St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo has advanced to the playoffs of NBC’s vocal competition show “The Voice,” after impressing judges with a rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Superstar.” Tuaolo, 49, of Minneapolis, survived the show’s Knockout Round on Monday night after Blake Shelton chose Tuaolo’s performance over fellow competitor Adam Cunningham’s.
LINO LAKES, Minn. -- A crash killed a motorcyclist, injured the driver of a vehicle and started a grass fire in Lino Lakes on Friday. Lino Lakes police and firefighters responded about 2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, to a crash between a motorcycle and vehicle at 20th Avenue and Rehbein Street. The motorcyclist, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
ST. PAUL -- A man died Thursday night after fleeing police officers in his car, stopping on a Mississippi River bridge in St. Paul and jumping, according to police.
ELK RIVER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old Minnesota boy died Tuesday when a tree fell on him as he was playing in his backyard hammock, authorities say. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said that the boy was playing with other children on the hammock when a 7-foot-tall tree the hammock was attached to uprooted, fell and hit the boy's head. The boy, Edward Joseph Michalek of Big Lake Township, was pronounced dead at the scene, Brott said.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials.
ANOKA, Minn. -- A small airplane crashed into the Mississippi River in Anoka late Friday afternoon, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. WCCO-TV reported that three people died in the crash, but the sheriff’s office did not immediately confirm any fatalities Friday evening. The plane reportedly hit a power line and dived into the river at about 5:45 p.m.
WAYZATA, Minn. -- A Wayzata police officer was killed Friday while investigating a traffic crash on U.S. 12, according to police and media reports. The department is flying flags at half-staff. Officer William Matthews, 47, had been responding to a call about debris on the highway about 12:30 p.m. He was rushed to a hospital, where he died, Wayzata Police Chief Mike Risvold said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota and TCF Bank have amended their naming-rights deal on TCF Bank stadium. The deal includes new branding and an immediate $8 million for to the school’s Athletes Village project. The deal, which still requires approval from the Board of Regents on Friday, was announced in a news release Thursday morning, Sept. 8. Athletics director Mark Coyle will hold a news conference at 2 p.m.
FARMINGTON, Minn. -- A woman was shot in her Farmington home multiple times by a man she knew Sunday night, Sept. 3, police said. The 25-year-old female victim, whose name has not yet been released, was transported to a hospital for surgery and was in stable condition Monday, according to a statement from the Farmington police. The victim was reportedly attempting to go upstairs when she was shot three times. She then made it outside into the driveway, where she collapsed. Her parents, who she lives with, assisted her.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas has condemned the Swastika carved by unknown vandals into a putting green at the Crystal Lake Golf Club earlier this week.