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A fatal shooting occurred soon after passengers on this party bus exited in March 2018. Credit: Inver Grove Heights Police Department

Shooter gets 10 years for gang-related killing outside party bus in Dakota County

He is one of four teens who have pleaded guilty for their roles in the death of a 19-year-old St. Paul man.
This Fire Department boat participated in the rescue of a woman in Duluth. Credit: Star Tribune file

Injured Mpls. woman saved from precarious spot in windy Duluth bay after losing sailboat

Winds were gusting to 40 to 45 mph for much of her time of uncertain fate, according to the National Weather Service.
Burhan Elmi, co-owner of the cafe, left, chatted with John Torgeson, right, who works in emergency glass services, who had come to measure the windows

Immigrant storefronts vandalized in Seward neighborhood; suspect arrested

Police are looking into whether bias is behind the damage.
Mariah Miller Credit: Facebook

10-year sentence for S. Minnesota antiques shop owner who injected woman with lethal meth dose

He'll serve the first 6-plus years in prison and the balance on supervised release.
Officers found 191 pounds of meth (packaging included) in a north Minneapolis home. Credit: Drug task force photo

Last of 4 guilty pleas entered in state's largest seizure of meth worth millions of dollars

The drug haul was seized from a home in north Minneapolis by task force officers.
Alan Hanson Credit: Facebook

DWI arrest follows crash of 2 off-road vehicles on Wisconsin road that killed Twin Cities man

A 27-year-old man from Isanti is accused of being intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Preston Prokasky

Charges: SUV driver on meth tries to drive across Pine County river, sinks and kills passenger

The driver "said he did not know the river was so deep," the charges read.
Joshua Demmerly Credit: Roseau County jail

Ex-Warroad cop admits to sexual assaulting, stalking teen girl while on duty

He entered what is known as an Alford plea, meaning he acknowledges there is enough evidence to win conviction but maintains his innocence.

Woman found dead in fire-ravaged central Minnesota home; husband escaped

The man said he tried to go back in and find his wife.
Dr. Gavin Meany sent his family holiday greetings late last year in a video while serving in the military overseas.

Charges: Twin Cities psychiatrist repeatedly sexually assaulted woman in therapy for past abuse

The woman was undergoing therapy for past sexual trauma.

2 teens in car killed in collision with semi at western Wisconsin intersection

Authorities said the car's driver failed to obey a stop sign.
Tom Harrigan Credit: ST. PAUL FIREFIGHTERS LOCAL 21

Brothers charged in shooting death of off-duty St. Paul firefighter

Brothers charged with 2nd-degree intentional murder.

Search resumes for teen swept away while swimming in Redwood River

The teen was among several young people when the current proved too strong, police said.
The Nokomis Station at 5139 34th Av. S., Minneapolis. Credit: File photo

Asbestos removal closing a south Minneapolis post office for more than a week

The shutdown starts Monday, with resumption of services scheduled for Sept. 27, according to the U.S. Postal Service.
Audra Poppe Credit: Facebook

Barron County, Wis., authorities say woman's fatal stabbing, man's death in crash are connected

Calls about 5 hours apart to 911 alerted authorities to a body, then fatal crash.

Western Wisconsin woman jailed, accused of plotting to have father of her child killed

The two have been in a custody dispute, according to authorities.
David Becher Credit: Facebook

Driver, 73, hit by semi near Faribault has died

The big rig had the right of way at the intersection.
Rachel Wermter Credit: Facebook

Woman drives her car off road northwest of Duluth and dies in crash

Her vehicle was located next to a tree on the opposite side of the direction she was driving.
Jerome J. Rothmeyer Credit: Sherburne County jail

Driver admits being drunk, fleeing police when he killed teen in Sherburne County crash

Driver was fleeing police when he struck a pickup the recent grad was in.

Eagan farmer engulfed in grain bin near Belle Plaine is ID'd

The man, 74, had been unloading soybeans from the bin, the Sheriff's Office said.
Jesse Messner, of Brownton, Minn., strapped on 45 pounds of gear before going 110 stories on a stair climber. Credit: Provided by Jesse Messner

In nod to 9/11 heroes, Minn. firefighters with heavy gear go 110 floors on stair climber

"We want to make sure that everyone remembers all of the responders that paid the ultimate sacrifice," one firefighter said.
The University of St. Thomas

Racist word on University of St. Thomas dorm window prompts campus talks

University leaders pledge strong disciplinary action and hold campus talks.
Timothy R. Majchrzak Credit: Facebook

St. Louis County attorney: Deputy justified fatal shooting of Hermantown man during exchange of gunfire

The County Attorney's Office also found that a second deputy's decision to hit the gunman with his squad car was justified.

Authorities ID man shot to death in north Minneapolis home over the weekend

Police have yet to make an arrest in the killing Sunday.
Rachel Harberts, daughter Emerson Harberts and son Jaxon Harberts. Credit: Facebook

Distracted driver who killed mother, daughter would serve maximum of five months

A maximum of five months in jail is the anticipated sentence for a 25-year-old southern Minnesota motorist who was distracted by his cellphone when he…
Iron Maiden's fans fed off the energy of the band during the Aug. 26, 2019 concert at the Xcel Energy Center.

Xcel concert fans will soon face tighter limits on bags

The limits on the size and composition of bags take effect Oct. 15 and follow what the NHL team put in place in September 2018.

Boy on horse-drawn farm implement near Milaca thrown to ground, killed

An 11-year-old was killed, and his 13-year-old brother suffered noncritical injuries.

Anoka County authorities ID man who died in ATV crash

Authorities have identified the east-central Minnesota man who died in an ATV crash over the weekend in Anoka County. Lucas Robert Nelson, 35, of Aitkin,…
James Ron, left, and Jason Cao have been reinstated to their positions at the University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs after being di

2 U profs disciplined for sexual misconduct return; some students 'disturbed'

Two University of Minnesota professors disciplined for sexual misconduct have been reinstated to their positions in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a student…
An overnight fire engulfed and destroyed a synagogue in downtown Duluth and continued to burn many hours later Monday morning.

Overnight fire destroys synagogue in downtown Duluth

Firefighters were called to the blaze about 2:20 a.m. at the Adas Israel Synagogue. Fire investigators have yet to give a preliminary indication of how the fire began.

Fargo man fatally crashes ATV while searching for brother who had done same minutes earlier

Neither had on helmets, and "alcohol is a factor in both crashes," a patrol statement read.
The crash involving the westbound BNSF Railway train at Northdale Boulevard and 119th Avenue N. occurred late Saturday. Credit: Coon Rapids Fire Depar

Driver, child flee car just before it's hit by train

An adult and child watched the vehicle go up in flames near an LPG tanker car in Coon Rapids.

Man shot dead in north Minneapolis home

The gunfire occurred in the 3800 block of Lyndale Avenue N., police said.

10 years in prison for robber who struck Walgreens 5 times in Twin Cities for drugs

One haul in Edina netted more than $50,000 in drugs, authorities said.
Tom Harrigan was a St. Paul firefighter in good standing at the time of his death and an active member of the Minnesota National Guard.

String of police calls to firefighter's home preceded slaying as he battled drugs, trauma

Tom Harrigan, who was shot and killed Monday, was a highly decorated member of the National Guard whose war zone trauma led him to substances abuse, his father says.
Bruce Copenhaver Credit: Facebook

Body believed to be that of missing boater is located in river near Belle Plaine

The discovery was made not far from where the man's unoccupied boat was found several days earlier.
Prairie Island Arena Caption: Red Wing School District

Fire fills ice arena next to Red Wing High School with smoke

There were no injuries reported and what ignited the fire remains under investigation.
Kobe E. Dimock-Heisler

Court filing: Man fatally shot by Brooklyn Center police was mentally ill

He was in a psychiatric ward for three weeks this spring after stabbing himself with a large knife, according to a court commitment order.
Daniel A. Schwieters Credit: Facebook

ATV operator hit from behind in central Minnesota by an SUV and killed

The ATV was attempting to turn left when it was struck, authorities said.
Angie Dietel claimed her prize Tuesday at State Lottery headquarters in Roseville, with husband David at her side. Credit: Minnesota Lottery

Lottery ticket purchase while picking up free T-shirt leads to $100K prize for State Fair visitor

She was there to support her son, who was showing a project for 4-H.
A moose has had a full run of the place while on the University of North Dakota practice football field. Credit: UND police

Wayward moose back in wild after football field jaunt on North Dakota campus

The animal was spotted inside Memorial Stadium, the former home of the UND football team.
Bruce Copenhaver

Search resumes for body of boater, 62, who fell into river near Belle Plaine

The Watertown man's boat was located unoccupied and with the motor running, authorities said.
Kalgailal Jabril

Head-on crash in Inver Grove Heights kills mother, her young child

Her car crossed into the opposite lane and hit vehicle coming the other way, police said.
Six of the 12 dates during the 2019 Minnesota State Fair set set one-day marks.

State Fair sets attendance record with 2.1 million fairgoers

The final attendance tally for the 2019 Minnesota State Fair of 2,126,551 tops the previous mark of 2,046,533 just last year.

Man shot to death in St. Paul; shooter remains at large

Gunfire struck the man in the abdomen, police said.
Traffic camera showed the deadly crash scene in Edina. Credit: Minnesota Department of Transportation

Patrol IDs motorcyclist who crashed, died while speeding on Edina highway

The rider lost control and hit a guard rail, according to the State Patrol.
A surveillance image shows a woman suspected of groping a volunteer at the Minnesota Republican Party's booth at the State Fair. Credit: State Fair Po

Fair shares photo of potential suspect in reported groping of GOP booth volunteer

The incident was believed to have occurred during a political disagreement.
The scene of a fatal crash Thursday in Owatonna.

2 killed in car that crashed at I-35 exit in Owatonna while fleeing police

Police began their pursuit after being called about a domestic assault.
Paul J. Moulton

Charge: St. Paul college student's bad first day prompts threat to shoot 2 staffers

The 40-year-old man couldn't find one of his classes and posted rants on Facebook, according to the criminal complaint.
Matthew Klaus’ parents John and Denise Klaus held a portrait of their deceased son at their home in Oronoco.

Rochester drug dealer who sold fatal dose to addicted police informant pleads guilty to murder

She was sentenced on a murder count and will serve less than 6 years in prison.

Motorcyclist killed in crash east of Rochester

He left the road at a curve and struck a sign, authorities said.
This robbery occurred shortly before 10 a.m. on Aug. 12 at the Wells Fargo branch at on 34th Avenue S. at the corner with E. 50th Street Credit: Minne

Minneapolis police turn to public 2 weeks after Wells Fargo branch is robbed

He suggested he was armed while holding up a Wells Fargo branch, police said.

Jail for North Branch man with 0.229% blood alcohol content when he crashed snowmobile, badly hurt passenger

He's also ordered to pay his victim more than $6,800 in restitution.
Steven E. Miller

Charges: Man in 'rage-induced drug coma' kills friend with hammer, sets Winona home ablaze

Suspect said he was high when he killed a man and set his home on fire.

EEOC suit alleges Eden Prairie company fired office worker because she needed crutches

Employer Solutions Group denies the allegations and says the woman can come back to the office.
Abdirahman O. Yusuf Credit: Hennepin County jail

Man charged in Mpls. bike path killing went on cane-swinging rampage earlier

He seemingly was hunting for victims at random at the St. Paul light rail station, according to the charges.
Jeffrey S. Caouette Credit: Sherburne County jail

Jealousy motivated man to spread hundreds of screws on Sherburne County roads, authorities say

He targeted roads where he thought his ex-girlfriend and her new love interest might be driving, according to the charges.
Michael Stellmach Credit: Facebook

Man walking on tracks near Brainerd is fatally hit by train

The incident occurred just west of Pillager in May Township, authorities said.
John Lawler Credit: Facebook

Quick guilty plea from man who fatally stabbed his wife in their Bloomington home

A sentence of at least 25 years is anticipated by prosecutors.
A Minnesota state trooper pointed a gun at the suspect in the shooting of a school bus driver on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis.

Guilty plea in shooting of school bus driver on snowy Minneapolis interstate

Driver of school bus is permanently injured; young child aboard was not physically harmed.
Marvin D. Fandrich, 60, and Kathy L. Fandrich, 61, of Aberdeen, S.D. Credit: Facebook

Man charged after trailer broke free near Twin Cities, hit and killed 2 on motorcycle

Fatal crash was second he had caused in two years, according to court records.

Charges: Mom recording with cellphone as 9-year-old drove car into Mankato building

Car owner from Andover injured in the crash.
Kevin D. Jackson Credit: Itasca County jail

Charge: Injured boy, 4, down on couch as killer stood over him in N. Minnesota home

A 28-year-old man has been charged with killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son in her northern Minnesota home. Kevin D. Jackson of Deer River, Minn., was…
Kenneth Zehnder Credit: Stearns County jail

Charge: Teen's silent 911 plea from semi leads to arrest on I-94 of driver who raped her

Authorities say the rolling crime scene stretched along I-94 for at least 110 miles from central Minnesota to within roughly 15 miles of North Dakota.

Boy, 9, drives into YMCA building in Mankato as man rode along

The man and the boy's mother, who was nearby, could be charged with child endangerment, police said.
St. Paul paramedics, police crew and firefighters worked the scene of a two-bus accident at the corner of Larpenteur Avenue and Highway 280, Thursday,

'We're very lucky,' State Patrol says after two buses collide on Hwy. 280

The drivers and a third person were considered to be in serious condition after leaving the scene, with 24 more treated for bumps and bruises. One of the buses was headed to the State Fair.
Riley Taylor Credit: Facebook

Year in jail is max for Apple Valley man for death of son left in SUV

The father's sentence could be as short as six months, according to the plea agreement.
Mark Pavelich

Attack on neighbor puts 'Miracle on Ice' skater Pavelich in jail; family suspects CTE

Mark Pavelich's sister says his aggression is uncharacteristic and may be related to head injuries suffered on the ice, including during his career in the National Hockey League.
Charges: Driver drunk on Fireball when he rammed Starbucks in Eagan, seriously hurt 2 on patio

Charges: Driver drunk on Fireball when he rammed Starbucks in Eagan, seriously hurt 2 on patio

Man suffered many broken bones, while woman with him had cuts on her face closed with stitches, authorities said.
An SUV rammed into a Starbucks outlet Monday night in Eagan. Credit: Eagan Police Department

Police: Driver drunk when he hit Eagan Starbucks, hurting 2 patrons

The injured customers, whose names have been released, were on the patio at the time.
Myles S. McGrath Credit: Facebook

Authorities identify central Minnesota motorcyclist killed after hitting a hay bale that fell off trailer

The State Patrol is investigating whether to seek charges against the pickup truck driver who lost three hay bales on the highway.
Jacob Anderson

Appeals court backs dismissal of suit by parents in freezing death of U student

Federal panel finds no constitutional basis for the lawsuit.
Chad N. Wojahn, 47, of Fridley Credit: Facebook

Man found shot dead on rail bridge over river in Mpls. was father of two

Authorities have yet to say where the shooting occurred or when, and no arrests have been announced in the killing.

Suspicion surrounds death of 10-month-old in home north of Barron, Wis.

The baby was not breathing and unconscious in the home early Tuesday, authorities said.
A fatal shooting brought police to an address Monday morning in St. Paul. Credit: St. Paul Police Department

Woman jailed in shooting death of St. Paul man

A motive has not yet been addressed in the shooting.
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