St. Paul Pioneer Press
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Former Nebraska quarterback Tommy Armstrong won’t be signing with the Vikings. Armstrong tried out for the Vikings at a rookie minicamp last week as a running back and a safety. He said last Sunday that defensive backs coach Jerry Gray told him he would be brought back for organized team activities as a safety, but he tweeted Thursday night that it won’t happen.
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A St. Thomas Academy teacher has been fired after she allegedly sent “inappropriate and concerning” text messages to at least three students, according to the all-male Catholic prep school in Mendota Heights. The content of the text messages centered around drugs and alcohol, said Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy. The allegations are being investigated, said McCarthy, who added that the teacher has not been arrested.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Le Sueur, Minn., man who pleaded guilty to killing his friend’s grandfather in Eden Prairie last summer says he hid in the victim’s basement for two days before he stabbed him. Nathan Foth, 24, said he heard voices while he hid in a basement closet, but was no longer hearing them when he decided to kill 74-year-old Allen Retzer in July.
MINNEAPOLIS — Richard Pitino's contract extension is only for a year, and doesn't include a salary bump. But if the University of Minnesota men's basketball coach fulfills the terms of his deal, he'll make $1.7 million in bonuses. According to the agenda for Thursday's Board of Regents meetings, the new deal includes four substantial "retention bonuses" payable if Pitino, 34, is still the Gophers coach on a certain date. The first, worth $250,000, is payable on Aug. 1.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man has been charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide after his girlfriend fell from his motorcycle and died last fall on Interstate 35 in Forest Lake. Myles W. Eckman, 24, was charged in Washington County District Court with negligent driving while under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The body recovered Thursday from the Mississippi River is that of a University of Minnesota student who went missing the previous week, his mother said Friday. Melissa Melnick said on Facebook that “it has been confirmed” the body belonged to her son, 22-year-old Chris Stanley, who was weeks away from graduation. Melnick had said in a Facebook video Thursday that authorities were “pretty sure” they’d found Stanley’s body.
MADELIA, Minn. --- A southern Minnesota homeowner who fatally shot a would-be teenage burglar last winter has reached a plea agreement involving lesser charges. According to the Free Press of Mankato, David Pettersen, 65, of rural Madelia pleaded guilty Tuesday to dangerous discharge of a firearm, a felony, in the death of Nicolas Embertson, 19, of Madelia. As part of the plea agreement, manslaughter charges against Pettersen were dismissed.
ST. PAUL — With the number of measles cases reported in Minnesota jumping to 41 Thursday, May 4, health officials are cautioning that the outbreak will likely get worse. The state expanded its vaccination recommendations Thursday. More than 2,500 people may have been exposed to the disease, officials said, though they noted most Minnesotans are already immune. Those most at risk are the unvaccinated.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging the University of Minnesota’s policy on human fetal tissue research conflicts with state law. Pro-Life Action Ministries executive director Brian Gibson and U graduate student Bridget Busacker filed the complaint in October in Hennepin County District Court.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- For the first time in about five years, a tiger cub has been born at the Minnesota Zoo. The female Amur cub was born at the Apple Valley zoo at 7:58 p.m. April 26, weighing in at 1.7 pounds. The cub is the first offspring for mother Sundari, who was born at the zoo in June 2012. The cub’s father, Putin, sired two other litters in Denmark, where he lived before coming to the zoo in 2015.