St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 7,700 jobs in July, though the state's unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7 percent. The latest seasonally adjusted figures were released Thursday, Aug. 17, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The U.S. unemployment rate was 4.3 percent.
ST. CLOUD -- Someone shot and killed a cow and a calf grazing in the the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota near St. Cloud. The Sherburne County sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding who killed two cows, which were legally grazing on the federal land.
BOULDER, Colo. -- A 17-year-old from Minnesota died Sunday in a fall of more than 100 feet from a rock formation while climbing alone near Boulder, Colo. The Boulder County coroner’s office on Wednesday identified the teen as Carter Christensen of Maple Grove, Minn.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- A Shakopee man has been charged with driving the wrong way while intoxicated and fatally crashing into an Iowa woman who had just attended a Bruno Mars concert in St. Paul and was soon to be married..
BAYPORT, Minn. -- The Stillwater prison, on lockdown since a fight broke out among inmates on Saturday, is returning to normal operation, prison officials said Tuesday afternoon. Minnesota Department of Corrections officials are still investigating the cause of the brawl at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater, said spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald. No one has been charged in connection with the fight, she said.
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.—Federal border officials say they have seized $575,000 worth of counterfeit toy airplanes in International Falls, Minn. U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn't say what led them to question the 36,000 toy airplanes early this month, but further investigation determined that the importer and manufacturer lacked licenses to display the trademark or make the toys. The toys filled a rail container. The toys' packaging claims the airplanes are of die-cast metal with "pull-back action" and are safe for children age 3 and older.
ST. PAUL — Minnesotans will be reintroduced to their renovated state Capitol with a three-day grand opening celebration. Events scheduled during the festivities — Aug. 11-13 — range from behind-the-scenes tours to fireworks at night to music and dance performances. Although the Capitol reopened in January after a four-year, $310 million makeover, the grand opening was scheduled this month to complete the finishing touches.
ST. PAUL -- Vehicle services at licensing bureaus statewide were down for several hours Thursday morning. A representative from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety declined to say why, but licensing bureaus across the state have been experiencing glitches since a system upgrade last month.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two employees of Minnehaha Academy were killed after a Wednesday morning natural gas explosion tore through the private school's upper campus in Minneapolis. Nine people were injured in the blast, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. amid a construction project in the school’s boiler room, fire officials said. At least one person remained in critical condition Wednesday evening.
MANKATO, Minn. — At Vikings training camp Thursday, fans welcomed the team’s most popular player, chanting “Teddy, Teddy, Teddy” as he walked by. Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who suffered a catastrophic knee injury last August, still doesn’t know when he will be able to play again, but in his first comments to the media since the injury 11 months ago, he said doctors have told him there is no question he will return.