Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Investigators are looking into whether the ousted security firm that worked U.S. Bank Stadium for its first year in operation overbilled for hours that were never worked, by security workers who were never there.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's new computer system for vehicle titles and license plate tab renewals is still not running smoothly. The result: Drivers are driving with "expired" plates, and car dealers and license office workers are as frustrated as their customers.
MINNEAPOLIS — The solution to a mystery that's killing Minnesota's moose could come down to slug and snail DNA contained in moose and deer droppings. And a University of Minnesota scientist eager to analyze that poop is looking for the public's help.
ST. PAUL — An online campaign with reported ties to Russian counterintelligence tried to exploit Twin Cities tensions in the wake of the killing of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer last year, according to a media report.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. - A 61-year-old hunter from Lakeville spent three nights lost in the woods, drinking bog water to stay hydrated, before being rescued by helicopter Thursday from remote woods in Pine County, officials said. Robert Kniefel was hungry and tired but otherwise unharmed when rescuers from the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Paul Fire Department reached him shortly after first light in Nemadji State Forest. He went grouse hunting alone Monday, Sept. 18, and got lost.
STILLWATER, Minn. — The St. Croix River has yielded a record-setting catfish. On Aug. 2, Mark Mosby of St. Anthony landed a 52½-inch flathead catfish while fishing in Stillwater. The fish, which had a girth of 32 inches (ponder that for a moment) and weighed an estimated 70 to 80 pounds, was recognized this week by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a new catch-and-release state record.
MINNEAPOLIS — The investigation of the deadly natural gas explosion at Minnehaha Academy will be delayed until the Minneapolis site can be made safe for officials. At a Friday afternoon, Aug. 4 news conference, officials of the National Transportation Safety Board said debris and water have made the site too dangerous to enter. "We need to get inside to learn the condition of the pipes and valves," said NTSB member Chris Hart. The Wednesday morning explosion killed two people and heavily damaged the private Christian college prep school.
MINNEAPOLIS — Federal investigators say contractors had been relocating a natural gas meter at Minnehaha Academy on Wednesday morning, Aug. 2, when something went horribly wrong, causing an explosion and building collapse that killed two employees of the private Minneapolis school and injured at least nine other people, one critically. "We understand this explosion happened in the process of moving the gas meter," Christopher Hart, a member of the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters at a Thursday afternoon, Aug. 3, news conference.
ST. PAUL — Walleye fishing on Lake Mille Lacs will remain closed longer than originally planned because the state has killed too many fish this year, officials said Friday, July 21. Walleye fishing will now remain completely closed until Aug. 11, when it will re-open for catch-and-release only through Labor Day, Sept. 4, the Department of Natural Resources said.
ROUND LAKE, Minn. — Al Pint set his fishing rod down in the bow of the boat and reached back for an adult beverage, and when he glanced back, he saw his rod "flying over the side" of the boat. But that wasn't the end of the rod, and it's not the end of the tale of the rod-stealing walleye of Itasca County. It was Sunday, May 14, the day after Minnesota's walleye fishing opener, and Pint, a retired engineer from Brooklyn Park, and his brother were on Round Lake, a body of water they'd fished for 50 years. And they were on the fish.