A Minnesota woman is charged in federal court with stealing a passport so she could travel to Syria. U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said Tuesday that 20-year-old Yusra Ismail of St. Paul is charged with stealing and misusing a passport. According to the complaint, Ismail visited a friend on Aug. 18, asked to see her passport and surreptitiously took it.
Gov. Mark Dayton says Minnesota’s lottery director “has his work cut out for him” to preserve online ticket sales that many lawmakers want to outlaw. Dayton acknowledged Tuesday that the Legislature will again attempt to bar the most virtual ticket sales and may be able to trump a veto this time.
It’s the final week for candidates to put their names into consideration for the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. The Legislature will elect five regents to the state’s 12-member governing board next year.
Two crucial pieces of the state’s new medical marijuana program are nearly in place. Minnesota officials announced Monday morning that LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions will grow and cultivate the drug for the state, ending a weeks-long selection process.
A former tennis coach who was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenage student has been arrested again. Daniel Hubbard-Wilson, 27, was arrested last week and booked for violating a restraining order and for harassment in relation to the restraining order. He was released over the weekend on bond.
A number of Minnesota high school and college students expressed their disappointment with the Ferguson, Missouri outcome by walking out of school. They joined students who staged walkouts in more than 50 cities across the country on Monday.
Small Twin Cities shops saw big business on Saturday. Every year shoppers are encouraged to support local businesses for “Small Business Saturday,” the day after the Black Friday shopping holiday.
It’s a special weekend for Minnesota’s Hmong community. Friday is the beginning of a three-day Hmong New Year event at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Organizers say they expect about 20-000 – 30,000 people Friday, but many more during the rest of the weekend.
While many will hit the malls shopping Friday, there’s a group in St. Paul spending it at church. Those looking to avoid long lines and shopper meltdowns flipped the Black Friday script and held a service at Unity Church-Unitarian.
Winter Skate at Rice Park in St. Paul is officially open for business. The European Christmas Market starts Friday at 2 p.m.
A 15-year-old boy is dead after a police chase ended Wednesday morning with a vehicle smashing into a building just south of downtown St. Paul. St. Paul Police say the crash happened at about 12:15 a.m., about 15 minutes after the chase began. Officers initiated a pursuit of a vehicle which had recently been reported stolen near the 2000 block of Suburban Avenue.
Hundreds of high school students witnessed a touching tribute Wednesday to an officer killed in the line of duty. It’s been four months since Mendota Heights Police Officer Scott Patrick was gunned down as he made a traffic stop in West St. Paul. He graduated from St. Paul’s Humboldt High School in 1985. Mendota Heights Police Officer John Larrive spoke on behalf of the family at the ceremony in the school gym.
A judge has rejected a request from the widow of “American Sniper” author Chris Kyle to order a new trial or set aside a jury’s verdict in favor of former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura. Ventura was awarded $1.8 million a defamation claim against Kyle.
Ramsey County commissioners have approved a plan to tear down the old West Publishing buildings to make room for new riverfront development in downtown St. Paul.
The annual Holiday Lights in the Park is ready to go, despite a delay in getting the lights. WCCO got a sneak peak at the colorful display early Tuesday morning at Phalen Park in St. Paul.