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Santa Larry Breaks Mall of America's Santa Color Barrier

The mall has a black Santa for the first time ever

(Newser) - No matter what Megyn Kelly says , Santa Claus isn't just white. And we know that because for the first time in 24 years, the Santa Experience at the Mall of America in Minnesota will have a black Santa, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. "Anybody can be Santa; it’s... More »

Man Accused of 'Massive Sextortion' Plot Gets 38 Years

Anton Martynenko 'terrible human being' for luring teen boys into sending nude pics: victim

(Newser) - What's said to have been the biggest child-pornography production case in Minnesota history ended Tuesday in a St. Paul courtroom, and two of the victims faced down their tormenter there. "We all can now be given freedom from this," one of the unnamed victims, now a young... More »

10 Most Charitable US States

Utah is for givers: WalletHub

(Newser) - Virginia is for lovers, but Utah is for givers, according to WalletHub . The site has named Utah the most charitable state in the country based on the number of people who volunteer their time, volunteering hours, percentage of income donated, and other factors. The top 10, with a score out... More »

Jacob Wetterling's Family Confronts Boy's Killer

Danny Heinrich sentenced to 20 years for 11-year-old's murder—but not before Jacob's loved ones spoke

(Newser) - It was a tense, emotional courtroom scene in Minneapolis Monday morning as one chapter in the abduction, sexual assault, and murder of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling came to a close. At a US District Court hearing for 53-year-old Danny Heinrich, who was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison on one... More »

Mom Sues Transgender Teen After Sex-Change Treatment

'Why wasn't I even notified?': Anmarie Calgaro

(Newser) - A Minnesota mom says her parental rights have been violated, and she's suing a school district, county health boards, local health-care groups—and her own transgender daughter—to get them back, NBC News reports. Anmarie Calgaro appeared at a Wednesday press conference , taking issue with a Minnesota law that... More »

Manslaughter Charge for Cop in Shooting of Black Driver

Jeronimo Yanez shot Philando Castile over the summer in Minnesota

(Newser) - A Minnesota police officer who shot and killed a black man during a traffic stop in suburban St. Paul this summer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter, the AP reports. Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said Wednesday that St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is Latino, was not justified... More »

Woman Blames DWI Charge on Trump

But Elizabeth Lundberg says she was being sarcastic

(Newser) - To cope with a shock as great as Donald Trump winning the US election, sometimes you just have to drink—and drive home? That was essentially the argument of a Minnesota woman after she rear-ended a vehicle at a stoplight, causing minor injuries, a day after last week's election,... More »

4 Wins for Diversity on Election Night

US has its first Latina senator

(Newser) - Though Hillary Clinton failed to become the first female US president, diversity prevailed on Election Night in other ways. The history-making results in four states:
  • Nevada: Former Nevada attorney general Catherine Cortez Masto, 52, won a competitive race to take retiring Sen. Harry Reid's seat, becoming the first Latina
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Firefighter Makes Horrible Discovery at Crash Site

Victim was his own 16-year-old son

(Newser) - Minnesota firefighter Randy Peterson's worst fears came true Sunday night when he was called to a car crash with a vehicle on fire. Peterson, a volunteer firefighter in the small town of Ada, knew that his 16-year-old son, Carter, was out—and he knew the vehicle was his son'... More »

Driver Kills Man While Allegedly Texting, Gets 4 Days in Jail

Judge advises teacher to educate others about distracted driving

(Newser) - A Minnesota woman who struck and killed a man while allegedly texting and driving will spend just four days in jail over two years. As part of a plea deal, Le Sueur County Judge Mark Vandelist on Monday sentenced Susan Ann Russo to four days behind bars, 40 hours of... More »

6 Wounded in Downtown Minneapolis Shootings

Cops are trying to figure out if 2 separate shootings are linked

(Newser) - Six people in downtown Minneapolis were injured after being shot in two separate incidents in the early morning hours Monday, and police are trying to determine if the events are linked, the AP reports. KTSP notes that five of the victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds, while the sixth is now in... More »

Sisters Found Dead at Luxury Resort and No One Knows Why

Robin and Annie Korkki from Minnesota were found 'unresponsive' in Seychelles villa

(Newser) - Two sisters from Minnesota described by their brother as "experienced foreign travelers" were found dead last week while on vacation in the Seychelles, an archipelago off the east coast of Africa—and no one yet knows why, CBS Minnesota reports. Workers at the Maia Luxury Resort on the island... More »

Restaurant Owner Puts Up 'Muslims Get Out' Sign

'I feel what we’re doing is right,' Minn. man says

(Newser) - Muslim families won't be offered any treats at the Treats Family Restaurant in Lonsdale, southern Minnesota: Owner Dan Ruedinger has arranged the sign board outside to read "Muslims Get Out." The sign says it is in "suport" of St. Cloud, where a Somali-American man stabbed nine... More »

Mall Attacker Was 'Most Assimilated Kid in Neighborhood'

Dahir Adan worked as a security guard

(Newser) - He was a recent college student with an interest in computers who had worked part time as a private security guard. He was said to be an honor student in high school. And he had nothing more than a minor traffic citation on his record. But on Saturday, for reasons... More »

Family IDs Assailant in Minnesota Mall Attack

Father says it was 22-year-old Dahir Adan

(Newser) - Authorities have not revealed the name of the man who stabbed nine people in a Minnesota mall on Saturday, but his family has identified him as 22-year-old Dahir Adan, reports the Star Tribune . Adan's father said he was a student at a local community college, adding that he had... More »

ISIS Claims Minn. Attacker Was Its 'Soldier'

Only 1 of 8 stabbing victims remains in hospital

(Newser) - An Islamic State-run news agency claims the man who stabbed and wounded eight people at a mall in Minnesota before being shot dead by an off-duty police officer was a "soldier of the Islamic State." The Rasd news agency reported the claim on Sunday, reports the AP , saying... More »

Columnist Turns Child's Tragic Death Into Story About Jeans

Says it's 'unseemly' for reporter to wear jeans during story on Jacob Wetterling

(Newser) - "I gave that newscast every single shred of hope and love I had for Jacob," KARE's Jana Shortal writes on Facebook . "You made it about my pants." Shortal reported on the final moments of 11-year-old kidnapping and sexual abuse victim Jacob Wetterling's life on... More »

Chevy Chase Checks Into Rehab

Rep says it's time for recovery 'tuneup'

(Newser) - Chevy Chase has checked into a rehab facility in Minnesota for treatment for an alcohol problem. Chase's publicist said Monday that Chase is at Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center for what she calls a "tuneup" in his recovery, the AP reports. Chase has had struggles with substances during his... More »

Family of Boy Missing Since 1989 Gets Closure

Remains believed to be those of Jacob Wetterling found in Minnesota

(Newser) - The remains of a boy missing since 1989 appear to have been found this week in Minnesota, USA Today reports. While authorities aren't confirming the identify of the remains, Patty Wetterling and another source tell the Minneapolis Star Tribune the remains are those of Wetterling's son Jacob, who... More »

$38.50 Will Get You Inside Prince's Home

Paisley Park is opening for public tours in October

(Newser) - Paisley Park, Prince's private estate and studio complex, will open for daily public tours starting Oct. 6, the AP reports. The company that runs Elvis Presley's Graceland will manage it. Bremer Trust said in a statement that millions of Prince fans will get the chance to tour the... More »

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