St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS — The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office recaptured an inmate in Little Canada on Wednesday morning, Nov. 28, after he escaped custody from the county jail in downtown Minneapolis. Michael Frank Simon, 57, was on the run for about three hours before being recaptured. Sheriff’s officials say Simon escaped in his orange jail clothes about 7 a.m. Wednesday and was spotted on surveillance video running down the street.
ST. PAUL - A home exploded in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood Friday morning, Nov. 23, sending a fireball into the sky that was reportedly visible from miles away. Some 40 firefighters responded to the scene on the 600 block of Payne Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. One man who was inside the home was pulled from the wreckage and taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital with injuries.
DULUTH, Minn. -- A 60-year-old balsam fir from Nemadji State Forest has been cut and will decorate the Governor’s Residence in St. Paul this holiday season. “This year’s tree is absolutely gorgeous — tall, full, and almost perfectly shaped,” Jean Mouelle, the DNR forester who selected it, said in a statement. “It’s an impressive example of a balsam fir.”
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- A month after undergoing back surgery, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton remained hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic Thursday, Nov. 15, with what he described as “damage to my lungs” from a “post-surgical complication.” Last month, Dayton, 71, underwent two surgeries at the Rochester hospital that involved fusing vertebrae in his lower back.
ST. PAUL -- Jeff Johnson, the Republican candidate for governor, plans to leave politics after his term as a Hennepin County commissioner ends in 2020. Johnson, originally from Detroit Lakes, was defeated by Congressman Tim Walz in last week’s gubernatorial election. It was Johnson’s third failed bid for statewide office.
ST. PAUL -- A blaze in a St. Paul garage where multiple electric scooters were charging was not caused by the scooters, as a fire investigator initially thought possible. The investigation showed the fire in Highland Park started at an electrical outlet and was possibly ignited by a loose electrical connection, which could have been caused by wear and tear or improper installation, St. Paul Fire Capt. Joe Blank said this week. While the scooters didn’t cause the fire, they could have been a contributing factor, Blank said.
BELDEN, Minn. -- After five days, Pine County law enforcement officials suspended their search for a hunter who went missing, saying they’ve found no sign of him. David Peltier, 59, was reported missing Sunday by members of his deer hunting party in northern Minnesota, according to the Pine County sheriff’s office.
FARIBAULT, Minn. -- Two corrections officers at the Minnesota Correctional Facility — Faribault were hospitalized Sunday night, Nov. 4, after they were attacked by an inmate. The officers were treated and released after the 6 p.m. assault, said Sarah Fitzgerald, a spokeswoman for the Minnesota Department of Corrections. The inmate involved in the attack was placed in restrictive housing, and the prison is currently under lockdown, Fitzgerald said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities are investigating the death of a University of St. Thomas student who fell from a 10th floor apartment in Minneapolis. Authorities were called to the Bridges apartments near the University of Minnesota just before 1 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1. In St. Paul, St. Thomas identified the woman as first-year student Joia Simpson of Bayside, Calif. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that she was a visitor to the apartment during a Halloween party.
ST. PAUL -- Hill-Murray senior Zach Zarembinski remained in intensive care on Wednesday, his family says, three days after he was rushed to a hospital during a playoff game. The lineman suffered suffered an injury during the Pioneers’ playoff loss to St. Paul Johnson on Saturday that resulted in a brain bleed. He underwent surgery and was placed in a medically induced coma.