MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota's Athletes Village is up and running, all 338,000 square feet now full of players, coaches, tutors, chefs and administrators dedicated to making school easier, and more fruitful, for the university's approximately 750 student-athletes.
Hundreds of St. Paul students were stranded at school Monday afternoon after the day’s snowstorm delayed their buses — in some cases by more than five hours. As of 9 p.m., some students were still at school waiting to be picked up, said Toya Stewart Downey, spokeswoman for St. Paul Public Schools. Several parents and teachers reported that a handful of students remained at school until nearly 11 p.m. The district has canceled classes on Tuesday.
Justin Morneau could soon be coming home. One of five Twins to win the American League MVP, the popular former first baseman reportedly plans to retire after 14 seasons in the major leagues to become a special assistant in the Twins front office. Hall of Fame baseball writer Bob Elliott, now of Canadian Baseball Network, reported the news via Twitter on Monday night. An announcement could come later this week.
Members of a Minnesota family have traveled to Denver to help look for a 29-year-old man last seen leaving a nightclub about 1 a.m. Friday. According to local media reports, Adam Ronald Gilbertson’s apartment door was found unlocked with his keys inside.
Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” says he will host a live special edition of the NBC-TV program following the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Fallon announced the plans Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show” and via Twitter. Super Bowl LII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. NBC will broadcast the game.
Though the jury found St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the Philando Castile shooting, Yanez will not return to active duty in St. Anthony. The city released a statement after the verdict Friday saying the officer’s time with the department is over.
A jury has found St. Anthony Police officer Jeromino Yanez was reasonable in his decision to fatally shoot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights last summer. The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations that began Monday afternoon. It was delivered in a Ramsey County District Court courtroom packed with family members and friends of both Yanez and Castile.
The Twins have recalled designated hitter/first baseman Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester, the team announced Wednesday. Vargas will replace shortstop Jorge Polanco on the 25-man active roster. Polanco has been placed of the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather. Vargas, optioned to make room for an emergency pitcher on May 29, was 4 for 22 with a home run and three RBIs in seven games with the Red Wings. He has appeared in 24 with the big-league club this season, hitting .258 (23-for-89) with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
BURNSVILLE - A 27-year-old man is dead after a forklift mishap at a Menards store in Burnsville last week. Alec Michael Saunders of Burnsville suffered blunt force chest injuries Friday at the store, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. He was pronounced dead shortly before 9 a.m. Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The store is located on Minnesota 13, west of Interstate 35W.
Sam Dubois thought McKinley Wright would make the shot. With the Class 4A boys basketball quarterfinal game tied 50-50 and the clock winding down at Target Center, Wright was certainly going to take the shot for top-seeded Champlin Park. “We all trust him to hit that shot,” Dubois said. But Wright had one of his rare misses in an otherwise dominant performance against Chaska, and the ball was tipped out toward the perimeter. Dubois had one thought: grab it. “I just wanted to get to the ball as fast as I could just to stop the fast break and make sure nothing else happened,” Dubo