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Police: Gangs behind North Side shooting that killed 1, injured 7

Police: Gangs behind North Side shooting that killed 1, injured 7

A video shot at the scene that is circulating on Facebook shows several young males mugging for the camera and flashing what appear to be gang signs. After nearly a minute, the pop-pop-pop of gunfire interrupts the antics on the street and keeps going for nearly 10 seconds.
Eden Prairie company helps woman make final meal her eternal home

Eden Prairie company helps woman make final meal her eternal home

No, she didn't have fries with that.A Twin Cities company granted a family's final wish and made an urn in the shape of a hallmark…
Minn. hockey hair gets spotlight in ESPN special

Minn. hockey hair gets spotlight in ESPN special

ESPN has produced a feature episode on the hockey hair phenomenon that is part of the state high school tournament and has spawned annual videos of the best flow on the ice.
To meet leap in demand for gun permits, Hennepin Co. opens office for applications

To meet leap in demand for gun permits, Hennepin Co. opens office for applications

Hennepin County, responding to need, has opened its first office dedicated solely to issuing permits to people seeking to legally carry a firearm.

Teen accused of being 'Air Jordans' shooter in Brooklyn Center is charged as adult

"I'll kill you!" the victim quoted defendant Gary L. Townsend as saying while pulling the trigger several times.
State AG seeks loan forgiveness for students of failed Anthem College

State AG seeks loan forgiveness for students of failed Anthem College

The for-profit college, accused of inflated claims, went bankrupt.

Man sentenced for raping teen he found alone in car on Iron Range

He'll serve at least 10 years in prison for the 30-minute attack late at night last fall.

Life sentence for South St. Paul man who fatally stabbed woman

Thomas M. Luby claimed self-defense but was still convicted.
Lawyer: White powder sent to exotic car drivers accused of speeding

Lawyer: White powder sent to exotic car drivers accused of speeding

Several of them had been stopped for speeding on I-394. The FBI is checking.
St. Thomas student faces long suspension but no charges in sex assault

St. Thomas student faces long suspension but no charges in sex assault

He calls St. Thomas inquiry and suspension "rigged."
State trooper sets free the eagle he saved from certain death along I-494

State trooper sets free the eagle he saved from certain death along I-494

The state trooper who gathered up the eagle from along the interstate was given the honor or setting the now-healthy bird free.
Unlicensed Twin Cities gun buyer pleads guilty; some were used in crimes

Unlicensed Twin Cities gun buyer pleads guilty; some were used in crimes

The St. Paul man bought 41 guns online. One was found at a drug crime scene in Bloomington.

Inmate serving time for killing 2 while driving drunk is taken from Minnesota jail, dies

The prisoner was suffering from "a medical-related situation" before he was hospitalized and then died, the sheriff said.

Case dropped vs. man in fatal punch of Hennepin Av. robbery victim

Prosecutors cited "witness issues" in 2013 Minneapolis killing; defense suggested someone else struck victim.

Probation for newspaper delivery man who got lap dance from autistic teen

The agreement calls for two years' probation and a psychosexual evaluation.

Large section of south Mpls. hit by sharp climb in burglaries

Minneapolis police are warning residents, businesses and others in a large portion of the city about a surge in burglaries in recent weeks.

'Bad call' leads to bloody brawl at soccer match in Mankato; 2 charged

Two spectators were charged with felony assault. Two victims suffered broken noses.
Boater strikes dismissal deal in drowning of deer in Minn. lake

Boater strikes dismissal deal in drowning of deer in Minn. lake

The defendant had been accused of animal cruelty.
Exotic car club members among 12 drivers accused of reckless driving

Exotic car club members among 12 drivers accused of reckless driving

The drivers on I-394 over the weekend are from all parts of the metro and beyond. The group promised a live broadcast on its Facebook page around the time speeders were first spotted.

With Minneapolis victim's ashes in courtroom, killer hears her sentence

Family members of victim bring her ashes to court.
At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

The drivers of a dozen or more high-end sports cars were cited for reckless driving Saturday after a state trooper clocked them at more than…
Kids flee fire from lightning strike; 2 NW metro homes destroyed

Kids flee fire from lightning strike; 2 NW metro homes destroyed

2 of the homes are total losses; among the rescued were children from a soccer group at a sleepover.
Mpls. police warn Latinos of increase in robberies

Mpls. police warn Latinos of increase in robberies

Department distributing fliers and has posted a video in Spanish on YouTube.
World premiere set in L.A. for film on Mpls. transgender advocate CeCe McDonald

World premiere set in L.A. for film on Mpls. transgender advocate CeCe McDonald

"Free CeCe!" documents McDonald's experience as a black transgender woman who was convicted in Minneapolis of manslaughter and sentenced to a men's prison.
Cecil is the mane man on Time's list of 'Most Influential' animals

Cecil is the mane man on Time's list of 'Most Influential' animals

The lion tops the ranking for his impact after a Bloomington dentist killed him last summer in Zimbabwe during a questionable hunt.

Mankato body shop owner accused of using a most unusual payroll currency

Half-gram bonuses were doled out to the workers, according to a drug enforcement task force.
Police: Stranger sexually assaults woman at Seven rooftop bar

Police: Stranger sexually assaults woman at Seven rooftop bar

Security guard stopped the attack on rooftop.
Twin Cities toddler is 3rd killed by tipped-over Ikea dresser

Twin Cities toddler is 3rd killed by tipped-over Ikea dresser

The dresser was the subject of a safety agency's "repair program."

Woman sexually assaulted by five men in Uptown

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of four men and a teenager while walking along an Uptown street on Saturday evening, police say.

Brooklyn Center bank robbed

Officials say the case is unrelated to two previous robberies by women in the Twin Cities.
NAACP seeks special prosecutor in Clark case; AG's office says it lacks authority

NAACP seeks special prosecutor in Clark case; AG's office says it lacks authority

The attorney general said she lacks authority to make such a move.
Charge: License revoked, Austin driver kills friend at drinking party, flees

Charge: License revoked, Austin driver kills friend at drinking party, flees

Nathan P. Brooks, whose license has been revoked since 2009, is charged with running over a man during a party in a pasture, then fleeing.
Bemidji man admits burning woman's body in grave to cover up murder

Bemidji man admits burning woman's body in grave to cover up murder

Rose Downwind, the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, had three children with her killer.
Life in prison for man convicted of back-to-back Uptown sex attacks

Life in prison for man convicted of back-to-back Uptown sex attacks

Keith Washington was a registered Level 3 sex offender at the time of the assaults in December.
New 5-story hotel in works down the block from Xcel Energy Center

New 5-story hotel in works down the block from Xcel Energy Center

The 160-room Hampton Inn is scheduled to open in St. Paul in November.

Eden Prairie motorcyclist reaches 132 mph on I-94, crashes in trooper chase

Sheriff's captain says the rider was "probably saved" from serious head injuries because he had on a helmet.
Lovebirds Stefani, Shelton fluttering into Twin Cities on separate tours

Lovebirds Stefani, Shelton fluttering into Twin Cities on separate tours

She's booked the X for one night in August, while he's scheduled two shows at the same venue in September.

Woman racked up $500K in bogus tax claims using 'exotic dancer,' other professions

The St. Paul woman filed the returns by the dozens on behalf of friends and family members, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

5 hurt, 2 await charges as fights erupt at rodeo in Anoka Co.

Hundreds fled the scene as a cluster of fights erupted on Saturday night. The event's organizer is being accused of "facilitating the unlawful assembly."
Jury awards $200K to man stabbed at Manny's by Mpls. attorney

Jury awards $200K to man stabbed at Manny's by Mpls. attorney

The victim's lung was pierced during "intoxicated" dispute.
Boy, 10, hopping on train near Mpls. park is run over, loses leg

Boy, 10, hopping on train near Mpls. park is run over, loses leg

Swift action by police officers who used a tourniquet to stop the bleeding may have saved his life.

Fugitive charged with being drunk on 35W, mangling person in other car

The defendant was going 100 mph at the time of the crash, according to charges. His victim suffered serious brain, back and organ injuries.
Wrong-way, speeding driver crashes and dies on University Av. in Mpls.

Wrong-way, speeding driver crashes and dies on University Av. in Mpls.

The driver's door was sheared off, and he was thrown to his death, police said. The car kept going for a block.
Medical examiner says blows to the head killed Shakopee couple

Medical examiner says blows to the head killed Shakopee couple

The couple, engaged to be married, were killed just a few hours before their bodies were found, the medical examiner said.

Teen falls while 'car surfing' in Columbia Heights, is critically hurt

The boy fell while the car was traveling 20 mph in a residential neighborhood.

Salvation Army store debuts Saturday in St. Paul, offers drive-through drop-off

MyPillow inventor is donating 2,000 pillows to the new store, citing his "struggles with addictions."
Rosemount High band picked for Macy's Thanksgiving parade

Rosemount High band picked for Macy's Thanksgiving parade

It's the first Minnesota band in nearly three decades to make the cut.
Paralyzed Twin Cities hockey player moved to Mayo for 'intensive' rehab

Paralyzed Twin Cities hockey player moved to Mayo for 'intensive' rehab

Totino-Grace alum said he knows it will take "hard work, mental toughness and patience."
40-year-old son, suspect in Shakopee couple's deaths, kills himself

40-year-old son, suspect in Shakopee couple's deaths, kills himself

Friends and family identified the victims as Terry Weimer, 68, and Renee Ahrens, 67. The retired substitute teachers were engaged to be married. Their bodies were found next to each other in their home, police said.
Outcry from American Indians prompts comic to call off Burnsville show, 2 others

Outcry from American Indians prompts comic to call off Burnsville show, 2 others

Ralphie May has been criticized for a 2005 rant against American Indians, which also led to his Bemidji show being scrubbed.
Woman shot 4 times in Mpls. road-rage incident expected to survive

Woman shot 4 times in Mpls. road-rage incident expected to survive

Shots flew in construction zone near the Walker.

Max term for Mitchell law school whiz who hatched $750K scheme

Timothy J. Oliver received 41 months and a $750,000 restitution order to be divided between two victims.

A 2nd guilty plea from night of wild gunfire after downtown Mpls. bar closing

Defendant was to go on trial Monday for his role in the wounding of six.
Minneapolis brewer's LSD honey ale violates the letter(s) of the law

Minneapolis brewer's LSD honey ale violates the letter(s) of the law

Go ahead and push your LSD beer in Minnesota. But cross into Wisconsin or North Dakota and you will have the feds making sure you…

Man is hit by Amtrak train in Fargo and survives

An Amtrak train hit a man late at night in Fargo, and the victim was lucky enough to be speaking with police at the scene,…
Grand Forks celebrates NCAA title; no arrests, 1 tipped-over Prius

Grand Forks celebrates NCAA title; no arrests, 1 tipped-over Prius

"For the most part, the crowd was generally well behaved, with only a few instances of disorderly behavior," a statement from police read.
Man admits hitting MSP police with car; he might avoid prison, deportation

Man admits hitting MSP police with car; he might avoid prison, deportation

The injured suspect fears being deported to Somalia.
BCA: Man killed by Mpls. police during stabbing had lunged at officers

BCA: Man killed by Mpls. police during stabbing had lunged at officers

The stabbing victim is in critical condition; officers who shot the suspect are identified.
28 students in U housing fall ill from suspected norovirus

28 students in U housing fall ill from suspected norovirus

State health officials are investigating the outbreak, which occurred within a brief period this week.
Dayton limits travel to Miss. over gay-rights restrictions

Dayton limits travel to Miss. over gay-rights restrictions

Gov. Mark Dayton, in response to Mississippi making it legal for people there to be denied service based on sexual orientation, instructed Minnesota state employees to refrain from any nonessential travel to the state.
SUV hits Plymouth police officer investigating late-night crash

SUV hits Plymouth police officer investigating late-night crash

Officer is one of the department's more visible; she has hosted a show about policing and has won state beauty pageants.
Arden Hills megachurch North Heights revived, just weeks after closing

Arden Hills megachurch North Heights revived, just weeks after closing

North Heights Lutheran will have services again this Sunday. The Roseville location will reopen as well.
New Wheaties boxes honor 3 legendary Olympic gold medalists

New Wheaties boxes honor 3 legendary Olympic gold medalists

Swimmer Janet Evans, diver Greg Louganis and hurdler Edwin Moses to get place on cereal box.

Boy, 5, who rode off alone on ATV near Spicer and crashed has died

The youngster was visiting his grandparents at the time.
Police suspect young woman has robbed two Twin Cities banks

Police suspect young woman has robbed two Twin Cities banks

The latest holdup occurred in Maplewood. Description and her actions during the crimes are similar.
Years in prison for St. Cloud teen whose drug-making killed grandmother in fire

Years in prison for St. Cloud teen whose drug-making killed grandmother in fire

Defense attorney said his client has insisted he didn't know his grandmother was home at the time.

Charge: Teen punched, broke Metro Transit driver's eye socket

The driver was left with potentially "life-altering" injuries, according to Metro Transit.
NAACP calling for new probe into Jamar Clark shooting

NAACP calling for new probe into Jamar Clark shooting

The group demands a special prosecutor, as the woman who was with Clark tried to clear up discrepancies about that night, saying he never hurt her.
Police: Mpls. officers fatally shoot man during stabbing

Police: Mpls. officers fatally shoot man during stabbing

The suspect died at the hospital after being shot by Minneapolis police, and an officer suffered a broken bone in the incident. The stabbing victim was hospitalized.

St. Paul man, shot dead by Eau Claire deputy, was longtime bank robber

The man, a longtime bank robber, was wanted by federal authorities for a parole violation.
Major work about to start on vexing Minneapolis bottleneck

Major work about to start on vexing Minneapolis bottleneck

Repaving Hennepin-Lyndale on the western edge of downtown Mpls. to last through end of the year.
Several teens attack bus driver at Southdale, inflict head injuries

Several teens attack bus driver at Southdale, inflict head injuries

Metro Transit worker was seriously wounded; one juvenile was detained.

5-year-old driving ATV alone crashes near Spicer, is critically hurt

The crash occurred near George Lake in Kandiyohi County.
Young woman in all black robbed Minneapolis credit union, police say

Young woman in all black robbed Minneapolis credit union, police say

Authorities say they have many leads to go over in connection with the heist.

Woman killed in exchange of gunfire with officers near Aitkin is ID'd

She shot at the officers at least twice, according to investigators.
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