Yesterday, a Dakota County jury acquitted former West St. Paul City Council member Ed Hansen of the "misconduct of a public officer or employee" and disorderly conduct.THE BACKSTORY: Ed Hansen, Confederate flag-flying West St. Paul City Council member, back in trouble But according to his attorney, ... More >>
Lakeville resident Beatriz Fernandez faces two counts of second-degree assault for allegedly drunkenly teeing off on her husband's new girlfriend's head with an aluminum baseball bat along County Road 42 in Dakota County last Wednesday.SEE ALSO: Judge's sage comment to man who posted naked pics of h ... More >>
Heroin is a bigger problem than ever in the Twin Cities, and especially in Hennepin County, law enforcement officials said at a news conference today.SEE ALSO: Moorhead police decry recent influx of Cali medical marijuanaAt the newser, a doctor said there were four heroin-related deaths reported in ... More >>
If I were a courts reporter, I'd want to cover whatever Dakota County courtroom Judge Richard G. Spicer presides over.SEE ALSO: Judge orders Wisconsin deadbeat dad to use worst pickup line everSpicer sure sounds like a riot, but his humor is a little too much for the Minnesota Board of Judicial Stan ... More >>
Greg and Angela Danner allegedly made life a living hell for their 15-year-old son -- forcing him to live in a basement with no light, taking his bed and leaving him with just a pillow and blanket, feeding him nothing but peanut butter sandwiches, and making him run numerous miles and do hundreds of ... More >>
See also:-- New flu strain acquired through contact with pigs-- State Fair pigs examined, none sent home due to flu concernsMinnesota has recorded its second case of the flu that had State Fair workers examining 250 pigs last week as a precaution.
SEE ALSO:-- MN Marriage amendment: Majority support one man-one woman definition, says new survey-- MN for Marriage, anti-gay marriage group, says it 'continues to stand strong against intolerance'-- John Kriesel, pro-gay marriage MNGOP Rep., won't seek reelection [VIDEO]Either Dan Hall isn't worrie ... More >>
SEE ALSO: Wade Michael Page, Wisconsin Sikh temple shooter: Image circulating [PHOTO]Thomas Casper, 56, says he is a broken man with nothing to lose. Because of that, police are worried he actually intends to follow through on some of the crazy things he said after he was recently arrested.Police, f ... More >>
Christina Hope via FlickrCops want to know if four infants found four years apart in the Mississippi have any connection.An afternoon of boating on the Mississippi River went terribly wrong for one family this week after they discovered a strange object floating in the water. It turned out to be ... More >>
Check your pockets, Minnesota. We have a winner.A Powerball ticket sold in Dakota County came up good last night, and the winner's due a $229 million jackpot. The Minnesota State Lottery says the sum is the biggest ever won in Minnesota. The magic numbers are 11-18-36-41-46 and a Powerball number ... More >>
Morgan's opens in the Nicollet Inn (formerly Holiday Inn) in Burnsville.Morgan's New World Tavern opens today in the Nicollet Inn (formerly the Holiday Inn) in Burnsville, replacing the Dakota County Steakhouse and bringing the gastropub concept deeper into the suburbs. As a sister restaura ... More >>
Dakota County, Nebraska, SheriffSteal money from Robles-Garcia and he will chase you down.The Minneapolis man recently sentenced to 50 years in federal prison turns out to be a former Mexicali policeman who used his sleuthing skills in a vengeance kidnapping. German Robles-Garcia, 29, was sentenc ... More >>
Rhonda Arkley, fresh from the hospital, is jailed.After being hospitalized for nearly a month, Rhonda Lee Arkley has finally swapped her hospital bed for a Dakota County jail bunk. She made her first court appearance this morning for charges of arson, fleeing police and assault. Cops say she ... More >>
Leah Ayers is out on bail.Police say St. Cloud State University student Leah Ayers hacked her way into pictures Grady Sizemore's junk. She's now free on bail while her case works its way through the Dakota County court system. The 19-year-old is said to have used a pilfered ID and password t ... More >>
James Brent VandusartzJames Brent Vandusartz coached the junior varsity girls hockey team at the prestigious Blake School, but Burnsville police say it was a teenage boy who really got the 56-year-old man's attention. The boy, who's described as one of Vandusartz's students, but who apparen ... More >>
Timothy CarsonEx-Marine Timothy Carson is an Iraq war veteran, and a former Washington County corrections officer and Minneapolis police SWAT member. Carson is also a convicted bank robber and small-time stick up man. And yesterday he was sentenced the second time for his crime spree earlier ... More >>
Dominick Damond Miller likes seeing movies alone -- even if he came with his son.Moviegoers must have assumed the parents of the small boy in a van outside an Inver Grove Heights movie theater would be back in mere moments. Instead, the kid sat there for two hours. Who says people don't trust ... More >>
Photo: OldmaisonBrian D was shocked into submission.Brian Dziubak socked his wife in the eye, left his pants in a gas station bathroom and ran half-naked down a West St. Paul street the other day. That's pretty shocking behavior, for which the cops brought him down with a Taser.
Dakota County Sheriff's Dept.Michael Frederick SchmidtMichael Frederick Schmidt, the Hastings man charged with badly injuring his baby niece in a sexual assault, was found guilty yesterday in Dakota County Court. If you successfully blocked this story from your memory, here's a quick refresher:
Jason Kohlwey, creepy photographerWe don't imagine that, when Good Shepherd Lutheran School hired Jason Kohlwey as its custodian, his job description included sneaking photos of little girls using the bathroom. But he's been arrested for doing just that at the Burnsville elementary school. T ... More >>
Cesmat, 42, apparently killed himselfRaymond Cesmat was found dead, hanging from a bed sheet Friday afternoon in the Dakota County jail. Authorities say he was alone in his cell, and was found during a routine check performed on inmates about every 25 minutes. Cesmat was the South St. Paul g ... More >>
Raymond Ernest Cesmat is charged with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conductWhile our senators scratch their heads over Facebook privacy and safety worries, a 12-year-old girl from South St. Paul just stepped up to show us adults how to use the technology the right way. She used a ... More >>
Jonas Gerald Grice is being held on suspicion of second-degree murderAnthony Hartman's dad, Dave, said his son was stepping up for a buddy caught in an argument. His mom, Karen, said she wished that maybe he'd been a little less of a hero. Either way, when he was gunned down at the Car Spa ca ... More >>
Image via NOAAFollow the action via some cool interactive maps on the NOAA website here. The tornado watch we told you about this morning was upgraded to a warning for Dakota and Goodhue counties this afternoon by the National Weather Service, capping a stinking hot day today. WCCO reported p ... More >>
Photo: Tomy WebsterShirley Iverson, 71, her daughter, Debra Buhmann, 34, and her granddaughter, Alexis Iverson-Ferkul, 8, are all dead because of a teenage driver named Brandon Iams. The charge against him? Misdemeanor careless driving. The punishment? Six weekends in juvie, 100 hours of ... More >>
She's headed for a long stay in adult lockup after threatening the juvenile detention center staff where she was being held.
Patricia Becht pled guilty and was sentenced today for killing her 10-year-old son and trying to kill her 11-year-old daughter.
A 19-year-old aspiring pastry chef from Eagan was stabbed 109 times and left in a roadside ditch near Owatonna.
A former city clerk for Mendota and Lilydale is accused of cooking the books.
A criminal sexual conduct case involving a girls basketball coach and one of her players is hardly a slam dunk.
Who doesn't enjoy the smell of burning shit and urine cakes?
The South St. Paul Police say the mother of a 10-year-old South St. Paul boy killed Monday is a suspect. The coroner has not revealed how the boy died.
Baseball is the all-American dad-son sport. Except when dad is driving you home with an alleged blood-alcohol content reading more than 4 times the legal limit.
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Could a long-simmering tiff over a lawyer's right to dismiss a judge turn into a bench-clearing brawl?
How the power of faith is fueling the revitalization of Catholic education
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Even as they began sifting through the cinders in 1994, police figured they knew who set the Phillips apartment fire that nearly killed two little girls. But arson has a way of destroying all the evidence.
Exactly how many CMC students are able to break the cycle is unclear, and police and prosecutors say they have their doubts.