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Police: St. Paul robbery victim had permit to carry when he killed armed suspect

Police: St. Paul robbery victim had permit to carry when he killed armed suspect

St. Paul police said man who shot, killed him had valid gun permit.
Zimbabwe wants quick extradition of Twin Cities lion hunter

Zimbabwe wants quick extradition of Twin Cities lion hunter

On Monday, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer said that "everything is just fine,” but he refused to disclose his whereabouts.

Charges: Extremely drunk mom drives off as pleading daughter clings to pickup

Girl escapes serious injury, calls mom a liar for denying drinking, charges say. Woman's BAC was .30%.
Twin Cities dentist says he wants to cooperate with hunting inquiry

Twin Cities dentist says he wants to cooperate with hunting inquiry

U.S. wildlife officials say a representative for Walter Palmer contacted the agency late Thursday, before wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe called for his extradition to their country.

Man's body recovered from lake in Little Canada

The man had been missing since shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Lake Gervais.

Pontoon flips northwest of Willmar, fatally trapping man underwater

The incident occurred on what is known as Golden Pond, located in Kandiyohi County.

Couple in 70s killed in crash after attending southern Minnesota county fair

The wife had just performed as a dancer at the Blue Earth County Fair.

New Prague man missing for 2 weeks is found dead

“No foul play is suspected” in the death of Tony Slavik, 31, LeSueur County Sheriff David Tietz said in a statement.
Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Jesse Garcia, a Minneapolis police sergeant who for years was the public face of the department as its chief spokesman, has died, the police union…
Zimbabwe official: Extradition sought for Twin Cities man who killed lion

Zimbabwe official: Extradition sought for Twin Cities man who killed lion

"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Zimbabwe's wildlife minister said at a Friday news conference.
July 30: Part of Quetico near BWCA closed in search for 'extreme survivalist'

July 30: Part of Quetico near BWCA closed in search for 'extreme survivalist'

A man described as an “extreme survivalist” is somewhere in a massive Canadian park bordering Minnesota and authorities have closed off several lakes to the public during the search for him, officials said Thursday.

Car fatally hits woman crossing in middle of busy Brooklyn Blvd.

The Minneapolis woman, 21, died several hours later at the hospital.
'Miracle on Ice' goalie empties attic, puts it all on auction block for $5.7 million

'Miracle on Ice' goalie empties attic, puts it all on auction block for $5.7 million

Jim Craig is selling his gold medal and the U.S. flag that was draped over his shoulders in one of the iconic images of the "Miracle on Ice" team.
U.S. agencies step up in case of dentist who killed lion

U.S. agencies step up in case of dentist who killed lion

In Zimbabwe, two men implicated in the killing of Cecil were in court Wednesday. In Bloomington, Dr. Walter Palmer was referring his patients to other dentists for the time being.
Bloomington dentist thought he was acting legally at lion hunt

Bloomington dentist thought he was acting legally at lion hunt

A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did.
Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally

Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally

A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did and believed that his guides were leading him on a legal hunt.

Thousands of fireplaces, stoves recalled by Hearth and Home of Lakeville

Recalls involve natural gas and pellet stove heaters.
Boyfriend sets speed trap in Cottage Grove, nabs girlfriend with proposal

Boyfriend sets speed trap in Cottage Grove, nabs girlfriend with proposal

Officers pulled over the unsuspecting woman as boyfriend sprung surprise.

Allegedly drunk and shoeless, Minn. motorcyclist leaves severely injured passenger in ditch

The crash occurred on Hwy. 10 in Rice, Minn.
Charges: Puddle of Mudd singer very drunk, fled at 100 mph in rural Minn.

Charges: Puddle of Mudd singer very drunk, fled at 100 mph in rural Minn.

A breath test showed a reading above legal limit.

Motorcyclist dies in predawn collision in Lakeville

The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. Saturday on County Road 46, about 50 yards east of Galaxie Avenue.
Man killed by police at Arby's in Plymouth was shot in head, authorities say

Man killed by police at Arby's in Plymouth was shot in head, authorities say

Derek R. Wolfsteller was fatally shot Thursday night at the Arby’s on Hwy. 55 just west of Hwy. 169, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.

2 men are killed in shooting at busy Minneapolis intersection

The bloodshed occurred about 10:20 p.m. Saturday near Franklin and Chicago avenues, according to police.
Ellison says Trump can win GOP nod, points to Minn. electing Ventura governor

Ellison says Trump can win GOP nod, points to Minn. electing Ventura governor

“You know, George, we had Jesse Ventura in Minnesota win the governorship,” the representative from Minneapolis said.
First Happy Chef restaurant, last still in biz, is for sale in Mankato

First Happy Chef restaurant, last still in biz, is for sale in Mankato

From the first Happy Chef eatery in Mankato, there followed dozens more of the family-style restaurants, sprinkled around Minnesota and elsewhere in the Midwest as…

Charges elevated against son accused of killing police officer father, older brother

A grand jury has elevated charges to first-degree murder against a 22-year-old man accused of shooting his older brother and their father, an Elk River…

Forecast: A soaking after dark, then mugginess marches in to Twin Cities

The National Weather Service is envisioning up to a quarter-inch of rain starting about 3 a.m. Friday, then another dose before 7 a.m. that could add a half-inch more by 7 a.m.
Lake creature Minne gets too much love, is abruptly yanked from Calhoun

Lake creature Minne gets too much love, is abruptly yanked from Calhoun

The Loch Ness monster-like sculpture was removed because numerous people were making their way to Minne on paddleboards and climbing on its back and up the long neck of the 13-foot-tall piece of artwork.
Fireworks char popular bridge over Minnehaha Creek, closing it for repairs

Fireworks char popular bridge over Minnehaha Creek, closing it for repairs

If the weather cooperates and the necessary parts arrive on time, the bridge could be repaired and reopened by the end of next week.
Can you digit? State Fair adds Math On-A-Stick

Can you digit? State Fair adds Math On-A-Stick

Dozens of new attractions for this year’s festivities were announced Wednesday.
Jack Link's fined $50K for sexual badgering by Mankato manager

Jack Link's fined $50K for sexual badgering by Mankato manager

A Mankato employee quit after several months of advances by her supervisor.

Teen runs red light near Becker, hits van; other driver killed, 7 injured

2 of those hurt suffered serious injuries at the intersection in Sherburne County, the State Patrol said.
Minneapolis' Hodges meets pope: 'I can see why he inspires people'

Minneapolis' Hodges meets pope: 'I can see why he inspires people'

She and other mayors are at the Vatican for a two-day global climate conference.

Minneapolis man sentenced for flurry of gunfire at birthday party that wounded 3 women

Prosecutors alleged that Delonte A. Thomas, of Minneapolis, opened fire in the north Minneapolis home because attendees sang “Happy Birthday” to the guest of honor but neglected to do the same for his girlfriend.
Target recalls 143K kids' night lights, citing potential fire hazard

Target recalls 143K kids' night lights, citing potential fire hazard

The collection includes a pink hedgehog, a blue bird, a yellow rocket, an orange dino egg, a white soccer ball and a green shark.
Power back for all but a few unplugged by Twin Cities storm

Power back for all but a few unplugged by Twin Cities storm

Madden’s in Brainerd area sets target date for reopening; storms battered the resort area on July 12.
'Involuntary intoxication' cited, child assault case dropped against mom

'Involuntary intoxication' cited, child assault case dropped against mom

Attorney’s office dropped charges, citing “involuntary intoxication” from asthma drug.

Driver runs stop sign, thrown from car to his death in crash SW. of Twin Cities

A south-central Minnesota driver ran a stop sign and was fatally struck by a car, authorities said Sunday. Shawn Lang, 37, of Eagle Lake, Minn.,…
Shattered glass repaired, Minnesota Zoo reopens bear exhibit

Shattered glass repaired, Minnesota Zoo reopens bear exhibit

Coverage of the bear bashing the window circled the globe.

Forced-marriage abduction, sex assault of teen mean prison for Shoreview man

The defendant’s parents wanted the two to marry in the Hmong tradition, but the girl’s parents did not, the charges said.

Probation for Allina paramedic who stole painkillers from 100-plus ambulance patients

The defendant “abused his position of public trust by providing diluted pain medication to those facing critical health emergencies to fuel his own drug addiction,” said DEA official.
N. Minnesota couple killed in Washington state plane crash are ID'd

N. Minnesota couple killed in Washington state plane crash are ID'd

The two had been heading to a vacation.
Crayola announces huge, colorful attraction at Mall of America

Crayola announces huge, colorful attraction at Mall of America

The crayon maker announced what it described as a 60,000-square-foot presence at Bloomington’s megamall.

Lush Bar, once owned by slaying victim Kelly Phillips, is sold

Phillips was shot to death in the parking lot of a gas station in Arden Hills by his former business partner and lover, Ty Hoffman.

Man pleads guilty to Minneapolis murder of dancer who was robbed while out cold

One of the three attackers took the victim’s cellphone while the man was down on the street bleeding.

N. Minneapolis shooting leaves man, 42, dead and another man wounded

The man who was wounded suffered serious injuries, police said. Violence was not random, according to authorities.
Met Council wastewater operators say 'flushable' wipes eat up time, money

Met Council wastewater operators say 'flushable' wipes eat up time, money

“We are spending a significant amount of time and money removing wipes and other non-flushable materials from regional sewers,” said a Met Council official.
FBI: S.D. escapee caught at casino after 3 bank jobs in Twin Cities

FBI: S.D. escapee caught at casino after 3 bank jobs in Twin Cities

Clint B. Eldeen's luck ran out at Mystic Lake Casino about 4 a.m., when Prior Lake police arrested him, said FBI spokesman Kyle Loven.
Champlin Park HS girls soccer coach accused of having sex with boy, 13

Champlin Park HS girls soccer coach accused of having sex with boy, 13

The coach allegedly told the boy to keep the encounter secret; otherwise, she would go to prison for a long time.
Sitting next to vast Lake Superior, Duluth tells all to limit water use

Sitting next to vast Lake Superior, Duluth tells all to limit water use

City wants residents to idle their washing machines, dishwashers and skip watering their lawns.

Authorities: Driver runs stop sign, kills couple in van near Willmar

Suspect is described as a storm-chaser from Missouri.
Teen patient attacks counselor at Minn. Security Hospital

Teen patient attacks counselor at Minn. Security Hospital

A union official said the woman’s head was bashed “into a brick wall.”
Escapee suspected of Roseville bank heist, other crimes since he bolted

Escapee suspected of Roseville bank heist, other crimes since he bolted

He was serving lengthy sentences for check fraud.

Wounded veteran awarded $100K after being fired by Roto-Rooter

The Army veteran, who had worked for Roto-Rooter in Plymouth for more than 10 years, served multiple tours in the Iraq theater and returned with back, leg and head injuries.
Blowdown closes state forest near Brainerd

Blowdown closes state forest near Brainerd

“The bulk of the damage occurred between Nisswa and Brainerd,” said Steve Bartz, the DNR’s Brainerd area assistant forest supervisor.
Brainerd area takes brunt of storm's punch in Minnesota

Brainerd area takes brunt of storm's punch in Minnesota

A massive storm that tore through the heart of Minnesota’s lake country forced some of the state’s most popular resorts and campgrounds to shut down at the height of vacation season.
Roseville bank heist latest in suspect's fast-moving two-state crime spree

Roseville bank heist latest in suspect's fast-moving two-state crime spree

Authorities say crimes began in Sioux Falls, with a pizza delivery man having his car stolen.

Construction worker, interrupting retirement, falls to death at Jordan job site

John Dickerman, working with a crew from a Mankato contractor, was installing trussing for a roof at a height of about 25 to 30 feet when he fell.
Ambulance crew boss fatally hit while biking; his staff answers call

Ambulance crew boss fatally hit while biking; his staff answers call

Former police officer was known by most in Gaylord.
Teen driving pickup rams sporting goods store in Woodbury; 5 injured

Teen driving pickup rams sporting goods store in Woodbury; 5 injured

The crash occurred shortly after 1:30 p.m. at the Play It Again Sports outlet.
Hospitalized: Sioux Falls man, 19, bitten by 1 of his pet rattlesnakes

Hospitalized: Sioux Falls man, 19, bitten by 1 of his pet rattlesnakes

It’s against city ordinance to keep venomous snakes in Sioux Falls.

Fla. wrong-way driver is killed in North Shore crash on Hwy. 61

Authorities have yet to disclose what prompted the Florida man to be on the wrong side of the four-lane highway, which is divided by a median.
Forest Lake man accused of Bosnian war crimes admits entering U.S. illegally

Forest Lake man accused of Bosnian war crimes admits entering U.S. illegally

Federal sentencing guidelines call for the 47-year-old taxi operator to receive a prison term of nine to 15 months. Uncertain is whether he’ll ultimately remain in the country.

Injured young canoeist pinned 'for many hours' at foot of falls in BWCA

They feared losing him during dramatic rescue from waterfalls.
Woman fatally hit by train in Hinckley is ID'd; man with her made it across tracks

Woman fatally hit by train in Hinckley is ID'd; man with her made it across tracks

Erin K. Story, a mother of four, was identified by her brother as the woman who was hit by the train shortly after midnight Wednesday.
Workers rescued from broken scaffolding on 52nd floor of Wells Fargo

Workers rescued from broken scaffolding on 52nd floor of Wells Fargo

Workers more than 50 floors high outside an office tower in downtown Minneapolis were rescued Wednesday afternoon, fire officials said. Fire Battalion Chief Kathleen Mullen said at least one of the workers was “swinging free” for a brief time.
June 13, 2014: Boy Scouts rescued in BWCA after storm tips canoes

June 13, 2014: Boy Scouts rescued in BWCA after storm tips canoes

A captain with the Lake County Rescue Squad, said that all eight who were in the water at some point had on life jackets, and “without those, we probably would’ve had a very different outcome.”

Woman on foot in Hinckley fails to beat the train, is hit and killed

The incident occurred about 12:40 a.m. in the heart of Hinckley, where the tracks cross Main Street E.

Charge: Stranger plucks passed-out teen off St. Paul street, rapes her

A witness told police that the man put her in his truck and sped away.
Charge: Boater started drinking around 9 a.m. before crash killed Eden Prairie woman

Charge: Boater started drinking around 9 a.m. before crash killed Eden Prairie woman

Eden Prairie woman drowned when craft hit a wave and she was tossed overboard.
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.
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.
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