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Eden Prairie's adopted owl closer to having answer for 'who are you?'

Eden Prairie's adopted owl closer to having answer for 'who are you?'

Three names are up for public voting online, after "dozens of fantastic" submissions from the public, the city said.

Train fatally hits pedestrian at crossing in NW. Minnesota

The incident had train traffic stopped for a few hours in Detroit Lakes.
Record warmth today for Twin Cities, but 'several inches' of snow loom for one part of state

Record warmth today for Twin Cities, but 'several inches' of snow loom for one part of state

A high in the low 60s is being forecast, and three days to follow in the upper 50s are envisioned.

Man kills mother near Hudson, shoots at police and kills himself in Minnesota

With police in pursuit, the suspect crashed his car in Chisago County before shooting himself in the head.
License plate askew leads Mpls. cops to gun-toting accused rapist

License plate askew leads Mpls. cops to gun-toting accused rapist

The suspect tried to flee, but officers quickly nabbed him without shots being fired, authorities said.
100-plus businesses shut down in solidarity with immigrants

100-plus businesses shut down in solidarity with immigrants

The Twin Cities response, part of a one-day national boycott, attempted to show how vital newcomers are to the U.S. economy.
11-day-old boy's death west of Twin Cities being treated as homicide

11-day-old boy's death west of Twin Cities being treated as homicide

No arrests have been made, said the Montevideo police chief.
Woman killed in Brooklyn Center hotel room was 18-year-old from St. Cloud

Woman killed in Brooklyn Center hotel room was 18-year-old from St. Cloud

Brooklyn Center police say they have 6 suspects.
Authorities ID Crystal 2-year-old allegedly beaten to death by mom's boyfriend

Authorities ID Crystal 2-year-old allegedly beaten to death by mom's boyfriend

The defendant was serving probation for another violent crime at the time of the toddler's death.
Resident dies after Eden Prairie caregiver forgot to plug in heart pump

Resident dies after Eden Prairie caregiver forgot to plug in heart pump

Investigation says facility aide failed to plug in heart pump for 79-year-old.
2-year-old Crystal boy dies from beating; mom's boyfriend is charged

2-year-old Crystal boy dies from beating; mom's boyfriend is charged

A 2-year-old boy was found in his Crystal home suffering from severe head injuries, and the boyfriend of the toddler's mother was charged Tuesday with murder after the boy died Sunday.
Life in prison for man who murdered ex-girlfriend and her daughter in W. Wisconsin

Life in prison for man who murdered ex-girlfriend and her daughter in W. Wisconsin

Jealousy fueled the rage behind the killer stabbing the woman more than 30 times, then setting the home ablaze.

1 person dies in Duluth house fire

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to find the victim.
Worst love songs? St. Thomas music faculty says avoid these on Valentine's Day

Worst love songs? St. Thomas music faculty says avoid these on Valentine's Day

Given that all are "deemed equally abominable," the St. Paul university declared in announcing the choices, "the songs are listed in a random jumble, like a sack of broken hearts."
Comedian Gaffigan, rocker Mellencamp to perform at State Fair

Comedian Gaffigan, rocker Mellencamp to perform at State Fair

Tickets for both shows go on sale Feb. 24.
Pair steal $12K diamond from Maplewood jeweler using bogus credit card

Pair steal $12K diamond from Maplewood jeweler using bogus credit card

Two still are at large with the loose, $12K stone after using fake credit card.

Snowmobile crash in N. Minnesota kills 59-year-old man

The wreck occurred about 20 miles south of Bagley, authorities said.
Prison for drunk driver who killed woman along road near Lake Mille Lacs

Prison for drunk driver who killed woman along road near Lake Mille Lacs

The blood alcohol level for William Sayers Jr. soon after the incident was nearly three times the legal limit for driving.

6 suspects ages 19-23 jailed in woman's shooting death in Brooklyn Center hotel

A hotel worker found the woman on the floor in one of the rooms, police said.
2 NDSU students killed in I-94 crash in NW Minn.

2 NDSU students killed in I-94 crash in NW Minn.

A car occupied by three college students slid on a slick Minnesota interstate east of Fargo in a crash that killed the driver and a…

I-94 chase of repeat felon in W. Minn. tops 110 mph, ends with him nabbed with meth

Authorities say the suspect was driving on the wrong side of the road at times.
Middle-schoolers from Minnetonka earn trip to National Science Bowl in D.C.

Middle-schoolers from Minnetonka earn trip to National Science Bowl in D.C.

They came out on top from a field of 21 teams in the regional competition Saturday.

Abortion, immigration, race relations fuel Twin Cities protests set for Sat.

Demonstrations include dueling rallies at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.
Charges dropped against 2 who paddled canoe to watch Ryder Cup

Charges dropped against 2 who paddled canoe to watch Ryder Cup

The city of Chaska did not have the authority to make the lake off-limits, the attorney for the canoeists said. Trial was to have started this week.
Duluth cop's cellphone pic captures his windshield stare-down with owl

Duluth cop's cellphone pic captures his windshield stare-down with owl

Just before the bird flew off his squad car, a Duluth officer grabbed his cellphone and took a photo showing the stoic owl giving him a wide-eyed stare that is now making the rounds on social media.
Wells Fargo dropping coin-counting machines from lobbies in Minn.

Wells Fargo dropping coin-counting machines from lobbies in Minn.

The bank is following an industry trend, while U.S. Bank and TCF remain committed to offering the service in Minnesota.

Woman killed in fire near Cloquet is ID'd

The blaze was one of three last week in that part of Minnesota.
'I don't think he had any ego.' Colleagues remember Christensen

'I don't think he had any ego.' Colleagues remember Christensen

Known as the Voice of the Gophers, Christensen retired from full-time broadcasting in 1993, but continued doing Gophers football and basketball play-by-play until 2001.

Charges: Onetime Lake Minnetonka Association exec stole nearly $50K

Minnetonka Association contends that she wrote checks to herself.
Plea deal for former girls' soccer coach charged with having sex with boy

Plea deal for former girls' soccer coach charged with having sex with boy

Rebecca L. Noonan reaches deal in case involving 13-year-old.
7 years for Twin Cities man who illegally won $3M in government bids, bought fancy cars

7 years for Twin Cities man who illegally won $3M in government bids, bought fancy cars

Gerard Roy bilked Minneapolis, Met Council and other entities out of at least $3M in contracts.
Found: One of two hockey snipers who won a Harley at MOA

Found: One of two hockey snipers who won a Harley at MOA

Dominic Morris, who played under the bright lights of the boys State Hockey Tournament nearly 15 years ago for Elk River, claimed his motorcycle over the weekend.
Elk River product shoots and scores a Harley-Davidson

Elk River product shoots and scores a Harley-Davidson

We now know the identity of one of the two shooters whose hockey skills earned a sweet motorcycle ride over a stunned arcade game operator…

Charges: Teenager among suspects in violent, armed Ham Lake home invasion

One suspect had on a "scary clown" mask as the man and woman were robbed in the middle of the night.

3 house fires, 3 are dead in 3-day span in rural areas near Duluth

Authorities have yet to offer preliminary indications of what started the blazes.
Downtown Minneapolis plaza to host polar plunge next week

Downtown Minneapolis plaza to host polar plunge next week

The fundraiser on the U.S. Bank Plaza will benefit Special Olympics.

Shakopee care facility blamed after resident drinks detergent, dies

The resident of the memory care provider was known to take food and drinks from the kitchen.
Jurors award $28.6M to woman paralyzed in crash with Ely school bus

Jurors award $28.6M to woman paralyzed in crash with Ely school bus

Her attorney calls the judgment of such a large amount "very rare in greater Minnesota." However, there is doubt the full total will ever be paid out.

Abuse report: Care center resident was posed as cocaine user in video

City attorney is reviewing the allegations for possible criminal charges. Facility said if fired the workers involved.

Man carjacked in Hopkins, robbed; suspect leaves coat, hat in car

Police are hoping anyone with information will reach out.
Authorities: Girl, 14, killed her dad with stabbing to chest in north Minneapolis

Authorities: Girl, 14, killed her dad with stabbing to chest in north Minneapolis

Christopher L. Hoskins Sr. was the father of eight children, according to a niece. "It's unbelievable," one relative says.
Charges: Predatory offender commits multiple sex assaults an hour apart in S. Mpls.

Charges: Predatory offender commits multiple sex assaults an hour apart in S. Mpls.

Stephen L. Blanks left prison in late October after being convicted of two sex attacks roughly 15 minutes apart.
Maplewood man convicted of stealing $1.7M from Hmong elders in homeland scam

Maplewood man convicted of stealing $1.7M from Hmong elders in homeland scam

He promised 10 acres and a house in new homeland.

Charge: Man killed in Minneapolis garage was beaten, stabbed in neck

Victim found in a pool of blood in his garage.
Twin Cities earplug maker's pitch not in tune with 'Shark Tank' panel

Twin Cities earplug maker's pitch not in tune with 'Shark Tank' panel

Vibe, designed to protect the hearing of concertgoers, drew one offer. The startup's founder declined.
35-year term for Iron Range man who fatally shot ex-girlfriend with deer rifle

35-year term for Iron Range man who fatally shot ex-girlfriend with deer rifle

The man, admitting he was jealous, shot the 49-year-old woman from about 60 feet away as she stood outside with her new boyfriend.
Ready to celebrate its rebirth, Madelia grapples with tragic shooting

Ready to celebrate its rebirth, Madelia grapples with tragic shooting

One of three people in the car was fatally shot by the southern Minnesota homeowner, who told police he fired a handgun at the vehicle as it tried to leave his driveway.
Gunfire hits home of Dakota County sheriff; he says he wasn't being targeted

Gunfire hits home of Dakota County sheriff; he says he wasn't being targeted

The three people in the home were not harmed, the sheriff said.

2-vehicle crash south of Hastings kills both drivers

The collision occurred at an intersection along Hwy. 61.
After 25 days, Blaine woman realizes she has $1 million lottery ticket

After 25 days, Blaine woman realizes she has $1 million lottery ticket

The prize winner cut short her hair appointment to claim her winnings.
Family of Eden Prairie teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues Edina dentist

Family of Eden Prairie teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues Edina dentist

The "negligent and dangerous" actions of an Edina oral surgeon killed an Eden Prairie teenager as she was undergoing routine wisdom teeth extraction, the girl's family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in Hennepin County District Court.
Twin Cities airport posts near-record passenger traffic in 2016

Twin Cities airport posts near-record passenger traffic in 2016

Last year's total fell just short of eclipsing the record in 2005.
Charges: Killer of Eagan woman and her fetus was baby's father

Charges: Killer of Eagan woman and her fetus was baby's father

He stabbed her in the neck with a pocket knife, severing her carotid artery, according to the criminal complaint.

Ohioan gets 5 years for illegal kickbacks on MN foreign farm workers

The owner of the Minnesota farm was given a 6-month prison term and has arranged for at least $770,000 in restitution.

Teen assaults paramedics in 'cowardly behavior' in ambulance on I-35E

Two paramedics were injured, and the patient is in the Anoka County jail.
Charges: Man choked, raped woman on street east of Lake of the Isles

Charges: Man choked, raped woman on street east of Lake of the Isles

The suspect, now in prison on a robbery conviction, has been accused of previous sexual assaults of strangers.
Minnesota snowmobile maker Arctic Cat sold for $247 million

Minnesota snowmobile maker Arctic Cat sold for $247 million

Textron says company facilities in Minnesota will stay largely intact

Edina High earns return trip to National Science Bowl

38 high school teams competed at Macalester College for the trip to D.C.
Woman killed in Eagan home ID'd; her 32-week fetus also died

Woman killed in Eagan home ID'd; her 32-week fetus also died

A man was arrested in Mounds View and remains jailed ahead of charges.
Rescuers pluck 3 workers near top of Golden Valley water tower

Rescuers pluck 3 workers near top of Golden Valley water tower

The after-dark rescue operation brought the men down safely, police said.
2 years for ex-Mpls. cop who plotted to steal $140K from nonprofit

2 years for ex-Mpls. cop who plotted to steal $140K from nonprofit

Jordan Davis, an ex-cop, kept getting a paycheck after leaving an ice cream shop that was established to help underprivileged youth.
Boy, 9, riding with dad in milk tanker truck dies in western Wis. crash

Boy, 9, riding with dad in milk tanker truck dies in western Wis. crash

The father was hospitalized with severe injuries, according to authorities.
Up to 4 inches of snow forecast for Twin Cities, with more to south

Up to 4 inches of snow forecast for Twin Cities, with more to south

Up to 4 inches of snow is heading toward the Twin Cities starting tonight, and roughly twice that much or more is being forecast west and south of the metro area.
Edina driver admits being in pack of exotic cars topping 100 mph on I-394

Edina driver admits being in pack of exotic cars topping 100 mph on I-394

Ferrari driver is sentenced to three days' community service and a $500 fine.

Girl, 11, dies in crash near Duluth after mom loses control of vehicle

The collision occurred on an icy road near Cloquet, officials said.

Man, girl rescued after vehicle broke through lake ice in W. Minn.

The man was not familiar with the open water channel, according to the Sheriff's Office.
3 Rogers High students hit at bus stop; 2 critical, and pickup driver ID'd

3 Rogers High students hit at bus stop; 2 critical, and pickup driver ID'd

Authorities have released the victims' identities and arrested a 22-year-old driver.

Lottery ticket bought as gift in Minn. wins $1M for newlywed

The winning ticket was purchased by his parents as a Christmas gift, and a week later it was worth $1 million.
Charge: 'Someone's going to die tonight,' dealer said before fatal OD

Charge: 'Someone's going to die tonight,' dealer said before fatal OD

Jaquan Peoples, known as 'Vampire' is charged with third degree murder.
Belle Plaine veterans vow a fight after watchdog group prompts city to remove cross from memorial

Belle Plaine veterans vow a fight after watchdog group prompts city to remove cross from memorial

"I wish it would have stayed," said the treasurer of the veterans club that maintains the city-owned park.

2 men hold up Starbucks at gunpoint in St. Louis Park, remain at large

The two fled with cash in a paper bag, police said.
Twin Cities Jewish community center among 18 nationwide to get bomb threat

Twin Cities Jewish community center among 18 nationwide to get bomb threat

The St. Louis Park incident was among many around the country, police said.
Rapid warm-up inspires Twin Cities golf club to open its outdoor range

Rapid warm-up inspires Twin Cities golf club to open its outdoor range

The club said it will stay open as long as the weather allows.

Dozens in law enforcement from Twin Cities dispatched for inaugural parade duties

All expenses for the assignment are covered by the federal government, the Sheriff's Office said.

Loaded rifle, ammo stolen from squad of Ramsey Co. Sheriff's Office

The unmarked vehicle was parked in a St. Louis Park ramp at the time, police said.
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