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Prison for St. Paul man caught amid crackdown illegally selling guns online

Investigators found evidence linking St. Paul man's sales to several handguns used in serious crimes.

Former Gophers wrestling standout on MMA card at Mystic Lake

Four-time All-American Logan Storley attempts to run his record to 5-0 next month.

BCA: Eagan suspect was shot in head, but did he or police fire the fatal shot?

Officers who fired are ID'd; one has been on the Eagan force for 18 years, the other for four years.
Paula Abdul, Eagan teen to be featured when WE Day packs Xcel Center

Paula Abdul, Eagan teen to be featured when WE Day packs Xcel Center

The gathering's mission is to inspire young people to make a positive difference locally and globally.
Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

Judge orders Minneapolis metal shredder to cease major part of operations

Operations must cease by Friday. State pollution officials applaud the judge's action.
Lightning strike suspected in late-night south Minneapolis house fire

Lightning strike suspected in late-night south Minneapolis house fire

Two adults and two children escaped the blaze unharmed, authorities said.
Teen dragged to his death by pickup in Wright County; 2 arrested

Teen dragged to his death by pickup in Wright County; 2 arrested

The victim was involved in a confrontation with someone in the pickup when it accelerated, authorities said.
Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Charges: Firetruck driver in deadly I-35W crash lacked sleep, smoked pot

Two in Michigan-based crew on its way to Utah died in wreck.
DNR shuts access to lake near Bemidji to fight invasive algae

DNR shuts access to lake near Bemidji to fight invasive algae

Stubborn starry stonewort forms thick mats on the surface of infested lakes.

Alaska Airlines plane diverts to MSP when passenger tries to open door

The jet was flying from New York's JFK Airport, bound for Seattle, when the passenger tried to open a door in the rear of the aircraft.
Vikings' Boone on Kaepernick sitting during anthem: 'It's shameful'

Vikings' Boone on Kaepernick sitting during anthem: 'It's shameful'

Vikings lineman Alex Boone said his former 49ers teammate "probably would have had a problem on the sideline" during Friday's game if the two were still teammates.
If you're missing your tropical snake, please contact McLeod County sheriff

If you're missing your tropical snake, please contact McLeod County sheriff

The 8-foot-long creature was captured in a park west of the Twin Cities.

ID'd: Motorist killed by teen driver who crossed centerline in central Minnesota

The crash happened about 12:50 a.m. about 9 miles west of Onamia, authorities said.
IDs revealed of 2 on Utah-bound firetruck that died in crash on 35W

IDs revealed of 2 on Utah-bound firetruck that died in crash on 35W

Nine people were in the vehicle and many had serious injuries, according to the State Patrol.

Marine mechanic falls off new boat in W. Minn. with no life jacket, dies

The victim had taken the boat out for testing on the Alexandria lake.
Man charged in shooting death in Minn. state park is in the National Guard

Man charged in shooting death in Minn. state park is in the National Guard

The victim was sitting in his car, and all the windows were rolled up, according to the prosecution.

Prison for St. Paul woman who stole $480K from charities she started

She bought pricey handbags and paid son's rent and her car payments, according to prosecutors.
Short sale of home brings felony charges for ex-Gopher basketball star, wife

Short sale of home brings felony charges for ex-Gopher basketball star, wife

The charges accuse Sam Jacobson of orchestrating a short sale of his Apple Valley house to his future wife, who quickly flipped it for a $176,000 profit.

Car slips off jack, fatally crushes Stearns County man changing oil

His wife came home to find him under the vehicle in their garage.
Family friend charged in death, sex assault of Meeker Co. girl

Family friend charged in death, sex assault of Meeker Co. girl

In Watkins, population 1,000, nearly 1,000 people attended a vigil for Alayna Ert on Tuesday evening.
$10K reward offered in killing of Minneapolis grandmother nearly 3 months ago

$10K reward offered in killing of Minneapolis grandmother nearly 3 months ago

The woman was driving her teen granddaughter to an appointment when gang crossfire wounded her.

Man missing for weeks found dead in wreck off I-94 near Sauk Centre

The vehicle ended up on its roof in a creek.

'Ticking' item briefly closes downtown Mpls. intersection

The sound was coming from a garbage can at the intersection of Hennepin and 7th, and the bomb squad safely solved the mystery. The streets were reopened after about 30 minutes.

Woman who stole $1.7M from Minnesota employer, lost most at casino, is sentenced

She skimmed money for eight years and lost it at the casino.
Murder, kidnap charges pending against family friend in girl's death

Murder, kidnap charges pending against family friend in girl's death

Zachary T. Anderson remains jailed Monday as authorities put together their case.

Raging motorist in Alexandria rams other driver twice, is unruly upon arrest

A motorist purposely rammed another vehicle twice on a road in western Minnesota, sparking a police chase that led to the suspect’s highly resisted arrest.…
Ruby Tuesday closes several Twin Cities locations; 4 survive

Ruby Tuesday closes several Twin Cities locations; 4 survive

Those left are at Rosedale in Roseville, Southdale in Edina, and in Shakopee and Inver Grove Heights.

Father gets maximum sentence in fatal beating of infant son in their N. Minn. home

Emery J. Jenkins to serve in prison for eight years.

Charges: Firing from one car into another in N. Mpls., gunman killed gang rival

An Eagan man was killed and another victim was wounded.

Prison for mentally ill man who raped girl, 10, in Mpls. apartment building

The defendant was given a 12-year term Tuesday.

State bars internet lender, wins $11.7M settlement over 'rent-a-tribe' loans

The deal covers loans involving more than 6,000 borrowers in Minnesota.
Fox caught after Mpls. attacks; woman grabbed its jaws to free herself

Fox caught after Mpls. attacks; woman grabbed its jaws to free herself

Animal destroyed; jogger, bicyclist treated for rabies.
After five years, doubling of coupons at SuperAmerica coming to an end

After five years, doubling of coupons at SuperAmerica coming to an end

The Tuesdays promotion is over as of the end of August.

Columbia Heights man fatally pinned under car ID'd as onetime school board chair

Keith Roberts was a teacher in Coon Rapids at the time of his death.

Key clue surfaces in fatal hit-and-run in Belle Plaine

The State Patrol has narrowed the possibilities of what type of vehicle struck the man on Hwy. 169.
Murder charge: Mpls. dad punched his baby girl 22 times in head, chest

Murder charge: Mpls. dad punched his baby girl 22 times in head, chest

The man's hands were covered in blood when emergency responders arrived, according to a search warrant.
State Fair to tighten security at gates, around grounds this year

State Fair to tighten security at gates, around grounds this year

Virtually everything will be searched at the fair's 11 gates. The Great Minnesota Get-Together starts Aug. 25 and runs through Labor Day.

Itasca County charges: Drunk driver tried to pin crash on friend dead in ditch

Another passenger eventually told authorities the dead man was being wrongly accused, according to prosecutors.
Mpls. man accused of killing his baby girl is 'mentally ill,' mom says

Mpls. man accused of killing his baby girl is 'mentally ill,' mom says

The suspect was home alone with his daughter, police said.
Road work to close key stadium departure route for 6 Vikings games, 2 concerts

Road work to close key stadium departure route for 6 Vikings games, 2 concerts

Traffic troubles are expected for three months as six blocks of Washington Av. partially close.
Car crash kills Mpls. rock singer, his passenger

Car crash kills Mpls. rock singer, his passenger

His passenger also died in the rollover in South Dakota.
Mpls. man accused of killing his 4-month-old is mentally ill, his mother says

Mpls. man accused of killing his 4-month-old is mentally ill, his mother says

Family had tried to get father mental health help, his mother said. He is jailed on suspicion of murder in 4 -month-old's death.

Dakota County crash kills driver, 23

The wreck occurred in the southern part of the county.
DFL Party official from Worthington dies in motorcycle crash

DFL Party official from Worthington dies in motorcycle crash

A DFL Party chairman for a southwestern Minnesota county and labor organizer was killed this week in a motorcycle crash, authorities said Friday. John Spiegelhoff,…

Southern Minnesota lake reopens after rare outbreak of toxic algae blooms

Heavy rains and cleanup lifted closure of Beaver Lake in Steele County.

Twin Cities man drowns trying to save relative in rough Fla. Gulf waters

His death came as authorities are warning visitors to stay out of the water.

New dad dies in head-on crash with semi in Washington Co.

Collision occurred on the border of May Township and Scandia.

Twin Cities man drowns trying to save relative in rough Fla. Gulf waters

His death came as authorities are warning visitors to stay out of the water.

Rochester man charged in fatal shooting of driver

A 30-year-old Rochester man was charged Thursday with fatally shooting the driver of a car he was a passenger in early Wednesday, according to police…

Driver from Twin Cities dies after car crashes on I-35, splits in two

A car crashed and split in two after a tire blew along a southern Minnesota interstate in a wreck that killed the 19-year-old driver from…
Husband saw wife being killed during Fla. police training simulation

Husband saw wife being killed during Fla. police training simulation

Police chief said it could be up to four more weeks before investigators reveal why the gun was loaded with live ammunition.
Twin Cities woman killed by Fla. officer in 'horrible accident' during exercise

Twin Cities woman killed by Fla. officer in 'horrible accident' during exercise

"Horrible accident" took place during Citizens Academy police exercise.
After violent incidents, Mpls. alternative school has new leadership

After violent incidents, Mpls. alternative school has new leadership

Troubled by several violent incidents, Harrison gets new principal and assistant.

Deal brings new ownership for many Twin Cities suburban papers

The sale of ECM Publishers to Adam Publishing Group means a new owner for Sun weeklies.
North Minneapolis drive-by shooting kills young man on bike

North Minneapolis drive-by shooting kills young man on bike

Police have yet to say what led to the gunfire.

Crash kills 23-year-old driver near his Victoria home

A single-vehicle crash in the southwest metro killed the driver, who was thrown from his vehicle and killed about 2 miles from his home in…
Shooting victim's car crashes; Hwy. 100 was closed for nearly 3 hours

Shooting victim's car crashes; Hwy. 100 was closed for nearly 3 hours

The northbound side of the freeway was closed for more than 2 hours Tuesday night.

Dealer sentenced for selling fatal heroin dose that killed Hermantown nurse

The 23-year-old defendant was sentenced to six years and two months.

Charges: Man breaks into home near Lake Calhoun, rapes sleeping woman

A stranger broke into a woman’s Minneapolis apartment near Lake Calhoun and began raping her as she slept, according to charges. Davon Allen, 34, of…

Driver with 'buzz' on charged with causing, fleeing fatal crash near Park Rapids

The victim was a member of the Minnesota Army National Guard at the time of his death.

I-494 in South St. Paul is back open after fatal pedestrian accident

The pedestrian was on the interstate for an "unknown reason" at the time he was run over, the patrol said.
Trucker charged in Nebraska crash that killed Twin Cities family of 5

Trucker charged in Nebraska crash that killed Twin Cities family of 5

A sixth person has died from the pileup. The Minneapolis couple were heading to training in Colorado for a missionary trip to Japan.
Teens charged in viral video attack of 15-year-old St. Francis girl

Teens charged in viral video attack of 15-year-old St. Francis girl

The women are accused of attacking a girl, 15, while friends watched.
Surveillance photos show man who stole Maris awards from Fargo museum

Surveillance photos show man who stole Maris awards from Fargo museum

The suspect at a Fargo mall appears to be wearing a police-style uniform while clutching the stolen items.
Pool chemicals prompt evacuation of Plymouth hotel, restaurant, theater

Pool chemicals prompt evacuation of Plymouth hotel, restaurant, theater

A release of pool chemicals at a Plymouth hotel Thursday afternoon prompted evacuation of the building, including an adjoining Green Mill restaurant and the Plymouth…

11-year-old boy crashes utility vehicle in NW Minnesota; 9 kids hurt

He and eight other kids hurt after utility vehicle tipped.
Charges: Parking rift sparked shooting death behind Winona bar

Charges: Parking rift sparked shooting death behind Winona bar

A handgun was recovered from the apartment of the man charged in the drive-by shooting.
Lawyer suspended over drunken stabbing at Manny's bar

Lawyer suspended over drunken stabbing at Manny's bar

Michael Riehm can reapply for his license in 5 years; he's already has been convicted of a felony.
Musician shot dead at Winona bar; 1 other person wounded

Musician shot dead at Winona bar; 1 other person wounded

A well-known folk and bluegrass musician was shot to death and another man wounded by gunfire early Wednesday at a downtown Winona bar, and the suspected gunman was arrested a few hours later, authorities said.

Twin Cities boy, 3, badly hurt after falling 4 stories in Rochester

A woman was with the boy in the apartment at the time, police said.
Dozens arrested, more overnight, near governor's residence

Dozens arrested, more overnight, near governor's residence

After a long day of conflict between demonstrators and police at the governor's residence in St. Paul, Summit Avenue seesawed between being open and closed before police shut it down.

Unlicensed hit-and-run driver who killed Albert Lea woman gets two years

The collision left the woman in the median of the busy street. She was dead by the time emergency responders arrived.
Mother is third in family to die in Dakota County crash

Mother is third in family to die in Dakota County crash

The collision occurred after the family's SUV made a tight passing maneuver. The woman's unborn child also died.

Convicted sex offender, 90, charged with sex crime at Edina pool

The man had sex toys with him at the time of his arrest, according to the criminal complaint.

Man who died while in Lake Minnetonka was St. Francis school board member

David Roberts was pulled from the water one evening last week. What led to his death has yet to be determined.
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