St. Paul Pioneer Press
A mother and daughter from Shoreview were killed Monday, July 9, when their car was struck by a boulder that fell off a commercial truck in Rosemount, police say. Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving a Toyota Avalon about 4:50 p.m., when a boulder weighing several hundred pounds fell off a southbound truck and hit the car, said Mitchell Scott, chief of the Rosemount Police Department.
Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30 after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month. Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based nonprofit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1 million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of a state spending bill after disagreements with Republican lawmakers.
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.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former special-education teacher for South St. Paul schools was sentenced Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Dakota County District Court to three years in prison for twice robbing a West St. Paul pharmacy at gunpoint for prescription pain pills.
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).
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.
ST. PAUL -- Salvation Army was 10 percent behind last year’s fundraising numbers with only eight days of bell-ringing to go. On Saturday, a donor dropped a $200,000 check into a kettle, helping bring that deficit to just 7 percent behind last year’s numbers. The check, dropped in a kettle at a Cub Foods in the south metro, is the second-largest donation ever dropped into a red kettle in the Twin Cities.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra picked up nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
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.