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1 motorist killed when 2 pickup trucks collide in west-central Minnesota | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
One person was killed as two pickup trucks collided head-on Friday morning in Renville County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. The identity of the victim and others involved in the 10:40 a.m. collision on U.S. 71 will be released Saturday morning. According to preliminary information from the S...
Pedestrian fatally struck on U.S. 10 in Sherburne County | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
A car fatally struck a pedestrian who was crossing a highway northwest of the Twin Cities on Friday evening, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver of the Honda Accord was traveling eastbound on U.S.10 around 7:30 p.m. in Becker when the collision occurred near Sherburne Avenue. The Sta...
Stillwater’s 132-year-old women’s club’s days may be numbered. Can new members save it? | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
The Stillwater Woman’s Reading Club gathered at St. Paul Lutheran Church on Oct. 1 to eat ginger cake and listen to a program about how the new St. Croix River bridge was built. The women, 14 in all, were carrying out a tradition that is 132 years old. The Woman’s Reading Club has met the [̷...
Your Money: Get prepared for winter with home energy audit | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
The days are getting shorter and many of us are eyeing our thermostat, ready to turn on the heat as soon as the temperature dips too low. Just as quickly as summer turns to fall, sooner than we realize (or than some of us would like) winter will be on our doorstep, too. As we […]
Duluth estimates Lake Superior storm caused $18.4 million in damage along shore | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
DULUTH, Minn. — The city of Duluth estimates a storm last week caused $18.4 million in damage along Lake Superior. The city released its estimate Friday from the Oct. 10 storm, which packed winds of more than 60 mph that sent huge waves crashing ashore. The St. Louis County Board meets Tuesday to ...
After no Mega Millions winner, jackpot likely to grow to largest ever | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa — No one won the latest Mega Millions drawing, meaning the jackpot climbs to a staggering $1.6 billion. Mega Millions officials say no tickets matched all six numbers to claim the estimated $1 billion grand prize in Friday night’s drawing. The numbers were 15, 23, 53, 65, 70 and...
St. Paul firefighters battle stubborn blaze at riverside industrial site | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
St. Paul firefighters spent four hours Friday night battling a stubborn fire in an industrial building on the Mississippi River near Pig’s Eye Lake. According to the Fire Department, crews responded around 7:30 p.m. to a call of smoke in the building at 1303 Red Rock Road, the address of AMG Resou...
Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
ELKO, Nevada (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union, saying that Russia is violating the pact and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons.
Candidates for Woodbury mayor say how they would improve the city | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
Woodbury doesn’t elect mayors often. Since it was incorporated as a village in 1967, the community has had only five mayors, serving an average of 10 years apiece. So when new mayors are elected — which will happen Nov. 6 — it’s a milestone. Mayor Mary Giuliani Stephens has decided not to ru...
Moorhead officer charged with assaulting handcuffed woman, fracturing a bone in her face | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 20, 2018
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A Moorhead police officer faces a felony charge of aggravated assault for allegedly fracturing a nasal bone and bruising the right eye of a woman who was handcuffed. According to documents filed in Cass County District Court: Fargo, N.D., police were called to Sanford Medical...
Twin Cities Daily Planet | October 20, 2018
In a recent decision, Minneapolis City Council members voted 10 – 3 against funding an independent investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department after a report asserting that officers improperly encouraged Emergency Medical Services to administer ketamine to people in police custody. The inve...
Mega Millions jackpot reaches $1 billion as drawing nears | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery prize in U.S. lottery history gets even bigger. Lottery officials increased the grand prize just hours ahead of the Friday night drawing. The prize climbed from $970 million. Although ...
10-year-old injured in 50-foot fall at Interstate State Park | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
Authorities say a 10-year-old child was seriously injured after a fall at Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in Taylors Falls, Minn. According to the Chisago County sheriff’s office, rescue crews responded around 2 p.m. Thursday after the child fell approximately 50 feet from a rock....
A Ramsey County Board race pits old St. Paul against new urbanism | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
When the Ramsey County Board approved a $1 million makeover of the county’s downtown St. Paul administrative offices last March, Janice Rettman cast the sole dissenting vote. The six other board members were not surprised. After more than 30 years in public office, Rettman, who is famously fru...
Searchers find nothing as hunt for missing Wisconsin girl continues | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
MADISON, Wis. — Authorities say a ground search has turned up nothing useful as investigators look for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were found dead. Deputies discovered Jayme Closs’ parents shot to death in their home in rural Barron early Monday. The girl was nowh...
Saudis confirm Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside consulate | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Saudi Arabia acknowledged early Saturday that Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in a fight, and said 18 Saudis were being held as suspects.
Burnsville company recalls more than 200,000 pounds of ready-to-eat products | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
A frozen food and packing company in Burnsville is recalling more than 212,000 pounds of ready-to-eat pork and chicken products containing vegetables that might be contaminated with salmonella and listeria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Friday. Buddy’s Kitchen Inc. is recalling the r...
In radio recordings, Rep. Jason Lewis mocks women traumatized by unwanted sexual advances | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
WASHINGTON – Rep. Jason Lewis, R-Minn., locked in a tight re-election battle, is facing fresh controversy over past comments as a conservative talk-radio host, this time for mocking women who said they were traumatized by unwanted sexual advances. CNN, which has delved into past recordings of ...
Working Strategies: Dealing with growing dissatisfaction at work | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
Sometimes it creeps up on you, and sometimes it hits all at once: That sense that your work situation is broken and isn’t likely to heal itself. When that happens, one natural response is to start venting — to your family, your colleagues, and even your customers. You know you shouldn’t, b...
Little Free Library founder dies at 62; tie silver or white ribbons around the libraries in his memory | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
On the last day he could speak, Little Free Library founder Todd Bol had a message for the world.
Judge bars Minnesota county from making arrests at behest of ICE | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A Minnesota judge has issued a temporary restraining order that bars the Nobles County sheriff’s office from relying on arrest warrants from immigration officials to keep individuals detained. The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union sued Nobles County thi...
Trial begins in nearly 30-year-old kidnapping, assault civil case against Danny Heinrich | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A man who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a child by the same man who abducted and killed Jacob Wetterling will get a chance to tell his story in court. Jared Scheierl was 12 when Danny Heinrich assaulted him in Minnesota, nine months before 11-year-old Jacob was kidnapp...
Jason Lewis and Angie Craig spar over health care and taxes in first debate | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
Republican U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis and Democratic challenger Angie Craig traded verbal jabs over health care and taxes Friday night in their first debate of the campaign. Appearing on Twin Cities Public Television’s “Almanac” show, Lewis and Craig had a fiery exchange over the best w...
Habitat for Humanity enlists UMN, other employers to help workers buy homes | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
As president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, Chris Coleman is looking for major employers to partner with his nonprofit and lead the way in helping even their squarely middle class employees buy their first home. “A modicum of assistance is the difference between homeownership and...
Eagan mother injured in August crash dies | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
An Eagan mother injured in August when a semitrailer truck ran a red light in Eagan and smashed into her SUV has died. The husband of 33-year-old Alayna Tanaka, a mother of two young children, wrote on her CaringBridge page that she passed away just before 5 p.m. Thursday. “In that final moment sh...
Police identify man killed in shooting outside bar as 40-year-old from St. Paul | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
Police identified a man on Friday who was fatally shot outside a St. Paul bar as 40-year-old Eddie Cortez Smith. Smith, of St. Paul, and another man encountered each other on the sidewalk outside Born’s Bar on Rice Street on Wednesday about 11 p.m. and an altercation ensued, according to polic...
New York man charged with threatening senators over Kavanaugh vote | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
Federal authorities arrested a 74-year-old New York man Friday for allegedly threatening two U.S. senators over their votes for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
St. Paul couple charged after search finds nearly 100 pounds of marijuana, charges say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
A man busted driving some 350 pounds of marijuana from California to the Twin Cities last December led authorities to a St. Paul couple charged this week with felony drug charges. Cynthia Ntxheb Yang, 35, and her husband Kao Xiong, 38, were charged after police executed a search warrant at their hom...
Black willow in Washington County breaks record for largest in the country | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
A black willow tree in Marine on St. Croix is the largest of its kind ever recorded in the country. Located on private property, the tree’s circumference of 26 feet, 3 inches last summer earned it a spot on the state’s Big Tree Registry, the official record maintained by the forestry division ...
Walker hits Democratic foe Evers over plagiarized material | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
MADISON, Wis. — Democratic candidate for governor Tony Evers, facing charges of plagiarism from Republican Gov. Scott Walker, admitted Friday that he submitted a state education department budget request under his name without proper citations. Walker used a similar plagiarism charge against his D...
Elections 2018: Jim Kiner vs. Sandra Masin for Minnesota House 51A | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
Jim Kiner Age: 31 Party: Republican City: Burnsville What qualifies you to hold this position? I graduated from Carleton College then University of Minnesota Law School. I’ve been in practice since 2013, and have gained firsthand knowledge of many of the ways that our laws are a barrier instea...
Heart defect suspected in death of Shakopee student at S.D. college | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 19, 2018
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Initial autopsy findings point to an undetected genetic heart condition as the likely cause of death of a Twin Cities student attending Northern State University. Curtis LeMair, 18, of Shakopee, was found dead Wednesday morning in Great Plains East residence hall on the Aberdeen c...
The Journal | October 19, 2018
Kinngait Studios: Printmaking in the Arctic Circle An Inuit printmaking studio based in Nunavut, Canada takes over Highpoint Center for Printmaking. West Baffin cooperative opened in 1959, at a time when printmaking was a new medium for the Inuit community, although they had been making drawings and...
What happens if you win Mega Millions’ $970M jackpot? | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite the terrible odds — one in 302.5 million for those keeping score at home — someone will eventually match all six numbers and win the Mega Millions jackpot, which now stands at $970 million. It could happen as soon as Friday night, when the next drawing is held. That ...
Driver strikes St. Paul worker on side of I-35E, State Patrol says his injuries ‘could have been much worse’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
A St. Paul Regional Water Services employee sustained a significant injury when a driver struck him as he was on the shoulder of Interstate 35E on Thursday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Brandon Dagostino, 33, had his leg broken and “is really lucky he wasn’t hurt more serious...
Minnesota unemployment rate drops to 2.8 percent yet lost jobs in September | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
Minnesota lost 1,400 jobs in September, yet the state’s unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate is the lowest it has been since May of 1999, according to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The all-time low is 2.5 percent and that wa...
Second petition targets organized trash collection in St. Paul with 6,458 signatures | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
Eric Lein owns 140 apartments in 11 buildings, all of them in St. Paul, and most of them one-bedroom units. For decades, his tenants have shared trash carts. Under the rules of the new citywide trash-hauling contract that went into effect Oct. 1, each apartment now has to have its own garbage cart, ...
Planning a trip to Canada for legal pot? They’ll be watching at the border | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
With Canada legalizing recreational marijuana this week, officials there and in the United States are reminding travelers that cannabis is still not legal while crossing the border. The Canadian Border Service Agency said its agents will ask border crossers if they’re carrying cannabis before leav...
Ex-FBI agent in Minnesota gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted to leaking classified defense documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
‘I’ll walk in my broken shoes’: Mom, daughter flee Venezuela | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
PAMPLONA, Colombia (AP) — As night approached, Sandra Cadiz wrapped her shivering daughter in a blanket and prayed for a ride up the frigid Colombian mountaintop known as "the icebox."
Trump concedes Khashoggi likely dead, threatens consequences | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump acknowledged Thursday it "certainly looks" as though missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead, and he threatened "very severe" consequences if the Saudis are found to have murdered him. His warning came as the administration toughened its respon...
Wisconsin driver killed in construction zone crash in southwestern Minnesota | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
A 35-year-old Wisconsin man was killed after he missed a lane change in a construction zone and collided head-on with another vehicle Wednesday night in southwestern Minnesota, the State Patrol said. According to the report, a 2004 Jeep Cherokee driven by Derek Arthur Anderson of Marinette, Wis., wa...
Oakdale tobacco store owner charged with evading $918,000 in sales tax | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
Prosecutors say the owner of an Oakdale tobacco shop evaded paying $918,000 in sales tax. Hatem Amin Younis, 47, was charged Thursday in Washington County District Court with 43 tax-related crimes. Younis, who lives in Afton, is the owner of Super Smokedale Tobacco, which also has retail location...
Minnesota has good chance for mild winter, according to new forecast | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
This winter could be a mild one. Minnesota has a good shot at above-average temperatures December through February, according to a new winter outlook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. The center’s director said in a statement Thursday t...
Altercation outside St. Paul bar ends with man fatally shot | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
An altercation on a St. Paul sidewalk ended with one man fatally shooting another, police said early Thursday. Officers were called to a shooting in the 800 block of Rice Street, outside Born’s Bar, at about 11 p.m. Wednesday. They found a man who was shot and also recovered two handguns, said...
Volunteers join search for western Wisconsin girl whose parents were slain | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
BARRON, Wis. — Scores of volunteers have joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who went missing earlier this week and whose parents were shot and killed in their home. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requested the help of volunteers on Thursday in the hopes of finding clues as to the where...
Democrats: Trump intervened to stop FBI move, opting for more expensive project near his hotel | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Administration emails show that President Donald Trump intervened personally to keep FBI headquarters in downtown Washington rather than relocate it to the suburbs as had long been planned, congressional Democrats said Thursday. The letter from Democratic lawmakers on the House...
Felon used fire extinguisher to smash his way into cars parked in downtown St. Paul parking lots, charges say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
A Minneapolis man with a history of theft is accused of using a fire extinguisher to smash his way into vehicles parked in ramps along Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul and stealing items inside, authorities say. Jeffrey Jerome Wilkerson, 47, was charged via warrant Wednesday with one count of first...
A child found a gun in her purse; Police found cocaine, authorities say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
A 23-year-old woman arrested after a 7-year-old found a gun in her purse and accidentally shot a 4-year-old with it last year was charged Thursday with drug possession. Lyric L. Parker-Wheeler faces one count of fifth-degree drug possession after police also found cocaine in her purse, according to ...
United Way announces new priorities for 2019 to close ‘opportunity gaps’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | October 18, 2018
The Greater Twin Cities United Way has a new mission — to close what it calls “opportunity gaps.” The group — the second-largest in the nation, with an annual budget of $77 million — announced its new set of priorities on Thursday. “We want to make this a region where everyone can thrive...