St. Paul Pioneer Press
WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Minnesota's newest U.S. senator, Tina Smith, took the oath of office Wednesday, she laid her hand across a thick, old Holy Bible — a Heilige Bibel actually — held together by a black ribbon. And yes, Smith said, it is literally held together by that ribbon. "I think if you were to open it up it would just sort of disintegrate," Smith said in a phone interview shortly after being sworn in. Here's the story behind it.
HASTINGS, Minn. — A Dakota County jury convicted a 24-year-old Brooklyn Park man Monday, Dec. 18, in the January deaths of an Eagan woman and her unborn child, according to prosecutors. Vern Jason Mouelle was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder in the deaths of 25-year-old Senicha Marie Lessman and the unborn child on Jan. 24. The jury deliberated for four hours.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra picked up nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn.—A 19-year-old University of Minnesota student from St. Peter on Wednesday was crowned the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. The Midwest Dairy Association selected Emily Annexstad, representing Nicollet County, from a field of 12 county dairy princesses during an Aug. 23 ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Annexstad will serve as the official goodwill ambassador for more than 3,000 dairy farm families in Minnesota.
Minnesota legislators blasted past their midnight deadline Monday, May 22, to get their work done — but will come back immediately to finish the job. Forty-five minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of this year’s five-month legislative session, Republican legislative leaders joined with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they had reached a deal on how much money to spend on tax cuts, transportation, health and human services and public schools.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies in Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47.
ST. PAUL—A judge ruled Thursday that a St. Anthony police officer's manslaughter trial will be held in Ramsey County. Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III denied a motion by Jeronimo Yanez's defense attorneys seeking a change of venue for the case following a hearing Tuesday. Yanez's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. Officials with the Ramsey County attorney's office declined comment on the ruling.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Danny Heinrich, Jacob Wetterling’s killer, is being held temporarily in Oklahoma. Heinrich, 53, is at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, awaiting transport to the federal prison where he will serve the remainder of his 20-year sentence.
EAGAN, Minn. — Three teenagers were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning near Eagan High School, police said. The three juvenile victims told police they were involved in an attempted drug exchange at 9:35 a.m. with three other people in a parking lot at Northview Park, located northwest of the high school and Dakota Hills Middle School in the southeast Twin Cities suburb. One of the three other people pointed a gun at the juveniles and demanded valuables, according to a police news release.
MINNEAPOLIS—Danny Heinrich, the man who confessed to killing Jacob Wetterling almost three decades ago, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday, Nov. 21, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Officials set up extra courtrooms for spectators as an overflow crowd of family, media and others arrived. After victim impact statements from Wetterling's family and friends, along with a brief statement from Heinrich himself, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim sentenced him to 20 years in federal prison on a child-pornography charge, as planned in a plea agreement.