Minneapolis skyway can be yours for just $50,000 cash

Plus: Unibrow bandit strikes with furrowed fierceness

Well, you don't see this every day: a slice of Minneapolis skyway for sale on Craigslist. A cozy 1,380 square feet of glass, steel, and concrete, it's being offered for $49,500 as is, cash only. Oh, and the buyer is responsible for all moving logistics and costs. But then what? What would you do with your very own piece of Minneapolis skyway? Convert it to a cabin on the lake?

The architectural firm selling the thing has its own ideas:

  • Cabin or Private Retreat
  • Wine Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Office or Studio
  • Yoga Studio
  • Small Conference Center
  • Park Building
  • Pedestrian Bridge
  • Skyway
  • Gallery
  • Skating Warming House
  • Interpretive Center
  • Sculpture
  • Inhabitable Billboard
  • Observation Platform
  • Hunting Lodge
  • Fish House (might be a bit heavy, gotta watch that ice)
  • Retail Store
  • Minnesota State Fair Building (great restaurant, milk booth, cheese on a stick, beer hall, butter sculpture gallery).

Unibrow Bandit pinched!

Scott Michael Sobota, 25, of Robbinsdale, has been arrested and charged with second-degree aggravated robbery after allegedly holding up the Walgreens at 200 W. Lake St. in Minneapolis.

The so-called "unibrow bandit" told police that he shaved his eyebrows after seeing news reports—and maybe our slideshow?—showing his face as caught by a security camera. He also confessed to two other robberies.

The mono-browed miscreant was filmed on a security camera robbing a Walgreens pharmacy of prescription pain medicines (apparently, he already had the tweezers at home).

Another Hecker tragedy

Bill Prohofsky, who was a friend and former in-law of failed auto dealer Denny Hecker, and who was enmeshed in Hecker's seemingly endless financial troubles, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head last Wednesday.

He was the father of Hecker's ex-wife, Tamitha. Last week, he was accused in a lawsuit of trying to help Hecker hide $81,000 from creditors, using some of it to pay bills and directing some of it to Hecker's girlfriend, Christi Rowan. Prohofsky also lived for a time in one of Hecker's vacation homes in Crosslake.

The wounded 71-year-old Minnetonka man was found in his parked silver Volvo late Wednesday morning in a Medina industrial park by a crew cleaning a nearby building. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, where family and friends, including Hecker, were at his side. He died later in the evening.

The once high-flying Hecker is embroiled in a $767 million personal bankruptcy proceeding after his auto-dealer empire collapsed last year. He's been ordered to pay $7,500 a month to his estranged wife, Tamitha, whom he's called a "$15-million gold digger." His girlfriend, Rowan, has been ordered to return $425,000 worth of goods to the bankruptcy trustee. And he is under federal indictment, accused of fraudulently obtaining an $80 million loan from Chrysler Financial. He denies the allegations.

Death served cold

Remember Patrick "Dorrien" Joseph Uzalac? He was suing Ramsey County, its sheriff, and other parties for failing to treat his frostbitten feet while he was in their custody. He died at his sister's home Iowa last Wednesday. An autopsy is planned.

Uzalac ended up in the Ramsey County jail after he accidentally locked himself out of his New Brighton apartment in January when he stepped outside in bare feet for a cigarette. He threw snowballs at apartment building windows in the hopes of getting someone to let him back into the building. Instead, someone called police, who then discovered he had an outstanding warrant, so they took him into custody.

Uzalac spent two days in jail with badly frostbitten feet, and never received adequate medical attention, his lawyer said when he filed the $50,000 lawsuit against Ramsey County, the Ramsey County Sheriff's Department, the City of New Brighton, New Brighton Police, individual officers, and the nurse at the jail.

The sheriff said in a statement, "During the 40 hours he was in our custody, he received professional medical attention from the Ramsey County Public Health nursing staff. Typically it would take two to three days for the effects of cold-weather exposure to display themselves. Our sympathies go out to Mr. Uzalac and his family."

Stealing Samoas

Joleen Marie Hopkins, a 54-year-old Girl Scout troop leader from Mendota Heights, is going to have a lot of explaining to do to some youngsters. She's accused of swindling her troop and chapter out of $8,200—most of it from the sale of Girl Scout cookies—over a two-year period.

Hopkins was convicted of aggravated forgery in 1980, felony theft in 2000, and receiving $700 through food-stamp fraud in 2009. The Girl Scouts didn't complete a follow-up background check on Hopkins after 2005.

Sexual devolution

Keep that nasty sex stuff in the closet. That's essentially what Minnesota Family Council President Tom Prichard told the state Senate's Health, Housing, and Family Security Committee last week.

The committee is considering comprehensive sex-education bills aimed at helping students understand—and avoid—sexually transmitted diseases.

Prichard opposes the legislation, arguing that it would promote "homosexual behavior, anal or oral sex, things like that." 

 
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