St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate remained at 3.2 percent in April despite there being 3,200 fewer jobs, according to latest figures released Thursday. The snowy beginning to spring appears to have played a factor.
ST. CLOUD -- A longtime college administrator from Colorado will be the next president of St. Cloud State University. Robbyn Wacker was provost at the University of Northern Colorado from 2011 to 2017, when the school’s president reportedly moved her to a fundraising role. Wacker, 61, previously was Northern Colorado’s assistant vice president for graduate education and dean of the health and human sciences college.
ST. PAUL -- Nick Coleman, a former columnist and reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune of Minneapolis, died Wednesday, May 16, in a St. Paul hospital at 67. Coleman entered Regions Hospital after suffering a massive stroke at his home earlier this week. “It’s a sad day for Minnesota journalism and for people who love newspapers,” said former Pioneer Press executive editor Walker Lundy. “Nick Coleman called balls and strikes the way he saw them and didn’t take any crap off politicians or editors.”
ST. PAUL -- Three men are on a mission to paddle the 2,320-mile Mississippi river from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico in less than 18 days in an attempt to break the current world record. Kirk “KJ” Millhone 59, of Minnetonka, and teammates Kevin Eckelkamp of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Nate Lastinger, Eckelkamp’s friend and supplier to his coffee shop, had made it to St. Paul Tuesday morning in their carbon fiber canoe.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- A Minnesota State Patrol trooper and another motorist were injured Tuesday afternoon in a head-on collision in Lakeville, officials say.
ST. PAUL -- A motorcyclist was killed in a Friday afternoon, May 11, crash that temporarily shut down southbound Interstate 35 in Chisago County, authorities reported. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, the crash happened shortly before 3 p.m. near Wyoming, Minn. As traffic was slowing in the left lane for construction ahead, the motorcyclist’s 2006 Harley-Davidson sideswiped a 2009 Ford Fusion and crashed.
WAYZATA, Minn. -- A motorist who struck and killed a Wayzata police officer as he removed debris from a highway last September has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison. Fifty-four-year-old Beth Freeman of Mound pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 47-year-old officer Bill Mathews and was sentenced to 98 months on Friday. She’ll be eligible for parole in about 5 ½ years.
ST. PAUL -- The mummified monkey found in the former Minneapolis Dayton's department store building will soon be on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The monkey carcass, which was discovered in an air duct during recent renovation work, will be moved to the Kellogg Boulevard museum within the week, according to Science Museum spokeswoman Kim Ramsden. Although the details of the display are still being worked out, the monkey will be placed in the building's lobby, where the public may view it without paying an admission fee, Ramsden said in an email.
ST. PAUL -- Former St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has been named president and CEO of Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. Coleman, a recent gubernatorial candidate who served as mayor for 12 years, will replace Twin Cities Habitat CEO Sue Haigh, who retires June 1. Haigh, a former Ramsey County Commissioner and former chair of the Metropolitan Council, led the nonprofit home-building organization and mortgage lender for 13 years.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- A Bloomington woman is accused of beating and choking her roommate to death last weekend in the sober home apartment where they lived. Donna Mae Bastyr, 46, was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the death of 69-year-old Corrine Gibbs, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court. Bastyr is currently in custody, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office.