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I-35W in Burnsville reopens after overnight fatal crash investigation

Traffic is flowing again on northbound I-35W in Burnsville after the freeway was shut down for nearly three hours following a fatal crash early Thursday.

Mpls. Police ID both people hit by gunfire near downtown; man shot in stomach

The two showed up at HCMC in what turned out to be a stolen vehicle taken from the airport; no arrests yet.
Usher, Sam Hunt added to State Fair grandstand lineup

Usher, Sam Hunt added to State Fair grandstand lineup

Tickets for both acts go on sale May 5.
State: Chaska nursing home negligence killed resident who fell into 155-degree laundry water

State: Chaska nursing home negligence killed resident who fell into 155-degree laundry water

Staff had a habit of propping open a laundry room door; resident fell into a catch basin and was severely burned.
Mpls. park police ask for help in finding U student who went into Mississippi River

Mpls. park police ask for help in finding U student who went into Mississippi River

A man with him went over the falls and survived, according to park police.
Ice and snow close Duluth schools; Twin Cities area gets chilling rain

Ice and snow close Duluth schools; Twin Cities area gets chilling rain

Northern Minnesota could see up to 5 inches.
40 years for abusive Maplewood husband who fatally shot wife in head

40 years for abusive Maplewood husband who fatally shot wife in head

The defendant had threatened to kill his wife and her children, according to prosecutors.
Off-duty cop who stopped terror attack in St. Cloud mall wins officer of the year

Off-duty cop who stopped terror attack in St. Cloud mall wins officer of the year

Avon, Minn., officer Jason Falconer was honored by the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.

Police hunt for suspect in Easter Sunday sex assault in downtown St. Paul ramp

The woman was sleeping on the sixth floor, having missed her curfew at a shelter, police said.
Earthquake? Controlled blast at Mankato quarry shakes up the city

Earthquake? Controlled blast at Mankato quarry shakes up the city

Vibrations were detected as far away as Rochester; quarry operations have been suspended.

Sauk Rapids police ID motorcyclist killed in crash

A 51-year-old man has been identified as the motorcyclist who died in a crash in central Minnesota. Kraig A. Menke crashed late Friday afternoon while…
Driver with revoked license admits fatally hitting friend at drinking party near Austin

Driver with revoked license admits fatally hitting friend at drinking party near Austin

Nathan Brooks pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide and is expected to serve a few years in prison.
Goodhue County swingers charged with assaulting teen in 'sex room'

Goodhue County swingers charged with assaulting teen in 'sex room'

The couple stocked the room with various sex toys and bondage devices, according to the charges.
Crystal police say vulnerable adult has been located, is safe

Crystal police say vulnerable adult has been located, is safe

Crystal police said Tuesday afternoon that the search for a missing vulnerable adult has ended with him being located and safe. Before his return, Leo…
Driver killed when he struck tree in St. Paul during pursuit is ID'd

Driver killed when he struck tree in St. Paul during pursuit is ID'd

The driver has been convicted of several crimes and had two warrants out for his arrest at the time of the crash.
Boater missing since late-night mishap on St. Croix River turns up alive

Boater missing since late-night mishap on St. Croix River turns up alive

Lawyer tells authorities man is fine; no reason for absence is provided.
Sad ending for injured eagle rescued by trooper

Sad ending for injured eagle rescued by trooper

The trooper saved one eagle and later released it. This time the injuries were too severe.
Honor guard on duty at MSP for dive team member killed during search

Honor guard on duty at MSP for dive team member killed during search

North Dakota native killed on a dive team mission got a local honor guard Sunday.

Authorities ID man killed in Moorhead house fire

Son tells Forum of Fargo that his father was an avid clock collector.

Autopsy results pending after Savage police find unresponsive 3-month-old in home

CPR efforts by a family member and then emergency responders fail to save girl's life.
75,000 ladybugs being released inside Mall of America for Earth Day

75,000 ladybugs being released inside Mall of America for Earth Day

The insects are being released by kids on Thursday and will perform as a natural pesticide.
Man fatally shot in RV in Vadnais Height had disarmed deputy

Man fatally shot in RV in Vadnais Height had disarmed deputy

BCA identifies the four officers involved. Darren Jahnke called the camper home; a head injury led to him falling on hard times, his ex-wife said.
Motorist who shot Metro Mobility passenger is sentenced to 15 years

Motorist who shot Metro Mobility passenger is sentenced to 15 years

Police were told the gunman took shots in high-traffic areas because it "relieves stress."
Sound engineer releases 5 Prince songs despite lawsuit from estate

Sound engineer releases 5 Prince songs despite lawsuit from estate

The legal action is being brought by the late musician's estate and Paisley Park Enterprises and seeks the return of the recordings.
Police identify man shot dead Monday in St. Paul, seek suspects for vigil gunshots

Police identify man shot dead Monday in St. Paul, seek suspects for vigil gunshots

Some at the scene "were uncooperative" with assisting police, a department spokesman said.
Man found shot to death on Red Wing sidewalk; police know of suspect

Man found shot to death on Red Wing sidewalk; police know of suspect

An arrest has yet to be made, the police chief said.
Woman, 31, dies from apartment fire in Grand Rapids

Woman, 31, dies from apartment fire in Grand Rapids

The building included two apartments and a shoe repair business.
Charge: Absent 'any mercy,' man fatally chokes girlfriend's brother in New Brighton

Charge: Absent 'any mercy,' man fatally chokes girlfriend's brother in New Brighton

Complaint says he choked victim during dispute.

Charges: Nurse at Wayzata senior housing facility stole, used nearly 1,000 pills

Charges say she took nearly 1,000 doses of painkillers for herself.

Charges: Minnetonka gas station workers swapping cigarettes for sex with 14-year-old girl

The incidents occurred at a gas station just west of downtown Hopkins, according to the county attorney's office.

Detroit-area doctor charged with mutilating genitals of 2 Minn. girls

The World Health Organization and others have condemned the cultural and religious practice meant to stifle sexuality.
75 years later, Minn. man's remains from Pearl Harbor are coming home

75 years later, Minn. man's remains from Pearl Harbor are coming home

Glaydon Iverson will be buried with full military honors on Memorial Day weekend in the tiny southern Minnesota town where he grew up.

Minneapolis driver dies as car flips on wet interstate ramp in Little Canada

The car ended up on its roof, the patrol said. A passenger was injured and will survive.
No prison for St. Cloud fentanyl dealer who pleaded guilty to murder in death of addict

No prison for St. Cloud fentanyl dealer who pleaded guilty to murder in death of addict

The defendant was given credit for time served in jail and put on probation for 25 years.
Family charged with false report of 'missing' Minnesota teen

Family charged with false report of 'missing' Minnesota teen

A plot twist has emerged in the case of the teenage Minnesota girl whose supposed disappearance inspired a personal Facebook posting by a police chief who once was a runaway himself. She was never missing.
$17 million housing complex for homeless young adults to be built downtown Minneapolis

$17 million housing complex for homeless young adults to be built downtown Minneapolis

Construction starts next week on the five-story housing complex.
Changes coming today to parking at MSP's main terminal

Changes coming today to parking at MSP's main terminal

Changes will be evident starting Monday for people parking at Terminal 1-Lindbergh at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.
Police: No illegal drugs in system when attorney ran over runner

Police: No illegal drugs in system when attorney ran over runner

Police have yet to say whether there were any legal substances in the driver's system that could be a factor in the crash, which killed Scott Spoo,35, on Mississippi River Boulevard at Dayton Avenue.
Police: AT&T records put attorney on phone when he fatally hit runner

Police: AT&T records put attorney on phone when he fatally hit runner

Affidavit seeks permission to crack open FB account.
No felony charge for east metro driver accused of texting when he killed motorist

No felony charge for east metro driver accused of texting when he killed motorist

Driver was on his phone before crushing a woman, prosecutor says.

SUV driver suspected of being on drugs fatally hits pedestrian in Duluth

The crash occurred along well-traveled London Road, police said.

Man on tracks fatally hit by train in central Minnesota

The 35-year-old was struck about 12 miles northwest of Little Falls, authorities said.
Charges: Homeless man rapes St. Paul woman who let him stay in home

Charges: Homeless man rapes St. Paul woman who let him stay in home

The woman goes on Facebook and says her 3-year-old daughter saw the attack, which she writes about in detail.
Top DFLer's 'white male' remarks set off spat on Minnesota House floor

Top DFLer's 'white male' remarks set off spat on Minnesota House floor

Melissa Hortman scolded male colleagues for playing cards during a floor debate.

SUV driver who fatally hit traffic signal pole in Mankato is ID'd

The crash occurred about 3:30 a.m. The victim was not wearing a seat belt, police said.

Sherburne Co. man fatally shoots himself during standoff at his burning house

The standoff lasted for nearly two hours.
Tribute fence at Paisley Park returns as anniversary of Prince's death nears

Tribute fence at Paisley Park returns as anniversary of Prince's death nears

Fans can place tribute items near the Paisley Park entrance in tribute to the music icon.
TCF waives overdraft fees for customers whose deposits aren't posted

TCF waives overdraft fees for customers whose deposits aren't posted

TCF Bank customers who couldn't access some of their directly deposited money Monday were allowed to withdraw from their accounts without incurring overdraft fees as officials worked on resolving "processing delays."
Inmate charged with severely beating cult leader Victor Barnard

Inmate charged with severely beating cult leader Victor Barnard

The onetime cult leader in prison for raping girls suffered brain and lung injuries, broken bones.
A few healthier options added to treat-filled Target Field menu

A few healthier options added to treat-filled Target Field menu

Just as the Twins revamp their lineup every season — especially after one as distasteful as 2016 — the food roster at Target Field is also getting a makeover, with new dishes that creators hope are a hit with fans starting with Opening Day on Monday.
Ramsey County attorney warns against playing 'dangerous' Nerf Wars game

Ramsey County attorney warns against playing 'dangerous' Nerf Wars game

The game resulted in two student deaths last year.

Driver questioned after alleged I-694 road-rage incident that involved gunfire

The driver of a vehicle involved in an alleged road-rage incident during Thursday morning commute on an east-metro interstate has been located, authorities said Thursday…
Man pleads guilty to driving drunk on revoked license, killing Minn. motorcyclist

Man pleads guilty to driving drunk on revoked license, killing Minn. motorcyclist

The driver with a long history of alcohol-related offenses fled the scene and resisted arrest after the crash last fall.
Dismissals mount among exotic car drivers accused of topping 100 mph in pack on I-394

Dismissals mount among exotic car drivers accused of topping 100 mph in pack on I-394

Five cases have been thrown out, while there have been four guilty pleas. Three cases are pending.
Careless smoker ignites 60-acre fire on swampy land in west metro

Careless smoker ignites 60-acre fire on swampy land in west metro

The property owner was cutting trees at the time, the fire chief said.

Charge: Eagan day care provider inflicted 'severe and permanent' injuries on 1-year-old

The attorney for the unlicensed provider, who has children of her own, is denying the allegation.

Charges say Fridley mother of 8 rang up $118K in welfare fraud

The mom said husband had left and was no longer supporting the family, but he's found under blanket during law enforcement search.
For 3rd straight year, Minnetonka school sending student to National Spelling Bee

For 3rd straight year, Minnetonka school sending student to National Spelling Bee

Will Rooke turned away 48 competitors during last week's metro competition. Five others from the state also made it.

Motorcyclist identified in fatal I-35 crash after north metro police chase

The crash occurred shortly after 2 p.m. on southbound Interestate 35 just south of Hwy. 97 near Forest Lake, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Search resumes for missing St. Cloud State student

Search resumes for missing St. Cloud State student

The St. Cloud State junior hasn't been seen since 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
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.
Crying toddler's deadly beating lands Minn. mom's boyfriend in prison for 30 years

Crying toddler's deadly beating lands Minn. mom's boyfriend in prison for 30 years

A 24-year-old man was given a 30-year prison term for beating his girlfriend's 3-year-old son in a western Minnesota residence during a "fit of rage"…
School cancels play after photo posted of New Prague High actors in KKK garb

School cancels play after photo posted of New Prague High actors in KKK garb

New Prague principal said the out-of-context image was from a rehearsal of "The Foreigner."
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 on relatives-of-employees standby passes.
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.
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