St. Paul Pioneer Press
ANOKA, Minn.—A human trafficking sting led by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension this week netted 19 arrests, officials say. The two-day operation used undercover agents to lure suspects who believed they were going to meet with a 13- to 15-year-old child for sex, and targeted online solicitation through social media, according to a news release issued by the BCA. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement officials rescued 10 female human trafficking victims during the operation, including one juvenile, the news release said.
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he won’t run for president in 2020. The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run. “I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’” Franken told the magazine.
ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state’s recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- A St. Paul man admitted in court Monday to fatally shooting his wife in their Maplewood home nearly two years ago and leaving her body to be found by her children. Todd Larry Tennin pleaded guilty in Ramsey County District Court to one count of second-degree murder in the death of April Tennin on what was scheduled to be his first day of trial, according to court records.
WACONIA, Minn.—An ice fisherman using an underwater camera Tuesday led to the recovery of the body of a man who went missing Nov. 26 while paddleboarding on Lake Waconia. Lt. Patrick Barry of the Carver County Sheriff's Office said the body of Andrew John Stifter, 35, of Waconia, was recovered about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Barry said the ice fisherman using an underwater camera spotted the body and alerted police.
The Vikings might need to win out to make the playoffs. Does that sound familiar? It does to linebacker Chad Greenway. Greenway is one of 14 Vikings players remaining from the 2012 season. That team was staggering along at 6-6 before winning its final four to earn a wild-card berth. This year's outfit is 6-5 and has lost five of six entering Thursday's game against 10-1 Dallas at U.S. Bank Stadium.
MINNEAPOLIS—Danny Heinrich, the man who confessed to killing Jacob Wetterling almost three decades ago, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday, Nov. 21, in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Officials set up extra courtrooms for spectators as an overflow crowd of family, media and others arrived. After victim impact statements from Wetterling's family and friends, along with a brief statement from Heinrich himself, Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim sentenced him to 20 years in federal prison on a child-pornography charge, as planned in a plea agreement.
ST. PAUL — In a stunning decision that shook police and protesters alike, the officer who fatally shot Philando Castile was charged with manslaughter in his death — the first Minnesota officer in recent memory charged in such an incident.
Not only is it expected to be the largest crowd ever for a Minnesota Vikings game Sunday night, a ticket to get in can be pretty large—in the sense of price. The highest price asked for a ticket Monday on StubHub.com was $10,116.94. The lowest was $225. The listed capacity of U.S. Bank Stadium is 66,200 seats. That assures the Vikings of an all-time home attendance record, breaking the mark of 64,482 for a Nov. 2, 2003, game against the Packers at the Metrodome.