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Minnesotans can breathe easy again as smoky haze clears

Minnesotans can breathe easy again as smoky haze clears

One day after a smoky haze blanketed much of the state, Tuesday got off to a clear start. The gray hue came from Canadian and Alaskan wildfires.

Sheriff: Eden Prairie woman killed on Cass Lake after boat hit wave

Charges could come as soon as today against the boat’s operator, who is suspected of being drunk at the time.
Rain waterlogs parts of Twin Cities

Rain waterlogs parts of Twin Cities

The Twin Cities will be drying out this week after a heavy overnight rain on Monday caused flash flooding in some areas of the Twin Cities, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Minnesota Zoo grizzly bear shatters glass pane with rock

Minnesota Zoo grizzly bear shatters glass pane with rock

The five-layer pane shattered “like a windshield,” startling patrons. But it remained in place and the grizzly bear stayed in his enclosure.
Fire truck flies Confederate flag in Albert Lea holiday parade

Fire truck flies Confederate flag in Albert Lea holiday parade

Firefighter was suspended after flying flag in parade.

Three Mpls. shootings, 2 downtown after bars close, leave 8 wounded

Most were hurt in downtown gunfire just after bars closed.
Passenger killed in suspected drunken-boating incident was Eden Prairie swim coach

Passenger killed in suspected drunken-boating incident was Eden Prairie swim coach

Fishermen rescued the survivors, which included a 4-year-old. Man in jail is from Minnetonka.

Man dies in western Wisconsin tractor accident

The man’s body was found about 10 p.m. Friday in Salem Township, just southeast of Ellsworth, according to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.
Minn. Lottery changes store-ID policy after big prizes go unclaimed

Minn. Lottery changes store-ID policy after big prizes go unclaimed

Exact locations where tickets were purchased are now being revealed. To date, there are six hefty payouts waiting to be claimed in Minnesota.

Husband and wife killed in motorcycle crash near Chaska

A motorcycle crash after dark near Chaska left a husband and wife dead, authorities said Thursday. With 36 motorcycle deaths in Minnesota this year, fatalities are occurring at twice the pace of last year.
Man charged in north Minneapolis drug deal murder; suspect jailed, now at large

Man charged in north Minneapolis drug deal murder; suspect jailed, now at large

The suspect was arrested on a gun charge but released before he could be implicated in the killing.

Onetime Mayo nurse who injected self while on job sentenced for narcotic thefts

She admitted that she would sneak the injections at work 5 to 6 times a day.
April 16: 'Whole block is gone': Fire strikes W. Broadway retailers, offices

April 16: 'Whole block is gone': Fire strikes W. Broadway retailers, offices

Fire erupted in a building Wednesday morning that houses numerous side-by-side businesses on West Broadway in north Minneapolis, authorities said. Firefighters were forced from the building's interior in the wake of a second-floor collapse.

Thieves hit luxury Edina store, caught after high-speed chase in Woodbury

A spokeswoman said police suspect the men “are part of a larger theft ring that is targeting high-end stores.”

Drive-by shooter admits killing wrong man in Minneapolis

It turned out that the victim was simply removing some items from his SUV when he was shot in the head.

Mpls. Marriott worker charged with sexually assaulting vulnerable guest

The victim was “mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless” at the time of the alleged attack, according to the complaint.

2 dead pit bulls found in SUV in St. Paul; owner blames jealous woman

Police are awaiting word from the city’s animal control officials about how the dogs died.

Teen, not young child, cranked up copter in Mankato, FAA says

A witness saw a young child removed; officials haven’t rule out there being multiple people in the chopper at the time.

16-year-old boy charged with fatally stabbing man in St. Cloud

The victim was found lying on the street, stabbed in the chest. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.
Minnetonka teen scores perfect 36 on ACT — and he's not in high school yet

Minnetonka teen scores perfect 36 on ACT — and he's not in high school yet

Eighth-grader Frank Lu didn’t use a tutor or put in an extraordinary amount of time, his father said.
Young boy starts up helicopter at Mankato air show; 2 hurt

Young boy starts up helicopter at Mankato air show; 2 hurt

Two were injured as blades knocked over a fabric-like sun shield on the tarmac.
Lightning strikes in N. Minn. leave man and 12-year-old boy critically hurt

Lightning strikes in N. Minn. leave man and 12-year-old boy critically hurt

Bystanders gave first aid to critically injured Iron Range man; his daughter was burned.
State Trooper was going 94 mph in a 55 zone in his patrol car, charges say

State Trooper was going 94 mph in a 55 zone in his patrol car, charges say

A Minnesota state trooper was clocked driving at least 94 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone in his squad car near Fergus Falls,…
Minnesota State Fair lands country star Keith Urban

Minnesota State Fair lands country star Keith Urban

Tickets go on sale Thursday. All seats are reserved.

Two women, 87 and 84, killed in collision with RV in western Minnesota

The crash near Willmar left seven others injured.

ID'd: ATV rider who crashed, found dead in Iron Range creek

A bicyclist passing by noticed the ATV in the water, its motor still running.
Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Four people on the patron-powered vehicle remain hospitalized Thursday.
Woman found fatally stabbed in downtown Minneapolis ramp

Woman found fatally stabbed in downtown Minneapolis ramp

Police are looking for a woman described as “a person of interest.”
110-year-old Minnesotan dies as her 'oldest' claim neared verification

110-year-old Minnesotan dies as her 'oldest' claim neared verification

Hermina Wahlin’s daughter said her mother’s “memory was pretty good until the last week. She just slipped away.”
Minnesota is nation's best state for business, CNBC declares

Minnesota is nation's best state for business, CNBC declares

“Never since we began rating the states in 2007 has a high-tax, high-wage, union-friendly state made it to the top of our rankings,” CNBC said in a statement accompanying the rankings.

Robber flees with cash from bank inside Cub Foods in Eden Prairie

The holdup of the TCF branch occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday inside the Cub near Prairie Center Drive and W. 78th Street.
Charges: Sartell native killed after he 'opened his back door to a monster'

Charges: Sartell native killed after he 'opened his back door to a monster'

“A good young man unknowingly opened his back door to a monster,” Police Chief Dave Todd quoted one of his investigators as saying.
Charges dropped against 4 in Mpls. pedal-pub attacks

Charges dropped against 4 in Mpls. pedal-pub attacks

Misdemeanor charges have been dismissed against four of the five men who were accused of ambushing pedal pubs in downtown Minneapolis last month with water balloons and squirt guns.

Brothers die in crash on way to Wisconsin Dells basketball tournament

Two other boys in the truck were hospitalized with injuries.

Bicyclist run over late at night, killed at Mankato intersection

Lifesaving measures were administered, but the rider died at the scene, police said.

2 men killed in separate homes in Fargo; Minnesotan is arrested

Police were expected to reveal more about the killings, including motive and how they died, during a news conference Wednesday morning.
Lil Wayne cancels Mpls. concert over security check for entourage

Lil Wayne cancels Mpls. concert over security check for entourage

While Lil Wayne was cleared to enter the club, his entourage members would not comply, the club explained.

Twin Cities man crashes speeding ATV into tree and dies

The crash occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Monday in the Paul Bunyan State Forest.

June 23: Husband, wife on motorcycle die in crash in SW Minn. construction zone

There have been 30 motorcycle fatalities so far this riding season in Minnesota. There were 17 at this time last year.
Fatality backs up 35W during a.m. commute in S. Minneapolis

Fatality backs up 35W during a.m. commute in S. Minneapolis

A woman climbed an overpass fence above Interstate 35W in Minneapolis and jumped to her death during Tuesday morning’s commute, closing two lanes of southbound traffic for nearly two hours.

June 17: Minn. motorcycle fatalities far ahead of last year's pace

The latest crash occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, killing Guy M. Donnelly, 54, of North Branch, Minn.
Storm damage in southern MN; Twin Cities gets a drenching

Storm damage in southern MN; Twin Cities gets a drenching

Heavy rain in the Austin area briefly closed a stretch of Interstate 90 in both directions, thanks to high water. The roof on the Nobles County fairgrounds arena took a beating, and hail was reported near Lakeville.
Semi on I-94 in Moorhead bangs 3 overpasses above before stopping

Semi on I-94 in Moorhead bangs 3 overpasses above before stopping

State transportation officials were inspecting the bridges for structural damage, authorities said.
Minn. trucker charged with misdemeanors after lost hay bale killed couple in pickup

Minn. trucker charged with misdemeanors after lost hay bale killed couple in pickup

The truck driver is charged with careless driving, failure to secure his load, a wide-load permit violation and not having insurance.
March: Life Time Fitness sold for more than $4B

March: Life Time Fitness sold for more than $4B

A $4 billion investment from private equity investors will take Life Time Fitness private and position it for further growth.
St. Paul boy who fell in apartment pool's filthy water dies

St. Paul boy who fell in apartment pool's filthy water dies

A 7-year-old boy who fell into several feet of filthy water in an unattended swimming pool outside a St. Paul apartment complex last month died Thursday morning, a family representative said.
Stillwater inmate who walked away from work duty is captured

Stillwater inmate who walked away from work duty is captured

“He was found at a rural residence in the Holcombe area, through interviews with associates,” a statement from prison officials said.

Armored truck worker accused of pocketing a few thousand dollars from Lakeville ATMs

The company’s internal investigation pointed to one of its own, according to criminal complaint.
Eagan dad bravely shows he really can't dance on national TV

Eagan dad bravely shows he really can't dance on national TV

A Twin Cities audition contestant on Fox-TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” saw the tables turned on her father when he was coaxed on the stage for an improvised and very dad-like performance.
'Plant police' shut down Mankato dining patio, citing lack of landscape

'Plant police' shut down Mankato dining patio, citing lack of landscape

Blue Bricks’ patio violated a city requirement that it “be covered by at least 25 percent with live plants.”
University of North Dakota trims nickname candidates to 7

University of North Dakota trims nickname candidates to 7

Seven possibilities remain for the University of North Dakota’s nickname, with Roughriders leading the charge to be the one that supplants the Fighting Sioux label that was thrown overboard under duress three years ago.
2nd search of cloudy Brooklyn Park pool finds 3-year-old dead at bottom

2nd search of cloudy Brooklyn Park pool finds 3-year-old dead at bottom

Her body was discovered by searchers after a second look at the site.
Eden Prairie teen dies after cardiac arrest during wisdom teeth extraction

Eden Prairie teen dies after cardiac arrest during wisdom teeth extraction

Athletes on school’s girls’ lacrosse team paid tribute with state championship.
A pregnant Kim Kardashian tells NPR listeners what baby's name won't be

A pregnant Kim Kardashian tells NPR listeners what baby's name won't be

Fill-in host Mike Pesca explained that “from time to time, we have someone on the show that we can’t believe agreed to be on the show.”

3 motorcycle crashes in Minnesota, 3 deaths in 37 hours over weekend

The motorcyclist in Belle Plaine kept going “for a fair distance, went through a chain-link fence and struck a house,” the police chief said.
Janet Jackson announces Target Center concert date

Janet Jackson announces Target Center concert date

Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall, this one on her own label.
Peterson's wife: 'I would’ve preferred to be closer to home'

Peterson's wife: 'I would’ve preferred to be closer to home'

Ashley Peterson told ESPN about the uncertainty of whether her husband would ever play again for the Vikings and acknowledged that him playing on a team closer to her roots in Oklahoma would have been nice.

Man found fatally shot in north Minneapolis street is ID'd

A suspect fled, police said, and there have been no arrests as of Saturday night.

Obit: Charley Hallman, longtime Pioneer Press sportswriter

Charley Hallman, whose tenure with the St. Paul newspaper spanned from 1970 to 1997, died from cancer Thursday at an assisted-living center in Hopkins

Tree falls from river bluff onto pickup in SE. Minnesota; driver killed

The freak accident occurred about 8:40 a.m. Saturday on Hwy. 26, roughly 10 miles south of Brownsville in Houston County.

Man admits his gunfire struck 2 officers during shootout near Crookston

Protective vests spared injury to the two members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Conditions ripe for flash flooding south of Twin Cities

Conditions ripe for flash flooding south of Twin Cities

The Twin Cities area is getting a wet but not wild.
UND trims nickname options

UND trims nickname options

Fifteen possibilities remain for the University of North Dakota’s new nickname, the one that will supplant the discarded Fighting Sioux label, which went down with…

2nd fine for Minnesota cattle operation, this time for polluting waters with manure

Manure discharges into a nearby stream put E. coli bacteria into tributaries that feed the “impaired” Crow Wing River.
Bloomington hotel says it was warned before panels crashed into lobby

Bloomington hotel says it was warned before panels crashed into lobby

Contractor expressed shock they were “still on the wall.”

Man shot dead in St. Cloud; victim opened market 4 years ago

The native of Guinea came to Minnesota to study at St. Cloud State University.
E-cig juice sends child nicotine poisonings soaring in Minnesota

E-cig juice sends child nicotine poisonings soaring in Minnesota

Young children in Minnesota are getting their hands on flavored juice used in e-cigarettes and poisoning themselves with nicotine at a troubling pace, state health officials said Wednesday.
Glen Taylor turns CEO role over to niece, stays Taylor Corp. chairman

Glen Taylor turns CEO role over to niece, stays Taylor Corp. chairman

Deb Taylor joined the company four-plus years ago from Liberty Mutual.
Temp of 92 is highest in Twin Cities since Sept. 2013

Temp of 92 is highest in Twin Cities since Sept. 2013

It might be just a number, but when it begins with a “9” in Minnesota, it’s worth noting whenever it…

4 dead in North Dakota home from suspected carbon monoxide leak

A propane-fueled water heater, being used to fill a large swimming pool, was improperly vented, authorities suspect.

Hit-and-run victim killed by motorcycle is identified

The man run over and killed in Minneapolis by a motorcyclist who fled the scene late last week has been identified. Louis D. Chargingbear, 56,…
June 8: 'Horrible idea,' says friend of U student killed in grain elevator fall

June 8: 'Horrible idea,' says friend of U student killed in grain elevator fall

Friend who was with U student when she fell to her death in grain elevator “very upset” by the incident.

Man killed by hit-and-run motorcyclist in Minneapolis is ID’d

The man run over and killed in Minneapolis by a motorcyclist who fled the scene late last week has been identified. Louis D. Chargingbear, 56,…

Man, 25, shot dead near Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis

Police investigators said shooting wasn’t random; 2 men seen fleeing area.
Bloomington hotel's facade panels fall, crash into lobby

Bloomington hotel's facade panels fall, crash into lobby

The entire building, listed online by the hotel as having 233 rooms, has been evacuated out of concern that more panels could fall. Current guests had to find other accommodations.
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