant's history includes multiple drunken driving convictions.
Marcus Fischer

Police video shows officers shooting man with knife in Mpls. City Hall

They repeatedly ask suspect to put down his knife.
Yu Zhang

Feds: One-man IRS scam in Twin Cities cheats unwitting out of $224K in Target gift cards

The suspect was arrested outside a Target in Andover with hundreds of gift cards.
Saint Mary’s Church in Melrose, Minn., is shown in this photo from March.

Sheriff: Teen admits setting fire to 120-year-old church in Melrose

Parishioners now must ask why as they debate whether to rebuild or restore.
Maria L. Dalton was a former firefighter in Minneapolis.

Murder charges follow overdoses of women from Edina, Ramsey

Two young daughters were in the house when police found the woman dead.
Cristina Prodan and Joseph Porter

Charge: Ex-boyfriend says he choked Edina woman before burning body in New Orleans

New complaint notes several close encounters with police on flight south.
Kacy Merseal

4 years for wrong-way drunken driver who killed Iowa bride-to-be near Northfield

Sentencing held 5 days after the woman's wedding date came and went.
Kyle and Nicolle Peltier, surrounded for this portrait photo by their seven children: Jullianna (lower left), Ellianna (center left), Lillianna (top),

Dad of kids hit by SUV on playground questions high-speed chase

They seek answers in playground crash that left one child critically hurt.
Juan Carlos Garcia Morales

4-year term for repeat deportee who drove high, killed Monticello schools staffer

Victim's mother decries driver's history of entering the U.S. illegally.
This van crashed into a parked vehicle in a north Minneapolis alley.

Blaine woman charged after crash in Mpls. alley kills 2

A woman charged with multiple felonies in a crash that killed two people and injured another in a Minneapolis alley this weekend remained under police guard in a hospital Monday.
Kim Chandler

Macalester athletic director abruptly leaves post

No explanation given for Kim Chandler's departure.
Blake Holmquist

25-year term for Twin Cities man who murdered fiancee's toddler

The man who fatally beat his fiancée's 16-month-old in Washington County in May 2017 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty…
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