St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ST. PAUL — A 17-year-old student has been arrested in the north metro after a threat led the St. Francis, Minn., school districts to cancel classes on Friday, Feb. 23. The verbal threat was reported to St. Francis police on Thursday. The student was taken into custody and booked on suspicion of threatening violence against Crossroads School and Vocation Center. Police said the threat was not related to previous incidents in the district that have been investigated after the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school.
MINNEAPOLIS—It's bad out there. A winter storm that dumped as much as a foot of snow on the Twin Cities made driving hazardous on Monday across the metro and much of southern Minnesota, where even more snow had accumulated. The storm also led to school closings, the cancellation of hundreds of flights at the Twin Cities airport and the imposition of snow emergencies in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Minnesota State Patrol as of late afternoon reported hundreds of crashes, hundreds of vehicle spinouts and dozens of jackknifed semis across the region.
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. After reliving Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown catch -- Klobuchar enthusiastically, Kennedy not so much -- Kennedy offered Klobuchar a king cake -- a traditional Mardi Gras cake, according to a video of the exchange sent out by her office.
ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Vikings are painting the town purple in preparation for Sunday's divisional playoff against the Saints. They're asking fans to show their support by lighting their houses purple, too. On Friday, Jan. 12, seven landmarks displayed purple lighting: the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, the I-35W bridge, the ISD Center, the Lowry Avenue Bridge, the Mall of America, the Nicollet Mall and Target Corporate. Even the newly lit Grain Belt Beer sign got in on the fun.
ST. PAUL -- It’s official. A ceremonial groundbreaking Tuesday morning, Jan. 9, marked the start of the 2018 St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace in Rice Park (though some construction had started last weekend).
ST. PAUL -- A Forest Lake man was shot dead in a home in St. Paul on Wednesday night, and police have made an arrest in the case. Police were called about 11 p.m. Wednesday to the report of a shooting in the lower level of a duplex where officers found a man with an apparent gunshot wound, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
ST. PAUL -- Salvation Army was 10 percent behind last year’s fundraising numbers with only eight days of bell-ringing to go. On Saturday, a donor dropped a $200,000 check into a kettle, helping bring that deficit to just 7 percent behind last year’s numbers. The check, dropped in a kettle at a Cub Foods in the south metro, is the second-largest donation ever dropped into a red kettle in the Twin Cities.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fifty-two days before Super Bowl 52, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee on Thursday unveiled its plans for a zip line to run across the Mississippi River during the 10-day Super Bowl festival.