St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Three men are on a mission to paddle the 2,320-mile Mississippi river from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico in less than 18 days in an attempt to break the current world record. Kirk “KJ” Millhone 59, of Minnetonka, and teammates Kevin Eckelkamp of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Nate Lastinger, Eckelkamp’s friend and supplier to his coffee shop, had made it to St. Paul Tuesday morning in their carbon fiber canoe.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess was apprehended Thursday night in south Texas, ending a nationwide manhunt for the woman suspected of killing her husband and an innocent bystander in Florida. Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Riess at about 8:25 p.m.
She's back! Minnesota's Becca Kufrin, ABC's new Bachelorette, made a rosy comeback on social media Wednesday. The reality competition's host, Chris Harrison, posted a promotional image of Kufrin as the Bachelorette with the message: "A little gift for #BachelorNation." In the newly released poster, red rose petals rain down on the 28-year-old Prior Lake publicist, who is wearing a metallic gown and a sassy smile. Superseded over her image is her signature catchphrase: "Let's do the damn thing." Wait, isn't love supposed to be patient and kind?
EAGAN, Minn. --Sun Country Airlines says it will cover some additional costs for travelers stranded in Mexico after the airline canceled flights due to a weekend snowstorm battering Minnesota. An estimated 250 people were stuck when Eagan-based Sun Country couldn’t provide planes because the airline was ending seasonal service on Saturday. Passengers who managed to rebook on other airlines complained of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars more to get home from Los Cabos and Mazatlan.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- State authorities are investigating after a 23-year-old man was killed early Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in Lake Elmo. The Washington County sheriff’s office received a call just after midnight about a man who had been making suicidal comments, authorities said. Deputies found him near the Lake Elmo Public Library. He was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- The disturbing posts came via Snapchat and included “I’m on Xans with a 12 gauge” and “I bought an AR.” They were sent Tuesday afternoon to a 15-year-old girl, a student at Stillwater Area High School, from Breanna Stoltz, who had earlier tried to enter the school with a BB gun that resembled a Glock pistol hidden in her backpack, police said.
ST. PAUL -- One of the two accused shooters charged in connection with last month’s killing of a 19-year-old St. Paul man outside a party bus in Inver Grove Heights is still at large. The whereabouts of Trashaun Nij Morris, 17, is unknown despite a national arrest warrant and manhunt that involves local, state and federal agencies as well as law enforcement from outside Minnesota, said Paul Schnell, Inver Grove Heights police chief.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man who crawled over the railing on the north side of the new St. Croix River bridge and jumped just after rush hour on Monday morning, April 9, was found dead on the ice below, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said. A passing motorist called 911 at 8:47 a.m. to report the incident, which occurred on the Minnesota side of the bridge, Starry said.
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.
ANOKA, Minn. -- The burglar accused of beating a 95-year-old Anoka man to death pleaded guilty on Tuesday. Isaiah Montrell Thomas, 28, used a flashlight and a clock to kill Albert Loehlein, a World War II veteran, during a November 2016 home invasion, according to charges filed last year. An Anoka County judge has accepted Thomas’s guilty plea; Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9.