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National Eagle Center's most prominent feathered friend dies

National Eagle Center's most prominent feathered friend dies

Harriet, 35, traveled the state and country as the face of the bald eagle.
Day's 4th word trips up Twin Cities 8th-grader in National Spelling Bee

Day's 4th word trips up Twin Cities 8th-grader in National Spelling Bee

Shorewood's Max Meyer finished 11th at the National Spelling Bee.

Tree falls, fatally hits Minn. farmer herding cattle in from storm

He was on a 4-wheeler at the time he was struck, the Sheriff's Office said.
Minn. officers save life of woman who crashed stolen UND squad car

Minn. officers save life of woman who crashed stolen UND squad car

One officer held the rolled over SUV steady while the other climbed inside and got the woman breathing again, according to charges.
Motorcyclist dies in crash, bringing Tuesday's traffic death toll to 5

Motorcyclist dies in crash, bringing Tuesday's traffic death toll to 5

The latest deadly wreck occurred early in the evening at the well-traveled intersection.
Rochester teen eliminated from finals of National Geographic Bee

Rochester teen eliminated from finals of National Geographic Bee

He was among the 10 finalists who rose above the 54 competitors in Washington, D.C.

Rogers horse farm owner badly burned trying to save animals from fire

Chris Leatherdale, co-owner of Grace Farms, was badly burned as he tried to save some of the animals.
Suspect wanted in north metro home burglary spree, sex assault of 9-year-old girl

Suspect wanted in north metro home burglary spree, sex assault of 9-year-old girl

The hunt is on for a 28-year-old Minneapolis man suspected in a rash of home burglaries around southern Anoka County within a few hours over…
WWII soldier's remains ID'd, to be buried in Eveleth on Memorial Day weekend

WWII soldier's remains ID'd, to be buried in Eveleth on Memorial Day weekend

Army private's remains will be buried in Eveleth with honors.

Charges: Driver feigns being lost, yanks Mpls. woman into car and rapes her

The defendant, registered with the state as a predatory offender, allegedly choked the woman until she passed out.

Woman waved by motorist to cross St. Paul street is hit by 2nd driver

The woman has severe head injuries that are life-threatening, according to police.

Late-night gunfire wounds 2 in heart of downtown Minneapolis

Both people shot will survive; police having difficulty getting "meaningful information."

Boy, 4, pulled from Eagan apartment pool dies in apparent drowning

Others were in the pool area at the time, according to police.
Honoring the "enemy:" Twins celebrate UND's hockey title at Target Field

Honoring the "enemy:" Twins celebrate UND's hockey title at Target Field

Wearing their green UND jerseys and smiles that could not be contained, the players lined up on the sun-drenched field.
Chilling video shows Brooklyn Park officer's struggle for his life

Chilling video shows Brooklyn Park officer's struggle for his life

The assault was caught on the squad car's video camera and presented as evidence in the trial.
Gladden: Miracle triple play he started never should've counted

Gladden: Miracle triple play he started never should've counted

Dan Gladden tells listeners of Twins game the umpire got it wrong; the ball brushed the Plexiglass and then landed in his glove before he began one of baseball's most unlikely defensive plays.

Driver admits guilt in fatal Albert Lea hit-and-run

The woman was walking across a busy street, then was struck and left to die in the median.
Northstar rail car is blanketed with graffiti; no arrests

Northstar rail car is blanketed with graffiti; no arrests

The vandalism occurred in the Big Lake maintenance yard.
Feb. 1: Minnesota leaders' full-page ad decries bigotry toward Muslims

Feb. 1: Minnesota leaders' full-page ad decries bigotry toward Muslims

From across a broad spectrum, hate messages declared "un-Minnesotan."
Urban 'bounty hunter' rescues stricken man at busy Mpls. street corner

Urban 'bounty hunter' rescues stricken man at busy Mpls. street corner

Following instructions over the phone, good Samaritan kept victim breathing until ambulance arrived.
Cult leader's extradition from Brazil to Minn. suddenly halted

Cult leader's extradition from Brazil to Minn. suddenly halted

Minnesota cult leader Victor Barnard, who faces charges that he raped young followers in his congregation, was supposed to arrive back in the state Thursday, but now the timetable is unclear.
Suit: Southwest light rail too noisy for residents in Hopkins, Minnetonka

Suit: Southwest light rail too noisy for residents in Hopkins, Minnetonka

Owners of three complexes in Hopkins and Minnetonka that filed the suit say residents currently enjoy "a parklike setting."
A life of mere 'minutes' for Eden Prairie victim Ellis Savenok

A life of mere 'minutes' for Eden Prairie victim Ellis Savenok

As the father appeared in court on charges of murdering his wife and the child she was pregnant with, the medical examiner assigns an age to the youngest victim.
Menorah meltdowns prompt Target to recall 2,600 of the acrylic items

Menorah meltdowns prompt Target to recall 2,600 of the acrylic items

Some have melted while holding candles; three have caught fire.

Girl, 14, raped by staffer at mental health facility for teens, report says

Investigators say staffer at Nexus Glen Lake assaulted emotionally troubled girl.

Convicted molester charged in rape of teen at Pine County park

On probation for molesting a woman in Anoka County, a 27-year-old man raped a 17-year-old girl he met on Facebook after meeting her at a…
Eden Prairie man charged with fatally stabbing pregnant wife

Eden Prairie man charged with fatally stabbing pregnant wife

Charges say the husband stabbed her; boy was born prematurely and died.

Nerf wars game leads to New Hope crash; 2 teens injured

Incident follows a December Nerf wars crash that killed two Lakeville teens.

Man charged with killing girlfriend, leaving body in Winona County woods

The couple had two children together and were once involved in a child support dispute.

Punch to jaw at Mille Lacs resort leaves Twin Cities man dead

Twin Cities resident held on manslaughter charges.
Twin Cities woman admits faking ex's death, collecting $2M

Twin Cities woman admits faking ex's death, collecting $2M

She pleaded guilty to stealing life insurance in plot that reached Ukraine.
Man admits killing driver in south metro wreck, invading home naked

Man admits killing driver in south metro wreck, invading home naked

Eagan doughnut shop owner killed after suspect ran light.
Murder charge: Austin man, 20, brokered heroin deal for friend

Murder charge: Austin man, 20, brokered heroin deal for friend

As teens, Austin men had shown promise in job skills.

Mom killed in pileup on 35W is ID'd; distracted driving suspected

The woman was engaged to be married, left behind a 2-year-old daughter.

Vet worker who embezzled at least $500k is sentenced to prison

A co-worker told authorities that Anderson "was driving new vehicles every six months [and] went on big vacations a couple of times a year," the criminal complaint against the defendant read.

50th anniversary of HR feat in big leagues that can never be matched

EDITOR'S NOTE -- This article was written on the 25th anniversary of Frank Robinson's home run out of Memorial Stadium in Baltimore and is being reprised on the 50th anniversary. Paul Walsh currently works for the Star Tribune.
Police: Gangs behind North Side shooting that killed 1, injured 7

Police: Gangs behind North Side shooting that killed 1, injured 7

A video shot at the scene that is circulating on Facebook shows several young males mugging for the camera and flashing what appear to be gang signs. After nearly a minute, the pop-pop-pop of gunfire interrupts the antics on the street and keeps going for nearly 10 seconds.
Eden Prairie company helps woman make final meal her eternal home

Eden Prairie company helps woman make final meal her eternal home

No, she didn't have fries with that.A Twin Cities company granted a family's final wish and made an urn in the shape of a hallmark…
Minn. hockey hair gets spotlight in ESPN special

Minn. hockey hair gets spotlight in ESPN special

ESPN has produced a feature episode on the hockey hair phenomenon that is part of the state high school tournament and has spawned annual videos of the best flow on the ice.
To meet leap in demand for gun permits, Hennepin Co. opens office for applications

To meet leap in demand for gun permits, Hennepin Co. opens office for applications

Hennepin County, responding to need, has opened its first office dedicated solely to issuing permits to people seeking to legally carry a firearm.

Teen accused of being 'Air Jordans' shooter in Brooklyn Center is charged as adult

"I'll kill you!" the victim quoted defendant Gary L. Townsend as saying while pulling the trigger several times.
State AG seeks loan forgiveness for students of failed Anthem College

State AG seeks loan forgiveness for students of failed Anthem College

The for-profit college, accused of inflated claims, went bankrupt.

Man sentenced for raping teen he found alone in car on Iron Range

He'll serve at least 10 years in prison for the 30-minute attack late at night last fall.

Life sentence for South St. Paul man who fatally stabbed woman

Thomas M. Luby claimed self-defense but was still convicted.
Lawyer: White powder sent to exotic car drivers accused of speeding

Lawyer: White powder sent to exotic car drivers accused of speeding

Several of them had been stopped for speeding on I-394. The FBI is checking.
St. Thomas student faces long suspension but no charges in sex assault

St. Thomas student faces long suspension but no charges in sex assault

He calls St. Thomas inquiry and suspension "rigged."
State trooper sets free the eagle he saved from certain death along I-494

State trooper sets free the eagle he saved from certain death along I-494

The state trooper who gathered up the eagle from along the interstate was given the honor or setting the now-healthy bird free.
Unlicensed Twin Cities gun buyer pleads guilty; some were used in crimes

Unlicensed Twin Cities gun buyer pleads guilty; some were used in crimes

The St. Paul man bought 41 guns online. One was found at a drug crime scene in Bloomington.

Inmate serving time for killing 2 while driving drunk is taken from Minnesota jail, dies

The prisoner was suffering from "a medical-related situation" before he was hospitalized and then died, the sheriff said.

Case dropped vs. man in fatal punch of Hennepin Av. robbery victim

Prosecutors cited "witness issues" in 2013 Minneapolis killing; defense suggested someone else struck victim.

Probation for newspaper delivery man who got lap dance from autistic teen

The agreement calls for two years' probation and a psychosexual evaluation.

Large section of south Mpls. hit by sharp climb in burglaries

Minneapolis police are warning residents, businesses and others in a large portion of the city about a surge in burglaries in recent weeks.

'Bad call' leads to bloody brawl at soccer match in Mankato; 2 charged

Two spectators were charged with felony assault. Two victims suffered broken noses.
Boater strikes dismissal deal in drowning of deer in Minn. lake

Boater strikes dismissal deal in drowning of deer in Minn. lake

The defendant had been accused of animal cruelty.
Exotic car club members among 12 drivers accused of reckless driving

Exotic car club members among 12 drivers accused of reckless driving

The drivers on I-394 over the weekend are from all parts of the metro and beyond. The group promised a live broadcast on its Facebook page around the time speeders were first spotted.

With Minneapolis victim's ashes in courtroom, killer hears her sentence

Family members of victim bring her ashes to court.
At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

At least 12 sports cars reach 'well over' 100 mph on I-394

The drivers of a dozen or more high-end sports cars were cited for reckless driving Saturday after a state trooper clocked them at more than…
Kids flee fire from lightning strike; 2 NW metro homes destroyed

Kids flee fire from lightning strike; 2 NW metro homes destroyed

2 of the homes are total losses; among the rescued were children from a soccer group at a sleepover.
Mpls. police warn Latinos of increase in robberies

Mpls. police warn Latinos of increase in robberies

Department distributing fliers and has posted a video in Spanish on YouTube.
World premiere set in L.A. for film on Mpls. transgender advocate CeCe McDonald

World premiere set in L.A. for film on Mpls. transgender advocate CeCe McDonald

"Free CeCe!" documents McDonald's experience as a black transgender woman who was convicted in Minneapolis of manslaughter and sentenced to a men's prison.
Cecil is the mane man on Time's list of 'Most Influential' animals

Cecil is the mane man on Time's list of 'Most Influential' animals

The lion tops the ranking for his impact after a Bloomington dentist killed him last summer in Zimbabwe during a questionable hunt.

Mankato body shop owner accused of using a most unusual payroll currency

Half-gram bonuses were doled out to the workers, according to a drug enforcement task force.
Police: Stranger sexually assaults woman at Seven rooftop bar

Police: Stranger sexually assaults woman at Seven rooftop bar

Security guard stopped the attack on rooftop.
Twin Cities toddler is 3rd killed by tipped-over Ikea dresser

Twin Cities toddler is 3rd killed by tipped-over Ikea dresser

The dresser was the subject of a safety agency's "repair program."

Woman sexually assaulted by five men in Uptown

A woman was sexually assaulted by a group of four men and a teenager while walking along an Uptown street on Saturday evening, police say.

Brooklyn Center bank robbed

Officials say the case is unrelated to two previous robberies by women in the Twin Cities.
NAACP seeks special prosecutor in Clark case; AG's office says it lacks authority

NAACP seeks special prosecutor in Clark case; AG's office says it lacks authority

The attorney general said she lacks authority to make such a move.
Charge: License revoked, Austin driver kills friend at drinking party, flees

Charge: License revoked, Austin driver kills friend at drinking party, flees

Nathan P. Brooks, whose license has been revoked since 2009, is charged with running over a man during a party in a pasture, then fleeing.
Bemidji man admits burning woman's body in grave to cover up murder

Bemidji man admits burning woman's body in grave to cover up murder

Rose Downwind, the granddaughter of American Indian Movement co-founder Dennis Banks, had three children with her killer.
Life in prison for man convicted of back-to-back Uptown sex attacks

Life in prison for man convicted of back-to-back Uptown sex attacks

Keith Washington was a registered Level 3 sex offender at the time of the assaults in December.
New 5-story hotel in works down the block from Xcel Energy Center

New 5-story hotel in works down the block from Xcel Energy Center

The 160-room Hampton Inn is scheduled to open in St. Paul in November.

Eden Prairie motorcyclist reaches 132 mph on I-94, crashes in trooper chase

Sheriff's captain says the rider was "probably saved" from serious head injuries because he had on a helmet.
Lovebirds Stefani, Shelton fluttering into Twin Cities on separate tours

Lovebirds Stefani, Shelton fluttering into Twin Cities on separate tours

She's booked the X for one night in August, while he's scheduled two shows at the same venue in September.

Woman racked up $500K in bogus tax claims using 'exotic dancer,' other professions

The St. Paul woman filed the returns by the dozens on behalf of friends and family members, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

5 hurt, 2 await charges as fights erupt at rodeo in Anoka Co.

Hundreds fled the scene as a cluster of fights erupted on Saturday night. The event's organizer is being accused of "facilitating the unlawful assembly."
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