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Cut a St. Paul rescue squad? Move a fire engine? Decisions on hold | Twin Cities Cut a St. Paul rescue squad? Move a fire engine? Decisions on hold
A decision about the fate of one of St. Paul’s fire rescue squads and moving a fire engine to a different neighborhood will remain on hold until the new mayor and new fire chief can weigh in, the City Council president said Wednesday. The City Council votes on St. Paul’s 2018 budget Wednesday afternoon. Mayor […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
St. Paul woman’s estate gives $5 million to UMN languages department | Twin Cities St. Paul woman’s estate gives $5 million to UMN languages department
A $5 million donation from a St. Paul woman’s estate will support the University of Minnesota’s Department of German, Scandinavian and Dutch. The gift comes from the estate of Hella Mears, who was born in Germany, worked as an actress and came to the United States on the dime of inventor Norman Mears, whom she […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
St. Paul budget proposal includes new spending for Rondo Land Bridge, downtown greeters, other council requests | Twin Cities St. Paul budget proposal includes new spending for Rondo Land Bridge, downtown greeters, other council requests
St. Paul is poised to fund a study for the proposed Rondo Land Bridge, a highway cover to allow new real estate development and pedestrian access over Interstate 94 in the Summit-University area. The city also will put $280,000 next year toward the St. Paul Police Department’s aging vehicle fleet, $100,000 toward a bicycle and […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
MN Republican chair accuses Mark Dayton of ‘underhanded House of Cards style move’ in appointing Tina Smith | Twin Cities MN Republican chair accuses Mark Dayton of ‘underhanded House of Cards style move’ in appointing Tina Smith
The leader of Minnesota’s Republican Party accused Gov. Mark Dayton of an “underhanded ‘House of Cards’ style move” in naming Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken Tuesday. Dayton’s motive, according to Jennifer Carnahan, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, had little to do with the U.S. Senate but was instead aimed at […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Full text of Gov. Mark Dayton naming Tina Smith to replace Al Franken | Twin Cities Full text of Gov. Mark Dayton naming Tina Smith to replace Al Franken
Here is the text of Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he would be appointing Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Al Franken: “I’ve given this important decision the most careful consideration. “First and foremost, I want to appoint the person who I believe will best represent the people […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document | Twin Cities Schumer pursuing legal options over fake harassment document
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Chuck Schumer says he is "pursuing every legal path" against whoever circulated a forged document accusing him of sexual harassment.
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Full text of Tina Smith accepting appointment to Al Franken’s Senate seat | Twin Cities Full text of Tina Smith accepting appointment to Al Franken’s Senate seat
Here is the full speech by Lt. Gov. Tina Smith following Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he would be appointing her to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Al Franken: “Thank you Governor Dayton. “I accept this appointment, and it will be my great honor to serve Minnesota as United States Senator. “Though […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Democrat Jones wins red-state Alabama Senate upset | Twin Cities Democrat Jones wins red-state Alabama Senate upset
In a stunning victory aided by scandal, Democrat Doug Jones won Alabama's special Senate election, beating back history, an embattled Republican opponent and President Donald Trump, who urgently endorsed GOP rebel Roy Moore despite a litany of sexual misconduct allegations.
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Jury finds civilly committed woman not guilty in St. Paul stabbing death | Twin Cities Jury finds civilly committed woman not guilty in St. Paul stabbing death
A jury found that a St. Paul woman who stabbed her roommate’s boyfriend days after telling police she was God acted in defense of her home. After more than a day and a half of deliberations, members of the Ramsey County District Court jury determined Thursday that Maxim Kenneth Rhone was not guilty of the […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Salma Hayek says rebuffing Harvey Weinstein led to nightmare on ‘Frida’ | Twin Cities Salma Hayek says rebuffing Harvey Weinstein led to nightmare on ‘Frida’
NEW YORK — In an op-ed, Salma Hayek said that her refusals to Harvey Weinstein’s advances led to a nightmare experience making the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic “Frida.” “For years, he was my monster,” Hayek wrote in her account, published Wednesday by The New York Times. Hayek, who regularly starred in films released by Weinstein’s […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Senate seat | The Journal Governor appoints Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to Senate seat
Gov. Mark Dayton announced today he will appoint Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, a Fulton resident, to fill U.S. Sen. Al Franken’s vacated seat. Smith said that following her appointment, she would run for Senate in a special election in November 2018. Dayton said he chose Smith because she was the best person for the job. “Tina Smith […]
The Journal | December 13, 2017
Democrats just won Alabama — and their clearest path yet to taking back the Senate | Twin Cities Democrats just won Alabama — and their clearest path yet to taking back the Senate
Democrats didn't just win Alabama on Tuesday night. They won their clearest path yet to taking back the Senate majority next year.
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
121-unit apartments planned at Weyerhaeuser Lumber site | Twin Cities 121-unit apartments planned at Weyerhaeuser Lumber site
The Millberry Apartments, a $38 million affordable-housing development planned at 700 Emerald St., received a major boost from the St. Paul City Council on Wednesday. Meeting as the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority, the council approved the sale of up to $19 million in conduit tax-exempt housing revenue bonds. They also approved a partial waiver of […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Ramsey County names new public works director | Twin Cities Ramsey County names new public works director
As a busy construction season wraps up and snow starts to fall, Ramsey County commissioners appointed a new public works director to oversee repairs, snow removal, construction projects and maintenance of 293 miles of county roads. Ted Schoenecker will start Jan. 8. He has worked as an engineer and planner at city, state and county levels […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Metro Transit gives ‘final’ contract offer to union | The Journal Metro Transit gives ‘final’ contract offer to union
Aiming to avert a strike during the Super Bowl, a Metropolitan Council spokesperson said the agency presented its “last, best and final” contract offer to the union representing 2,500 Metro Transit employees. According to the Met Council, the agency’s final offer was for a three-year contract that includes 2.5 percent wage increases in each of […]
The Journal | December 13, 2017
Wildfire spreading from Custer State Park prompts evacuations | Twin Cities Wildfire spreading from Custer State Park prompts evacuations
CUSTER, S.D. — Strong winds are fanning the flames of a growing wildfire in South Dakota, pushing the fire beyond the borders of the Custer State Park and prompting new evacuations. Custer County Emergency Management director Mike Carter said Wednesday that residents of about 200 homes east of the park have been evacuated or warned […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Woman who died after St. Paul house fire ID’d | Twin Cities Woman who died after St. Paul house fire ID’d
A woman who died after a fire in her St. Paul home last week was identified Wednesday as a lifelong East Sider. Mary M. Hansen, 69, had worked as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor. Her survivors include two children and two grandsons. A neighbor called 911 on Thursday about 1:45 a.m. to report a […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Here’s what those marathon Salvation Army bell-ringers are fundraising for this year | Twin Cities Here’s what those marathon Salvation Army bell-ringers are fundraising for this year
Ten years ago, Wisconsinite Helen McCombie decided to ring the bell for the Salvation Army’s red kettle for 30 hours straight, raising $15,000. She continued the tradition for two more years before passing it on to others. This year, the Salvation Army in western Wisconsin hopes the bell-ringing marathoners will bring in $75,000 to help […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Michelle Fischbach expects to hold 2 jobs as lieutenant governor — and keep GOP majority in MN Senate | Twin Cities Michelle Fischbach expects to hold 2 jobs as lieutenant governor — and keep GOP majority in MN Senate
Minnesota Senate President Michelle Fischbach said Wednesday that she expects to keep her job when she becomes lieutenant governor to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, a move that would help Republicans keep their thin majority in the state Senate. According to a draft plan obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday, the Paynesville Republican was told […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Tina Smith reaction from Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Keith Ellison, Republicans etc. | Twin Cities Tina Smith reaction from Al Franken, Amy Klobuchar, Keith Ellison, Republicans etc.
Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to replace U.S. Sen Al Franken, who is resigning. Here are some reactions. RELATED: MN Republican chair accuses Dayton of ‘underhanded House of Cards style move’ in appointing Smith U.S. SEN. AL FRANKEN “Tina Smith will make an excellent United States Senato. She is a dedicated […]
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
AP: Source says Mark Dayton picking Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in Senate | Twin Cities AP: Source says Mark Dayton picking Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in Senate
A Democratic operative with knowledge of the appointment says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has chosen Lt. Gov. Tina Smith to fill Sen. Al Franken’s seat until the November election — and Smith will run in that election.
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Watch live: Mark Dayton to announce pick for Al Franken’s Senate seat at 10 a.m. | Twin Cities Watch live: Mark Dayton to announce pick for Al Franken’s Senate seat at 10 a.m.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will announced his pick of Tina Smith to replace Al Franken in the U.S. Senate Wednesday. Watch live video of the announcement here:
Twin Cities | December 13, 2017
Minnesota snowmobiler, who screamed for help after falling through ice, is found dead | Twin Cities Minnesota snowmobiler, who screamed for help after falling through ice, is found dead
CROSBY, Minn. — A 34-year-old north-central Minnesota man died early Monday after the snowmobile he was operating fell through the ice on Serpent Lake in Crosby. Authorities received a call about 5:30 a.m. after a Crosby police officer walked out of the police station and heard someone screaming for help, Sgt. D.J. Downie of the […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Minnesota OSHA investigates man’s fatal fall at turkey manure power plant | Twin Cities Minnesota OSHA investigates man’s fatal fall at turkey manure power plant
BENSON, Minn. — Minnesota’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a man who died last week after a fall at the Benson Power plant in west-central Minnesota. Almost a week later, the police have not yet released the name of the man, though family members have been notified. The investigation into […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Minnesota elder-care whistleblower was fired, according to state lawmaker:  ‘I want answers’ | Twin Cities Minnesota elder-care whistleblower was fired, according to state lawmaker: ‘I want answers’
A Minnesota lawmaker says a state manager whose bureau oversees investigations into abuse and neglect in nursing homes was fired after she blew the whistle on a “toxic culture” that was an obstacle to ensuring that officials do a better job protecting residents of senior care facilities. “I want answers,” said Sen. Karin Housley, R-Stillwater, […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Decision day in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign | Twin Cities Decision day in Alabama after long, bitter Senate campaign
Voters finally lined up and voted across Alabama Tuesday after a scandal-stained Senate election campaign that tested the limits of party loyalty in the age of President Donald Trump and — win or lose — promised significant political consequences for Republicans everywhere.
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
‘Never give up’: Taxi driver returns car a week after man lost it in St. Paul parking ramp | Twin Cities ‘Never give up’: Taxi driver returns car a week after man lost it in St. Paul parking ramp
After searching almost a week for a man’s lost car, a St. Paul cab driver returned the vehicle to its owner on Monday. The 80-year-old Wisconsin man parked his car in a ramp in downtown St. Paul on Dec. 4. He walked several blocks to a business meeting. After his appointment, he walked back to […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Want to wish a 108-year-old a happy birthday? Here’s your chance. | Twin Cities Want to wish a 108-year-old a happy birthday? Here’s your chance.
Judy Johnson didn’t want a big party to celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, but friends and family members are hoping she’ll get a slew of birthday cards to mark the event: 108 cards, to be exact — or one for every year of her life. Carol Seefeldt, a volunteer at the nursing home in Chisago […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Dems say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, crude | Twin Cities Dems say Trump’s tweets about Gillibrand sexist, crude
WASHINGTON — Plowing into the sexual harassment debate in a big way, President Donald Trump laced into Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Tuesday, tweeting that the New York Democrat would come to his office “begging” for campaign contributions and “do anything” to get them. Democrats accused the president of making unsavory insinuations. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., who had […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in stunning victory | Twin Cities Democrat Doug Jones wins Alabama Senate race in stunning victory
Democrat Doug Jones, whose uphill bid for U.S. Senate gathered strength when Republican Roy Moore was hit with charges of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, won Alabama’s special election Tuesday.
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Things to know about Alabama’s new US senator, Doug Jones | Twin Cities Things to know about Alabama’s new US senator, Doug Jones
Doug Jones, a Democrat who once prosecuted two Ku Klux Klansmen in a deadly church bombing and has now broken the Republican lock grip on Alabama, is the state's new U.S. senator.
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Ramsey County Board approves two-year budget | Twin Cities Ramsey County Board approves two-year budget
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday approved a county budget of $714 million in 2018 and $736.31 million in 2019. The 2018 budget will be 3.3 percent larger ($22.8 million) than that of 2017, and the 2019 budget will be 3.1 percent larger ($22.3 million) than that of 2018. The budget has grown […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
3M closing 150-employee plant in Eagan | Twin Cities 3M closing 150-employee plant in Eagan
A 3M plant in Eagan will be closing by the end of 2018, a company spokeswoman announced Tuesday. The filtration products plant at 3130 Lexington Ave. employs 150 people. Of those, 10 will be given jobs at 3M facilities in Maplewood. The rest will be able to apply for other company jobs, according to spokeswoman […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Mark Dayton will name Franken’s replacement Wednesday. Here’s what to expect | Twin Cities Mark Dayton will name Franken’s replacement Wednesday. Here’s what to expect
Minnesotans will learn Wednesday who their next senator will be. At a 10 a.m. news conference at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Franken announced last week that he intends to resign amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior from several women. It’s widely speculated that Dayton will […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
East Hennepin wine bar gets reinvented | The Journal East Hennepin wine bar gets reinvented
Stem owner Ivy Taheri says she’s reinvented the Nicollet Island-East Bank wine bar. The tiny boutique watering hole opened early last year near 1st & University and offered a far-reaching menu of globally inspired appetizers and a lengthy wine list. Now that it’s had time to grow, Taheri said the concept has adapted to the […]
The Journal | December 12, 2017
St. Paul firefighters burned down Swede Hollow in 1956 | Twin Cities St. Paul firefighters burned down Swede Hollow in 1956
The St. Paul Fire Department found itself in the unusual position of starting house fires instead of fighting them in Swede Hollow on Dec. 11, 1956.
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’ | Twin Cities Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017: ‘Feminism’
NEW YORK (AP) — This may or may not come as a surprise: Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2017 is "feminism."
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Hibbing truck driver, who blacked out or dozed off, admits vehicular homicide charge | Twin Cities Hibbing truck driver, who blacked out or dozed off, admits vehicular homicide charge
SILVER BAY, Minn. — A Hibbing truck driver accused of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed the Silver Bay mayor’s son two years ago pleaded guilty Monday in Lake County District Court. John Ray Carpenter, 61, entered a plea of guilty to operating a motor vehicle in a grossly negligent manner, avoiding a […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Maplewood police find a man’s body in Battle Creek Park on Tuesday night | Twin Cities Maplewood police find a man’s body in Battle Creek Park on Tuesday night
Maplewood police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a city park on Tuesday night. Officers were dispatched to Battle Creek Park at about 8:30 p.m., the department said in a tweet. Upon arrival, they “located an adult male deceased in the park.” On December 12, 2017 at about 8:30 […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi elected to lead state county attorneys association | Twin Cities Ramsey County Attorney John Choi elected to lead state county attorneys association
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has been elected president of the Minnesota County Attorneys Association. The association is the statewide professional organization for all 87 elected county attorneys and their assistants, which includes more than 800 attorneys. It offers leadership on legal and public policy issues. Choi was elected last week and will serve a […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Blind, abandoned pig from Minnesota recovering at N.D. animal rescue | Twin Cities Blind, abandoned pig from Minnesota recovering at N.D. animal rescue
A blind, potbellied pig found abandoned in southern Minnesota will get a second chance at life at an animal rescue in North Dakota. Alison Smith, owner of Kitty City animal rescue, took in Wanda the pig, who was found deserted at a residence in Albert Lea, Minn. A volunteer with Kitty City made the more […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Salvation Army’s mysterious donor ‘Saint Grand’ returns — this time with more money | Twin Cities Salvation Army’s mysterious donor ‘Saint Grand’ returns — this time with more money
"Saint Grand" strikes again. The anonymous Salvation Army donor has dropped rolls of bills in local kettles since 2011, and has given $3,800 (so far) this year.
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Minnesota DHS cites adult residential facility for neglect | Twin Cities Minnesota DHS cites adult residential facility for neglect
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A facility that offers residential services for people with disabilities in southeast Minnesota has been cited by the state for neglect of a vulnerable adult. KSTP-TV reports that the Minnesota Department of Human Services alleges the person’s gums grew over removable dentures over a period of almost three years while at REM […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Little Falls woman with ‘heart of gold’ claims $1M Powerball | Twin Cities Little Falls woman with ‘heart of gold’ claims $1M Powerball
A Little Falls, Minn., woman came forward Tuesday to claim a $1 million Powerball prize. “I always said, ‘Someday I’m going to win,’ and I did!” said Pam Lestico at the lottery’s office in Roseville, a news release reported. “She deserves it,” said Lestico’s daughter, Kelly Miller, in the release. “She has a heart of […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Babies can’t hunt deer in Wisconsin, actually, but official says new law still ’embarrassing’ | Twin Cities Babies can’t hunt deer in Wisconsin, actually, but official says new law still ’embarrassing’
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Republicans’ decision to eliminate the state’s minimum hunting age has created an embarrassing perception that infants are roaming the state’s woods with guns and could allow adults to kill more animals using young children’s tags, a state Department of Natural Resources board member said Tuesday. Board member Frederick Prehn told agency […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Ex-Minneapolis officer sentenced to workhouse for assault while on duty | Twin Cities Ex-Minneapolis officer sentenced to workhouse for assault while on duty
A former Minneapolis police officer who kicked a man in the face while on duty will serve six months in the Hennepin County workhouse. Christopher Reiter also was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation, stripped of his officer’s license and ordered to take anger management classes. His felony conviction will be reduced to a […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Howard Guthmann, accountant and prolific volunteer, was former Port Authority board chair | Twin Cities Howard Guthmann, accountant and prolific volunteer, was former Port Authority board chair
Howard Guthmann still checked in at work into his early 90s, decades after most accountants retire. But friends and family say his greatest accomplishments came from serving the St. Paul community on civic board after civic board. Guthmann, a former chairman of the St. Paul School Board and the St. Paul Port Authority, also served as […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
St. Paul Figure Skating Club sends 7 skaters to national competition | Twin Cities St. Paul Figure Skating Club sends 7 skaters to national competition
This year, seven skaters from the St. Paul Figure Skating Club will compete in the 2018 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. To compete in the championships, held from Dec. 28 to Jan. 7 in San Jose, Calif., skaters had to qualify in regional and sectional championships. The St. Paul qualifiers are Jonathan Yang, a student at […]
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit | Twin Cities NFL Network suspends analysts over sexual misconduct suit
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame player Marshall Faulk and two other NFL Network analysts have been suspended after a former employee alleged sexual misconduct in a lawsuit.
Twin Cities | December 12, 2017
Longtime NPR host facing misconduct allegations | Twin Cities Longtime NPR host facing misconduct allegations
BOSTON — The host of one of NPR’s most successful programs has been suspended while the network investigates sexual misconduct allegations. The allegations against “On Point” host Tom Ashbrook include that he engaged in “creepy” sex talks and gave unwanted hugs, neck and back rubs to 11 mostly young women and men who worked on […]
Twin Cities | December 11, 2017