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MINNEAPOLIS — Even before Minnesota's bid to host Super Bowl LII was accepted, the Minneapolis police department was preparing for the event. Forty-one planning groups put together a security plan that will be seen in the sky and in animal form and will take advantage of advanced technology. Then there is the undercover operation.
ST. PAUL — It's been eight days since a woman first accused Sen. Al Franken of inappropriate sexual behavior, and the news hasn't stopped since. Here's what we know. The accusations Four women — two anonymously — accused Franken of improper sexual conduct. At least two of the incidents occurred before Franken was first elected to the Senate in 2008.
A St. Paul acting instructor took video of himself making sexual contact with a preteen during an acting class, and it wasn’t his first time being accused of lewd behavior with preteens, according to a complaint filed in Ramsey County District Court. Nicholas Charles Barghini, 31, was charged Friday with another count of criminal sexual conduct, this time second-degree. He is in the midst of court proceedings stemming from two charges of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct from a July incident.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s been flirting with hosting the 2023 World Expo since 2014. On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Buenos Aires, Argentina, was announced as the winner, edging out Minnesota as well as Lodz, Poland. Had Minnesota won, it would have been the first time the fair had been in the United States in nearly 40 years. Instead, it will be the first expo in Latin America ever since the Bureau of International Expositions began organizing them in 1931.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- Alexander Sanchez, 19, was trying on pants at Macy’s in the Mall of America on Sunday. When he left the fitting room, a man confronted him with an 8-inch knife. Sanchez tried to push past him, but the man began cutting and slashing him, according to a complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.
ST. PAUL—In the past two years, Ramsey County has had 17 cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, a drastic increase from the one-or-fewer average in other years. Six of the 17 have died, with three of those deaths being directly attributed to tuberculosis, said Kris Ehresmann, director for Infectious Disease at the Minnesota Department of Health, on Monday. Of the 17 cases, 14 were in the Hmong community and 10 are associated with individuals who participate in activities at a senior center, Ehresmann said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and CenturyLink have reached an agreement on the communications company's pricing practices, Swanson's office announced Monday, Oct. 30. In July, Swanson sued CenturyLink, claiming the company had billed customers higher amounts than its sales agents had quoted. On Friday, an Anoka County judge signed a court order requiring CenturyLink to disclose all terms of price at the time of the sale.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn. — A data breach at an Arden Hills-based financial services company serving Catholic Church members in the upper Midwest has affected nearly 130,000 current and former members. The unidentified hacker accessed the first and last names, mailing addresses, dates of birth, email addresses, insurance policy information, and Social Security numbers of members. Beneficiary information, log-in credentials and other information were not accessed.
ANOKA, Minn. — A couple from Princeton, Minnesota, was in a single-engine plane that crashed into the Mississippi River in Anoka Friday evening, Oct. 13, according to the Anoka County Sheriff's Office. Jill Marie Rygwall, 48, was found Friday night and pulled from the water by witnesses. Resuscitation efforts failed and Rygwall was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband, believed to be the pilot, has not been found or identified, the sheriff's office said Saturday. The couple has a 13-year-old son who is currently in the custody of his grandparents.
MINNEAPOLIS — Ella Dorner was 15 years old when her parents introduced themselves to her. It wasn't her first time meeting them. In fact, she'd spent her entire life living with them. But after falling and sustaining a traumatic brain injury, she had no idea who they were. "The blonde lady's your mom," Jules Dorner would tell her daughter, referring to herself in the third person.