This Fourth of July will be a holiday of firsts for one Twin Cities family. Barry and Megan Quiggle of St. Paul will celebrate the holiday with their three new sons from Haiti.
Like many places that endure long, difficult winters, Minnesota comes alive when the weather warms up. So many people from the Twin Cities — as Minneapolis and St. Paul are known — head to lakes in northern parts of the state that the city’s attractions truly open up to out-of-towners. And as in any urban area, some of the best are free.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden has named Carl Kuhl as his new campaign manager. Kulh is a principal in the public affairs firm Connolly Kuhl Group. He’s also worked on the campaigns of former Sen. Norm Coleman, gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer and former St. Paul Mayor Randy Kelly. He’s replacing Brad Herold, who recently stepped down but remains a senior adviser to the campaign in what McFadden spokesman Tom Erickson says was a planned reshuffle.
A St. Paul woman has been charged with animal cruelty after she allegedly dumped two puppies – one of them dead – into an animal hospital’s recycling dumpster in May. According to the criminal complaint, 47-year-old Anna Bertha Robole is accused of discarding the dogs behind the Scenic Hills Animal Hospital in St. Paul.
The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract with right wing Joel Rechlicz. The deal was announced Wednesday. The 27-year-old has played in 26 NHL games, but none since 2012. Rechlicz played last season in the AHL.
A St. Paul man faces several criminal charges after he allegedly abandoned his seriously injured children after crashing his SUV in St. Paul early Tuesday morning. Earl Lionell Ward, 45, is charged with four counts of criminal vehicular operation, two counts of endangerment of a child and two counts of violating a domestic abuse no contact order.
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Cretin-Derham Hall senior Jashon Cornell can breathe a sigh of relief as he heads into his final year of prep football for the Raiders. He announced Wednesday morning where he’s headed to play college football. Cornell gave his verbal commitment to Ohio State.
Garrison Keillor returns to Macalester College to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “A Prairie Home Companion” over the Fourth of July weekend. The three-day festival will be held at the St. Paul college where Keillor broadcast the first “Prairie Home” show on July 6, 1974.
A little burger joint in St. Paul has been given a big honor. On Tuesday, TripAdvisor announced the 10 best burger restaurants in the United States and St. Paul’s Casper & Runyon’s Nook made the list at No. 9.
The Minnesota Wild announced Tuesday they’ve signed free agent left winger Thomas Vanek to a three-year contract. Vanek, who played his college hockey for the University of Minnesota, had been a standout winger for the Buffalo Sabres.
Minnesota’s defense against future budget shortfalls is a bit sturdier. State finance officials said Tuesday they deposited $150 million more into Minnesota government’s main rainy-day account.
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has imposed the state’s first quarantine for gypsy moths. The quarantine affects Lake and Cook counties in far northeastern Minnesota. It took effect Tuesday.
Teams from the state and federal emergency management offices are headed to four Minnesota counties to start adding up the damage from recent storms and flash flooding. The surveys were starting Tuesday and Wednesday in Jackson, Nobles, Renville and Rock counties.
Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Monday that fireworks for the 4th of July will take place at the State Capitol Mall Friday evening. Fireworks for the holiday were scheduled as a part of the “Taste Of Minnesota” festival. The festival was scheduled at Harriet Island, but was moved to Waconia, Minn. due to flooding.