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KARE's McNiff leaving 'Sunrise' for new duties at station

KARE's McNiff leaving 'Sunrise' for new duties at station

He's being replaced by a morning show anchor from Calgary.
Foul play doubted in death of pregnant northern Minn. woman

Foul play doubted in death of pregnant northern Minn. woman

Kara Blevins had been missing for more than two weeks when her body was found. The sheriff said there was "no indication at the scene of any crime."
Pregnant woman missing for 2-plus weeks found dead in N. Minn. woods

Pregnant woman missing for 2-plus weeks found dead in N. Minn. woods

A 27-year-old pregnant woman missing for more than two weeks has been found dead in the woods in northern Minnesota, authorities said Sunday.
Minnesota man's plea means no prison for fatal shooting of girlfriend

Minnesota man's plea means no prison for fatal shooting of girlfriend

The baby's father said the rifle discharged accidentally. A judge will decide in June whether to accept the deal.
Man hears on scanner of fatal crash; it was wife, a Mpls. 911 dispatcher

Man hears on scanner of fatal crash; it was wife, a Mpls. 911 dispatcher

The highway's southbound lanes at Humboldt Avenue were closed for hours Saturday night.
Video released of pricey sports cars topping 100 mph in pack on I-394

Video released of pricey sports cars topping 100 mph in pack on I-394

With case against drivers closed, authorities release audio and video records from 2016 escapade.
28th DWI locks up Minnesota's drunk driving king for next 2-plus years

28th DWI locks up Minnesota's drunk driving king for next 2-plus years

The prosecutor said the sentence fell within state guidelines and was "pretty reasonable."
Life term awaits killer who sprayed gunfire in parking spot rift behind Winona bar

Life term awaits killer who sprayed gunfire in parking spot rift behind Winona bar

A popular local musician was slain and another man wounded.
Unlicensed N. St. Paul day care provider gets 2¼ years in prison for baby's death

Unlicensed N. St. Paul day care provider gets 2¼ years in prison for baby's death

The 6-month-old girl got entangled in the car seat strap.
No felony charge: Prominent lawyer not on phone when he fatally hit St. Paul runner

No felony charge: Prominent lawyer not on phone when he fatally hit St. Paul runner

The driver was not on his phone nor impaired at the time of impact; he explained earlier that his brain cancer played a role in his erratic driving.

Stearns County crash kills 2; badly injured teen in car was reported missing from Utah

The road north of Cold Spring was shut down in both directions for a few hours.
Downtown Minneapolis' appeal is still sky-high for residents

Downtown Minneapolis' appeal is still sky-high for residents

Minneapolis has seen surge in new units, and they're filling fast, driving growth in downtown's population.
Officials say St. Paul man serving sentence for killing 15-month-old daughter is a fugitive

Officials say St. Paul man serving sentence for killing 15-month-old daughter is a fugitive

The father spent about nine years in prison and then was placed on intensive supervised release.
Trade group gives University of Minnesota low marks for campus safety

Trade group gives University of Minnesota low marks for campus safety

Schools in bigger cities were far down the ranking.
Ciao, Vescio's! Red sauce haven hanging up its ladle after 60 years in Dinkytown

Ciao, Vescio's! Red sauce haven hanging up its ladle after 60 years in Dinkytown

Italian Dinkytown eatery, in business since 1956, will close in mid-March.
Missing Waverly man found dead far from his abandoned car

Missing Waverly man found dead far from his abandoned car

Authorities believe he did not die where his body was found.

Man admits to sex crime against Airbnb host's 7-year-old daughter in Minnetonka home

His plea deal calls for five years of probation.
Charges: Unlicensed N. Minn. driver with 6 DUIs was drunk when he fatally ran over man

Charges: Unlicensed N. Minn. driver with 6 DUIs was drunk when he fatally ran over man

Defendant with six DUI convictions accused of being drunk in fatal hit-run.
25-year term for Bemidji ex-principal who posed as teen online, sexually exploited students

25-year term for Bemidji ex-principal who posed as teen online, sexually exploited students

The defendant coerced dozens of boys and girls to send him lewd photos.
Charges: Drunk Minnesota bus driver's blood alcohol level was 0.16

Charges: Drunk Minnesota bus driver's blood alcohol level was 0.16

Sauk Centre man had dropped off about 50 students before arrest.
Twin Cities man who killed baby after learning he wasn't her father gets 30 years

Twin Cities man who killed baby after learning he wasn't her father gets 30 years

Trinity Shelby died three days after paternity test results arrived.
Crime in Hennepin County up slightly; homicides spike in 2017

Crime in Hennepin County up slightly; homicides spike in 2017

"The good news is that violent crime is down 25 percent overall during the past 10 years," Sheriff Rich Stanek said.
Apparent OD kills Hennepin County inmate soon after fellow prisoner allegedly gave her drug

Apparent OD kills Hennepin County inmate soon after fellow prisoner allegedly gave her drug

The Sheriff's Office is mum on how the illegal drug got in the jail and was allegedly slipped from one inmate to another.
Man with knife is shot, critically wounded by Maple Grove police

Man with knife is shot, critically wounded by Maple Grove police

Family members identified the man and said he had a long history of drug problems.
Twin Cities man who threw fatal punch gets nearly 3 years in prison

Twin Cities man who threw fatal punch gets nearly 3 years in prison

David Stay will spend roughly 2¾ years in prison for fatally striking a Prior Lake man in the jaw.
Police: Man who fired shots from car in Brooklyn Center shot self

Police: Man who fired shots from car in Brooklyn Center shot self

Police said the man was hospitalized in critical condition.
'Unlucky most of my life,' Minneapolis man claims $1M Powerball prize

'Unlucky most of my life,' Minneapolis man claims $1M Powerball prize

The 64-year-old said he feels more good fortune is ahead for him.
Back-to-back seizures in Lakeville turn up candy-like 'gummies' laced with THC

Back-to-back seizures in Lakeville turn up candy-like 'gummies' laced with THC

Minnesota authorities alarmed by increase in edible marijuana crossing into state.
Charges: Baby fatally shaken by Mpls. home daycare provider

Charges: Baby fatally shaken by Mpls. home daycare provider

The boy was spending his third day in the provider's care when he suffered "traumatic injury" to the brain, according to charges.
Timberlake, take two: He books Xcel Energy Center for September concert

Timberlake, take two: He books Xcel Energy Center for September concert

The pop star is fresh off his breathless halftime show at the Super Bowl.
Paul Simon announces his final concert tour; Twin Cities stop included

Paul Simon announces his final concert tour; Twin Cities stop included

"I am grateful for a fulfilling career," the Hall of Fame singer-songwriter said.
Woman fatally hit in south Minneapolis is ID'd

Woman fatally hit in south Minneapolis is ID'd

The 47-year-old woman was hit Thursday near Penn Avenue S. and W. 54th Street, police said.

Woman rolls SUV southwest of Duluth; 1 daughter killed, another seriously hurt

A motorist from the Twin Cities lost control of her sport-utility vehicle on an interstate southwest of Duluth in a crash that killed the driver's 15-year-old daughter and injured her 12-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Police: 2 men selling fake Super Bowl tickets arrested at Bloomington hotel

They were offering them at prices "much lower than face value," according to police.
Vikings superfan Millie, 99, is too sick to attend Super Bowl

Vikings superfan Millie, 99, is too sick to attend Super Bowl

Granddaughter said pneumonia will keep the nonagenarian from attending with the ticket given to her by the NFL commissioner.
Police: Man killed after high-speed chase in St. James had knife

Police: Man killed after high-speed chase in St. James had knife

ACLU calls on authorities to share more information about young man's death.
Previously announced Toys 'R' Us closings in Minnesota trimmed from 4 to 3

Previously announced Toys 'R' Us closings in Minnesota trimmed from 4 to 3

A renegotiated lease saved the Blaine outlet, a company spokeswoman said.

Driver crosses centerline near Duluth, dies in crash with semi; son, 4, critically hurt

The collision occurred on a rural road north of Duluth.
Man fatally shoots his brother in St. Paul, claims self-defense

Man fatally shoots his brother in St. Paul, claims self-defense

The gunfire occurred at a home in Dayton's Bluff neighborhood.
Mother IDs woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis

Mother IDs woman fatally shot in north Minneapolis

The 20-year-old's body was located 4 blocks from where the gunfire was detected, police said.
Light-rail trains resume service after downtown Mpls. gas leak fixed

Light-rail trains resume service after downtown Mpls. gas leak fixed

The disruption lasted for about an hour.
Oxycodone dose 20 times too potent kills New Hope nursing home resident

Oxycodone dose 20 times too potent kills New Hope nursing home resident

State blamed both the nurse who administered the painkiller and the facility for lack of proper procedures.

Longtime attorney, former Canterbury Park official is hurt in snowmobile crash

Bruce Malkerson hit a tree on private property, authorities said.
2-day standoff over: Man holed up at hotel near the U is arrested

2-day standoff over: Man holed up at hotel near the U is arrested

A two-day standoff at a hotel near the U ended when police arrested the man who had holed up in a room while grieving for his daughter who killed herself in 2014.

Police dispatch: Woman tried to stab convenience store worker before he fatally shot her

Authorities have yet to address a motive for the killing.
24 die in domestic violence, 2017 Femicide report says

24 die in domestic violence, 2017 Femicide report says

Report comes one day after sentencing of man in Coon Rapids slaying.

Russian skier who died during Loppet race at Wirth Park is ID'd

Andrey Shamshurin, 54, was most of the way through the 40K event when he collapsed.
2-vehicle crash in Red Wing kills activist for refugees, developmentally challenged

2-vehicle crash in Red Wing kills activist for refugees, developmentally challenged

Frank Anderson of Zumbro Falls died in a wreck in Red Wing.
Charges: Snowmobiler who hit family on Chisago Lake had license revoked, has 3 DUIs

Charges: Snowmobiler who hit family on Chisago Lake had license revoked, has 3 DUIs

The Friday night incident on Chisago Lake left a boy, 8, in critical condition.
Man who stabbed 2 at Mall of America tells court ISIS inspired him

Man who stabbed 2 at Mall of America tells court ISIS inspired him

Case marks second time in weeks that Twin Cities courts have heard incidents of globally-inspired violence.
Allegedly drunken snowmobiler hits family on Minn. lake; boy critically hurt

Allegedly drunken snowmobiler hits family on Minn. lake; boy critically hurt

The snowmobiler was speeding, one witness said, before he hit a pickup truck and a portable icehouse.
Feb. 10, 2015: Authorities say serial stowaway admits sneaking on MSP flight to Fla.

Feb. 10, 2015: Authorities say serial stowaway admits sneaking on MSP flight to Fla.

It wasn't the first free ride for woman, now in a Florida jail.

Students on two Mpls. campuses report armed robberies a day apart

Police haven't said whether they believe the same suspects pulled off both crimes, one at Augsburg University and the other four blocks away at the University of Minnesota.
6 months in jail for St. Paul motorcyclist who left girlfriend dead on interstate

6 months in jail for St. Paul motorcyclist who left girlfriend dead on interstate

He gets six months in plea deal for 2016 crime.
Eden Prairie principal found dead in car at school; apparently died of natural causes

Eden Prairie principal found dead in car at school; apparently died of natural causes

Joe Epping came out of retirement to lead Cedar Ridge Elementary.
Man pleads guilty to felony assault for November Mall of America stabbing

Man pleads guilty to felony assault for November Mall of America stabbing

Two brothers injured in dressing room assault.
5-year term for man who raped girl he met at Mpls. bus stop

5-year term for man who raped girl he met at Mpls. bus stop

Two other men also raped her, according to authorities. There's no word on their whereabouts.
Opioid-related deaths set another record in Hennepin County in 2017

Opioid-related deaths set another record in Hennepin County in 2017

The number of deaths each year has nearly doubled since 2015, the Sheriff's Office said.

ID'd: 88-year-old Mankato man killed by hit-and-run driver served on county board

Parts from the vehicle were recovered, police said.
Toys 'R' Us closing 182 stores; 4 are in Twin Cities

Toys 'R' Us closing 182 stores; 4 are in Twin Cities

The four Minnesota stores on the closure list are all in the Twin Cities. Four other stores in Minnesota would remain open.

Teens jailed in armed robbery of U student are released without charges

The county attorney's office said the crime remains under investigation.
Case dismissed: Accused murderer in Fridley teen's killing leaves jail after 6-plus months

Case dismissed: Accused murderer in Fridley teen's killing leaves jail after 6-plus months

The prosecution decided there was insufficient evidence to continue with the case.
Maplewood liquor store worker foils armed robbery, fatally shoots suspect

Maplewood liquor store worker foils armed robbery, fatally shoots suspect

Two people were trying to rob the store after dark Monday.
Minnesota lottery ticket gifted by daughter to dad at Christmas hits for $1M

Minnesota lottery ticket gifted by daughter to dad at Christmas hits for $1M

Family of six – parents and their four grown daughters – are splitting raffle winnings.
3rd huge bust on I-94 in N.D. in 2 months nets $3M worth of pot

3rd huge bust on I-94 in N.D. in 2 months nets $3M worth of pot

In each case, a Minnesotan has been arrested and charged.
7 gun charges against U professor, an accused felon, on course to be dismissed

7 gun charges against U professor, an accused felon, on course to be dismissed

Weapons possession charges against a University of Minnesota professor were suspended Monday, and the man has agreed to pay $500 and sell 14 pistols he bought over a 17-day period last summer.
Teen released from jail in fatal shooting of 19-year-old in Stillwater; gun recovered

Teen released from jail in fatal shooting of 19-year-old in Stillwater; gun recovered

An 18-year-old arrested in the shooting death of a 19-year-old man in Stillwater was released from jail Monday "pending further investigation," said Police Chief John Gannaway.
Some schools closing ahead of heavy snowfall

Some schools closing ahead of heavy snowfall

A winter storm will smack the Twin Cities on Monday with heavy snow and strong winds that are expected to hit the south metro and a broad swath of southern Minnesota especially hard. For many districts and schools, this is the winter's first snow day.
Charges: Ex-boyfriend killed Edina woman in Minnesota, burned body in New Orleans

Charges: Ex-boyfriend killed Edina woman in Minnesota, burned body in New Orleans

Felony charge reveals chronic violence against the woman, and marriage of the suspect to another man.
Witness: Rochester teen said 'I dare you,' and motorist pulled trigger

Witness: Rochester teen said 'I dare you,' and motorist pulled trigger

A Rochester teen dared an armed man to shoot him after the two were involved in a minor collision, according to a friend who was in the teen's car and saw the fatal shooting.
Edina police say missing woman is dead and fugitive ex-boyfriend is suspect

Edina police say missing woman is dead and fugitive ex-boyfriend is suspect

Man jailed in Arkansas is wanted in girlfriend's disappearance.
Minn. man found guilty of stalking girlfriend leading to suicide

Minn. man found guilty of stalking girlfriend leading to suicide

Jurors convict Long Vang after judge threw out rare murder, manslaughter charges.
Disciplinary difficulties prompt suspension of Michelle MacDonald's law license

Disciplinary difficulties prompt suspension of Michelle MacDonald's law license

The former state Supreme Court candidate will also be on probation for two years, when many restrictions will be in place.

Discovery of girl's body in northern Minn. spurs criminal investigation

State, county and local authorities are being tight-lipped about the death.
Devil's Advocate bar to reopen on Nicollet Mall in old Masa space

Devil's Advocate bar to reopen on Nicollet Mall in old Masa space

The new bar is on the ground floor of Target HQ and once was home to Masa, an upscale Mexican restaurant.
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