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Thieves hit luxury Edina store, caught after high-speed chase in Woodbury

A spokeswoman said police suspect the men “are part of a larger theft ring that is targeting high-end stores.”

Drive-by shooter admits killing wrong man in Minneapolis

It turned out that the victim was simply removing some items from his SUV when he was shot in the head.

Mpls. Marriott worker charged with sexually assaulting vulnerable guest

The victim was “mentally impaired, mentally incapacitated or physically helpless” at the time of the alleged attack, according to the complaint.

2 dead pit bulls found in SUV in St. Paul; owner blames jealous woman

Police are awaiting word from the city’s animal control officials about how the dogs died.

Teen, not young child, cranked up copter in Mankato, FAA says

A witness saw a young child removed; officials haven’t rule out there being multiple people in the chopper at the time.

16-year-old boy charged with fatally stabbing man in St. Cloud

The victim was found lying on the street, stabbed in the chest. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.
Minnetonka teen scores perfect 36 on ACT — and he's not in high school yet

Minnetonka teen scores perfect 36 on ACT — and he's not in high school yet

Eighth-grader Frank Lu didn’t use a tutor or put in an extraordinary amount of time, his father said.
Young boy starts up helicopter at Mankato air show; 2 hurt

Young boy starts up helicopter at Mankato air show; 2 hurt

Two were injured as blades knocked over a fabric-like sun shield on the tarmac.
Lightning strikes in N. Minn. leave man and 12-year-old boy critically hurt

Lightning strikes in N. Minn. leave man and 12-year-old boy critically hurt

Bystanders gave first aid to critically injured Iron Range man; his daughter was burned.
State Trooper was going 94 mph in a 55 zone in his patrol car, charges say

State Trooper was going 94 mph in a 55 zone in his patrol car, charges say

A Minnesota state trooper was clocked driving at least 94 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone in his squad car near Fergus Falls,…
Minnesota State Fair lands country star Keith Urban

Minnesota State Fair lands country star Keith Urban

Tickets go on sale Thursday. All seats are reserved.

Two women, 87 and 84, killed in collision with RV in western Minnesota

The crash near Willmar left seven others injured.

ID'd: ATV rider who crashed, found dead in Iron Range creek

A bicyclist passing by noticed the ATV in the water, its motor still running.
Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Police: Driver who hit pedal pub on Hennepin Av. Bridge was drunk

Four people on the patron-powered vehicle remain hospitalized Thursday.
Woman found fatally stabbed in downtown Minneapolis ramp

Woman found fatally stabbed in downtown Minneapolis ramp

Police are looking for a woman described as “a person of interest.”
110-year-old Minnesotan dies as her 'oldest' claim neared verification

110-year-old Minnesotan dies as her 'oldest' claim neared verification

Hermina Wahlin’s daughter said her mother’s “memory was pretty good until the last week. She just slipped away.”
Minnesota is nation's best state for business, CNBC declares

Minnesota is nation's best state for business, CNBC declares

“Never since we began rating the states in 2007 has a high-tax, high-wage, union-friendly state made it to the top of our rankings,” CNBC said in a statement accompanying the rankings.

Robber flees with cash from bank inside Cub Foods in Eden Prairie

The holdup of the TCF branch occurred about 11 a.m. Tuesday inside the Cub near Prairie Center Drive and W. 78th Street.
Charges: Sartell native killed after he 'opened his back door to a monster'

Charges: Sartell native killed after he 'opened his back door to a monster'

“A good young man unknowingly opened his back door to a monster,” Police Chief Dave Todd quoted one of his investigators as saying.
Charges dropped against 4 in Mpls. pedal-pub attacks

Charges dropped against 4 in Mpls. pedal-pub attacks

Misdemeanor charges have been dismissed against four of the five men who were accused of ambushing pedal pubs in downtown Minneapolis last month with water balloons and squirt guns.

Brothers die in crash on way to Wisconsin Dells basketball tournament

Two other boys in the truck were hospitalized with injuries.

Bicyclist run over late at night, killed at Mankato intersection

Lifesaving measures were administered, but the rider died at the scene, police said.

2 men killed in separate homes in Fargo; Minnesotan is arrested

Police were expected to reveal more about the killings, including motive and how they died, during a news conference Wednesday morning.
Lil Wayne cancels Mpls. concert over security check for entourage

Lil Wayne cancels Mpls. concert over security check for entourage

While Lil Wayne was cleared to enter the club, his entourage members would not comply, the club explained.

Twin Cities man crashes speeding ATV into tree and dies

The crash occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Monday in the Paul Bunyan State Forest.

Husband, wife on motorcycle die in crash in construction zone

There have been 30 motorcycle fatalities so far this riding season in Minnesota. There were 17 at this time last year.
Fatality backs up 35W during a.m. commute in S. Minneapolis

Fatality backs up 35W during a.m. commute in S. Minneapolis

A woman climbed an overpass fence above Interstate 35W in Minneapolis and jumped to her death during Tuesday morning’s commute, closing two lanes of southbound traffic for nearly two hours.

June 17: Minn. motorcycle fatalities far ahead of last year's pace

The latest crash occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, killing Guy M. Donnelly, 54, of North Branch, Minn.
Storm damage in southern MN; Twin Cities gets a drenching

Storm damage in southern MN; Twin Cities gets a drenching

Heavy rain in the Austin area briefly closed a stretch of Interstate 90 in both directions, thanks to high water. The roof on the Nobles County fairgrounds arena took a beating, and hail was reported near Lakeville.
Semi on I-94 in Moorhead bangs 3 overpasses above before stopping

Semi on I-94 in Moorhead bangs 3 overpasses above before stopping

State transportation officials were inspecting the bridges for structural damage, authorities said.
Minn. trucker charged with misdemeanors after lost hay bale killed couple in pickup

Minn. trucker charged with misdemeanors after lost hay bale killed couple in pickup

The truck driver is charged with careless driving, failure to secure his load, a wide-load permit violation and not having insurance.
March: Life Time Fitness sold for more than $4B

March: Life Time Fitness sold for more than $4B

A $4 billion investment from private equity investors will take Life Time Fitness private and position it for further growth.
St. Paul boy who fell in apartment pool's filthy water dies

St. Paul boy who fell in apartment pool's filthy water dies

A 7-year-old boy who fell into several feet of filthy water in an unattended swimming pool outside a St. Paul apartment complex last month died Thursday morning, a family representative said.
Stillwater inmate who walked away from work duty is captured

Stillwater inmate who walked away from work duty is captured

“He was found at a rural residence in the Holcombe area, through interviews with associates,” a statement from prison officials said.

Armored truck worker accused of pocketing a few thousand dollars from Lakeville ATMs

The company’s internal investigation pointed to one of its own, according to criminal complaint.
Eagan dad bravely shows he really can't dance on national TV

Eagan dad bravely shows he really can't dance on national TV

A Twin Cities audition contestant on Fox-TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance” saw the tables turned on her father when he was coaxed on the stage for an improvised and very dad-like performance.
'Plant police' shut down Mankato dining patio, citing lack of landscape

'Plant police' shut down Mankato dining patio, citing lack of landscape

Blue Bricks’ patio violated a city requirement that it “be covered by at least 25 percent with live plants.”
University of North Dakota trims nickname candidates to 7

University of North Dakota trims nickname candidates to 7

Seven possibilities remain for the University of North Dakota’s nickname, with Roughriders leading the charge to be the one that supplants the Fighting Sioux label that was thrown overboard under duress three years ago.
2nd search of cloudy Brooklyn Park pool finds 3-year-old dead at bottom

2nd search of cloudy Brooklyn Park pool finds 3-year-old dead at bottom

Her body was discovered by searchers after a second look at the site.
Eden Prairie teen dies after cardiac arrest during wisdom teeth extraction

Eden Prairie teen dies after cardiac arrest during wisdom teeth extraction

Athletes on school’s girls’ lacrosse team paid tribute with state championship.
A pregnant Kim Kardashian tells NPR listeners what baby's name won't be

A pregnant Kim Kardashian tells NPR listeners what baby's name won't be

Fill-in host Mike Pesca explained that “from time to time, we have someone on the show that we can’t believe agreed to be on the show.”

3 motorcycle crashes in Minnesota, 3 deaths in 37 hours over weekend

The motorcyclist in Belle Plaine kept going “for a fair distance, went through a chain-link fence and struck a house,” the police chief said.
Janet Jackson announces Target Center concert date

Janet Jackson announces Target Center concert date

Jackson is releasing her first album in seven years this fall, this one on her own label.
Peterson's wife: 'I would’ve preferred to be closer to home'

Peterson's wife: 'I would’ve preferred to be closer to home'

Ashley Peterson told ESPN about the uncertainty of whether her husband would ever play again for the Vikings and acknowledged that him playing on a team closer to her roots in Oklahoma would have been nice.

Man found fatally shot in north Minneapolis street is ID'd

A suspect fled, police said, and there have been no arrests as of Saturday night.

Obit: Charley Hallman, longtime Pioneer Press sportswriter

Charley Hallman, whose tenure with the St. Paul newspaper spanned from 1970 to 1997, died from cancer Thursday at an assisted-living center in Hopkins

Tree falls from river bluff onto pickup in SE. Minnesota; driver killed

The freak accident occurred about 8:40 a.m. Saturday on Hwy. 26, roughly 10 miles south of Brownsville in Houston County.

Man admits his gunfire struck 2 officers during shootout near Crookston

Protective vests spared injury to the two members of the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
Conditions ripe for flash flooding south of Twin Cities

Conditions ripe for flash flooding south of Twin Cities

The Twin Cities area is getting a wet but not wild.
UND trims nickname options

UND trims nickname options

Fifteen possibilities remain for the University of North Dakota’s new nickname, the one that will supplant the discarded Fighting Sioux label, which went down with…

2nd fine for Minnesota cattle operation, this time for polluting waters with manure

Manure discharges into a nearby stream put E. coli bacteria into tributaries that feed the “impaired” Crow Wing River.
Bloomington hotel says it was warned before panels crashed into lobby

Bloomington hotel says it was warned before panels crashed into lobby

Contractor expressed shock they were “still on the wall.”

Man shot dead in St. Cloud; victim opened market 4 years ago

The native of Guinea came to Minnesota to study at St. Cloud State University.
E-cig juice sends child nicotine poisonings soaring in Minnesota

E-cig juice sends child nicotine poisonings soaring in Minnesota

Young children in Minnesota are getting their hands on flavored juice used in e-cigarettes and poisoning themselves with nicotine at a troubling pace, state health officials said Wednesday.
Glen Taylor turns CEO role over to niece, stays Taylor Corp. chairman

Glen Taylor turns CEO role over to niece, stays Taylor Corp. chairman

Deb Taylor joined the company four-plus years ago from Liberty Mutual.
Temp of 92 is highest in Twin Cities since Sept. 2013

Temp of 92 is highest in Twin Cities since Sept. 2013

It might be just a number, but when it begins with a “9” in Minnesota, it’s worth noting whenever it…

4 dead in North Dakota home from suspected carbon monoxide leak

A propane-fueled water heater, being used to fill a large swimming pool, was improperly vented, authorities suspect.

Hit-and-run victim killed by motorcycle is identified

The man run over and killed in Minneapolis by a motorcyclist who fled the scene late last week has been identified. Louis D. Chargingbear, 56,…
June 8: 'Horrible idea,' says friend of U student killed in grain elevator fall

June 8: 'Horrible idea,' says friend of U student killed in grain elevator fall

Friend who was with U student when she fell to her death in grain elevator “very upset” by the incident.

Man killed by hit-and-run motorcyclist in Minneapolis is ID’d

The man run over and killed in Minneapolis by a motorcyclist who fled the scene late last week has been identified. Louis D. Chargingbear, 56,…

Man, 25, shot dead near Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis

Police investigators said shooting wasn’t random; 2 men seen fleeing area.
Bloomington hotel's facade panels fall, crash into lobby

Bloomington hotel's facade panels fall, crash into lobby

The entire building, listed online by the hotel as having 233 rooms, has been evacuated out of concern that more panels could fall. Current guests had to find other accommodations.
Blue algae on western Minnesota lake kills dog; kids warned to stay away

Blue algae on western Minnesota lake kills dog; kids warned to stay away

A specific type of algae in a western Minnesota lake is making dogs sick — one of them later died — and conservation officials say that children are particularly at risk of falling ill.
Woman falls to her death in abandoned Mpls. grain elevator

Woman falls to her death in abandoned Mpls. grain elevator

A woman fell to her death late at night while trespassing with two others in an abandoned Minneapolis grain elevator near the University of Minnesota,…
Now 44, man charged with killing elderly Iron Range woman in 1987

Now 44, man charged with killing elderly Iron Range woman in 1987

Authorities are crediting advances in forensic science for their ability to connect the suspect after all these years to two fingerprints left on a doorknob.

Waseca accountant gets 4½ years for stealing $1.6M from clients

“This defendant used his position as a certified public accountant to exploit his most vulnerable clients,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger said.

Minnesota psychologist loses license for having sex with student intern

He wooed the young woman with a bag of pornographic materials and a sex toy, according to the state board’s order.
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.

Driver dies after running off road in Grant and crashing into tree

The North St. Paul man hit a tree along Hwy. 96 in Washington County shortly before midnight.
Skateboarder wearing earbuds dies after hitting pickup in St. Paul

Skateboarder wearing earbuds dies after hitting pickup in St. Paul

The incident occurred about 8:40 p.m. Tuesday at Grand and Fairview avenues.

Man impaled in Golden Valley 'doing fine' after taking posts out himself

“The patient reached down and removed the fence posts himself after being instructed to leave them in place,” according to the Fire Department.
Grand Forks Wal-Mart shooter was drunk, police say; motive still a mystery

Grand Forks Wal-Mart shooter was drunk, police say; motive still a mystery

The Air Force airman had a blood alcohol content level of 0.19 percent when he entered the store on May 26 and started shooting.
Jesse Ventura's former home in Maple Grove is up for sale

Jesse Ventura's former home in Maple Grove is up for sale

The Maple Grove home once owned by former Gov. Jesse Ventura and occupied by his family is up for sale. The 5,100-square-foot residence backs up…

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.
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