It’s early January and it’s bitterly cold outside, but that also means high school sports teams are entering the gauntlet that is the conference season. Many teams spent December playing non-conference competition both in tournaments and in some rivalry games to get the competitive juices flowing.
The first day back to school for many Minnesota kids is a cold one. Several school districts, including Anoka-Hennepin, Minneapolis and St. Paul started back up on Wednesday after a couple weeks of break and then two historically cold days.
The weather has been frigid to say the least, and it’s about to get worse. But the concern over the cold isn’t just about us, it’s about man’s best friend.
Two Boston College students studying in Rome had an up-close encounter with Pope Francis and came away with a treasured souvenir. Katie Rich of Minnetonka, Minn., and Ethan Mack of Portland, Maine, were along the barricade for an audience with Pope Francis on Wednesday.
Authorities responded to a fire in the roof of a construction area adjacent to the Macy’s store at Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka. Fire crews responded to the call at about 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is picking up a new title: president. Coleman assumes the head role at the National League of Cities on Saturday during the group’s conference in Seattle. It comes soon after Coleman was elected to a third term.
A wounded Minnesota soldier is being recognized with a very special gift. Justin Utecht was given the keys to a house in Minnetonka on Friday. “It’s absolutely gorgeous in there,” Utecht said. “For a single guy it’s pretty good.” U.S. Bank, Freedom Alliance and Five Brothers Default Management Solutions partnered together to donate the home as a kickoff to Veterans Day weekend. Utecht served in Iraq from 2006 to 2008, and has struggled adjusting to life back at home due to post-traumatic stress disorder and migraines.
Friends and family of a man shot and killed by Minnetonka Police last month say they are still waiting for answers. Police shot 27-year-old Michael Tray several times on Oct. 23. They were called to Claremont Apartments around 8:30 p.m. after someone said they saw a man walking around with a gun. Police confronted Tray in the underground parking garage, where he was shot and killed. Michael Strunk met him five years ago in college. Like so many other people, Michael hit off with the man simply known as “Tray.”
Before football teams hit the field Friday night, there are 16 squads left in seven classes across the state who all have a shot at the state tournament. By the end of the night, that number will get cut in half. This is the week that pretty much every kid who grows up playing football dreams about.
Authorities have identified the two officers involved in the deadly shooting of a man in the parking garage of a Minnetonka apartment complex last week. Officials with the Minnetonka Police Department have identified the officers as James Comings and Ryan Smith.
It’s that time of year. Playoff season.
Friday and Saturday marks the semifinal round for sections in all seven classes around Minnesota. It means teams are one win away from playing for a trip to the state playoffs. It’s what every player who puts on pads in August dreams about.
Authorities said one man is dead after being shot by an officer in Minnetonka Wednesday night. Police responded to the Claremont Apartments on the 10700 block of Smetana Road at about 8:24 p.m. on a report of a person with a gun.
UnitedHealth Group Inc.’s third-quarter earnings inched up 1 percent in a rare performance that failed to trump Wall Street expectations. The nation’s largest health insurer also gave a less-than-reassuring vibe to investors by narrowing its 2013 forecast instead of raising it.
The mother of a teenage girl who’s hockey equipment was stolen calls the generosity they’ve received “overwhelming.” Someone broke into Robin Tomaszewksi’s car and stole her 13-year-old daughter Jordyn’s goalie gear, worth $2,700. The Tomaszewksis have been searching online for the items to show up. But now, strangers are helping Jordyn get back on the ice, and have pitched in to get her new gear. Jordyn was fitted with near gear Saturday at Total Hockey in Minnetonka with the help of Gongshow Gear.