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Wander Minnesota: Road Trip To St. Peter

South of the Twin Cities, along the Minnesota River, is the town of St. Peter. St. Peter’s earliest claim to fame is that it came close to being the capital of Minnesota, but thanks to the machinations of Joe Rolette, who stole the bill that would have designated St. Peter as the capital and hid with it until legislators had voted in St. Paul instead.

07/23/2015

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Gov. Dayton: St. Peter Hospital Needs Urgent Fix

State officials are investigating the latest in a series of assaults at Minnesota’s largest psychiatric hospital in St. Peter. Governor Mark Dayton says the facility needs an urgent fix.

07/22/2015

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Dayton Calls Psychiatric Hospital Where Series Of Assaults Reported ‘Obsolete’

State officials are investigating the latest in a series of assaults at Minnesota’s largest psychiatric hospital in St. Peter. Gov. Mark Dayton said the Minnesota Security Hospital needs an urgent fix. Dozens of staff workers have been injured at the facility this year.

07/21/2015

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Man Goes Overboard, Dies While Sailing On Lake Michigan

Authorities say a Wisconsin man has died after he went overboard while sailing on Lake Michigan. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office says it got a call around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday about a vessel in distress on the lake.

07/15/2015

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St. Peter Hospital Worker Hurt After Attack By Patient

A female staff member at the state hospital in St. Peter is being treated for injuries after being assaulted by a 16-year-old patient. The Minnesota Department of Human Services is investigating the incident at the Minnesota Security Hospital.

07/14/2015

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Reality Check: Minnesota’s Sex Offender Treatment Program

Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is getting sharp scrutiny after a federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. It turns out that Minnesota locks up more dangerous sex offenders than almost anywhere else.

06/18/2015

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Family Of Man Committed For Killing Parents Objects To His Release

A Minnesota man who killed his parents 16 years ago is expected to be released from a state hospital soon. Richard Happ has been a resident at the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter since he was 30 years old.

04/10/2015

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Attorney Talks Misconceptions In Sex Offender Program Trial

More than 700 civilly committed sex offenders are suing the state of Minnesota, arguing the program keeping them locked up is unconstitutional.

02/22/2015

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Constitutional Test For Minnesota Sex Offender Program

Minnesota’s civil commitment program for sex offenders has been under fire for years by people who say it’s unconstitutional because it amounts to a life sentence. A federal judge has pressured state lawmakers to change the program to address concerns, but they have not.

02/08/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit St. Peter (Day 2)

Winter doesn’t stop WCCO’s road trip around Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We’re Goin’ to the Lake even when there’s no snow and the lake is actually a river! Mark Rosen and Amelia Santaniello started our winter tour in St. Peter in the Minnesota River valley of southern Minnesota, which is just an hour southwest of the Twin Cities.

01/30/2015

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Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake: Amelia & Mark Visit St. Peter

Winter doesn’t stop WCCO’s road trip around Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We’re Goin’ to the Lake even when there’s no snow and the lake is actually a river! Mark Rosen and Amelia Santaniello start our winter tour in St. Peter in the Minnesota River valley of southern Minnesota.

01/29/2015

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Out Of Tornado’s Rubble, A New St. Peter Is Born

One of the most important events in the history of St. Peter was a tornado that took two lives and damaged two thirds of the buildings here.

01/29/2015

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Security Hospital Seeks $10.4M In Emergency Funding

A Minnesota lawmaker says the state’s largest psychiatric hospital will soon run out of money without an emergency infusion.

01/28/2015

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Son Of New Hope Shooting Suspect Killed By Police Speaks

The son of the man who shot two police officers in New Hope City Hall Monday night before he was shot and killed spoke with WCCO Radio Tuesday afternoon. Nathan Kmetz says his 68-year-old father, Raymond Kmetz, had reached the breaking point after years of run-ins with police and city officials.

01/27/2015

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Legendary Gustavus Tennis Coach Dies At 73

The tennis world lost a legend Wednesday as long-time Gustavus Adolphus College tennis coach Steve Wilkinson died at the age of 73. Wilkinson had been battling cancer for nearly seven years.

01/22/2015

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We’re Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake, Again & Need Your Suggestions!

It’s that time of year again! We’ve examined the map and narrowed down the choices for this year’s Goin’ To The (Frozen) Lake trip! WCCO-TV will be hitting the frozen lakes again each Thursday and Friday from Jan. 29-Feb. 20 and we want your suggestions on where we should go.

01/19/2015

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Long-Lost Photos Of Minnesota Couple Found In Illinois

Long-lost photos of a Minnesota couple married for 77 years will soon be back in their hands. A stranger discovered the pictures at a Goodwill store hundreds of miles away. Kathi Sweeney Hill paid $1.88 for a used photo album for her daughter, and that’s where the photos were.

12/30/2014

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Podcast Page: 11-20-14 The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee

76 inches of snow…..Listen to Dave’s interview and other highlights from Thursday by clicking the link above.

11/20/2014

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State Patrol: 2 Dead, 1 Hurt In Nicollet County Crash

Two people were killed and one other suffered non-life threatening injuries Thursday in a broadside crash in St. Peter, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Authorities were called to a report of a two-vehicle crash at about 4:23 p.m. on Highway 169 at Washington Ave. in St. Peter.

10/17/2014

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AP Exclusive: Few Options For Female Sex Offender

The sexual abuse started early for Rhonda Bailey, her father constantly visiting her bedroom when she was as young as 5. She gave birth to her first child at age 14, unsure whether the father was her dad or another relative, court documents say.

09/07/2014

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State Patrol Investigates Deadly Crash In St. Peter

The Minnesota State Patrol is investigating a deadly crash in St. Peter, Minn., about a mile away from Gustavus Adolphus College. The fatal crash happened at noon at County Road 20 and Highway 22, on the Highway 169 detour.

08/12/2014

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Judge Speeds Challenge To Sex Offender Program

A federal judge on Monday denied motions for the immediate release of a man from the state’s sex offender program and the transfer of the only woman in it to a less restrictive facility, but said he will expedite a class-action challenge to the program’s constitutionality and set it for trial later this year.

08/11/2014

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St. Paul Federal Judge To Rule On MN Sex Offender Case

A case about the constitutionality of the Minnesota’s sex offender treatment program is heading to federal court. Attorney Dan Gustafson is representing 24-year-old Eric Terhaar. Both Terhaar and 48-year-old Rhonda Bailey are both trying to get released from the program.

07/18/2014

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Civil War Graves To Be Rededicated In Minnesota

The graves of three Minnesotans killed during the Civil War will be re-dedicated this weekend. In St. Peter, a new grave marker will be dedicated to Capt. Asgrim Skaro of the Ninth Minnesota Infantry Company D.

07/18/2014

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The Process Has Begun To Release Civilly-Committed Sex Offenders

A federal court proceeding has cleared the way for what will likely be the release of one, and likely more, dangerous sex offenders. The offenders are civilly committed and housed at state facilities in Moose Lake and St. Peter.

07/16/2014

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