St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Longtime KARE-TV "Sunrise" anchor Kim Insley said Friday she is no longer with the television station, but she has big aspirations.
LINO LAKES, Minn. -- A crash killed a motorcyclist, injured the driver of a vehicle and started a grass fire in Lino Lakes on Friday. Lino Lakes police and firefighters responded about 2:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, to a crash between a motorcycle and vehicle at 20th Avenue and Rehbein Street. The motorcyclist, whose name was not immediately released, was pronounced dead at the scene.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Just two and a half months after it was firebombed, the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington was vandalized and possibly burglarized Friday morning. Two men approached the mosque between 2 and 3 a.m. Friday morning, according to the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Video from security cameras shows the men walking around the mosque, breaking windows and entering different offices, CAIR said.
ST. PAUL -- A man died Thursday night after fleeing police officers in his car, stopping on a Mississippi River bridge in St. Paul and jumping, according to police.
BLAINE, Minn. — A Blaine man is dead and two children critically injured after the car they were in collided with a semitrailer Wednesday evening, Oct. 18, in Blaine. The car was traveling east on 85th Avenue and the semi was southbound on University Avenue when the vehicles collided just before 8 p.m., according to Blaine police. The car's driver, Mohamed Amin, 19, died at the scene, according to Anoka County's medical examiner. Two passengers, ages 12 and 13, were taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, police said.
MINNEAPOLIS — A man trying to cross a Minneapolis street near the University of Minnesota was struck by the side of a semi, knocking him under its trailer Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 18. He died early Thursday morning, Oct. 19. The man's identity has not been released, but relatives told KMSP-TV that he was Charles Coleman, 46, of Brooklyn Center, a cook at the U. The incident occurred around 2:15 p.m. at University Avenue and Huron Boulevard, according to Minneapolis police. Coleman died at Hennepin County Medical Center, police said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota employers added 6,400 jobs in September, lowering the state's unemployment rate to 3.7 percent. The state's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points from the month before. Minnesota's rate remains well below the national 4.2 percent unemployment rate for the month, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
ELK RIVER, Minn. -- A 5-year-old Minnesota boy died Tuesday when a tree fell on him as he was playing in his backyard hammock, authorities say. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said that the boy was playing with other children on the hammock when a 7-foot-tall tree the hammock was attached to uprooted, fell and hit the boy's head. The boy, Edward Joseph Michalek of Big Lake Township, was pronounced dead at the scene, Brott said.
ST. PAUL -- To honor those wounded and killed in the bomb attack in Mogadishu, Somalia, last week, Gov. Mark Dayton ordered the Governor’s Residence to be lit blue Tuesday night to reflect the flag of Somalia.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials.