A new study finds U.S. Bank Stadium and three high-rise buildings account for a high proportion of bird fatalities among 21 buildings surveyed in downtown Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports the study in PLOS One found the stadium and three unidentified towers were involved in 74% of collisions and 68% of fatalities among the buildings studied. Data from two migratory seasons indicate around 111 birds died annually in collisions with the stadium. The Minnesota Vikings and the stadium authority paid for the study, which was promoted by conservationists' concerns about birds following the Mississippi River corridor colliding with the stadium's glass [...]
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two more shootings in St. Paul during a violent year have left a student-athlete dead and a suspect wounded by a U.S. marshal. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports officers were dispatched Wednesday afternoon to a west side residence where they found a teenage boy had been shot in his upper body. Family and friends identified him as 17-year-old Da'Qwan Jones-Morris, a senior at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights and captain of the football team. Two people in the home were taken in for questioning. Meanwhile, the second shooting happened during a gas station melee [...]
COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) - Authorities say a gunman who carjacked several vehicles, sexually assaulted a woman and briefly held a family of four hostage in their suburban St. Paul home died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, not by police gunfire. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday night that a medical examiner determined 34-year-old Noah Ante Erickson killed himself during an exchange of gunfire with police in Cottage Grove on Monday.
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - The family of a hunter who was fatally shot in Morrison County three years ago and sheriff's officials have created a video asking for help in solving the homicide. Terry Brisk was killed Nov. 7, 2016, while deer hunting on his parents' land east of Little Falls.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Tuesday's election results across the country give her confidence as she officially signs up for New Hampshire's 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Klobuchar told supporters Wednesday that "democracy is really hitting back in a good way" and sending the message that "the president is not the king." She called local elections in New Hampshire and state contests elsewhere a "value check" on President Donald Trump.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Public records show the Minnesota Department of Human Services violated state law more than 200 times over the past year by awarding $52 million in contracts and grant commitments without proper documentation. The records obtained by the Star Tribune show that employees sometimes allowed vendors and grantees to perform work without finalized contracts. In other cases, employees bought products such as software without the required permission.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Citizens in the southwestern Minnesota town of Worthington have approved nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants. Voters in the Worthington-area school district had rejected five similar measures since 2013, but approved a series of three questions on Tuesday. Some residents had said racism played a role in those defeats. But members of a group that helped sink previous bond proposals say their opposition is fiscal, not racial. The last referendum, in February, failed by only 17 votes. The vote in Worthington was one of over [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hennepin County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Minneapolis man with 13 felony counts of voting fraud. Abdihakim Amin Essa allegedly signed as witness for 13 people casting absentee ballots last year when he was not authorized to do so. A criminal complaint told campaign workers he signed his father's name because he wasn't a U.S. citizen, a requirement to witness absentee ballots.
EDINA, Minn. (AP) - Police in a Minneapolis suburb say a juvenile will not face charges after acknowledging drawing a swastika and other offensive graffiti on a shed at an elementary school. Edina police were called Saturday about the graffiti. The officer photographed the graffiti and washed it off. Authorities identified the juvenile as a person of interest and say the juvenile confessed. But because there was no permanent damage, police say there was no crime to charge the juvenile with and no arrest.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota bishop says he was trying to protect the confidentiality of a man who said he was sexually abused by a popular priest when he certified to other church officials that the priest was fit to work with children. Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston acknowledged in sworn testimony released Tuesday that he knew about sexual abuse allegations against the priest but was respecting the accuser's confidentiality.