St. Paul Pioneer Press
ELK RIVER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old Minnesota boy died Tuesday when a tree fell on him as he was playing in his backyard hammock, authorities say. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said that the boy was playing with other children on the hammock when a 7-foot-tall tree the hammock was attached to uprooted, fell and hit the boy's head. The boy, Edward Joseph Michalek of Big Lake Township, was pronounced dead at the scene, Brott said.
ST. PAUL -- To honor those wounded and killed in the bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, last week, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the Governor’s Residence to be lit blue Tuesday night to reflect the flag of Somalia.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who was injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting earlier this month is home and recovering, his family said. He still has a wound drain in and will have daily home visits from a nurse for awhile, but his sister-in-law Sheila Aurich said the family is “all very excited about this huge step in his recovery.” Philip Aurich, a father of two, was at a country music concert when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 and injuring more than 500.
ANOKA, Minn. -- A small airplane crashed into the Mississippi River in Anoka late Friday afternoon, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. WCCO-TV reported that three people died in the crash, but the sheriff’s office did not immediately confirm any fatalities Friday evening. The plane reportedly hit a power line and dived into the river at about 5:45 p.m.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. — An ambulance collided with a stalled semi on Interstate 694 in Brooklyn Center on Monday night, Oct. 9, killing a member of the ambulance's crew. The semi had broken down in the eastbound lanes of I-694 about 6:45 p.m. and was awaiting a tow truck in the triangular median where Interstate 94 splits off of I-694, said Lt. Tiffani Nielson, a Minnesota State Patrol spokeswoman.
ST. PAUL – St. Paul police say officers fatally shot a man Thursday after they were called to “a violent domestic” in which the man fired a gun at a woman. Responding officers met the woman, who called 911, down the block from the incident in the 400 block of Earl Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood about 6 p.m., according to Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman. She said the man shot at her twice and children were still in the home. The woman was uninjured. Officers went to the home, made sure the children were safe and looked for the suspect, Ernster said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder after authorities say he set his girlfriend on fire at her Northeast Minneapolis apartment early Thursday morning. Wyndale Fayson faces one count of second-degree intentional murder in the fatal fire, the Hennepin County attorney’s office said Friday. The Minneapolis man remained hospitalized with serious burns Friday.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Twins have activated Miguel Sano from the disabled list, where he had been since Aug. 21 because of an injury to his left shin. The third baseman is available to play in the final series of the season this weekend at Target Field. First pitch against the Detroit Tigers is 7:10 p.m. Friday night.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two teenagers were killed when their vehicle was struck by a car traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94 in Minneapolis early Tuesday, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. A 2011 BMW 535XI, driven by Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, of Brooklyn Center, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-94 east of Lowry Avenue at about 1:30 a.m. when it collided directly head-on with an eastbound 2009 Toyota Camry, the State Patrol said.