St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- The body recovered Thursday from the Mississippi River is that of a University of Minnesota student who went missing the previous week, his mother said Friday. Melissa Melnick said on Facebook that “it has been confirmed” the body belonged to her son, 22-year-old Chris Stanley, who was weeks away from graduation. Melnick had said in a Facebook video Thursday that authorities were “pretty sure” they’d found Stanley’s body.
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.
Round 2, No. 41 RB Darvin Cook, Florida State, 5-11, 213 pounds Cook could be the long-term replacement for Adrian Peterson, gone after 10 Vikings seasons. He will battle Latavius Murray to start. Cook is an explosive player who was pegged for the first round but likely fell because of off-the-field issues. Round 3, No. 70 C Pat Elflein, Ohio State, 6-3, 300 pounds
MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities in Minneapolis are searching for a University of Minnesota student who is believed to have been swept into the Mississippi River on Tuesday night, April 25. Officers responded about 8 p.m. to a report of a water emergency at Xcel Energy Water Power Park, where they met with a 22-year-old man who told them he and a friend had climbed a nearby fence so they could sit along the Mississippi River, according to a statement issued by the Minneapolis Park Police Department.
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.
WELCH, Minn. -- Adam Sandler is coming to Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Welch, Minn., this summer. The comedian’s “Netflix Presents: Here Comes the Funny Tour” will arrive at the casino northwest of Red Wing on Wednesday, June 21. Sandler will be joined by fellow comedians David Spade, Nick Swardson and Rob Schneider. It’s a rare appearance in Minnesota by the comedians.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For the first time in his career, Adrian Peterson will be a free agent. The Vikings announced Tuesday they will not exercise an $18 million option to retain the star running back for 2017. However, general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team will continue to negotiate with Peterson’s representatives, and Peterson said in a statement to ESPN “the door is still open to find some common ground.’’
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In the wake of the tightest game in recent memory two nights earlier, the Wild exploded on Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center en route to a 6-3 win over the sputtering Detroit Red Wings. It wasn’t as pretty as the final score might indicate. “It was ugly,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It was a really sloppy game for both teams.” That was the consensus around the locker room after a game in which the Wild failed three times to build on a two-goal lead before pulling away late.