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Woman Survives 100-Foot Fall During Hike

Fire chief calls Amber Kohnhorst's survival miraculous

(Newser) - Amber Kohnhorst was on what was supposed to be a short hike on northwestern Arizona's Rose Cliffs Trail Friday when she fell 100 feet. Amazingly, after being stranded for almost 25 hours, she survived—though she broke her nose, crushed her pelvis, and suffered three back fractures, Fox 10... More »

Cops: Auto Shop Gives Meth as Employee Bonuses

'Least now we know why the work was so fast'

(Newser) - Police are investigating after a Minnesota auto body shop gave its employees methamphetamine "bonuses," the Smoking Gun reports. Police say 40-year-old Jesse Seifert, owner of Clear Choice Auto Body Repair in Mankato, held a meeting this week and had his girlfriend, 39-year-old Nancy Loehlein, hand out a half... More »

Another Child Crushed by Ikea Dresser: Lawyers

Theodore "Ted" McGee was just 22 months old

(Newser) - Another Ikea dresser has apparently toppled over and killed a young child. Theodore "Ted" McGee was 22 months old when the unstable dresser fell and crushed him while he was napping on Feb. 14 in Apple Valley, Minn., his family's lawyers tell the Philadelphia Inquirer . His parents "... More »

Cop Pulls Over Guy Going 171mph

'This better be somebody famous so I could get an autograph'

(Newser) - A driver managed to hit speeds so high that the police officer chasing him felt uncomfortable as he followed behind at 140mph. The unnamed 36-year-old suspect was clocked driving his 2016 Camaro Coupe as fast as 171mph on a Minnesota expressway Friday night, police say. Deputy Chief Shawn Padden was... More »

Burger King Workers Wreck the Place After Prank Call …Again

There probably isn't gas building up in a Burger King right now

(Newser) - Police say a prank caller tricked workers at a Minnesota Burger King into smashing the windows of the restaurant to keep it from exploding on Friday, mirroring similar deceptions at fast-food restaurants in other states recently. The AP reports employees at the restaurant in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids... More »

Woman Shot 4 Times in 'Extreme Case of Road Rage'

'Stop the violence ... put down the guns'

(Newser) - A woman was shot four times in what police are calling an "extreme case of road rage" Tuesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota Public Radio reports. The 39-year-old victim is expected to recover. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press , the victim honked at a tan Jeep Cherokee with tinted windows... More »

ISIS Hackers Have 'Kill List' of Dozens of Minn. Cops

The list includes names, addresses, and phone numbers

(Newser) - An ISIS-affiliated group of hackers released a "kill list" that includes the names, addresses, and phone numbers of at least three dozen Minnesota police officers, KMSP reports. The list was found on the encrypted messaging app Telegram by web analysts at Vocativ on Monday. It was created by a... More »

World's First Water Bar Isn't Quite What You Think

Minneapolis' Water Bar will serve tap water for free

(Newser) - You could sit at home and drink your own tap water, or you could visit Minneapolis' Water Bar and drink tap water in the company of others. Shanai Matteson hopes you'll choose the latter option. Yes, Minneapolis will soon be home to what UPI calls the world's first... More »

Reporter Who Called County 'Worst Place to Live' Moving There

Christopher Ingraham insulted Minnesota—then fell in love with it

(Newser) - When Washington Post data journalist Christopher Ingraham wrote a column about the best and worst places to live in America last summer, he had no idea how much his life was about to change. In addition to deeming Ventura County, Calif., the most desirable county based on a "natural... More »

Dog Behind the Wheel When Semi Crashes

The truck hit a parked car and a tree in Minnesota

(Newser) - One Minnesota dog has apparently learned a new trick: how to drive a semi-truck, the AP reports. Customers at a gas station in Mankato saw a golden Labrador retriever appear to drive the semi across a road on Friday. Police say the idling truck apparently was put into gear, then... More »

Minnesota Sorry for Issuing 'FMUSLMS' License Plate

It will be revoked immediately

(Newser) - Someone at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety was maybe not paying close attention when they issued a personalized license plate reading "FMUSLMS" back in June. The plates got attention after a Somali community activist posted a picture of one on Facebook over the weekend, and now the DPS... More »

Her Sister's DWI Leads to DWI of Her Own

Minnesota woman just couldn't wait to spring her sis

(Newser) - There's sisterly devotion, and then there's "your sister would've understood if you'd waited till morning." Erica Stang apparently couldn't wait to go pick up her sibling from jail, though, so the 32-year-old Minnesota woman set out to make the trip to Stearns County... More »

Little House on the Prairie Movie in the Works

No word on cast yet; Sean Durkin will direct

(Newser) - One of NBC's most popular television series of the '70s and early '80s is leaving the Midwest and heading for Hollywood. Paramount Pictures will be adapting Little House on the Prairie, which ran on TV from 1974 to 1983 , for the big screen, per the Hollywood Reporter ... More »

Your Hot Winter Trend: Frozen Pants

Minnesotans have a lot of time on their hands

(Newser) - This winter, the hottest viral trend is frozen pants. Fox News reports 61-year-old Tom Grotting of Minnesota started dipping jeans in water and holding them upright while they froze a few years ago. Grotting's frozen pants found their way to Facebook this year, and now others are joining in... More »

Cop Allegedly Told Drivers to Run Over MLK Day Marchers

St. Paul officer suspended for Facebook post

(Newser) - A St. Paul, Minn., police officer has been suspended over allegations that he encouraged drivers to run over Martin Luther King Jr. Day marchers—and told them how to avoid being charged. "Run them over," said a Facebook comment under a Pioneer Press article on a Black Lives... More »

101-Year-Old Man Shocks Neighbor in Viral Video

Richard Mann has no problem shoveling neighbor's walk

(Newser) - Done your neighbor a good turn this year? You might take a hint from Richard Mann, a 101-year-old resident of St. Paul, Minn., who was seen shoveling his neighbor's walk the other day after a fresh snowfall, the Star Tribune reports. Neighbor Keven O’Bannon caught it on video... More »

Vikings' Suit: Wells Fargo Is Photo-Bombing Our New Stadium

Team says bank is trying to sneak extra exposure with mounted, lit signage

(Newser) - In 2014, Wells Fargo agreed it wouldn't use mounted, illuminated rooftop signs on its two 17-story office towers that flank the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium in Minneapolis, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Instead, it would use two 56-foot signs painted flat on the roof, with no illumination, the Pioneer ... More »

Woman Pulls a Mike Tyson on Hubby Over a Beer: Cops

Police found part of Minnesota man's bloody ear on the floor

(Newser) - Those darn hairy buffalo drinks will do it every time. That's what a Minnesota man claims his wife imbibed before she went over the edge during a domestic quarrel that resulted in part of his ear getting bit off—all because of a fight over a beer, the St.... More »

Report: Scott Weiland Died From Cocaine, Alcohol, MDA

The Stone Temple Pilots singer was found dead on his tour bus earlier this month

(Newser) - Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland died of a toxic mix of drugs that included cocaine, according to a medical examiner's office in Minnesota, where he was found dead on his tour bus in early December. The medical examiner's office said Friday that the 48-year-old Weiland had... More »

Cops Think 2 Teens Died in 'Nerf Wars' Crash

Boys may have been playing with Nerf guns when they lost control of truck, barrel-rolled

(Newser) - Police say a game of "Nerf wars" may be behind a crash that killed two teens and injured two others Friday in the Minneapolis, Minn., suburb of Lakeville, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Johnny Price, 18, and Jake Flynn, 17, both students at Lakeville South High School, died in... More »

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