St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- The band of winter weather moving across the Midwest on Friday will likely miss the Twin Cities and several other areas in southern Minnesota after all. The metro is expected to get about an inch of snow by Friday afternoon -- if anything at all -- with areas to the southeast seeing a couple more, said meteorologist Bill Borghoff with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
ST. PAUL -- The Jewish Community Center in the Twin Citieshas re-opened after an evacuation Monday morning due to a bomb threat. After a search of the facility, the St. Paul police did not find bombs or dangerous devices.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A woman jumped to her death Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, from a bridge over Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights. The woman, who has not been identified, jumped from the Babcock Trail bridge onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 494 at about 4 p.m., according to Inver Grove Heights police. The city’s police and fire departments went to the scene but were unsuccessful in saving the woman’s life. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident temporarily closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 494.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. -- Six adults have been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting at a Brooklyn Center hotel on Saturday night. Police were called to the Quality Inn Hotel at 1600 James Circle N. at 8:45 p.m. to find an adult female victim with a gunshot wound. She was pronounced dead at the scene. A subsequent investigation led to the arrests. This was not a random crime, police said.
Amtrak’s Empire Builder route resumed Wednesday after heavy snowfall and an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains halted it Monday. Amtrak officials previously said service would not resume until Thursday, but the railway announced Wednesday morning that its Empire Builder departures from Chicago, Portland and Seattle would operate across the full route. The westbound train departs St. Paul about 10:20 p.m. and reaches the Rocky Mountains the next evening. The train travels on the BNSF Railway, which passes through Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot on its westward route.
ANNANDALE, Minn. -- The Woodbury man who demolished the house of Jacob Wetterling’s killer is giving the vacant lot to the city of Annandale. Developer Tim Thone said Tuesday, Feb. 7, that the city has agreed not to develop the quarter-acre lot for at least 10 years. Thone bought the house Dec. 16 for $58,000, including back taxes. He demolished the house on Dec. 23, with about $16,000 in donated help from local contractors. Thone hopes the donation of the land will help the Wetterling family — and the entire state — deal with the crime.
ST. PAUL —An estimated 90,000 to 100,000 people — nearly five times the expected number — formed a blocks-long protest from Cathedral Hill to the State Capitol on Saturday morning for the Women’s March Minnesota. It was the largest protest in St. Paul since an estimated 10,000 marched to protest the war in Iraq during the Republican National Convention in 2008.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Glen Taylor dug a little deeper into his pocket on Tuesday. The Timberwolves and Lynx announced Taylor, who owns the teams, will contribute an additional $9 million to $12 million toward the Target Center renovation project. Taylor already was set to commit $49 million to the project. The additional funds will go toward seats and railings in the lower bowl, better Wi-Fi, additional digital signage and a new skyway off the back side of the arena.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday issued an air quality advisory for the Twin Cities metro, effective until midnight Wednesday. Fine particle pollution is expected to be at levels that may be harmful to children, the elderly and people with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory disease, according to an MPCA news release. Anyone planning to participate in activities that require prolonged physical exertion — both indoors and outdoors — should consider rescheduling these activities, the news release said.
FAIRMONT, Minn. — Sheriff’s officials say a woman died and four other people were hospitalized after they were overcome by apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday, Jan. 15, while ice fishing in southern Minnesota. Authorities say the group was in an ice shanty on Wilmert Lake in rural Martin County. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene about 2 p.m. A 20-year-old man was taken to St. Mary’s in Rochester, about two hours to the east. Three other adults were treated at local hospitals. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the death.