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October 22
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.
North Metro
October 22

Candidates trade charges in heated Anoka County Board race

One is criticized for not yet donating promotion proceeds, the other accused of conflict of interest.
North Metro
October 21

St. Paul man assaulted, found dead in Carlos Avery Wildlife Area

A St. Paul man was assaulted and found dead in a state wildlife area in northern Anoka County, authorities said. Sheriff’s deputies were called about…
North Metro
October 19

Charges: Man was under influence in Coon Rapids crash that killed 2-year-old

A 55-year-old man has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he caused a four-vehicle pileup on a snowy and…
North Metro
October 19

Motorcyclist who crashed north of Twin Cities dies nearly a week later

A motorcyclist who crashed north of the Twin Cities on Oct. 9 has died, authorities said. Daniel D. Wagner, 44, of Harris, Minn., died Friday…
North Metro
October 17

Elk River woman dies in van-semi crash on Hwy. 169

The crash happened at 8:40 a.m. Friday, when roads were wet, the State Patrol said.
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
North Metro
October 15
Conductor Mike Szabla stood outside the train prior to departure on the Northstar commuter train at Target Field station in Minneapolis.

Transit officials consider future of Minnesota's Northstar rail line

Ridership has plunged by 95% during the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Metro
October 14
Dave Hartford, the COO and administrator of Cambia Hills, led a tour of the grounds.

East Bethel behavioral center cited for violating state, federal regulations

State investigators found the facility lacked safeguards to protect the adolescents in its care.
North Metro
October 14
Travis Gienger, of Anoka, has grown the largest pumpkin in North America in 2020 weighing in at 2,350 pounds at the Safeway World Championship Pumpkin

Anoka man wins world championship in California with his giant pumpkin

The 2,350-pound pumpkin took top honors at the "Super Bowl" of pumpkin weigh-offs.
North Metro
October 12

Authorities ID dirt bike rider who died in head-on crash with pickup in Andover

Authorities on Monday identified the dirt bike rider who died after a head-on collision with a pickup truck in Andover over the weekend, authorities said.Bryce…
North Metro
October 12

Boy on dirt bike who collided with pickup in Andover dies

A boy on a dirt bike who collided head-on with a pickup truck in Andover died Saturday, authorities said. The boy was airlifted to HCMC…
North Metro
October 12
Kate Lundquist returned to the George Floyd memorial last month with children Verabeth, 2, in her arms; Maki, 8, left; Charlotte, 11; and Ridge, 9. A

'Opposite of white flight': Quest for diversity led family to city

A transformative visit to the George Floyd memorial convinced the family of eight to move from northern Minnesota to one of the most diverse cities in the state.
North Metro
October 10

Boy on dirt bike critically hurt in Andover crash with pickup truck

The boy was airlifted to HCMC in Minneapolis in critical condition, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said.
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.…
North Metro
October 9

3 arrested in Brooklyn Park shooting investigation

Officers briefly closed nearby roads during their search in the 6900 block of West Broadway.
North Metro
October 9
Fridley Fire Chief Mike Spencer

Police group decries Hennepin County medical examiner's denial of honor guard inside building

Hennepin County points to coronavirus concerns for keeping contingent outside.
North Metro
October 9
Public transit advocates vowing to revive the Bottineau Blue Line light-rail project have a powerful advocate in their corner — Gov. Tim Walz, who m

North metro transit reboot: Planners look to recraft Bottineau Blue Line LRT

Gov. Tim Walz expresses support for light-rail project to northern suburbs.
Coronavirus
October 6
Robert Marbut Jr., head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, spoke Tuesday during a tour of Union Gospel Mission’s Naomi Family Residenc

Trump appointee visits Twin Cities homeless encampments, shelters

Top federal official Robert Marbut Jr. lauded the state's efforts to protect the vulnerable.