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Richard Jay Hogan

Charges: 2 men sexually assault woman leaving downtown Mpls. bar

A man with a long criminal history has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman outside a downtown Minneapolis bar that was recorded…
Thieves in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been illegally cutting birch trees in hopes of making a quick buck for logs and limbs that have become a hot c

Iron Range man admits illegally cutting down hundreds of birch trees

An Iron Range man will pay a fine and restitution for cutting down and stealing roughly 1,200 birch trees from state land in northern Minnesota.…
Mashawn L. Moore, John A. Davis and Marshawn D. Winston

Prison for driver who took accomplices to McDonald's after Mpls. murder

The men were driving around looking for someone to rob, according to the prosecution, and stopped at a nearby McDonald's soon after the slaying.

Late-night highway crash near northern Minnesota resort kills 2, injures 2 others

The Sheriff's Office has not revealed which of the four in the vehicle was driving.
A small fire broke out late Saturday at this downtown Minneapolis post office.

Late-night fire closes Loring Station post office in downtown Minneapolis

Station will be closed during repairs.

ID'd: Motorcyclist who hit car that pulled into his path in south metro and died

The crash occurred in southern Dakota County over the weekend.
Mark Dayton called BS on Republican criticism of his tax plan.

WCCO bleeps Dayton's retort on live radio to GOP critics of his tax plan

Gov. Mark Dayton won't be given a Good Neighbor Award from WCCO Radio for his live on-air word choice when he responded to GOP criticism of his tax plan.
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken looks over at his wife Franni and thanked her for always being at his side at an event, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Minn

Forum 'privileged' to host Franken's first public appearance since he resigned

He will address a cybersecurity conference in Lisbon in May.
Wayzata police officer Bill Mathews with wife Shawn and son Wyatt.

Plea deal with prison time for unlicensed driver who hit, killed Wayzata cop

The crash last year was the latest in a long string of driving violations by the Mound woman, now in prison on a drug conviction.
William L. Hillman

Charges: Mentally ill man taken in by Minn. family kills woman, her son

It appears that the victims lost their lives because they "were kind enough to let someone into their lives."
Peter Berge

No charge for attorney who fatally ran over St. Paul runner

City attorney says no to filing a misdemeanor case, but runner's attorney says, "I've got the lawsuit drafted."
This artist rendering shows what Park Nicollet intends for the Mann Theaters building to look like upon taking over the structure.

Mann Theatres in St. Louis Park will soon close for good, as will Bruegger's next door

Park Nicollet is taking over the space, the property's landlord said.
Sterling V. Smith

Man charged with assaulting bus driver in north Mpls. after false racial accusation

The defendant's girlfriend had accused the driver of making racial comments; video reveals none, according to the charges.
Dalton McFadzen, 21, and Denise McFadzen, 42, were victims of “homicidal violence” Tuesday in a rural home near Perham, Minn., according to the Ot

Double murder mystery: Mom, son ID'd as victims in rural Minnesota killings; man jailed

Authorities have yet to say what led to the killings; suspect has yet to be charged.
Hussain Saeed Alnahdi

Mpls. man acquitted of murder, guilty of battery in killing of UW-Stout exchange student

The defense claimed self-defense during the trial in western Wisconsin.
Dalton McFadzen, 21, and Denise McFadzen, 42, were victims of “homicidal violence” Tuesday in a rural home near Perham, Minn., according to the Ot

2 people killed in Otter Tail County home; suspect arrested

The victims were found before dawn in a home near Perham.
The fate of Lois Riess has kept the town of Blooming Prairie, Minn., on edge. “It’s what we talk about,” one local said.

For Blooming Prairie, murder manhunt leaves few answers

The Minnesota hometown of murder suspect Lois Riess can only guess what led to two killings, and residents are trying to make sense of it all.
Nelson G. Soto-Lopez

Maximum sentence for Blaine man who fatally beat girlfriend's toddler

The killer of the 21-month-old will serve the first 19½ years in prison, then go on supervised release.
Patrons of this party bus clashed, and one of its passengers was shot and killed.

Teen on run after Dakota County party bus killing is captured

Authorities are still trying to figure out who fired the fatal shot.

Van driver runs over, kills toddler playing in snow at western Wisconsin home

The driver was moving his vehicle so he could finish plowing his drive, authorities said.
Robbinsdale’s mayor speculated that a story about his dad may solve the mystery.

Monkey mummy mystery yields confession; Dayton also has story to tell

Was mummified monkey stolen from Dayton's — or was it a runaway?
Robbinsdale’s mayor speculated that a story about his dad may solve the mystery.

Want a mummified monkey found in downtown Dayton's? No receipt needed

The remains found by a construction worker may have been animal stolen in '60s.

Minn. college student ID'd as snowboarder who died at Spirit Mountain

He was on the recreation area's most challenging hill.
Rainbow Falls

Young Mpls. man is latest to lose life to scenic river in Hawaii

The Washburn High School graduate's body was recovered in a waterfall-fed pool after a two-day search.
Kacy Merseal

Driver admits being very drunk in crash near Northfield that killed bride-to-be

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14 for Brandon P. Dellwo.
Joshua Z. Bernard Jr.

Charge: Twin Cities high schooler carries stolen gun to full day of classes

The 18-year-old is accused of stealing the weapon and then bringing it to school.
Pennington County Sheriff’s Office
Authorities in South Dakota seized 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop.

2 from Twin Cities charged in South Dakota with hauling 85 pounds of pot

This is the latest of many large busts on highways in the Dakotas and Minnesota of late.
Actor John Barrowman said outside a Target in Los Angeles that he could buy some clothes for a homeless man.

'Arrow' actor scolds Target, says staff 'lectured' him not to buy clothes for homeless man

Minneapolis-based retailer quickly replied and apologized.
Star King had the unspring-like task of removing snow from vehicles for sale at a used auto lot on Lake St. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Minneapolis,

Snow is hitting the Twin Cities, just later than expected

Expect the flakes to fly starting in the afternoon, with another coating of an inch or 2 for the metro.
Juan Garcia-Morales

ICE suspects driver who killed Big Lake man of 'likely' being in U.S. illegally

His criminal history in Minnesota includes being caught many times driving after license revoked.
House of Charity, Minneapolis

Charges: Man stole IDs of 300; many were donors to Minneapolis charity where he worked

Charges say he used money to pay private school tuition, among other things.
Mapletown firefighter Timothy Royce

In line of duty, southern Minnesota firefighter dies soon after 2 calls

The 17-year Mapleton, Minn., veteran suffered an apparent heart attack.
The Minneapolis City Hall bells.

Rapid reversal: Mpls. City Hall bells were rung after all in MLK tribute

"We can't have bureaucracy prevent government from doing the right thing," said Mayor Jacob Frey.
In advance of Thursday's home opener Andrew Hagl, of Columbia Heights, melts snow with hot water on Target Field seats. Twins staff used many strategi

Single-digit cold snap about to slap winter-weary Twin Cities

The Twins home opener is Thursday, but the records that are about to be broken don't involve the summer pastime.
DeShawn L. Perry Jr.

In last minutes of 21st birthday, St. Paul man hurt riding with alleged drunk driver has died

"We did buy a cake and sing and pray," the grieving father said.
Casey Kearns has been hospitalized for many weeks.

$5K reward for info about Anoka Co. hit-and-run driver

We hope that the driver will choose to do the right thing, sheriff says.
The Town and Country Club, a private St. Paul golf club.

Ex-comptroller admits stealing $1M from St. Paul country club

Town & Country employee used the money to pay for home, vehicles and travel.
In this 2009 image taken from video and released by the Florida Keys News Bureau, aboy picked up a historic gold bar on display at the Mel Fisher Mari

Man who killed his baby in St. Paul on trial for theft of 17th-century gold bar

Man who killed infant in St. Paul may not get bail in theft of ancient gold bar.
Travis Pennig, with Corrie Pennig and daughter Hayzel and son Orrin.

Driver who killed man in Alexandria said she left thinking she only hit curb

Alexandria victim was outside after arguing with fiancée, police said.

Man tries to video female student in U bathroom, flees

University of Minnesota police were looking for a man who went into a women's bathroom on campus and tried to shoot a video of a female student.
Tom Barnard

KQ's Tom Barnard, 3 others are newest Minnesota Broadcasting Hall inductees

The others are the late John Linder, and Channel 9's Jeff Passolt and Robyne Robinson.
South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard feigns shock to learn his state and North Dakota could actually be one.

With a wink, South Dakota governor reveals his state, North Dakota actually one

The Dakotas "were born together – they are one," read the calendar-driven punch line from the joshing governor.

Pickup driver slides off W. Wisconsin road, hits tree and dies

The crash occurred late at night; authorities suspect alcohol may have been a factor.
This March 20, 2016 photo shows Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash. Authorities in Northern California say t

1 parent in family that went off cliff was convicted in Minn. of beating daughter

6-year-old showed Alexandria teacher her bruises after saying "Mom hit me" in 2010.
Lois Riess

Charge: Missing SE. Minn. woman stole at least $11K from dead husband's bank account

The wife is known to frequent casinos and may have a gun with her; family Escalade also missing.
Scott Staska

Rocori schools chief accused of 16 instances of indecent exposure

The Rocori superintendent is on paid administrative leave; charges have yet to be filed.
Police converged on this party bus in the middle of the night over the weekend after a young man was shot and killed.

2 teens charged in killing during Inver Grove Heights party bus melee

Authorities say rival groups on the bus argued for hours before gunfire erupted after the trip ended.
There are more concerns about Lake Elmo’s water supply. Another water tower, in addition to a muinicipal well, has been shut down.

PFC concerns prompt Lake Elmo to take well, water tower offline

The Washington County suburb ordered shutdown because of elevated levels of the chemical once discharged by 3M.
Alexander LaGarde

Charges: Young Minneapolis gunman stared down his victim, fired fatal shots and ran

The alleged killer has yet to be caught, and authorities describe him as "a significant risk to public safety."
The children of Trista Curry and Bryan Dean, from left: Maxwell, Camden and Avalon.

Patrol IDs woman driving SUV in crash near Grand Forks that killed 2 of her children

$57,000 collected in fundraising in campaign for the family to pay for funeral and medical expenses.
Police converged on this party bus in the middle of the night over the weekend after a young man was shot and killed.

Teen jailed in killing amid Inver Grove Heights party bus melee; police to look at bus provider

Police looking for another person in connection with the violence possibly having to do with "rival gang affiliation."
Travis Pennig, with Corrie Pennig and daughter Hayzel and son Orrin.

Police believe they have SUV that fatally hit W. Minnesota man, left scene

Authorities said the person believed to have been at the wheel has come forward.
Mitchell Le Dac Ho

3rd Eden Prairie Massage Envy client alleges sex assault by same masseur

This is the sixth criminal charge filed against a Massage Envy staffer in the metro area since 2013.
Gloria and Willie Scheel

Paynesville man charged with murdering grandparents

Suspect had been living with the Paynesville couple for several months.
Lois Ann Riess

Husband shot several times in Dodge County; wife is being sought

His body was found Friday; police also seeking an SUV.

After 19-year-old's shooting death in Mpls., Little Earth says residents 'fed up'

No arrests in the late-night shooting that also injured a 14-year-old passerby.
Police converged on this party bus in the middle of the night over the weekend after a young man was shot and killed.

'Disparaging comments,' alcohol play role in party bus killing in south metro parking lot

The bloodshed outside a movie theater came after two groups of men started a fight, police said.

Late-night gunfire kills man, wounds young teen in south Minneapolis

Late-night gunfire in south Minneapolis killed a man and wounded a teen boy, authorities said.

Father, son fatally trapped in silo in northwestern Wisconsin

A third person escaped the "internal collapse of silage," the Sheriff's Office said.
Caylin Donovan

180 days in jail for hit-and-run driver from Hastings who killed girl

Sentence also calls for two years of electric home monitoring during supervised probation.
Cortney Metcalfe

Overdose in Hennepin Co. jail leads to third-degree murder charge

A Plymouth woman has been charged with third-degree murder in the heroin death of another inmate while both were in the Hennepin County jail. Cortney…

Homicide suspected in mysterious death of man whose bones found in NW. Wisconsin

Examination reveals that the unidentified man was shot in the head.

Man fatally run over walking on Anoka County highway is ID'd

The driver suffered minor injuries Monday night.
Jeff Dubay

Ex-KFAN personality Dubay sentenced, avoids jail for beating woman

The judge gave Jeff Dubay, whose years of drug abuse have gotten him in trouble with the law, a long list of must-dos to avoid incarceration.
Scott Staska

Rocori superintendent accused of exposing himself at Kwik Trip

Scott Staska led district, won praise during 2003 high school shooting.
Glenn R. Johnson

Charges: Double killer 'giggling' as he left bloody scene in Rochester apartment

The defendant offered no motive to police, but said something about his victims had 'asked for what they got,' according to the criminal complaint.
Travis Pennig

Vehicle leaves scene after fatally hitting pedestrian near his Alexandria home

The father of two was found after dark along the side of the road, police said.
A Facebook post by Danene Conditt said that her son Mark had graduated from high school. Mark Anthony Conditt has been identified as the Austin, Tex.,

Texas bombing suspect has family roots in Minnesota

Mark Anthony Conditt's mother attended high school in St. Louis Park and college at Gustavus Adolphus in St. Peter, according to her Facebook page. Conditt blew himself up early Wednesday as authorities closed in.
This undated photo provided by Stephen Govel/ shows Justine Damond, of Sydney, Australia, who was fatally shot by police in Minnea

A moment-by-moment look at when Justine Damond was shot

The fatal shot was fired about 2½ minutes after the squad car arrived behind Damond's home.
John C. Ploetz

Misdemeanor charge: Messages deleted from phone of driver in fatal Chisago County crash

The defendant "adamantly denied" being on her phone, according to the charging document.
Hundreds of knock-off sound systems were confiscated at the International Falls port of entry.

Feds seize $1.38M in knockoff home sound systems at Minnesota border crossing

International Falls border agents have made several seizures since last summer.

Authorities ID man killed in house fire in northeast Minneapolis

It appears that the 63-year-old resident died from smoke inhalation.
l-r Shawn Benson, Justin Jensen, Edward Zelko.

1 of 3 pleads guilty in shooting death of teen mom in Wright Co. park

Prosecutors will seek the maximum term of 40 years in 2016 case.

2 Rochester men fatally stabbed in Salvation Army apt. building are ID'd

A suspect has been arrested; all three lived at the building.

Patrol IDs unbelted driver who crashed and died in St. Paul

The crash occurred early Sunday on a ramp from Hwy. 280 to I-94, the patrol said.
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