St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ST. PAUL —An estimated 90,000 to 100,000 people — nearly five times the expected number — formed a blocks-long protest from Cathedral Hill to the State Capitol on Saturday morning for the Women’s March Minnesota. It was the largest protest in St. Paul since an estimated 10,000 marched to protest the war in Iraq during the Republican National Convention in 2008.
Former Twins farmhand Toby Gardenhire has resigned after five seasons as head baseball coach at Stout to take a full-time player-development role with the Twins.
ST. PAUL — A 3-year-old boy left his St. Paul home early Sunday, when the temperature was 14 degrees below zero with a 33 below wind child, and officers who responded to a call about him found him shivering uncontrollably.
What began on Twitter as a joke Sunday afternoon, quickly spiraled into false news reports that U.S. Bank Stadium would open its doors to the homeless during a night of subzero temperatures in the Twin Cities.