Dave Orrick, St. Paul Pioneer Press
If U.S. Sen. Al Franken resigns Thursday, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton will appoint a replacement. She or he could be just about anyone. Requirements: Minnesota resident, at least 30 years old, and a U.S. citizen for at least nine years. The 17th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution allows states to give the governor this authority to fill a vacancy, and Minnesota has done so.
Patrick Flanagan's passion for hunting and America's wide open spaces has left him, by some definitions, homeless. "Yeah, I guess," Flanagan allows. "The VA kind of thinks I'm homeless. I really don't have a permanent home. But I don't think of it that way. I just live in my tent a lot." A lot. For a period spanning parts of 2015 and 2016, Flanagan, a 37-year-old St. Paul native, lived in his tent for a year and 38 days by his account.
Top 10 list: Most important Minnesota plants. Ever. Go. There's a new book out that takes a stab at it. "Ten Plants that Changed Minnesota" (Minnesota Historical Society Press, $29.95) takes its list from a 2012 conference of experts convened by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. In their paperback, Mary Hockenberry Meyer, a professor of horticultural science at the U, and award-winning author Susan Davis Price, break down the list, after a foreword by former Gov. Arne Carlson.
LAKE OF THE WOODS, Minn. -- Slimy. Fat. And, in it’s own special way, beautiful. And a record-setter. All are apt descriptions for a 19-pound, 11-ounce eelpout (aka burbot, aka lawyer, lingcod, cusk and a host of other unbecoming nicknames) caught by Brent Getzler. Measuring 33 inches long with a portly waistline of 23 7/8 inches, the fish has officially been entered into Minnesota’s record books as the largest of its kind ever caught by hook and line, the Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday.
MINNEAPOLIS — After further review by prosecutors, no charges will be filed in connection with sexual assault allegations against University of Minnesota football players, officials announced Friday, Dec. 30. Describing the Sept. 2 incident involving numerous football players as “deplorable behavior,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said investigations to date simply don’t offer enough evidence to sustain criminal charges that could be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- Her attacker smashed a beer mug into her face for speaking another language. The blow cut deep into her skin, tearing away bits of flesh that left physical wounds requiring 17 stitches — and a psychological wound that left her fearful of living in Minnesota, she said. Yet on Tuesday, Asma Jama forgave the woman who attacked her. “In front of everybody here, I do forgive you, and I hope that you choose love over hate,” Jama said to Jodie Marie Burchard-Risch, who was sentenced Tuesday in Anoka County District Court.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ten University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football players have been suspended following accusations of sexual assault by a female student. On Thursday, players — perhaps the entire roster...
In response to two deer that have tested positive to chronic wasting disease in Minnesota, wildlife officials Tuesday said they plan to reduce deer numbers as much as possible in...
MINNEAPOLIS — Authorities finally put to bed this week the case of a young couple’s 1998 murder, thanks to a new round of DNA testing. On Monday, Jason Richard Preston, a 37-year-old California prison inmate, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in the Christmas Eve 1998 deaths of Dustin Baity, 20, and Carrie Richter, 18, in their Minneapolis apartment.
A Minneapolis day care provider hanged a toddler in her home, struck and dragged a man with her minivan and then tried to throw herself off a bridge in a "horrific" series of events Friday morning, police said. The child and the hit-and-run victim survived. The suspect was arrested after a struggle with bystanders and police, according to police accounts. The police said another man, a bicyclist, was also hit as the suspect fled the home day care in her minivan.