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Speeding driver guilty of dragging woman in Henn. Av. parking lot

The two had been arguing in a club; county attorney to seek 6-month sentence.
Out of sight odds: St. Paul retiree snags 2nd big lottery prize this year

Out of sight odds: St. Paul retiree snags 2nd big lottery prize this year

Jeffrey Bock won $100,000 in Sunday’s drawing; in January, a scratch-off ticket yielded a $20,000 prize.

Rochester slaying suspect nabbed in Faribault after lengthy standoff

The man killed was playing basketball at the time; 2 others with him were wounded.

1 person dies, 2 escape from overnight house fire in central Minnesota

Fire engulfed a central Minnesota house early Tuesday, killing one of three occupants, authorities said. Emergency responders were alerted to the blaze in the 200…
Security lapse allows 2 snoops to peek at driver's license data of 18 Minnesotans

Security lapse allows 2 snoops to peek at driver's license data of 18 Minnesotans

A weekslong Web security lapse allowed two people to access 18 others’ data.
Beaten toddler dies; mom's boyfriend charged with murder

Beaten toddler dies; mom's boyfriend charged with murder

Three-year-old Dante Sears was taken off life support “and was able to be a hero to two other children through organ donation,” said a friend of the Pine County family.

Driver killed in crash near Willmar is ID'd; 8 others hurt

The crash involving a car and a minivan occurred shortly before 11 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Hwy. 12 and County Road 7 in Mamre Township, about 10 miles west of Willmar.
Zimbabwe's first lady: 'Dentist who killed the lion must be left alone'

Zimbabwe's first lady: 'Dentist who killed the lion must be left alone'

Grace Mugabe holds no official post with the government, leaving it uncertain whether her view of Cecil’s death would hold sway with her nation’s legal authorities.

Teen who fatally stabbed St. Paul man to be freed at 21; deportation possible

County attorney believes Hassan is not a citizen and that he will be deported.
Sandstone family prepares to take beaten 3-year-old off life support

Sandstone family prepares to take beaten 3-year-old off life support

Noting that the boy was “treated with particular cruelty,” the Pine County attorney said he’s prepared to change the charge to murder should the crushing head injuries prove too much for the little victim.
68% more passengers expected to use already strained MSP by 2035

68% more passengers expected to use already strained MSP by 2035

But consultant says estimate of a 68% leap is overblown.
Teen falls to his death from fire escape on Uptown condo

Teen falls to his death from fire escape on Uptown condo

On the weekend before he was to start 11th grade at Minneapolis Southwest High School, Blake Fannin fell four stories early Sunday while climbing on a fire escape.

2 riders on speeding ATV found dead in lake south of Twin Cities

Their bodies were found in Lake Sakatah, about 15 miles southwest of Faribault.
Cecil the lion's killer inspires gruesome costume for Halloween

Cecil the lion's killer inspires gruesome costume for Halloween

The seller goes on to describe Walter Palmer’s bow-and-arrow conquering of Cecil as the year’s “most controversial killing.”

Police activity across from Brooklyn Park school cancels classes

Principal says the school was not involved in what brought police to the area.

2 dead in head-on wreck west of Twin Cities; drinking suspected

Killed were two people in a car, ages 19 and 16, the State Patrol said.

Pine County sheriff: Man inflicts severe head injuries on girlfriend's 3-year-old son

The suspect was apprehended and taken to a hospital for noncritical self-inflicted knife wounds to his arms, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Police: Driver beaten after striking 4-year-old in Winona

The driver was injured after being kicked and hit; the boy was crossing in the middle of the street with other kids.

Charges: Medical device employee stole $682K for vacations, silver bullion

She allegedly used the company credit card to pay for hotels while on vacation, buy clothes and for other personal items.
Wisconsin high school volleyball team bus in crash; mom, daughter killed in car

Wisconsin high school volleyball team bus in crash; mom, daughter killed in car

A school bus carrying high school volleyball players in western Wisconsin struck a car that ran a stop sign, killing a mother and her young…

Pickup packed with teenage boys crashes west of Twin Cities; 9 injured

Their conditions are not life-threatening.
Husband now suspect in fatal shooting of Maplewood woman

Husband now suspect in fatal shooting of Maplewood woman

Police say Todd L. Tennin is “a risk to public safety.”

Fired MSP baggage handler settles lawsuit with Delta

He claimed he was fired for talking about union, pay rates.
Target to pay $2.8M hiring discrimination settlement

Target to pay $2.8M hiring discrimination settlement

Tests for upper-level jobs screened out blacks, Asians and women, EEOC says.

Man fatally shot by Itasca County deputy is ID'd

Authorities say the suspect ignored repeated orders from deputies to put down his gun and then pointed the weapon at the deputies.
New clues in hunt for driver hitting bicyclists with concrete

New clues in hunt for driver hitting bicyclists with concrete

Five victims were approached by the suspect while he was driving erratically, police say.
Mpls. native says Bill Cosby harassed her at show taping

Mpls. native says Bill Cosby harassed her at show taping

She said the comedian tried “to get me to come home with him.”

Woodbury senior center blamed after client's smoking started fatal fire

The facility is being blamed for failing to stop the oxygen-dependent resident from smoking.

14-month-old girl dies after wandering into pond outside N. Minnesota home

A 14-month-old girl wandered into a small pond behind her family’s northern Minnesota home and drowned, authorities said. Camri Bella Aho was found early Saturday…
Ex-student charged after shutdown of Coffman Union at U

Ex-student charged after shutdown of Coffman Union at U

Gas-soaked towels and flares were found; he remains jailed.

Man shot by police at Edina condo drew BB gun, charges say

Colin Reinsmoen is charged with assault and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
1 man convicted, charges dropped against 4 in Pedal Pub ambush

1 man convicted, charges dropped against 4 in Pedal Pub ambush

Shakopee man is fined, put on probation for what he sees as “a dumb mistake.” Others had their cases dismissed because of a lack of evidence. One last defendant remains charged, and he is a wanted man.
State Fair announces dozens of new attractions for 2015

State Fair announces dozens of new attractions for 2015

Dozens of new attractions for this year’s festivities were announced Wednesday.
Hibbing Raceway mourns couple killed in crash with suspected drunken driver

Hibbing Raceway mourns couple killed in crash with suspected drunken driver

Kevin and Kathy Davey were deeply involved in the Hibbing Raceway, helping run the operation, owning cars and watching their children race.
Faribault man tied up, killed suicidal woman in woods, charges say

Faribault man tied up, killed suicidal woman in woods, charges say

The defendant bound his victim’s feet and hands, choked her until she passed out and cut her throat with a 10-inch knife, the criminal complaint read.
Father describes moments when Edina police shot 'troubled' son

Father describes moments when Edina police shot 'troubled' son

Robert Reinsmoen said his son, Colin, was in a dark mood before police arrived.
NE Minnesota Rep. David Dill, championed outdoors, dies from cancer

NE Minnesota Rep. David Dill, championed outdoors, dies from cancer

The Crane Lake DFLer was first elected to the House in 2002.
Brooklyn Park police find mom of boy, 3, spotted alone near busy street

Brooklyn Park police find mom of boy, 3, spotted alone near busy street

A 3-year-old boy, wearing only a diaper, was spotted Thursday morning standing close to traffic along a busy Brooklyn Park street, and police located his…

Sentence for tax dodging sends Anoka 'Kingdom of Heaven' resident to prison

An Anoka woman will spend two years in prison and has been ordered to pay nearly $200,000 for dodging income taxes for years after claiming…
Charge: St. Paul killer says rage prompted him to fatally shoot man in back

Charge: St. Paul killer says rage prompted him to fatally shoot man in back

The gunman allegedly stood up, put his hands on his head and said to police, “It’s me. … I let my rage get the best of me.”

20-year-old drowns while swimming in St. Croix River

A 20-year-old man has died, apparently from drowning while swimming in the St. Croix River north of the Twin Cities, authorities said. Rico Marice Davis…

2 motorcyclists going 135 mph top Minnesota speeding crackdown

“First I heard them … and then I saw them,” said the officer who ticketed the side-by-side motorcycling tandem.

Charges: Mora teacher sneaked sexual photos of girls in class, flirted with teen

The search of his iPad revealed 114 photos taken of girls who appeared to be unaware they were being photographed, according to the criminal complaint.
'LION Killer!' sprayed on Florida home of Twin Cities hunter

'LION Killer!' sprayed on Florida home of Twin Cities hunter

Pigs feet made to look bloody also left in the driveway of the Marco Island residence.
Motorcycle deaths in Minnesota skyrocket in 2015

Motorcycle deaths in Minnesota skyrocket in 2015

The riding season is far from over, but three new fatalities since Sunday afternoon have pushed the death toll to almost the same number as for all of 2014.
Toymaker launches 'Cecil the Lion' Beanie Baby as fundraiser

Toymaker launches 'Cecil the Lion' Beanie Baby as fundraiser

Profits from sales will go to the researchers who were tracking the animal before an Eden Prairie big-game hunter killed it last month in Zimbabwe.
State Fair joins stampede against selfie sticks, but no outright ban

State Fair joins stampede against selfie sticks, but no outright ban

“We didn’t want to do a fairground-wide ban,” said fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette said. “There are plenty of places where it wouldn’t present a problem.”
Police: St. Paul victim had gun permit when he killed armed suspect

Police: St. Paul victim had gun permit when he killed armed suspect

Shots were fired during a vigil two nights later at the robbery scene, but no one was hit; five were arrested.
Zimbabwe wants quick extradition of Twin Cities lion hunter

Zimbabwe wants quick extradition of Twin Cities lion hunter

On Monday, Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer said that "everything is just fine,” but he refused to disclose his whereabouts.

Charges: Extremely drunk mom drives off as pleading daughter clings to pickup

Girl escapes serious injury, calls mom a liar for denying drinking, charges say. Woman's BAC was .30%.
Twin Cities dentist says he wants to cooperate with hunting inquiry

Twin Cities dentist says he wants to cooperate with hunting inquiry

U.S. wildlife officials say a representative for Walter Palmer contacted the agency late Thursday, before wildlife authorities in Zimbabwe called for his extradition to their country.

Man's body recovered from lake in Little Canada

The man had been missing since shortly after 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Lake Gervais.

Pontoon flips northwest of Willmar, fatally trapping man underwater

The incident occurred on what is known as Golden Pond, located in Kandiyohi County.

Couple in 70s killed in crash after attending southern Minnesota county fair

The wife had just performed as a dancer at the Blue Earth County Fair.

New Prague man missing for 2 weeks is found dead

“No foul play is suspected” in the death of Tony Slavik, 31, LeSueur County Sheriff David Tietz said in a statement.
Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Mpls. police Sgt. Jesse Garcia, suffering from stomach cancer, dies

Jesse Garcia, a Minneapolis police sergeant who for years was the public face of the department as its chief spokesman, has died, the police union…
Zimbabwe official: Extradition sought for Twin Cities man who killed lion

Zimbabwe official: Extradition sought for Twin Cities man who killed lion

"Unfortunately it was too late to apprehend the foreign poacher as he had already absconded to his country of origin," Zimbabwe's wildlife minister said at a Friday news conference.
July 30: Part of Quetico near BWCA closed in search for 'extreme survivalist'

July 30: Part of Quetico near BWCA closed in search for 'extreme survivalist'

A man described as an “extreme survivalist” is somewhere in a massive Canadian park bordering Minnesota and authorities have closed off several lakes to the public during the search for him, officials said Thursday.

Car fatally hits woman crossing in middle of busy Brooklyn Blvd.

The Minneapolis woman, 21, died several hours later at the hospital.
'Miracle on Ice' goalie empties attic, puts it all on auction block for $5.7 million

'Miracle on Ice' goalie empties attic, puts it all on auction block for $5.7 million

Jim Craig is selling his gold medal and the U.S. flag that was draped over his shoulders in one of the iconic images of the "Miracle on Ice" team.
U.S. agencies step up in case of dentist who killed lion

U.S. agencies step up in case of dentist who killed lion

In Zimbabwe, two men implicated in the killing of Cecil were in court Wednesday. In Bloomington, Dr. Walter Palmer was referring his patients to other dentists for the time being.
Bloomington dentist thought he was acting legally at lion hunt

Bloomington dentist thought he was acting legally at lion hunt

A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did.
Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally

Twin Cities dentist admits killing beloved lion, thought he was acting legally

A big-game hunter from the Twin Cities acknowledged Tuesday that he killed a beloved lion in Zimbabwe with a bow and arrow, but said he regrets what he did and believed that his guides were leading him on a legal hunt.

Thousands of fireplaces, stoves recalled by Hearth and Home of Lakeville

Recalls involve natural gas and pellet stove heaters.
Boyfriend sets speed trap in Cottage Grove, nabs girlfriend with proposal

Boyfriend sets speed trap in Cottage Grove, nabs girlfriend with proposal

Officers pulled over the unsuspecting woman as boyfriend sprung surprise.

Allegedly drunk and shoeless, Minn. motorcyclist leaves severely injured passenger in ditch

The crash occurred on Hwy. 10 in Rice, Minn.
Charges: Puddle of Mudd singer very drunk, fled at 100 mph in rural Minn.

Charges: Puddle of Mudd singer very drunk, fled at 100 mph in rural Minn.

A breath test showed a reading above legal limit.

Motorcyclist dies in predawn collision in Lakeville

The crash occurred about 5:10 a.m. Saturday on County Road 46, about 50 yards east of Galaxie Avenue.
Man killed by police at Arby's in Plymouth was shot in head, authorities say

Man killed by police at Arby's in Plymouth was shot in head, authorities say

Derek R. Wolfsteller was fatally shot Thursday night at the Arby’s on Hwy. 55 just west of Hwy. 169, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.

2 men are killed in shooting at busy Minneapolis intersection

The bloodshed occurred about 10:20 p.m. Saturday near Franklin and Chicago avenues, according to police.
Ellison says Trump can win GOP nod, points to Minn. electing Ventura governor

Ellison says Trump can win GOP nod, points to Minn. electing Ventura governor

“You know, George, we had Jesse Ventura in Minnesota win the governorship,” the representative from Minneapolis said.
First Happy Chef restaurant, last still in biz, is for sale in Mankato

First Happy Chef restaurant, last still in biz, is for sale in Mankato

From the first Happy Chef eatery in Mankato, there followed dozens more of the family-style restaurants, sprinkled around Minnesota and elsewhere in the Midwest as…

Charges elevated against son accused of killing police officer father, older brother

A grand jury has elevated charges to first-degree murder against a 22-year-old man accused of shooting his older brother and their father, an Elk River…

Forecast: A soaking after dark, then mugginess marches in to Twin Cities

The National Weather Service is envisioning up to a quarter-inch of rain starting about 3 a.m. Friday, then another dose before 7 a.m. that could add a half-inch more by 7 a.m.
Lake creature Minne gets too much love, is abruptly yanked from Calhoun

Lake creature Minne gets too much love, is abruptly yanked from Calhoun

The Loch Ness monster-like sculpture was removed because numerous people were making their way to Minne on paddleboards and climbing on its back and up the long neck of the 13-foot-tall piece of artwork.
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