St. Paul Pioneer Press
TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. -- The St. Croix River cliffs at Taylors Falls in eastern Minnesota nearly claimed a life Monday, July 9, when a 23-year-old Twin Cities man fell while rock climbing, according to the Chisago County sheriff’s office. Nicholas Walberg was listed in critical condition Tuesday night, according to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, after witnesses told authorities he slipped while attempting to climb the rocky gorge in Interstate State Park on the Minnesota side of the St. Croix.
ST. PAUL—The Minnesota Supreme Court has approved the extension of a pilot project allowing for the limited use of cameras in courtrooms. The court issued an order on the matter Tuesday, July 3. The pilot program began Nov. 10, 2015, allowing for audio, video footage and photography in criminal cases after a defendant is convicted or pleads guilty, such as at sentencing hearings.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Herberger’s locations throughout Minnesota will stay open until August, according to company officials. Bon Ton Inc. announced in April that all Herberger’s locations nationwide would shutter around June. Twin Cities stores are instead projected to close by mid-August or the end of that month, depending on the inventory volume of individual businesses, officials said Thursday. Other stores statewide are also expected to stay open longer.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter announced Wednesday, June 27, that the city won’t hold a Fourth of July fireworks display this year. The cancellation may be a foreshadowing of what could be a difficult budget season. Carter’s announcement, posted to Facebook on Wednesday morning , cited concerns about the city’s budget climate.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- Although some have watched the rising waters of the St. Croix River with growing concern in recent days, it’s looking as if Stillwater will be safe from flooding in the near future. With a dam breaking upriver and torrential rain, the swollen St. Croix has steadily encroached on Stillwater’s flood stage for several days. But National Weather Service forecasters believe that it will peak soon.
Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30 after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month. Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based nonprofit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1 million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of a state spending bill after disagreements with Republican lawmakers.
ST. PAUL -- Friends and family of Jodi Huisentruit are hoping a new billboard campaign will solve the mystery of the morning news anchor’s 1995 disappearance in Mason City, Iowa. Four billboards featuring a photo of Huisentruit and the message “Somebody knows something …is it YOU?” are being installed around the city to mark her 50th birthday on June 5; the first one went up on Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- A ’90s vocal group, classic R&B horn band, two regional favorites and a former Journey vocalist are among the artists set to play the Minnesota State Fair’s largest free stage. The newly announced lineup for evening shows at the Leinie Lodge Bandshell includes Tower of Power (Aug. 23-24), BoDeans (Aug. 25-26), En Vogue (Aug. 27-28), Clay Walker (Aug. 29-30), Steve Augeri (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) and Har Mar Superstar (Sept. 2-3).
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess was apprehended Thursday night in south Texas, ending a nationwide manhunt for the woman suspected of killing her husband and an innocent bystander in Florida. Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Riess at about 8:25 p.m.
EAGAN, Minn. --Sun Country Airlines says it will cover some additional costs for travelers stranded in Mexico after the airline canceled flights due to a weekend snowstorm battering Minnesota. An estimated 250 people were stuck when Eagan-based Sun Country couldn’t provide planes because the airline was ending seasonal service on Saturday. Passengers who managed to rebook on other airlines complained of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars more to get home from Los Cabos and Mazatlan.