St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Red Bull Crashed Ice isn’t returning to St. Paul in 2019. After six hair-raising seasons, the international extreme skating contest that pits racers in an icy downhill chute will hold events in Japan on Dec. 7-8, Finland on Feb. 2 and Boston on Feb. 8-9, but not in Minnesota’s capital city.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- John Gagliardi, who won more college football games than any coach in history, turning St. John’s into a powerhouse, has died Sunday, Oct. 7, at the age of 91. Gagliardi won 489 games in his 64 seasons, 60 of them leading the Johnnies. He won four national championships, in 1963 and 1965 (NAIA), and 1976 and 2003 (NCAA Division III), before retiring in 2012.
NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- A New Richmond man heading east on a rural St. Croix County road ran through a stop sign and collided with a pickup Thursday morning, Oct. 4. He died at the scene, according to the St. Croix County sheriff’s office. Joshua J. Derrick, 27, was on County Road G about 10 miles east of New Richmond about 7:30 a.m. when his 2014 Ford Focus collided with a 2002 Ford F350 pickup heading south on U.S. 63. “The sun, as it was rising in the east, may have been a factor in this crash,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
TAMARACK, Wis. -- An owl in far western Wisconsin had the good fortune to survive a collision with a car, which left it impaled by the vehicle’s grill. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a motorist called on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, to report that he had killed an owl while driving on a local road the night before in Trempealeau County.
ANDOVER, Minn. — A remarkable sight was recorded by a Twin Cities fire department on Tuesday, Sept. 11, as the nation marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a viral video posted by the Andover Fire Department, a bald eagle landed at the top of an aerial fire truck’s extended ladder and basket as firefighters observed the anniversary at the Main Street overpass at U.S. 10.
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.
CALEDONIA, Minn. -- A motorcyclist was killed near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota last week when the man’s shirt became entangled in the braking mechanism, throwing him to his death. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, John Lars Huston, 66, of Wells, Minn., was southbound on Minnesota 76 shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when the crash happened in Houston County. The State Patrol says Huston’s shirt caught in the rear brake on the right side of the motorcycle, which caused the brake to lock up. Huston died of his injuries at the La Crosse, Wis., hospital.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Fair broke an attendance record Thursday. The fair saw 122,695 visitors come through the gates — the most ever for the first day of the fair. The previous record was 119,145 in 2010. Last year, 117,877 came through the gates on the first day. While it might have felt crowded to some, attendance was far from the all-time daily record — 260,374 on the second Saturday in 2016.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An armed federal air marshal was mistakenly arrested Monday on a United Airlines jet landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. U.S. Transportation Safety Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said the man was flying in business class from Newark, N.J., when a crew member spotted a gun he was carrying. The crew member reported the incident to police at the airport.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A police officer was shot Thursday afternoon, July 19, in South St. Paul, according to officials. There was little information available on the shooting, which took place after 1 p.m. The officer’s injury does not appear to be life threatening, officials told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A suspect was arrested in an alley behind a nearby home.