St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Vehicle services at licensing bureaus statewide were down for several hours Thursday morning. A representative from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety declined to say why, but licensing bureaus across the state have been experiencing glitches since a system upgrade last month.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he won’t run for president in 2020. The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run. “I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’” Franken told the magazine.
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.
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.
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.
ST. PAUL — This year is going down as the wettest year on record in Minneapolis-St. Paul, tracing back to when the National Weather Service started measuring rain and snowfall in 1871. It was already a soggy year, then more than an inch of rain fell on Christmas Day. "That's what catapulted us into the record books," said Tony Zaleski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
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.