St. Paul Pioneer Press
TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. -- Authorities say an 8-year-old boy was seriously injured after a fall at Interstate State Park on the St. Croix River in Taylors Falls, Minn. According to the Chisago County sheriff's office, rescue crews responded around 2 p.m. Thursday after the boy fell approximately 50 feet from a rock while he was hiking with his family.
MINNEAPOLIS -- University of Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle received a total of $290,000 in bonus pay in his first two years on the job, the U disclosed this week. Since he was hired in May 2016, Coyle has received an $850,000 salary and a $100,000 retirement contribution each year.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota lost 1,400 jobs in September, yet the state's unemployment rate fell to 2.8 percent. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate is the lowest it has been since May of 1999, according to the state Department of Employment and Economic Development. The all-time low is 2.5 percent and that was recorded in January and February of 1999.
ST. PAUL — A man is dead after a fire broke out in his West St. Paul apartment building early Wednesday, Oct. 17, authorities said. Just before 4:30 a.m., firefighters were called to a report of smoke at Colonial Court Apartments in the 1300 block of Kruse Street, said Mark Erickson, assistant chief of the South Metro Fire Department. Firefighters found a fire in a third-floor apartment.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton underwent another back surgery Monday, Oct. 15, his second in four days. Both surgeries happened at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. “This final surgery will provide more support for his vertebrae, and better ensure the long-term stability of his back and legs,” a statement from Dayton said. Monday’s procedure was scheduled for 8 a.m. and was expected to take several hours. The surgery is a follow-up to the successful lower back surgery the 71-year-old Democrat had on Friday, which fused vertebrae in his lower back.
ST. PAUL — Two adults and one teen were charged Friday, Oct. 12, with multiple felonies in connection with this week’s armed robbery spree in Dakota County. Daiquawn Michael Burrell-Smith, 21, of St. Paul; Jared Otha Washington, 27, of Minneapolis; and a 17-year-old boy from Minneapolis are each charged with three counts of aggravated robbery in the first degree, one count of attempted robbery in the first degree, four counts of assault in the second degree and one count of burglary in the first degree.
LUVERNE, Minn. -- The city of Austin will host the 2019 Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. The announcement was made Friday evening during the governor's banquet in Luverne. Gov. Mark Dayton was unable to attend to due back surgery, but in an earlier statement, he thanked Austin for hosting the ninth annual opener set for next Oct. 11-12.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- An Eden Prairie police detective lied on a drug case search warrant and as a result, authorities say 32 cases will be dismissed by the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Detective Travis Serafin falsified a search warrant, copying the page signed by a judge for a house search and changing the wording to include a car in regards to a 2017 drug investigation, David Brown, chief deputy county attorney, said at a news conference Friday morning, Oct. 12.
ST. PAUL -- Starting Monday, a Minnesota law kicks in to provide warmth for residents who cannot pay their heating bills. Beginning Oct. 15 and running through April 15, Minnesota’s six coldest months, utility companies must provide residential customers with payment plans to avoid having their heat turned off.
ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday, Oct. 11, ordered six Minnesota National Guard soldiers and one helicopter to assist with hurricane relief efforts in Florida. The team will support emergency response and recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Michael, which made devastated Florida’s panhandle region when it made landfall on Oct. 1, according to a news release issued Thursday by the governor’s office. A 12-member medical evacuation team from the Wisconsin National Guard is also on its way down to the affected region.