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This van crashed into a parked vehicle in a north Minneapolis alley.

Jailed driver had license taken away before crash killed 2 in Mpls. alley

The defendant's history includes multiple drunken driving convictions.
Marcus Fischer

Police video shows officers shooting man with knife in Mpls. City Hall

They repeatedly ask suspect to put down his knife.
Yu Zhang

Feds: One-man IRS scam in Twin Cities cheats unwitting out of $224K in Target gift cards

The suspect was arrested outside a Target in Andover with hundreds of gift cards.
Saint Mary’s Church in Melrose, Minn., is shown in this photo from March.

Sheriff: Teen admits setting fire to 120-year-old church in Melrose

Parishioners now must ask why as they debate whether to rebuild or restore.
Maria L. Dalton was a former firefighter in Minneapolis.

Murder charges follow overdoses of women from Edina, Ramsey

Two young daughters were in the house when police found the woman dead.
Cristina Prodan and Joseph Porter

Charge: Ex-boyfriend says he choked Edina woman before burning body in New Orleans

New complaint notes several close encounters with police on flight south.
Kacy Merseal

4 years for wrong-way drunken driver who killed Iowa bride-to-be near Northfield

Sentencing held 5 days after the woman's wedding date came and went.
Kyle and Nicolle Peltier, surrounded for this portrait photo by their seven children: Jullianna (lower left), Ellianna (center left), Lillianna (top),

Dad of kids hit by SUV on playground questions high-speed chase

They seek answers in playground crash that left one child critically hurt.
Juan Carlos Garcia Morales

4-year term for repeat deportee who drove high, killed Monticello schools staffer

Victim's mother decries driver's history of entering the U.S. illegally.
This van crashed into a parked vehicle in a north Minneapolis alley.

Blaine woman charged after crash in Mpls. alley kills 2

A woman charged with multiple felonies in a crash that killed two people and injured another in a Minneapolis alley this weekend remained under police guard in a hospital Monday.
Kim Chandler

Macalester athletic director abruptly leaves post

No explanation given for Kim Chandler's departure.
Blake Holmquist

25-year term for Twin Cities man who murdered fiancee's toddler

The man who fatally beat his fiancée's 16-month-old in Washington County in May 2017 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty…
Kyle and Nicolle Peltier, surrounded for this portrait photo by their seven children: Jullianna (lower left), Ellianna (center left), Lillianna (top),

2 siblings run over in Mpls. now home; 1 other still critical, in new hospital

2-year-old Kayden Peltier had surgery Friday and is in "another hospital better equipped to take care of his injuries."
Kyle and Nicolle Peltier, surrounded for this portrait photo by their seven children: Jullianna (lower left), Ellianna (center left), Lillianna (top),

Mom of kids run over on Mpls. playground grateful for help from strangers

Strangers step up to raise money: "Family went from the innocence and joy of a playground to the pain and uncertainty of the ER within mere minutes."
Erik M. Akervik

Jail sentence for ex-Burnsville High School teacher who admitted to sex with student

Still pending is a felony charge of electronic solicitation of a child.
Jayvon Gant

Bank robbery suspect arrested after spree around Twin Cities suburbs

The string of crimes lasted nearly a month until his arrest last week, authorities said.

One northern Minnesota boater rescued, another still missing

The men were tossed from their boat early Tuesday afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Minnesota State Patrol investigated the scene where a motorist being pursued by the State Patrol veered into a Minneapolis school playground and hit a

Mike Freeman questions chase that ended with SUV hitting 3 kids on Minneapolis playground

The motorist allegedly ran nearly two dozen stop signs while pursued. "Residential streets just aren't made for people driving 80 mph," the Hennepin County attorney said.
Whiskey the Saint Bernard seemed pretty chill about the predicament he put himself in Friday.

Very carefully: How to get a St. Bernard down from outside 2nd-story window

How do you get a St. Bernard weighing well over 100 pounds down from outside a second-story window? Very carefully.
Minnesota State Patrol investigated the scene where a motorist being pursued by the State Patrol veered into a Minneapolis school playground and hit a

Driver who hit kids on Mpls. playground hasn't had valid license for years

The motorist remains jailed as charges are pending.

Kwik Trip patron in northern Minn. quick to claim $1M winnings

Hibbing man bought his winning ticket Saturday.

Powerball lightning strikes again for $1M in small Minnesota city

For the second time in three weeks, a Powerball ticket sold in Carlton, Minn., came up a $1 million winner, lottery officials announced Monday.
Iesha Wiley

Jurors convict gunman who followed order, killed woman in Mpls. parking lot

A 32-year-old man has been convicted of fatally shooting a woman while she fought with her boyfriend outside a north Minneapolis strip mall last year.
Minnesota State Patrol investigated the scene where a motorist being pursued by the State Patrol veered into a Minneapolis school playground and hit a

Life-threatening injuries suffered by 2 kids after SUV crash at Mpls. park

The driver was fleeing from the State Patrol when he crashed into a playground where a group of children was playing.

Twin Cities man admits stealing nearly $900K to 'flip' homes

Prosecutors say he used the money for travel, gambling and debts.

Man drowned apparently while pursuing his drifting boat on lake near Brainerd

The victim was identified as a 66-year-old man from Brainerd.
Joshua Hinckley

Family IDs young man who drowned in St. Croix River

Family members have identified a young man who drowned on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix River.
Ann and Richard Lindeen, both of Andover.

Nearly a year in jail for fatigued driver who killed 'inseparable' Andover couple in crash

An Anoka County man who hadn't slept for almost two days and had a couple of beers soon after leaving an overnight work shift has been sentenced to nearly a year in jail for causing a head-on crash that killed an inseparable couple.

Motorcyclist crashes, dies on central Minnesota hwy.

The wreck occurred shortly after sunset in Meeker County.
The first 10,000 Twins patrons Friday receive the inflatable guitar.

A day after Prince would have been 60, Twins giving away purple air guitars

Second annual "Prince Night" will pay homage to the late musical legend.
Ryan Stanek

Sheriff Stanek's son gets 90 days, computer monitoring for soliciting sex from minor

Ryan Stanek must serve 90 days in the workhouse and register as a predatory offender.
This obituary appears in the Redwood Falls Gazette. It has gained attention far beyond the small western Minnesota community.

Son who wrote humiliating obit about mom: 'We wanted to get the last word'

He told the London Daily Mail that his mom's abandonment was tough on him and his sister.
Stanislaw Kozaczka

4 days in jail for drunken Voyageurs boater whose best friend drowned

"Stan will have to live with this for the rest of his life," the defense attorney said.
Ahmed Burhan Mohamed was greeted Wednesday at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after winning the Dubai International Holy Qur'an Award i

Local teen is first American to win prestigious international Qur'an recitation contest

High school junior Ahmed Burhan Mohamed beat out 100 competitors in Dubai.

3-year-old boy who drowned in family pool in Wright County is ID'd

The medical examiner is calling the death accidental.
Scott Henning

Twin Cities man falls 60 feet to his death while rappelling in Utah canyon

Authorities said difficult terrain prevented emergency personnel from reaching the man.
Zach Mcgee

Teen motorcyclist who crashed at 100 mph in Fridley has died

Authorities say the 18-year-old was trying to lure police into a chase on University Avenue.

Patrol IDs woman killed in Eagan crash, says she didn't have on seat belt

The driver, who was wearing his seat belt, survived his injuries and has left the hospital.

Searchers find body of fisherman on Western Minnesota lakeshore

His boat, with gear inside, was found abandoned on a lake shore.
Minnesota woman's obit takes dark turn over long-ago extramarital affair

Minnesota woman's obit takes dark turn over long-ago extramarital affair

The newspaper took down the online version of the obit that included the line, "She will not be missed."
#NoDAPL protesters hung a sign from the rafters of US Bank Stadium during the Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears game in January 2017.

Guilty plea from protester who dangled from rafters during Vikings game

Another climber has pleaded not guilty and is on trial this week.

Motorcyclist itching for police chase crashes at 100 mph in Fridley

The man was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries, police said.
Defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman

Ex-Gopher star, NFL free agent Hageman jailed on drunk driving charge

The former Minneapolis prep star was booked over the weekend in Hennepin County.

Woman fatally stabs husband in their Newport home, authorities say

A bloody knife was found in the drive, according to emergency dispatch audio.

Wife jailed in Bloomington man's beating death is released without charges

Officers were called to the house to respond to a domestic dispute.
This was the scene last summer where a bystander was an unintended gunshot victim.

Hennepin Avenue shooter whose gunfire hit bystander gets 13 years

The bloodshed involved one of several shootings downtown last spring and summer.
Simon M. Schiffler

No charges against permit holder who fatally shot knife-wielding man on Fridley street

Prosecutors say "the shooter had reason to believe he and others were in imminent danger."
Elite Airways has been operating since July 014.

New airline entering Minnesota, connecting Rochester to Ariz., Fla.

The new flights start in July and target travelers to various Mayo facilities.
Patrons of this party bus clashed, and one of its passengers was shot and killed.

17-year-old charged in Inver Grove Heights party bus killing

17-year-old charged with murder during a clash of rival gang members outside movie complex.
Walgreens intends to be up and running at the Mall of America in the fall.

Walgreens adding store in Mall of America

The locale is smaller than a typical store for the national drugstore chain.
One of four billboards up in Mason City, Iowa.

Poignant timing as billboards go up seeking clues to Jodi Huisentruit's disappearance

The missing northern Iowa TV anchor would have turned 50 years old next week.
Some of the fire damage from inside the Loring Station post office, including mail that never made it to the intended recipients.

Fire-damaged Loring post office won't reopen for months, if at all

Damage from smoke "is pretty extensive," a U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman said.
There is a lot for motorists in Minneapolis to pay attention to in June.

I-35W south of downtown Minneapolis closing in both directions this weekend

Next set of interstate roadwork disruptions on tap for Minneapolis.
Minnesotans Ainsley Boucher and Briana Joseph are repeat National Spelling Bee competitors.

4 of 7 Minnesotans still alive at National Spelling Bee

The week's competition concludes with nationally telecast finals on Thursday.
This vehicle was one of many to be vandalized over the weekend in one section of northeast Minneapolis.

Windows on many vehicles busted out in northeast Mpls.

Police say they have taken reports so far of damage to 20 vehicles. No arrests have been announced.

Blows to head kill Bloomington man; wife jailed

Police located the man in the home; he was unconscious and died a few hours later.

Driver hits 2 oncoming vehicles in southwest metro and is killed

The crash occurred Sunday afternoon southwest of Jordan, the State Patrol said.
Minnesota landed in 35th in the annual ranking released Monday.

Ranking of world's top 1,000 universities puts Minnesota, many in Big Ten in first 50

Minnesota landed in 35th in the annual ranking released Monday.
A recall has targeted this iconic Hormel product.

Oral injuries from metal prompt 228K-pound recall of Spam, loaf product

Nearly a quarter-million pounds of Spam and another lunch loaf product made by Minnesota-based Hormel are being recalled after several people were injured from metal objects in the food, federal officials said.

ID'd: Motorcyclist who died after hitting deer in NW Wisconsin

The rider died four days later at a Twin Cities hospital.

Rescuers save 2 women adrift on blowup raft in Lake Superior ½-mile off shore

The wind and currents pushed them into the big lake off Duluth.
There were plenty of smells everywhere for four-legged baseball finds to find at CHS Field in St. Paul.

It's a bark in the park for hundreds of dogs attending St. Paul Saints game

The minor league team put its diamond in the ruff and welcomed pooches on a warm holiday weekend night.

Domestic abuse suspect is shot inside Crystal home by deputy

Officers were carrying out court order; wounded man will survive, BCA says.
Analisa Leal

No seat belt use by 2 killed in rollover crash in Shoreview

The crash occurred about 12:45 a.m. along Victoria Street.
Black bear in Burnsville.

Black bear spotted in Burnsville neighborhood

The animal did not appear agitated, city officials said.
Keyaris Samuels

Police: 11-year-old held gun 'moments before' 7-year-old killed himself with it

Friend who reportedly brought the gun to the family's home was arrested four days later.
Corey David Burfield, 18, of St. Paul.

Student, 18, charged in severe beating of Mpls. school staffer

The paraprofessional remains in critical condition with head injuries that left him unconscious.

Car hits man trying to walk across interstate in downtown Minneapolis

Authorities have yet to reveal the severity of the man's injuries.
Area temperatures for the unofficial start of summer are expected to be the hottest they’ve been in 10 years.

Memorial Day weekend summery sizzle on way to Twin Cities

Monday's holiday high of about 90 could be something the metro hasn't felt in 12 years.
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.
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."

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."
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