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South Dakota twins reunited 74 years after WWII deaths at Normandy | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France — For decades, he was known only as Unknown X-9352 at a World War II American cemetery in Belgium where he was interred. Today, he has recovered his identity — and was reunited with his twin brother in Normandy, where the two Navy men died together when their ship shat...
Man, 76, drowns in northern Minnesota lake | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
REMER, Minn. — The Cass County sheriff’s office recovered the body of a 76-year-old man Monday on Upper Menton Lake near Remer in north-central Minnesota. The sheriff’s office received a report of a possible drowning at 6:27 p.m. When deputies and first responders arrived they were able to...
Duluth restaurants face backlash for hosting Fox News | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
It only took 10 minutes before the Uncle Loui’s Cafe Facebook page was bombarded with comments. The owners had just announced they would be hosting Fox & Friends on Thursday for their morning news segment. “There were people that were congratulating us and then there were some people...
More than 100 jobs cut from new St. Paul schools budget | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
The St. Paul school board approved a budget Tuesday night that eliminates more than 100 jobs next year as enrollment shrinks and state funding comes up short. Board member Steve Marchese said, for a third consecutive year, that the budget process needs to change so spending reflects strategic priori...
Roseville Planning Commission member Jim Bull to run for City Council | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
Roseville U.S. Army veteran, planning commission member and part-time beekeeper Jim Bull will run for one of two remaining seats on the Roseville City Council. Bull is currently serving his second three-year term as a Roseville Planning Commission member, where he’s had a hand in land-use chal...
Smith’s proposed PolyMet land exchange clears Senate | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
A bill containing a provision from Sen. Tina Smith to complete a land exchange between PolyMet Mining Corp. and the federal government has cleared the Senate. The Minnesota Democrat’s amendment is part of a big defense bill that passed 85-10 Monday. PolyMet needs the land for its planned copper-ni...
St. Paul school board wants more from strategic plan | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
The unveiling Tuesday of a set of strategic initiatives to guide St. Paul Public Schools fell flat with board members hungry for specificity. “I want to see action. We’re all impatient for action,” board member John Brodrick said. Superintendent Joe Gothard started as superintendent in July an...
Brooklyn Park runaway’s case reveals troubled family history | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
An 11-year-old girl who ran away from her Brooklyn Park home after an argument with her mother has been found safe, but the investigation into her disappearance revealed a family history of abuse and the recent unexplained death of her 8-year-old brother. Court records show that child protection ser...
Grand Rapids school bus driver apparently fell asleep before May crash | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
LENGBY, Minn. — The driver of a Grand Rapids school bus that crashed and injured a dozen students last month in eastern Polk County apparently fell asleep at the wheel, the Minnesota State Patrol has determined. Stephen David Charnley, 57, was cited with duty to drive with due care in relation...
After 15 inches of rain, floodwaters isolate northwestern Wisconsin community | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
DRUMMOND, Wis. — Drummond in far northwest Wisconsin remained an isolated island among the floodwaters on Tuesday. Flooded roads still blocked the routes in or out of town and dozens of residents were still stuck in their homes. And it’s going to take more than one river or lake receding for...
Justin Trudeau-backed pot bill passes but Canada not ready to legalize nationally | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
TORONTO (AP) — Canada's Senate gave final passage Tuesday to the federal government's bill to legalize cannabis, though Canadians will have to wait at least a couple of months to legally buy marijuana as their country becomes the second in the world to make pot legal nationwide.
Investigators detail movements of murder suspect Lois Riess as she stalked Florida | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A woman accused of killing her husband in southeastern Minnesota and a woman she later met in Florida stood in an acquaintance’s driveway staring at her car, then fled when the acquaintance appeared, according to newly released documents that detail her daily movements. Th...
‘I wanted to stop her crying’: The image of a migrant child that broke a photographer’s heart | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
By now, millions of people have seen a photo of a 2-year-old girl screaming while a U.S. border agent pats down her mother. Taken last Tuesday, the image has become a symbol of the Trump administration’s new “zero tolerance” border policies, which have caused hundreds of children to be...
Trump’s MN visit: Republicans jockey to share stage — ‘or at least get a shout-out’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
On Tuesday, Republican candidates were eagerly anticipating photo-ops, selfies, endorsements, or, as one aide put it, "at least get a shout-out from the stage" when President Trump visits Duluth Wednesday.
12-foot-tall retaining wall will line St. Paul’s Wabasha Street where rock slide occurred | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
St. Paul Public Works will begin construction next week of a stacked-rock retaining wall along the Wabasha Street bluffs. The plan is to safely reopen the street to traffic along the road where a rock slide previously occurred. The stretch of Wabasha between Plato Boulevard and Cesar Chavez Street...
Youngest migrants separated from their parents held in ‘tender age’ shelters | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
Trump administration officials have been sending babies and other young children forcibly separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border to at least three “tender age” shelters in South Texas, The Associated Press has learned. Lawyers and medical providers who have visited the Ri...
St. Paul’s police chief tells City Council he wants 50 officers over next 2 years | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
St. Paul’s police chief told the city council Wednesday that he wants to add 50 officers during the next two years. Todd Axtell said the additional officers are needed because of the city’s rising population and an increase in 911 calls, which has led to longer response times. More offic...
Man seriously injured in shooting in St. Paul’s Frogtown area | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
A 21-year-old man was seriously injured in a shooting during a robbery in St. Paul on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Officers called to the Frogtown area at 3:25 p.m. found a man wounded in the driver’s seat of a vehicle in an alley in the 400 block of Charles Avenue, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, ...
Lewandowski on migrant girl with Down syndrome: ‘Wah wah’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
WASHINGTON — A former campaign manager for Donald Trump has created a stir by dismissing a story about a girl with Down syndrome with a sarcastic “Wah wah.” Corey Lewandowski appeared Tuesday on Fox News Channel to discuss President Trump’s hard-line immigration policy, which has...
Edina parents of UW-Madison serial assaulter ask judge for leniency | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 20, 2018
MADISON, Wis. — The Twin Cities parents of a former University of Wisconsin-Madison student asked a judge Tuesday to give their son a chance at redemption when he is sentenced for a string of alleged assaults around campus. Alec Cook’s parents, Arne and Jessica Cook of Edina, said in a letter to...
The Journal | June 20, 2018
Pam Pappas Stanoch is saying “au revoir” to C’est Chic Boutique, her North Loop women’s boutique with a Parisian twist. Stanoch will close the store after its annual tradition of celebrating Bastille Day, otherwise known as the French National Day, on Saturday, July 14. The choice is a tough...
Twin Cities Daily Planet | June 20, 2018
  For decades, Minneapolis nonprofit organization Youth Link has been providing resources to homeless people aged 16-24. Now, for the first time, they have opened an on-site housing program to provide a place to stay while tenants recover from trauma, save money or finish an education. “If we...
Twin Cities Daily Planet | June 20, 2018
Minnesota is home to the largest Karen population in the U.S. with more than 10,000 refugees. However, many families still remain separated from each other as the federal government ended resettlement programs for Karen people in 2014, despite ongoing conflict in Burma. Karen community leaders in Mi...
Minneapolis plans independent probe of police sedation cases | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Minneapolis officials said Monday they plan an independent investigation of a city report that its police officers have repeatedly asked medical responders to sedate people with the powerful tranquilizer ketamine. Mayor Jacob Frey and Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the third-party investig...
Bicyclist struck by car in St. Paul identified as Minneapolis woman | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
A bicyclist remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon after being struck by a motorist Monday in St. Paul, police said. Bernadette L. Spencer, 29, of Minneapolis, was in intensive care Tuesday at Regions Hospital, according to hospital officials. Spencer had just biked across a pedestrian bri...
Minnesota man shot wife and stepdaughter after forgetting anniversary, charges say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
ST. JAMES, Minn. — A St. James man is facing murder charges after allegedly shooting his wife and stepdaughter. Rachel Elaine Linder, 43, and Joyce Ann Engelbrecht, 67, were fatally shot Saturday by Scott Francis Engelbrecht, 59, according to St. James police. Scott Engelbrecht is in the Watonwan ...
Lori Swanson joins 20 other Democratic attorney generals seeking end to border separations | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has joined with 20 other Democratic attorneys general nationwide in demanding the Trump administration end a “zero tolerance” policy that has resulted in children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. The state prosecutors say in a ...
Fridely police seek public’s help identifying bank robber | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Police are asking for the public's help in identifying a woman they say robbed a Fridley credit union earlier this month.
Blaine woman charged after crack-fueled fatal crash in North Minneapolis alley | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
A Blaine woman is accused of killing two people on Friday when she crashed the van she was driving into another vehicle in Minneapolis.
Bicyclist in critical condition after being struck by motorist in St. Paul | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
A bicyclist was injured Monday night in St. Paul when she was struck by a motorist, police say.
Roseville joins 11 other Minnesota cities to raise tobacco sales age to 21 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Roseville City Council unanimously voted Monday to raise the tobacco sales age to 21, a measure the council hopes will protect youth from the dangers of smoking. Roseville became the 11th Minnesota city to enact the measure, joining Edina, Bloomington and Minneapolis, among others. Council member Li...
Pedestrian fatally struck by motorist in St. Paul is identified | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
The pedestrian who died after being struck by a motorist Friday night in St. Paul has been identified.
Women’s group deemed too political for Stillwater parade | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
The St. Croix Valley Women’s Alliance will not be allowed to march in the Lumberjack Days parade in Stillwater. David Ratte, the parade director, said Tuesday that the group’s application to march in the July 22 parade was rejected after a close review. “To remain consistent with our parad...
State Supreme Court candidate MacDonald sues former GOP operative, blogger Brodkorb | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Current and former state Supreme Court candidate Michelle MacDonald is suing Michael Brodkorb — a former Republican political operative and blogger who used to post for the Minneapolis Star Tribune — for alleged unethical conduct and defamation. Michelle MacDonald, who for a time represe...
Thursday: Architect traces the history of the tin can and St. Paul’s American Can Factory | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Brian McMahon has a soft spot in his heart for tin cans. They were once symbols of the American manufacturing economy, emblems of early 20th century commerce and industrialization, and 15-ounce pioneers of product branding. As food packaging evolved toward plastics and manufacturing moved overseas, ...
Volunteers help rebuild a library by sorting books bound for Mosul, Iraq | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
An Iraqi library destroyed by ISIS in 2014 will be given new life after volunteers Saturday sorted a portion of 8,000 books collected as part of the Books for Mosul campaign. The Mosul University Library stood as one of the largest in Iraq before it was burned to the ground. It housed 100,000 books ...
Vikings’ first training camp in Eagan likely to create traffic snarls | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
The Vikings anticipate hiccups during their first training camp in Eagan, whether it’s traffic congestion or long lines, but promise they will learn from the experience and evolve accordingly as they transition to hosting their summer preseason camp in the Twin Cities for the first time. “This i...
Trump, GOP leaders strain for migrant-kids solution amid rising national condemnation | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Republican lawmakers and President Donald Trump searched anxiously Tuesday evening for a way to end the administration's policy of separating families after illegal border crossings, with their focus shifting to a new plan to keep children in detention longer than now permitted — but with thei...
Unapologetic Trump digs in on immigration despite outrage | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
An unapologetic President Donald Trump defended his administration's border-protection policies Monday in the face of rising national outrage over the forced separation of migrant children from their parents. Calling for tough action against illegal immigration, Trump declared the U.S. "will not be ...
Recording of crying children at border adds to outrage about family-separation policy | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
BROWNSVILLE, Texas — An audio recording that appears to capture the heartbreaking voices of small Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at a U.S. immigration facility took center stage Monday in the growing uproar over the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigran...
St. Paul officers mostly using new body cameras as required, internal review finds | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
St. Paul police are mostly using new body cameras when they are supposed to and complying with department policy, according to an internal review released Tuesday. In 583 traffic stops — which officers are required to capture on body camera — all but 22 were recorded without any problems...
‘Rosefest’ returns to Roseville Thursday, here’s what you need to know | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Fireworks, a parade and Porsches all come to Roseville this weekend as part of its annual Rosefest celebration. Multiple outdoor concerts, a car show featuring German manufacturer Porsche, discounted golf rates and a Taste of Rosefest featuring food from local eateries all on the docket. The bulk ...
Shoreview woman tells deputy she wants her mother during arrest for speeding, fleeing police, charges say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
Just as a Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy was about to hand over a ticket to a Shoreview woman pulled over for speeding, the driver rolled up her window and took off. When she was arrested two miles up the road, she started swearing and told the officer she wanted her mother. That’s the account o...
Minneapolis woman stole friend’s Hummer with him clinging to it after he rejected her marriage proposal, charges say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
A Minneapolis woman seriously injured one of her acquaintances over the weekend when she drove off in the man’s Hummer while he was hanging on to it’s roof-rack, authorities say. Panhia Vang “floored it” shortly after her acquaintance had given her a sober ride to a residence in White Bear T...
Ramsey County backs modern streetcar along West 7th | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
The next stage will involve environmental review, design and engineering of the $1.4 billion - $2 billion line.
Ramsey County Board plans to raise salary to $95,000 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners will vote next Tuesday on whether to raise their salaries by 2.5 percent. The pay hike — the same general salary increase given to most county employees — means six members of the seven-member board will earn $94,734 annually, and the board chair ...
Trump to meet mining industry representatives before Duluth campaign event | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
DULUTH, Minn. — President Donald Trump will meet with local mining industry representatives and elected leaders during a formal “roundtable” discussion before his campaign event Wednesday in Duluth, White House officials announced Monday. Trump will arrive in Duluth about two hours before ...
We know Dems oppose Trump’s immigration policy. Where do MN Republicans stand? | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | June 19, 2018
President Donald Trump will visit Minnesota Wednesday amid impassioned controversy over his administration’s “zero-tolerance” border-protection policy, begun in April, that separates children of migrants from their parents. News reports and images of children, including toddlers, k...
The Journal | June 19, 2018
Stem Wine Bar & Eatery will close at the end of June after more than two years in business. The Nicollet Island-East Bank wine bar was the creation of owner Ivy Taheri, a partner at now-closed concepts The Tangiers and, later in the same space, Hennepin Steam Room. Taheri said in an email that S...
The Journal | June 19, 2018
Doran Cos. and CSM Corp. have broken ground on a 368-unit luxury apartment complex that includes a tower that will rise 25 stories on a Marcy-Holmes site once owned by General Mills. Twin Cities-based CSM and Bloomington-based Doran Cos. announced Monday that they’ve begun construction on the more...