St. Paul Pioneer Press
BLAINE, Minn. -- A small vintage aircraft was engulfed in flames Thursday morning, Aug. 23, after crashing on the runway at the Anoka County-Blaine airport, authorities say. A 65-year-old man from Ham Lake was flying alone when he crashed around 11:05 a.m., Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany said. The pilot was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries, he said. Two passersby driving north of the airport jumped a chain-link fence to help the man amid the burning wreckage, Podany said.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — An ambulance collided with a stalled semi on Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Center on Monday night, Oct. 9, killing a member of the ambulance's crew. The semi had broken down in the eastbound lanes of I-694 about 6:45 p.m. and was awaiting a tow truck in the triangular median where Interstate 94 splits off of I-694, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson, a Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fire and police emergency responders are on the scene of a building collapse at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Fire Department initially reported one fatality but later said the death was not confirmed. Firefighters were working to extricate people from the rubble of the school in the 3100 block of West River Parkway. A fire official said three people were unaccounted for shortly after 11 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he won’t run for president in 2020. The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run. “I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’” Franken told the magazine.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state’s recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
FOREST LAKE, Minn. -- Hunter Houle came from a snowmobile racing family. His father, brothers, uncle and grandfathers all raced. And from an early age, the Forest Lake teenager knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps. “Hunter started wearing a race helmet when he was a 2-year-old,” said his father, Steve Houle. “He insisted on wearing a helmet to bed at night.”
MINNEAPOLIS — Saying that Danny Heinrich, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing Jacob Wetterling, had committed "one of the most truly horrible crimes that I have ever seen," Judge John Tunheim sentenced him to 20 years in federal prison on Monday morning, Nov. 21. Danny Heinrich, the man who abducted and killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling 27 years ago, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison to one federal count of receiving child pornography.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told ESPN on Wednesday that he will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and he could be out the rest of the season. Peterson was injured late in the third quarter of the Vikings' 17-14 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. He has what he said is a "bucket handle tear." "I'm told that it's a minimum of three, four months out and up to six months usually," Peterson told ESPN.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Twins have fired general manager Terry Ryan, the team announced Monday morning. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant GM Rob Antony. Ryan, 62,...
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins named Paul Molitor their manager on Monday, replacing Ron Gardenhire with another inside man -- although this time one with local roots and a Hall of Fame pedigree. Molitor, 58, ended his playing career with three seasons in Minnesota, where he grew up in St. Paul and became the third overall pick in the 1977 amateur draft after graduating from Cretin-Derham Hall. The team's 13th manager since the Twins moved to Minnesota in 1961, he has a three-year contract through the 2017 season, the team said.