St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- For the fourth year in a row, citations for texting while behind the wheel climbed during Minnesota’s annual distracted driving campaign. Officers, deputies and troopers cited 1,576 motorists for texting and driving during the recent two-week campaign, a 54 percent increase over the 1,017 cited during last year’s campaign. There were also 1,883 seat belt citations, compared with 1,517 in 2017.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Mall of America wants to build an enormous water park costing more than $150 million. According to a presentation to the Bloomington City Council Tuesday, mall owner Triple 5 proposes to build the water park in a new addition to the east of the mall. The water park would be one of the largest in North America at 250,000 square feet — almost four times bigger than a football field.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday, March 6, was named the best airport of its size in North America by the Airports Council International. This is the second consecutive year that MSP has topped the council's rankings, which are based on passenger surveys, according to a news release issued by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Brian Ryks, the commission's CEO, said it was airport and airline employees who deserved credit for the award.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Woodbury man arrested Tuesday, Jan. 30, after a 36-hour standoff with police at a hotel on the University of Minnesota campus is accused of kidnapping his former girlfriend and holding her against her will. Lincoln Bowman, 46, was charged Thursday, Feb. 1, with one count each of kidnapping and false imprisonment, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court. Bowman is currently in custody and is expected to make his first appearance in court on Friday, Feb. 2.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. After reliving Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown catch -- Klobuchar enthusiastically, Kennedy not so much -- Kennedy offered Klobuchar a king cake -- a traditional Mardi Gras cake, according to a video of the exchange sent out by her office.
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).
WASHINGTON, D.C.—When Minnesota's newest U.S. senator, Tina Smith, took the oath of office Wednesday, she laid her hand across a thick, old Holy Bible — a Heilige Bibel actually — held together by a black ribbon. And yes, Smith said, it is literally held together by that ribbon. "I think if you were to open it up it would just sort of disintegrate," Smith said in a phone interview shortly after being sworn in. Here's the story behind it.
HASTINGS, Minn. — A Dakota County jury convicted a 24-year-old Brooklyn Park man Monday, Dec. 18, in the January deaths of an Eagan woman and her unborn child, according to prosecutors. Vern Jason Mouelle was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder in the deaths of 25-year-old Senicha Marie Lessman and the unborn child on Jan. 24. The jury deliberated for four hours.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man who died Tuesday evening on the University of Minnesota campus has been identified as a 74-year-old professor. Barney Eugene Klamecki died shortly after 6 p.m. in the Mechanical Engineering Building, where his office is located, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. His death appears to have been the result of natural causes, the news release said.