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APPLE VALLEY, Minn. — By all accounts, Christopher Endicott was a buttoned-up middle school principal in burgeoning Lakeville, Minnesota. Allegations levied against him in charges filed Thursday, Feb. 8, paint a different picture, one of a man described by police as having a "history of stealing identities and manipulating his victim's information and accounts." Endicott, already under investigation for unauthorized access of a computer, is now accused of stalking several people, including a police detective.
ST PAUL—After a weekend dip, Super Bowl LII ticket prices are climbing back up as fans who have been on the fence are pulling the trigger, according to online resellers. Over the weekend, the median price sold through the online marketplace Vivid Seats fell below $5,000 for the first time this month, according to the company's ticket tracker. However, that figure jumped back up Tuesday, Jan. 30, where it hovered around $5,200.
ST. PAUL—With hotels booked and parties planned, it sure seems like a lot of people are descending on the Twin Cities for the Super Bowl. Just how many remains to be seen. The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee has said the Sunday, Feb. 4, game and the hoopla leading up to it will draw more than 1 million visitors to Twin Cities. A pregame report by Rockport Analytics, a Pennsylvania-based firm hired by the Host Committee, estimates how many of those visitors will come from out of town. They put that number at 125,400.
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn.—Frances Nelson, who was West St. Paul's oldest resident, died Saturday — on her 106th birthday. Nelson was recognized publicly by the city council every year since her 100th birthday, with a "Frances Nelson Day" in West St. Paul. She was also a fixture in the city's annual spring parade, riding on a fire truck as a distinguished guest of the fire department. She became a friend to many city officials and city staff members over the years, city council member Ed Iago said Monday.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—A convicted sex offender is being investigated in connection with the sexual assault of a student nearly 40 years ago when he worked for Apple Valley schools — and police say there may be more victims. Charles Alan Schroeder, 68, was arrested by Apple Valley police Dec. 22 after a man came forward and alleged that Schroeder sexually assaulted him in 1979 or 1980. The arrest followed a search of Schroeder's Minneapolis home.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—An autopsy revealed that heart disease killed the 18-year-old college student from Burnsville who died while on a plane trip home from San Diego during his Christmas break. Griffin Gutwa died Dec. 22 of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy with myocardial fibrosis, Dr. Kenneth Snell, director of the Minnehaha County Coroner's Office in Sioux Falls, S.D., said on Thursday.
HASTINGS, Minn.—The last remaining industrial building in downtown Hastings could soon be turned into a riverside hotel and banquet facility. A 67-room hotel, 22 apartments, restaurant and retail space are planned for the former H.D. Hudson Manufacturing Co. building. The estimated $25 million project would bring the first modern-day hotel to the city's historic downtown, which has undergone a redevelopment resurgence in recent years.
ST. PAUL — Tanya Shafer smokes, but prefers to take it outside. Shafer, who lives at Colleen Loney Manor, a public-housing apartment complex in West St. Paul, said she often smells secondhand cigarette smoke coming from other units. "I don't like it," she said, shortly after sucking down a Pyramid Light 100 one afternoon last week. "That's why I always go outside."
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. — As a first-time business owner, Dan Punjani has a lot of worries. In June, the 29-year-old opened a Super Day gas station at an Inver Grove Heights location where another gas station had shut down. "It's a lot harder than I thought it would be, honestly, but I take it day by day," Punjani said. "There's a lot to think about." So when an Inver Grove Heights police officer approached him last month with a voluntary program to prevent credit card skimming at his pumps, he gladly accepted the offer—and signed up on the spot.
ROSEMOUNT, Minn.—The Dakota County sheriff's office will stop collecting DNA samples without a warrant from defendants charged with certain violent crimes under a deal reached with a Rosemount man who sued over the legality of the practice. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed suit in April against Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie on behalf of 68-year-old John David Emerson, who faced a second-degree charge of assault with a dangerous weapon following an alleged road rage incident in October 2015 in Hastings.