Prep Blog: State Quarterfinals, Previewing 'The Big 4'You know we're in the heart of the fall season when it's the end of October and we've already seen our first snow fall. It wasn't significant Wednesday, but at least a few flakes fell around most of the state. Between that and the state football tournament taking shape, it's a great time of the year to be a prep sports fan.
Prep Blog: Previewing The State Football QuarterfinalsEvery high school football player that steps on the field in August has the goal of playing football in November. That means you're in the state tournament, where anything is possible.
High School Sports Rally: Oct. 24, 2014The first round of playoff games for high school football took place Friday evening, and WCCO was there to catch all the action. If you weren't able to make it any of the great high school games, take a look at the videos below.
Minn. Teen Warns Of 'Fire Challenge' That Sent Him To Burn UnitA Minnesota teenager is warning other kids about the dangers of a stunt showing up online. It's called the fire challenge. Teenagers use an accelerant like nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol to light themselves on fire.
Blue Earth Priest Gets Probation In Sex Abuse CaseA Blue Earth priest who admitted to fondling a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother's home was sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation on Monday.
Diocese: Former Blue Earth Priest To Be DeportedA Minnesota priest was taken into custody at his Monday sentencing and will be deported after admitting he fondled a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother's home. The Diocese of Winona says The Rev. Leo Koppala was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security after his sentencing hearing Monday and will be held until his deportation proceedings.
Boy Rescued After Falling Into Septic Tank A 7-year-old boy had to be rescued after accidentally falling into a septic tank Monday afternoon, according to the Faribault County Sheriff's Office.
Blue Earth Priest Pleads Guilty In Sex Abuse CaseA Blue Earth-area priest has admitted to fondling a girl while he was attending dinner at her grandmother's home. The Rev. Leo Koppala pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. He'll be sentenced March 31.
Playwright's 'Hamlet' Hits The Road In MinnesotaMinnesota playwright Jeffrey Hatcher is taking his one-man show about his childhood experience staging Hamlet on the road this month. "Jeffrey Hatcher's Hamlet" will travel to seven Minnesota communities. Hatcher was 11 when he adapted, directed and performed in Shakespeare's drama "Hamlet" for a fifth-grade English class in Steubenville, Ohio.
Minn. Town To Highlight Bullying PreventionThe southern Minnesota town of Blue Earth will become Orange Earth in support of October's National Bullying Prevention Month. Orange is the designated color of bullying prevention. The 25-foot toga on the Green Giant statue in Blue Earth will turn orange Wednesday in support of bullying prevention.
Blue Earth Catholic Priest Accused Of Sexually Assaulting GirlA 47-year-old Blue Earth man, who is also Catholic priest, has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, according to the Faribault County Attorney’s Office.
Tracks Reopen After Train Derails In South Minn. Railroad tracks after reopened in the southern Minnesota town of Blue Earth after 17 cars derailed on a train carrying corn.