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Al Garber, the FBI investigator who supervised the original Jacob Wetterling abduction case in 1989, spoke at the podium after Stearns County Sheriff

Sheriff says Wetterling case 'went off the rails' at the start

Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson pointed out numerous missed opportunities to catch the perpetrator in the days, weeks and months after 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling was kidnapped at gunpoint by a masked stranger in October 1989 and killed.

Red Wing vehicle crashes into ravine; driver dead, 3 children hurt

The vehicle ended up on its roof in a ravine, police said.

Authorities ID motorcyclist who crashed and died in Plymouth

The wreck occurred about 4 a.m. Saturday just west of Medicine Lake.
The Minneapolis Fire Department responded to an explosion and fire Wednesday at Metal-Matic in Minneapolis.

2 injured in blast, fire at Minneapolis industrial building

The two employees were taken to a hospital with serious burns and other injuries after the blast at Metal-Matic.
The Red Bull Urban Portage's route will include Lake Bde Maka Ska, shown above, as well as Lake of the Isles, Cedar Lake, Brownie Lake, Wirth Lake, Ba

Red Bull debuts 10-mile portage race combining paddling, running along Mpls. Chain of Lakes

Competitors will also have their navigational smarts challenged along the way.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and others around the country have been steadily putting more emphasis on food service.

J.D. Power: MSP in middle of pack in customer satisfaction among North America's largest airports

Retail offerings and security check-in were given high marks in U.S. and Canada.
Anthony Cannady

Murder charges: Bounced Minneapolis bar patron came back with gun, fired into crowd

The gunman was hit with pepper spray and left the bar angry, according to authorities.

Charges: Woman stole $80K from nonprofit health clinic, bought Taylor Swift tickets

She also allegedly used some of the money to make hundreds of purchases through Amazon.
Rachel Harberts, with son Jaxon and daughter Emerson.

Distracted-driving 'epidemic' blamed for deaths of teacher, daughter in S. Minn.

Outpouring of support follows, with services planned Thursday in Rochester.

Guilty plea in humiliating attack on older woman in Mpls. bus shelter posted on Facebook

One person among many intervened while the others "do nothing," according to authorities.
Massoud Amin

U professor found guilty of shorting retirement balances to cheat ex-wife

Prosecutors will seek harsh term for swindle, forgery convictions.
Quarry No. 11 at the Stearns County park reserve.

Bystander trained for crises rallies others to save child in quarry

One of several swimmers directed into the water by a well prepared bystander went into the water and came out with the little girl.
Kevin Rust

Charges: Fired Benilde coach was going to meet 15-year-old 'Lyla' for sex

Charges say he made a two-hour drive to Wisconsin to have sex with 15-year-old 'Lyla.'
State troopers made many stops for impaired driving during a recent enforcement campaign across Minnesota.

DWI crackdown nabs driver who fled at 128 mph with 14-year-old

That stop was one of nearly 1,400 in law enforcement campaign.
Jody T. Fry

Why did St. Paul man fire fatal shots outside Father's Day gathering? 'I don't know'

A 33-year-old man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another man in a parked car outside a Robbinsdale home as children watched.
This room divider is being marketed to schools as a bullet-resistant option.

Minneapolis company rolls out bullet-resistant dividers for classrooms

Versare Solutions on Wednesday unveiled its Portable Shield Partition, which the maker says "can withstand multiple impacts by .44 magnum and 9mm ammunition."
Henry Lake

Henry Lake returning to KFAN after 5-plus years on radio in Kansas City

The station said he'll make regular appearances with current host lineup and also have a college basketball show.

18-year-old dies in crash near Rochester after younger driver fails to yield

The wreck occurred late Tuesday afternoon; both drivers injured.
Shoshone National Forest

Twin Cities man severely mauled in encounter with 2 bears in Wyoming

He was backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains and came upon the bears so quickly that he didn't have time to use his bear spray.
Emerson Food Market in north Minneapolis.

Authorities ID men killed in north Mpls. market; young felon charged in one death

The killings were among 4 in a three-day span in the city.
This eagle made an unannounced visit to the Andover Fire Department’s 9/11 memorial ceremony staged on a freeway overpass.

Bald eagle swoops in to join firefighters' 9/11 tribute in Minnesota

Viral video shows the majestic American symbol atop a fire truck in Coon Rapids.
Michael Rekow

Life in prison averted: Mpls. felon admits to murder after talk about stolen property

A plea deal is struck on the day his trial on a first-degree murder charge was to begin.
Uriah D. Schulz is facing charges in the murder case of Elizabeth Perrault.

Boyfriend charged with death of woman found in icy Burnsville pond

Elizabeth Perrault was found encased in ice by a fisherman in April.
This SUV rammed into a Holiday station Saturday in Edina.

Driver of Toyota that hit Edina gas station suspects acceleration flaw

The driver steered toward bags of mulch out front to keep physical, structural damage to a minimum. She was among 5 hurt, one seriously.

Second drowning reported in northern Minnesota on Labor Day

A fisherman fell from his boat in Itasca County on the same day that a junior college football player drowned.
Police officers worked at the scene of a crash at an Edina Holiday store on Saturday afternoon. Several people were injured when an SUV slammed into t

At least 5 hurt, one seriously, when SUV slams into Edina Holiday station

Witnesses said the vehicle was speeding down Interlachen and appeared to be unable to stop.
Kevin Garnett returned to the Timberwolves in 2015.

Ex-Wolves star Garnett alleges he was defrauded out of $77 million

He's suing an accountant and his firm, claiming they helped a now-imprisoned wealth manager steal tens of millions of dollars of the retired athlete's money.
Volunteers who tend to the Minneapolis Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery at E. Lake Street and Cedar Avenue S. say that sometime last week someone stole

1850s-era cemetery entry vandalized along Lake Street

A plaque at a prominent entrance was stolen; other damage committed.
Mark Rosen, giving an update to viewers last month on his wife’s battle with cancer.

'Worst month of my life,' Mark Rosen says upon return to airwaves amid wife's cancer fight

The sports anchor had been on leave since late July.
Chief Justice Lorie Skjerven Gildea, shown in 2016.

Minnesota's top jurist warns citizens of jury duty scam again making the rounds

The impostors are after money and vital identity information.
Sean Giles

Junior college football player drowns swimming in Ely lake after practice

He was underwater for 20 minutes, authorities said.
This double CD is from Prince’s final concert before his death.

Prince estate sues 'brazen bootlegger,' others selling CDs of his last show, trove of other music

Suit seeks many millions in compensation; sales over internet have been going on since 2016, the year Prince died.
Connor L. Keene

Charges: Driver was drunk when he hit Amish buggy, killing 1

Connor Keene fled the scene and removed the car's plates and VIN, according to the criminal complaint.

Postal Service suspects mold sickened 2 central Minn. post office employees

The building's owner disputes the findings; in meantime, mail services are moved to Royalton.
Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu

Chinese billionaire arrested in Mpls. on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct

Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, the founder of e-commerce site, has since been released, and a company statement says he was falsely accused.
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt

NHL suspends ex-Gopher Schmidt 20 games

Nate Schmidt, now a defenseman with the Vegas Golden Knights, and team officials vigorously challenge the legitimacy of the punishment.

Man hit by vehicle in Maplewood suffers severe injuries

The collision occurred shortly before dawn Sunday.
Shakopee police officer Scott Weiers

Off-duty police officer badly hurt in motorcycle crash in southwest Twin Cities

The patrol said alcohol played a role in the wreck, and the rider was not wearing a helmet.
Spencer Fredrickson

Man on LSD attacks others in Rainbow Gathering in northern Minn. forest

Authorities say the 20-year-old tried to strangle a woman, bit off part of a man's finger and injured a sheriff's deputy.

Ex-Park Nicollet pharmacist gets workhouse, probation for stealing thousands of drug doses

When initially charged, he was accused of stealing 20,000 doses in sedatives and opioids.
This is Betty Perez, standing in the parking lot where she later would be ambushed, taken into a swamp and raped.

Valleyfair worker who was raped angry about suspect's 90-day jail time for 2010 assault

She vows to testify, saying the man "should have been put away" for raping a 14-year-old.
Model 5341

Serious injuries prompt recall of Minnesota-made weightlifting equipment

Roughly 15,000 units are being recalled after 27 reports of injuries.
Garrett Ittel

Prison for Plymouth man who killed brother with a knife to the heart

Mother said her sons were best friends as well as roommates.

Authorities looking into death of 18-month-old girl in foster home in Scott County

The child was having difficulty breathing on Sunday.
Divittin Hoskins

Longtime criminal gets life without parole for murder of Mpls. man in front of kids

The gunman ambushed his target, shot him in the back of the head, according to prosecutors.

Lockdown lifted at state prison in Faribault

Details are being withheld about why the action was necessary.
Tyrone Jackson Jr.

Motorcyclist hurt in St. Paul crash dies; charges against car's driver pending

Police believe the car's driver was "impaired by a substance other than alcohol," a court filing read.

Driver dies in Carver County collision with semi

The crash occurred on Hwy. 212, roughly halfway between Norwood Young America and Cologne.
Austin J. Jones

Charges: Registered sex offender raped Valleyfair worker outside dormlike housing

The new allegation follows at least three violations of Jones' probation from earlier rape, according to court records.

Man pleads guilty to running over and hitting man on Park Avenue in Mpls.

A sentence of nearly 11 years is expected for Tristen E. Baier, 22, of Minneapolis.

Man, 77, dies after crashing moped in Minnetonka

He crashed about a half-mile from his home, authorities said.
Marina DeSteno Challeen

EMT driver charged with misdemeanors in Brooklyn Center crash that killed partner

The Brooklyn Center crash killer the driver's partner in October.
A roseate spoonbill caught in the act in Bloomington on Sunday.

A feathered first sends giddy birders swarming to Twin Cities

Birders by the hundreds flocked to a dock in the Twin Cities for a rare look at a roseate spoonbill making the species' first verifiable debut in Minnesota.
Tasha Lynn Schleicher

Probation riles police chief who called Minnesota mom 'one of the worst' DUI offenders in U.S.

A suburban Chicago police chief who called a Twin Cities mom "one of the worst DUI offenders in the United States" vented his disappointment that…
Derek Alldred

Long sentence for Twin Cities man who 'left trail of tears' cheating women he met online

He left more than 24 women, including at least four Minnesotans, in financial ruin.

Man punched, then kicked and robbed while on ground outside U building

A cellphone was taken in the daylight assault.
Kyle K. Quittschreiber

Man fatally pinned under tractor in NW. Minnesota is ID'd as DNR officer

The incident occurred next to his home near Frazee.

2 kids severely burned in northern Minnesota after inadvertently setting fire to shed

The pair ignited the gas while trying to clean spill.

Motorcyclist in SE Minnesota gets shirt caught in tire, is thrown off and severely injured

The shirt locked up the rear brake, the State Patrol said.

Collision sends horse through windshield near Rochester; 2 people hurt, animal killed

The wreck occurred shortly after midnight in Dodge County.

Bicyclist dies after fall from wall in New Hope

The incident occurred near Winnetka Avenue and Bass Lake Road.
Twin Lakes

Teen who shed life vest, drowned in N. Minnesota lake was exchange student from Egypt

Ammar Abo El-Nago, 18, was studying at Oberlin College in Ohio, the Sheriff's Office said.

Woman found dead in S. Minnesota antique store after hours; overdose suspected

The body was located in the basement over the weekend, authorities said.
Fraider Diaz-Carbajal

Authorities say man illegally in U.S. killed Shakopee woman, slashed own throat

The man's immigration status "is in question," prompting notification to federal authorities of his arrest.
Kyle Scott

Charges: Intoxicated driver left Becker golf club, fled police and killed teen in crash

His blood alcohol content was measured at 0.228 percent at the scene, according to authorities.
United Airlines jets sit at a gate at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this year.

Federal marshals cuffed, removed from MSP plane after flash of gun

Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan defended the airport officers' actions and spelled out in detail why they had no choice but to detain the men.
Mark Rosen spoke Monday on television for the first time about his wife’s battle with cancer.

Mark Rosen says wife's cancer will keep him off TV a 'while longer'

The WCCO sports anchor said his wife is fighting "an aggressive form of brain tumor."
Linda Conrad

Twin Cities man charged with assisting in wife's suicide

Thomas Houck admitted he filled a bag with nitrogen gas as his wife held it over her head.

Police: Plymouth man facing fraud charges threatens suicide, prompting long standoff

Confrontation ends with Matthew Tieva in custody.
Marshall A. Knoll

Unlicensed driver with 17 DUIs allegedly high when he caused serious crash

Blood test results after the Dakota County crash turned up amphetamine and methamphetamine, according to authorities.
Farhan Hersi

Guilty plea reveals dating rumor rift was behind killing outside Minneapolis bar

Guilty plea revealed rift between victim, shooter in Seven Corners killing.

Motorcyclist killed in collision with deer on Iron Range highway

The collision occurred late Saturday, the State Patrol said.
Diana Rojas Martinez and Christopher Jahmar Bunay

Man admits downing 10 tequila shots, driving wrong way on I-94, killing 2 teens

If accepted by the judge, the plea deal means he will serve about 5 years in prison.
Goldy was taken from a parked car in Chaska.

Stolen from his owner's car, Goldy the dog is safely home, Chaska police say

Goldy was located and returned to his owners Sunday.
The blaze was started in this clothing rack.

Woman found in Fargo, charged with setting fire in Mpls. Marshalls

Authorities say she used a long grill lighter to start the blaze.
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