Former Chisago County Sheriff Rick Duncan (front left) pleaded guilty to two gross misdemeanor charges in the stalking and harassment of a former empl

Former Chisago County sheriff pleads guilty, claims 'hero syndrome' in bizarre stalking case

Rick Duncan says job trauma and stress were factors in "Control Freak" incidents.

Suburban chief says public safety needs to be part of bail reform debate

October 22
Reducing cash bail must be balanced with public safety, Maplewood's police chief says.

Maple Grove man dies in car-semi crash in Lake Elmo

October 24
The semi had stopped northbound in the crossover to 36 and its side-dump trailer extended into the eastbound lanes of traffic, the State Patrol said.
South Metro
October 24

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Oct. 25

AFTON SEPT. 13 Suspicious person. A homeowner reported seeing on his home camera an unknown person at his front door in the 14000 block…
East Metro
October 20

Woodbury man ID'd as latest of Minneapolis' 68 homicide victims this year

A man shot late last week and found dead in a south Minneapolis neighborhood has been identified, authorities said. Mohamed Abdirasak Ahmed, 25, of Woodbury,…
South Metro
October 17

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Oct. 18

CENTERVILLE SEPT. 16 Medical. A 27-year-old man approached officers on routine patrol in LaMotte Park, 6970 LaMotte Dr., and asked for their help in…
East Metro
October 16
East Metro
October 16
Kids played on the beach on the St. Croix River at Afton State Park in May.

St. Croix River water quality improving, phosphorus pollution remains a threat

The river is still one of the cleanest in the Upper Midwest.
East Metro
October 15

Lake Elmo mayoral candidate Justin Bloyer alleges defamation in lawsuit against him

Justin Bloyer says a housing nonprofit defamed him by naming him in its lawsuit over a set of rental properties he owns in St. Paul.
East Metro
October 13
Fairview Health will close Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

Ramsey County delays shelter at Bethesda to address security concerns

Neighbors have said they worry about increasing crime and drug activity.
Coronavirus
October 12
MUST CREDIT: Minnesota Department of Health. In provided images from the Minnesota Department of Health, vials of COVID-19 samples were tested on Tues

COVID-19 outbreak infects 90 inmates in Stillwater prison

A lockdown is in place as prison officials try to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
South Metro
October 10

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Oct. 11

ANDOVER SEPT. 22 Theft. Bourbon was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway at a home in the 800 block of NW.…
East Metro
October 9
Lynne Snediker and her partner, Richard Fuerstenberg, oppose turning Bethesda Hospital, across the street, into a shelter.

Neighbors object to converting St. Paul hospital into shelter

Concerns about rising crime, declining property values and negative impacts on the surrounding neighborhood dominated a virtual community meeting of more than 230 people on Thursday night
East Metro
October 9
A microscopic image of clustered Gram-negative, Salmonella typhimurium bacteria, isolated from a pure culture.

Salmonella outbreak linked to Woodbury juice bar

Nine people have been sickened, health officials said.
East Metro
October 9
Dawn Willard a correction guard at Stillwater held a photograph of officer Joseph Gomm who was killed in 2018 at the Minnesota Law Enforcement Memoria

Inmate gets life sentence for 2018 murder of corrections officer

Edward Muhammad Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Coronavirus
October 6
Ramsey County is considering leasing Bethesda Hospital, which has been used for treating COVID-19 patients, into a homeless shelter.

Ramsey County considers turning Bethesda Hospital into homeless shelter

Ramsey County Manager Ryan O'Connor said the county has been in closed-door talks with Fairview for several weeks.
East Metro
October 6
Frac sand pile in Winona.

Company wants to take Minnesota county's frac sand ban to U.S. Supreme Court

Winona County's ban was upheld by state Supreme Court earlier this year.
East Metro
October 6
The Vadnais Heights sports complex in 2010. Law enforcement officers were called to the TCO Sports Garden on Sept. 26 in response to a complaint after

Dad brings rifle to Vadnais Heights hockey practice, police called

Law agencies were called to the Vadnais Heights ice arena on Sept. 26; weapons policies are now under review.
East Metro
October 4
Sun Ray Library in St Paul reopened on a limited basis in early September. The City Council members said they would stick with a 0% increase in the ci

St. Paul homeowners will see relief from big hikes in 2021

Final action on levy plans will come later this year.
South Metro
October 3

Twin Cities metro police blotter, Oct. 4

ANDOVER SEPT. 22 Theft. Bourbon was stolen from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway at a home in the 800 block of NW.…
East Metro
October 2
Two people were hurt when a plane crashed Friday afternoon near the Lake Elmo airport.

Two people hurt in crash of single-engine plane in Lake Elmo

Their injuries weren't considered life-threatening, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Office.
Duluth
October 2
Minneapolis Elections and Voter Services staff prepared mail-in ballot envelopes, including an "I voted" sticker. Because of COVID-19, Minnesota is wa

What happens to your Minnesota absentee ballot after you mail it?

Minnesota has seen a surge of interest in absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election, as more voters opt to vote early or by mail in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
East Metro
October 1
John Choi said the pilot justice program can help improve public safety.

Ramsey County Attorney Choi resigned from commission; now federal judge ends its work

Choi sent notice in May that he was concerned about the lack of diversity on the panel.