On the heels of blogger Joy Baker's fantastic work about possible links between Jacob Wetterling's abduction in St. Joseph in October 1989 and a string of attacks on young teenage boys in Paynesville in 1986 and 1987, authorities took a fresh look at the Wetterling case last month. One of the peopl ... More >>
Defense attorney Terry Watkins scored a huge victory on Wednesday, as the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned the conviction of his most notorious client: William Melchert-Dinkel, the former Faribault nurse who was convicted of advising and encouraging two people to kill themselves via online communi ... More >>
Today, the Minnesota Supreme Court struck down the conviction of former Faribault nurse William Melchert-Dinkel for advising and encouraging two people to kill themselves.THE BACKSTORY: William Melchert-Dinkel charged with aiding two suicides The court ruled that while there's no constitutional issu ... More >>
As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2014, coming April 16, the Hot Dish is serving up 100 of our favorite local dishes. Fresh or fried, cheese curds have earned their place among staple Midwestern snacks, being equally delectable as squeaky cheese straight from the farm or as a gooey filli ... More >>
Few things can bring Keith Ellison and Michele Bachmann together, but one of them is a disaster.See Also: - Gov. Dayton asks Obama to declare federal disaster in Minnesota - Minnesota asks FEMA for help cleaning up after the solstice storms - Two weeks after the Solstice Storms, restaurants that los ... More >>
Yesterday, a Rice County jury acquitted Taylor Watson of all charges stemming from a sexual encounter he had with a very drunk female friend last April.SEE ALSO:-- Roger Rivard, Wisconsin lawmaker: "Some girls, they rape so easy" -- Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch: "There is a way to have a mor ... More >>
Randy Shaver, a longtime KARE 11 TV anchor, hosts a Friday night show focused on high school sports. He's also a cancer survivor who founded a foundation named the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.SEE ALSO:-- KARE 11 criticized for hosting "potentially harmful" health screenings at St ... More >>
When Gerald and Sarah Hinna arrived home around 9:30 Saturday night, they sensed something was amiss. Their dogs were barking, and upon entering their house, Gerald noticed their barks seemed particularly focused on an upstairs door that was partially closed.SEE ALSO: Footprints in snow guide Fariba ... More >>
Rep. Keith Downey, R-Edina, is giving up his House seat in hopes of filling the Edina-area Senate vacancy created when Brodkorb-sullied Sen. Geoff Micheldecided not to run again.Downey is in the closing stretch of a tough race against his Democrat opponent, Target attorney Melisa Franzen, but here's ... More >>
One day after charges were filed against Lynn Phillip Seibel, a former teacher and Big Bang Theory actor who allegedly engaged in circle jerks with underage students at Faribault's Shattuck-St. Mary's boarding school, police say that another teacher at the school engaged in criminal sexual conduct.L ... More >>
SEE ALSO:-- Mike Parry says Governor Dayton is a drug addict, pops "15 or 16 pills" during meetings [VIDEO]-- Mike Parry falsely claims Faribault Daily News' endorsement; gets scolded by editor-- Mike Parry polling behind "Neither" two weeks before 1st District GOP primaryMike Parry has built some H ... More >>
The Council on American-Islamic Relations is preparing to file discrimination charges against Dianne's Fine Desserts for allegedly mistreating Somali workers. About 45 Somali workers walked off their work site because they refused to follow a new dress code mandating that workers roll up their skir ... More >>
Minnesota is known for lots of things. Lakes, casseroles, and an intentional lack of eye contact immediately come to mind. What Minnesota in not particularly known for is cheese. That's been the hallmark of our neighbors to the east since the borders were drawn. Whitney McChane is on a one ... More >>
We're event-heavy toward the end of the week, when Saturday piles on three options for food fans. Nothing wrong with being spoiled for choice this Week in Food. 4/10 The name alone sounds delicious: Linden Hills Co-op offers "Simple & Savory Stir Fry" hosted by Mary Jo and Kelly, owners of Urban R ... More >>
Prairie Correctional Facility closed in early 2010.The Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton won't be re-opening anytime soon, at least not according to Rep. Andrew Falk. Prairie Correctional Facility has been closed since February 2010. A report by the Minnesota Independent on the growth o ... More >>
Photo: Steve Neuharth, Michelle LeonReason No. 11: Chefs like Doug Flicker at Piccolo create food that doesn't just impress--it inspires. When Anthony Bourdain last year told his TV audience on No Reservations that his experience at Doug Flicker's south Minneapolis restaurant Piccolo was "far ... More >>
Jacob Mathews overreacted to his wife's night out for a bachelorette party.Jacob Mathews raped his wife while their son slept in the same room after she asked him for a divorce. And that was only one part of an all-day rampage where he railed at his wife for having gone to a bachelorette party, ... More >>
Beer Dabbler serves up suds at Highland FestThe summer beer-fest season continues on July 16 with the return of the Beer Dabbler Showcase at the Highland Fest in St. Paul. This is the third year for this event, and it just keeps getting bigger. Organizers are promising more of everything this ... More >>
Melchert-Dinkel posed as a woman online while urging others to commit suicide.William Melchert-Dinkel had a perverse obsession with impersonating women while trolling internet chat rooms ad urging despondent people to commit suicide "for the thrill of the chase." And he could have been sent ... More >>
William Melchert-Dinkel posed as "Li Dao," "Cami" and "Falcon Girl."William Melchert-Dinkel is such an odious Internet troll that even his defense attorney called him "sick" and "abhorrent." Now we can call him "criminal," as well. The former nurse from Faribault has been found guilty of urging ... More >>
Jaypeg21How much weight you got in that thing?For more than a year now, Minnesota has enjoyed the distinction of being the only state in the nation where you can get charged for possession of bong water.Now some state legislators, tired of being the butt of national jokes, are trying to change th ... More >>
Rice County Sheriff's Dept.William Melchert-Dinkel's suicide-cheerleading isn't protected speech.William Melchert Dinkel wanted his judge to rule that adopting an online persona to help convince people to kill themselves is protected as free speech. Rice County Judge Thomas Neuville isn't buying ... More >>
Burger JonesYou're getting fat just looking at it You may have heard that the Friendly's restaurant chain recently joined the outrageous-food bandwagon (popularized by KFC's Double Downs and one-upped by Krispy Kreme's Donut Burger) by creating the new
Photo: aimee.crazeOne puck over the lineCoach Eric P. Darwitz may have urged a couple of high school girl hockey players into the sack at his Woodbury home after a drunken party a few years ago, but he won't go to jail for his indiscretion because he wasn't their coach at the time. A Washing ... More >>
Saint Croix Vineyards wine tastingAnyone with preconceived ideas about Minnesota wines is probably re-evaluating those notions if they were part of Saturday's first-annual Savor Minnesota event at Canterbury Park, which featured the best of Minnesota wine, food, and beer. Though the exhibitor ... More >>
Governor's appointments shift balance of the state's most powerful court
Paige Brewer denies that she is a runaway, and denies that she has been abducted.
Wardere found himself in hot water last Election Day when, while working as a translator, he was accused of interfering with voters.
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Sutler's Wines & Spirits passes the torch on to Haskell's.
Dara departs, and leaves a memoir in her wake
As the New York Times reported Sunday, Minnesota--like the great majority of states--has experienced a dramatic spike in the number of prisoners serving life sentences. Between 1993 and 2004, according to the Times, the number of lifers in Minnesota jumped by 103 percent--a figure that dwarfs those ... More >>
A small town learns the cost of social engineering
Amid Republican gains nationwide, state Dems narrow the lege gap
Ames farm revolutionizes the gathering of honey, to flabbergasting effect
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Terrorism puts industry self-regulation on ice
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Two teen flicks strain to make dying young seem cool
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A new exhibition moves public art out of the town square and into a conceptual realm
Fathering in shadows and light
Critics say Minnesota's vaunted effort to make courts fairer is all talk and no action.