St. Paul Pioneer Press
TAMARACK, Wis. -- An owl in far western Wisconsin had the good fortune to survive a collision with a car, which left it impaled by the vehicle’s grill. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a motorist called on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, to report that he had killed an owl while driving on a local road the night before in Trempealeau County.
ST. PAUL -- Statewide, 106,061 people have requested absentee-voting ballots just six days into the early voting period, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Of those ballots, 11,353 have already been accepted. The high numbers build off the record-setting voter turnout in the August primary — the highest since 1994. Simon said this is an indication that Minnesota is “on track to maintain our number one in the country status for voter participation.”
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, the lowest it has been in nearly 19 years. The rate was 3 percent in July, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED. The last time the seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3 percent was in December 1999. The record-low jobless rate for the state is 2.5 percent, which was recorded in January and February 1999. The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.
A mother and daughter from Shoreview were killed Monday, July 9, when their car was struck by a boulder that fell off a commercial truck in Rosemount, police say. Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving a Toyota Avalon about 4:50 p.m., when a boulder weighing several hundred pounds fell off a southbound truck and hit the car, said Mitchell Scott, chief of the Rosemount Police Department.
Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30 after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month. Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based nonprofit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1 million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of a state spending bill after disagreements with Republican lawmakers.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Mall of America wants to build an enormous water park costing more than $150 million. According to a presentation to the Bloomington City Council Tuesday, mall owner Triple 5 proposes to build the water park in a new addition to the east of the mall. The water park would be one of the largest in North America at 250,000 square feet — almost four times bigger than a football field.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday, March 6, was named the best airport of its size in North America by the Airports Council International. This is the second consecutive year that MSP has topped the council's rankings, which are based on passenger surveys, according to a news release issued by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Brian Ryks, the commission's CEO, said it was airport and airline employees who deserved credit for the award.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former special-education teacher for South St. Paul schools was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Dakota County District Court to three years in prison for twice robbing a West St. Paul pharmacy at gunpoint for prescription pain pills.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. After reliving Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown catch -- Klobuchar enthusiastically, Kennedy not so much -- Kennedy offered Klobuchar a king cake -- a traditional Mardi Gras cake, according to a video of the exchange sent out by her office.
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).