St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 3.2 percent in February, despite a loss of 1,300 jobs in the month. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the latest job statistics Thursday that also show dramatic boosts for blacks and Hispanics in the job market. And February's losses were offset by a revision in January's figures from 2,500 jobs gained to 4,900 additional jobs in the state.
ST. PAUL -- St. Paul police arrested a student at Como Park Senior High School after finding him with a loaded gun in his waistband on Wednesday, March 21. “According to the information we have, no threats were made,” said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. “… The school is safe and operating normally.” Investigators are looking into where the 16-year-old student obtained the gun and why he brought it to school.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Two Rochester men have been charged in connection with Monday’s fatal shooting of an Iraqi immigrant on a neighborhood sidewalk. According to the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, Sao Yim Jr., 25, was charged with two felonies: second-degree murder without intent and possession of ammunition/firearm. Eric Tyler Lee, 25, was charged with one felony count of aiding an offender to avoid arrest.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Mall of America wants to build an enormous water park costing more than $150 million. According to a presentation to the Bloomington City Council Tuesday, mall owner Triple 5 proposes to build the water park in a new addition to the east of the mall. The water park would be one of the largest in North America at 250,000 square feet — almost four times bigger than a football field.
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on Tuesday, March 6, was named the best airport of its size in North America by the Airports Council International. This is the second consecutive year that MSP has topped the council's rankings, which are based on passenger surveys, according to a news release issued by the Metropolitan Airports Commission. Brian Ryks, the commission's CEO, said it was airport and airline employees who deserved credit for the award.
ANOKA, Minn. -- The burglar accused of beating a 95-year-old Anoka man to death pleaded guilty on Tuesday. Isaiah Montrell Thomas, 28, used a flashlight and a clock to kill Albert Loehlein, a World War II veteran, during a November 2016 home invasion, according to charges filed last year. An Anoka County judge has accepted Thomas’s guilty plea; Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9.
ST. PAUL -- A day or two after a bicyclist was fatally struck in a hit-and-run accident in St. Paul in November, authorities say Dustin Hegner Royce showed up to his landscaping job with damage to the front end of his mom’s Hyundai Santa Fe. His boss told police that Hegner Royce had the midsized SUV parked on the side of the property so the damage couldn’t be easily seen. The 28-year-old said he struck a deer, according to authorities.
ST. PAUL -- With Georgia Republicans criticizing Delta Air Lines for cutting business ties with the National Rifle Association, a Minnesota lawmaker opened the door Tuesday to a homecoming of sorts. In a press release, Senate Democratic Leader Tom Bakk invited Delta to move its corporate headquarters to Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Staff and students were evacuated from a Minneapolis high school Tuesday afternoon when an unauthorized visitor who may have been carrying a weapon ran into the building, according to the school district.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- Kari Fellows smelled smoke Sunday night after stepping outside to let her dog out. At first, Fellows feared it was coming from her home. Soon, her boyfriend spotted smoke coming out of the front of her next-door neighbor’s home, in the Skyline Village mobile home park in Inver Grove Heights. Fellows said her boyfriend “kept pounding and pounding” on the door, but no one answered.