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Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary-General and Macalester grad, dies at age 80 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Kofi Annan, one of the world’s most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations who rose through its ranks to become the first black African secretary-general, has died.
Radio host hit by lightning while on the air at Eau Claire golf club | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — A Wisconsin sports talk radio host had a good reason when listeners heard dead air this week: He’d just been struck by lightning. Bill Michaels was hit Thursday in Eau Claire as he hosted his show from the patio of a golf club as thunderstorms moved in. Michaels told the Milwa...
Macalester College mourns the passing of its most famous son, Kofi Annan | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
The death of Nobel Peace Prize winner and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has shocked Macalester College, where Annan is remembered as "the clearest and most famous embodiment of our mission."
Minneapolis company lets pet parents take ‘fur-ternity leave’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
A digital marketing company in Minneapolis has adopted a new policy that it calls “fur-ternity” leave, allowing employees with new pets to work from home. Nina Hale’s policy was inspired by senior accounts manager, Connor McCarthy, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. McCarthy adopted a Golde...
Former NAACP president Nick Khaliq to be honored with public art at St. Paul Green Line station | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Over the decades, Nathaniel “Nick” Khaliq has been a St. Paul firefighter, a president of the St. Paul NAACP and an interim city council member. He founded a construction company and coached youth basketball at the Martin Luther King Recreation Center in the Summit-University neighborhoo...
Real World Economics: Politicians should heed free-market principles | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Being for free markets is not the same as being for business. That hard truth is frequently ignored by politicians, most recently in a bill that would override existing labor contracts in the newspaper business. As a businessman before entering politics, Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen, a Republican, sh...
ACLU sues Minnesota county and sheriff, alleging illegal immigration detentions at jail | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a civil lawsuit Friday against Nobles County and Sheriff Kent Wilkening in far southwestern Minnesota for allegedly not releasing inmates upon satisfying state release requirements, an action Wilkening was reportedly upholding at the re...
Working Strategies: The benefits of sports for your career | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Are you a sports fan? Did you play sports as a kid? Perhaps you’re an athlete today, however you define that term. Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with sports: I love them, they hate me. The stories of my mishaps with athletic pursuits are legion and nearly epic in scope. I don’t kno...
Minnesota Democrats endorse Ellison amid abuse allegation | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Minnesota Democrats are standing behind U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his bid for state attorney general, with the state party giving him an endorsement Saturday amid an allegation of domestic abuse from an ex-girlfriend. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin said in a statement that Ellis...
St. Paul police investigating homicide in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
The St. Paul police are investigating a homicide in the 1400 block of Payne Avenue. More information will be available after 4 p.m. today, said Steve Linders, a spokesman for the department. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Amelia Weaver, Hibbing girl who inspired campaign for medical marijuana, dies at 12 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
HIBBING, Minn. — Amelia Weaver, the Hibbing girl whose fight with a rare form of epilepsy led her parents to the center of the campaign for medical marijuana in Minnesota, died Thursday. She was 12. “Warrior Amelia, after a lifelong battle with Scn2a, passed away today,” parents Josh and Angie...
After primary wins, Walz and Johnson square off in series of debates | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Just three days after winning their party’s nomination for governor in the Aug. 14 primary, Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson were squaring off for not just one, but two debates. The major party gubernatorial candidates debated policy in Nisswa on Friday morning at an event sponsored b...
Police searching for missing Wisconsin teen possibly heading to Minnesota | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Police are asking the public for help in locating a missing teenager. Michael Atkins, 17, has been missing since 4 p.m. Aug. 6. He is said to be driving a gray 2006 Pontiac Vibe with Wisconsin license plate 339 XRJ. His vehicle was last seen Friday in Wilson, Wis., near Interstate 94. The direction ...
Body found in Bloomington wildlife refuge creek | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found in a creek at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The Hennepin County sheriff’s office says deputies and Bloomington police officers responded to the scene about 8:30 a.m. Thursday and found the body. A...
Bloomington police searching for missing man with medical condition | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
Bloomington police are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing 20-year-old man. The man, whose name is Jacob has serious medical conditions, police said. His last name was not provided. He was last seen in the area of 8200 Irving Avenue. Contact the Bloomington police at 952-563-4900 wi...
Twin Cities Daily Planet | August 18, 2018
  “It was kind of a whimsical artistic impulse,” recalled Antonio Duke, as he reminisced on this past spring when Ashawnti Sakina Ford drove him home each night after their rehearsals for a production of “Imaginary Invalid,” a play by 17th-century French actor and playwright, Molière. ...
Twin Cities | August 18, 2018
ADVERTISING/PUBLIC RELATIONS Colle McVoy, Minneapolis, has been named agency of record for Texas-based Children’s Health, the eighth-largest pediatric health care provider in the nation. … Clarity Coverdale Fury, Minneapolis, has been named media agency of record for the Minnesota Zoo, loc...
Students chosen for St. Paul schools advisory board | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
St. Paul Public Schools has named six new and seven returning members to its Student Engagement and Advancement Board. Created in 2015, the group studies issues that affect students and advises the elected school board. Members take turns attending monthly school board meetings and periodically pres...
Aretha Franklin’s voice was the sound of an America we’re still trying to become | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
Somebody somewhere once asked the human embodiment of American soul music how she would define American soul music. Aretha Franklin replied, "Being able to bring to the surface that which is happening inside."
Watch: St. Paul police release body cam footage in fatal shooting of William Hughes | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The St. Paul police department released footage on Friday afternoon from the body cameras of officers who fatally shot a 43-year-old man this month.
St. Paul board, Mayor Carter start work on campaign for $18.6M school referendum | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
A political action committee run by St. Paul school board members and Mayor Melvin Carter has hired a consultant to promote passage of a fall referendum that would increase the school tax levy by $18.6 million a year. Board member Marny Xiong said the group will pay the consultant $5,000 to set up ...
Moorhead woman who helped to create Dairy Queen’s Dilly Bar dies at 90 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The woman who co-founded the iconic Moorhead Dairy Queen and had a hand in creating the world-famous Dilly Bar has died. Phyllis Litherland died Sunday at her daughter’s home in Chicago. She was 90. Phyllis and Bob Litherland established the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen in 194...
Forest Lake council interviewing finalists for top job, but not former mayor | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
A motion to add former mayor Stev Stegner to a list of finalists for Forest Lake City Administrator did not advance Friday morning. The motion, the subject of a special city council meeting, stalled on a 2-2 vote. Council member Blaine Backes did not attend the meeting. The council is scheduled to...
The Keith Ellison she said-he said: She goes on TV, he denies abuse allegations, goes door-knocking | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The day after U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s ex-girlfriend went on TV to stand by her allegations that he physically abused her once, Ellison faced the full media for the first time. Again he denied the allegations, and then went door-knocking, vowing to press forward with his general election bid ...
3M headquarters building shows off corporate message in bright colors visible for miles | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The main administrative building at 3M Co.’s Maplewood campus, visible from Interstate 94, has been wrapped on the east and west ends with a design that encourages people to explore their curiosity. Unveiled Thursday, 3M says the design installation is intended to promote its “WonderR...
Historic Stillwater house sold to developer | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The Washington County Historical Society has sold the house belonging to pioneer missionary William T. Boutwell. The house, which is on 4.8 acres, was sold to developer Kevin von Riedel for $500,000 under the condition that he complete its restoration, said Brent Peterson, the society’s execut...
Supreme Court agrees to hear case of pilot who crashed near Lake Elmo Airport | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a White Bear Lake man whose plane crashed near the Lake Elmo Airport in 2010. Mark Kedrowski petitioned the Supreme Court to hear his case after the Minnesota Court of Appeals in May affirmed a Ramsey County district judge’s decision ...
State moves closer to finalizing new teacher licensing rules | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
Minnesota’s new teacher licensing board can require inexperienced teachers to participate in mentoring programs and can specify the type of training educators receive so they can better understand students of different cultures. Those are two of the more controversial decisions contained in an 80-...
Elon Musk tells newspaper he’s cracking under stress of Tesla job | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
What do you do when your CEO confesses that he’s cracking under the stress of his job? That’s the question that the nine board members of electric car and solar panel maker Tesla Inc. must answer after Elon Musk, the company’s impulsive leader, admitted to The New York Times that work is rattl...
Bike lanes approved on St. Paul’s Western Avenue and Forest Street | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The St. Paul City Council earlier this week approved new bike lanes on Western Avenue between Front and Como avenues, as well as new bike lanes on Forest Street between Maryland Avenue and Margaret Street. The resolution was approved 4 to 2 on Wednesday, with Council Member Dan Bostrom and Chris Tol...
26-year-old was trying to protect brother, ‘did not deserve’ to die in St. Paul shooting, relative says | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
A 26-year-old man was trying to protect his younger brother when he fatally shot in St. Paul on Thursday, a relative said Friday.
Harding High wants to name gym after retired athletics director Keenan | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
Harding High School’s gym floor will be renamed for its longtime athletics director, pending school board approval. Gerald Keenan, 81, worked for St. Paul Public Schools for 57 years before retiring in 2017. He joined Harding as a teacher and coach in 1975 and became athletics director in 1996. He...
Alleged peeper charged after exposing himself outside St. Paul homes, police say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
A St. Paul man faces charges after breaking into the front porch of a St. Paul home last spring and masturbating while peering into the resident’s windows, authorities say. Police suspect Gentry James Johnson was involved in similar incidents reported around the city earlier this summer. The 38-ye...
Canadian forest fire smoke triggers air quality alert for northern Minnesota | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
An air quality alert has been issued for the northern half of Minnesota effective through noon Sunday due to wildfire smoke heading south from Canada, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. The affected area includes Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd, Bemidji, Duluth, Ely and the triba...
Vatican in ‘shame and sorrow’ over abuses in Pennsylvania | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and says Pope Francis wants to eradicate "th...
Twin Cities metro now included in weekend air quality alert caused by wildfires | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has expanded an air quality alert to include most of Minnesota, including the Twin Cities metro. Smoke from Canadian wildfires is moving across the state from north to south. The resulting rise of fine particles in the air could cause issues for sensitive group...
Trump says he’s canceling military parade | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
President Donald Trump said Friday he had canceled plans for a Veteran’s Day military parade in November, citing the “ridiculously high” price tag. Trump on Twitter accused local politicians of price-gouging, although much of the projected $92 million price was attributed to Pentagon costs for...
Gomm family after inmate’s court hearing: ‘Nothing will bring our brother back’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 17, 2018
Members of Joseph Gomm’s family sat in a Washington County courthouse in Stillwater on Friday morning and watched as the inmate charged with the corrections officer’s murder was arraigned on charges of first-degree murder. Five armed deputies surrounded Edward Muhammed Johnson as he entered Judg...
Twin Cities Daily Planet | August 17, 2018
Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham hosts forum, speaks out on the 2040 Plan in Minneapolis On July 22nd, public commenting ended for the City of Minneapolis’ comprehensive plan, a document that encompasses the city’s plan of action of housing, employment, investment and other aspects of city gove...
The Journal | August 17, 2018
Attorneys representing the former Minneapolis police officer facing murder charges for a July 2017 on-duty shooting filed motions Aug. 15 to dismiss the case on the grounds of prosecutorial misconduct and a failure to demonstrate probable cause. They allege public comments made by Hennepin County At...
Jury returns first-degree murder indictment in Stillwater prison death | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
An inmate accused of killing a guard at the Stillwater prison last month has been indicted on first-degree murder charges. A grand jury in Washington County returned the indictment against Edward Muhammad Johnson on charges of first-degree premediated murder and first-degree murder of a prison guard...
Ex-Minneapolis officer’s lawyers want charges dismissed in Justine Damond slaying | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
Defense attorneys want charges dismissed against a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last year. Attorneys for ex-officer Mohamed Noor argue in motions filed Wednesday that the charges should be dropped because of prosecutorial misconduct and lack of probable c...
1 stabbed to death in St. Paul Park | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
One person is dead after a stabbing in St. Paul Park on Wednesday evening. A call about a stabbing came in just after 7:30 p.m. about a stabbing in the parking lot of 1020 Third St., the Washington County sheriff’s office said in a statement. Officers found the person with fatal stab wounds. The s...
Mahtomedi settles with flooded homeowners for $750K | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
Five homeowners have settled a lawsuit with Mahtomedi after their yards and homes flooded. The city has agreed to pay $750,000 to the homeowners, and to rebuild pipes that backed up the water and caused the damage. But it is not admitting fault. The city built a run-off culvert in the back yards of ...
Driver sentenced to nearly 3 years for Minneapolis playground crash that injured young children | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
An unlicensed driver has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for leading police on a chase that ended with the man plowing into a Minneapolis playground and injuring three young siblings. Twenty-two-year-old Kabaar Powell Jr., of Richfield, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty las...
Minnesota gains 11,200 jobs in January. Here is who is hiring | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
Minnesota employers added 11,200 jobs in July, dropping the state’s unemployment rate to 3 percent. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate is the lowest it has been since June of 2000, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The U.S. unemployment rate for Ju...
Male shot multiple times on St. Paul’s East Side on Thursday afternoon | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
A male was shot multiple times on St. Paul’s East Side on Thursday afternoon, according to initial emergency radio traffic. It happened about 2:25 p.m. near Maryland and Prosperity avenues — a busy area with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension headquarters, Walgreens and McDona...
Minnesota will elect its first Native American lieutenant governor in November — regardless of who wins | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
As Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson gear their campaigns for governor toward the November election, the women running alongside them are chasing a major milestone: becoming Minnesota’s first Native American lieutenant governor.
WWI veteran’s family accepts Purple Heart 100 years after war’s end | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
PARK RAPIDS, Minn. — One hundred years after the end of World War I, the family of a Minnesota veteran finally received his Purple Heart. On Saturday, 88-year-old Betty Landa of Menahga, Minn. — one of Albert M. Hanson’s three living daughters — accepted the military honor on his behalf at t...
Many Washington County incumbents face challengers | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | August 16, 2018
Washington County voters will see lots of new names on the November ballot, as many incumbents are facing challengers and a few longtime mayors have decided not to seek re-election. Cities such as Afton, Forest Lake and Woodbury could see major shake-ups. Many challengers are political newcomers, so...