Nearly 1,000 people gathered at the Burnsville Performing Arts Center on Sunday night to remember Anarae Schunk, the 20-year-old University of Minnesota student who was found dead last Monday. See Also: - Anarae Schunk's body found in ditch - Anarae Schunk "may have been" murdered, but body hasn't ... More >>
Authorities have confirmed that Anarae Schunk's body was found around 4:30 p.m. yesterday in Lonsdale, about 35 miles south of where she was last seen alive on the evening of September 21.According to numerous reports, after a body was found by Rice County workers mowing a ditch, authorities asked S ... More >>
One day in mid-June, Paul Goetze went to a movie at the Northwoods Cinema Ten in Owatonna. After the movie, he allegedly broke into a rural home in Rice County and made off with about $3,000 worth of tools, the Owatonna People's Press reports. But his ticket stub stayed behind.In a bit of sleuthing ... More >>
Saturday afternoon, Faribault police responding to a report of a stalled vehicle near the police station came across a grisly surprise. Inside the car was an unresponsive woman who had apparently been stabbed around 40 times, along with two very young children who were unharmed.SEE ALSO: Stillwater ... 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 >>
Jesse Helgeson was desperate to kill his ex's new boyfriend, in part because doing so could help derail pending criminal charges against him, and in part because he probably just flat-out hated the guy for some things he said to him.Helgeson's murder scheme was outed when a friend he contacted to he ... More >>
Waseca City Councilwoman Cynthia Coy pled guilty Tuesday to ripping off foster children by falsifying visitation records to the tune of $1,735.80. But she won't have to step down from her position as a city official because she has entered into a plea agreement with the Steele County attorney's ... 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 >>
William Melchert-Dinkel is not a First Amendment hero.William Melchert-Dinkel really is an odious character, and he knows it. He's already admitted to being morally bankrupt for trolling the Internet and encouraging people to kill themselves. He's been sentenced to a year behind bars. But ... More >>
Seckar tells "Inside Edition" he was bored.Here's the kind of thing Mason Seckar does to alleviate boredom from his home in Oshkosh: Without giving his name, he calls St. Augustine, Fla., cops to say that he's in a green Chevy on I-95 with Minnesota plates, and his "little girl is puking." ... 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 >>
The FBI traced Mason Seckar through Skype.According to the FBI affidavit on Mason Seckar of Oshkosh, he apparently loves nothing better than to taunt cops in Florida and Minnesota with bullshit crank calls. He leaves a reader with the impression that he may have an unhealthy obsession with ... 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 >>
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 >>
It was a gruesome scene: a mother and her two children, ages 8 and 10, dead in a Vadnais Heights apartment building late last night. Justus Ogendi Kebabe, 43, has already confessed to killing his wife and kids.
John Woodward thought he was best buddies with Jim Backstrom.When he decided to go into the meth business, John Woodward must have figured his cul-de-sac neighbor, Dakota County Attorney Jim Backstrom, wouldn't notice. Woodward was wrong. Now serving prison time on felony drugs charges, Woo ... More >>
Cops say he hid his identity in suicide chat roomsWilliam Melchert-Dinkel, the former nurse from Faribault accused of hiding his identity while urging despondent denizens of the Internet to kill themselves so he could revel in the thrill, gets arraigned today in Rice County. His lawyers says ... More >>
Photo: tohoscopeDrain after usingTalk about a buzz kill. Bong water is still a controlled illegal substance in Minnesota, thanks to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's veto pen, to say nothing of the four justices he appointed to the Minnesota Supreme Court. "The bill waters down current criminal justice pr ... More >>
William Melchert-Dinkel, the Faribault nurse described by officials as having a "suicide fetish," was charged in Rice County on Friday of aiding suicide. Police say he developed online relationships with Mark Drybrough, 32, of Great Britain, and Nadia Kajouji, 18, of Ottawa before they kille ... More >>
Governor's appointments shift balance of the state's most powerful court
Sharkey is not under arrest, but detectives want to question him regarding his relationship with the girl.
A self-described vampire who wants to be Minnesota's next governor draws fire -- and attention.
Time to dump your bong water in case the feds show up at your door. They might think you actually plan to drink it later.
The radio station advocates requested yesterday that the Rice County District Court declare the sale to MPR void and return the cash from the $10.5 million sale.
As we last left things, a Rice County judge was looking into whether St. Olaf was wrong to sell WCAL and absorb its assets. Today, there's new news! And it's not what St. Olaf was hoping for.
Meet 10 of Minnesota's most notorious state tax scofflaws
Wellstone! Works hard to keep hope alive
How Minnesota cops and the war on drugs made a successful entrepreneur out of a small-time hustler and snitch named Michael Felix
Latinos, Somalis, and the American dream in southern Minnesota
From a strip-mall office on the Twin Cities fringe, a lab researcher-turned-Bible radio star lectures the nation
Also of note: A selective listing of honorable mentions