Dave Orrick / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton said he will form a task force to find out why the state of Minnesota has failed to investigate thousands of complaints of theft, physical abuse and sexual assault of residents of senior care facilities. "The senior care failure is really appalling," Dayton said Wednesday, Nov. 15. The action is in response to a five-part series by the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune. Examining state records, it found:
ST. PAUL — In his first public remarks about the growing sexual harassment scandals sweeping through the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton said Wednesday that though sexual harassment is a "pervasive" problem through society, "there should be consequences — swift and consistent consequences." The comments came in response to a reporter asking about how to "change the culture" that many have cited as allowing men to act in inappropriate — or worse — ways toward women they have power over.
MINNEAPOLIS — Investigators are looking into whether the ousted security firm that worked U.S. Bank Stadium for its first year in operation overbilled for hours that were never worked, by security workers who were never there.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's new computer system for vehicle titles and license plate tab renewals is still not running smoothly. The result: Drivers are driving with "expired" plates, and car dealers and license office workers are as frustrated as their customers.
MINNEAPOLIS — The solution to a mystery that's killing Minnesota's moose could come down to slug and snail DNA contained in moose and deer droppings. And a University of Minnesota scientist eager to analyze that poop is looking for the public's help.
ST. PAUL — An online campaign with reported ties to Russian counterintelligence tried to exploit Twin Cities tensions in the wake of the killing of Philando Castile by a St. Anthony police officer last year, according to a media report.
ST. PAUL—A federal proposal to allow hunting of trumpeter swans is drawing criticism from some of those who helped restore the bird from the brink decades ago. Regardless of whether the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal survives, Minnesota is unlikely to open a season on the birds anytime soon, and Wisconsin has no plans to do so either, officials from both states said.
A suspected cougar, or mountain lion, has been photographed in southern Minnesota. About 1 a.m. Sept. 7, the large cat strode past a trail camera in Jackson County, near the Des Moines River close to the Iowa border, according an image captured on an automated trail camera.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. - A 61-year-old hunter from Lakeville spent three nights lost in the woods, drinking bog water to stay hydrated, before being rescued by helicopter Thursday from remote woods in Pine County, officials said. Robert Kniefel was hungry and tired but otherwise unharmed when rescuers from the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Paul Fire Department reached him shortly after first light in Nemadji State Forest. He went grouse hunting alone Monday, Sept. 18, and got lost.
STILLWATER, Minn. — The St. Croix River has yielded a record-setting catfish. On Aug. 2, Mark Mosby of St. Anthony landed a 52½-inch flathead catfish while fishing in Stillwater. The fish, which had a girth of 32 inches (ponder that for a moment) and weighed an estimated 70 to 80 pounds, was recognized this week by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a new catch-and-release state record.