St. Paul Pioneer Press
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — A portion of the roof of the Cattle Barn at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds collapsed Tuesday evening, March 12, weighted down by successive rounds of snow and rain. The Falcon Heights building, which is used mainly for storage during the offseason, was unoccupied at the time of the collapse and no one was injured, the Minnesota State Fair said in a news release.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. — A southern Minnesota man was killed last weekend when his snowmobile overturned and landed on top of him. According to the Rice County sheriff’s office, Chad VanZuilen, 37, of Dundas, was fatally injured early Sunday, Feb. 24, while snowmobiling in rural Webster Township during the weekend blizzard. VanZuilen, who was a volunteer firefighter in Northfield, apparently struck a culvert while riding in a ditch and was ejected from the snowmobile, which came to a rest on top of him.
HAMPTON, Minn. — A rural Dakota County man who was injured when his house exploded on Feb. 5 has died. According to the Bakken Young Funeral Home, Brian Suilmann, 57, of Hampton died Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His wife, Theresa Ann Snoeyenbos, 56, also died in the explosion. Suilmann was found by rescue workers at the scene. He was badly burned and walking around the debris looking for his wife, whose body was later discovered by rescuers.
BLAINE, Minn. — A man has been arrested after allegedly calling 911 to report he killed his wife Friday night, Feb. 8. At about 9:45 p.m. Friday, Blaine police and deputies from the Anoka County sheriff's office responded to a home in Blaine and arrested Matthew Lynn Jansen, 46. Police found Mary Jo Jansen, 46, dead in the home. Matthew Jansen is being held at the Anoka County Jail on suspicion of second-degree murder. Police say the death remains under investigation.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — One horse got to warm up indoors Friday night, Feb. 8, in Inver Grove Heights — at least until the police got involved. Inver Grove Heights officers were called to a home about 11 p.m. because a horse was walking around in the basement. The department posted a video on Twitter of a white horse pacing back and forth inside the basement, looking out the windows. “Never a dull moment in IGH!” the department said in the tweet, adding that officers were dispatched to a “horse in a basement” call.
Two suspects have been identified in the theft of a Salvation Army donation kettle outside a Blaine grocery earlier this month.
ST. PAUL — Authorities say a teenage girl was critically injured Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, after gasoline ignited at a Shoreview convenience store. The girl caught fire around 6 a.m. at the Quik Stop at 5910 Lexington Ave. when gasoline on the ground near a fuel pump somehow ignited, according to Lake Johanna Fire Chief Tim Boehlke. The girl ran inside the store and a clerk helped her extinguish the flames before calling 911, Boehlke said. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with life-threatening injuries.
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.