Nick Ferraro / St. Paul Pioneer Press
HASTINGS, Minn.—The last remaining industrial building in downtown Hastings could soon be turned into a riverside hotel and banquet facility. A 67-room hotel, 22 apartments, restaurant and retail space are planned for the former H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Co. building. The estimated $25 million project would bring the first modern-day hotel to the city's historic downtown, which has undergone a redevelopment resurgence in recent years.
ST. PAUL — A state highway that stretches from Minnetonka to Inver Grove Heights has an identity crisis. It's Minnesota 62 from Interstate 494 in Minnetonka to just west of Fort Snelling, when it becomes Minnesota 55. Across the Minnesota River in Mendota Heights, its name changes yet again: to Minnesota 110, which ends at Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Thomas Hilpisch wasn't scheduled to work as a St. Paul firefighter on Saturday morning, so he was doing yard work at his Lake Elmo home. At about 11 a.m., while driving a skid-steer loader, Hilpisch looked up and saw a man in his front yard frantically waving his arms, trying to flag him down. The man, who was wearing sunglasses and had a drawstring bag on his back, approached him. "I was like, 'What the heck? Who is this guy?' " Hilpisch recalled. " 'What does this guy want?'"
HASTINGS, Minn. — A 28-year-old South St. Paul man who fatally shot a customer and injured another person at a Dollar Tree store in Burnsville has been sentenced to 32½ years in prison. Dakota County District Judge Michael Mayer on Monday, June 19 sentenced Grant David Hendrickson for killing 69-year-old Donald Joseph Hortsch of Rosemount, who died of a bullet wound to the head, and injuring a 26-year-old man who was left paralyzed. On June 6, Hendrickson pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder.