Minnesota lawmakers have a difficult job ahead. They must decide what to do about the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, now that a federal judge has ruled that it is broken and in need of repair.
The brutal murder of 22-year-old Dru Sjodin is one of the most notorious crimes in Minnesota history. Alfonso Rodriguez was convicted of raping and murdering Sjodin after she left work on Nov. 22, 2003.
Michael, an offender who molested a 10-year-old girl in 1998, served time in prison before being let out on probation in 2004. Then after five years of treatment on the outside, he violated parole and lied about it. He was then civilly committed.
WCCO’s Susie Jones begins a series of reports on the Minnesota Sex Offender Program, taking us “Inside the Razor Wire.” We begin with an exclusive tour of the Moose Lake facility.
Maplewood and North St. Paul police are investigating two similar armed kidnapping incidents that occurred about 15 minutes apart. In one case, the woman was allowed to escape unharmed and in the other, the victim fought off her attacker and he drove off with her vehicle.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is out with its snow plow trucks trying to clear the roads of snow and ice, but the department says things are improving.
Firefighters in St. Paul rescued a 9-year-old girl Monday morning after a fire started in an illegal basement bedroom, officials say. Fire officials say crews were called to the fire on 343 Maple Street just before 11 a.m. When they arrived at the scene, everyone had escaped from the fire, except the 9-year-old girl.
USA’s Olympic hockey team beat Russia 3-2 in a stunning shootout Saturday. The arena in Sochi was packed to overflowing with fans of both nations, jovially posing for photos and comparing their colorful sweaters. The Russians waved hundreds of flags, blew horns and banged drums from the first moments of warm-ups. Hockey legend and former Golden Gopher Lou Nanne was team captain during the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France. He says Saturday’s game was quite a spectacle.
It’s not uncommon for fights to break out on the ice at hockey games, but off the ice is another story. Over the weekend, an upset parent in West Fargo took their conflict into the locker room — and attacked a coach.
Roseville Police say they are holding a 14-year-old boy in custody after he stole a school bus Monday morning. St. Paul Police Lieutenant Lorne Rosand says a Centerline bus driver left her bus at a Holiday gas station located on 1608 Rice St. and went in and got a cup of coffee.
If you live in Polk, Pierce, or St. Croix County in western Wisconsin, you’re likely paying about twice as much as your neighbor across the river in Stillwater.
A prognosticating orangutan at a Minnesota zoo has picked the Denver Broncos to win Sunday’s Super Bowl. Amanda the Orangutan ran into her exhibit at St. Paul’s Como Park Zoo on Saturday and went straight for a pair of boxes, each containing a shirt of the two teams battling for NFL supremacy, the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. Zoo spokesman Matt Reinartz says Amanda paused a bit at first to soak up the attention. “She is a media darling. She came up to her glass, and kind of waved and played a little with the media,” Reinartz said.
Anoka-Hennepin School District has announced they will cancel classes for Monday, joining a number of other schools making the same decision.
Scott Leitz, MNsure’s interim CEO, is promising to make changes to the program after a review found problems with staffing, leadership and technology. “I felt it was very important for us to get a really good, clear and independent look at where we were at with regard to MNsure,” Leitz said. The review by Minnesota-based Optum Health looked at MNsure’s call center, program management and software.
Michele Kelm-Helgen, the chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA), is responding to the Minnesota Supreme Court ruling that dismissed a lawsuit, which had been holding up the sale on bonds for the stadium.