St. Paul resident Shawna Pearson is now in custody at the Anoka County Jail after a mouthwash-fueled (mis)adventure that included a bank robbery, a stint in detox, a bus ride to southern California, and a trip to Mexico in search of cheap booze.SEE ALSO: Stillwater couple's pock-faced, cross-eyed mu ... More >>
The Parents Action League -- classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Center last year, largely due to the group's onetime support for ex-gay-therapy -- is back in the news for filing a formal complaint calling on the Anoka-Hennepin School District to remove Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & ... More >>
32-year-old Andover resident Bradley Schnickel has been arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct involving a girl younger than 13, according to an Anoka County press release.SEE ALSO: Rep. Gauthier, 56, claims rest-stop oral sex with Craigslist boy, 17, was consensualSchnickel is a Minneapol ... More >>
In the wake of the Newtown school shooting, guns aren't just a hot topic of conversation -- they're also in high demand.SEE ALSO:-- John Monson, owner of Bill's Gun Shop: "The bad guys don't really care what the law is"-- Wisconsin has the craziest gun law in America, according to ProPublica Monday ... More >>
If David Clifford and his defense attorney have their way, by the end of the day, Clifford will have been cleared on any criminal wrongdoing for nearly killing Brian Vander Lee with a sucker punch at Tanner's Station in Andover last June 16.SEE ALSO: David Clifford, alleged sucker-punch cop, used to ... More >>
See also:-- "Jane Doe" prisoner: Anoka County officials release image [PHOTO]-- Anoka County "Jane Doe" prisoner still refuses to give her name after nearly two weeks-- "Jane Doe" prisoner identified as Tammy Antoinette Thomas, police sayThe prisoner Anoka County police referred to as Jane Doe for t ... More >>
See also:-- "Jane Doe" prisoner: Anoka County officials release image [PHOTO]-- Anoka County "Jane Doe" prisoner still refuses to give her name after nearly two weeksThough Anoka County police now believe they know the name of the prisoner they have been referring to as Jane Doe for three weeks, the ... More >>
See also:"Jane Doe" prisoner: Anoka County officials release image [PHOTO]Nearly another week has passed, and nothing much has changed in the mystifying case of the prisoner in Anoka County known as Jane Doe, authorities say. On Monday July 9, a woman estimated to be in her 20s was arrested and char ... More >>
Anoka County police today were able to snap a photograph of a woman they have been referring to as Jane Doe because, for nearly a week, she has refused to identify herself. Estimated to be in her 20s, she has been charged with stealing an SUV and trespassing in Fridley.She allowed Anoka County polic ... More >>
Sometimes the governor really does know best, apparently.Late last month, Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill that would've allowed for the sale and use of a wide array of consumer fireworks in Minnesota, including aerial rockets and firecrackers. In his veto letter, Dayton wrote that it's "government's ... More >>
Kenneth Turner allegedly beat his pregnant girlfriend for three hours and "stomped" on her stomach because she "did not deserve the baby," according to criminal charges filed in Anoka County. Turner went to his girlfriend's apartment in Fridley April 13 and punched her, kicked her, and pulled her ... More >>
A horse boarder in East Bethel has been charged with 35 counts of animal cruelty stemming from years-long investigations by the Animal Humane Society into conditions at the man's ranch. Five years ago, neighbors, former employees, and reporters took note of Lowell George Friday's emaciated-looking ... More >>
The drugs were flown into a Blaine airport on a Mooney M20 single-engine airplane. A drug plot that involved flying hockey bags full of weed into the Twin Cities using a single-engine plane has led to five men being indicted, according to federal court records unsealed this week. The five ... More >>
A dear tick: These little buggers can kill you.Add the grim tick-born Powassan virus to the list of natural calamities - tornadoes, floods -- that can kill you this summer in Minnesota. The first known fatality from the virus in the state was a woman identified by the Department of Health on ... More >>
Boyd's anti-fan club doesn't mince words.Holly Boyd, the Fridley woman accused of killing her Chihuahua puppy, is due in court today to enter a plea on felony animal cruelty charges. From the looks of things, she doesn't quite have the public on her side with this one. A digital group of ani ... More >>
Tom Hackbarth parks at Planned Parenthood, and his career takes a turn for the worse.St. Paul police suspected Republican state Rep. Tom Hackbarth of stalking and harassment the day he strapped a loaded gun to his hip, parked his pickup truck next to Planned Parenthood in Highland Park, and w ... More >>
Anoka County demanding DNA samples from suspected welfare cheats
Photo: Andrea AllenThe view from the cul-de-sac ain't so rosy in Minnesota suburbs.The recession has been kicking the ticky-tacky out of the suburbs, according some new data from the U.S. Census. Once a symbol of post-World War II prosperity, the homes on Minnesota's suburban cul-de-sacs are ... More >>
Carver County SheriffSean MaCaloon, Daniel Masloski, and James RichardsonPolice say three metro-area men had their burglary routine down to a science before they were caught in Anoka County last week. Daniel Masloski, Sean MaCaloon, and James Richardson are accused of pulling off daylight heists ... More >>
Photo: banspyThe victim's boyfriend helped duct tape her per Feran's request.Gerald "Minneapolis" Feran II is due in court today for allegedly ordering two other people to bound a woman with duct-tape and then threatening her with gang rape. Apparently someone had put a $1,000 bounty on the w ... More >>
Image: Simon StandgaardThis just in from the better-late-than-ever department: Burlington Northern Santa Fe has agreed to finish cleaning up a patch of Anoka County real estate it first soiled with drums of powdered lead arsenate after a train wreck in 1963. It's not as if BNSF has put off c ... More >>
The death of a teenage boy working at the Blaine airport remains a mystery, according to investigators. The boy died Friday after being blasted by jet fuel; his body was found atop a fuel truck.
Maria Anne MihalikThat lady in scrubs with the odd ID badge wandering around Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids last week was no nursing student; it was Maria Anne Mihalik, and she's been nabbed for siphoning off morphine from patients' IV bags. Guards became suspicious of Mihalik because no nurs ... More >>
Photo by justinmaierWhen we talk about being stabbed in the back in a relationship, we never take it so literally. Now you've been warned. A 29-year-old Rochester man was apparently hugging his new girlfriend when her ex came up behind him and stabbed him twice in the back. Forget a relations ... More >>
Courtesy MPDShadow was stabbed last weekL.C. Wesley Armstrong is behind bars at the Anoka County jail this morning ahead of a court appearance after surrendering to cops over the weekend, KSTP reports. Sixteen different law enforcement agencies were eventually involved in chasing down the 26 ... More >>
Monday's five most fascinating stories printed on wood pulp.
There's enough Polish vodka to go around: Chopin, Luksusowa and Zubrowka for starters.
Rep. Michele Bachmann solves the energy crisis while watching The Beverly Hillbillies
You look at the Vikings and see a football team. Zygi Wilf looks at the Vikings and sees a key that might unlock countless added development deals— here or somewhere else.
In Anoka County juvenile court, meth and red tape are playing hell with the fate of children
Ever since his first jolt of painkillers 17 years ago, Curt has been meaning to get clean. Soon.
Think you can get away with drinking and driving? So did I.
In ten years, only one man has had the blind faith to try to unseat Anoka Mayor Pete Beberg. Meet Bjorn Skogquist, new kid in town.
Don't look now, but apathy is anathema
A fight over the fate of a public park turns ugly in Anoka
WCCO-TV prevails in a potentially disastrous defamation trial
Scott Paulson was sick of his stepson's complaints about a white posse beating up his black friends. Then the phalanx of trucks pulled up on his lawn.
Gangland fears, carjackings, welfare-bashing: The O'Kasick brothers' crime spree--which ended 40 years ago this week--had it all.