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About time: Work begins on new faces for Mpls. City Hall clock

About time: Work begins on new faces for Mpls. City Hall clock

Glass will be used that was similar to what was in place when building was built more than a century ago.
Report: Brad Pitt was at Minnesota airport during 'out-of-control' incident before divorce filing

Report: Brad Pitt was at Minnesota airport during 'out-of-control' incident before divorce filing

The plane's landing at the international airport in International Falls was confirmed by the Koochiching County Sheriff's Office.
Cleanup from monster storms goes on with more rain coming

Cleanup from monster storms goes on with more rain coming

The forecast calls for more rainfall for many parts of the Twin Cities and a wide swath of southern Minnesota, following a night of historic downpours.
More charges for exotic car drivers accused of 100 mph-plus cruise on I-394

More charges for exotic car drivers accused of 100 mph-plus cruise on I-394

Nine of the 12 supercar drivers now face 3 misdemeanor counts; prosecutor says he's open to plea deals.
Charges: Motorist who shot Metro Mobility rider linked to numerous incidents

Charges: Motorist who shot Metro Mobility rider linked to numerous incidents

Witness told police that the 28-year-old shoots in high-traffic areas to "relieve stress."

Minnetonka High student, 17, killed crossing highway near school

The State Patrol identified the victim as Scott Berzins, of Shorewood. In an e-mail to parents, Principal Jeff Erickson wrote that school staff will be ready to help grieving students Thursday.
Paramedics sue HCMC, say women's locker room is filthy, crowded

Paramedics sue HCMC, say women's locker room is filthy, crowded

Minneapolis hospital countered that upgrades are underway.
Edina, Mpls. athletes take a knee at games, joining national anthem protest

Edina, Mpls. athletes take a knee at games, joining national anthem protest

Minneapolis school officials support free speech rights of athletes of South volleyball squad and North football team.
'Muslims Get Out' sign will stay despite vandalism, owner says

'Muslims Get Out' sign will stay despite vandalism, owner says

The Lonsdale, Minn., restaurant owner says the message, which he posted soon after a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud mall, is a response to terror-related violence in this nation and elsewhere.
Charge: Man reaches for girl, 8, in St. Paul store changing room

Charge: Man reaches for girl, 8, in St. Paul store changing room

A razor blade, treats and condoms were within the man's reach when he went after the girl, according to the felony complaint.
Twin Cities' newest dining spot a real buffet for Jimmy Buffett fans

Twin Cities' newest dining spot a real buffet for Jimmy Buffett fans

Come Tuesday, Parrotheads can flock to the newest restaurant in the Twin Cities, where they just might find their lost shaker of salt while enjoying…

20 days in jail for former Minnesota teacher accused of molesting student

Under plea agreement in 2015 molestation case, he will also serve probation.

College student from Twin Cities found dead in Iowa river

Police say the Eden Prairie man was last seen at a bar in downtown Decorah.
St. Cloud mall attack that injured 10 probed as terrorism

St. Cloud mall attack that injured 10 probed as terrorism

The attacker who wounded 10 inside the mall was shot and killed by an off-duty officer. The suspect's identity was revealed Sunday by his father.

Motorcyclist dies after crashing through van's windows in St. Cloud

Witnesses told police the rider was traveling at least 75 miles per hour along the city thoroughfare.
Red Hot Chili Peppers coming to Target Center in January

Red Hot Chili Peppers coming to Target Center in January

Tickets go on sale Friday for the one-night stop.
Off-duty officer who killed mall attacker is firearms trainer, marksman

Off-duty officer who killed mall attacker is firearms trainer, marksman

The off-duty cop who shot the attacker is being hailed for his actions.

Semi hauling wine crashes in Wis.; driver suspected of being drunk

A trucker hauling cases of wine was spotted weaving along a western Wisconsin interstate before crashing, being pulled from the truck cab and fleeing into…

Edina urges people, pets to stay away from Lake Cornelia

Algae bloom could pose a public health risk.
Charge: Girl abducted in Mpls. by Uber driver outwits him with phone

Charge: Girl abducted in Mpls. by Uber driver outwits him with phone

While the driver was insisting on sex, the teen's texts and a photo of the car helped police thwart a sexual assault.
Avid cyclist from Mpls. fatally hit near her Ga. college; driver jailed

Avid cyclist from Mpls. fatally hit near her Ga. college; driver jailed

Two others with the 25-year-old woman were also hit, police said.
State blames nursing home for resident choking to death on sandwich

State blames nursing home for resident choking to death on sandwich

The woman was on a liquid diet but still managed to grab solid food when no one was looking, investigators said.

Head-on crash briefly closes Hwy. 12 in west metro

The collision occurred east of Delano; traffic was moving again by about 8 a.m.
Eric Church's Mpls. concert announcement targets ticket scalping

Eric Church's Mpls. concert announcement targets ticket scalping

Fans of country singer Eric Church, you've been warned: Buy his Target Center concert tickets on the "secondary market," and you may well be left out in the cold. In January. In Minnesota.
Rapes of Mpls. mother, daughter mean long sentences for brothers

Rapes of Mpls. mother, daughter mean long sentences for brothers

Both defendants were sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Prison for driver high on drugs who fatally hit man on Duluth sidewalk

Prison for driver high on drugs who fatally hit man on Duluth sidewalk

David Smithson has two previous convictions for drunken driving. Victim left behind wife and four kids.
Distracted teen driver gets month in jail for killing N. Mankato couple

Distracted teen driver gets month in jail for killing N. Mankato couple

The young man said he was putting out a cigarette at the time of impact, according to authorities.
Persistent Parkettes cheer after Vikings agree to a game-day performance

Persistent Parkettes cheer after Vikings agree to a game-day performance

Having been passed over at preseason gathering, Parkettes are rounding up members for an appearance on a game day in November.

Obit: From HS title at Thief River, it was hockey-filled life for ex-Gopher Marv Jorde

Marvin Jorde also piled up the victories while coaching high school hockey in the Twin Cities.

Charges: Swiped bottle of booze at Mpls. bar led to gunfire that wounded 2

One victim was last said to be in critical condition, police said.

Man, 21, found shot dead overnight on north Minneapolis street

No arrests have been announced; police have yet to address a motive.
Charges: Gun-toting felon was fleeing Mpls. police when he ran over, killed pregnant teen

Charges: Gun-toting felon was fleeing Mpls. police when he ran over, killed pregnant teen

The driver was speeding through a North Side neighborhood when he struck the girl as she stood on a curb, police said.

Minneapolis woman, 76, killed when speeding car ran stop sign is ID'd

The victim lived about a quarter-mile from the scene of the crash.
Columbia Heights cyclist finds $7K in bank pouch in street, turns it in

Columbia Heights cyclist finds $7K in bank pouch in street, turns it in

"Hopefully people do the right thing," said the Columbia Heights man, who also declined a reward.
Charges dropped in baby's death; defendant's marriage to the mom questioned

Charges dropped in baby's death; defendant's marriage to the mom questioned

Prosecutors say a southern Minnesota man they charged with suffocating his son on the family couch may well have married the child’s mother in order…

Rash of residential burglaries in south Mpls. prompts warning

There were at least 16 burglaries in a single week, police said in a crime alert issued Wednesday.
Bob Dylan picks up welder's torch for his public artwork

Bob Dylan picks up welder's torch for his public artwork

The son of the Iron Range uses that very metal for his creation.
St. Jude Medical sues investment firm Muddy Waters over security allegation

St. Jude Medical sues investment firm Muddy Waters over security allegation

It alleges a short-seller and partners drove down stock with false claims.

Woman, 66, dies in crash of small electrical vehicle near Duluth; alcohol a factor

The vehicle rolled over on a road north of Duluth.
Xcel rolls out LED city lights in Minn. this week, then Twin Cities in Nov.

Xcel rolls out LED city lights in Minn. this week, then Twin Cities in Nov.

The new lighting has cost and environmental benefits but has drawn criticism for harsh hues.
Stevie Nicks, Pretenders schedule Twin Cities show in December

Stevie Nicks, Pretenders schedule Twin Cities show in December

Tickets go on sale Monday for the show at the Xcel Energy Center, but American Express card holders can get a head start Wednesday.

Driver fleeing Mpls. police fatally runs over girl, 16, attempts carjacking

A 16-year-old girl was fatally run over by a man fleeing Minneapolis police in an SUV well after dark, authorities said Saturday. Police officers saw…
Documents: Babysitter, boyfriend plotted to abduct, assault child

Documents: Babysitter, boyfriend plotted to abduct, assault child

New court filings reveal that the woman, who died after her home was set on fire about the time the 5-year-old was abducted, was active in a criminal plot.

Minn. camp cancels booking of Nordic heritage group with white supremacist bent

Identified as white supremacists, the Asatru Folk Assembly was forced to seek another location for its first Midwestern meeting.
Lingering mystery: Did man killed in state park know his attacker before the shooting?

Lingering mystery: Did man killed in state park know his attacker before the shooting?

The two have ties to Nebraska, but the sheriff said he has yet to find any time previously when they crossed paths.
BCA: Eagan suspect was shot in head, but did he or police fire the fatal shot?

BCA: Eagan suspect was shot in head, but did he or police fire the fatal shot?

Officers who fired are ID'd; one has been on the Eagan force for 18 years, the other for four years.
Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

The Northern Metal Recycling operations must stop by Friday due to pollution concerns.

Prison for St. Paul man caught amid crackdown illegally selling guns online

Investigators found evidence linking St. Paul man's sales to several handguns used in serious crimes.

Former Gophers wrestling standout on MMA card at Mystic Lake

Four-time All-American Logan Storley attempts to run his record to 5-0 next month.
Paula Abdul, Eagan teen to be featured when WE Day packs Xcel Center

Paula Abdul, Eagan teen to be featured when WE Day packs Xcel Center

The gathering's mission is to inspire young people to make a positive difference locally and globally.
Lightning strike suspected in late-night south Minneapolis house fire

Lightning strike suspected in late-night south Minneapolis house fire

Two adults and two children escaped the blaze unharmed, authorities said.
Teen dragged to his death by pickup in Wright County; 2 arrested

Teen dragged to his death by pickup in Wright County; 2 arrested

The victim was involved in a confrontation with someone in the pickup when it accelerated, authorities said.
Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Two in Michigan-based crew on its way to Utah died in wreck.
DNR shuts access to lake near Bemidji to fight invasive algae

DNR shuts access to lake near Bemidji to fight invasive algae

Stubborn starry stonewort forms thick mats on the surface of infested lakes.

Alaska Airlines plane diverts to MSP when passenger tries to open door

The jet was flying from New York's JFK Airport, bound for Seattle, when the passenger tried to open a door in the rear of the aircraft.
Vikings' Boone on Kaepernick sitting during anthem: 'It's shameful'

Vikings' Boone on Kaepernick sitting during anthem: 'It's shameful'

Vikings lineman Alex Boone said his former 49ers teammate "probably would have had a problem on the sideline" during Friday's game if the two were still teammates.
If you're missing your tropical snake, please contact McLeod County sheriff

If you're missing your tropical snake, please contact McLeod County sheriff

The 8-foot-long creature was captured in a park west of the Twin Cities.

ID'd: Motorist killed by teen driver who crossed centerline in central Minnesota

The crash happened about 12:50 a.m. about 9 miles west of Onamia, authorities said.
IDs revealed of 2 on Utah-bound firetruck that died in crash on 35W

IDs revealed of 2 on Utah-bound firetruck that died in crash on 35W

Nine people were in the vehicle and many had serious injuries, according to the State Patrol.

Marine mechanic falls off new boat in W. Minn. with no life jacket, dies

The victim had taken the boat out for testing on the Alexandria lake.
Man charged in shooting death in Minn. state park is in the National Guard

Man charged in shooting death in Minn. state park is in the National Guard

The victim was sitting in his car, and all the windows were rolled up, according to the prosecution.

Prison for St. Paul woman who stole $480K from charities she started

She bought pricey handbags and paid son's rent and her car payments, according to prosecutors.
Short sale of home brings felony charges for ex-Gopher basketball star, wife

Short sale of home brings felony charges for ex-Gopher basketball star, wife

The charges accuse Sam Jacobson of orchestrating a short sale of his Apple Valley house to his future wife, who quickly flipped it for a $176,000 profit.

Car slips off jack, fatally crushes Stearns County man changing oil

His wife came home to find him under the vehicle in their garage.
Family friend charged in death, sex assault of Meeker Co. girl

Family friend charged in death, sex assault of Meeker Co. girl

In Watkins, population 1,000, nearly 1,000 people attended a vigil for Alayna Ert on Tuesday evening.
$10K reward offered in killing of Minneapolis grandmother nearly 3 months ago

$10K reward offered in killing of Minneapolis grandmother nearly 3 months ago

The woman was driving her teen granddaughter to an appointment when gang crossfire wounded her.

Man missing for weeks found dead in wreck off I-94 near Sauk Centre

The vehicle ended up on its roof in a creek.

'Ticking' item briefly closes downtown Mpls. intersection

The sound was coming from a garbage can at the intersection of Hennepin and 7th, and the bomb squad safely solved the mystery. The streets were reopened after about 30 minutes.

Woman who stole $1.7M from Minnesota employer, lost most at casino, is sentenced

She skimmed money for eight years and lost it at the casino.
Murder, kidnap charges pending against family friend in girl's death

Murder, kidnap charges pending against family friend in girl's death

Zachary T. Anderson remains jailed Monday as authorities put together their case.

Raging motorist in Alexandria rams other driver twice, is unruly upon arrest

A motorist purposely rammed another vehicle twice on a road in western Minnesota, sparking a police chase that led to the suspect’s highly resisted arrest.…
Ruby Tuesday closes several Twin Cities locations; 4 survive

Ruby Tuesday closes several Twin Cities locations; 4 survive

Those left are at Rosedale in Roseville, Southdale in Edina, and in Shakopee and Inver Grove Heights.

Father gets maximum sentence in fatal beating of infant son in their N. Minn. home

Emery J. Jenkins to serve in prison for eight years.

Charges: Firing from one car into another in N. Mpls., gunman killed gang rival

An Eagan man was killed and another victim was wounded.

Prison for mentally ill man who raped girl, 10, in Mpls. apartment building

The defendant was given a 12-year term Tuesday.
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