St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Minnesota's newest U.S. senator, Tina Smith, took the oath of office Wednesday, she laid her hand across a thick, old Holy Bible — a Heilige Bibel actually — held together by a black ribbon. And yes, Smith said, it is literally held together by that ribbon. "I think if you were to open it up it would just sort of disintegrate," Smith said in a phone interview shortly after being sworn in. Here's the story behind it.
HASTINGS, Minn. — A Dakota County jury convicted a 24-year-old Brooklyn Park man Monday, Dec. 18, in the January deaths of an Eagan woman and her unborn child, according to prosecutors. Vern Jason Mouelle was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder in the deaths of 25-year-old Senicha Marie Lessman and the unborn child on Jan. 24. The jury deliberated for four hours.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra picked up nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
ST. PAUL -- Vehicle services at licensing bureaus statewide were down for several hours Thursday morning. A representative from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety declined to say why, but licensing bureaus across the state have been experiencing glitches since a system upgrade last month.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two employees of Minnehaha Academy were killed after a Wednesday morning natural gas explosion tore through the private school's upper campus in Minneapolis. Nine people were injured in the blast, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. amid a construction project in the school’s boiler room, fire officials said. At least one person remained in critical condition Wednesday evening.
ST. PAUL — On July 6, 2016, a St. Anthony police officer pulled over a motorist near the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in Falcon Heights and shot him seven times, killing him in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter. A Ramsey County jury recently cleared officer Jeronimo Yanez of manslaughter and related charges in the death of Philando Castile, a popular St. Paul Public Schools kitchen supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori School in St. Paul.
Minnesota legislators blasted past their midnight deadline Monday, May 22, to get their work done — but will come back immediately to finish the job. Forty-five minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of this year’s five-month legislative session, Republican legislative leaders joined with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they had reached a deal on how much money to spend on tax cuts, transportation, health and human services and public schools.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies in Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47.