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Twin Cities pastor is ousted from 'Survivor'

Twin Cities pastor is ousted from 'Survivor'

In an episode telecast Wednesday night on CBS, Sunday Burquest was eliminated in a season pitting GenXers vs. millennials and shot in Fiji.
Raunchy rap video shot in Mpls. high school gym; district officials repulsed

Raunchy rap video shot in Mpls. high school gym; district officials repulsed

Aspiring rapper rented gym, and raunchy results leave many upset.

Minn. students at UW-Madison urged to get extra shots after meningitis outbreak

Minnesota students attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison are being urged to get additional vaccinations for meningitis after a small but potentially dangerous campus outbreak this…

One person killed in house fire in southern Minnesota

Flames and smoke engulfed the house southwest of Albert Lea.

Unbelted pickup driver dies in collision with compact car

The pickup driver died from head injuries, authorities said.

Man in car on Hwy. 169 shoots at van while chasing one another

The gunfire in southern Minnesota failed to wound anyone; suspected shooter arrested.
Minn. hunter's shooting death investigated as a homicide

Minn. hunter's shooting death investigated as a homicide

As part of its investigation, the Morrison County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating a Winchester AE .30-30 lever-action rifle belonging to Terry Brisk.

Driver killed after hitting skid steer loader southeast of Hudson, Wis.

A motorist rammed the back end of a skid steer loader on a western Wisconsin highway and was killed, authorities said Tuesday. The collision occurred…
Ilhan Omar details 'most hateful' ethnic incident with D.C. cabbie

Ilhan Omar details 'most hateful' ethnic incident with D.C. cabbie

The state representative-elect from Minneapolis said she's waiting until returning home to file report.
On day of Nobel ceremony, Dayton visits Hibbing to declare Bob Dylan Day

On day of Nobel ceremony, Dayton visits Hibbing to declare Bob Dylan Day

No, don't expect Dylan to be at either event on Saturday.
Abbott sued after newborn was breast-fed by wrong mother

Abbott sued after newborn was breast-fed by wrong mother

A mother's newborn son was mistakenly turned over by Minneapolis hospital staff to another mother and breast-fed, prompting a lawsuit and changes in maternity procedures.
Matt Bostrom resigning as Ramsey County sheriff

Matt Bostrom resigning as Ramsey County sheriff

Bostrom is taking a post as project leader for a study at the University of Oxford in England.
Comedian Chris Rock books Minneapolis for his first tour in 9 years

Comedian Chris Rock books Minneapolis for his first tour in 9 years

Presale tickets are available starting Wednesday, then for the general public on Friday.
Get used to it: Deep temp dive in Twin Cities; snow closes UND

Get used to it: Deep temp dive in Twin Cities; snow closes UND

Tuesday's forecast high of 26 is the warmest the Twin Cities can anticipate for the rest of the week, with wind-swept lows around 10 on Thursday and Friday.
State Fair lands Nickelback for its opening grandstand act for 2017

State Fair lands Nickelback for its opening grandstand act for 2017

Tickets go on sale Friday for the Canadian rock band.
Breitbart speaker's visit this month to NDSU suddenly canceled

Breitbart speaker's visit this month to NDSU suddenly canceled

Campus College Republican group cites worries about disruption.
Wrong-way driver who killed mother-daughter on I-494 is in critical condition

Wrong-way driver who killed mother-daughter on I-494 is in critical condition

Two others hit by the wrong-way motorist in Bloomington also are in critical condition.
A bit of snow challenges Sunday drivers in Twin Cities

A bit of snow challenges Sunday drivers in Twin Cities

All parts of the metro experienced crashes and spinouts. Sharp temperature drop on the way.
Murder charges: Repeat felon burglarized 95-year-old Anoka man's home

Murder charges: Repeat felon burglarized 95-year-old Anoka man's home

The victim lived on his own; the suspect took only a clock and pocket watch.
Man, 23, fatally shot in north Minneapolis early Friday

Man, 23, fatally shot in north Minneapolis early Friday

The victim's identity has yet to be disclosed; police report notes three people detained on weapons allegations.
Reward swells to find driver who fatally hit woman, 75, in Hopkins

Reward swells to find driver who fatally hit woman, 75, in Hopkins

A friend of the victim has made a private donation of $10,000, police said.
Charge against Isanti driver in skateboarder's death also implicates victim's actions

Charge against Isanti driver in skateboarder's death also implicates victim's actions

The motorist faces a felony count; charging document lays out how teen didn't use basic precautions.

Repeat felon arrested in killing of 95-year-old man in his Anoka home

The suspect is being held on suspicion of burglary and murder; charges have yet to be filed.
Woman drives into Minnesota River in Bloomington, calls 911 and is rescued

Woman drives into Minnesota River in Bloomington, calls 911 and is rescued

The incident occurred about 4 a.m. near where I-35W crosses the river.

Authorities ID second woman who died in north Minneapolis house fire

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

2 people ID'd who died in collision in southern Minnesota

The car collided with a tow truck about 20 miles southeast of Mankato in the middle of the night.
Turn yourself in, pleads son of woman killed by hit-and-run in Mpls.

Turn yourself in, pleads son of woman killed by hit-and-run in Mpls.

The son said his father was with her as they walked to a dining spot on their 52nd anniversary and now wishes he also would've been killed.

IDs released of Eden Prairie officers who shot suspect in Prior Lake killing

Authorities said police opened fire after the suspect shot at them. The suspect's condition has not been released.
Lakeville man admits assaulting Edina cop during drunken-driving stop

Lakeville man admits assaulting Edina cop during drunken-driving stop

The 26-year-old has pleaded guilty to felony assault and drunken driving.
Neil Diamond to mark 50th anniversary with tour that stops in Twin Cities

Neil Diamond to mark 50th anniversary with tour that stops in Twin Cities

The rock Hall of Famer is scheduled to perform in late May at the Xcel Energy Center.

Authorities identify 95-year-old Anoka man slain in home

No arrests have been announced in the death of Albert John Loehlein, and authorities are not saying how the man was killed.
Central Minnesota mail carrier rescues packages from her burning truck

Central Minnesota mail carrier rescues packages from her burning truck

Snow, rain, gloom of night — and burning truck. The last is now on mail carrier Kia Rodman's list of obstacles to overcome while completing her appointed rounds.

Feds: Twin Cities boss drained workers' 401(k) funds for country club dues, daughter's tuition

Lighting company owner stole more than $750,000 from his employees, federal charges say.
Charges dropped against 2 who landed plane on lake during Ryder Cup

Charges dropped against 2 who landed plane on lake during Ryder Cup

Cases against two in plane were dismissed. Pair in canoe will go to trial on similar charges.

Deputy who shot wanted gunman after Iron Range chase is ID'd

The shooting culminated a chase that lasted 17 minutes, according to the BCA.
Charges: Coon Rapids woman killed by man who kept defying restraining order

Charges: Coon Rapids woman killed by man who kept defying restraining order

The tip of a knife is left in the victim's skull, according to murder charges; suspect also seriously hurt in what he believes were self-inflicted wounds.
Fatal shooting in Prior Lake sets off police chase to Edina

Fatal shooting in Prior Lake sets off police chase to Edina

A man was fatally shot early Wednesday at a home in Prior Lake, three suspects fled from the scene in a car, and one of them was shot and wounded by Eden Prairie officers at an Edina highway exit ramp, authorities said.
1 dead, 1 critically hurt in Minneapolis house fire

1 dead, 1 critically hurt in Minneapolis house fire

One north Minneapolis house fire late at night killed one woman and left another in critical condition, while a second fire at a home elsewhere in the city had a firefighter suffering from heat exhaustion.
Snow blamed for crashes around the state, including a semi hauling ethanol

Snow blamed for crashes around the state, including a semi hauling ethanol

The State Patrol made no mention of injuries.
No roadkill here: Deer, run over and put in trunk, springs to life and flees

No roadkill here: Deer, run over and put in trunk, springs to life and flees

Squad car video records the roadside tale north of Wisconsin Dells.
Police: Mpls. day care provider accused in child's hanging admitted doing 'something bad'

Police: Mpls. day care provider accused in child's hanging admitted doing 'something bad'

A father dropping off his son said he found a crying toddler hanging from a noose.
No federal charges against I-94 driver for violent anti-Clinton message

No federal charges against I-94 driver for violent anti-Clinton message

A Twin Cities motorist under investigation for having a profanity-laced and violent message about Hillary Clinton on the back window of his minivan will not…
Potty polls are in: MSP wins America's Best Bathroom

Potty polls are in: MSP wins America's Best Bathroom

The lid has been lifted on the virtual ballot box, the votes have been counted and a winner has been declared for the title of…
Client speaks glowingly of day care provider accused of hanging child

Client speaks glowingly of day care provider accused of hanging child

She said provider accused of hanging child could be depressed. Police say the 16-month-old is doing fine.
Child survives hanging at Mpls. day care; female suspect flees

Child survives hanging at Mpls. day care; female suspect flees

A 16-month-old boy was hanged in a day care Friday morning by a woman in a residential block of south Minneapolis, and she then fled and threatened to jump from a freeway overpass, according to authorities.
3 years in prison for Twin Cities woman's role in staging ex's death, collecting $2M

3 years in prison for Twin Cities woman's role in staging ex's death, collecting $2M

She and the couple's son, who also was involved in the scheme, are under orders to pay restitution to the insurance company.
Man receives nearly 8-year sentence for fatal stabbing in South St. Paul

Man receives nearly 8-year sentence for fatal stabbing in South St. Paul

A confrontation followed the suspect touching a woman who had passed out, according to prosecutors.
Shooting in Anoka County spurs chase, ends with suspect shot

Shooting in Anoka County spurs chase, ends with suspect shot

The suspect reached at least 120 mph before the chase with law enforcement ended in Anoka on Hwy. 10, according to emergency scanner communication.
Minn. wake-up call: Snow of varying depths is imminent

Minn. wake-up call: Snow of varying depths is imminent

An inch or 2 of snow is possible in the Twin Cities, but much more is in the forecast to the north and west.

3 from Fla. charged in credit-card skimming at Mpls. gas station

A leading state official calls credit card skimming an emerging problem in Minnesota.
Gun brought by child goes off in St. Paul class 'full of students'

Gun brought by child goes off in St. Paul class 'full of students'

Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster said his department was alerted at 8:40 a.m. that "a 7-year-old student brought a handgun to Crossroads Elementary School. The gun discharged while in the school."
Twin Cities nice: Metro reclaims title as tops in volunteering

Twin Cities nice: Metro reclaims title as tops in volunteering

Minnesota comes in second to Utah in the rankings released by the federal agency that champions volunteering.
St. Olaf embraces wind power – 100 percent

St. Olaf embraces wind power – 100 percent

College has finished conversion to Xcel's Windsource program, slashing its carbon footprint.
No jail time for teen who beat St. Francis girl in video viewed 500K times

No jail time for teen who beat St. Francis girl in video viewed 500K times

Cassandra Borden must attend anger management counseling and pay a $50 fine as part of her sentence.
Rare murder charge dismissed in abused Minnesota woman's suicide

Rare murder charge dismissed in abused Minnesota woman's suicide

A manslaughter count against her longtime partner also was thrown out; a felony stalking count remains.

Teen in pickup passes on Minn. highway, hits and kills driver heading other way

The collision occurred before dawn on a two-lane highway north of Hayfield.
Twin Cities driver explains comment pointing to Trump win for her 0.335 BAC

Twin Cities driver explains comment pointing to Trump win for her 0.335 BAC

Police say she was four times limit; she initially said it was Trump's fault.
Snapchat pic of dead deer, N-word has attention of Maple Grove police

Snapchat pic of dead deer, N-word has attention of Maple Grove police

Posting occurs after racist graffiti was found in school bathroom.
Rock Hall of Famer Leon Russell dies in Nashville in his sleep

Rock Hall of Famer Leon Russell dies in Nashville in his sleep

Wife says the Southern blues musician died Saturday in Nashville; "Tight Rope" and "This Masquerade" among his hits.
Thieves are targeting women's purses hung on chairs in Roseville

Thieves are targeting women's purses hung on chairs in Roseville

Latest victim received a compliment about grandchild, lost wallet during the distraction. No arrests have been made.

Fire sets off blast at cabinet shop in central Minnesota; 3 workers injured

All have survived their injuries from the incident, authorities said.

Pickup crash in central Minnesota leaves driver dead in backyard

Truck hit a road sign, fence and trees before coming to a stop, the patrol said.
Secret Service probing van's violent message aimed at Clinton on I-94

Secret Service probing van's violent message aimed at Clinton on I-94

"If Hillary wins I hope to god some one shoots her ..." is how part of the message read on a van traveling on I-94 near the Hwy. 101 exit in Rogers.

5 alleged gang members are indicted on gun charges in St. Paul

The Hit Squad members range in age from 19 to 22 years old; two are at large.
Man who fled state charged in toddler's murder in Blaine

Man who fled state charged in toddler's murder in Blaine

He fled south with boy's sister before being caught; mother is also charged. .
Woman run over on Lake Calhoun path ran track at Chanhassen, college

Woman run over on Lake Calhoun path ran track at Chanhassen, college

Shurson, who also competed at Chanhassen High School, suffered broken bones and abrasions.

Body of missing BWCA canoeist is recovered from lake

The seasoned visitor to the area was reported missing Monday afternoon.
Man who shot 2 customers in Dollar Tree in Burnsville is charged with murder

Man who shot 2 customers in Dollar Tree in Burnsville is charged with murder

The surviving victim "will be a paraplegic," according to the criminal complaint filed against a 27-year-old South St. Paul man.
Man sought in child's death is arrested; girl with him safe

Man sought in child's death is arrested; girl with him safe

The 24-year-old was nabbed about 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in during a traffic stop far southwestern Missouri.

Richfield woman admits killing boyfriend after he wanted sex

The two were in the man's Minneapolis apartment, where he was stabbed in the neck.

Man critically hurt in Brooklyn Park hit-and-run late at night on busy road

A motorist hit a man on a busy Brooklyn Park street after dark and took off, leaving the victim with critical injuries, authorities said Wednesday.…

Longtime BWCA visitor reported missing on his latest outing

The man's canoe and other items were found in a lake, authorities said.
Unlicensed Duluth driver guilty of killing woman admiring fall colors

Unlicensed Duluth driver guilty of killing woman admiring fall colors

Jurors took less than an hour to find the motorist guilty of leaving his victim floating in a pond.
About year in workhouse for ex-Metro Mobility driver who sexually assaulted passenger

About year in workhouse for ex-Metro Mobility driver who sexually assaulted passenger

He was fired after being on the job for seven months.
Charges: Squad video shows meth user escaping cuffs, fleeing in cop car

Charges: Squad video shows meth user escaping cuffs, fleeing in cop car

Woman was nabbed 25 miles away after a chase that topped 125 miles an hour, authorities said.
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