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After a month, state turns to public for help finding predatory pedophile who fled

After a month, state turns to public for help finding predatory pedophile who fled

Jonah Hawkins has sexually assaulted children, according to his criminal history. He hasn't been seen in a month.
$200,000 in bookkeeping thievery earns Mound woman a year in jail

$200,000 in bookkeeping thievery earns Mound woman a year in jail

Most of the money was stolen from a north metro community college foundation.

Woman stabbed during downtown Minneapolis ramp robbery dies

Charges against the defendant upgraded to murder.
Coroner: It was the fire that killed woman in her Minneapolis garage

Coroner: It was the fire that killed woman in her Minneapolis garage

The Fire Department had said earlier that the blaze Saturday was not what killed Margaret Coleman.
New plaza in the works for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska

New plaza in the works for Lake Calhoun/Bde Maka Ska

Construction is expected to begin in the fall, according to the Park Board.
'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas

'Justice for Justine' event offers police-reform ideas

Also, a search warrant application says someone hit or slapped the police car shortly before Justine Damond was shot.
Minnesota woman hospitalized after falling into St. Croix River has died

Minnesota woman hospitalized after falling into St. Croix River has died

Staci M. Meehan, 40, of Balaton, had been camping on an island on the Wisconsin side of the river.

180-day sentence for man who raped vulnerable Minneapolis teen

The 19-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to assaulting the girl, who had an IQ of 57 at the time of the attack.
Fan who prompted Peter Frampton's Treasure Island meltdown laments her role

Fan who prompted Peter Frampton's Treasure Island meltdown laments her role

She said she was using the album cover as a fan when the cameraman put her image on the big screens, much to the rocker's dismay.
Frampton apologizes for meltdown that halted Treasure Island rock concert

Frampton apologizes for meltdown that halted Treasure Island rock concert

"Things beyond my control changed," the British rocker explained on Twitter.

North Minneapolis garage catches fire; woman found dead inside

"The death was not a result of the fire, and foul play is not ... suspected," a fire official said.
Remains ID'd just months ago, Minnesotan killed at Pearl Harbor heads home

Remains ID'd just months ago, Minnesotan killed at Pearl Harbor heads home

Elmer Kerestes' remains will be escorted home to the Holdingford area.
Cecil the lion offspring killed in hunt; researcher says it 'was legal'

Cecil the lion offspring killed in hunt; researcher says it 'was legal'

The death comes a little more than two years after a Bloomington dentist killed Cecil, sparking global outrage.
Graphic body cam video shows officer shooting dogs in Minneapolis yard

Graphic body cam video shows officer shooting dogs in Minneapolis yard

The officer's video is the first public viewing of the entire encounter that left the two animals with serious wounds.
Couple robbed at knifepoint at U bus stop, ordered to strip

Couple robbed at knifepoint at U bus stop, ordered to strip

The suspect in the late-night crime remains at large.
2 sentenced for aiding man who shot BLM protesters at 4th Precinct

2 sentenced for aiding man who shot BLM protesters at 4th Precinct

One will serve time in the workhouse, the other on house arrest.
Hockey, Paula Deen and yet more food among new State Fair attractions

Hockey, Paula Deen and yet more food among new State Fair attractions

Along with the previously announced tallest traveling Ferris wheel in North America, several other new Minnesota State Fair attractions were revealed this morning ranging from a celebration of the NHL's centennial to yarn-inspired street art to an appearance by celebrity chef Paula Deen.
911 call reveals Minn. woman watched boyfriend die from failed video stunt

911 call reveals Minn. woman watched boyfriend die from failed video stunt

The young woman is charged in the fatal shooting, which was captured on video as they pursued internet fame.
More prison time for Minn. driver who fatally hit friend while 'doing doughnuts'

More prison time for Minn. driver who fatally hit friend while 'doing doughnuts'

Nathan P. Brooks was "doing doughnuts" at an outdoor drinking party when he ran over his friend.
Thousands of minks dying after vandals free them from Minn. farm

Thousands of minks dying after vandals free them from Minn. farm

Authorities have yet to track down the perpetrators who struck late at night.
Portillo's reveals some juicy details about its future Maple Grove location

Portillo's reveals some juicy details about its future Maple Grove location

The Chicago-style hot dog purveyor said the fast-casual dining spot will feature a Prohibition theme and will open in the fall.
11-year-old Burnsville boy missing since Sunday is found safe

11-year-old Burnsville boy missing since Sunday is found safe

Burnsville police said the boy was at a friend's home nearby.
Twin Cities man says he's to blame, not Tesla autopilot, for rollover crash

Twin Cities man says he's to blame, not Tesla autopilot, for rollover crash

The Eden Prairie driver says he is clarifying what was in the police report, and says he had disengaged the autopilot by stepping on the accelerator.

Tens of thousands of minks released from cages in Stearns County

The predatory animals can bite humans and pose a threat to local wildlife, sheriff says.
Hill-Murray's Guentzel bringing Stanley Cup to hometown Woodbury

Hill-Murray's Guentzel bringing Stanley Cup to hometown Woodbury

Hill-Murray alumnus Jake Guentzel, the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie who helped his team win the NHL championship last month, is brining the Stanley Cup to town for a day.
Nevada DMV facial recognition nabs 1992 Minn. prison escapee

Nevada DMV facial recognition nabs 1992 Minn. prison escapee

The fugitive, who fled a Minnesota federal prison 25 years ago, was trying to renew his state ID card at the time of his arrest in Las Vegas.
90 days in jail for Minn. homeowner who fatally shot fleeing intruder

90 days in jail for Minn. homeowner who fatally shot fleeing intruder

David A. Pettersen pleaded guilty to endangering safety with intentional discharge of a firearm, and a second-degree manslaughter charge was dismissed.
Police union: Dog officer shot in Mpls. yard was growling, advancing

Police union: Dog officer shot in Mpls. yard was growling, advancing

It says one of two was advancing, growling before shots were fired.
Owl gets head stuck in car grille, rides 30 miles to Brooklyn Park

Owl gets head stuck in car grille, rides 30 miles to Brooklyn Park

Police freed the bird and took it to a caregiver in their squad car, however, the owl did not survive.
NRA:Killing of Castile a 'tragedy that could have been avoided'

NRA:Killing of Castile a 'tragedy that could have been avoided'

The National Rifle Association, criticized for its silence after a Twin Cities police officer was acquitted for killing permit-to-carry gun owner Philando Castile, has now responded to the verdict 3½ weeks later and said the death was a "tragedy that could have been avoided."
Woman whose dogs were shot by Mpls. police wants officer prosecuted

Woman whose dogs were shot by Mpls. police wants officer prosecuted

An attorney for the family says the officer filed a false report and should be disciplined.
Minnesota Rep. Omar to appear on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

Minnesota Rep. Omar to appear on 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'

The nation's first Somali-American legislator, is scheduled to be on with host Trevor Noah on Thursday.

Elk River man, 21, dies in crash northwest of Twin Lakes

The wreck occurred late at night over the weekend, according to the medical examiner's office.

Man crashes car on I-35W, walks into traffic and is killed

The crash occurred shortly after midnight in Arden Hills, according to the State Patrol.
Misdemeanor DUI plea deal given to Minn. driver who killed boy in wagon

Misdemeanor DUI plea deal given to Minn. driver who killed boy in wagon

Two other counts are dropped against the man, who was not charged with a felony.
2-state flotilla along St. Croix River plots mission against invasive species

2-state flotilla along St. Croix River plots mission against invasive species

Decontamination units will scrub watercraft in a 2-day effort to prevent spread of the invasives.
Mom arrested after abducting her 2 children during supervised visit in Roseville

Mom arrested after abducting her 2 children during supervised visit in Roseville

She left with the kids, ages 5 and 7, in an SUV late Thursday morning.
14-month-old who fell into pool at Maple Grove home and died is ID'd

14-month-old who fell into pool at Maple Grove home and died is ID'd

Authorities have yet to detail the circumstances that led to the boy being underwater.
Mille Lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, ends tonight

Mille Lacs walleye fishing, even catch and release, ends tonight

Total ban will start Thursday and remain in effect through most of July.
Man missing while camping at Dakota Co. Fairgrounds is found dead

Man missing while camping at Dakota Co. Fairgrounds is found dead

Authorities are working to determine what led to the man's death.

Crash proves fatal for man in car that crossed centerline in Wright County, hit 2 vehicles

The victim's wife was driving when the crash occurred near Buffalo.
Driver killed when he hits wall at Brainerd Raceway

Driver killed when he hits wall at Brainerd Raceway

Veteran driver's car appeared to rev up when he needed to downshift at Brainerd track.
Murder charge: Man, 34, stabbed 29 times during fight over eviction

Murder charge: Man, 34, stabbed 29 times during fight over eviction

Charges: Drunk suspect stabbed tenant 29 times as he tried to evict him.
Pilot dies in crash of 1950s-era military plane near Moorhead airport

Pilot dies in crash of 1950s-era military plane near Moorhead airport

Breckenridge man was trying to land but crashed in a cornfield near I-94.

Prison for Wayzata man who dodged $1.3M in taxes as head of home care agency

The money he took from the nonprofit he ran benefited his family.
Charge: As children watched, man shot dead outside Robbinsdale Father's Day gathering

Charge: As children watched, man shot dead outside Robbinsdale Father's Day gathering

Defendant faces murder charges stemming from the Father's Day incident.
Gypsy moth infestation prompts quarantine in Minneapolis' Lowry Hill

Gypsy moth infestation prompts quarantine in Minneapolis' Lowry Hill

The state action puts limits on movement of tree and shrub trimmings.
Defendant in LeMond 'cybersquat' suit issues denial, blames ID thief

Defendant in LeMond 'cybersquat' suit issues denial, blames ID thief

The marketing expert wants the legal action dismissed and for LeMond to publicly admit he was wrong to sue in the first place.

Speed, alcohol factors in ATV crash that killed Twin Cities man

The ATV rolled several times near an intersection late at night in Pine County.

Stearns County sheriff: Motorist runs stop sign, fatally hits other driver

Two people were hospitalized in St. Cloud with life-threatening injuries.
St. Paul Ballet's trailer, traveling floor are stolen

St. Paul Ballet's trailer, traveling floor are stolen

The floor was used by the ballet company for community outreach performances.
Minnesota woman charged with killing boyfriend in video stunt

Minnesota woman charged with killing boyfriend in video stunt

A 19-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with fatally shooting her boyfriend outside their home in northwestern Minnesota in what officials say was a stunt for YouTube that went awry. "We called him our little daredevil," said the man's aunt.
Plea deal: No jail, 1-year ban for Minn. trapper who illegally killed wildlife

Plea deal: No jail, 1-year ban for Minn. trapper who illegally killed wildlife

DNR called it area's biggest such operation ever seen.
Autopsy: Cardiac arrest killed runner during North Shore trail race

Autopsy: Cardiac arrest killed runner during North Shore trail race

The Eagan High School teacher had no known medical problems, according to the medical examiner's office.
During guilty plea, driver said she was on Ambien when she fatally hit woman in Duluth

During guilty plea, driver said she was on Ambien when she fatally hit woman in Duluth

"I put the vehicle into the wrong gear," the defendant said in court.
Free acts at State Fair band shell include Pointer Sisters, Tanya Tucker, Foghat

Free acts at State Fair band shell include Pointer Sisters, Tanya Tucker, Foghat

Also at the free venue are George Clinton, Chris Janson and Hippo Campus.
Heads-up: The lowdown on those fighter jets buzzing over Twin Cities

Heads-up: The lowdown on those fighter jets buzzing over Twin Cities

"Any idea what the fighter jet was doing over Shakopee?"
St. Croix boater's death likely from carbon monoxide poisoning

St. Croix boater's death likely from carbon monoxide poisoning

Two others are in the hospital, with one in critical condition. The boat was found at a beach on the Wisconsin side of the river.
Order in Greg LeMond lawsuit temporarily stymies alleged 'cybersquatters'

Order in Greg LeMond lawsuit temporarily stymies alleged 'cybersquatters'

Cycling legend sued an Orono marketing veteran and his son over squatting on web addresses.
3 Amish teens injured, 1 critically, after SUV rear-ends buggy in western Wis.

3 Amish teens injured, 1 critically, after SUV rear-ends buggy in western Wis.

The most severely injured was thrown from the buggy and rendered unconscious, authorities said.
'Are you kidding me?': 45-year-old hits homer in lone at-bat with Saints

'Are you kidding me?': 45-year-old hits homer in lone at-bat with Saints

Kevin Millar was a member of the Red Sox 2004 World Series title team and given one trip to the plate Saturday as a gesture to his being on the Saints' inaugural roster 25 years ago.
Ridgedale Library to close soon for major overhaul aimed at connectivity needs

Ridgedale Library to close soon for major overhaul aimed at connectivity needs

36-year-old building will close for about a year for updates.
Family-owned its entire 65 years, Dairy Queen on Snelling closes for good

Family-owned its entire 65 years, Dairy Queen on Snelling closes for good

"We have developed many friendships and loyal customers over the years, and we will miss you."
Dashcam shows cop's 'brutal attack' on Minn. motorist, ACLU says

Dashcam shows cop's 'brutal attack' on Minn. motorist, ACLU says

The video shows the officer repeatedly kneeing the motorist while he's still belted in his seat. Authorities say the man resisted arrest and had been in a dangerous road-rage incident.
Feds seize food from St. Paul warehouse infested with dead rodents, live birds

Feds seize food from St. Paul warehouse infested with dead rodents, live birds

The facility failed its third inspection last month; owner says he's done storing food there.
Edina man killed by fentanyl overdose is ID'd; drug dealer charged with murder

Edina man killed by fentanyl overdose is ID'd; drug dealer charged with murder

Lethal drug was in heroin that he and his girlfriend had ingested, according to authorities.

MnDOT crew workers pull pilot from downed plane in northwestern Minnesota

The pilot was rushed to a hospital in Fargo, authorities said. His condition has yet to be disclosed.
Minneapolis sex trafficker who sold young girls gets 36 years in prison

Minneapolis sex trafficker who sold young girls gets 36 years in prison

Prosecutors pushed for a life term for the 22-year-old defendant, who was already registered as a predatory offender.
NRA is silent about cop's acquittal because Castile was black, 'Daily Show' host says

NRA is silent about cop's acquittal because Castile was black, 'Daily Show' host says

"The Daily Show" host accuses gun-rights group of a double standard.
Jurors convict man who cheated investors of $2.1M, bought Wright County island

Jurors convict man who cheated investors of $2.1M, bought Wright County island

He also bought vintage cars and took vacations with the money; victims included an ex-girlfriend, his pastor.
No-frills airline Allegiant to fly between St. Cloud and Fort Myers, Fla.

No-frills airline Allegiant to fly between St. Cloud and Fort Myers, Fla.

Flights will start in November and run until at least Easter, an Allegiant spokeswoman said.
32½ years for gunman who killed bystander in Burnsville store

32½ years for gunman who killed bystander in Burnsville store

The gunfire followed a dispute in the store involving the shooter's girlfriend and an employee.
McDonald's debuting delivery in Twin Cities

McDonald's debuting delivery in Twin Cities

There are 19 locations, most in Minneapolis and St. Paul, now offering the convenience.
Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP, self-service kiosks for bags

Delta debuts facial recognition at MSP, self-service kiosks for bags

Checking a bag at the Twin Cities airport? Just bring your face and your passport. Delta on Monday debuted self-service kiosks aimed at speeding up…

Senior condo complex for U retirees is reeling from suspected embezzlement

Probe has started with "a large amount of money" missing and a senior executive fired.
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