St. Paul Pioneer Press
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Minnesota State Fair organizers are calling the 2018 Fair “the best ever” after final Labor Day figures broke the overall attendance record with 2,046,533 passing through the gates. The previous record of 1,997,320 was set last year. This year’s Fair had five daily attendance record days with Saturday, Sept. 1, setting an all-time single-day attendance record at 270,426.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—A subtropical bird with pink plumage and a distinctive bill has been recorded in Minnesota for the first time, causing ornithology enthusiasts to flock to a Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington wildlife preserve for a chance to see it in person. The wayward bird, known as a roseate spoonbill, was spotted recently in Washington County, according to the Minnesota Ornithologists' Union.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis day care provider accused of hanging a toddler in her home was sentenced to 10 years’ probation on Monday, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Nataliia Karia, 43, pleaded guilty in February to attempted murder in the November 2016 incident.
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.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Kari Fellows smelled smoke Sunday night after stepping outside to let her dog out. At first, Fellows feared it was coming from her home. Soon, her boyfriend spotted smoke coming out of the front of her next-door neighbor’s home, in the Skyline Village mobile home park in Inver Grove Heights. Fellows said her boyfriend “kept pounding and pounding” on the door, but no one answered.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man who stole a seat from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis after the Super Bowl has agreed to pay for its replacement. Stadium manager SMG said it plans no further action against the Philadelphia Eagles fan. That seat and two other damaged seats were replaced Tuesday, according to a release. Video of the man with a purple seat in the stadium’s coat check generated more than 190,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon. A traveler later snapped a photo of him at the Minneapolis-St.
ST. JAMES, Minn. — Authorities say a man is dead after being shot by a law enforcement officer during a Wednesday, Jan. 31, incident in the southwestern Minnesota community of St. James. According to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, which is investigating the matter, the incident began unfolding late Wednesday morning when Nicollet County sheriff’s deputies spotted a vehicle in Lafayette that had been reported stolen in New Ulm.
ST. PAUL—With a frigid season ahead, Minnesota is urging eligible residents in need of help paying heating bills to sign up for the Energy Assistance Program. Households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income ($48,077 for a family of four) may be eligible for the program, the state Department of Commerce noted Friday. The Energy Assistance Program helps low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating bills through grants paid directly to heating-fuel vendors and utility companies.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man who died Tuesday evening on the University of Minnesota campus has been identified as a 74-year-old professor. Barney Eugene Klamecki died shortly after 6 p.m. in the Mechanical Engineering Building, where his office is located, according to a news release issued Wednesday by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner. His death appears to have been the result of natural causes, the news release said.