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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, with Corrie Pennig and daughter Hayzel and son Orrin.

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.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.

Lawyer for driver who killed girlfriend says Mike Freeman 'maligned' client, seeks to impact sentence

The county attorney's statements to news media "were intended to influence the sentence." Freeman denies the allegations.
The winning ticket was bought at this Holiday in Roseau.

Lottery ticket sold in Roseau hits for $22.8 million

Before taxes, the immediate cash payout is worth $13.5 million. The winner has yet to claim the prize.
Sao Yim Jr.

Charges: Rochester man shot dead after trying to record dispute following minor crash

One of the four challenging the victim took the dead man's cellphone after the fatal gunfire, according to authorities.
Pedro Ruiz III and Monalisa Perez, in a video they made shortly before she fatally shot him.

Minn. prosecutor: Mom relied on boyfriend's assurances before killing him in YouTube stunt

Monalisa Perez received an 180-day jail term and lifetime bans on possessing a firearm or receiving payment for telling the story of the shooting.
Ryan Stanek

Henn. Co. Sheriff Stanek's son pleads guilty to soliciting minor for sex

Three other felony counts have been dismissed.
Ria Patel was a junior at the University of St. Thomas at the time of her death.

'Passionate kiss' distraction defense fails: Mpls. hit-and-run driver guilty of killing girlfriend

Friends described the defendant of being "super drunk" in the time leading up to the crash.
Henry Cousins

Man gets 20 years for killing food truck mechanic in north Mpls.

Shooter said he considered the victim like 'family.'

Rochester father of 3 shot near home; suspects go through dead man's pockets

The man was shot in the chest and found on the sidewalk; four suspects were arrested nearby.
Authorities say seven schoolchildren and a driver suffered injuries after a school van collided with a semi in western Minnesota.

Despite law, no students belted in when van failed to yield, hit semi in western Minn.

The van's driver and all seven students were injured, including four children from one family.
Kevin Lovdal

Driver killed when other motorist strayed into wrong lane in Anoka Co. is ID'd

The surviving driver remains in critical condition, a hospital spokesman said.
Pedro Ruiz III and Monalisa Perez, in a video they made shortly before she fatally shot him.

Minn. mom being sentenced today for killing boyfriend in YouTube stunt

Judge is expected to OK plea deal that includes 180 days in jail, lifetime ban from possessing a firearm.
Alexis Hasser

Sheriff: Teen missed stop sign before crash that killed her and boyfriend near Mora

Braham High School mourns two students killed in collision.
Numerous law enforcement vehicles were on the scene where a man was found fatally stabbed Monday.

Man found fatally stabbed in parking lot near hotel close to Twin Cities airport

The victim was located early Monday afternoon; police are not looking for any suspects.
Alexis Hasser

Braham High is grieving for teen couple killed in collision

The crash occurred over the weekend at a rural intersection east of Mora, authorities said.
Cody E. Anderson

Police: Central Minn. man says he drank heavily night before baby suffered brain injuries

A 21-year-old man remains jailed in central Minnesota on suspicion of assaulting a 6-month-old boy under his care and leaving the infant fighting for his…
WD's Bar and Grill in downtown Mazeppa burned down early Sunday.

Fire destroys bar and grill in small southeastern Minnesota town

A fire early Sunday destroyed a downtown bar and grill in southeastern Minnesota. WD’s on 1st Avenue N. in Mazeppa caught fire sometime overnight and…
In this undated photo provided by the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, Cecil the lion rests in Hwange National Park, in Hwange, Zimbabwe.

Researcher: Setting staged for Twin Cities man to kill Cecil the lion

Author gives new details in controversial killing.
Augsburg University is where Mzenga Wanyama teaches English.

Ahead of ICE meeting today, Augsburg professor braces for possible deportation

Despite broad support, including the university president, meeting feels ominous.
Arie Luyendyk, Jr. and Becca Kufrin on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose." Luyendyk broke up with Kufrin during Monday's season finale and chose run

Minnesota rep drafts bill to ban 'The Bachelor's' Arie from the state

The lawmaker got enough retweets to author bill after Prior Lake woman was dumped on the network show's finale.
This mailbox was broken into over the weekend in Chaska.

Thefts strike Postal Service's curbside mailboxes in Twin Cities

At least four instances of mail being stolen from the drop-off boxes have occurred in the southwest metro along with "similar crimes across the Twin Cities metro area," according to authorities.
Rendering of proposed water park at the Mall of America

Mall of America pitches adding massive water park that city would own, finance

Mall's owners said they would lease the land to the city of Bloomington and run the park.
Christopher S. Pfoff

After scuffle with cops, IT staffer at U charged with having child porn

The defendant tried to flee with a flash drive as officers searched for evidence, federal authorities are alleging.
Asad Abu Mohamed

Charges: After 2 sex cases dismissed, man tries to rape student at Minneapolis college

The 32-year-old ambushed the woman in a bathroom stall but was overwhelmed by passersby, according to authorities.
Whitney MacMillan

Forbes: Minnesota has 6 billionaires, and one company gets credit for 3

Also among the 6 is Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves, Lynx and Star Tribune.
Erik M. Akervik

Former Burnsville High teacher admits to sex charge involving students

He still faces a felony charge alleging he sent an Instagram message to a boy he met while he was Mount Olivet choir director.
Albert Loehlein

Repeat felon admits to murder in beating of 95-year-old WWII vet in his Anoka home

Anoka 95-year-old was beaten to death during home invasion, burglary.
Azirea Sheley

Charge: Drunk driver with revoked license kills girlfriend in west metro crash, tries to blame her

His license was revoked; he is now a fugitive.
Mike Love has a new album out that also includes some Beach Boys classics.

Beach Boys, Righteous Brothers snag a night at State Fair

Both rock acts retain a portion of their original lineup. The pranking TV show "Impractical Jokers" cast is also booked by the fair.

Woman in hot tub drowns in downtown Mpls. residential high-rise

No foul play is suspected, authorities said.
This marijuana-growing operation was busted in northwestern Wisconsin.

'Sophisticated' pot-growing operation busted NE of Twin Cities; 2 monkeys seized

There were more than 300 marijuana plants growing inside a barn in northwestern Wisconsin.
Carli Steffes could hardly contain herself when good fortune came upon her over the weekend.

Yes, people do win Publisher's Clearing House sweepstakes: S. Dakota woman has $5M to prove it

Many years of entering paid off for the hospital chaplain and cancer survivor.

20-year sentence for Hibbing, Minn., man who surreptitiously shot videos of girls showering

Man was caught peeping into windows of a home.
The alley behind the apartment where a 26-year old woman was kidnapped last fall.

Prosecutor: Gang rape victim's quick thinking freed Uptown resident from 'horrendous ordeal'

The woman escaped after being held for several hours. One suspect at large.
Jenna Bixby

Charges: Minister was drunk when he drove wrong way, killed Minneapolis 911 dispatcher on way to job

The onetime instructor at a faith-based university in Minneapolis had a blood-alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit, according to authorities.
The Abbey Church on the St. John’s University campus in Collegeville, Minn.

St. John's student suspended over sex assault allegation withdraws lawsuit

He had alleged gender bias; neither side has explained what led to the suit's dismissal.
USA goalie Maddie Rooney (35) (Andover, MN) made a save in the third period during the Women's Gold Medal Hockey Game at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympi

Team USA goalie Rooney lobbies to play hockey with Justin Bieber

Andover's Maddie Rooney tweeted, "Hey @justinbieber let me know if you ever need a goalie for your beer league games??"
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School hockey team is heading to the Twin Cities for a national tournament.

11 days after shooting, Fla. school wins berth in national hockey tourney in Twin Cities

After winning state title, it will be here next month for tournament.
Dave L’Heureux and Tiffany Meyers

IDs released of 2 killed in fire in Inver Grove Heights mobile home

Fire in a mobile home in Inver Grove Heights killed a man and a woman, authorities said Monday.The blaze broke out about 8 p.m. Sunday…
Amy Dow has been missing for almost a month.

FBI seeks info on N. Minnesota woman missing for nearly a month

Federal authorities are helping in the search for a northern Minnesota woman who has been missing for nearly a month.
Barbra Skubitz from Arden Hills carried her neighbor Alex on her back during the Rock the Cradle Pop Up Ski Party at Afton Alps.

North metro sees deepest snowfall in Twin Cities

The far northern edge of the metro was hit the hardest by a weekend snowstorm that blanketed the Twin Cities. St. Francis in northern Anoka County led the way with 9 inches of snow, followed by Nowthen and Oak Grove, according to the National Weather Service.
“Let me say that the conduct of these two people, if we prove it in court is as repugnant and horrifying as anything I have seen in my 18 years as c

Torture of captive Mpls. twins 'repugnant and horrifying,' Freeman says

The mother is now in jail, having failed to keep Jerry Lee Curry from beating, tying up and sexually assaulting their twins over many years, according to prosecutors.
Alex Trebek and Edina’s Rob Worman.

With 6 wins in a row and $133K, Edina brainiac back on 'Jeopardy' today

Rob Worman will be back on the show Thursday for another challenge.
The home where twins were allegedly held captive, starved, beaten and raped by their father. One of the twins gave birth twice from the alleged rapes.

Charges: Mpls. father raped, chained, beat twin daughters in what officials call 'torture'

Jerry Lee Curry also fathered two children by one of the twins.
James W. McDaniel

Minneapolis man will serve about 5 years in prison for fatal stabbing

The term was shortened because the court considered the victim to be an "aggressor" in the incident.
A highway traffic camera revealed the scene of a fatal crash Monday night in Ham Lake.

Driver killed in Anoka County when 2 vehicles without lights on collide after dark

A woman and her two children in the other vehicle were injured, the Sheriff's Office said.

State faults Northfield nursing home for neglect for two deaths 5 months apart

Faulty mechanical lift is blamed in one death, an aide in the other.
Game show host Alex Trebek and “Jeopardy!” phenom Rob Worman, of Edina.

Still alive! 5 winning days on 'Jeopardy' sends Edina man soaring past $100K

He'll be back on the show Wednesday for Day 6 on the long-running quiz show.
Lacey Kuschel

Minnesota man's plea means no prison for fatal shooting of girlfriend

A 32-year-old central Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of his girlfriend as she held their baby daughter.
Tim McNiff

KARE's McNiff leaving 'Sunrise' for new duties at station

He's being replaced by a morning show anchor from Calgary.
Kara Blevins, 27, had been missing from Hubbard County since Feb. 2.

Pregnant woman missing for 2-plus weeks found dead in N. Minn. woods

A 27-year-old pregnant woman missing for more than two weeks has been found dead in the woods in northern Minnesota, authorities said Sunday.
Jenna L. Bixby

Man hears on scanner of fatal crash; it was wife, a Mpls. 911 dispatcher

The highway's southbound lanes at Humboldt Avenue were closed for hours Saturday night.
These sports cars were in a pack that zipped along I-394 in April 2016 and caught the attention of the State Patrol.

Video released of pricey sports cars topping 100 mph in pack on I-394

With case against drivers closed, authorities release audio and video records from 2016 escapade.
Danny Lee Bettcher

28th DWI locks up Minnesota's drunk driving king for next 2-plus years

The prosecutor said the sentence fell within state guidelines and was "pretty reasonable."
Bob Johnson

Life term awaits killer who sprayed gunfire in parking spot rift behind Winona bar

A popular local musician was slain and another man wounded.
Amy Jo Englebretson

Unlicensed N. St. Paul day care provider gets 2¼ years in prison for baby's death

The 6-month-old girl got entangled in the car seat strap.
Scott Spoo

No felony charge: Prominent lawyer not on phone when he fatally hit St. Paul runner

The driver was not on his phone nor impaired at the time of impact; he explained earlier that his brain cancer played a role in his erratic driving.

Stearns County crash kills 2; badly injured teen in car was reported missing from Utah

The road north of Cold Spring was shut down in both directions for a few hours.
Nancy Solhaug walked her dogs Charlie, left, and Rocco near her condo at Washington and Park avenues on Tuesday in Minneapolis. Solhaug moved in there

Downtown Minneapolis' appeal is still sky-high for residents

Minneapolis has seen surge in new units, and they're filling fast, driving growth in downtown's population.
Beauford C. Jackson III

Officials say St. Paul man serving sentence for killing 15-month-old daughter is a fugitive

The father spent about nine years in prison and then was placed on intensive supervised release.
A safety industry trade group ranked the University of Minnesota well down its list of the safest campuses.

Trade group gives University of Minnesota low marks for campus safety

Schools in bigger cities were far down the ranking.
Vescio's is closing in Dinkytown after 60 years. Photographed on Monday, February 12, 2018, in Minneapolis, Minn.

Ciao, Vescio's! Red sauce haven hanging up its ladle after 60 years in Dinkytown

Italian Dinkytown eatery, in business since 1956, will close in mid-March.
Shawn Medley

Missing Waverly man found dead far from his abandoned car

Authorities believe he did not die where his body was found.

Man admits to sex crime against Airbnb host's 7-year-old daughter in Minnetonka home

His plea deal calls for five years of probation.
Bruce Basswood

Charges: Unlicensed N. Minn. driver with 6 DUIs was drunk when he fatally ran over man

Defendant with six DUI convictions accused of being drunk in fatal hit-run.
Brandon Mark Bjerknes

25-year term for Bemidji ex-principal who posed as teen online, sexually exploited students

The defendant coerced dozens of boys and girls to send him lewd photos.
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