St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- When Matt Lijewski pulled up to the Central High School Service Station in St. Paul on Sunday morning and saw the garage door was open, it crossed his mind that another staff member could be test driving a car. Instead, he found the school’s auto repair shop ransacked. Thieves dumped out trash from the garbage cans and used those cans to carry out hundreds of tools worth about $30,000.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota weather record has been corrected to show that the title for the earliest tornado ever recorded in the state goes to a tiny twister that struck March 6 in Faribault County. The National Weather Service says a recent damage survey confirmed that a weak EF-1 tornado developed northwest of Bricelyn and traveled about 10 miles before lifting west of the Freeborn County line in southern Minnesota. The tornado snapped off power poles and caused damage to trees and buildings, including at a campground on Rice Lake, near Wells.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A former University of Minnesota researcher was sexually harassed by a supervisor but suffered no actual damages, a federal jury in Minneapolis said Friday, March 17, after a two-week trial. Stephanie Jenkins, a doctoral student who left school in 2012 after reporting the harassment, wanted compensation for the career she said she was unable to pursue. But the judge instructed the jury to compensate her only for emotional pain and suffering and only that which was not caused by her quitting school.
OAKDALE, Minn. — A paroled cop killer is back in prison. Timothy Eling, 68, was released from prison in 2016 after serving 29 years for the shooting death of an Oakdale police officer in 1982. He has since been returned to prison for violating the terms of his release. According to state records, he is being held at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Lino Lakes.
ST. PAUL -- Stating that his case has become an “omnipresent spectacle,” Jeronimo Yanez’s defense attorneys are asking for his trial against manslaughter charges in Philando Castile’s death to be moved out of the Twin Cities metro area. The request is rooted in what the St. Anthony police officer’s team of attorneys describe as an onslaught of “slanted” media coverage that has dominated local newspapers and TV coverage since Yanez fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights on July 6, according to a legal memo filed late Tuesday seeking a change of venue.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The rebuilding of the Vikings’ offensive line has begun. On the first day of free agency, Minnesota on Thursday reached an agreement to sign tackle Riley Reiff away from Detroit. That came hours after starting left tackle Matt Kalil had bolted to Carolina on a five-year, $55.5 million deal to join his brother, Panthers center Ryan Kalil.
ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state’s recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- A St. Paul man admitted in court Monday to fatally shooting his wife in their Maplewood home nearly two years ago and leaving her body to be found by her children. Todd Larry Tennin pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to one count of second-degree murder in the death of April Tennin on what was scheduled to be his first day of trial, according to court records.
ST. PAUL—Simley High completed a rare trifecta in the Class 2A state individual wrestling finals Saturday night. Yes, three Spartans from the Inver Grove Heights school — junior Jake Gliva and sophomores Anthony Jackson and Daniel Kerkvliet — won state titles — Gliva at 126 pounds, Jackson at 152 and Kerkvliet at 195. More impressively, it was each wrestler's second straight state title. And all will have the chance to come back and three-peat next spring.