St. Paul Pioneer Press
TAMARACK, Wis. -- An owl in far western Wisconsin had the good fortune to survive a collision with a car, which left it impaled by the vehicle’s grill. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a motorist called on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, to report that he had killed an owl while driving on a local road the night before in Trempealeau County.
ST. PAUL -- Statewide, 106,061 people have requested absentee-voting ballots just six days into the early voting period, according to Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon. Of those ballots, 11,353 have already been accepted. The high numbers build off the record-setting voter turnout in the August primary — the highest since 1994. Simon said this is an indication that Minnesota is “on track to maintain our number one in the country status for voter participation.”
ST. PAUL -- Thunderstorms soaked the Twin Cities on Thursday, swamping roads at rush hour and setting a daily rainfall record, the National Weather Service said. The storms, which tapered off by about 9 p.m., dumped 3.28 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Caleb Grunzke, a meteorologist at the Weather Service office in Chanhassen.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, the lowest it has been in nearly 19 years. The rate was 3 percent in July, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED. The last time the seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3 percent was in December 1999. The record-low jobless rate for the state is 2.5 percent, which was recorded in January and February 1999. The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.
ANDOVER, Minn. — A remarkable sight was recorded by a Twin Cities fire department on Tuesday, Sept. 11, as the nation marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a viral video posted by the Andover Fire Department, a bald eagle landed at the top of an aerial fire truck’s extended ladder and basket as firefighters observed the anniversary at the Main Street overpass at U.S. 10.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Minnesota State Fair organizers are calling the 2018 Fair “the best ever” after final Labor Day figures broke the overall attendance record with 2,046,533 passing through the gates. The previous record of 1,997,320 was set last year. This year’s Fair had five daily attendance record days with Saturday, Sept. 1, setting an all-time single-day attendance record at 270,426.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An armed federal air marshal was mistakenly arrested Monday on a United Airlines jet landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. U.S. Transportation Safety Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said the man was flying in business class from Newark, N.J., when a crew member spotted a gun he was carrying. The crew member reported the incident to police at the airport.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- An inmate serving time for murder killed a corrections officer at the Minnesota Department of Corrections-Stillwater in Bayport on Wednesday, July 18, officials say. Officer Joseph Gomm was attacked by the lone inmate with a weapon at 1:30 p.m., according to a statement released by the Department of Corrections. Gomm was rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he was pronounced dead.
ST. PAUL -- A pedestrian was injured Wednesday evening, May 23, when she was struck by two light-rail trains in St. Paul, officials say. The woman was crossing University Avenue at Snelling Avenue about 5 p.m., when she was struck by a westbound Green Line train, which knocked her into a passing eastbound train, said Howie Padilla, a Metro Transit spokesman. The woman was taken to Regions Hospital in critical condition, Padilla said.
ST. PAUL -- The mummified monkey found in the former Minneapolis Dayton's department store building will soon be on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The monkey carcass, which was discovered in an air duct during recent renovation work, will be moved to the Kellogg Boulevard museum within the week, according to Science Museum spokeswoman Kim Ramsden. Although the details of the display are still being worked out, the monkey will be placed in the building's lobby, where the public may view it without paying an admission fee, Ramsden said in an email.