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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twin Cities man twice drove at officers before being shot at MSP

Twin Cities man twice drove at officers before being shot at MSP

“A vehicle intentionally drove at the [airport] police officers, who were on foot,” said Lisa Kiava of the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect and an officer are both expected to survive injuries.

Prison for Minn. man who made porn using kids in his home for day care

Man sentenced for using children in his wife’s care.
National Guard gets rolling Monday on bird flu containment mission

National Guard gets rolling Monday on bird flu containment mission

The National Guard will use 15 military trucks to deliver water as part of its initial assistance in the fight against the bird flu outbreak,…

W. Wisconsin driver hits boy on bike, sending youngster through windshield

A car hit a 12-year-old boy on a bicycle along a western Wisconsin road, sending the boy through the vehicle’s front windshield, authorities said.The crash…
April 2: Bachmann likens Obama to 'deranged' Germanwings co-pilot

April 2: Bachmann likens Obama to 'deranged' Germanwings co-pilot

The former Congress member is lashing out as the United States tries to negotiate a deal to curtail Iran’s ability to develop nuclear weaponry.
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.”

Patrol: S. Minn. crash kills teen in back seat with no seat belt on

A two-vehicle collision at a southern Minnesota intersection killed a 14-year-old girl and injured three other people, authorities said. The crash occurred about 4:50 p.m.…
Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu

Dayton declares state of emergency over bird flu

A third-generation egg producer in northwestern Minnesota has been hit by the bird flu, marking the first time since this outbreak began that the disease has been detected in the state in commercially-raised chickens.

Driver killed near Princeton after hitting tree

Emergency responders arrived at the intersection and found the driver dead at the scene at roughly 4:30 a.m.

Rehab, $160K bill given to Minn. teen who set fires to repel mosquitoes

The sentence calls for the teen to enroll in a rehab program so he can “gain insight into the gravity and nature of his offense,” read a statement from the county attorney’s office.

'Role model' teacher charged with molesting Minn. high school student

The student told authorities the incident traumatized her to the point she considered killing herself within minutes of leaving the teacher’s home.

Charges say Champlin landlord's rejection of Hmong family was discrimination

Property owner allegedly said to the family that the woman “appears to know some simple phrases, but understanding lease legal terms is very unlikely.”
Duluth mayor praises heroics of man who died aiding stricken bus driver

Duluth mayor praises heroics of man who died aiding stricken bus driver

Mayor Don Ness said what Michael J. Mooney, 53,did last week as the bus sped out of control on a major downtown street is “the very definition of heroism.”
'Miracle on Ice' team doctor, 93, mugged while at wife's Mpls. grave

'Miracle on Ice' team doctor, 93, mugged while at wife's Mpls. grave

V. George Nagobads, 93, “sustained serious injuries” but drove himself to a hospital, a police report read.

1 hospitalized after fire strikes Bloomington condos; 14 units 'uninhabitable'

One woman needed assistance from fire personnel to make it safely from a second-story balcony,

5 people killed in rash of traffic accidents in Minnesota

The victims included two on a motorcycle and a man walking on a road.
Feb. 18: Minnesota's moose numbers drop again; DNR says decline 'will likely continue'

Feb. 18: Minnesota's moose numbers drop again; DNR says decline 'will likely continue'

Using aerial surveys by the state DNR, the total in Minnesota has dropped from 8,840 in 2006 to 3,450.

Teen rolls SUV in southern Minn.; passenger is killed

The SUV was heading west on Hwy. 14, when it ran off the road and rolled over.

Two robbed at gunpoint near U apartment complex; suspects at large

The perpetrators fled in a waiting car, according to campus police.
Dunkin' Donuts to come roaring back to Twin Cities market

Dunkin' Donuts to come roaring back to Twin Cities market

Dunkin’ Donuts is intensifying its revitalized presence in Minnesota, announcing on Thursday that 10 outlets are in the works for the Twin Cities area.
Rochester police: Religious awakening might be behind student's disappearance

Rochester police: Religious awakening might be behind student's disappearance

Friends and family revealed to police that the 21-year-old experienced a rediscovery of his religious beliefs “and has been eager to share those beliefs with others.”
Dunkin' chomps back into Twin Cities market

Dunkin' chomps back into Twin Cities market

10 franchises are in the works; the first is expected to open by the end of the year.
Semisonic calls axed Target workers' viral 'Closing Time' video 'powerful'

Semisonic calls axed Target workers' viral 'Closing Time' video 'powerful'

Semisonic’s drummer described video shot by employees in Canada as “really powerful.”
'Medical emergency' suspected in fatal crash of 2 Duluth city buses

'Medical emergency' suspected in fatal crash of 2 Duluth city buses

A bus driver’s “medical emergency” apparently is what sent his hulking vehicle speeding out of control on a major downtown Duluth street before dawn and…
Semisonic touched by laid-off Target workers' 'Closing Time' video

Semisonic touched by laid-off Target workers' 'Closing Time' video

Five young Canadian workers turned to "Closing Time," by Minneapolis’ Semisonic, to record a video send-off to their store on its final day.
Large fire damages family-run Anoka County businesses

Large fire damages family-run Anoka County businesses

A passing motorist called in the fire and neighbors in the area said they heard explosions about the time the fire started.
Axed Target Canada workers score viral 'Closing Time' cover

Axed Target Canada workers score viral 'Closing Time' cover

Hundreds of thousands have watched the send-off set to Semisonic’s lyrics.
Historic rail bridge in northern Minn. destroyed by fire

Historic rail bridge in northern Minn. destroyed by fire

Hikers and snowmobilers who often crossed the historic bridge in Blackduck, Minn., are mourning the loss of the key piece of the area’s trail system and wondering whether and when it will be rebuilt.

Driver who fatally ran over 5-year-old in St. Joseph has been located

Cody Nuckolls was struck Monday afternoon outside his home after his mother crossed the street to wait for another child to get off the school bus, police said.
'People staggering off' Duluth buses that collided; 1 killed

'People staggering off' Duluth buses that collided; 1 killed

Two city buses collided on a major downtown Duluth street before dawn Tuesday, leaving one passenger dead and others injured, a transit official said.
Prison for man who beat Anoka Co. man, 88, while accomplice took $20K in safe

Prison for man who beat Anoka Co. man, 88, while accomplice took $20K in safe

He ambushed target, used his flashlight in attack.
Bird flu worries: DNR issues to-do list for turkey hunters on eve of opener

Bird flu worries: DNR issues to-do list for turkey hunters on eve of opener

Tens of thousands of hunters will be in the fields over the next six weeks.
Hands bound, 90-year-old man found slain in Carver County home

Hands bound, 90-year-old man found slain in Carver County home

Earl Olander, 90, was found dead with his hands bound.
Minnesota hockey Olympian Potter succeeds OSU coach who was forced out

Minnesota hockey Olympian Potter succeeds OSU coach who was forced out

The Olympic gold medalist who starred for Gophers and Bulldogs takes over after the previous coach was forced out amid allegations of sexual impropriety.

Suspect's family helps Mpls. police make another arrest in daylight double homicide

The suspect’s family aided in his apprehension.
Light rail train hits minivan making errant turn in downtown Mpls.

Light rail train hits minivan making errant turn in downtown Mpls.

Trains in both directions were stopped, and passengers were allowed to disembark.
Life Time Fitness sold for more than $4 billion

Life Time Fitness sold for more than $4 billion

A $4 billion investment from private equity investors will take Life Time Fitness private and position it for further growth.
Rescuers save doe from icy death trap in NW Minnesota river

Rescuers save doe from icy death trap in NW Minnesota river

The animal offered no resistance as it was hoisted into a boat.
Bird flu strikes another commercial turkey facility in Minnesota

Bird flu strikes another commercial turkey facility in Minnesota

The fifth case adds a second Stearns County operation; 170,000 birds have been destroyed already.
Fire risk rising in Minnesota amid high winds, low humidity

Fire risk rising in Minnesota amid high winds, low humidity

The National Weather Service said strong winds and low humidity are creating a “high fire danger” stretching from the southwest corner of the state all the way to the Iron Range and the North Shore.
Lakeville South, Wayzata coaches rebuked for Faribault team snub

Lakeville South, Wayzata coaches rebuked for Faribault team snub

The state dance tournament protest of Faribault’s title-winning routine in February has prompted punishment for coaches and staff at Lakeville South and Wayzata, two of the five high schools that staged the awards-ceremony snub amid allegations of plagiarism.
Richfield bowling alley closing after 57 years

Richfield bowling alley closing after 57 years

Richfield grieves the last frames of 57-year-old Lariat Lanes.

Minneapolis police: Fatal shooting of man 'does not appear ... random'

No arrests have been made in the killing, which occurred late Tuesday.
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