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Paul Magers, 4 others entering Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Paul Magers, 4 others entering Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame

The induction ceremony will be in September at the Pavek Museum.
Charge: Man followed orders, fatally shot woman in Mpls. strip mall parking lot

Charge: Man followed orders, fatally shot woman in Mpls. strip mall parking lot

The victim had been arguing with her boyfriend, who directed a man with a gun to shoot her, according to prosecutors.
Even where fun is No. 1, Saints tighten security in wake of Manchester attack

Even where fun is No. 1, Saints tighten security in wake of Manchester attack

Fans entering CHS Field are now being scanned with metal-detecting wands and are being asked to empty pockets.
City maintenance boss rescues fawn that fell into east metro storm drain

City maintenance boss rescues fawn that fell into east metro storm drain

The rescue was pulled off in a residential neighborhood of Mahtomedi.

ID'd: Suburban Chicago man found shot dead in car in north Minneapolis

The man was shot in one location and found blocks later on W. Broadway, police said.
Driver strikes MnDOT 'crash truck' protecting workers in Bloomington

Driver strikes MnDOT 'crash truck' protecting workers in Bloomington

Patrol said the motorist was under the influence of alcohol when he hit the truck along Hwy. 77.
BCA: Teen shot by Crystal police aimed pellet gun at officers

BCA: Teen shot by Crystal police aimed pellet gun at officers

A young man shot multiple times in a park by Crystal police Wednesday had a history of severe mental illness, according to his mother.

Sheriff IDs teen killed, other injured in small plane crash in NW. Wisconsin

A two-seater airplane crashed in a river in northwestern Wisconsin, killing one teenager aboard and seriously injuring another, authorities said.

Mpls. City Hall clock to chime Friday for upcoming anniversary of JFK's birth

A special bell program honoring JFK will ring as scheduled midday Friday.
Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat

Rosemount football coach announces DFL candidacy for Jason Lewis' seat

Football leader is running as a DFLer, hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis.

Annandale nursing home is faulted in patient's death

The Health Department cited the care center for neglect, pointing to policy shortcomings.
Crystal police officer shoots man wielding gun at Bassett Creek Park

Crystal police officer shoots man wielding gun at Bassett Creek Park

The man refused orders to drop his weapon, city officials said. His condition is not immediately known.
Businessman raised in Wisconsin puts up $1 million for tornado relief challenge grant

Businessman raised in Wisconsin puts up $1 million for tornado relief challenge grant

The initial damage estimate from the deadly tornado is put at $10 million. NWS said the twister traveled "an incredible 83 miles."
School bus driver jailed, suspected of being on drugs when she dropped kids in New Hope

School bus driver jailed, suspected of being on drugs when she dropped kids in New Hope

A witness called 911 and alerted authorities to the driver traveling "on the shoulder and erratically," according to the State Patrol.
Repeat offender reaches plea deal in Mpls. torture rape, avoids life without parole

Repeat offender reaches plea deal in Mpls. torture rape, avoids life without parole

However, the 37-year-old defendant could go from prison into confinement into the state's sex offender treatment program.
3 charged with chopping down tree near Faribault High that memorialized teen

3 charged with chopping down tree near Faribault High that memorialized teen

Three southern Minnesota men in their late teens have been charged with chopping down several trees near Faribault High School and the neighboring soccer complex,…
Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher collapses, dies during rugged North Shore race

Eagan teacher Jon Mathson, 41, collapsed during the Superior Trail Race on the North Shore.
Happy birthday to the Minnesota driver's license lady

Happy birthday to the Minnesota driver's license lady

Gayle Elizabeth Sample, whose fresh-faced smile is among the most widely publicized visages in Minnesota, turned 59 Monday. For years, Sample's driver's license — albeit…
Probation is sentence for cutting tops off 2,700 trees in Minnesota forest for Christmas decorations

Probation is sentence for cutting tops off 2,700 trees in Minnesota forest for Christmas decorations

The 70-year-old defendant must also perform community service and make restitution for the damage he did.
'Extreme alcohol consumption' at Carleton tied to initiation; 13 suspended

'Extreme alcohol consumption' at Carleton tied to initiation; 13 suspended

School cited "extreme alcohol consumption" that "resulted in harm" in letter outlining punishment.
Topgolf about to tap into Twin Cities with glitzy, high-tech all-season center

Topgolf about to tap into Twin Cities with glitzy, high-tech all-season center

The Dallas- based company with locations around the country is slated to open in Brooklyn Center, where a Regal Cinemas theater now operates.
Chronic wasting disease confirmed in 4 deer at Meeker County farm

Chronic wasting disease confirmed in 4 deer at Meeker County farm

Site in Meeker County is under long quarantine and will be disinfected.

Unbelted minivan driver dies in crash near Fergus Falls

The vehicle went into the ditch and flipped onto its roof, authorities said.
MSU Mankato track and field standout killed in highway collision

MSU Mankato track and field standout killed in highway collision

Jeffrey DeCock, 22, a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference champion in the high jump, died in the crash Tuesday morning.
Shopper tackles deer in Wadena Wal-Mart pet aisle

Shopper tackles deer in Wadena Wal-Mart pet aisle

The animal calmed down enough to be lassoed and returned to the great outdoors, police said.
Winona nursing home cited in death of unattended resident injured while dangling from lift

Winona nursing home cited in death of unattended resident injured while dangling from lift

Despite clear guidelines, Marlee Panek was left alone in the mechanical lift while using a portable toilet.
Guilty pleas mount in fatal shooting of Minnetonka High teen in St. Paul alley

Guilty pleas mount in fatal shooting of Minnetonka High teen in St. Paul alley

The violence was part of a setup to rob the girl and others in a car, according to prosecutors.
After unexpected delay, splashier Children's Museum will reopen next month

After unexpected delay, splashier Children's Museum will reopen next month

The $30 million makeover and expansion will go public on June 2, with a grand opening celebration to follow a few days later.
Highly touted index crowns Twin Cities as America's fittest region

Highly touted index crowns Twin Cities as America's fittest region

The metro area got high marks for exercising, getting enough sleep and proximity to a park.
Driver charged in fatal Mpls. drive-by shooting; masked gunman on run

Driver charged in fatal Mpls. drive-by shooting; masked gunman on run

The minivan sped from the scene, leaving the victim to die in the street.
Isanti driver pleads guilty, was likely on phone when he killed skateboarder

Isanti driver pleads guilty, was likely on phone when he killed skateboarder

A pickup truck driver, accused upon further review of likely being distracted by his cellphone, has pleaded guilty to fatally hitting a teenage skateboarder north…
Katy Perry coming to Xcel Energy Center; ticket sales crafted to foil scalping

Katy Perry coming to Xcel Energy Center; ticket sales crafted to foil scalping

Tickets are being sold through a strategy seeking to combat mass purchases.
Taking cue from Edina, other Minnesotans want tobacco age raised to 21

Taking cue from Edina, other Minnesotans want tobacco age raised to 21

Becker County, Hutchinson among those being urged to raise buying age from 18 to 21.
Woman fatally shot outside N. Mpls. strip mall ID'd; gunman on loose

Woman fatally shot outside N. Mpls. strip mall ID'd; gunman on loose

The victim and the gunman knew each other, police said.

3 teens in pickup go through stop sign on Iron Range, hit by train

The collision occurred late Saturday afternoon; the three are taken to the hospital.
6 years for unlicensed motorcyclist who killed Army vet in Scott County

6 years for unlicensed motorcyclist who killed Army vet in Scott County

The defendant has a long history of traffic violations; his license was revoked at the time of the crash.

Rosemount woman charged with using grad party fund for sex toy account

The total amount of money stolen topped $8,700, authorities said.
St. Olaf: Racist note that spurred student protests was 'fabricated'

St. Olaf: Racist note that spurred student protests was 'fabricated'

The college president made the revelation after first not disclosing the validity of the note but saying its author had confessed.
Belle Plaine father gets 17-year sentence for abusive death of infant son

Belle Plaine father gets 17-year sentence for abusive death of infant son

Prosecutors say the man wrapped the baby tightly in a blanket until the boy could no longer breathe.
Downtown's Century Plaza ending county services on Friday

Downtown's Century Plaza ending county services on Friday

A new location will open Monday on E. Lake Street as part of the county's effort to move services closer to where residents live.

'I was greedy': St. Paul man who embezzled $1.2M heads to prison

The onetime controller paid himself inflated bonuses for many years while working for a Twin Cities insurance company.

Forklift tips over, kills Menards employee in Burnsville

The incident occurred Friday, and the victim died the same day from injuries to his chest.
Suspect in collision that killed Big Lake driver blames Gatorade for behavior

Suspect in collision that killed Big Lake driver blames Gatorade for behavior

He is accused of killing driver after running light.
Iron Range man charged with chopping, stealing hundreds of birch trees

Iron Range man charged with chopping, stealing hundreds of birch trees

The paper-white timber is coveted by those involved in producing decorative arrangements.
Attorney: Suit to allege Minn. bishop threatened retaliation against victim

Attorney: Suit to allege Minn. bishop threatened retaliation against victim

Jeff Anderson said this is the first case of a bishop in the United States being sued for coercion.
Hall of Famer Alan Jackson rebooks Target Center for this fall

Hall of Famer Alan Jackson rebooks Target Center for this fall

The earlier show had been called off because of the weather.

Delta adds more service connecting Rochester and MSP

There will soon be four daily flights to the Twin Cities and four heading back every day to Rochester.
Mpls. police: Fatal hit-and-run caused by combatants in 2 vehicles that both ran red light

Mpls. police: Fatal hit-and-run caused by combatants in 2 vehicles that both ran red light

Police identify an unlicensed motorist who is wanted in connection with the pileup; he's driven on a suspended license many times.

Rash of thefts from cars in Edina blamed on vehicles left unlocked

One small area of the city had 17 incidents in April, police said.

'Improperly secured' 6-year-old tossed from minivan, dies in N.D. wreck

All others in the two vehicles were correctly restrained and survived, the Highway Patrol said.
Medal of Honor recipient and 'Hanoi Hilton' POW from Minnesota dies

Medal of Honor recipient and 'Hanoi Hilton' POW from Minnesota dies

Leo Thorsness was a native of Walnut Grove in southwestern Minnesota, was a cellmate during the Vietnam War with John McCain.
No prison, maybe no jail for Minn. homeowner who fatally shot fleeing teen intruder

No prison, maybe no jail for Minn. homeowner who fatally shot fleeing teen intruder

"No one is being held accountable for my son being shot and killed," said a mother of the 19-year-old who died.
U prof, 2 other Minnesotans killed in crash in Czech Republic

U prof, 2 other Minnesotans killed in crash in Czech Republic

Robert Morrison, who taught in the U's veterinary medicine department, and the others were in a rented SUV that collided with a truck north of Prague.
Judge convicts Mpls. father of fatally punching his 4-month-old daughter 22 times

Judge convicts Mpls. father of fatally punching his 4-month-old daughter 22 times

The defendant had mental problems, but the judge said they did not prevent her from finding him guilty.
After long hiatus, Mpls. City Hall clock tower poised to resume bell concerts

After long hiatus, Mpls. City Hall clock tower poised to resume bell concerts

Long-silenced during refurbishment to the Minneapolis City Hall clock tower, the building's storied bells will resume ringing out their regular concert series once again this week.

EEOC says St. Paul firm's firing of disabled worker was discriminatory

The employee was suffering from depression at the time of his firing. Company co-owner is denying the allegations.

St. Paul police: Driver with chicken in his lap ran a-fowl of the law

The motorist was ticketed during a statewide crackdown on distracted driving.
Hopkins schools ran background check on ex-convict facing sexual assault charges

Hopkins schools ran background check on ex-convict facing sexual assault charges

The defendant also received "favorable recommendations" from his previous employers, a Hopkins schools spokeswoman said.
After earlier rejection, Minnetonka council votes to allow Total Wine outlet

After earlier rejection, Minnetonka council votes to allow Total Wine outlet

The store is expected to be finished in five to six months.
Vigil planned for RenFest performer killed in multi-vehicle wreck in Mpls.

Vigil planned for RenFest performer killed in multi-vehicle wreck in Mpls.

Dancers held vigil to honor man killed in crash. Police seeking those who fled the scene.
May Day rallies converge in Minneapolis, call for education funding and immigrant rights

May Day rallies converge in Minneapolis, call for education funding and immigrant rights

No one cause defined the group, which was taking a stand against "the political climate."
St. Olaf students protest racist incidents on campus

St. Olaf students protest racist incidents on campus

St. Olaf College was in upheaval over the weekend as students gathered to protest a string of racist incidents on campus, the latest being a threatening note that was left on the windshield of a black student's car demanding that she "shut up or I will shut you up." Protests are expected to continue with a student boycott of classes on Monday.

ID'd: 12-year-old who drowned in western Minnesota lake channel

Her body was found early Friday evening near Alexandria.
Twins at Minneapolis North High nab valedictorian, salutatorian honors

Twins at Minneapolis North High nab valedictorian, salutatorian honors

But it won't be long before they go their separate ways to college.
Goodhue County swingers charged with assaulting teen in 'sex room'

Goodhue County swingers charged with assaulting teen in 'sex room'

The couple stocked the room with various sex toys and bondage devices, according to the charges.
School District lifts ban, OKs guns in Big Lake trapshooting team's yearbook photo

School District lifts ban, OKs guns in Big Lake trapshooting team's yearbook photo

School officials in Big Lake changed course Thursday and decided that guns can be included in the high school trapshooting team photo in the yearbook.
40 years for abusive Maplewood husband who fatally shot wife in head

40 years for abusive Maplewood husband who fatally shot wife in head

The defendant had threatened to kill his wife and her children, according to prosecutors.
Usher, Sam Hunt added to State Fair grandstand lineup

Usher, Sam Hunt added to State Fair grandstand lineup

Tickets for both acts go on sale May 5.
State: Chaska nursing home negligence killed resident who fell into 155-degree laundry water

State: Chaska nursing home negligence killed resident who fell into 155-degree laundry water

Staff had a habit of propping open a laundry room door; resident fell into a catch basin and was severely burned.
Mpls. park police ask for help in finding U student who went into Mississippi River

Mpls. park police ask for help in finding U student who went into Mississippi River

A man with him went over the falls and survived, according to park police.
Ice and snow close Duluth schools; Twin Cities area gets chilling rain

Ice and snow close Duluth schools; Twin Cities area gets chilling rain

Northern Minnesota could see up to 5 inches.
Off-duty cop who stopped terror attack in St. Cloud mall wins officer of the year

Off-duty cop who stopped terror attack in St. Cloud mall wins officer of the year

Avon, Minn., officer Jason Falconer was honored by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.

Police hunt for suspect in Easter Sunday sex assault in downtown St. Paul ramp

The woman was sleeping on the sixth floor, having missed her curfew at a shelter, police said.
Earthquake? Controlled blast at Mankato quarry shakes up the city

Earthquake? Controlled blast at Mankato quarry shakes up the city

Vibrations were detected as far away as Rochester; quarry operations have been suspended.

Sauk Rapids police ID motorcyclist killed in crash

A 51-year-old man has been identified as the motorcyclist who died in a crash in central Minnesota. Kraig A. Menke crashed late Friday afternoon while…
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