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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 »

Suspects Nabbed in 'Black Lives Matter' Shooting

Suspects in Minneapolis attack that injured 5 may be charged with hate crimes

(Newser) - Two of three men accused of shooting into a crowd near a "Black Lives Matter" protest Monday night in Minneapolis, injuring five, have been arrested, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. A 23-year-old white suspect, who the police tell the Washington Post will be identified after being formally charged, was... More »

5 Shot Near 'Black Lives Matter' Protest

Witnesses say white supremacists opened fire after lurking for days

(Newser) - Minneapolis cops are seeking three white male suspects after a Monday night shooting that injured five near a "Black Lives Matter" protest outside the Fourth Precinct police station, reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune . Per Black Lives Matter rep Miski Noor, "a group of white supremacists showed up at... More »

Girls Missing Since 2013 Found on Minn. Farm

Police believe they were hidden by group critical of family courts

(Newser) - Minnesota authorities on Wednesday located two teenage sisters from Lakeville who have been missing for more than two years. The girls were found at a horse farm in western Minnesota after police executed a search warrant, Lakeville police Lt. Jason Polinski told the Star Tribune . Gianna and Samantha Rucki, now... More »

Unarmed Man Shot by Minneapolis Police Has Died

Jamar Clark's shooting has sparked protests

(Newser) - Jamar Clark died Monday night, a day after police shot him in a highly controversial incident on a Minneapolis street. The 24-year-old's shooting and subsequent death sparked protests Monday night, the AP reports; hundreds of people blocked traffic for hours on an interstate, ending with 42 arrests. The incident... More »

Badly Timed ISIS Tweet Ends Minnesota Campaign

Group 'isn't necessarily evil,' just doing what's 'best for their community': pol

(Newser) - A day after Paris' horrific terror attacks (and the same day ISIS claimed responsibility ), a member of Minnesota's DFL Party posted a tweet he now regrets. Per a screenshot via the Minneapolis Star Tribune , Burnsville's Dan Kimmel—who was running for the state House against a 22-year-old... More »

Person of Interest Named in 1989 Child Abduction

He was arrested on unrelated child pornography charges

(Newser) - For the first time since an 11-year-old boy was abducted in Minnesota almost exactly 26 years ago, authorities have identified a person of interest in his disappearance, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Jacob Wetterling was riding his bike to rent a video with his brother and a friend on Oct.... More »

Driver's Alleged Crime: Drinking Coffee

Minnesota woman was left 'dumbfounded'

(Newser) - There's a good chance you broke the law on your way to work today—at least in the eyes of Minnesota police. The offense: drinking coffee while driving. Lindsey Krieger tells KMSP she was "dumbfounded" when an officer told her she'd been pulled over for the apparent... More »

Cop Shot Dead in Hospital Room

Suspect grabbed Minn. officer's gun, police say

(Newser) - In what Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton calls a "terrible, senseless murder," a police officer was shot dead in a St. Cloud hospital room by a suspect who grabbed his gun, authorities say. The suspect, 50-year-old Danny Leroy Hammond, was subdued by a stun gun by another officer and... More »

Al Franken Pushing to Make College Textbooks Free

Minnesota senator co-sponsoring bill that would give access to online resources

(Newser) - Al Franken knows how ridiculous the cost of college textbooks can be, and he want to do something about it. That's why the Minnesota senator and Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin on Thursday introduced the Affordable College Textbook Act, a bill that would give grants to higher-ed institutions so they... More »

Why Minnesota's Marijuana Patients Still Buy Illegally

Prices are sky high, patients say

(Newser) - Just two months after Minnesota launched its medical marijuana program , some patients turned off by high costs say they are back to buying the drug illegally because it's the only way they can afford it. State officials and the companies hired to make marijuana products trumpeted the program's... More »

Cops: Family of 5 Dead in Horrific Murder-Suicide

'There are no words to describe it'

(Newser) - Officers were horrified to find the bodies of a family scattered around an upscale home outside Minneapolis today in what appears to be a grisly murder-suicide, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. “There’re no words to describe it,” police chief Mike Siitari says. “This is a tough... More »

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