Mary Divine, St. Paul Pioneer Press
STILLWATER, Minn. — Phil Lagarde’s obsession started with a bar of Ivory soap. Lagarde, who lives in Stillwater, was studying to be a chef in the early 1980s when he took a class in ice carving at North Hennepin Technical College in Minneapolis. “The first day, they set us down with a block of Ivory soap,” Lagarde said. “The second day, we got a 400-pound block of ice. … I ended up making a swan.”
STILLWATER, Minn. — The River City Sculpture Tour, which this year brought a moose, giant dragonfly and chokecherry tree to downtown Stillwater, has been such a success that the organizer...
STILLWATER, Minn. — A Stillwater man accused of stabbing his father to death last summer remains in the Minnesota Security Hospital in St. Peter. After consultation with his attorney, William James Scheel, 31, waived his right to a hearing and agreed with the court’s finding that he is mentally ill and dangerous. If Scheel continues to be deemed mentally ill, he could be committed indeterminately.
MINNEAPOLIS — Jacob Wetterling’s younger sister Carmen is afraid of helicopters, can’t stand to be alone and struggles to answer the question “How many brothers and sisters do you have?” When older sister Amy closes her eyes at night, she sees “an innocent young boy, cold and afraid, in those last moments of his life.” Aaron Larson felt so much guilt about what happened on the night of Oct. 22, 1989, the night that Danny Heinrich abducted, molested and killed his best friend Jacob, that he left the state and later left the country. “I just wanted to be gone,” he said.
MINNEAPOLIS - In a federal courthouse in September, Patty and Jerry Wetterling sat in the front row and cried as they listened to what Danny Heinrich said he did to their 11-year-old son Jacob on the night he was abducted and killed almost three decades ago. On Monday morning, Heinrich is expected to hear from the Wetterlings for the first time.
A sheriff's deputy in western Wisconsin was fatally shot Saturday night, and authorities arrested a 43-year-old man in connection with the shooting on Sunday morning. The suspect, Doug Nitek, 43, was captured about 10:20 a.m. after law-enforcement officials dispatched the Eau Claire County. Wis., Regional Robot to search a residence. Deputies were fired upon once before Nitek surrendered, according to a news release from the Rusk County, Wis., sheriff's office.
ST. PAUL — Donald Todora was so tiny when he was born that his parents called on the nuns at the Catholic Church of St. James in St. Paul to pray for him. Their prayers were answered. Todora, who lives in Cresco, Iowa, will celebrate his 70th birthday Tuesday. Born three months premature on Oct. 18, 1946, at St. Luke's Hospital, Todora weighed 1 pound, 12 ounces and spent three months in a hospital incubator. His birth made the news: "Incubator Baby Winning Fight" read the headline in the St. Paul Dispatch.
They think they will be about them Sliding that shiny shard down the Carmel slope Watching the crimson river Erase the deep craters of my cryin’ black heart * * * How could you choose that vicious shark Over your blood giving up the one thing You promised to cherish and protect. Selling me for your next high coaster nightly nightly. — Briana Rice
MINNEAPOLIS — When Patty Wetterling has the chance to talk face to face with the man who abducted and killed her son, she wants to know one thing: Why? “It makes no sense,” Patty Wetterling said during an interview Tuesday afternoon. “I wrestle with the ‘Why?’ of all this. We know what happened and when and where, but we don’t know why. As a rational person, you try to figure it out, but this one you can’t, because it makes no sense.”
Let's play hockey. The lineup has been set for Hockey Day Minnesota 2017, the Jan. 21 hockey celebration that will feature games on a outdoor rink in Stillwater. The Minnesota...