St Paul Police Commander John Bandemer remembers the events of Aug. 26, 1994 like it was yesterday. He was off duty when two officers and a K-9 were shot. That morning, police were called to check on a “slumper” — a person found asleep in a vehicle. Officer Ron Ryan Jr. approached the vehicle, woke up the driver and obtained his identification.
The embattled Twin Cities archdiocese has appointed a former top cop to investigate allegations of clergy abuse. Tim O’Malley is not only the former Superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, he is also a judge and a former FBI agent.
The Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk ends Sunday at the Minnesota State Capitol. Nearly 1,000 people are taking part, including Dr. Sheri Prentiss, who was diagnosed herself with breast cancer in 2008.
It appears all is running well on this first Saturday of the 2014 Minnesota State Fair. Spokesperson Brianna Schutte told WCCO’s Steve Thompson that she’s pleased, especially with the new transit hub location. Schutte says it’s making it even easier for fairgoers to get into, and out of the fair.
A Pope County woman has become Minnesota’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus this season. She was diagnosed with the virus on Aug. 2, according to David Nietzel with the Minnesota Department of Health. He says most often people can have it and not know it.
Many fairgoers approach the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” with precision and a highly organized routine. Having a plan is comforting to many because it’s psychologically soothing.
Thirty-nine-year-old Cardie Jackson and 40-year-old Shonwta Jackson were charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in Hennepin County Court in the death of their 6-week-old daughter. Hennepin County prosecutor Amy Sweasy says the baby suffocated in a laundry basket filled with blankets and a pillow, where she regularly slept.
Augsburg College helped give a newly 100-year-old man quite the memorable birthday celebration. Edor Nelson was born in Dawson, Minnesota in 1914. He graduated from Augsburg in 1938, where he played baseball, football and basketball.
New statewide immunizations take effect in September, and parents are urged to act now before school starts. Dr. Gigi Chawla, a health expert, said Minnesota has already had more than 500 cases of whooping cough reported this year and the 2011 measles outbreak in the state started with an unvaccinated child.
Charles Zelle is Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He told WCCO Radio that managing the state’s transportation system is a bit of a conundrum. “Fifty percent of our roads are more than 50 years old,” Zelle said.
If the moon looks a little bigger and brighter to you these days, you’re right. WCCO Radio Meteorologist Mike Lynch explains the so-called “supermoon” phenomenon. “The ‘supermoon’ is a term that comes from astrology, not astronomy,” Lynch said.
Authorities in St. Louis Park are trying to find the person or people responsible for setting two separate fires at the same business in the last few weeks. The latest fire happened last Friday at the Maaco auto painting and body shop on Oxford Street.
A Twin Cities professor is closely watching the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Christy Hanson is dean of the Institute for Global Citizenship at Macalester College.
Dr. Tom Cairns of Bloomington had Ebola before it even had a name. Cairns was working as a medical missionary in the 1970s and remembers doing an autopsy where he nicked his glove with his scalpel. Two weeks later, the illness took over his body.
Authorities are looking for the driver of a car that hit two bicyclists on a frontage road late Saturday night and left the scene, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The incident happened at about 11:52 p.m. on the 14000 block of 60th Street North in Oak Park Heights.