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Second Wild Case Of Bird Flu Reported In Ramsey County Chickadee

Officials in the Department of Natural Resources have confirmed Minnesota’s second case of bird flu in the wild. According to the DNR, a wild chickadee was recovered in Ramsey County on June 10 and delivered to a wildfire rehabilitation center where it tested positive for the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

07/10/2015

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Graduates Of Veterans Treatment Court Get Clean Start

Four local veterans are being honored Thursday for turning their lives around by overcoming drug, alcohol or mental health issues.

07/09/2015

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Mosquitoes In Ramsey County Test Positive For West Nile

West Nile virus is back, and officials are urging Minnesotans to avoid mosquito bites, dump out standing water and report dead birds.

07/08/2015

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1 Killed In Motorcycle Crash In Ramsey Co.

One person was killed early Thursday morning after the motorcycle they were riding left the roadway in Ramsey County. According to Minnesota State Patrol, at 1 a.m. a Harley Davidson motorcycle was traveling northbound on Highway 61 just south of Warner Road when it left the roadway.

06/25/2015

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Charges: Wis. Man Shoplifted At Wal-Mart, Pointed Gun At Cop’s Face

A 34-year-old Wisconsin man and convicted felon faces three new felonies, according to court documents filed in Ramsey County, after he allegedly pointed a gun Sunday at an off-duty police officer and fled police.

06/23/2015

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A Look At Key Archdiocese Leaders, How They Handled Wehmeyer

When Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned last week as leader of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said he’d “allow the facts to lead the way” in his ongoing investigation into an alleged cover-up of sexual abuse.

06/21/2015

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Retired Ramsey Co. Sheriff’s Deputy Under Investigation For Missing Evidence

A retired Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputy is being investigated after pieces of evidence from some of his cases were found to be missing. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s office says retired Deputy Thomas Rudenick is being investigated after inconsistencies in some of his property records become apparent while his remaining cases were being closed out.

06/12/2015

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Emergency Workers Practice Jail Evacuation In Ramsey County

Police, Firefighters and several other emergency agencies were on hand today for what looked like a major jail evacuation — but this was only a drill.

06/06/2015

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Tennis Coach Gets 6 Years For Sex With 15-Year-Old Player

A former Twin Cities-area high school tennis coach has received a six-year prison sentence for violating his probation by trying to contact a teenage girl he had sex with.

06/05/2015

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Former St. Paul Schools Custodian Gets 10 Years For Child Sex Abuse

A former St. Paul Public Schools custodian was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing several young children, including members of his family. Walter Johann Happel, 63, struck a plea deal in March after pleading guilty to one count of surreptitious invasion of privacy, after he spied on an 11-year-old boy in Linwood Monroe Arts Plus School student bathroom.

05/07/2015

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Body Pulled From St. Croix Identified As Missing Stillwater Woman

Officials have identified the body pulled from the St. Croix River on Saturday as 24-year-old Abbey Russell, the Stillwater woman who’s been missing for a week.

05/03/2015

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Man Charged In Deadly Finlayson House Fire

A 49-year-old man is charged with murder, arson and assault in connection with a deadly March fire in Finlayson. The Pine County Sheriff’s office says Robert Sam Raisch Jr. will face charges for second-degree murder, first-degree arson and first-degree assault.

04/28/2015

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Minn. Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Sex Offender

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a convicted St. Paul sex offender who argued that a jury, and not a judge, must decide his risk-level status. The decision could affect the statuses of several Level-III sex offenders in the state.

04/22/2015

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Law Enforcement Pushing For $150M Annually For Preschool

More than 100 law enforcement leaders across Minnesota are asking lawmakers for a minimum of $150 million a year for preschool programs.

04/22/2015

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After Toddler’s Homicide, Mom Charged With Endangerment

The mother of an 18-month-old girl that died of homicidal violence earlier this year now faces child endangerment charges for letting the girl stay with her boyfriend, whose sons reportedly told her their father was hitting the child.

04/21/2015

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Father Who Gave Baby Weed Charged With Endangerment

A dad who police said he’d rather give his baby weed than Tylenol is in jail.

Ramsey County charged Richard Martin and his wife, Molly, with child endangerment. Richard Martin also faces a charge of selling marijuana. Police found several marijuana plants in his mom’s St. Paul basement, where they were living.

04/17/2015

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Man, 43, Charged With Stealing Video Games From 8-Year-Old Boy

A Minneapolis man has been charged with stealing video games and systems from an 8-year-old boy, police said. According to police, Dave Schmotter, 43, stole more than $1,000 worth of electronics when the boy and his mother were visiting him at Bethesda Hospital in St. Paul.

04/08/2015

Miniature Poodle Killed By Pit Bull

Dog Deemed ‘Dangerous’ Mauls Miniature Poodle In Front Of Owner

A Shoreview woman is mourning the loss of her dog. The miniature poodle, named Freddie, was mauled by another dog while the two were out for a walk.

04/07/2015

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Man Charged With Killing GF While Holding Their Baby

A St. Paul man faces murder charges for allegedly shooting the mother of his young child in the face on Easter morning, court documents filed in Ramsey County say.

04/06/2015

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State Teaching Board Sued Over Licensing Practices

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Ramsey County says the Board of Teaching has denied licenses to qualified would-be teachers for years. It says the board’s standards are unclear and it doesn’t adequately recognize teachers’ work experience in other states.

04/03/2015

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‘Bride Stealing’ Case Sheds Light On Troubling Tradition

A Twin Cities man is accused of kidnapping a teenager and trying to force her to marry him. Kong Xiong, 21, is also charged with having sex with the 15-year-old girl.

03/31/2015

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Forest Lake Couple Charged In Public Assistance Fraud Scheme

A Forest Lake couple is facing felony charges, accused of bilking taxpayers for about $115,000 in public assistance benefits they weren’t entitled to.

03/30/2015

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Fmr. School Worker Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Abuse

A former St. Paul elementary school custodian pleaded guilty Thursday to charges connected to the sexual abuse of several children – including family members – and the invasion of student privacy. Walter Johann Happel, 63, appeared tired in court Thursday, where he pleading guilty to five charges.

03/19/2015

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A Call Out To Lifeguards In The Dead Of Winter

Ramsey County Parks and Recreation is looking for lifeguards. They need help at Battle Creek Waterworks and the county’s five guarded swimming beaches at Long Lake Regional Park, Tony Schmidt Regional Park, Vadnais-Snail Lakes Regional Park, Lake Josephine County Park and Lake McCarrons County Park.

03/05/2015

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Five Charged In Multi-State Sex Trafficking Ring

Five Twin Cities residents were charged Tuesday in connection to a multi-state sex trafficking ring, according to the Ramsey County Attorney’s office. Four of the five defendants are from St. Paul: 21-year-old Ishmael Jamaine Williams, 25-year-old Thomas William Evans, 28-year-old Yolanda Katrice Foster and 38-year-old Doris Marie Keller.

03/03/2015

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