St. Paul Pioneer Press
ANDOVER, Minn. — A remarkable sight was recorded by a Twin Cities fire department on Tuesday, Sept. 11, as the nation marked the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In a viral video posted by the Andover Fire Department, a bald eagle landed at the top of an aerial fire truck’s extended ladder and basket as firefighters observed the anniversary at the Main Street overpass at U.S. 10.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Minnesota State Fair organizers are calling the 2018 Fair “the best ever” after final Labor Day figures broke the overall attendance record with 2,046,533 passing through the gates. The previous record of 1,997,320 was set last year. This year’s Fair had five daily attendance record days with Saturday, Sept. 1, setting an all-time single-day attendance record at 270,426.
CALEDONIA, Minn. -- A motorcyclist was killed near Caledonia in southeastern Minnesota last week when the man’s shirt became entangled in the braking mechanism, throwing him to his death. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, John Lars Huston, 66, of Wells, Minn., was southbound on Minnesota 76 shortly after 5 p.m. Saturday when the crash happened in Houston County. The State Patrol says Huston’s shirt caught in the rear brake on the right side of the motorcycle, which caused the brake to lock up. Huston died of his injuries at the La Crosse, Wis., hospital.
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Fair broke an attendance record Thursday. The fair saw 122,695 visitors come through the gates — the most ever for the first day of the fair. The previous record was 119,145 in 2010. Last year, 117,877 came through the gates on the first day. While it might have felt crowded to some, attendance was far from the all-time daily record — 260,374 on the second Saturday in 2016.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An armed federal air marshal was mistakenly arrested Monday on a United Airlines jet landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. U.S. Transportation Safety Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said the man was flying in business class from Newark, N.J., when a crew member spotted a gun he was carrying. The crew member reported the incident to police at the airport.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A police officer was shot Thursday afternoon, July 19, in South St. Paul, according to officials. There was little information available on the shooting, which took place after 1 p.m. The officer’s injury does not appear to be life threatening, officials told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A suspect was arrested in an alley behind a nearby home.
MINNEAPOLIS - A Minneapolis day care provider accused of hanging a toddler in her home was sentenced to 10 years’ probation on Monday, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Nataliia Karia, 43, pleaded guilty in February to attempted murder in the November 2016 incident.
ST. PAUL — A St. Paul college student hit the jackpot Wednesday night, July 11, when he won $1 million on a Powerball ticket by using a controversial new mobile app that critics say amounts to online gambling, which is illegal in Minnesota. Brandon Stevenson, 20, who attends Concordia University, bought the ticket through the mobile app called Jackpocket.
ELY, Minn.—A former Minneapolis high school football and wrestling coach died in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness after he attempted to right a capsized canoe. Niles R. Schulz, 75, of Minneapolis was found dead Tuesday evening, July 10, in Sawbill Lake near the portage to Kelso Lake, according to the Cook County sheriff's office. Schulz was on a trip with his grandson, a friend and the friend's grandson, officials say.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A mother and daughter from the Twin Cities suburb of Shoreview were killed Monday, July 9, when their car was struck by a boulder that fell off a commercial truck in Rosemount, police say. Karen Christiansen, 67, was driving a Toyota Avalon about 4:50 p.m., when a boulder weighing several hundred pounds fell off a southbound truck and hit the car, said Mitchell Scott, chief of the Rosemount Police Department.