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He Came to the Rescue. 2 Years Later, She Did for Him

It's kidney donor Becca Bundy who feels 'pretty blessed'

(Newser) - Two years after a volunteer firefighter rushed to help her 1-year-old daughter, who was having a seizure, Becca Bundy returned the favor. The mother from Cook, Minn., donated one of her kidneys to Bill Cox after she ran into him in October in the bar that's employed him for... More »

This State Ranks No. 1 Above the Rest

Washington tops overall in 'US News' ranking, while Louisiana is last

(Newser) - What's the best state? In the eyes of US News & World Report , that distinction belongs to Washington state. The magazine ranked eight factors—health care, education, economy, infrastructure, opportunity, fiscal stability, crime, and natural environment—for its new ranking of all the states. As it turns out, Washington... More »

Don Damond: I Told Justine to Make the Call

What happened next was 'tragic, wrong, unjust'

(Newser) - "My first thought was, 'I want her to be safe.'" It was for that reason that Don Damond told his fiancee to call police on the night of July 15, 2017, after she heard what she thought was a sexual assault taking place near the couple'... More »

Big Gift From Philando Castile's Mom to Students in Debt

Valerie Castile presents $8K donation to Minneapolis-area school to pay seniors' lunch tabs

(Newser) - It's been almost three years since the police shooting death of Philando Castile in Minnesota, and while the upcoming anniversary will be a sad one, the memory of the generous cafeteria supervisor continues to inspire good. Castile's mom, Valerie Castile, offered up a check Thursday for $8,000... More »

Cop Who Shot Justine Damond Explains His Thinking

'Action is better than reaction,' says Mohamed Noor about fatal shooting of Justine Damond

(Newser) - For nearly two years, the former cop who fatally shot Australian life coach Justine Damond in Minneapolis has stayed mum. That changed Thursday, when Mohamed Noor made his first public remarks on the July 2017 shooting and what led up to it, speaking at his trial in a Hennepin County,... More »

Boy in 'Horrific' Mall of America Fall 'Still With Us and Fighting'

Strangers raise $350K after Landen was allegedly thrown over 3rd-floor railing

(Newser) - The 5-year-old boy who was apparently thrown or shoved over a third-floor railing at the Mall of America is "still very much with us and fighting," according to a family friend. Landen, who is being identified only by his first name, is being treated at Children's Hospital... More »

Ex-Corporate Raider, Wife Found Dead in Bed: Friend

Irwin and Alexandra Jacobs had been married 57 years

(Newser) - He was once a corporate raider known as "Irv the Liquidator." Now Irwin Jacobs and his wife Alexandra are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at their home about 15 miles south-west Minneapolis, Minn., the Star-Tribune reports. Police say only that two bodies were found in bed with a... More »

'Paucity of Meat' on Mexican Pizza Enrages Taco Bell Patron

Meanwhile, a missing order of hot wings from Domino's spurred a separate incident

(Newser) - Two cases of fast-food fury to report on, starting with an incident out of Spartanburg, SC, on Wednesday, when a customer at a Taco Bell drive-thru apparently didn't appreciate what the Smoking Gun calls "a paucity of meat" on his Mexican Pizza. A police report indicates that a... More »

Kids Were on a Field Trip. Sex Offender Was Caught on Bus

Michael Charles Friedrichs has a history of getting on school buses

(Newser) - Among the last places you'd want to find a high-level sex offender is on a school bus with a bunch of kindergarteners. That's exactly where one was discovered in St. Paul last week, and "horrified" parents are livid. Per the Pioneer Press , police say 61-year-old Michael Charles... More »

One of the Coldest States Is the Hottest for Women

Minnesota ranks No. 1 in WalletHub list of best states for the female set

(Newser) - Women now make up almost a quarter of Congress' voting members, the highest percentage ever —but that doesn't seem as impressive when you take into account that women make up more than half of the US population. WalletHub makes that note to underscore there's still a long... More »

Cops: Dentist-Turned-Arsonist Made a Rookie Mistake

They tracked footprints in the snow from crime scene to suspect's garage

(Newser) - If this is how the cops found their suspect in a movie, you'd probably grab the remote and find another movie. Nobody's this obvious, right? But as the Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports, apparently somebody is. Police in New Richmond, Wis., say they found their arson suspect by... More »

After Discarding Napkin, Man Arrested for 1993 Murder

Police believe DNA has solved another cold case

(Newser) - Police in Minnesota say a napkin discarded at a hockey game helped link a man to a brutal murder committed more than 25 years earlier. Investigators say 52-year-old Jerry Westrom was identified as a suspect after a close match to DNA found at the 1993 crime scene was discovered on... More »

Here's the Democrats' Best Hope to Beat Trump

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is the smart choice, writes George Will

(Newser) - Amy Klobuchar isn't among the early Democratic candidates for 2020, but George Will writes in the Washington Post that the Minnesota senator might be her party's smartest choice. "Klobuchar is the person perhaps best equipped to send the current president packing," Will writes in the op-ed.... More »

He Was Driving Around a Curve. Then He Saw a Tiny Pink Coat

Truck driver's dashcam video shows car seat, with a toddler in it, in the road after it fell out of car

(Newser) - A truck driver got "quite a shock" this week while driving in Mankato, Minn., and now his dashcam footage shows us all why. ABC News reports that the man, IDed by FOX 9 and the Washington Post as Chad "Cheddar" Mock, was about to go around a bend... More »

Petition Calls for US to Give Slice of Minnesota to Canada

Error on 1755 map created Northwest Angle

(Newser) - A petition on the White House website calls for the government to make America great again by giving part of the country to Canada. The petition urges the government to correct a centuries-old geographic error by giving Canada a part of Minnesota known as the Northwest Angle, the CBC reports.... More »

No Adult Moved to Save the Drowning Man. A 5th-Grader Did

11-year-old in Minnesota gets $50 gift card and much praise

(Newser) - When Lalitha Mareddy of suburban St. Paul, Minn., saw a man at the bottom of her apartment complex's pool, she urged several men standing nearby to dive in. None of them did. Like Mareddy, they couldn't swim, per CNN . "In our culture, it's not a usual... More »

His Ex Wasn't 'the One.' But She Was 'the Donor'

Minn. grandma Mary Ziegler donates organ to her former husband

(Newser) - Not all divorces have to end in acrimony. Just ask Mary Ziegler and Bill Henrichs, who when they ended their marriage two decades ago made a pledge to treat each other right for their kids' sake. "You know all those bad divorce things, we agreed not to do that,... More »

Man Accused of Pulling Gun on Teens at McDonald's

Black teens say he made a remark about welfare first

(Newser) - A white man who allegedly pulled a gun on a group of black teenagers in McDonald's has been arrested. Police say Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, the Star Tribune reports. Video posted online shows the man in a confrontation with a group of... More »

Rare Polio-Like Illness Strikes 6 Minnesota Children

It's likely caused by a viral infection by doctors aren't sure

(Newser) - A rare condition known for its polio-like effects has been diagnosed in six Minnesota children since mid-September. Per CNN , the condition is called acute flaccid myelitis, or AFM, and damages the body's nervous system. While uncommon, AFM is serious and can lead to paralysis or even death. The state... More »

Stunned Squirrel Gets Help From Good Samaritan

Driver stopped to ensure the animal was OK

(Newser) - A motionless squirrel apparently stunned by a passing car has been revived by the driver who performed chest compressions beside a Minnesota road, the AP reports. Police officers on patrol in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Park thought the man might be performing CPR. In police video posted to the... More »

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