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ST. PAUL — Mayor Chris Coleman of St. Paul is running for Minnesota governor. He filed paperwork on Tuesday, Dec. 13, to run in the 2018 election in what is expected to be a crowded Democratic field. Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has said he will not seek a third term. In the past couple of years, Coleman has traveled the state, getting to know rural residents whose support will be needed for any governor candidate to win.
ANOKA—An 18-year-old woman was struck and killed by a train in Anoka Sunday morning at Metro Transit's Northstar Commuter Rail station. A BNSF train struck a pedestrian at 10 a.m., according to spokeswoman Amy McBeth. The Anoka County sheriff's office reported that when Anoka police officers arrived at the scene, they found the woman with extreme injuries. Emergency medical personnel worked to save her, but she died at the scene. Train service was halted until about 1 p.m. so local officials could conduct their investigation, McBeth said.
ST. PAUL — Someone left the cremated remains of a man who apparently died six years ago at a St. Paul cemetery. Now, police are trying to find out where they belong. On Tuesday, a member of the Oakland Cemetery grounds crew found a plastic box holding cremains when he went to lock the front gate on Sycamore Street at Jackson Street about 4:30 p.m., said Robert Schoenrock, the cemetery's grounds superintendent.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul man accused of crashing his truck into a police squad car and injuring two officers after drinking and driving this fall has pleaded guilty to the crime. Daniel Sanchez Mendes, 25, pleaded guilty to one-count of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in Ramsey County District Court on Tuesday. Mendes was driving a red 2004 Nissan Titan pickup when he collided with a St. Paul Police squad car at Seventh and Madison streets Oct. 10, court documents say.
MOORHEAD, Minn — Moorhead firefighters rescued a woman standing in waist-deep Red River water the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 4. A man walking his dog along the bike path near 100 Third St. N. heard the woman, described as possibly in her 60s, crying for help, said Capt. Eric Berg of the Moorhead Fire Department. Five firefighters, including one in a water suit, pulled the woman to shore, Berg said. It's believed the woman had been in the water for about 15 minutes. She had been clinging to a tree branch.
ANOKA, Minn. — An arrest has been made in the death of a 95-year-old Anoka man found slain in his home on Monday. Investigators announced Thursday morning the arrest of 27-year-old Isaiah Montrell Thomas of Anoka. He was being held in the Anoka County jail Thursday on suspicion of burglary and murder, but had not been charged. Albert John Loehlein was found dead Monday morning by a relative dropping off groceries at his home in the 1200 block of South Fifth Avenue in Anoka. He was last seen alive Thanksgiving evening when his family dropped him off at his home.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—Molniy, the Minnesota Zoo's oldest tiger, died Sunday due to chronic health issues from old age, the Apple Valley zoo said Wednesday. He was 16 years old — or about 80 in human years — and one of the oldest tigers the zoo has ever had. Molniy, an Amur tiger, came to the Minnesota Zoo in 2002 from the Detroit Zoo and "was a favorite among his zookeepers," said Northern Trail Curator Diana Weinhardt in a statement. The tiger was being treated for a variety of age-related conditions, including arthritis in his shoulders and hips.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A recent intruder who had been drinking and was found on the roof of the Willmar Power Plant has utilities staff and city commissioners looking closely at plant security. Jon Folkedahl, director of electric production for Willmar Municipal Utilities, said a person who was under the influence somehow got into the power plant, surprising plant workers. "That is a hazardous situation," Folkedahl said.
ANOKA, Minn.—An Anoka man was apparently killed in his home over the holiday weekend, police say. Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or know anything about the death to call police. How the man died was not released. The 95-year-old man was last seen alive Thanksgiving evening when relatives dropped him off at his home in the 1200 block of South Fifth Avenue in Anoka. His was found dead by a relative who stopped by about 10:45 a.m. Monday to drop off groceries, investigators said in a prepared statement.
BROOKLYN PARK, Minn.—Minnesota's Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday that they are investigating an officer-involved shooting incident after what an official described as an "extremely dangerous" situation where a man shot a convenience store clerk then led 30 to 40 squad cars on a chase with speeds up to 130 mph. The 24-year-old convicted felon from Brooklyn Park has been charged on suspicion of shooting a man and then leading cops on the chase last week, authorities said Tuesday.