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Tyone Williams

Jury convicts man of killing Minneapolis activist Tyrone Williams

Williams was a father of four and devoted time to "making his community a better place," said County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Hwy. 212 closed after semi, pickup collide in fatal crash west of Chaska

The crash has traffic blocked along Hwy. 212, according to emergency dispatch audio.

Head Start bus with students aboard crashes, tips over in Cottage Grove; minor injuries

The small bus ended up on its side, authorities said.
Cristina Prodan, Joseph Porter

Man gets 20-year sentence after admitting to killing Edina girlfriend, burning body in New Orleans

With credit for time in jail, Joseph Porter will serve 13-plus years in prison and the balance of the nearly 21-year term on supervised release.
Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald appeared next to Jayme Closs' aunt Kelly Engelhardt as Jake Pasterson made his first appearance in court with Judge James C.

911 audio: Callers say publicity left them certain girl at door was Jayme Closs

"Yes, it is her," the woman told a dispatcher. "I'm 100 percent."
St. Paul police were on the scene of what the department is calling the city's first shooting homicide of the year in the alley behind Sunshine Grocer

Man dies after alley shooting near St. Paul's University Avenue

There have been no arrests in the city's first homicide of the year.
Henry Zietlow

St. Paul teen killed by wayward driver in Wisconsin was college rower, violinist

Wintry weather may have played a role in the crash, according to authorities.
Facing charges: Jake Patterson appeared with one of his attorneys via video. Charging documents sat on the table.

Charges: Suspect says he killed Jayme's parents, abducted her

The 13-year-old Wisconsin girl told authorities that the suspect first killed her father at the front door of their house, and then broke down the door to the bathroom where she and her mother were hiding.

New Prague man who killed co-worker in drunken-driving crash sentenced to long anti-DWI mission

He'll spend hundreds of hours annually for several years speaking about the perils of drinking and driving, donate $10,000 on advocacy efforts.
A worker stripped material from the Inver Grove Heights home of Tiffany Meyers, who died in a house fire in late February.

Fire deaths in Minnesota drop sharply in 2018; causes of most are elusive

The leading cause of fatal fires last year in Minnesota was careless smoking (5), followed by cooking (3), and portable heaters (2).
John Likeness

Charge: Western Wisconsin roommate kills disabled Army vet with arrow to the chest

The men, now in their 50s, knew each other from high school. Suspect said he wanted to put the man out of his misery.

NAACP condemns Waite Park Subway worker accused of lying that black man robbed her

"Residents who falsely accuse black people to cover up their criminal behavior are ... a threat to the black community," the NAACP leader said.
Anthony Howson, Deshon Bonnell

Police say Hibbing trio led man into woods, shot him in face for pursuing teenage girl

The girl and her boyfriend blindfolded the man before the shooting, according to charges.
Sterling V. Smith

Month in jail for man who assaulted Metro Transit bus driver

Shields designed to protect drivers are being installed this month on many buses.
The Southdale Courthouse closes for good on Feb. 1.

Hennepin County to relocate Southdale misdemeanor, traffic court cases elsewhere

The Edina location will close for good starting Feb. 1 as the building is slated to be razed.
Haimanot Gebremedhin

Police: Driver in fatal Inver Grove Heights hit-and-run says she thought she hit deer

The motorist drove her heavily damaged car home with DNA smears, hair and fiber on the front, according to a search warrant affidavit.
Kristen Frey

Drunken driver with 0.41% BAC among 2,700 caught in recent Minnesota crackdown

Five-week enforcement effort in state began just before Thanksgiving.
Quinten L. Osgood Jr.

Murder charge: Fight over music leads to one Minneapolis partygoer fatally stabbing another

The victim was stabbed while the two fought outside his home, according to the criminal complaint.

3 jailed in death of man found on Hibbing snowmobile trail

Authorities have yet to reveal a motive or describe how the man was killed.
No other Minnesota Twin will wear Joe Mauer’s No. 7.

Twins set dates to retire Mauer's No. 7, give away bobbleheads

In addition to the June number retirement ceremony, the Twins will have a series of four bobbleheads honoring Joe Mauer's career.
FILE - In this July 9, 2016 file photo, marchers block part of Interstate 94 in St. Paul, Minn., during a protest sparked by the recent police killing

Appeals Court overturns conviction of I-94 protester after Castile shooting

Bill to increase penalties for blocking freeways was vetoed last year.
This artist rendering shows what the installation of thousands of juniper plants behind the Target Field center-field wall would look like.

A 'living wall' of juniper plants chosen for Target Field backdrop

Twins hope this solves a dilemma that has dogged the team since removing the spruce trees behind the center-field wall.
Megan Goeltz and daughter Paisley Mae

Prosecutor: Driver who caused fatal crash will plead guilty, wasn't on phone as suspected

Drew Fleming gets jail time, ordered to speak on risks of distracted driving.
Haimanot Gebremedhin

Arrest made in hit-and-run in Inver Grove Heights that killed woman

Authorities have arrested a local driver in the hit-and-run death of a woman this weekend in Inver Grove Heights.The crash Saturday evening killed Haimanot Gebremedhin,…
Matthew Albertson

Car rolls onto 35W ramp in New Brighton; driver is dead, passenger hurt

The State Patrol said the driver was speeding.
Andy Gibbons and Deb Meyer illustrate their feelings about winning $1 million.

Deer hunter bags a million bucks for wife with Minnesota Lottery raffle purchase

The second $1 million payout in the annual drawing went to a man from Ely.
Fire struck this triplex in St. Paul early Sunday.

St. Paul triplex fire kills 1; man leaps to safety, then 'sorta caught' son

Firefighters rescued four others from the house a few blocks from Lake Phalen.

Driver, 87, in northern Wisconsin hit by train and dies

The crash occurred Saturday morning about 50 miles east of Eau Claire.
Abiir Moalim

Nursing student missing from Minneapolis restaurant since Sunday found back in Ohio

She was with her mother and grandfather Sunday, went to the restroom and hasn't been seen since, the group says.
Man found dead in western Wisconsin home was killed by housemate, police say

Man found dead in western Wisconsin home was killed by housemate, police say

Authorities have yet to say how the killing was carried out or reveal a motive.
Mohamed Noor

Ex-Minneapolis officer Noor's defense skips inspection of police SUV

The court said the vehicle similar to the one the onetime officer rode in on the night of the shooting, could not be taken near the scene.
Clifford Lea

Registered predatory sex offender in Mpls. charged with another rape

Suspect was on supervised release at the time after sex assault count dropped in 2016 plea deal.
Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia, 20, is from the small northwestern Minnesota town of Karlstad.

Childhood dream turns to nightmare: Marine from Minnesota shot dead in barracks

Sources tell the Washington Post that another Marine's weapon apparently discharged accidentally, killing Lance Cpl. Riley S. Kuznia.
Interviewer Gene Okerlund jousted with Jesse “The Body” Ventura and his manager, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan in August 1982.

'Mean Gene' Okerlund, famed wrestling interviewer who started in Twin Cities, dies at 76

Jesse 'The Body' Ventura said, "I'm proud that I gave him a nickname that will stick with him forever."
The area near where two men were found dead in a home after police responded to a report of shots fired.

2 brothers dead in apparent murder-suicide in White Bear Township

Apparent murder-suicide took place during a party, and people were fleeing as authorities arrived.
Advaik Nandikotkur 11, describes how he pulled a man from the swimming pool at the Town Centre apartment complex in Eagan during a press conference Mo

Boy, 11, rescues drowning man from bottom of Eagan pool

5th-grader jumped in and retrieved man from bottom of indoor pool in Eagan.

Driver, 19, dies in collision in northwest Twin Cities

Saturday's crash near Zimmerman involved multiple cars; two hurt.
Scott Staska

Ex-Rocori schools chief admits to some of many indecent exposure allegations

Pleaded guilty to 4 of 19 counts; will do community service, get psychosexual evaluation.

SUV driver dies in crash with semi at southern Minnesota intersection

The bigger vehicle had the right of way.

CenturyLink outage plaguing customers in Minnesota, other parts of U.S.

911 emergency calls could be affected in some parts of Minnesota, officials said.
Between 2012 and 2017, the foundation raised at least $14 million and more than $345,000 of that from Minnesotans through fundraiser Jeremy Squire and

Court closes veterans group that fraudulently collected $425K

Colo.-based nonprofit sued by AG over phone card deal.
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs did a celebration dance after catching a 13 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Diggs posts video thanking mom with new Mercedes

Mom dashes into the street and into her son's arms.
An ambulance seen at the scene of the crash in South Dakota.

Fiery crash of small plane into Sioux Falls neighborhood kills 2 aboard

Four homes were damaged, but no one on the ground was hurt.
Jerome Dionte Spann

1 dead, another wounded in Hibbing; gunman may have headed to Twin Cities

The suspect fled in a vehicle with another person and may have headed to the Twin Cities, where the suspect has relatives, authorities said.
Debbie Senarighi

Woman dies after snowmobile goes through ice on lake near Ely; man is missing

Authorities believe the couple, both from Cloquet, left his Babbitt cabin together on a snowmobile.

Pedestrian struck and killed on road near St. Francis, Minn.

The incident occurred about 11:30 p.m. Monday northeast of St. Francis.
Sandra Sandland

Man pleads guilty to fatally shooting wife in their Crystal home

The killing this past summer prompted a brief SWAT team standoff.
This is the scene where a man was found dead early Sunday.

Teen arrested in killing of 15-year-old found in St. Paul dog park parking lot

Body found in parking lot near Arlington Arkwright dog park in east St. Paul.
Fraider Diaz-Carbajal Diaz-Carbajal remains jailed ahead of sentencing for killing Enedelia Perez Garcia.

Man suspected of being in U.S. illegally admits killing ex-girlfriend in Shakopee apartment

Prosecutors will seek the maximum of 40 years.
Town & Country Club in St. Paul sits near the Mississippi River and offers breathtaking views to visitors.

3½ years in prison for ex-comptroller who stole $1M from St. Paul country club

She also must sell vehicles, land to make restitution.
A state Court of Appeals panel ruled last week that a motorist in Isanti County should not have been pulled over for having a cracked windshield, beca

Court: Drivers can't be stopped for windshield crack if vision unaffected

The ruling in Minnesota is hailed by the ACLU as a victory for motorists and should reduce the number of arbitrary stops made by officers.
Man charged in 1991 Minneapolis murder: 'My DNA is there, I did it'

Man charged in 1991 Minneapolis murder: 'My DNA is there, I did it'

Evidence also links stabbing death 27 years ago to a sexual attack a few years later by the Crystal man.

Two convicted in separate South St. Paul stabbing deaths

Two Twin Cities men have been convicted in separate fatal stabbings in South St. Paul. The retrial of one man who was charged in the…
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson, shown in October.

Charges: Chaska call center duped 13,000 people into paying for $10 million in magazine subscriptions

The state won a civil judgment against him and his company, but none of the money has been recouped.
Keagan Johnson-Lloyd

Hastings cop justified in killing stabbing suspect, Dakota County says

The officer's account was "consistent with ... statements of witnesses and video" from police body-worn camera, according to the county attorney.
Jesse J. Juaire

Man admits trying to blame fatal crash near Zumbrota on fictional driver

He told a state trooper that the driver ran from the scene, then later admitted he was behind the wheel.
This message shines brightly in red and green holiday colors from the second-story balcony of a home that backs up to Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis

Holiday lights spell out 'TRUMP IS A TRAITOR' overlooking Lake of the Isles

The resident responsible says reaction from passersby has been nothing but positive.
A semitrailer truck ran a stop sign in central Minnesota and hit this vehicle. The car's driver, five months pregnant, was killed.

Trucker who killed pregnant driver could be charged with 2 deaths

Casey R. Myers was five months pregnant at the time of the crash. Her husband is a teacher and varsity basketball coach in the Holdingford School District in central Minnesota.
Deddeh Woiwor

Woman hit by vehicle in Brooklyn Park is identified; pedestrian struck in Columbia Heights fighting for his life

Two pedestrian collisions prompt safety reminder for drivers and walkers.
Sarah Papenheim

Dutch government doing all it can to support family of slain Minn. blues musician

Mother expected to bring daughter's body home from Rotterdam this week.
Emmanuel Seekie

No prison for Andover man who was drunk, sped through light and killed other driver

Man must speak 200 hours a year on risks of drunken driving.
Normandale College

Normandale College student attacks two faculty members, is arrested with gun

A classroom dispute came shortly before the violence, police in Bloomington said.
Patrons of this party bus clashed, and one of its passengers was shot and killed.

Man shot dead Sunday in St. Paul was in gang-related party bus mayhem months ago

The man was shot while sitting in a car, police said. No arrests have been announced.
Malik D. Turner

Nearly two decade sentence handed to 19-year-old St. Paul killer who bragged on Facebook

The victim was pistol-whipped, shot through the heart and robbed.

Fire chief: Severe burning of teen at Shoreview gas station appears 'not accidental'

No one else was with the teen, and the pumps showed no sign of malfunctioning, he said.
Firefighters worked amid the home explosion scene on Nov. 23 in St. Paul.

Man trapped in St. Paul house explosion dies weeks later

The blast led to several other buildings being condemned.
Ronald Klitzka

Officer's killing of suicidal gunman in Crystal was justified, prosecutors conclude

Investigators found that the man had his gun aimed at police, according to the County Attorney's Office.
Darlene Ulrich

Driver speeding in reverse fatally hits retired nurse outside Faribault hospital

Investigators are building a case for possible charges, according to police.
Ex-Target pharmacist wins $570,000 after alleging retailer broke Medicaid rules

Ex-Target pharmacist wins $570,000 after alleging retailer broke Medicaid rules

According to the suit, company allegedly broke rules against auto refilling Medicaid prescriptions.
Former first lady Michelle Obama speaks to the audience during a stop on her book tour for "Becoming," in Washington on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

Michelle Obama books Xcel Energy Center for her 'Intimate Conversation' tour

The former first lady's memoir has been selling by the millions in its first month.
Cones mark the area on the ice where two men died while out fishing on a Morrison County lake.

2 men ice fishing in central Minn. die; 1 found next day in sunken ATV

Morrison County friends were reported missing over the weekend.
Jimmy J. Hortiz

Charges: Traveling businessman raped, choked woman at hotel

The alleged attack at a Bloomington hotel left the woman with a black eye, bruised hands and injuries consistent with being raped.
Spencer Fredrickson

Judge cites 'cannabis disorder' in committing Northfield man accused of rape at Rainbow gathering

Northfield man was under influence of hallucinogenic drugs.

EEOC drops discrimination suit against St. Paul company that fired disabled worker

A St. Paul firm had been accused of firing a worker because of his disability.
Brent Holck

Fired U ticket director admits to long-running ticket-order scheme

Brent Holck pleaded guilty Friday in federal court in Minneapolis to wire fraud for siphoning money.
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