Sarah Mearhoff

Mearhoff is a Minnesota Capitol Correspondent for Forum News Service. You can reach her at or 651-290-0707.

Pan Am International Flight Academy called the FBI's Minneapolis field office in Aug. 2001 to report a flight student they believed was suspect. Investigators wouldn't know the full scope of his plans until Sept. 11, 2001.
The mystery of who stole the treasured Wizard of Oz ruby red slippers from Judy Garland's childhood home in 2005 consumed the town of Grand Rapids for more than a decade. With the slippers finally found, they still want answers.
In the federal government's crackdown on sex trafficking in the 1950s, law enforcement made an alliance with trafficking victims, whose testimonies helped fuel the arrests of more than 100 perpetrators in the Midwest.
When Carol Thompson was brutally attacked in her picturesque St. Paul home on March 6, 1963, the Twin Cities were shaken up. Her husband T. Eugene Thompson would eventually be convicted of conspiring the first-degree murder gone wrong.
One day after legal arguments concluded in the trial against former-Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd, a jury found Chauvin guilty on all three charges.
Rep. Jeremy Munson, R-Lake Crystal, said he hopes his bill starts a conversation on the "disparity between neighboring states."
From behind a plastic screen and trademark gray face mask, Judge Peter Cahill is tasked with presiding over one of the highest-profile murder cases in recent history under the watchful eye of the American public.
In a news conference Wednesday, Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said the city has been working with "painstaking detail" to craft public safety plans for the trial.
Minnesota's congressional delegation all reported in safe via social media, or through staff contact with Forum News Service. Several buildings on the Capitol complex were evacuated, and lawmakers from across the country said they were sheltering in place.
Americans are mourning not only the lives lost to COVID-19, also their lost jobs, routines, events, friendships and human interactions.