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Police: Driver on pot hits 2 cars in Bloomington, severs man's legs

One car was helping "jump" the other.
Rash of heroin overdoses claims woman's life on White Earth Reservation

Rash of heroin overdoses claims woman's life on White Earth Reservation

The four overdoses occurred late last week, according to authorities.
Charges: Gunman hits small plane with gunfire in NW Minnesota

Charges: Gunman hits small plane with gunfire in NW Minnesota

The shooter said he was fighting terrorism, according to felony charges.

Twin Cities chiropractor convicted of $3M scheme to cheat insurance providers

Two co-defendants also were convicted in first of several such federal trials.
Charge: Faribault man raised $22,000 off fake cancer claim

Charge: Faribault man raised $22,000 off fake cancer claim

Felony charge says he swindled donors out of more than $22,000.
Burnsville teen died of natural causes, not alcohol, while visiting NDSU

Burnsville teen died of natural causes, not alcohol, while visiting NDSU

Devin Delaney, a 17-year-old Burnsville High School student, died of a medical condition with his heart during a weekend visit to friends at NDSU.
Driver admits role in rolling feud that ended in fatal Minneapolis crash

Driver admits role in rolling feud that ended in fatal Minneapolis crash

He and another motorist were speeding down a residential street when the other driver ran a red light.
Arbitrator reverses firing of Stillwater prison warden

Arbitrator reverses firing of Stillwater prison warden

Steve Hammer was ousted after allegations of sexually explicit e-mails with an ex-employee and bullying.
Big funeral turnout expected for EMT killed in crash on Twin Cities interstate

Big funeral turnout expected for EMT killed in crash on Twin Cities interstate

Marina DeSteno Challeen aspired to be a doctor.
Key witnesses disappear: Overdose murder case against Twin Cities 'Vampire' tossed

Key witnesses disappear: Overdose murder case against Twin Cities 'Vampire' tossed

Case could be revived 'if we locate our witnesses later,' county attorney's office says.

ATV rider with no helmet crashes near Duluth and dies

The man was found at the scene unconscious and with severe head injuries, authorities said.

Mississippi Dunes golf course up for sale, being pitched for housing

The 185-acre tract along the Mississippi River in Cottage Grove went up for sale at $10 million about two weeks ago.
Former Canadian Pacific tech worker convicted of damaging the company's IT system

Former Canadian Pacific tech worker convicted of damaging the company's IT system

Jurors in Minneapolis convicted a former technology worker at Canadian Pacific of purposely damaging the railway's computer network shortly after his forced resignation kicked in.
Family dog helps patrol chopper find toddler in Minnesota cornfield

Family dog helps patrol chopper find toddler in Minnesota cornfield

Police helicopter's heat-seeking device picked up the dog's movements.
Despite 27 DWIs, how did Danny Bettcher get a license?

Despite 27 DWIs, how did Danny Bettcher get a license?

Danny Lee Bettcher had a valid driver's license when he got his 28th DWI.
Sale of 'Mary Tyler Moore' house in Mpls. closes far below original list price

Sale of 'Mary Tyler Moore' house in Mpls. closes far below original list price

The identity of the buyer of television's "Mary Tyler Moore" house between Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake has been disclosed — sort of.
Pop star Pink books Xcel Energy Center for March concert

Pop star Pink books Xcel Energy Center for March concert

Grammy-winning pop star Pink brings her 40-date tour to the Twin Cities, with the Xcel Energy Center booked for March 12, organizers announced Thursday.
Small plane crashes in Eden Prairie parking lot, killing pilot

Small plane crashes in Eden Prairie parking lot, killing pilot

A small airplane crashed in a church parking lot shortly after leaving Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, killing the pilot. Law enforcement is asking that motorists stay clear of the area.
DWI charges: Driver who killed other motorist in Fridley tried to thwart police at scene

DWI charges: Driver who killed other motorist in Fridley tried to thwart police at scene

The defendant made it difficult for law enforcement to assess his degree of intoxication, according to the criminal complaint. Authorities name victim.

Edina teacher, ex-coach accused of accessing child porn for years

He allegedly admitted to possessing, distributing porn and is on paid leave.
Exchange Building in St. Paul sold, will become boutique hotel

Exchange Building in St. Paul sold, will become boutique hotel

A century-old office building at a prime downtown St. Paul corner, with a music conservatory as its major tenant, has been sold and will become…
Western Minnesota man arrested for 28th DWI

Western Minnesota man arrested for 28th DWI

"I'm way over," the latest charges against the 64-year-old man read. "Take me to jail."
Brooklyn Park man seeks police's help, charged with killing roommate

Brooklyn Park man seeks police's help, charged with killing roommate

The two had been drinking before the victim was fatally stabbed, according to authorities.
Minneapolis woman dies after being set on fire during dispute

Minneapolis woman dies after being set on fire during dispute

A man set a woman ablaze in a northeast Minneapolis duplex Thursday in what police are saying is a domestic dispute that has killed the victim and left the suspect in critical condition.

90 days in jail for Eagan day care provider in brain injury of 1-year-old

The mother of four has maintained her innocence from the start and had dozens of letters written to the judge on her behalf.

Brooklyn Park man killed by his roommate; suspect arrested

The body with "obvious signs of trauma" was discovered by police late Tuesday morning.

Voyageurs boater was drinking when his passenger fell into water, died, charges say

The boater is charged with criminal vehicular homicide.

Motorist suspected of DWI hits Amish buggy in NW Minn.; rider killed

After-dark crash kills Amish woman, injures her brother.
Drunken mom allegedly veers off Minn. road with 5 kids, breast-feeds baby

Drunken mom allegedly veers off Minn. road with 5 kids, breast-feeds baby

The driver, with no valid license, has three drunken-driving convictions on her record in the past 10 years.
Charges say driver in NW Minn. had 0.23 BAC when he hit Amish buggy, killing rider

Charges say driver in NW Minn. had 0.23 BAC when he hit Amish buggy, killing rider

The buggy driver was injured, and the horse had to be put down.

Patrol: Teen runs stop sign in Meeker County, kills woman in minivan

The crash occurred after dark at a rural intersection; both teens in the car were injured.

Woman steps into road west of Bemidji, is hit and killed

The collision occurred about 7:45 p.m. Tuesday on Hwy. 2, according to the State Patrol.

Defiant, topless woman carried out of Loons game, charged with indecent exposure

The 23-year-old woman recorded video of the incident, according to the criminal complaint. "I don't remember a whole lot about what happened," she said.
U economics prof who failed to file state tax returns gets workhouse

U economics prof who failed to file state tax returns gets workhouse

She will end up paying nearly $111,000 in restitution; employment status at the university is unclear.
Lake Superior scuba diver died despite lifesaving efforts by his group

Lake Superior scuba diver died despite lifesaving efforts by his group

The man, from New Hope, went under at a popular shipwreck site off the North Shore.
DNR estimates surge in wolf population in Minnesota

DNR estimates surge in wolf population in Minnesota

The number of wolves in northeast Minnesota jumped 25 percent in the past year, most likely because deer, their favorite prey, saw a similar increase in population.

12 days in jail for caregiver who taunted Lino Lakes patient, threatened to burn her

Twelve days in jail is the sentence for a onetime Lino Lakes care center employee who was caught on cellphone video taunting a patient about…

Roseville police chasing 'active leads' in shooting death; victim ID'd

The victim was found shot on the grass next to an apartment complex; no arrests have been made.
Man admits fatally choking girlfriend's brother in her New Brighton home

Man admits fatally choking girlfriend's brother in her New Brighton home

The attack continued until police were at the door.

Man from north of Twin Cities dies in S.D. crash; no seat belt worn

The rollover occurred late Saturday morning in southwestern South Dakota.
Jesse Ventura questions need for national anthem at games

Jesse Ventura questions need for national anthem at games

The former Minnesota governor weighs in after being prodded by a tweet from President Trump.
Missing insulin-dependent Crystal woman, 88, is located

Missing insulin-dependent Crystal woman, 88, is located

Police wanted calls to 911 from anyone with information about the woman's whereabouts.
No jail for ex-Champlin Park High coach who sexually assaulted boy, 13

No jail for ex-Champlin Park High coach who sexually assaulted boy, 13

The felony conviction would also be dismissed if she abides by probation requirements.

Brooklyn Park man charged in rapes 3 weeks apart turns himself in

The 22-year-old suspect walked into Brooklyn Center police HQ and surrendered.
Most crimes in Minnesota go unreported, state survey reveals

Most crimes in Minnesota go unreported, state survey reveals

Bank and credit card fraud is very common but rarely is reported, the findings from the 2016 showed.
Boat driver suspected of being drunk when passenger thrown to his death in Voyageurs

Boat driver suspected of being drunk when passenger thrown to his death in Voyageurs

The boat hit a wake, sending the victim overboard, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Topgolf closes Twin Cities land deal for glitzy, high-tech all-season center

Topgolf closes Twin Cities land deal for glitzy, high-tech all-season center

The site of a Regal Cinema theater in Brooklyn Center will be turned into a glitzy, high-tech all-season golf center that's expected to open next year and employ several hundred people.
Plea deal sheds murder charge against Minneapolis drug seller whose buyer overdosed

Plea deal sheds murder charge against Minneapolis drug seller whose buyer overdosed

The sentence calls for a year in the workhouse and five years' probation.
Man charged with groping U student on street suspected of similar incidents

Man charged with groping U student on street suspected of similar incidents

The suspect, still at large, has been showing signs of "escalating nonconsensual behavior," according to the criminal complaint.
Aspiring Minneapolis rapper dies 1 day after his birthday; no arrests

Aspiring Minneapolis rapper dies 1 day after his birthday; no arrests

A woman also was shot and survived the gunfire from last week in south Minneapolis.
Crystal police view viral video of 'unprovoked attack' on disabled teen; arrest made

Crystal police view viral video of 'unprovoked attack' on disabled teen; arrest made

The slapping and kicking of the victim occurred outside Target store.

Charges say Brooklyn Park man raped women 3 weeks apart, has yet to turn himself in

Police said attacks took place three weeks apart; suspect remains at large.
25-year term for gunman who killed man sitting in car in state park near Albert Lea

25-year term for gunman who killed man sitting in car in state park near Albert Lea

The shooter's wife and their baby daughter were at the scene when the killing occurred.
80-year-old missing all night from S. Minnesota care center is found alive

80-year-old missing all night from S. Minnesota care center is found alive

He was located in Kenyon midafternoon Sunday and was receiving medical attention.
State Fair fast out of gate locking up its first grandstand act for 2018

State Fair fast out of gate locking up its first grandstand act for 2018

Former member of One Direction will take the stage on the opening night of next year's fair.
NAACP laments wounded St. Kate's security officer lying about black gunman

NAACP laments wounded St. Kate's security officer lying about black gunman

NAACP says officer's false shooter story is rooted in years of racism in U.S.
Ex-NHLer from Twin Cities, part of concussion suit, has died at 53

Ex-NHLer from Twin Cities, part of concussion suit, has died at 53

The longtime partner of Jeff Parker, who skated in high school for White Bear Lake, said his brain will be examined for evidence of damage.
Man dies after suspected drunken driver hits building

Man dies after suspected drunken driver hits building

Several other people also were injured when a suspected drunken driver crashed a pickup through a wall and traveled 30 to 40 feet inside a building on the northwest edge of the Twin Cities.

Twins switch to Carmichael Lynch as marketing partner

The change ends the team's partnership with Minneapolis-based Periscope.
Woman whose outburst forced airliner to return to MSP gets probation

Woman whose outburst forced airliner to return to MSP gets probation

The plane returned to MSP 75 minutes after it left.

Sibley County driver killed when pickup hits building

The vehicle veered across a highway before crashing, authorities said.
Charges: Suspected drunken driver rams into Zimmerman business; 2 critically hurt

Charges: Suspected drunken driver rams into Zimmerman business; 2 critically hurt

The pickup truck's driver has two drunken-driving convictions on his record.

Driver possibly suffered seizure before fatally hitting St. Louis Park apartment building

The damage to the Excelsior Boulevard apartment left it uninhabitable, police said.
Wayzata officer killed on Hwy. 12 served with dignity, pride, wife says

Wayzata officer killed on Hwy. 12 served with dignity, pride, wife says

Bail of $500,000 is requested for the motorist charged with striking and killing a Wayzata police officer with her vehicle last week, as his family and chief mourn the beloved officer.
Benilde, St. John's U grad blasts into space

Benilde, St. John's U grad blasts into space

Astronaut Mark Vande Hei reached the International Space Station, which he will call home for nearly 6 months.
BCA finishes Damond probe, presents case to prosecutor

BCA finishes Damond probe, presents case to prosecutor

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman has said he anticipates making a decision by the end of the year.
Charges: Driver who fatally hit Wayzata cop was on phone, drugs

Charges: Driver who fatally hit Wayzata cop was on phone, drugs

"What have I done?" said the driver, according to a motorist who stopped at the scene.

Police: Rift over drugs set stage for driver running over 6 in Mankato

The suspect fled but was quickly captured south of Mankato.

Repeat felon suspected in Mpls. shooting death of man found in crashed vehicle

The suspect has a lengthy criminal history that includes several convictions for burglary.

Freight train fatally hits Minnesota driver in North Dakota, drags his truck for a mile

The pickup driver was dead at the scene. His identity has yet to be released.
Year in workhouse for driver who was high when she killed noted Mpls. poet

Year in workhouse for driver who was high when she killed noted Mpls. poet

An Indiana driver who was high on cocaine when she caused a collision that killed a community advocate and artist was sentence to a year in the Hennepin County workhouse.
ID'd: Woman killed in 6-vehicle crash on Hwy. 169

ID'd: Woman killed in 6-vehicle crash on Hwy. 169

The semi hit one vehicle, kept going and hit another, the patrol said.

Lino Lakes caregiver pleads guilty to threatening to set client on fire

A second caregiver also has been charged.
Police: Alexandria teen was held for weeks, sexually assaulted before she swam to freedom

Police: Alexandria teen was held for weeks, sexually assaulted before she swam to freedom

Three men who are under arrest have yet to be charged.

At least eight die in Minn. motorcycle crashes, with latest closing Hwy. 55 near Rosemount

Two of the fatalities involved motorcyclists fleeing Twin Cities law enforcement.
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