St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- At least one person is dead and others injured after a car collided with a Metro Transit bus at the intersection of Dale Street and Charles Avenue, St. Paul police said. Police tweeted the location of the fiery crash just before 8 p.m. but offered no details. One eyewitness said two passengers on the bus may have been killed.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A 61-year-old Montana man was found dead Wednesday in Farmington near where he went missing Sunday night, the Dakota County sheriff’s office said. A searcher found Bruce Peterson’s body in a remote and heavily wooded area near the Dakota County Fairgrounds, where he and his wife had been staying in the campgrounds, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. — The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new St. Croix River bridge will be 10 a.m. Aug. 2, but Minnesota Department of Transportation officials aren't sure when the bridge will open to traffic. MnDOT spokesman Kevin Walker said that the bridge will likely be ready for vehicles within a few days of the ribbon cutting. "It could be that night. It could be the following morning," he said.
Minnesota legislators blasted past their midnight deadline Monday, May 22, to get their work done — but will come back immediately to finish the job. Forty-five minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of this year’s five-month legislative session, Republican legislative leaders joined with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they had reached a deal on how much money to spend on tax cuts, transportation, health and human services and public schools.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies in Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47.
ST. PAUL—A judge ruled Thursday that a St. Anthony police officer's manslaughter trial will be held in Ramsey County. Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III denied a motion by Jeronimo Yanez's defense attorneys seeking a change of venue for the case following a hearing Tuesday. Yanez's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. Officials with the Ramsey County attorney's office declined comment on the ruling.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Danny Heinrich, Jacob Wetterling’s killer, is being held temporarily in Oklahoma. Heinrich, 53, is at the Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center, awaiting transport to the federal prison where he will serve the remainder of his 20-year sentence.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Ryan Mathis took to basketball at a young age. The young Woodbury man proudly wore No. 24 for the East Ridge High School Raptors until his graduation in 2014. Then it was off to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he studied landscape architecture. On Monday, Dec. 26 his life was cut short. Shortly before 3 p.m., Mathis, 21, apparently lost control of the car he was driving near Lake Elmo Park Reserve.
EAGAN, Minn. — Three teenagers were robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning near Eagan High School, police said. The three juvenile victims told police they were involved in an attempted drug exchange at 9:35 a.m. with three other people in a parking lot at Northview Park, located northwest of the high school and Dakota Hills Middle School in the southeast Twin Cities suburb. One of the three other people pointed a gun at the juveniles and demanded valuables, according to a police news release.
MINNEAPOLIS—Danny Heinrich, the man who confessed to killing Jacob Wetterling almost three decades ago, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday, Nov. 21, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Officials set up extra courtrooms for spectators as an overflow crowd of family, media and others arrived. After victim impact statements from Wetterling's family and friends, along with a brief statement from Heinrich himself, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim sentenced him to 20 years in federal prison on a child-pornography charge, as planned in a plea agreement.