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Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison

Cottage Grove man charged with staging wife's suicide could get life in prison

Grand jury returned an indictment of first-degree murder.
United barred girls in leggings from boarding flight to MSP, witness says

United barred girls in leggings from boarding flight to MSP, witness says

United said teens didn't meet dress code for those traveling as employee relatives; another girl, not known to be flying on a similar pass, was allowed to board only after covering up, the witness said.
Harteau ranked No. 22 in Fortune's list of 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders'

Harteau ranked No. 22 in Fortune's list of 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders'

The national magazine called her leadership amid turmoil a "role model" for others.
State: Waite Park nurse did nothing for patient's seizures before he died

State: Waite Park nurse did nothing for patient's seizures before he died

Long-running investigation found that the nurse refused to give the man pain medication, failed to notify his doctor as the attacks kept coming. She was fired.
Cases dismissed against 2 drivers allegedly in pack of speeding exotic cars

Cases dismissed against 2 drivers allegedly in pack of speeding exotic cars

"The state was trying to basically argue guilt by association," said one defense attorney.
Charges: Drunken driver rolls car in N. Minn., kills friend and goes to McDonald's

Charges: Drunken driver rolls car in N. Minn., kills friend and goes to McDonald's

The driver made 10 calls soon after the crash but none to 911, according to authorities.
Once also a teen runaway, Minn. police chief posts touching plea to missing girl

Once also a teen runaway, Minn. police chief posts touching plea to missing girl

The small-town chief wrote his open letter to the 16-year-old on Facebook as an "old guy who's a dad first, and a cop second."
Uber in Twin Cities will bring puppy to your door for a 15-minute cuddle

Uber in Twin Cities will bring puppy to your door for a 15-minute cuddle

The service was first offered on Valentine's Day last year.
Film based on Minn. author Vince Flynn's thrillers set for Sept. 15 release

Film based on Minn. author Vince Flynn's thrillers set for Sept. 15 release

"The Mitch Rapp saga begins" on the big screen starting Sept. 15, the studio announced this week.

Man fires on deputy in NW. Minn., is later found fatally shot

The BCA isn't naming the law enforcement officer who fired the fatal shot, saying the officer worked undercover.

Snowmobiler who dies in crash on Ely lake was schoolteacher in town

A man who died in a snowmobile crash on a northern Minnesota lake was a teacher in the Ely School District, officials said Monday. Christopher…
4 Blaine officers ill from emission coming from suspect vehicle

4 Blaine officers ill from emission coming from suspect vehicle

Four Blaine police officers have been released from the hospital after being sickened by noxious emissions from a suspect van following a Tuesday morning chase. Hazardous material personnel spent hours on the scene.
Delta expanding service connecting Rochester and Atlanta

Delta expanding service connecting Rochester and Atlanta

Delta service in both directions starts July 9.
Long sentences for 2 involved in deadly rampage that targeted Hispanics

Long sentences for 2 involved in deadly rampage that targeted Hispanics

Two people were killed and others were terrorized during a rampage that targeted Latinos.
Don Henley adds Twin Cities to concert tour; top ticket $525

Don Henley adds Twin Cities to concert tour; top ticket $525

The Eagles co-founder will perform June 18 at the Xcel Energy Center.
Delano takes on racism with public event tonight; Dayton, targeted family meet

Delano takes on racism with public event tonight; Dayton, targeted family meet

The community is coming together to express support for a black family whose home was burglarized and vandalized with racist slurs.
First silver carp, the 'flying' invasive fish, is captured in St. Croix

First silver carp, the 'flying' invasive fish, is captured in St. Croix

The discovery was made Friday near Prescott, Wis.
Driver runs W. Wis. stop sign, is fatally hit by Schwan's delivery van

Driver runs W. Wis. stop sign, is fatally hit by Schwan's delivery van

The collision occurred at an intersection just south of I-94.
Black family's new Delano home scarred by racist graffiti

Black family's new Delano home scarred by racist graffiti

Members of a black family, targeted by racist graffiti spray-painted on their new house, are moving to where they feel more accepted, supporters say. The home also was burglarized, and the builder said a note was left that said, "Next time it's going to be fire."
2 Minnesotans charged in illegal trapping case called 'biggest we've seen'

2 Minnesotans charged in illegal trapping case called 'biggest we've seen'

Two men from the Iron Range have been charged. At least one wolf, foxes and even dogs were snared, according to the charges.
Max sentence for Minn. man who 'snapped,' killed girlfriend's 3-year-old

Max sentence for Minn. man who 'snapped,' killed girlfriend's 3-year-old

Jonathan Loun was given a 40-year term. His victim suffered skull fractures and other injuries in the home the couple shared.
Austin man admits selling fatal dose of heroin to addict for 55-inch TV

Austin man admits selling fatal dose of heroin to addict for 55-inch TV

Jordan Flugum is facing more than four years in prison in connection with the death last year.
Defense objects to Edina grad's UW expulsion over sex crime charges

Defense objects to Edina grad's UW expulsion over sex crime charges

The attorney said the university's process was unfair to his client, has vowed to appeal.
Online searches led serial burglar to metro homes while residents were out

Online searches led serial burglar to metro homes while residents were out

The longtime criminal connected the dots, starting with license plates of people parked outside Guthrie and Chanhassen theaters.
Report: Poland confirms Mpls. man was Nazi commander

Report: Poland confirms Mpls. man was Nazi commander

A prosecutor in Poland says that evidence shows without doubt that a Minnesota man was a Nazi unit commander suspected of contributing to the death of 44 Poles.
Power failure closes Central Library in downtown Minneapolis

Power failure closes Central Library in downtown Minneapolis

There was no immediate explanation for the outage.

Teen driver hits tree in central Minnesota and is killed

The crash occurred near Belgrade in Stearns County.

South metro postmaster allegedly faked work injuries, collected $275K

Prosecutors say he did yard work, unloaded heavy coolers from his fishing boat.

Thief who stole from vehicles at Twin Cities golf courses, fitness clubs sentenced to prison

Vehicles in more than a dozen suburbs were targeted, from Edina to Woodbury.
Driver locks thirsty thief in back of beer truck, calls Minneapolis cops

Driver locks thirsty thief in back of beer truck, calls Minneapolis cops

Next time being locked up was in jail for the 47-year-old suspect.
Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Frankie Valli to play State Fair

Toby Keith, 3 Doors Down, Frankie Valli to play State Fair

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons also grab a grandstand slot.
Young teen girls missing from W. Wis. foster home since Tuesday

Young teen girls missing from W. Wis. foster home since Tuesday

Police suspect they could be in the Twin Cities area with a man.
Brain cancer diagnosis for driver who fatally hit St. Paul runner

Brain cancer diagnosis for driver who fatally hit St. Paul runner

The motorist was unaware of his medical condition when he hit the runner in the crosswalk near the Mississippi River.

Man dies after skid loader falls through ice atop Stearns County manure pit

A skid loader broke through the ice covering a dormant manure pit on a central Minnesota farm, sending the operator to his death, authorities said…
Record number of gun carry permits issued in 2016 in Minnesota

Record number of gun carry permits issued in 2016 in Minnesota

Current valid permits now total more than 265,000, the highest number the state has ever reported in its annual report.
Prior Lake man charged with tax fraud allegedly set his liquor store ablaze

Prior Lake man charged with tax fraud allegedly set his liquor store ablaze

The onetime owner of WineStyles in Shakopee laundered inheritance money to buy the business in Shakopee, prosecutors say.

Mora man strays into opposite lane, dies in crash with semi

The collision occurred south of Mora late Tuesday morning.
Vandals tamper with 8 Big Lake fire hydrants;=, release 600K gallons

Vandals tamper with 8 Big Lake fire hydrants;=, release 600K gallons

Officials say the sudden loss of water pressure put the city's firefighting capabilities at risk.

Man charged with aiming car at Mpls. officers, prompting police to shoot at vehicle

The Minneapolis man is charged with first-degree assault, a felony.
Parts of Hennepin Co. Government Center lose power for 4 hours; licensing services halted

Parts of Hennepin Co. Government Center lose power for 4 hours; licensing services halted

The electricity went out below skyway level as people started reporting to work.
St. Anthony officer pleads not guilty in Philando Castile shooting death

St. Anthony officer pleads not guilty in Philando Castile shooting death

Attorney for Jeronimo Yanez says he will seek a change of venue.
Seeking 'gender inclusivity,' U sheds homecoming king and queen titles

Seeking 'gender inclusivity,' U sheds homecoming king and queen titles

Two students, regardless of gender, will be homecoming "royalty"starting this fall.

For first time, United to offer flights out of Rochester

The daily service starts in June and will go to and from O'Hare airport.
Shoving match erupts inside Minneapolis Institute of Art

Shoving match erupts inside Minneapolis Institute of Art

In a gallery of valuable 18th-century European art, three people who appeared to be neo-Nazis fought with several others in another group of activists, a witness said Sunday.

Blaine man charged in sex-trafficking ring in several Twin Cities suburbs

DongZhu Jiang said he served as a driver for the women brought into the country.
Motorcyclist guilty of killing Army specialist in Scott County hit-and-run

Motorcyclist guilty of killing Army specialist in Scott County hit-and-run

Jurors did acquit the defendant of being drunk at the time he hit the woman along the side of the road.
Woman pleads guilty for her role in Iron Range decapitation

Woman pleads guilty for her role in Iron Range decapitation

The deal calls for her to testify against the man charged with carrying out the deed.

2 found dead in house fire in northern Minnesota

Identities of the victims have yet to be released.
St. Paul driver who fatally hit runner is out of jail; charging decision months away

St. Paul driver who fatally hit runner is out of jail; charging decision months away

Authorities are awaiting toxicology tests on the motorists. Receiving results likely months away.
Twin Cities Muslims place large ad to support Jews affected by bomb threats

Twin Cities Muslims place large ad to support Jews affected by bomb threats

"Our prayers are with you and you have the support of our community."
Out of jail: St. Paul driver allegedly impaired, on phone when he killed runner

Out of jail: St. Paul driver allegedly impaired, on phone when he killed runner

The driver is an attorney and currently ethics chair for the Hennepin County Bar.

ID'd: Man shot dead in road during neighbor dispute north of Twin Cities

The suspected gunman is in jail and awaiting charges.
Long sentence for gunman who murdered 2 men at St. Paul motel

Long sentence for gunman who murdered 2 men at St. Paul motel

The shooter, one of three people convicted in the killings, was sentenced Thursday.
Fla. cop, chief charged in death of Twin Cities retiree during police exercise

Fla. cop, chief charged in death of Twin Cities retiree during police exercise

The officer who fired during the shoot-don't-shoot exercise is charged with felony manslaughter, while the chief is accused of culpable negligence.
SUV driver runs red light near Big Lake, kills man driving to school district job

SUV driver runs red light near Big Lake, kills man driving to school district job

The collision occurred just west of Big Lake shortly before 8 a.m.
4-12 inches of snow in forecast for Twin Cities, but stay tuned

4-12 inches of snow in forecast for Twin Cities, but stay tuned

Up to 18 inches could fall southwest of the metro, including in Fairmont and Mankato, the National Weather Service said.

Gunman kills neighbor in middle of road north of Twin Cities

The shooter called authorities to report what he had done, the sheriff said.

8,300 young turkeys die in central Minnesota barn fire

No people were harmed by the fire, authorities said.

3 accused in gang rape of girl in St. Paul apartment remain on the loose

Authorities went ahead and charged one of the men with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Teen convicted of being 'mastermind' in huge gun theft from Minn. shop

Teen convicted of being 'mastermind' in huge gun theft from Minn. shop

Of the 77 guns stolen, 29 have been recovered; some were used in robberies within hours of the burglary.
U Law School prof charged with sex assault and stalking

U Law School prof charged with sex assault and stalking

Francesco Parisi, 54, of Minneapolis, was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday. His lawyer said the 55-year-old woman has "zero evidence" of her accusations.
After record highs, next for Twin Cities is a 'potent' snowstorm

After record highs, next for Twin Cities is a 'potent' snowstorm

South and east metro communities are the most likely to get the most snow, according to the National Weather Service.
Teen couple charged in Chisago County with murder in overdose death of 18-year-old

Teen couple charged in Chisago County with murder in overdose death of 18-year-old

The victim said in a text on the day of his death, "ur gunna be mind blown by this," according to the prosecution.

Man's punch outside west metro bar leaves brother with severe head injury

Some witnesses insisted the victim had only fallen.
Record highs continue, but rain today, snow maybe by week's end

Record highs continue, but rain today, snow maybe by week's end

Crystal reports reaching 70 as of midafternoon, but "high probabilities for greater than 10 inches of snow" loom for one part of state, according to the latest forecast.
Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

Wisconsin suspect led officers on chase before crashing car.
License plate askew leads Mpls. cops to gun-toting accused rapist

License plate askew leads Mpls. cops to gun-toting accused rapist

The suspect tried to flee, but officers quickly nabbed him without shots being fired, authorities said.
100-plus businesses shut down in solidarity with immigrants

100-plus businesses shut down in solidarity with immigrants

The Twin Cities response, part of a one-day national boycott, attempted to show how vital newcomers are to the U.S. economy.
11-day-old boy's death west of Twin Cities being treated as homicide

11-day-old boy's death west of Twin Cities being treated as homicide

No arrests have been made, said the Montevideo police chief.
Woman killed in Brooklyn Center hotel room was 18-year-old from St. Cloud

Woman killed in Brooklyn Center hotel room was 18-year-old from St. Cloud

Brooklyn Center police say they have 6 suspects.
Authorities ID Crystal 2-year-old allegedly beaten to death by mom's boyfriend

Authorities ID Crystal 2-year-old allegedly beaten to death by mom's boyfriend

The defendant was serving probation for another violent crime at the time of the toddler's death.
Resident dies after Eden Prairie caregiver forgot to plug in heart pump

Resident dies after Eden Prairie caregiver forgot to plug in heart pump

Investigation says facility aide failed to plug in heart pump for 79-year-old.
2-year-old Crystal boy dies from beating; mom's boyfriend is charged

2-year-old Crystal boy dies from beating; mom's boyfriend is charged

A 2-year-old boy was found in his Crystal home suffering from severe head injuries, and the boyfriend of the toddler's mother was charged Tuesday with murder after the boy died Sunday.
Life in prison for man who murdered ex-girlfriend and her daughter in W. Wisconsin

Life in prison for man who murdered ex-girlfriend and her daughter in W. Wisconsin

Jealousy fueled the rage behind the killer stabbing the woman more than 30 times, then setting the home ablaze.

1 person dies in Duluth house fire

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the victim.
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