S. M. Chavey / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—The owners of the St. Paul Saints are seeking an exemption from having to pay its players Minnesota's minimum wage. Noting league rules limit the baseball team's payroll, the independent baseball team say without the exemption they could possibly be forced to cease operations.
ST. PAUL—Thomas Doyle's journey to the U.S. Marines began at St. Paul's Como Zoo. It was a hot summer day, and Doyle was working as a ride operator when a Marine recruiter spotted him. "He was working enthusiastically; that's what caught my attention," recruiter Gunnery Sgt. David Hernandez said. "People are usually going to be miserable with the heat and he was just smiling. He was working like this was the dream job for him. And I thought, 'This guy looks like he's got what it takes.'"
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota is expected to do what it does best this weekend for the Super Bowl: get really cold. It's anticipated to be the coldest Super Bowl on record, even colder than when Minnesota last hosted it in 1992. Not that Philadelphia and Boston — homes of the two teams playing Sunday, Feb. 4 — don't get cold. But, "When our snow falls, it melts before the next snow falls," Philadelphian Ann Quinn said. "That's the difference. It just keeps accumulating here."
MINNEAPOLIS — Yes, the Super Bowl public safety team is watching you. And not just with the 2,000 fixed cameras throughout downtown Minneapolis and neighboring areas. About 2,000 of the 3,000 officers working the Super Bowl have an app that allows them to broadcast any video they take of suspicious activity to the command center where 80 individuals will be stationed to monitor the event. "This is really law enforcement at its finest," said Minneapolis police Cmdr. Bruce Folkens.
ST. PAUL — When a St. Paul nursing home resident's ventilator tube became detached and sounded an alarm during a worship service at the facility last summer, there weren't any nursing staff around to help, according to a report by the Minnesota Department of Health. Staff didn't notice the detached tube for an hour, at which point it was too late to save the resident, the report said. The department blames Bethel Care Center for neglecting the resident, which led to his death.
ST PAUL, Minn.—A supervisor at Boys Totem Town, Ramsey County's correctional facility for adolescent boys, has resigned in light of allegations that he lost his temper last year and broke a 16-year-old resident's wrist. Following an investigation, the Minnesota Department of Human Services issued a memorandum last week blaming the supervisor for maltreatment. The supervisor's last day at the St. Paul facility was Tuesday, Jan. 16. On Sept. 13, the boy was repeatedly ignoring staff directions and swearing at staff.
ST PAUL, Minn.—A New Mexico man launched cyber attacks on the Minnesota State Courts and Hennepin County sheriff's office among others, according to an admission of guilt made in federal court Wednesday, Jan. 17. John Kelsey Gammell, 55, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to cause intentional damage to a protected computer for intentionally slowing down and interrupting computer service to several different sites, court filings said.
ST. PAUL — Hosting a Super Bowl is about much more than football, the vice president of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee told a group of children at the Conway Community Center gym on Tuesday, Jan. 9. It's also about leaving a legacy. That's why the committee awarded a $50,000 grant to the Sanneh Foundation to make over the Conway gym on St. Paul's East Side. At the gym, children have fun, receive fuel (food) and learn about fundamentals, the three core goals of the committee.
ST. PAUL — The period from Christmas Day to New Year's Eve was the coldest in the Twin Cities since 1886, according to the National Weather Service. That means it's frostbite season. Last weekend, the hospital received hourly frostbite calls and arrivals, according to William Mohr, a burn surgeon at Regions Hospital. "We rarely go a winter season in Minnesota without a few people losing fingers and toes," Mohr said.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Four years ago, Gloria Fritz watched as her two American Saddlebred horses were pulled out of a half-dug grave. They had been shot and killed. A couple of years later, she filed suit against the farm's owner. Trial for the case, previously scheduled to begin Monday, Dec. 11, has been postponed until February. "I'm hoping some justice will be served because obviously no one deserves to have their animal shot, their loved animal, and that's what it was for me," Fritz said. "I took a loss: emotional, financial, psychological, it was everything."