St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- A measles outbreak that began last month in Hennepin County has grown to 29 confirmed cases and has spread to Stearns County, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The outbreak’s victims have all been children age 5 and younger, and only one is known to have been vaccinated against measles, the MDH said. Twenty-five have been unvaccinated Somali-Minnesotan children, while the vaccination status and ethnicity of the others is not yet known.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- A man admitted in court this week to retaliating against a Maplewood Menards by slashing tires in the store’s parking lot after a store clerk wouldn’t let him return an item without a receipt. Shawn Russell Museus, 32, of St. Paul pleaded guilty Monday in Ramsey County District Court to one count of first-degree criminal damage to property stemming from the Feb. 27 outburst, according to court records.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities in Minneapolis are searching for a University of Minnesota student who is believed to have been swept into the Mississippi River on Tuesday night, April 25. Officers responded about 8 p.m. to a report of a water emergency at Xcel Energy Water Power Park, where they met with a 22-year-old man who told them he and a friend had climbed a nearby fence so they could sit along the Mississippi River, according to a statement issued by the Minneapolis Park Police Department.
ST. PAUL — The outgoing chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota is attacking his deputy as irresponsible and lacking the judgment to become the party's new chair. Keith Downey, who is stepping down in April after two terms leading the Minnesota GOP, sent a letter to a party committee urging them to find deputy chair Chris Fields as unqualified to be chair.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota health officials are asking parents and medical workers to be on the lookout after 20 children have come down with measles in Hennepin County. The state Department of Health requests people watch for potential cases and help make sure Minnesota children are protected through vaccinations. Hennepin County and state health workers are trying to identify places where people could have been exposed and are at risk.
Marcus Johnson didn't make much of an impact with the Vikings a decade ago, but his name could come up this week. The last time Minnesota took a guard in the first three rounds of the NFL Draft was in 2005, when Johnson was selected out of Mississippi in the second. It would be a surprise if the Vikings, who have a need at the position, don't take a guard in the first three rounds of this week's draft. They don't currently have a pick in Thursday's first round, so are scheduled to first be on the clock Friday with the 48th overall selection in the second round.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies in the Twin Cities suburb of Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47. “Our hearts are breaking right now,” sister Jenny Vance said Wednesday night.
ST. PAUL -- Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman will announce Wednesday that he’s running for governor of Minnesota, according to an email sent to supporters Tuesday night. Huffman, a Republican from Shoreview, recently told the Pioneer Press that he was considering a 2018 bid to succeed Gov.
WELCH, Minn. -- Adam Sandler is coming to Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn., this summer. The comedian’s “Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny Tour” will arrive at the casino northwest of Red Wing on Wednesday, June 21. Sandler will be joined by fellow comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. It’s a rare appearance in Minnesota by the comedians.
DETROIT — Two full weeks into his Twins career, Chris Gimenez's unsinkable optimism already is on display. Hours before making his first start at first base for his new team, Gimenez expertly parried a Detroit TV question about the surprising Twins being on pace for 130 wins. "I think that might be a record," Gimenez said with a grin. "While 130 wins might not necessarily be realistic, obviously it's a tremendous goal to shoot for. We do feel like we have a group of guys in here that are starting to believe in each other, and that can be a dangerous, dangerous thing."