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

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

A tentative date of May 30 was set for a trial to begin.

For first time, United to offer flights out of Rochester

The daily service starts in June and will fly to and from Chicago's O'Hare International 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.
Worst love songs? St. Thomas music faculty says avoid these on Valentine's Day

Worst love songs? St. Thomas music faculty says avoid these on Valentine's Day

Given that all are "deemed equally abominable," the St. Paul university declared in announcing the choices, "the songs are listed in a random jumble, like a sack of broken hearts."
Comedian Gaffigan, rocker Mellencamp to perform at State Fair

Comedian Gaffigan, rocker Mellencamp to perform at State Fair

Tickets for both shows go on sale Feb. 24.
Pair steal $12K diamond from Maplewood jeweler using bogus credit card

Pair steal $12K diamond from Maplewood jeweler using bogus credit card

Two still are at large with the loose, $12K stone after using fake credit card.

Snowmobile crash in N. Minnesota kills 59-year-old man

The wreck occurred about 20 miles south of Bagley, authorities said.
Prison for drunk driver who killed woman along road near Lake Mille Lacs

Prison for drunk driver who killed woman along road near Lake Mille Lacs

The blood alcohol level for William Sayers Jr. soon after the incident was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

6 suspects ages 19-23 jailed in woman's shooting death in Brooklyn Center hotel

A hotel worker found the woman on the floor in one of the rooms, police said.
2 NDSU students killed in I-94 crash in NW Minn.

2 NDSU students killed in I-94 crash in NW Minn.

A car occupied by three college students slid on a slick Minnesota interstate east of Fargo in a crash that killed the driver and a…

I-94 chase of repeat felon in W. Minn. tops 110 mph, ends with him nabbed with meth

Authorities say the suspect was driving on the wrong side of the road at times.
Middle-schoolers from Minnetonka earn trip to National Science Bowl in D.C.

Middle-schoolers from Minnetonka earn trip to National Science Bowl in D.C.

They came out on top from a field of 21 teams in the regional competition Saturday.

Abortion, immigration, race relations fuel Twin Cities protests set for Sat.

Demonstrations include dueling rallies at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.
Charges dropped against 2 who paddled canoe to watch Ryder Cup

Charges dropped against 2 who paddled canoe to watch Ryder Cup

The city of Chaska did not have the authority to make the lake off-limits, the attorney for the canoeists said. Trial was to have started this week.
Duluth cop's cellphone pic captures his windshield stare-down with owl

Duluth cop's cellphone pic captures his windshield stare-down with owl

Just before the bird flew off his squad car, a Duluth officer grabbed his cellphone and took a photo showing the stoic owl giving him a wide-eyed stare that is now making the rounds on social media.
Wells Fargo dropping coin-counting machines from lobbies in Minn.

Wells Fargo dropping coin-counting machines from lobbies in Minn.

The bank is following an industry trend, while U.S. Bank and TCF remain committed to offering the service in Minnesota.

Woman killed in fire near Cloquet is ID'd

The blaze was one of three last week in that part of Minnesota.
'I don't think he had any ego.' Colleagues remember Christensen

'I don't think he had any ego.' Colleagues remember Christensen

Known as the Voice of the Gophers, Christensen retired from full-time broadcasting in 1993, but continued doing Gophers football and basketball play-by-play until 2001.

Charges: Onetime Lake Minnetonka Association exec stole nearly $50K

Minnetonka Association contends that she wrote checks to herself.
Plea deal for former girls' soccer coach charged with having sex with boy

Plea deal for former girls' soccer coach charged with having sex with boy

Rebecca L. Noonan reaches deal in case involving 13-year-old.
7 years for Twin Cities man who illegally won $3M in government bids, bought fancy cars

7 years for Twin Cities man who illegally won $3M in government bids, bought fancy cars

Gerard Roy bilked Minneapolis, Met Council and other entities out of at least $3M in contracts.
Found: One of two hockey snipers who won a Harley at MOA

Found: One of two hockey snipers who won a Harley at MOA

Dominic Morris, who played under the bright lights of the boys State Hockey Tournament nearly 15 years ago for Elk River, claimed his motorcycle over the weekend.
Elk River product shoots and scores a Harley-Davidson

Elk River product shoots and scores a Harley-Davidson

We now know the identity of one of the two shooters whose hockey skills earned a sweet motorcycle ride over a stunned arcade game operator…

Charges: Teenager among suspects in violent, armed Ham Lake home invasion

One suspect had on a "scary clown" mask as the man and woman were robbed in the middle of the night.

3 house fires, 3 are dead in 3-day span in rural areas near Duluth

Authorities have yet to offer preliminary indications of what started the blazes.
Downtown Minneapolis plaza to host polar plunge next week

Downtown Minneapolis plaza to host polar plunge next week

The fundraiser on the U.S. Bank Plaza will benefit Special Olympics.

Shakopee care facility blamed after resident drinks detergent, dies

The resident of the memory care provider was known to take food and drinks from the kitchen.
Jurors award $28.6M to woman paralyzed in crash with Ely school bus

Jurors award $28.6M to woman paralyzed in crash with Ely school bus

Her attorney calls the judgment of such a large amount "very rare in greater Minnesota." However, there is doubt the full total will ever be paid out.

Abuse report: Care center resident was posed as cocaine user in video

City attorney is reviewing the allegations for possible criminal charges. Facility said if fired the workers involved.

Man carjacked in Hopkins, robbed; suspect leaves coat, hat in car

Police are hoping anyone with information will reach out.
Authorities: Girl, 14, killed her dad with stabbing to chest in north Minneapolis

Authorities: Girl, 14, killed her dad with stabbing to chest in north Minneapolis

Christopher L. Hoskins Sr. was the father of eight children, according to a niece. "It's unbelievable," one relative says.
Charges: Predatory offender commits multiple sex assaults an hour apart in S. Mpls.

Charges: Predatory offender commits multiple sex assaults an hour apart in S. Mpls.

Stephen L. Blanks left prison in late October after being convicted of two sex attacks roughly 15 minutes apart.
Maplewood man convicted of stealing $1.7M from Hmong elders in homeland scam

Maplewood man convicted of stealing $1.7M from Hmong elders in homeland scam

He promised 10 acres and a house in new homeland.

Charge: Man killed in Minneapolis garage was beaten, stabbed in neck

Victim found in a pool of blood in his garage.
Twin Cities earplug maker's pitch not in tune with 'Shark Tank' panel

Twin Cities earplug maker's pitch not in tune with 'Shark Tank' panel

Vibe, designed to protect the hearing of concertgoers, drew one offer. The startup's founder declined.
35-year term for Iron Range man who fatally shot ex-girlfriend with deer rifle

35-year term for Iron Range man who fatally shot ex-girlfriend with deer rifle

The man, admitting he was jealous, shot the 49-year-old woman from about 60 feet away as she stood outside with her new boyfriend.
Jan. 31: Ready to celebrate its rebirth, Madelia grapples with tragic shooting

Jan. 31: Ready to celebrate its rebirth, Madelia grapples with tragic shooting

One of three people in the car was fatally shot by the southern Minnesota homeowner, who told police he fired a handgun at the vehicle as it tried to leave his driveway.
Gunfire hits home of Dakota County sheriff; he says he wasn't being targeted

Gunfire hits home of Dakota County sheriff; he says he wasn't being targeted

The three people in the home were not harmed, the sheriff said.

2-vehicle crash south of Hastings kills both drivers

The collision occurred at an intersection along Hwy. 61.
After 25 days, Blaine woman realizes she has $1 million lottery ticket

After 25 days, Blaine woman realizes she has $1 million lottery ticket

The prize winner cut short her hair appointment to claim her winnings.
Family of Eden Prairie teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues Edina dentist

Family of Eden Prairie teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues Edina dentist

The "negligent and dangerous" actions of an Edina oral surgeon killed an Eden Prairie teenager as she was undergoing routine wisdom teeth extraction, the girl's family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in Hennepin County District Court.
Twin Cities airport posts near-record passenger traffic in 2016

Twin Cities airport posts near-record passenger traffic in 2016

Last year's total fell just short of eclipsing the record in 2005.
Charges: Killer of Eagan woman and her fetus was baby's father

Charges: Killer of Eagan woman and her fetus was baby's father

He stabbed her in the neck with a pocket knife, severing her carotid artery, according to the criminal complaint.

Ohioan gets 5 years for illegal kickbacks on MN foreign farm workers

The owner of the Minnesota farm was given a 6-month prison term and has arranged for at least $770,000 in restitution.
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