St. Paul Pioneer Press
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A Twin Cities metro area educator who works with students with special needs is on leave after suggesting in a social media post that someone should kill new U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The post was made on Saturday, Oct. 6, the same day Kavanaugh was confirmed to the high court, from a Twitter account that has since been deleted. It read: “So whose (sic) gonna take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”
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.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, the lowest it has been in nearly 19 years. The rate was 3 percent in July, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED. The last time the seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3 percent was in December 1999. The record-low jobless rate for the state is 2.5 percent, which was recorded in January and February 1999. The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.
DODGE CENTER, Minn. -- Investigators say the driver of a Hummer was putting away his cellphone when he rear-ended a car in Dodge County earlier this month, killing a woman and her daughter, according to a Rochester Post Bulletin report. Tanner Kruckeberg, 24, of Dodge Center allegedly told the Minnesota State Patrol that “he was looking down at his center console area to put away his cellular phone” when he crashed into the back of a Mercury Milan, the Post Bulletin report said.
BLAINE, Minn. -- A small vintage aircraft was engulfed in flames Thursday morning, Aug. 23, after crashing on the runway at the Anoka County-Blaine airport, authorities say. A 65-year-old man from Ham Lake was flying alone when he crashed around 11:05 a.m., Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany said. The pilot was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center with serious but not life-threatening injuries, he said. Two passersby driving north of the airport jumped a chain-link fence to help the man amid the burning wreckage, Podany said.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota attorney general's office Tuesday joined Democratic officials from 16 other states in suing the Trump administration to force the federal government to reunify families split apart while attempting to cross the United States border.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- A Bloomington woman was arrested over the weekend after a domestic dispute left her husband dead, police say. Bloomington police responded shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday, May 27, to a domestic assault at a residence where they found 53-year-old Michael Scott Carpenter unconscious and suffering from head injuries, according to a news release issued Monday by the Bloomington Police Department.
RED WING, Minn. -- A 40-year-old St. Paul man drowned Monday morning, May 28, while fishing the Cannon River west of Red Wing, according to the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office. The man was fishing off the shore near Welch when he fell in and failed to surface, the sheriff’s office said. They received a 911 call at 11:36 a.m. Authorities have not named the man, but KSTP-TV identified him through a family member as Mor Gelay, a refugee from Myanmar with six children.
ST. PAUL -- Johnny Taylor repeatedly punched his newborn son’s face like “he was a grown man,” almost killing him, according to a Ramsey County District Court judge. For that, the 23-year-old Little Canada man was sentenced Wednesday to about seven years in prison.
DULUTH -- An Eagan man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison for recording a sexually explicit video of a 2-year-old child. Ellis Scott Tooles, 31, pleaded guilty in May 2017 to one count of producing child pornography, during proceedings in U.S. District Court in Duluth, according to a news release issued by U.S. Attorney Gregory Brooker’s office. Tooles admitted to using a cellphone to record and distribute video of a sexually explicit interaction with a 2-year-old wearing a diaper in February 2016, according to the release.