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Jake Patterson walked into court for his sentencing in the murder of James and Denise Closs at the Barron County Justice Center in Barron, Wis., on Fr

Jake Patterson sentenced to life without possibility of parole

"You are the embodiment of evil," Barron County District Judge James Babler told the kidnapper of Jayme Closs and the murderer of her parents. Closs' statement called Patterson "a coward."

State: Twin Cities nursing home failed to prevent resident's falls, then injury killed him

The resident fell six times in less than three months; he died after breaking his hip.

Minneapolis landlord must pay $37K to settle claims he offered tenant cheaper rent for sex

HUD also ordered the landlord to turn over management of all his residential properties to a third party for the next five years.
Kim Chandler
Credit: Whitman College

AD whose tenure mysteriously ended at Macalester is hired by Washington state college

Kim Chandler's departure nearly a year ago from the St. Paul school was abrupt.
Daniel R. Laskowski
Credit: Hennepin County jail

Ex-Columbia Heights teacher, coach admits sexually assaulting former student

He resigned under fire from Columbia Academy, where he taught social studies.
Wednesday was another wet one for folk moving about in downtown Minneapolis.

Bummer of a summer for Twin Cities? Cool and rainy is the forecast

That's the word from the National Weather Service as metro area slogs toward Memorial Day weekend.
An SUV rammed this bus shelter on E. Lake Street over the weekend.

Police: Unlicensed driver who hit Lake Street bus shelter is suspected of being under influence

One of those hurt remains in critical condition Tuesday.

Standoff in Red Wing ends with arrest of shooting suspect

Several blocks around the home were blocked off as a precaution.
Jesus Manzanilla Alvarado

6 months in jail for ex-caregiver who repeatedly sexually assaulted St. Cloud facility resident

The abuse of the mentally diminished woman lasted for roughly two weeks, according to prosecutors.

Woman drowns at Leech Lake resort near Walker, Minn.

The woman was located in the water near a dock, authorities said.
Authorities believe the driver of this SUV caused a fatal crash near Mankato and fled.

Patrol calls deadly crash near Mankato a hit-and-run, releases photo of suspect's SUV

Image of the SUV came from a police dashcam. Driver of the vehicle he allegedly targeted said it was a case of road rage.
Jenna Bixby
Credit: Facebook

Minister sentenced to prison for driving drunk, killing Minneapolis 911 dispatcher

Dispatcher's husband heard about the crash in real time over the dispatch audio.

Family IDs teen gravely wounded in shooting outside N. Minneapolis gas station

No arrests have been made in connection with the shooting Tuesday night.

'Speed and alcohol' suspected factors in fatal motorcycle crash in W. Wisconsin

The wreck occurred after dark on the southeastern edge of Menomonie.
The alley behind the apartment where a 26-year old woman was kidnapped in 2017.
Credit: Aaron Levinsky, Star Tribune

Jurors convict third man in rape of woman abducted behind her Uptown home

Her "great courage and cleverness" freed her from the captors on the other side of the Twin Cities many hours later.
Jalynn Williams

Road rage suspect at large in rollover near Mankato that killed passenger

It's possible the two vehicles made contact, according to the State Patrol.
Thomas Luby
Dakota County jail

Repeat murder conviction means 29-year sentence for South St. Paul man

South St. Paul man was granted a new trial in death of girlfriend.
Benjamin J. Hendrickson

MLB pitcher turned accountant admits stealing at least $145K from Fridley business

He pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers and the Twins' AAA team.

Assault suspect injured in Metro Transit squad used lighter to set himself on fire, report says

Suspect had lighter, severely burned himself after arrest in Mpls.
Traffic backed up in the east metro after a crash Sunday.
Credit: MnDOT

Pickup veers onto I-694 shoulder, killing man next to his vehicle

A pickup truck veered onto the shoulder of Interstate 694 in Oakdale on Sunday morning, authorities said, striking a vehicle that had pulled over and killing its driver, who was standing outside the vehicle.
Elizabeth V. Perrault, Uriah Schulz
Credit: Facebook, Dakota County jail

Max sentence for Apple Valley man who killed girlfriend, hid body in frigid river holding pond

The punishment was nearly six years longer than guidelines call for.
Christopher D. Wood
Credit: Hennepin County jail

Ex-Mpls. postal worker addicted to conspiracy theories sentenced for firing on Fed building

The defendant said that 20 years of working for the Postal Service was a "soul-sucking" experience.
Dr. Thomas J. Stillwell

Minnesota doctor dies in plane crash near Moose Lake airport

The Navy veteran was flying to the Twin Cities.
Anthony F. Romano

Ex-employee charged with making bomb threats against major Hennepin County works facility

A search of his home turned up several weapons, ammo and an employee phone list.
Eugene Wynn Jr.
Credit: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

DNR officer who drowned in Pine County should have been wearing life jacket

There was a life jacket in the boat for him to use; agency policy requires its use.

Charges: Driver high, speeding, checking cellphone before 35W crash killed girlfriend

Authorities tested his blood and it came back positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to prosecutors.
Heidi Butau

Twin Cities woman ordered not to drive after causing fatal crash then leaves court at the wheel

Now the woman with the poor driving record is facing additional jail time for the wreck that killed a longtime American Legion post commander.
Timothy R. Majchrzak was also hit by a squad car while fleeing police.

BCA: Hermantown man killed in shootout with deputy had on fortified bullet-resistant vest

The midday incident began with the man riding his motorcycle at more than 100 mph, authorities said.

Weapons, ammo seized from home of man who threatened to bomb works facility in Medina

Also seized from the former highway worker's home were documents with county phone numbers listed, according to a court filing.
Minneapolis firefighters responded Tuesday to a report of a hazardous substance in a Dinkytown-area building. Residents, many of them University of Mi

Dinkytown residents get OK to go home, hazardous material being evaluated

A Dinkytown-area residence was ev­acu­at­ed after an "un­con­firmed re­port of ri­cin," ac­cord­ing to the Fire Department. Hundreds were displaced by the response to the Marshall, a build­ing that caters to University of Minnesota students.
Jesse J. Juaire
Credit: Minnesota Department of Corrections

Unlicensed driver imprisoned for crashing, killing passenger during 'meth binge' near Zumbrota

Soon after the wreck, he tried to blame the crash on a nonexistent person, according to the charges.
Megan Martin lives in this home on Granada Avenue S. in Cottage Grove.

Unlicensed day-care provider was drunk with 12 kids in Cottage Grove home, authorities say

County attorney is seeking to permanently prevent her from resuming her services.

Reported bomb threat draws law enforcement to Hennepin County public works facility

The scene is a large facility in Hamel near Hwy. 55.

Electrical shock kills Detroit Lakes man working on cement project

A long pole touched power lines above at the home of an acquaintance.
This vault at Lakewood Cemetery held what the Vorotinovs claimed were Igor’s remains. Credit: Star Tribune file

Onetime Twin Cities man pleads guilty to faking his death for life insurance payout

A onetime Twin Cities man who faked his own death in Eastern Europe for a $2 million life insurance payout has pleaded guilty and awaits…
Riley Taylor died after being left in a car for hours Saturday. Credit: Facebook

Heat kills boy, 4, left in SUV while father worked at St. Paul event

The father said he last checked on the boy about 11:30 a.m. Saturday and returned about 5:15 p.m. after work to find the boy "stiff" and unresponsive, according to the criminal complaint.
Timothy R. Majchrzak
Credit: Facebook

Officer gunfire, not being hit by squad car, killed 37-year-old Hermantown man

A gun was found near where motorcyclist was shot; BCA is investigating.
Martha Perea was comforted by a friend while clutching a photo of her husband on the steps of the house where the couple lived. Martha Perea’s husba

Victim's family grieves, suspect in fatal crash awaits charges

The 27-year-old suspect from Brooklyn Park had been convicted on a charge of fleeing police just weeks before Wednesday's fatal crash at N. 36th and Aldrich avenues in Minneapolis.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey offered some reflections Wednesday about the Mohamed Noor case, one day after the verdict.

Walz says his office will review BCA investigation of Damond shooting

Governor says he wants more information about claims that BCA fell short.
Dale F. Nelson

Duluth facility's neglect allowed resident to drink fatal dose of cleaning chemical, state says

The Vietnam War veteran, who suffered from dementia, died three days after drinking a cleaner left in an unlocked kitchen cabinet.
Eddie M. Frazier

22 years in prison for man who killed girlfriend in Crookston, was caught after standoff in Bloomington

Man wanted for killing his girlfriend had a standoff with Bloomington police.
B2K in 2006: From left, Lil’ Fizz, Raz B, J Boog and Omarion.
Credit: Handout photo

Member of R&B group B2K in Mpls. jail on domestic assault allegation hours before Target Center concert

The group has Target Center booked for Wednesday night. Police say the incident occurred in a downtown parking ramp.
Opening arguments are depicted in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Mohamed Noor.

Judge's instructions detailed what Noor jurors needed to find before finding guilt

Each charge had specific elements for the jurors to weigh in the Mohamed Noor murder trial.
Marina G. DeSteno Challeen
Credit: Facebook

Probation, no jail for EMT sentenced in on-duty crash that killed partner on Twin Cities highway

A relative of the woman killed expressed relief the driver will serve no jail time.
Dustin Hicks
Credit: Goodhue County jail

Charges: Unlicensed drunken driver crashes near Red Wing, kills passenger

His BAC was measured at 0.202 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving.
The Barbie fashion doll line has been a global favorite of children for 60 years.

Feds in Minneapolis seek arrest warrant for nearly 22K Barbie knockoffs

The fake dolls, seized at the Canada-Minnesota border, were being imported by Dollar Tree.
The smartest kids in the room at the National Science Bowl were from Wayzata.

Wayzata High School wins National Science Bowl title in Washington, D.C.

High school team wins the national competition and a trip to Alaska.
A recent study validated what insurance companies have suspected for years: Painkiller prescriptions for teens and young adults following routine dent

Former Twin Cities dentist settles suit alleging he gave opioids to employee, son

A onetime Maplewood dentist has agreed to a financial settlement in connection with allegations that he funneled hundreds of opioid painkiller doses through illegal prescriptions…

Man fatally hit by train in Fargo is identified

Incident occurred near the Red River separating North Dakota and Minnesota.

Motorcyclist is killed in crash late at night in NW. Wisconsin

The wreck occurred about 15 miles south of Barron.
The North St. Paul Police Deptartment posted a photo of a bear in a tree Thursday morning.

DNR kills bear that was attracting onlookers in North St. Paul

Agency said bears "pose a danger to humans when they become trapped."
Dale Maxson, who grew up in north Minneapolis with Bowser, said he happened to be driving near the same intersection immediately after the crash. He t

Family, friend ID woman killed in 2-vehicle crash in north Minneapolis

The woman was hit by a vehicle turning left at a well-traveled intersection.
Members of the Jacobs family at the PACER Center's annual benefit in 2005. Alexandra and Irwin Jacobs, at right, were Patron Party co-chairs.

Son says Irwin Jacobs struggled with health before he shot wife, self

Mark Jacobs said, "I so wish he had been able to reach out and share his thoughts so we could have helped him."
The drug task force behind the largest meth seizure in state history provided this photo.

One of 4 charged in Minnesota's largest meth seizure pleads guilty

The four were indicted after a raid on a north Minneapolis home last fall.
The Sheriff’s Office has yet to say where in the intersection the woman was located when the squad car hit her. Her identity has yet to be released.

Squad car strikes pedestrian in Brooklyn Center intersection

An emergency responder on the scene said the officer was driving "at least 40 miles per hour."
Chris Etchison
Credit: Facebook

Wisconsin man found dead in Minnesota cabin; 2 men in jail

Circumstances surrounding the 36-year-old man's death have yet to be disclosed.

Authorities identify man who died after falling in front of light-rail train in Minneapolis

The incident occurred at the Stadium Village station over the weekend.
Neal Broten

Hockey great Neal Broten cited a 3rd time for drunken driving

Among the most accomplished hockey players in Minnesota history, Neal Broten was cited in western Wisconsin after failing to obey a stop sign, according to authorities.
James Rojas III
Credit: Facebook

2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 shot dead on N. Minnesota reservation

Federal prosecutors chose not to pursue murder charges.

Man is fatally pinned between farm equipment in Stearns County

The 42-year-old man was declared dead at the scene.

Authorities identify the 2 drivers killed in head-on crash near Turtle Lake, Wisconsin

The SUV driver crossed the centerline and hit the other vehicle, authorities said.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officer Eugene Wynn Jr., 43. Wynn died Friday evening after being thrown out of a boat into the frigid water

Minnesota DNR officer may not have worn life jacket before fatal fall into lake

The officer was investigating object in the Pine County lake.
A house exploded on the 600 block of Hall Avenue in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon.

St. Paul man burned in house explosion is enduring 'practically unbearable' pain

Investigators still don't know cause of West Side house explosion.
Country star Miranda Lambert performs at Xcel Energy Center in 2017.

Miranda Lambert announces Twin Cities concert and a local animal rescue beneficiary

Each venue on this tour will have a place at the entrance where dog food, treats, supplies and cash donations will be collected.
A Minneapolis Fire Department ladder truck was in a crash with five other vehicles Thursday on 38th Street between Hiawatha and Minnehaha avenues.

Minneapolis fire truck, 5 other vehicles in crash on busy street; no injuries

The truck was not on an emergency call, police said.
This sign was on the house where a homeowner shot a man fleeing police in St. Paul.

Video: Suspected car thief didn't try to enter St. Paul house before resident shot him

The resident, who has a permit to carry a gun, arrived home and shot the fleeing suspect, according to the felony complaint.

Charge: Man robs Northfield bank at gunpoint, pays off his back rent

A customer was tied up as duo made off with more than $11,000, according to federal prosecutors.
Craig D. Underwood II

Eden Prairie dad pleads guilty to charge of whipping daughter with tree branch, belt

Plea deal calls for him to be locked up for no more than 45 days.
Patrick J. Uchytil

Vehicle hoisted on forklift in Barron County slips off, fatally crushes man

An online obituary for the man said he performed for more than 20 years at Ceska Opera House in Haugen.
The Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas campus Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in St. Paul, MN.] DAVID JOLES • david.joles@startribu

St. Thomas student finds employee's loaded gun left in campus bathroom

The gun's owner is subject to discipline, but the school is offering no specifics.
This sign was on the house of a homeowner who shot a man fleeing police Tuesday.

Jailed: St. Paul resident who shot man who came on his property during police chase

A sign in a window of the homeowner's house read, "No trespassing. Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again."
This silver carp was caught in the St. Croix River, the Minnesota DNR announced Monday.

Latest capture of silver 'flying' carp on St. Croix is 'disappointing' to DNR

An angler caught invasive fish in same area where one was found in 2017. The large fish compete with native species and are a potential threat to recreational boating.
Athlos Leadership Academy is a public charter school.

2 students hurt after SUV runs red light, hits school bus in Brooklyn Park

The crash occurred about 7:15 at a busy intersection.
Michael and Heather Germain

Southern Minnesota swinger couple sentenced in sex room assault case

Michael L. Germain will serve prison time for criminal sexual conduct.
The view a Twin Cities man had of the fire that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

Twin Cities man could 'hear the gasps' as he saw Notre Dame Cathedral ablaze

A Twin Cities man found himself among stunned onlookers Monday as the famed spire that has long pierced the Parisian sky from atop the Notre Dame Cathedral collapsed in an orange crackle.
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