A Minnesota man died after falling into the Chicago River early Monday when he dropped his cell phone in the water and lunged after it, according to reports from our sister station in Chicago. Another man was hospitalized and a woman was missing and presumed dead after they went into the water to try to rescue him.
While cars had trouble starting Monday, dozens of planes didn’t get off the ground at all. Some airlines had to cancel flights after jet fuel actually froze at airports across the Midwest. There were 50 flights cancelled and more than two dozen delays at MSP Monday. But almost none of them had to do with the local weather, according to airport spokesman Patrick Hogan.
A Chicago man was sentenced Friday to more than 26 years in prison for the sex trafficking of a teenage girl – which may be the longest sentence ever given in Minnesota for such a crime. According to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office, Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty on Nov. 1 on one count of engaging in sex trafficking in the first degree and possession of child pornography. Rhodes met the defendant, a 15-year-old girl, in Chicago in March, and asked her if she “wanted to make money and be part of the family.” Within weeks, Rhodes drove the teen and a 19-year-old woman from Chicago to the Twin Cities in a conversion van.
TCF Bank is closing its bank in downtown Minneapolis and 37 other branches in Chicago. In a release on Wednesday, the corporation announced its plan to consolidate, saying it’s so the company can grow in different ways.
The GRAMMY Hall of Fame was established in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. According to GRAMMY.org, inductees are selected by a “special member committee of eminent and knowledgeable professionals from all branches of the recording arts.”
Adrian Peterson returned to Minnesota Vikings’ practice on Friday and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Chicago Bears coach Marc Trestman still has faith in his team’s defense.
As a powerful tornado bore down on their Illinois farmhouse, Curt Zehr’s wife and adult son didn’t have time to do anything but scramble down the stairs into their basement. Uninjured, the pair looked out moments later to find the house gone and the sun out and “right on top” of them, Zehr said.
A group of architects has decided that the new World Trade Center tower is the tallest building in the U.S., surpassing Chicago’s Willis Tower. With the 408-foot needle, the building stands at a symbolically important 1,776 feet and 325 feet taller than the 1,451-foot Willis Tower.
A Ramsey County jury found a Chicago man guilty in the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old girl in St. Paul in April 2013. Arteco Marvell Rhodes, 38, was found guilty of possession of child pornography and he will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Dec. 13.
Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears are showing their resiliency, if nothing else. Two games into the season they have two comeback wins and they remain unbeaten under coach Marc Trestman. They’re not making it easy on themselves, though.
The Chicago Bears find themselves worrying about improving their pass rush at a time when there could be a somewhat more pressing issue facing them: Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak says he hopes Illinois lawmakers legalize same-sex marriage but in the meantime he wants gay and lesbian couples to get married in his city — and spend lots of money on their weddings.
With all of Illinois’ financial woes, residents have grown accustomed to politicians from other states trying to raid its companies, jobs and best workers. Now one of them is making a similar pitch to the state’s gay couples: Come north to get married, and spend lots of money.
An Eagan man has been charged with violating the Illinois Controlled Substance Act by bringing almost 90 pounds of the stimulant plant khat into the United States from the United Kingdom. The Chicago Tribune reports that customs agents at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport stopped 20-year-old Dominic Running with more than $12,000 worth of khat, a plant that’s chewed like tobacco and contains a stimulant similar to amphetamine.