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Superheroes take the polar plunge in Prior Lake for Special Olympics | Twin Cities Superheroes take the polar plunge in Prior Lake for Special Olympics
Hundreds of participants took the polar plunge Saturday at Prior Lake to raise money for the Special Olympics. The annual event, sponsored by Special Olympics Minnesota and local law enforcement, raised $158,179  towards programming and events for more than 8,200 special needs athletes statewide. The total was down from last year’s event that raised $192,258. The 568 […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Amy Lindgren: Making work healthy | Twin Cities Amy Lindgren: Making work healthy
For a person who often misses sleep, the research I recently heard on the radio from a neuroscientist specializing in that subject was unsettling at best. According to Matthew Walker, and the science he references in his book “Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams,” insufficient sleep is linked to everything from […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Twin Cities likely to see wintry mix Sunday through Tuesday | Twin Cities Twin Cities likely to see wintry mix Sunday through Tuesday
A wintry mix is threatening to make the next few days interesting for Twin Cities drivers. The National Weather Service is predicting multiple rounds of light snow and freezing rain starting early Sunday morning and continuing through midday Tuesday. Clouds will settle in Sunday, bringing a 30 percent chance of snow before noon and a […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’ | Twin Cities Trump adviser: Russian meddling ‘incontrovertible’
MUNICH — President Donald Trump’s national security adviser said Saturday there was “incontrovertible” evidence of a Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election, a blunt statement that shows how significantly the new criminal charges leveled by an American investigator have upended the political debate over his inquiry. The statement by H.R. McMaster at the […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
State investigated Fla., school shooting suspect after self-harm | Twin Cities State investigated Fla., school shooting suspect after self-harm
PARKLAND, Fla. — Florida’s child welfare agency investigated the suspect in a school shooting that killed 17 people after he cut himself in a video but found him stable, according to state records. The Miami Herald obtained records from Florida’s Department of Children and Families and reported Saturday that Nikolas Cruz posted a video on […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Sturgeon spearing opener numbers down from last year in Wis. | Twin Cities Sturgeon spearing opener numbers down from last year in Wis.
Sturgeon spearfishing, a favorite Wisconsin winter sport, is underway on Lake Winnebago, with 337 fish harvested in the first week. The numbers are down compared with last year’s 510 sturgeon speared, said Ryan Koenigs, senior fishery biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The season opened the second Saturday in February and runs for […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
1 dead, 1 injured in central Minnesota shooting | Twin Cities 1 dead, 1 injured in central Minnesota shooting
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. — Sauk Rapids police say one man is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting. Police responded to a report of gunshots just before 3 a.m. Friday. Two men were found with gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to St. Cloud Hospital, but the St. Cloud Times reported that one man died […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Lindsey Vonn misses the podium at super-G, opening her Olympics with disappointment | Twin Cities Lindsey Vonn misses the podium at super-G, opening her Olympics with disappointment
BUKPYEONG, South Korea - Way back in 2010, Lindsey Vonn felt she'd figured out the Olympics. It was her third Winter Games and she was certain she'd finally solved the puzzle. Not only did Vonn win gold and bronze medals in Vancouver, but she'd learned how to juggle the pressures, the logistics and the intangibles inherent to her sport. Injuries kept her from competing in 2014, and she had to wait a full eight years to apply those lessons.
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Teenage shooting survivors take the lead in US gun debate | Twin Cities Teenage shooting survivors take the lead in US gun debate
Dead bodies were still inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when survivors of this week’s shooting began speaking out about gun violence.
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Minneapolis police looking for missing vulnerable adult | Twin Cities Minneapolis police looking for missing vulnerable adult
The Minneapolis Police Department is asking the public to help locate a missing vulnerable adult. Rebecca Elizabeth Purcell, 53, was last seen on the 1200 block of 9th Street South at about 11:20 am Friday. Purcell is 5-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. She has long, curly dark hair and hazel-colored eyes. She was last seen […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
St. Kate’s arson case shows challenge of predicting attacks | Twin Cities St. Kate’s arson case shows challenge of predicting attacks
After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at U.S. military actions overseas and admitted that she tried to encourage others […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Minnesota shelter to offer place for sex trafficking victims | Twin Cities Minnesota shelter to offer place for sex trafficking victims
WAITE PARK, Minn. — A home in central Minnesota is offering victims of sex trafficking a safe place to live. Terebinth Refuge in Waite Park will be able to house six people when it opens in April, the St. Cloud Times reported. The home will provide faith-centered services with a holistic, relationship-building approach to healing, […]
Twin Cities | February 17, 2018
Where the minimum wage debate stands | Twin Cities Where the minimum wage debate stands
The state of Minnesota allows employers to pay youth workers and trainees less than many adult workers. The state mandates a minimum hourly wage of $9.65 for large businesses, those with annual gross revenues of $500,000 or more, and $7.87 for small ones. The state youth wage for workers under age 18, and the 90-day training […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
As St. Paul considers minimum wage hike, some want to exempt youth workers | Twin Cities As St. Paul considers minimum wage hike, some want to exempt youth workers
Cookie Cart produces more than just delicious snickerdoodle, chocolate chip and hand-decorated cookies. The Minneapolis-based nonprofit also claims to “bake bright futures” by training low-income teenagers in every aspect of the business, from marketing to distribution, on top of soft skills such as business etiquette and résumé-building. The job-training company, which is expanding to St. […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Report: Fired employee was source of Garrison Keillor allegations | Twin Cities Report: Fired employee was source of Garrison Keillor allegations
The person who first accused the creator of “A Prairie Home Companion” of inappropriate conduct with a female employee was a disgruntled male staffer who spoke up after he was fired from the show last summer, according to a report published Friday. The Star Tribune reported that the informant was Dan Rowles, who had been […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Apple HomePod marking up your wood furniture? Local company has a coaster for you. | Twin Cities Apple HomePod marking up your wood furniture? Local company has a coaster for you.
Pad & Quill, a Minneapolis maker of Apple accessories, has created a leather coaster for Apple's HomePod in response to reports that the home-audio device leaves white marks on wood surfaces.
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
13 Russians charged in Mueller investigation | Twin Cities 13 Russians charged in Mueller investigation
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirteen Russians and three Russian entities were charged Friday with an elaborate plot to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, federal prosecutors announced Friday.
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Autopsy finds St. Paul foster home death of girl was natural causes; license still suspended | Twin Cities Autopsy finds St. Paul foster home death of girl was natural causes; license still suspended
A 1-year-old St. Paul girl, whose death prompted an investigation and the suspension of her grandmother’s foster care license, died of natural causes, police said this week. Before Kristin Nelson — also known as Kristin Carter — passed away in November, she was active and happy. She had a cough, though she was playing and […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Bicyclist critically injured in St. Paul crash | Twin Cities Bicyclist critically injured in St. Paul crash
A 49-year-old bicyclist was critically injured in a crash in St. Paul on Thursday, police said. Officers sent to the scene about 4:50 p.m. found Patrick John Koenig, of St. Paul, laying on his back in the middle of Prior Avenue, near Snelling Avenue. His bicycle was nearby, as was a sedan and its driver. Paramedics […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Pedestrian fatally struck near St. Louis Park mall | Twin Cities Pedestrian fatally struck near St. Louis Park mall
Authorities are investigating after a pedestrian was fatally struck by a vehicle Thursday night in St. Louis Park. The incident happened around 6 p.m. at Minnesota 7 and Texas Avenue, just southeast of Knollwood Mall. The highway was closed in both directions for a couple of hours. The incident remains under investigation by the Minnesota State […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Man uses rental handgun to kill himself at Brainerd-area shooting range | Twin Cities Man uses rental handgun to kill himself at Brainerd-area shooting range
BAXTER, Minn. — A man who died from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound Wednesday at a Baxter gun range has been identified. Baxter Police Chief Jim Exsted identified the man as 77-year-old Henry Plummer Thomas of Brainerd. Exsted said Thomas used a firearm he rented from Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Mall of America stabber sentenced to 15 years; victims share their stories | Twin Cities Mall of America stabber sentenced to 15 years; victims share their stories
A 20-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for stabbing two people last November at the Mall of America in Bloomington. Hennepin County District Judge Kerry Meyer announced that Mahad Abdiraham will serve two consecutive sentences for stabbing Alex Sanchez and his brother, John Sanchez. “I could not bring […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
In aftermath of shooting, a community mourns and wonders why | Twin Cities In aftermath of shooting, a community mourns and wonders why
Nikolas Cruz jumped out of the Uber car and walked toward building 12 of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, carrying a black duffel bag and a black backpack.
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
St. Paul’s Como Zoo will likely be a category in today’s Jeopardy | Twin Cities St. Paul’s Como Zoo will likely be a category in today’s Jeopardy
The popular game show Jeopardy will likely feature St. Paul’s Como Zoo as a category in Friday’s show, city officials said. “Things Found at Como Zoo” will likely be the title of the category, according to Zoo spokesman Matt Reinart. Reinartz said staffers from the NBC show contacted him months ago, noted how they’d featured […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Man killed and another wounded in Minneapolis dispute | Twin Cities Man killed and another wounded in Minneapolis dispute
A shooting on the 3500 block of Lyndale Avenue North left one man dead and another wounded 11 a.m. Friday. Minneapolis police officers arrived at a residence on the block to find one man dead inside. Shortly after, they were told another man had arrived at North Memorial Health Hospital with possible gunshot wounds, according […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Minnesota grand jury indicts 3 men on charges of sending drone parts to Hezbollah | Twin Cities Minnesota grand jury indicts 3 men on charges of sending drone parts to Hezbollah
A federal grand jury in Minnesota has indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology to the Iranian-based Hezbollah militia in Lebanon A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect | Twin Cities FBI says it failed to investigate tip on Florida suspect
The FBI received a tip last month that the Florida school shooting suspect had a “desire to kill” and access to guns and could be plotting an attack, but agents failed to investigate.
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
As state Rep. John Lesch questions choice of St. Paul city attorney, she sues for defamation | Twin Cities As state Rep. John Lesch questions choice of St. Paul city attorney, she sues for defamation
State Rep. John Lesch, a longtime member of the Minnesota National Guard, is questioning the management ability of St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s choice for City Attorney — Lyndsey Olson, the former general counsel of the Minnesota National Guard and Minnesota Department of Military Affairs. She, in turn, is suing him for defamation. Olson, who remains […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Out of sight! Giant piece of plastic swallows SUV on I-494 in Inver Grove Heights | Twin Cities Out of sight! Giant piece of plastic swallows SUV on I-494 in Inver Grove Heights
A south-metro motorist got quite a surprise Wednesday when a large piece of plastic sheeting flew off a dump truck and “enveloped” his sport-utility vehicle, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The State Patrol on Friday shared a trooper’s dash-cam video of the incident, which played out on Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights. On […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Nationwide class-action lawsuit against CenturyLink will be litigated in Minnesota | Twin Cities Nationwide class-action lawsuit against CenturyLink will be litigated in Minnesota
A class-action lawsuit accusing CenturyLink of overcharges and unauthorized charges will be handled in Minnesota. The decision means a Minnesota judge will preside over the case, which dozens of attorneys are involved in. “Minnesota is a jurisdiction in which there were pending lawsuits and many consumers had been wronged,” said Lori G. Feldman, a lead […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
1 Dakota County city needs ice time, another needs rink repairs, so they strike deal | Twin Cities 1 Dakota County city needs ice time, another needs rink repairs, so they strike deal
Inver Grove Heights and Rosemount might have a fix for their ice arena issues: a partnership. Inver Grove Heights has a rink in need of repairs. Rosemount has too little ice time for its growing hockey association. So under a 10-year-agreement approved this month by both city councils, the city of Rosemount and the Rosemount […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Minnesota State Patrol recognizes man for St. Paul bridge rescue | Twin Cities Minnesota State Patrol recognizes man for St. Paul bridge rescue
Dozens of Minnesota residents and law enforcement were honored this week for helping to save others, including Brian Jameson who pulled a suicidal man off the ledge of a St. Paul bridge. Jameson received the Meritorious Citizenship Award from the State Patrol on Wednesday for saving a man from jumping off the St. Clair Avenue Bridge […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
How to disrupt an election: Fake IDs, fraud and Facebook | Twin Cities How to disrupt an election: Fake IDs, fraud and Facebook
WASHINGTON (AP) — A year before Donald Trump announced his presidential candidacy, two Russian operatives landed in the United States to lay groundwork for an intelligence operation targeting the legitimacy of the 2016 election.
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
DMV computer problems cost license centers millions. Plans are afoot to pay them back. | Twin Cities DMV computer problems cost license centers millions. Plans are afoot to pay them back.
The problems that have plagued Minnesota’s vehicle registration and title system have cost license centers at least $2.7 million and probably closer to $4 million, according to a report by a group representing the license centers. The cost is still growing daily and could exceed $10 million, according to the Minnesota Deputy Registrar’s Association, which […]
Twin Cities | February 16, 2018
Former Duluth-Superior mayor arrested again after crash, DWI investigation | Twin Cities Former Duluth-Superior mayor arrested again after crash, DWI investigation
SUPERIOR, Wis. — Herb Bergson, a former mayor of both Duluth and Superior, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly crashing his vehicle into a tree and lying to deputies about the incident. The 61-year-old, who has three convictions on his record for operating while intoxicated, pleaded not guilty Wednesday afternoon in Douglas County (Wis.) Circuit Court […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
New Starkey hearing aids recharge in their own case, much like Apple’s AirPods | Twin Cities New Starkey hearing aids recharge in their own case, much like Apple’s AirPods
Charging a smartphone is simple: Plug in a cable or place it on a wireless charging pad. Hearing-aid users often have a tougher time of it. Many still have to swap out little pill-shaped metal batteries that are maddeningly easy to drop and lose in the carpet or couch cushions. It’s a pain. Now Eden […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Beyond magnet schools and busing: Task force recommends steps to integrate St. Paul schools | Twin Cities Beyond magnet schools and busing: Task force recommends steps to integrate St. Paul schools
A St. Paul Public Schools task force says the district must work to integrate its schools in order to improve outcomes for students. But in a district where just 21 percent of students are white, it’s going to take more than the usual solutions of magnet schools and crosstown busing, according to a presentation to […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
St. Paul contract details: Teachers giving up $1M in pay to fund new positions | Twin Cities St. Paul contract details: Teachers giving up $1M in pay to fund new positions
Members of the St. Paul Federation of Teachers gave up some of their salary increases and accepted larger class sizes in exchange for dozens of new hires in special education and English language instruction, according to contract agreement details made public Thursday. Laurin Cathey, the district’s human resources director and lead negotiator, said the teacher […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
3 more child deaths from flu reported in Minnesota, bringing total to 4 | Twin Cities 3 more child deaths from flu reported in Minnesota, bringing total to 4
State health officials say three more children have died of complications of the flu, bringing the number of Minnesota children who have died of influenza this season to four. The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu symptoms has topped 4,200. That’s the highest number since the Minnesota Department of Health began tracking flu hospitalizations in […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Where’s Minnesota in the gun debate? Here’s a list of  bills currently before the Legislature | Twin Cities Where’s Minnesota in the gun debate? Here’s a list of bills currently before the Legislature
As politicians and the public debate the cause and consequence of the most recent mass school shooting in America, talk inevitably turns to legislation. So let’s take a look at what’s currently drafted in Minnesota. While those on both sides of the gun control debate note there’s a high likelihood of additional bills in the […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Family of jogger fatally struck by St. Paul attorney details wrongful death lawsuit | Twin Cities Family of jogger fatally struck by St. Paul attorney details wrongful death lawsuit
A day after authorities decided against filing serious criminal charges again a St. Paul attorney who struck and killed Scott Spoo last February, the jogger’s attorney announced plans to file a wrongful death civil suit. On Wednesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced that his office had found Peter Berge’s conduct not to be grossly […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Man shot by motorist after Fridley car crash dies from injuries; was reportedly wielding knife | Twin Cities Man shot by motorist after Fridley car crash dies from injuries; was reportedly wielding knife
A man who was shot after reportedly threatening another driver with a knife after a car crash Wednesday in Fridley has died from his injuries, according to the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified Thursday as Simon Matthew Schiffler, 32, of Williston, N.D. The sheriff’s office did not name the bystander who interceded as […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Trump cites mental health — not guns — in speech on shooting | Twin Cities Trump cites mental health — not guns — in speech on shooting
Declaring the nation united and grieving with "one heavy heart," President Donald Trump promised Thursday to tackle school safety and "the difficult issue of mental health" in response to the deadly shooting in Florida. He made no mention of the scourge of gun violence.
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
New Brighton council ousts planning commissioner for letter to the editor | Twin Cities New Brighton council ousts planning commissioner for letter to the editor
Last month, a New Brighton commissioner wrote a letter to the editor of the New Brighton Bulletin questioning the motives of the former city council to change elections from odd years to even years. On Tuesday, the commissioner lost his volunteer position because of that letter. The council voted 3-2 to remove Ben Jones from […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
What Minnesota schools are telling parents after Florida school shooting | Twin Cities What Minnesota schools are telling parents after Florida school shooting
In the wake of a Florida school shooting that killed 17 people and injured at least 14, schools around the Twin Cities Thursday were reminding parents of measures the schools have taken to protect their students. Here are a few of their messages. The St. Paul Public Schools district encouraged parents to talk to their […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Best of Neighborhood News 2/15: Minneapolis educators rally for fully-funded schools | Twin Cities Daily Planet Best of Neighborhood News 2/15: Minneapolis educators rally for fully-funded schools
More than 300 Minneapolis educators and community members protested at the Davis Center Tuesday night to advocate for better school funding in teachers’ contract negotiations. As reported by North News, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) is asking for smaller class sizes, more school support personnel and restorative practices, among other demands. “According to [Minneapolis […]
Twin Cities Daily Planet | February 15, 2018
Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz: Guns, depression and a life in trouble | Twin Cities Florida shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz: Guns, depression and a life in trouble
By William Wan, David Weingrad and Fred Barbash, The Washington Post A teen who went to middle school with Nikolas Cruz at first thought there was maybe something “a little off about him. But it was nothing alarming.” Then, as Cruz transitioned into high school, he “started progressively getting a little more weird,” said 17-year-old […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
Wisconsin Assembly to increase penalty for sex with animals | Twin Cities Wisconsin Assembly to increase penalty for sex with animals
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote on increasing penalties for having sex with an animal. The Assembly was scheduled to pass a bipartisan bill Thursday that makes sex with an animal a felony, punishable by up to six years in prison. The crime is currently a misdemeanor. Republican state Rep. Andre […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
High school shooting claims 17 lives, plunges Florida city into mourning | Twin Cities High school shooting claims 17 lives, plunges Florida city into mourning
Just before the shooting broke out at a large Florida High School on Wednesday, the fire alarm went off, sending students spilling into the hallways.
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018
MN House speaker Kurt Daudt: Lawmakers better attend sexual harassment training, or else | Twin Cities MN House speaker Kurt Daudt: Lawmakers better attend sexual harassment training, or else
Minnesota House members had better attend an upcoming all-day sexual harassment and bias training session — or they’ll lose one of their most basic powers of influence: seats on committees. That edict has come down from House Speaker Kurt Daudt, a Republican from Crown who has said the House will have “zero tolerance for inappropriate […]
Twin Cities | February 15, 2018