:::: UPDATE :::: This morning, Governor Dayton signed the bill into law."I thank everyone who worked together to craft and pass this legislation," the governor says in a statement. "I pray it will bring to the victims of ravaging illnesses the relief they are hoping for." ::::: UPDATE II ::::You ... More >>
Today, in a rare unanimous vote, the House approved Rep. Dan Schoen's bill granting immunity from prosecution to those who report drug overdoses.The legislation is meant to prevent tragedies like one that unfolded recently in Mankato, where 17-year-old Chloe Moses died after overdosing on synthetic ... More >>
CeCe McDonald, the cause célèbre of the transgender movement, is scheduled to speak Wednesday at a noon rally in the State Capitol rotunda. This marks the first time she's spoken publicly to a Twin Cities audience since her release from prison.Earlier this year, McDonald walked out of all-male cor ... More >>
Last night, former MNGOP Rep. John Kriesel got into it on Twitter with the DFLer he defeated in 2010 during his one and only political race to date, Cottage Grove City Council Member Jen Peterson.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Senate staffer fired for calling Kriesel names on TwitterWhile in office, Kriesel, a 32- ... More >>
-- Update at bottom -- Terry Hardy, a 37-year-old Hastings resident and head coach of the gymnastics team at Park High School in Cottage Grove, has been placed on administrative leave for allegedly tattooing a 15-year-old girl without her parents' permission.SEE ALSO: Dance coach fired following per ... More >>
Freddie Gibbs Cabooze, Minneapolis Saturday, August 24, 2013 I got pounds of Keisha / Dope house fulla geekers / Looking for that white bitch, cocaina, have you seen her? Most of the Cabooze, about 75 percent full, is vibing and rapping along with this decidedly radio unfriendly but intensely catc ... More >>
If the instructor of the firearms class offered at Stillwater's Salem Lutheran School is a model of gun safety, we'd hate to be around the reckless folks.SEE ALSO: MNGOP Rep. Tony Cornish says Jesus would pack heat if he were alive todayThat's because the 76-year-old teacher and Cottage Grove reside ... More >>
If Brooke Bass's lawyer follows through on his threat to sue agencies for $10,000 for each time they accessed his client's private driver's license data, her case could end up making Anne Marie Rasmusson's look like child's play.SEE ALSO: Anne Marie Rasmusson's settlement haul now over $1 million Th ... More >>
Two 27-year-olds from St. Paul were busted in Oregon on Tuesday morning with a lifetime's worth of pot in their vehicle -- 26 pounds, to be exact.SEE ALSO: The new Green Giant looks like he just took a bong rip [PHOTO]Gregory Swenson and William Shepherd were arrested and now face a felony delivery ... More >>
On Tuesday, Hennepin County Judge Regina Chu doled out a record sentence for a Minnesota drug crime and sentenced Pedro "Peli" Ayala-Leyva to 30 years in prison for his role in a large methamphetamine operation.Peli, 37, was found guilty in October of conspiracy to traffic drugs. State sentencing gu ... More >>
Retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, had both his legs blown off while on duty in Iraq in 2006, but he doesn't let that stop him from enjoying an active lifestyle, including pheasant hunting trips to South Dakota.SEE ALSO:-- Bob Koss, MNGOP Senate staffer, calls John Kriesel a "piece of shit ... More >>
In May 2011, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House of Representatives laying out why he's a Republican who proudly supports gay marriage.SEE ALSO:-- John Kriesel destroys Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer for "no courage" remark during radio appearance-- Chris Kl ... More >>
Police called to a Jimmy John's in Cottage Grove found a woman shot dead inside the restaurant and a wounded man in the parking lot who had apparently shot himself, according to news reports Thursday night. The unidentified man was taken to Regions Hospital, where his condition is unknown. An em ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Brother Ali arrested at Occupy Homes protest [VIDEO]-- Occupy Homes celebrates new victories with party and conference-- Minnesota police giving Peavey Plaza Occupy-ers drugs as part of impairment study, report says [VIDEO]Last week, Minneapolis' South High School unveiled a 1,700 square ... More >>
The Vikings stadium issue has been a rough one for Rep. Dean Urdahl, R-Grove City.First, he was blasted by pro-stadium Strib columnist Jim Souhan for being "no smarter than the guy who writes in the comments section of an online newspaper, 'your stupid.'" Problem was, Souhan was bashing Urdahl for b ... More >>
People sometimes say politics is war, but retiring Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, could tell you from experience that the two are very different.Kriesel, 30, lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2006. He was later awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star. So it's ... More >>
Minnesota Rep. John Kriesel may be retiring from the local Legislature, but he's trying to go out with a resounding bang. The Cottage Grove Republican has chosen an unlikely source for inspiration in his quest to legalize bottle rockets and certain more powerful fireworks in the state, and it's the ... More >>
Today, a pair of GOP Representatives -- Stephen Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, and John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove -- introduced amendments to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota.Both amendment went down in a ball of flames, with about four times as many nays as yays.Who are these Minnesotans who don't ... More >>
Did you know Minnesota legislators have immunity from drunk driving arrests while the Legislature is in session?It's true. Article IV, Section 10 of the state constitution says, "members of each house in all cases except treason, felony and breach of the peace, shall be privileged from arrest dur ... More >>
Last May, Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, gave one of the most remarkable, well-delivered speeches in the history of the Minnesota House.Kriesel, 30, lost both of his legs in Iraq in 2006. During his speech, voice breaking with emotion, he recalled gay military colleagues of his who had died ... More >>
Rogue Valley's tour diaries are written by frontman Chris Koza and edited by bandmate Peter Sieve. You can read their first installment here and second here.Most of us in the van slept on our two-our northbound drive from Cottage Grove to Portland, OR, where we would be spending the night. I ... More >>
Rogue Valley is a Minneapolis-based theatrical folk-pop band who are currently on tour. On the road are drummer Luke Anderson, bassist Paul Engles, keyboardist Joey Kantor, guitar/vocalist Chris Koza and guitarist Peter Sieve. Their tour diaries are written by Koza and edited by Sieve. Read th ... More >>
Peter Robert Stibal ignored the Boy Scout Oath.Peter Robert Stibal, the former Scoutmaster of Troop 650 in Burnsville, paid no attention to the final clause in the Boy Scout Oath, the part about doing one's best to stay "morally straight." Instead, he sexually assaulted at least one of the t ... More >>
Stibal faces new charges.Peter Robert Stibal is accused of being every parent's worst nightmare, a Boy Scout troop leader who sexually assaulted the boys they trusted to his care. Originally arrested in October 2009 and chargd with six counts of criminal sexual conduct involving four minors, th ... More >>
Halloween is supposed to be scary -- something that can be forgotten while party-hopping in a sea of Lady Gagas and Mike "The Situation's." In an attempt to get back to the holiday's haunted roots, we took a walk on the dark side of history and found a whole panoply of local lost souls: murdered ... More >>
A 55-year-old man with no job, no wife and kids, and no criminal history was charged today with shooting three of his relatives dead on Friday, and wounding a fourth, in the home he shares with his 80-year-old mother in St. Paul. Patrick Thomas McHugh "just snapped," he told investigators.
Wardere found himself in hot water last Election Day when, while working as a translator, he was accused of interfering with voters.
Former Burnsville Boy Scout troop leader Peter Robert Stibal now faces seven felony counts.
A list for the undecided, wayward, ghoulish traveler this weekend.
The storm came through in just minutes with no warning, lifting large trees and their roots from the ground and tipping them into yards, houses and streets.
A 26-year-old Cottage Grove man says he decided to steal mail out of mailboxes in his neighborhood earlier this month out of sheer boredom.
Michael Anderson, the 20-year-old man accused of killing a woman he lured to his Savage home with a fake Craigslist ad for a babysitter, has been found guilty of all charges by a jury.
All the weird news that's fit to print in capsule-sized bites
Minnesota's state Senate today failed to pass a bill that would have prohibited lawmakers from lobbying at the Legislature for one year after they leave office. The bill, which failed on a vote of 33-33, was sponsored by Roseville Sen. John Marty, faithful author of years of good-government legislat ... More >>
My story in today's City Pages about former Minnesota Pollution Control Agency researcher Fardin Oliaei merits a quick footnote. As the piece relates, Oliaei's 16-year employment at the MPCA came to an end last month--an outcome the scientist attributes to institutional opposition to her effort to f ... More >>
A troublesome family of synthetic chemicals called PFCs—many of them produced in Minnesota—is turning up in the bodies of people and animals worldwide. So why did the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency force its leading PFC researcher, Dr. F
Both local dailies ran stories this week detailing the struggling congressional campaign of former FBI agent Coleen Rowley. The Strib hit first, noting that Rowley had raised just $55,000 by the end of September--compare ... More >>
Whispering of St. Paul's hidden lives (and deaths),a new photojournalism exhibit shoots to kill
Cinema studies takes questions from the 'media'
A Jesse-free review of the headlines that made us wince in 2001
The film junketeer's absurd travels have nothing on the screwy Road Trip
Santacruzan, the annual Filipino festival, lights up the Majestic Ballroom
Ginger Sanders, like a lot of Pine Bend area residents, believes her home is in the middle of a cancer cluster, but officials from industry and the state say they see no problem.