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APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—For the first time in about five years, a tiger cub has been born at the Minnesota Zoo. The female Amur cub was born at the Apple Valley zoo at 7:58 p.m. April 26, weighing in at 1.7 pounds. The cub is the first offspring for mother Sundari, who was born at the zoo in June 2012. The cub's father, Putin, sired two other litters in Denmark, where he lived before coming to the zoo in 2015. "Both the cub and Sundari are doing well," Josh Le, a zoo spokesman, said Tuesday.
1 dead in crash on snowy Minnesota road Winter made a cameo appearance Monday, May 1, bringing measurable snowfall and hazardous road conditions and temperatures well below average across much of Minnesota. Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol reported slippery, snowy roads were responsible for nearly 20 crashes Monday in the 2800 Patrol District, including a fatal rollover crash, five property damage crashes and 13 vehicles off the road. The district covers Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties.
Two in five U.S. citizens live where pollution levels are too dangerous to breathe. That's according to the annual American Lung Association State of the Air Report released last week. The good news is that the number of people exposed to these unhealthy particulates dropped from 166 million to 125 million based on three-year measurements covering 2012-14 and 2013-15.
When the new governor of Wisconsin was sworn in back in 2011, he did not have nice things to say about Minnesota. He suggested people compare the two states. So I did. Starting in 2011 and every year since, I have compared Wisconsin with Minnesota, using only documented figures and rankings, with no spin. Below is this year's data. Since I am now a Dakota County Commissioner, I have thrown in some data specific to Dakota County, too. Taxes
A Level 3 predatory offender that the Minnesota Department of Corrections had been seeking since April 14 is back in custody.
America sets aside April 22 every year to celebrate Earth Day. Since the first Earth Day in 1970, young and old have gathered globally to participate in activities that foster appreciation of the environment and create awareness of the issues that threaten our globe.
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. "Our hearts are breaking right now," sister Jenny Vance said Wednesday night. All four deputies have been placed on standard administrative leave. They are Lisa Daly, a 25-year veteran; Doug Haider, an 11-year veteran; Sara Naglosky, 4 months and Andre Rongitsch, a 12-year veteran.
Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie is reminding citizens that the week of April 17-20 is Severe Weather Awareness Week.
WELCH, Minn.—Adam Sandler is coming to Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn., this summer. The comedian's "Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny Tour" will arrive at the casino northwest of Red Wing on Wednesday, June 21. Sandler will be joined by fellow comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. It's a rare appearance in Minnesota by the comedians. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show start at $99 and go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. For more information, visit ticketmaster.com.
BEMIDJI, Minn. — A middle school assistant principal in Bemidji pleaded not guilty Monday, April 17, to two felony counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing sexual conduct with a child. Brandon Mark Bjerknes, 34, is accused of posing as a 13-year-old boy on social media in order to have sexual conversations with children, according to court documents.