Tim Harlow, Minneapolis Star Tribune
In the eyes of one family, Isanti County Sheriff’s Office deputy Alex Schlangen is a hero. The deputy on Monday night pulled three people from their van that had slipped off the road at 345th Avenue NW and Verdin Street in Springvale Township, rolled over and landed in a swamp. As water poured in, one person in the vehicle called 911 and Schlangen responded to the scene about 5 miles west of Campbridge, Minn.
A driver heading the wrong way on Interstate 94 in western Wisconsin collided head-on with another vehicle in Dunn County on Thursday, setting that car on fire and killing its three occupants, the Wisconsin State Patrol said. Killed were driver Adam G. Kendhammer, 32, and his passengers, Jeremy A. Berchem, 27, and Bryan E. Rudell, 29, all from Minneapolis. The wrong-way driver, Serghei Kundilovski, 36, from California, suffered life-threatening injuries.
Two women who were struck by a sport-utility vehicle while sitting at a picnic table at a drive-in restaurant in Taylors Falls, Minn., on Saturday were in critical condition, the Chisago County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.
Three men in defiance of police orders climbed to the top of a cellphone tower in Wyoming, Minn., on Sunday night and parachuted off. Their BASE-jumping stunt landed them in jail and more trouble may be ahead after the Department of Homeland Security reviews the case. Police on routine patrol between 10:30 and 11 p.m. spotted the jumpers climbing the several-hundred-foot-tall tower owned by AT&T and ordered them down. The men refused officers’ commands and continued to the top, then parachuted one by one to the ground, said Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe.
Total destruction. That’s how Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald described the scene at a mobile home park near Chetek, Wis. moments after a tornado late Monday afternoon leveled 15 units and heavily damaged a dozen more. First responders lifted walls to reach people trapped under the debris while making their way through what was left of the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Home Park after the twister struck. More than two dozen people were injured as the tornado felled trees and tossed cars and trailers about. One man died.
Schools in Grantsburg, Wis., were abruptly closed and two other districts went on lockdown Tuesday morning after authorities got a tip about a 19-year-old man who threatened to carry out a school shooting. Jacob Aaron Wicklund, 19, was arrested and charged with terrorist threats and disorderly conduct, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Burnett County Circuit Court.
A driver fleeing police Monday morning in Robbinsdale, Minn., crashed into trees, road signs and other vehicles before rear-ending a school bus with children on it, police said. Several students on the bus were injured when the driver of a Mitsubishi Endeavor hit the bus from behind about 7:15 a.m. Five of the students were taken by ambulance to North Memorial Medical Center and seven others were evaluated for possible injuries, Robbinsdale police said.
The man who was involved in a head-on crash that killed a mother of three children Tuesday night in Foley, Minn., was driving a stolen vehicle at the time of the wreck, police said. Authorities say Kevin Couch, 29, of Milaca, was behind the wheel of a stolen GMC Yukon that crossed the centerline of State Highway 23 at 11th Avenue at about 6 p.m., striking a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Lindsay Cardinal. She died at the scene, the State Patrol said.
It could have been a scene right out of the heist comedy "Ocean’s Eleven," but the folks at the West St. Paul Foot Locker are hardly laughing about the loss of $97,000 in merchandise stolen during a break-in earlier this month.
MINNEAPOLIS — Charges were filed Thursday in what police are calling a “bizarre” case of a woman in labor and seven children — some with packaging tape over their mouths — who were pulled over early Tuesday by a Ramsey, Minn., police officer for a traffic violation.