The images coming out of Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed teen was shot to death August 9, precipitating mass protests, show cops crouching on armored tanks and squinting into sniper scopes. They're dressed head to toe in camouflage as they rush civilians with assault rifles. For this, we can c ... More >>
After years of resistance, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has vowed to reveal the names of priests suspected of sexually abusing children through its website and newspaper, The Catholic Spirit, as soon as Thursday.A Ramsey County judge Monday gave his blessing on the release and set a d ... More >>
Authorities say they've busted a major identity theft ring that targeted hundreds of state employees.One of the four women charged, 47-year-old Roxanne Deflornin, used to work for the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and had access to other state employees' social security numbers. The Sta ... More >>
Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher resigned his post with the St. Paul Police Department Monday, ending a nearly four-decade-long tenure in law enforcement for a cop who built a reputation for doing things his own way. SEE ALSO: Meet Bob Fletcher: Ramsey County's most controversial cop Depu ... More >>
-- This is a breaking news post first published morning of June 4. Updates are at bottom --Details are emerging this morning about a shooting in Shoreview that left two dead and another two injured.MPR's Laura McCallum, citing Ramsey County officials, reports that a man and woman died and another ma ... 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 >>
This afternoon, Minneapolis police announced they have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a sexual assault that happened in Riverside Park near St. Kate's campus earlier this month.SEE ALSO: Minneapolis police release sketch of suspect in St. Kate's sexual assault Louis Oliver, 48, was ... More >>
Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher's son, Kyle Fletcher, is in trouble with the law for driving while intoxicated. Minneapolis police arrested Fletcher early Wednesday morning and booked him into the Hennepin County jail. It's the latest in a string of incidents for the troubled 23-year old ... More >>
Minnesota VikingsIn another step toward a dystopian future, Ramsey County wants to sell parking lot naming rights.First we had the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. Then, in order to capitalize on revenue from naming rights, we had Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.Soon, if Ramsey County officia ... More >>
It's one thing to talk about Minnesota pride, but it's another altogether to ink it permanently to your torso. St. Paul resident Sean Kelsey is the new champion in that department with an Ork Poster-esque tribute to many of our local cultural landmarks and heroes that he can show to his friends o ... More >>
The Minnesota Vikings are basically in the worst possible position to be asking for money right now. The team isn't just 0-3, it's choked on big leads in all three games. The NFL's new owner-friendly labor agreement has left each franchise flush with cash from television deals. And the state of M ... More >>
Pictured: The proposed stadium in Arden Hills. Some assembly required. A resolution on the tax to fund the Minnesota Vikings stadium in Arden Hills looks headed for a 7-0 shutout in the St. Paul City Council today. If it's approved by the state Legislature, the current proposal would raise sales ... More >>
Will this concept ever see the light of day?Friday was supposed to be deadline day for the Minnesota Vikings owners and the Legislature to reach a deal for a billion-dollar stadium in Ramsey County supported in part by taxpayers. They blew the deadline, they're still talking, and the state i ... More >>
Bob Flecther, the former Ramsey Sheriff.Right before the Republican National Convention in 2008, Ramsey County deputies raided the homes and meeting space of six people preparing to protest the event. Officers carted away boxes of books, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, stickers, and buttons--and f ... More >>
Ahem. About that $175 million?Ted Mondale, the governor's point man on steering a stadium deal that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota, pointed out today that all this self-congratulatory backslapping between Ramsey County and the Wilf brothers (and SaveTheVikes) over a new stadium in Arden H ... More >>
minnesotavikings.comThe Vikings' new schloss will sit on the laqrgest Superfund site in the country.If the Vikings stay in Minnesota, they're going to do it in Arden Hills. Ramsey County won the bidding war against Minneapolis to help finance the construction of the team's new stadium on what ... More >>
Broken HaikuTime to clear the air.Smell something bad? The American Lung Association is out with a new study today that shows Ramsey County fell from a "C" to a "D" grade when it comes to air quality -- the worst in the state. Based on EPA data on ozone and particle pollution from 2007-2009, ... More >>
Ramsey County sheriff releases records to City Pages
City PagesTerrorism documents?Former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher denies lying about creating more than 70 official terrorism reports ahead of the 2008 Republican National Convention. And he's produced a sheaf of what he describes as the reports in question. We published all of them today. ... More >>
Trials and StribulationsPar Ridder moves on.Par Ridder has a new gig: Billboards. Clear Channel Outdoor has announced that the disgraced former Star Tribune publisher, Pioneer Press traitor and "proven manager and strategic thinker" has joined the company's Chicago office as a branch preside ... More >>
Charles Ritter says the Jack made him do itLooks like Stanley Ritter set off quite the conflagration in Shorewood on Wednesday night. Police say he torched 15 garages at an apartment complex. And when he was arrested, he said the booze was talking: "He stated that the reason he started the ... More >>
Photo: crawfish headThe Ramsey County detox pat-down leaves a little to be desired, it seems. floodedComing down can be such a bummer. Just ask the 18-year-old woman who used her lighter to set off the fire sprinklers at the Ramsey County Detoxification Center on Monday. The folks there are s ... More >>
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher is none too happy about the proposal. (Surprise!)
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The wireless video surveillance cameras that will eventually allow citizens to snoop on each other and report their fears to authorities.
He's still going to prison for a year for one of the three robberies, which took place in Dakota County
Sick Subway employees likely to blame for outbreak of norovirus says a lawsuit filed this week.
Don't you just hate those drunk, naked intruders? They are the worst, especially when you've never met them before.
Because that's what Jesus would do.
Bumpy and annoying commute to work? Join the pothole police.
Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher and former St. Paul Police Chief Bill Finney both have long and proud histories in St. Paul policing circles—and reputations for political heavy-handedness. Observers say they're alike in many ways. Is that why the
Ramsey County cuts hourly wages at its nursing home
Minneapolis looks to crack down and cash in on petty violations
Instead of a 12-year prison sentence, Judge James Campbell gave an attempted murderer a few months in the workhouse. And he can't understand why everyone's so upset about it.
St. Paul hauls out the zoning code in the hope of end-running a proposed methadone clinic
Two years after picking billions of dollars out of Big Tobacco's pocket, state officials are still having trouble polishing their next trick: Figuring out how to spend it
A Ramsey County Courthouse goof may leave thousands wondering: What's my name again?
For more than a decade, Ramsey County officials blew off Ralph Sletten's complaints about the local compost site. Then a test found Agent Orange in the water.