St. Paul Pioneer Press
ROSEMOUNT, Minn. -- A Rosemount 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, 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?”
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- President Donald Trump will visit Rochester next Thursday, Minnesota Republican Party Chair Jennifer Carnahan said Wednesday, Sept. 26. No additional details of Trump’s visit were immediately available. “For Minnesota Republicans, this is a dream come true,” Carnahan said in a news release. “We are jumping through the roof with excitement to welcome our great and fearless leader, President Donald J. Trump, back to Minnesota next week.”
FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The Minnesota State Fair broke an attendance record Thursday, Aug. 23. 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.
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.
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.