Murder charges have been filed against an Apple Valley father accused of killing his 13-day-old son. Michael Anthony Herkal, 32, was originally charged Aug. 14 with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a child. His son, Anthony Herkal, was on life support at the time, but died later the same day.
The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party is backing Congressman Keith Ellison in his run for state attorney general despite a recent allegation of domestic abuse from a former girlfriend. The DFL central committee gathered Saturday in Cambridge to endorse candidates who prevailed in the Aug. 14 primary but didn’t already have the party’s official backing. Matt Pelikan won the DFL endorsement for attorney general earlier this summer at the party convention in Rochester. Ellison easily won the primary with nearly 50 percent of the vote in the five-person race.
An election judge in Dakota County was removed from his duties Tuesday afternoon after a voter in South St. Paul reported that the judge was telling voters not to vote for a certain city council candidate. The judge told Mark Westpfahl and others not to vote for Max Wallin; it is illegal for election judges to comment on candidates running for office.
An infant boy has died two days after his Apple Valley father was arrested on suspicion of child abuse. Michael Anthony Herkal, 32, told police his 2-year-old son had twice pulled the 13-day-old boy off a couch, according to an Apple Valley police narrative. Police say Herkal then said he had squeezed the squirming infant while changing his diaper and that the boy slipped out of his hands and onto a coffee table. A review of Herkal’s cell phone showed he had made several Google searches about 80 minutes before calling 911 on Sunday.
A little more than two weeks after winning the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest, Zsa Zsa the English bulldog from Anoka has died. “I’m sad to share that ZSA ZSA passed away in her sleep last night,” owner Megan Brainard announced Tuesday on a Facebook page about her dog with a pronounced underbite and a lolling tongue. Related Photos and video of Zsa Zsa
MENDOTA HEIGHTS—A former music teacher at Henry Sibley High School in Mendota Heights will serve six months in jail and 10 years on probation for having sex with a 17-year-old male student. Christine Lee Funk, 32, of New Hope, was sentenced Monday by Judge Richelle Wahi in Dakota County District Court after pleading guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct. Two other counts were dismissed, but Funk also faces a suspended sentence of three years in prison if she violates the terms of her plea agreement. She also must register as a predatory offender.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota's Athletes Village is up and running, all 338,000 square feet now full of players, coaches, tutors, chefs and administrators dedicated to making school easier, and more fruitful, for the university's approximately 750 student-athletes.
Hundreds of St. Paul students were stranded at school Monday afternoon after the day’s snowstorm delayed their buses — in some cases by more than five hours. As of 9 p.m., some students were still at school waiting to be picked up, said Toya Stewart Downey, spokeswoman for St. Paul Public Schools. Several parents and teachers reported that a handful of students remained at school until nearly 11 p.m. The district has canceled classes on Tuesday.
Members of a Minnesota family have traveled to Denver to help look for a 29-year-old man last seen leaving a nightclub about 1 a.m. Friday. According to local media reports, Adam Ronald Gilbertson’s apartment door was found unlocked with his keys inside.
Though the jury found St. Anthony Police officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty in the Philando Castile shooting, Yanez will not return to active duty in St. Anthony. The city released a statement after the verdict Friday saying the officer’s time with the department is over.