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Police: Teen kidnaps woman at knife point outside Brooklyn Park grocery, tries to rape her

She got away and called 911, police said. Suspect remains at large.
Ethny Schuett

The write stuff: Hopkins kindergartner wins national handwriting contest

Charter school student did well from A to Z: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog."
A natural gas leak took a large chunk out of Minnehaha Academy last summer.

Survivors of woman killed in Minnehaha Academy blast settle suit

Details of the settlement are not disclosed in explosion that killed two and injured nine.
David and Elizabeth Weinlick were married at the Mall of America in 1998 after David's friends chose Elizabeth from among women who entered a contest

Groom whose pals picked his bride for instant Mall of America wedding dies

Colon cancer claims Weinlick. He and wife married in 1998 and had four children.

Powerball drawing yields $1M prize in Minnesota; N.J. ticket wins $315M

Saturday's multistate Powerball drawing yielded a jackpot winner on the East Coast and a $1 million not-so-small consolation prize in Minnesota, Minnesota Lottery officials announced…
Andre A. Duprey

Mental illness defense wins acquittal for St. Paul man who killed girlfriend

Defendant will be transferred to St. Peter psychiatric hospital.
John Gammell

15 years in prison for 'hacker-for-hire' defendant who targeted govt. agencies in Minn.

His targets included business rivals and government agencies and schools in Minnesota.
Jordan D. Washington

Man, 19, shot in car outside Richfield apartments has died; no arrests

Police said they are "still developing suspect information and a motive."
Troy Traut, left, and Jacob Larson

Charges: 3rd provocation was deadly for firefighter beaten outside Minn. bar

Video from bar in Forada shows suspects trying to provoke a fight before the attack led them outside.
Blake A. Lindahl

Dealer sent to prison for supplying fatal heroin dose to Oakdale man

"The opiate crisis in this country has claimed another victim," County Attorney Pete Orput said in a statement.
Provided by Camden, S.C., police.This surveillance image is from a hospital in Iowa on Monday showing the Rays with their girl.

S.C. girl, 2, found safe in Iowa; meth-using parents, spotted in Minn., arrested

Police say parents were arrested.
Jessica and William Ray

Police hunt enters Minnesota for parents who fled South Carolina with 2½-year-old

The child was given to the couple by a relative who had custody, police said.
Melissa Coleman, Samuels' grandmother hugged grandson Kemarion Prowell,11, who was outside when 7-year-old Keyaris Samuels shot himself. Samuels was h

Plymouth boy shot himself with loaded gun found in box, police say

Keyaris Samuels died Wednesday in an accidental shooting that Plymouth Police Chief Mike Goldstein said was preventable.
Four people were on the 24-foot sailboat when it hit the bridge.

Wind slams sailboat into Duluth lift bridge, chopping mast in half

Those aboard remained so during the brief drama, which included a strong current.
Steven Hlinsky

Authorities believe they know suspects in fatal beating of firefighter

Court filings also spell out what triggered the late-night attack.
A major online travel site has joined the chorus singing the praises of Minneapolis as a must-visit for vacationers.

Minneapolis wins more big-time praise as a vacation destination

Expedia points to the city's friendliness, dining and "beautiful natural surroundings."
Police Chief Todd Axtell, left, and officer Frank Judge pulled the woman to safety as officer Gao Vang moved in to assist.

St. Paul police chief, officer grab suicidal woman from bridge

A similar scenario unfolded on the same bridge last summer.
An SUV ended up on its side when it was struck by a car at an intersection in Waconia last week. Both vehicles' occupants had been out that day playin

Nerf Wars car crash ends action game for hundreds of Waconia students

Superintendent pleads with parents to step in before someone is badly injured or worse.
Olaf Pearson Lofquist

82 years later, DNR officer's death in line of duty to be recognized

Olaf Lofquist's name will be read during Tuesday's annual vigil in St. Paul.
Patricia A. Johnston

Woman's fentanyl overdose in N. Mankato prompts murder charge against alleged dealer

The powerfully addictive synthetic opioid fentanyl killed a southern Minnesota woman in her apartment, and the man accused of selling it to her has been charged with murder.

Teen rolls pickup in western Wisconsin, is thrown to his death

The Sheriff's Office said the driver did not have on his seat belt.
The name of Wayzata Police Officer William Mathews is etched into the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Wayzata officer's death to be avenged in court; honors planned in D.C., St. Paul

Family to attend Friday sentencing for driver, then ceremonies for fallen officers.
Kuarin Lind

Charges: Hoarder admits starving 4 pets to death in Anoka County home

The house in the upscale neighborhood had garbage everywhere and smelled from animal carcasses, charges say.
Decades-old remains of a mummified monkey were found by crews working in Minneapolis on the massive renovation of the historic downtown Dayton’s bui

'Dayton's Monkey' will go on public display at Science Museum

The skeletal remains discovered during remodeling will be put on display in the museum's lobby.
Donna Bastyr

Charge: Woman in Bloomington sober living quarters was drunk when she killed roommate

The victim was beaten with a dumbbell and ceramic bowl, strangled with an electrical cord, according to authorities.
Lannon L. Burdunice

40-year term for drug dealer who murdered would-be buyer in Brooklyn Center

The victim was shot in front of his girlfriend during robbery, according to prosecutors.
The bank’s attorney declined to comment, and company spokesman John Hobot said, “We are aware of the complaint and cannot comment further at this

Suit: Wells Fargo endangered Minn. family in victim protection program

Bank wrongly sent mail addressed to family at their secret residence, suit says.

Probation for priest who had sexual contact with woman during mass in home

If he follows terms of probation, the conviction will be erased from his record.
Frank and Mae Gifford’s sons, from left, Quentin, Earl and Harold. Quentin was killed at Pearl Harbor in 1941. A DNA project helped identify his rem

Recently ID'd remains of sailor killed at Pearl Harbor coming home to Minnesota

DNA from three siblings helped confirm the identity of the sailor from Mankato.
Ray “Menards Guy” Szmanda

Ray 'Save Big Money!' Szmanda, who embraced his Midwest fame, dies at 91

Ray Szmanda, for decades the enthusiastic television pitchman for the Menards home improvement chain, has died, his family said Monday.Szmanda died Sunday at his home…
Ryan Larson

Appeals court rules in favor of media that named suspect in killing of Cold Spring cop

Attorney plans appeal in Cold Springs-related case.
Two bald eagles locked talons in a likely mating ritual and needed the help of sheriff’s deputies in western Wisconsin to be separated.

Unlucky in love: Humans free 2 eagles locked by their talons in western Wisconsin

Sheriff's deputies came to the rescue; one eagle flew off, but the other was injured and taken to the Raptor Center.

2 die in fiery single-vehicle crash near Anoka County intersection

A speeding car crashed into a concrete utility pole in Coon Rapids and caught fire, killing the two adults inside, authorities said Sunday.

Armed suspects in masks hold up Brooklyn Center bank, flee in SUV with no plates

No arrests have been announced since the heist Friday.
Joshua T. Moist

Charges: Shooter at Delano school bus lot was avenging cousin's fatal OD

However, authorities say gunman was wrong to think his target was to blame for the overdose.
Braden Riess gave an interview to “Inside Edition.”

Lois Riess' son: 'Something happened in her brain that made her snap'

"I just felt really bad for my mom. I felt like she was alone and desperate," Braden Riess said.
Minnesota Zoo dolphin Semo came up to the glass for a close up for three-year-old Cipactli Acosta on Monday, May 14, 2012 in Apple Valley, Minn. The M

Semo the dolphin, longtime Minnesota Zoo favorite, dies at 54

Semo came to the Six Flags park in Vallejo in 2012 from Apple Valley.

Charges: Central Minnesota school speech coach set up phone to try to record 2 girls undressing

The teens saw the cellphone in the room before they started undressing; felony charges filed.

Duluth restaurant owners admit using 'zapper' software to steal $290K in sales tax revenue

Software stripped items from cash transactions, allowing business to underreport sales.
Left: Lee A. Lenoir; Right: Javed M. Mobin

Two women raped by strangers at light-rail stations, charges say

Both attacks were caught on video, helping police make arrests.
Kristie J. Steinke

Man admits fatally beating another man under I-394 overpass in a fit of jealousy

The killing occurred in a homeless encampment in downtown Minneapolis.
Bill's Gun Shop & Range was targeted for burglary in the middle of the night.

Burglars target two Twin Cities gun shops in overnight break-ins

Two Twin Cities gun shops were targeted for burglary in the middle of the night, and the owner of the second business said Sunday that…
Emmanuel Seekie

Guilty plea could mean no prison for drunken driver who killed other motorist in Fridley

Deal offers a chance for him to serve time in treatment, avoid prison.
Deoloris Dunn was Minneapolis’ first black female police officer. She died in January never knowing who killed her daughter more than 30 years ago.

Pioneering Mpls. cop's recent death revives look into her daughter's unsolved 1987 killing

Police say technological advances could lead to answers in fatal shooting.
Richard Painter talked with staff before walking into a press conference to announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate as a Democrat.

Prominent Trump critic Painter to seek U.S. Senate as Democrat

Richard Painter will take on Tina Smith, who holds the seat now as Al Franken's successor.

Park Nicollet pharmacist stole 20,000 doses, charges say

A onetime Twin Cities pharmacist has been charged with stealing roughly 20,000 doses of addictive drugs over several years for his own use, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office announced.
Dee McKinnies, who later married Jim Dunn, is shown here in 1976, when she another female officer became Minneapolis' first all-female patrol tandem.

Obituary: Minneapolis' 1st black female cop endured indignities from others on force

Dee Dunn, who died at age 74, was honored by her family and the law enforcement community during a service Saturday in St. Paul.
Jennifer Lovering

April snowstorm claims life of Twin Cities driver who was digging car out of median when hit

She was a standout student-athlete at the Minneapolis college where she earned her degree.

Boy dies month after family's van strays, hits semi head-on in C. Minnesota

The collision occurred near Paynesville.
Elizabeth Perrault

Blood detected on floor in home of Burnsville woman found dead in icy pond

Police called the case "unexplained and highly suspicious."
Federal health officials have a national immunization campaign going on this week.

Same infected traveler exposed public to measles in Minnesota, Wis., Iowa

The exposure incidents spanned a Friday through a Monday in mid-April.
This SUV caught fire Wednesday afternoon in Eden Prairie.

Van catches fire on Hwy. 5 in Eden Prairie, killing driver

Trail of debris suggests it rolled along in distress for quite some time.

Unbelted driver dies in rollover crash near Brainerd

The crash occurred while the pickup was exiting the highway, the patrol said.
FILE - This March 20, 2016, file photo shows Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash. Oregon child welfare offici

Years of abuse allegations gathered on Oregon parents who drove over ocean cliff with kids

Six incidents were alleged against Jennifer and Sarah Hart when they lived in Minnesota with their 6 adopted children.
Beverly Burrell

A third murder conviction for notorious Twin Cities heroin dealer

Maplewood woman found guilty in St. Cloud Marine's fatal overdose.
Gretchen Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, will host a new documentary series on Lifetime.

Gretchen Carlson to host TV series built around #MeToo movement

Along with her own experience, the project will also focus on "inspirational stories of everyday Americans."
Mashawn L. Moore, John A. Davis and Marshawn D. Winston

Prison for driver who took accomplices to McDonald's after Mpls. murder

The men were driving around looking for someone to rob, according to the prosecution, and stopped at a nearby McDonald's soon after the slaying.
Richard Jay Hogan

Charges: 2 men sexually assault woman leaving downtown Mpls. bar

A man with a long criminal history has been charged with the sexual assault of a woman outside a downtown Minneapolis bar that was recorded…
Thieves in Minnesota and Wisconsin have been illegally cutting birch trees in hopes of making a quick buck for logs and limbs that have become a hot c

Iron Range man admits illegally cutting down hundreds of birch trees

An Iron Range man will pay a fine and restitution for cutting down and stealing roughly 1,200 birch trees from state land in northern Minnesota.…

Late-night highway crash near northern Minnesota resort kills 2, injures 2 others

The Sheriff's Office has not revealed which of the four in the vehicle was driving.
A small fire broke out late Saturday at this downtown Minneapolis post office.

Late-night fire closes Loring Station post office in downtown Minneapolis

Station will be closed during repairs.

ID'd: Motorcyclist who hit car that pulled into his path in south metro and died

The crash occurred in southern Dakota County over the weekend.
Mark Dayton called BS on Republican criticism of his tax plan.

WCCO bleeps Dayton's retort on live radio to GOP critics of his tax plan

Gov. Mark Dayton won't be given a Good Neighbor Award from WCCO Radio for his live on-air word choice when he responded to GOP criticism of his tax plan.
Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken looks over at his wife Franni and thanked her for always being at his side at an event, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in Minn

Forum 'privileged' to host Franken's first public appearance since he resigned

He will address a cybersecurity conference in Lisbon in May.
Wayzata police officer Bill Mathews with wife Shawn and son Wyatt.

Plea deal with prison time for unlicensed driver who hit, killed Wayzata cop

The crash last year was the latest in a long string of driving violations by the Mound woman, now in prison on a drug conviction.
William L. Hillman

Charges: Mentally ill man taken in by Minn. family kills woman, her son

It appears that the victims lost their lives because they "were kind enough to let someone into their lives."
Peter Berge

No charge for attorney who fatally ran over St. Paul runner

City attorney says no to filing a misdemeanor case, but runner's attorney says, "I've got the lawsuit drafted."
This artist rendering shows what Park Nicollet intends for the Mann Theaters building to look like upon taking over the structure.

Mann Theatres in St. Louis Park will soon close for good, as will Bruegger's next door

Park Nicollet is taking over the space, the property's landlord said.
Sterling V. Smith

Man charged with assaulting bus driver in north Mpls. after false racial accusation

The defendant's girlfriend had accused the driver of making racial comments; video reveals none, according to the charges.
Dalton McFadzen, 21, and Denise McFadzen, 42, were victims of “homicidal violence” Tuesday in a rural home near Perham, Minn., according to the Ot

Double murder mystery: Mom, son ID'd as victims in rural Minnesota killings; man jailed

Authorities have yet to say what led to the killings; suspect has yet to be charged.
Hussain Saeed Alnahdi

Mpls. man acquitted of murder, guilty of battery in killing of UW-Stout exchange student

The defense claimed self-defense during the trial in western Wisconsin.
Dalton McFadzen, 21, and Denise McFadzen, 42, were victims of “homicidal violence” Tuesday in a rural home near Perham, Minn., according to the Ot

2 people killed in Otter Tail County home; suspect arrested

The victims were found before dawn in a home near Perham.
The fate of Lois Riess has kept the town of Blooming Prairie, Minn., on edge. “It’s what we talk about,” one local said.

For Blooming Prairie, murder manhunt leaves few answers

The Minnesota hometown of murder suspect Lois Riess can only guess what led to two killings, and residents are trying to make sense of it all.
Nelson G. Soto-Lopez

Maximum sentence for Blaine man who fatally beat girlfriend's toddler

The killer of the 21-month-old will serve the first 19½ years in prison, then go on supervised release.
Patrons of this party bus clashed, and one of its passengers was shot and killed.

Teen on run after Dakota County party bus killing is captured

Authorities are still trying to figure out who fired the fatal shot.
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