St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fire and police emergency responders are on the scene of a building collapse at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Fire Department initially reported one fatality but later said the death was not confirmed. Firefighters were working to extricate people from the rubble of the school in the 3100 block of West River Parkway. A fire official said three people were unaccounted for shortly after 11 a.m.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul woman bit off a large chunk of her ex-husband’s ear during a drunken fight this past weekend, according to court records.
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.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — A Le Sueur, Minn., man who pleaded guilty to killing his friend’s grandfather in Eden Prairie last summer says he hid in the victim’s basement for two days before he stabbed him. Nathan Foth, 24, said he heard voices while he hid in a basement closet, but was no longer hearing them when he decided to kill 74-year-old Allen Retzer in July.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man has been charged with two felony counts of criminal vehicular homicide after his girlfriend fell from his motorcycle and died last fall on Interstate 35 in Forest Lake. Myles W. Eckman, 24, was charged in Washington County District Court with negligent driving while under the influence of alcohol and a controlled substance and leaving the scene of an accident.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit alleging the University of Minnesota’s policy on human fetal tissue research conflicts with state law. Pro-Life Action Ministries executive director Brian Gibson and U graduate student Bridget Busacker filed the complaint in October in Hennepin County District Court.
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.
HERMAN, Minn. -- The Minnesota couple who helped a Lakeville woman hide her two children from their father were sentenced Tuesday in Dakota County District Court to two years of probation. Gina Schmit Dahlen, 49, and Douglas Craig Dahlen, 54, hid the teenage daughters of Sandra Grazzini-Rucki at their ranch near Herman in far west-central Minnesota about 30 miles south of Fergus Falls for two and a half years.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul police are investigating a report that someone passed bad checks to Girl Scouts, getting away with more than 600 boxes of cookies throughout the Twin Cities.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota health officials are asking parents and medical workers to be on the lookout after 20 children have come down with measles in Hennepin County. The state Department of Health requests people watch for potential cases and help make sure Minnesota children are protected through vaccinations. Hennepin County and state health workers are trying to identify places where people could have been exposed and are at risk.