Hennepin County

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Dayton Declares State Of Emergency Amid Flooding

The Mankato area was hit hard by flash flooding Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning the Twin Cities was getting its turn. Thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rain raced through the metro early Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing traffic problems.

06/19/2014

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Minnehaha Creek At Highest-Recorded Level

Communities along the Minnehaha Creek faced flooded yards and streets Thursday. The 22 mile-long creek, which connects Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Falls, reached the highest water levels ever recorded Thursday morning. People in the St. Louis Park Creekside neighborhood are helping each other stack sandbags.

06/19/2014

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Counties Say It’s Too Costly To Hold Prisoners For ICE

It’s going to take an order from a judge for county jails to hold prisoners requested to be detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hennepin County officials made the announcement on Wednesday. Ramsey County officials also say the county will no long participate in holding inmates after serving their time.

06/11/2014

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One Of Hennepin County’s Most Wanted Nabbed On 1st Day Of Sweep

Law enforcement officials say they nabbed one of Hennepin County’s top 10 most wanted on the first day of a county-wide warrant sweep aimed at drug dealers.

06/10/2014

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Hennepin Co. Law Enforcement Conducting Warrant Sweeps

Police officers, sheriff deputies and FBI agents in Hennepin County will be making an extra effort on Tuesday to find drug offenders with warrants.

06/10/2014

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University Of Minnesota Food Scientist Dies

A University of Minnesota food scientist has died, nine days after he was pulled from a private pool during a Memorial Day gathering in St. Louis Park. The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Friday that 48-year-old Koushik Seetharaman died Tuesday at Hennepin County Medical Center. The cause of death was a lack of oxygen to the brain. Doctors believe he suffered a cardiac arrest in the pool.

06/07/2014

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Republicans Seek To Differentiate Themselves Ahead Of Primary

Four Republicans say they will run in the August primary for Minnesota governor. That’s after the GOP convention last weekend endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for governor, and Mike McFadden for the U.S. Senate.

06/02/2014

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Henn. Co. Sheriff: Practice Safe Boating On Memorial Day Weekend

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is urging boaters to create a safety plan before hitting the waters this Memorial Day weekend. With a High Water Declaration in effect for Lake Minnetonka, Sheriff Rich Stanek says boaters need to manage their wakes properly, as well as have the necessary safety gear in place.

05/20/2014

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New Evidence Leads To Arrests In 1999 Shooting

New evidence had led to an arrest and new charges in a deadly shooting from 15 years ago. Hennepin County prosecutors say in July of 1999, Earl Vang and Tou Lu Yang killed Miguel McElroy and hurt his father. It was part of a gang-related drug deal.

05/16/2014

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Mpls. Man Gets 25 Years For Shooting Boy, 2 Others

A 35-year-old Minneapolis man was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison for shooting a 4-year-old boy and two others last June, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. Deontray Vershon Tate was convicted on two counts of first-degree assault in March for a shooting that happened on the morning of June 25, 2013 near the 3600 block of Penn Avenue North in Minneapolis.

05/14/2014

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Good Question: How Is Bail Determined?

Former University of Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson was out of jail Monday afternoon after posting $20,000 bail. He allegedly assaulted another man, leaving him in critical condition. But Neal Zumberge is still behind bars a week after he was charged with the murder of his neighbor. The New Brighton man WAS not able to make his $1.5 million bail.

05/13/2014

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Meet The Champlin Mom Who Has Fostered 500 Kids

On a day that celebrates moms, we talked to a woman who has played that role to 550 children. Stella Gamble, of Champlin, and her husband James have fostered those children through Hennepin County.

05/12/2014

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MDH: Dozens Of Minnetonka Students Fall Ill

The Minnesota Department of Health is investigating a possible outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness at a Minnetonka elementary school. Health department officials say at least 51 students and four staff members at Groveland Elementary School were out sick on Thursday.

05/02/2014

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Mpls. Nurse Allegedly Stole, Tampered With Medication

A Burnsville, Minn. man was charged with tampering with and stealing medications from a nursing home where he was working in Minneapolis on Wednesday, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said. Daniel Thomas, 56, was charged with two counts of theft and two counts of adulterating a substance.

04/25/2014

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Sheriff: Ice-Out Declared On Lake Minnetonka

With the long, cold winter we all endured, we weren’t sure this day would ever come. The Freshwater Society and the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Water Patrol officially made the call Thursday morning that the ice is now officially out on Lake Minnetonka.

04/24/2014

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Bail Doubled On Couple Facing Welfare Fraud Charges

A Minnesota couple facing allegations of stealing public assistance spent their second day in a Hennepin County courtroom Friday. Colin and Andrea Chisholm remain in jail, facing felony fraud charges of misrepresenting their qualifications for taking food stamps, welfare payments and other assistance between 2005 and 2012.

04/18/2014

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Good Question: What Happens To All The Trash At The Mall Of America?

Every year, 42 million people visit the more than 500 stores and restaurants at the Mall of America. Ultimately, that translates into an annual average about 10,000 tons of trash — or about 28 tons per day.

04/17/2014

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Man Pleads Guilty To Knowingly Transmitting HIV

The Minneapolis man accused of passing the HIV virus to others has pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted first-degree assault. Daniel Rick, 33, reached a plea agreement on Monday relating to a 2009 case.

04/17/2014

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Hennepin County Talks Heroin At Community Forum

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is holding another town hall forum to educate the community about the dangers of heroin, and tell residents what they can do to help stop addiction before it starts.

04/17/2014

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April Storm Dumps Foot Of Snow In Minn., Wis.

Just when it seemed like spring was here, an April snowstorm has dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of Minnesota. The National Weather Service reports nearly 15 inches of snow in Milaca, 14 inches in St. Francis and over 10 inches in Pine City.

04/16/2014

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HCMC Planning To Expand With New, 322,000-Square-Foot Clinic

The Hennepin County Medical Center is growing to meet the demand for more outpatient care. The Hennepin County Board approved $10 million to buy property across for the emergency room.

04/14/2014

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Body Found In Rural Minn. ID’ed As Iowa Woman

A Minnesota medical examiner has identified the body of a missing Iowa woman found in a rural area near Minneapolis over the weekend.

04/08/2014

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Councilwoman Sentenced For Stealing Money From Dying Dad

A Maple Grove city councilwoman who pleaded guilty to a charge accusing her of stealing thousands of dollars from her dying father has been sentenced to serve 60 days in the Hennepin County Workhouse. Leann Sargent, 63, specifically pleaded guilty to one felony count of financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult on the morning of Feb. 5.

04/07/2014

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Former GOP State Rep. Smith Dies

A son of former state Rep. Steve Smith of Mound says the Minnesota Republican has died.

04/07/2014

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A Henn. Co. Medical Examiner Shares Insight Into Her Job

You might think the life of a medical examiner is macabre, but that’s not the case for Dr. Lindsay Thomas of Hennepin County. Thomas says last year the county did about 1,100 autopsies, including about 77 homicides. “It’s really the minority,” Thomas said. She goes into each case with a presumption based on the evidence.

04/05/2014

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