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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Minnesota, there are 700 sex offenders kept away in indefinite treatment, more than in any other state. A federal judge warned that some of those men need to be let go because parts of the program are unconstitutional.
The highway was dry between St. Peter and Mankato when a car crossed the center median and hit an oncoming truck, killing three and injuring three others, authorities said.
Minnesota lawmakers are getting nowhere over how to resolve constitutional questions about the state’s sex offender treatment program, but the same can’t be said about the program’s costs. They’re going somewhere — up. About 50 new patients enter the program every year, a growth rate that threatens to swamp existing facilities in the next few years. A Senate committee on Thursday will review a request for $7.4 million this year to renovate and expand the St. Peter treatment center; another $30 million or more is on the drawing board for future growth there and in Moose Lake.
Four people are dead after a two-vehicle crash on Highway 14 near Sleepy Eye. The State Patrol says Saturday morning that the victims are all male. Two were 17 years old, one was 18, and one was 20 years old. Their names and other details were expected to be released at a Saturday news conference.
Authorities are investigating after a man was found dead at Minnesota State Security Hospital in St. Peter in what they said was an act of violence. St. Peter Police responded to the hospital at about 7:53 p.m. Wednesday.
Gov. Mark Dayton is calling on the Minnesota Legislature to take action and change sex offender laws in the state. At a press conference on Wednesday, Dayton and his human services commissioner addressed issues surrounding the current state of sex offender laws in Minnesota.
A Minnesota high school teacher is accused of striking a student on the head with an 11-pound backpack early in the school year. According to court documents, the incident happened on Sept. 26, when biology teacher Robert Shoemaker allegedly struck the 17-year-old boy.
A stinky plant known as a corpse flower is getting ready to bloom at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter. The plant — nicknamed “Perry” — is showing signs that it will soon bloom for the third time in the last six years.
Authorities in Colorado have made an arrest in the murder of 51-year woman with Minnesota ties. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, 54-year-old Melissa Miller was arrested Monday for the murder of Leann Meyer, whose remains were found near a cabin in Park County, Colo. on July 4. Miller is being held without bond at the Park County Detention Facility. Meyer had family in St. Peter, Minn.
The family of a missing Minnesota woman has some closure, five months after a loved one disappeared. Now, police in Colorado are opening a criminal investigation. They think someone knows more about the death of Leann “Annie” Meyer, whose body was found last Thursday in a rural area in Colorado.