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How 2 Nazi POWs Escaped Into the Wilds of Minnesota

They were among 13 who escaped in Minnesota during WWII

(Newser) - Nazi Cpl. Heinz Schymalla, 22, and fellow captive Walter Mai, 21, were among some 200 Germans cutting timber for Minnesota's pulp industry in a prisoner-of-war camp in 1944. Both captured in Tunisia in May 1943, they gained momentary notoriety when, moved to act in part by news that Schymalla'... More »

Office of Cecil the Lion's Killer Back in Business

Walter Palmer's dental office reopens in Minnesota

(Newser) - The killer of Cecil the lion is in business again—sort of. The office of dentist Walter Palmer, who admitted to taking Cecil's life in Zimbabwe last month , reopened today in Bloomington, Minn., but without Palmer on the premises, NBC News reports. River Bluff Dental posted a tweet saying... More »

Alleged Shoplifter Flees in Not-Subtle Getaway Car

Limos: the vehicle of choice of weddings, proms, and headband crime

(Newser) - To the sporting goods store, Jeeves! That may have been the directive a Minnesota woman gave Monday to the limo driver she reportedly hired to take her to a Rochester mall, where police say she then boosted $300 in headbands and clothing from Scheels All Sports and fought with security... More »

Ceiling Collapses in Freak Accident at 'Purple Rain' Nightclub

"We have no idea why or how it happened," GM says of ceiling collapse

(Newser) - Three people were hospitalized last night after a ceiling collapsed amid smoke and water streaming from up high at the legendary Minneapolis nightclub where Prince filmed part of his 1984 rock drama Purple Rain , the Star Tribune reports. In what First Avenue GM Nate Kranz calls a "terrible surprise,... More »

Cops: Drunk Mom Drove With Girl Clinging to Car

8-year-old was seen banging on window

(Newser) - A mom in Minnesota was so determined to get more booze one night last week that she drove to the store despite the fact that she was far too drunk to drive and her 8-year-old daughter was clinging to the vehicle, police say. According to a police report, 46-year-old Rena... More »

Drivers Had Really Unsafe Reaction to Ducks in Road

Somehow, no humans or ducks were injured

(Newser) - Now, the Minnesota State Patrol doesn't explicitly say, "Run over the ducks." But you can read between the lines to get that message after a harrowing video captured by DOT cameras on I-35 emerged. In it, a group of ducks crosses the highway as a dozen vehicles... More »

Bighearted Bikers Find Missing Ring for Man's Widow

They searched in waist-high weeds to find ring of Rhonda Thill's deceased husband

(Newser) - When Rhonda Thill got husband Randy's belongings back after he died in a motorcycle crash last month, her heartbreak was compounded when his wedding ring wasn't among them, she tells Kare 11 . "It had to be somewhere," she says. "Maybe the force of the impact—... More »

Minnesota Medical Marijuana Users Can't Smoke It

Cannabis pills only available to people with severe conditions

(Newser) - There will be no baggies of pot awaiting patients this week when Minnesota joins 21 other states in offering medical marijuana, nor any glass pipes or plants to tend at home. Instead, the nation's latest medical-marijuana program is a world of pill bottles and vials of marijuana-infused oil. Minnesota'... More »

'We Have a Terror Recruiting Problem in Minnesota'

6 men from the state arrested following year-long investigation

(Newser) - A yearlong FBI investigation into alleged ISIS-related activities resulted in the arrest of six Somali-American men in Minnesota and California yesterday, officials tell CNN . KSTP reports all hail from Minnesota, and it has the US attorney for the state, Andrew Luger, putting the situation in blunt terms: "We have... More »

In Minnesota's Senate, Eye Contact Is Forbidden

Members must look at Senate president, not each other

(Newser) - You know sometimes when a state has a weird rule on the books because it's been there forever and lawmakers just never got around to killing it? Yeah, that's not what's happening here. In fact, members of Minnesota's Senate reaffirmed a strange one this week—they... More »

Cops Hunt Stolen $70K in Bull Semen

Because stealing jewelry is for chumps

(Newser) - Police are investigating the theft of about $70,000 worth of bull semen from a farm in southern Minnesota. Mower County Sheriff Terese Amazi says a LeRoy man reported Tuesday that a storage canister with vials of bull semen was taken from his unlocked barn. The theft happened sometime between... More »

Alleged US Cult Leader Arrested in Brazil

Victor Arden Barnard accused of child sex abuse

(Newser) - An alleged cult leader on the US Marshals' "Most Wanted" list who reportedly had kept a group of girls as young as 12 at his disposal in Minnesota—and who has been accused by two of the girls (now adults) of sexual abuse—was arrested in Brazil on Friday,... More »

Homeland Security: Mall Threat Not Credible

Mall of America shoppers unfazed by warning

(Newser) - The Department of Homeland Security did some backtracking soon after its chief warned yesterday that Mall of America shoppers should be "particularly careful" after a terror threat. A department spokeswoman says that although the mall was named in a video released by Somali extremists al-Shabab, "we are not... More »

Minnesota Isn't Taking Any More TurboTax Returns

'Potentially fraudulent activity' has been discovered

(Newser) - Minnesota residents who had hoped to file their 2014 tax returns from the comfort of their home offices using TurboTax will need to find another alternative. The state's Department of Revenue announced in a conference call last night that it's no longer accepting returns filed using Intuit's... More »

Man Opens Fire at Police Swearing-In

Suspect shot dead at Minnesota town hall

(Newser) - Two police officers in suburban Minneapolis came under fire within moments of being sworn in last night. Police say that immediately after the ceremony at a council meeting at New Hope City Hall, a man with a "long gun" opened fire on the newly sworn-in officers and others who... More »

US Vet Tries to Overthrow Gambian President

Papa Faal faces charges for violating the Neutrality Act

(Newser) - Papa Faal, code name "Fox," is a Gambian and US citizen, married father, ITT Tech instructor, and US veteran. And last month, he allegedly tried and failed to overthrow Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, the Daily Beast reports. Yesterday, Faal, 46, faced Neutrality Act violation charges in a Minnesota... More »

Your Turkey Is Probably From Minnesota

State has way more turkeys than people

(Newser) - Minnesota has about 5.5 million people—and has produced about 45 million turkeys this year. In fact, almost one in five of the country's turkeys comes from the state, Vocativ reports. The total number of turkeys forecast to be raised in the US this year, according to the... More »

Parents Still Searching for Missing Boy 25 Years Later

Family of Jacob Wetterling, abducted at age 11 in Minn., keep focus on his case

(Newser) - Twenty-five years is a long stretch by most measures, but especially when a parent is looking for a missing child. Patty and Jerry Wetterling of Minnesota have known this interminable passing of time since their 11-year-old son, Jacob, was abducted on Oct. 22, 1989. But as the 25th anniversary of... More »

Fired Teacher May Be Pregnant With Teen's Child

Faces prison over relations with boy, 17

(Newser) - A math teacher at a Catholic high school in Minnesota is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student, and the police complaint suggests that she might be pregnant with his child. Mary Gilles, 28, faces six counts of sexual misconduct after admitting to detectives that she began... More »

Waitress Hits Lottery, Won't Quit Job

She and husband collect $12M in Minnesota

(Newser) - Rhonda Meath waits tables for a living, and a lottery payout of $11.7 million isn't about to change that. “I actually really enjoy my job,” the 51-year-old waitress at the Lake Elmo Inn in Minnesota tells ABC News . "I have great friends here and a... More »

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