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Rolling Stones' Jagger and Watts 'very chatty' on tour of Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Rolling Stones' Jagger and Watts 'very chatty' on tour of Minneapolis Institute of Arts

The rock legends checked out vintage furniture after a bookstore visit by the Stones frontman.

Police: Woman fatally stabs man while 2 kids were in Blaine home

Police said in a statement that the man and woman “were known to each other.” A motive has yet to be revealed.

N.D. driver accused of taking selfie when he fatally hit bicyclist

The crash that killed Lisa Knudson was at least the third suspected instance in an 11-week-span of people dying in collisions in that part of the state while drivers were using their phones. One of the others cases also involved a triathlete killed while bicycling.
Feds remove ashes from Lakewood in probe of $2M death claim

Feds remove ashes from Lakewood in probe of $2M death claim

The federal case alleges that Igor Vorotinov is living in Ukraine and Moldova.

Feb. 20: Twin Cities woman, ex faked his death, got $2M from insurer, feds say

Plymouth woman allegedly returned from Moldova with someone else’s ashes.

Twin Cities boater admits being drunk when he crashed, killing friend

An angler who came up to the boat told investigators that Patrick Puhalla said “not to call the cops,” explaining his friend was only sleeping, the charges alleged.
Charge: St. Paul woman stabs boyfriend, sleeps all night next to his body

Charge: St. Paul woman stabs boyfriend, sleeps all night next to his body

“Baby, you all right?” she asked her boyfriend. He didn’t respond.

Few details, many questions in suspected Duluth homicide

Homicide is suspected in a death reported to Duluth police early Saturday evening.Police said Sunday they learned about the body shortly before 7 p.m. and…
Unbelted driver killed in south Minneapolis crash identified

Unbelted driver killed in south Minneapolis crash identified

Authorities have identified the SUV driver who sped through a red light on a Minneapolis street near Interstate 35W and was killed after striking another…

Man falls from hot tub at Golden Valley 'party house,' is impaled on fence post

Group in Golden Valley was drinking, police say.
4-year-old with South Dakota target shooting group picks up rifle, kills uncle

4-year-old with South Dakota target shooting group picks up rifle, kills uncle

“They underestimated the 4-year-old’s willingness to emulate adults,” said Medical Examiner Michael Carlsen.
He got both words right, but last Minnesota kid is out of Spelling Bee

He got both words right, but last Minnesota kid is out of Spelling Bee

Minnetonka seventh-grader Maxwell Meyer got both of his words right Thursday, but was eliminated because of an earlier vocabulary test.
Rape charges filed against Princeton's 'Friendly' the clown

Rape charges filed against Princeton's 'Friendly' the clown

Robert J. Jensen has portrayed “Friendly” and “Bob the Balloon Twister” for the past 20 years or so in and around Princeton.

Prison for Twin Cities tax protester, health products seller

“There is nothing that requires me to file an income tax return,” Michael A. Schlegel said at the time of his conviction.

Forest Lake restaurant employee shot in abdomen during late-night robbery

The shooting occurred after closing; the gunman remains at large.
Police ID Wal-Mart worker killed, colleague wounded in Grand Forks

Police ID Wal-Mart worker killed, colleague wounded in Grand Forks

Authorities have yet to reveal what prompted the Grand Forks base airman to shoot the employees before he killed himself.
Man shot dead Monday in north Minneapolis was a convicted murderer

Man shot dead Monday in north Minneapolis was a convicted murderer

Two others were wounded in what police described as a neighborhood dispute.

Minnesota joins other states with confirmed cases of canine flu

The virus is highly contagious, but symptoms are usually mild.
2 of 5 Minnesotans make Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals

2 of 5 Minnesotans make Scripps National Spelling Bee semifinals

A champion will be crowned in a live telecast Thursday from the Washington, D.C., area.
Empty St. Paul pool where boys were hurt troubled apt. residents

Empty St. Paul pool where boys were hurt troubled apt. residents

A boy was still hospitalized Tuesday after firefighters rescued him and his brother, years after alarm was raised about Princeton Place.

U of M student robbed at knifepoint after ATM withdrawal

The perpetrator fled on a light-rail train as it stopped in front of campus police headquarters, authorities said.
Minneapolis assistant police chief to head U's police force

Minneapolis assistant police chief to head U's police force

Matthew Clark will take over the 50-member force on July 6.

Woman dies after being found with head on fire outside Crookston home

The circumstances surrounding Balvir Kaur’s death were under investigation by several agencies.
Airman fatally shoots Grand Forks Wal-Mart worker, then kills self

Airman fatally shoots Grand Forks Wal-Mart worker, then kills self

The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. Tuesday inside the store. Police said there is no ongoing public safety risk.

Man, 77, fatally hit by car as he walked dog in Faribault

Harvey D. Hanson lived less than two blocks from where he was struck.

Judge in Duluth rejects life term for 'sadistic' rapist who held victim for 3 days

Life sentence requested for criminal who held, beat girlfriend 3 days.
Chance of stormy Sunday for Twin Cities; hail near Litchfield

Chance of stormy Sunday for Twin Cities; hail near Litchfield

That’s the outlook from the National Weather Service, one day after western and central Minnesotans were reporting funnel clouds and tornado touchdowns.
Mpls. officials want witnesses for protest investigation

Mpls. officials want witnesses for protest investigation

Police Chief Janeé Harteau said there would be a full investigation “into the concerns brought forth” over her officers’ conduct in handling the protest.
Shakopee 8th-grader is eliminated in National Geographic Bee finals

Shakopee 8th-grader is eliminated in National Geographic Bee finals

A New Jersey competitor grabbed the title and a $50,000 scholarship.
Stolen Bible led to suspects in beating death

Stolen Bible led to suspects in beating death

After 90-year-old Carver County man was beaten to death, his stolen Bible led police to two suspects.

Man shoots gun on Mpls.-bound Megabus; passengers grab him

The bus stopped at the Des Plaines Oasis, a food and fuel stop along Interstate 90, and the man was turned over to Illinois State Police.
Dead Robert Durst confidante has Twin Cities mobster connection

Dead Robert Durst confidante has Twin Cities mobster connection

The Bermans last lived in a brown stucco home along Hubbard Avenue, not far from Hamline University, a Susan Berman biographer said.
Shakopee 8th-grader advances to final round of National Geographic Bee

Shakopee 8th-grader advances to final round of National Geographic Bee

Shreyas Varathan, who attends Shakopee Area Catholic School, is among the 10 finalists who will pit their worldly wits against one another Wednesday.

Twin Cities Salvation Army: More foodshelf demand, fewer volunteers

Salvation Army is seeing more families in need.
Charges: Man 'just lost it,' murdered brother and father, an Elk River cop

Charges: Man 'just lost it,' murdered brother and father, an Elk River cop

Christopher Besser, 21, told investigators that issues from the past led to him getting a rifle from the gun cabinet and killing both family members.
Judge exceeds guideline, gives 9-year term to 'smiley face' driver who killed teen

Judge exceeds guideline, gives 9-year term to 'smiley face' driver who killed teen

Michael Vanwagner said he didn’t know Facebook post was tied to fatal crash.
Judge exceeds guideline, gives 9-year term to 'smiley face' driver who killed teen

Judge exceeds guideline, gives 9-year term to 'smiley face' driver who killed teen

The presiding Hennepin County judge has taken note: While the defendant “was updating his social media with inappropriate and insensitive material, Jason McCarthy was dying.”
Projected surge of older adults in Cities to shift housing needs

Projected surge of older adults in Cities to shift housing needs

By 2040, nearly one in five Twin Cities residents will be an older adult, according to a new Metropolitan Council estimate.
Investigations back airport police who shot motorist in the head

Investigations back airport police who shot motorist in the head

The driver has been charged but remains hospitalized with a “very serious” injury after being shot in the head, according to his attorney.

2nd child porn sentence for Bronze Star vet from Minnesota

About 400 images seized from man’s computer.

Brown broadcasting school closing Twin Cities sites, going online only

Broadcast school’s students have included Rod Grams, Tom Barnard and many others.
Younger brother accidentally shot, killed Minneapolis teen

Younger brother accidentally shot, killed Minneapolis teen

“We don’t believe there was any malice” on the part of the boy who fired the fatal shot, police said Tuesday.
Sharp surge in deaths at outset of motorcycle riding season in Minnesota

Sharp surge in deaths at outset of motorcycle riding season in Minnesota

This season's death toll of 11 so far equals the number of motorcycle fatalities at this time in the last three years combined.

Woman's son gets 27-year term for fatally choking her Twin Cities boyfriend

Mahtomedi man’s body was found in the bathtub of the woman’s St. Louis County home.
Minneapolis shooting leaves 19-year-old dead; gunman at large

Minneapolis shooting leaves 19-year-old dead; gunman at large

A resident said a bullet from the shooting came through a wall, ended up on her stove.
Police say 3 kids set fire to historic wooden bridge in N. Minnesota

Police say 3 kids set fire to historic wooden bridge in N. Minnesota

Long after the trains stopped rolling, the bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Police said it was valued at $500,000.

Prison for coin dealer who stole $135,000 life savings from elderly Minnesotan

“Nicholas gained the trust of his client victims, many of whom were elderly and handed over to the defendant their life savings,” the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis said.
Police want to know how a UW-River Falls student got booze before dying

Police want to know how a UW-River Falls student got booze before dying

Robert Sontag, 20, visited multiple bars the night he was last seen; police say alcohol was involved in his death, and they are looking at how liquor was provided to him.

Man arrested in south Minneapolis apartment killing is released

Police said they forwarded a case to the Hennepin County attorney’s office for prosecution, but no charges have been filed.
U of M police: Student raped at knifepoint by 2 men in her dorm room

U of M police: Student raped at knifepoint by 2 men in her dorm room

The incident is the sixth on or near the campus since February, but it's the first in a campus dorm.
Man is killed in south Minneapolis apartment, another arrested

Man is killed in south Minneapolis apartment, another arrested

Police were called to the 1800 block of 5th Avenue S. and arrived to find the man dead in an apartment.
3 charged in killing of Minnesota farm couple in their 70s

3 charged in killing of Minnesota farm couple in their 70s

The Hivelys were born, raised and married in Lyon County. And then they died there, both shot in their home of 45 years. By the time the bodies were found, the house had been torched.
3 jailed after couple found dead in torched Minn. farmhouse

3 jailed after couple found dead in torched Minn. farmhouse

The Hivelys should “be remembered for the loving, hardworking farm couple they were.”

Brief power failure for nearly 1,900 customers in St. Louis Park area

The power outage Monday morning in the St. Louis Park area was “ the result of a cut cable,” an Xcel spokeswoman said.
Lindsey Vonn reveals breakup with Tiger Woods

Lindsey Vonn reveals breakup with Tiger Woods

“We both lead incredibly hectic lives that force us to spend a majority of our time apart.”
Hopes dim amid search for missing Minnesota River camper

Hopes dim amid search for missing Minnesota River camper

Authorities say they aren’t optimistic they’ll find her.

Prior Lake woman critically hurt in dirt bike crash; driver also injured

The crash occurred about 11 p.m. Saturday about 7 miles south of New Prague.
April 27: New $2B price tag puts Southwest light rail at risk

April 27: New $2B price tag puts Southwest light rail at risk

The additional $341 million in costs are tied to poor ground conditions and soil contamination in St. Louis Park and Hopkins.

Death report: Minnesota nursing home resident broke leg; no medical help alerted

The staff member explained that she “felt rushed” while assisting the resident to the dining room, a state investigation found.
Twin Cities airport identifies officers involved in shooting motorist

Twin Cities airport identifies officers involved in shooting motorist

The officers who shot a motorist after he struck them with his car in a Twin Cities airport parking ramp over the weekend were identified…
Dubay on Facebook, 'I ... am scared' just weeks before latest drug arrest

Dubay on Facebook, 'I ... am scared' just weeks before latest drug arrest

Onetime KFAN host was arrested in Cottage Grove; he remains jailed.

Fire in Renville County hog barn kills 2,000 pigs

Flames had fully engulfed the barn by the time emergency crews arrived.
Charges: Ex-con sets east-central mobile home ablaze, kills man inside

Charges: Ex-con sets east-central mobile home ablaze, kills man inside

The victim died from the fire and a blow to the head, according to the medial examiner.

Reprisal suspected against TSA agents who revealed MSP security lapses

Efforts to punish two security agents who revealed risks at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport are being scrutinized by federal authorities. The U.S. Office of…
Charges: Man rapes 15-year-old in pickup, asks her for gas money

Charges: Man rapes 15-year-old in pickup, asks her for gas money

The three “did not seem concerned about their arrest and were joking with each other on the way to the jail,” according to the charges.
New Hope snack maker recalls pine nuts across U.S. after salmonella detection

New Hope snack maker recalls pine nuts across U.S. after salmonella detection

New Hope snack-maker halts production.
Anoka County man accused of abuse of boys kills self on eve of trial

Anoka County man accused of abuse of boys kills self on eve of trial

Chad Geyen shot himself in the head in a park. Investigators suspected there were hundreds of incidents of sexual abuse.

Wildfire risk in Minnesota high as dry conditions persist

The foliage is well behind schedule for greening up.

Head-on crash near Cloquet kills both drivers, injures 2 kids

Killed were a 32-year-old man from Carlton, Minn., and a 56-year-old woman from Esko, Minn.
Nov. 28, 2013: Ramsey youth program volunteer accused of abusing boys

Nov. 28, 2013: Ramsey youth program volunteer accused of abusing boys

Authorities cite hundreds of incidents over two decades.
Van with 5 rescued pups inside stolen in St. Paul

Van with 5 rescued pups inside stolen in St. Paul

The puppies are worth hundreds of dollars if sold on the street, the vehicle’s owner said.

Bookkeeper convicted of stealing more than $315K from Bloomington company

Owner said the theft was worth two years of profits.
Feb. 20, 2009: Famed wrestler Gagne linked to death of man, 97

Feb. 20, 2009: Famed wrestler Gagne linked to death of man, 97

Wrestling legend Verne Gagne, 82, reportedly fought with a 97-year-old man who later died. Both men had dementia.
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.
Emerald ash borer detected in 8th Minnesota county

Emerald ash borer detected in 8th Minnesota county

Fillmore County, south of Rochester, will join other counties in its part of the state and four Twin Cities area counties subjected to a quarantine.
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