A puppy was thrown from a vehicle being pursued Monday night in Ramsey County and shivered for hours until deputies rescued the pooch from a snowy fre

Deputies rescue puppy tossed from pickup on I-694 hours after chase ends in arrest

Ramsey County deputies rushed the puppy to a veterinarian for treatment of a broken leg and other injuries that he is expected to survive, the Sheriff's Office said.

BCA provides update on shooting of White Bear Lake police officer

February 1
Ryan Sheak
Officer Ryan Sheak continues to recover from injuries after he was struck twice when a suspect opened fire.

Celebrated Twin Cities acting couple cherish life after fire guts Stillwater home

January 27
Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund with their dog Kermit outside their home in Stillwater in May 2021.
Children's Theatre Company members Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund also are grateful for community support.
Business
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“We didn’t want cookie-cutter suburbia — we wanted a property that felt unique,” said Jessica Brockshus, who recently moved to Lake Elmo with

As homebuyers flock to suburbs, Lake Elmo is hottest market

Buyers were obsessed with big houses and big yards, making far-flung suburbs the most popular places in the metro area last year, according to the Star Tribune's seventh annual Hot Housing Index.
Sports
February 1
Indiana guard Sara Scalia scored 19 points in a Jan. 23 victory at Michigan. The former Gopher faces her former team at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Williams A

No longer a standout, ex-Gophers star Scalia has new role with Indiana

Basketball Across Minnesota: Sara Scalia transferred last year to No. 4 Indiana after three seasons with the Gophers. Her team brings its championship dreams to Williams Arena tonight.
East Metro
January 31

Wounded White Bear Lake officer continues to recover; fundraiser started

The Front Line Foundation has started a fundraiser to help his family with expenses.
East Metro
January 31

Mayhem in St. Paul suburbs: Carjackings, fleeing suspects, false call of a woman shot

"It was a crazy night," Sheriff Bob Fletcher said Tuesday as he reviewed details of the chaotic chain of events.
High Schools
January 28
White Bear Lake forward Madelyn Lee, left, raced Stillwater’s Avery Braunshausen to the puck during Saturday morning’s first Hockey Day Minnesota

From the very start, White Bear flavor drives Hockey Day Minnesota

A goal by White Bear Lake's Elaina "Squish" Hosfield got the daylong celebration started.
Sports
January 27
Bill Butters during North Stars training camp in 1978.

Reusse: For Hockey Day in White Bear, the name Bill Butters always pops up

A standout in football and hockey, Butters played for the Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars.
St. Paul
January 27

Nicholas Firkus murder trial begins in Ramsey County

Firkus, 39, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder with intent in the death of wife Heidi Firkus in April 2010.
East Metro
January 26
The scene Tuesday when a White Bear Lake police officer was shot while attempting to make an arrest at the Lakewood Hills apartment complex in the 310

Man charged with attempted murder, assault in shooting of White Bear Lake officer

His first hearing is Friday morning. Prosecutors have asked for his bail to be $3 million.
East Metro
January 25
Residents are evacuated along McKnight Road North from the scene of a standoff at an apartment building Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023 in White Bear Lake, Min

Officer shot while making an arrest in White Bear Lake; suspect jailed

The officer underwent surgery and is in stable condition, police said.
East Metro
January 25
East Metro
January 25
The Red Bird Music Store, right, was destroyed and the Natural Heritage Art Centre, left, damaged in a Jan. 18, 2023, fire in the business block on th

Wisconsin town rallies to help art center, music shop damaged in fire

Red Bird Music Store and Natural Heritage Art Centre sustained heavy losses in Jan. 18 blaze.
East Metro
January 24
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office released these images of Brian Fern, who they say escaped while out on work privileges Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Inmate who escapes from St. Croix County jail while away from facility recaptured

His ankle monitor was tampered with, alerting authorities that he had escaped, according to the Sheriff's Office.
East Metro
January 24

No prison for man who crashed pickup and killed passenger in Forest Lake while extremely drunk

Judge imposed seven years' probation and 240 hours of community service "related to the perils of alcohol consumption."
St. Paul
January 24
Nicholas Firkus

Jury selection begins in trial of man accused of murdering wife in St. Paul home

Nicholas Firkus has pleaded not guilty in the 2010 death of Heidi Firkus.
St. Paul
January 23
The Justus Ramsey House on the patio adjacent to Burger Moe’s on W. 7th St., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn.

Preservationists scramble after word of Justus Ramsey House's impending demise

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed an executive order, sparking a push for a temporary restraining order.
High Schools
January 22
Ryder Rogotzke left Connor Mirasola of West Bend, Wis., flat on the mat during the Christmas Tournament in Rochester.

Stillwater wrestler and pinning machine picks a new weight class

Ryder Rogotzke won the Class 3A championship last season, this year he'll wrestle in a higher weight class on a mission to avenge a loss to Waconia's Max McEnelly.
Local
January 22
Gov. Tim Walz and DFL legislators largely align with state school leaders in their K-12 spending plans.

Governor, DFL propose billions to 'fully fund' education

Gov. Tim Walz is proposing a more than $700 million general funding boost for public schools over the next two years and to permanently tie annual increases to inflation.
Local
January 22

Officials: Armed home intruder steals vehicle, is fatally shot by Wisconsin officers

Police in Menomonie did not explain what prompted officers to shoot the man, nor did they say whether he had a gun.
East Metro
January 21
A sign at the intersection of Radio Drive and Dale Road marks the spot where home builder D.R. Horton plans to build a 112-home, 70-attached townhome

Red-hot housing market not all good for Woodbury, residents say

Suburb will likely hit its expected 2040 population of 87,800 residents more than a decade early.
Local
January 21
A drone used for police operations in Chula Vista, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020.

Metro briefs: Maplewood police to use drones

Plus: Dentistry program expands at Hennepin Tech in Brooklyn Park; Farmington Library pilot offers self-service hours; sidewalks coming to more Morningside streets in Edina.

Twin Cities East Metro

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