St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- The Jewish Community Center in the Twin Citieshas re-opened after an evacuation Monday morning due to a bomb threat. After a search of the facility, the St. Paul police did not find bombs or dangerous devices.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A woman jumped to her death Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, from a bridge over Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights. The woman, who has not been identified, jumped from the Babcock Trail bridge onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 494 at about 4 p.m., according to Inver Grove Heights police. The city’s police and fire departments went to the scene but were unsuccessful in saving the woman’s life. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident temporarily closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 494.
ANNANDALE, Minn. -- The Woodbury man who demolished the house of Jacob Wetterling’s killer is giving the vacant lot to the city of Annandale. Developer Tim Thone said Tuesday, Feb. 7, that the city has agreed not to develop the quarter-acre lot for at least 10 years. Thone bought the house Dec. 16 for $58,000, including back taxes. He demolished the house on Dec. 23, with about $16,000 in donated help from local contractors. Thone hopes the donation of the land will help the Wetterling family — and the entire state — deal with the crime.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton began this week with some welcome news: His new grandson was born in the wee hours Tuesday, Jan. 31. “I am thrilled to announce that my second grandson, George, was born at 2:29 this morning. Cory, Eric, George, and big brother Hugo are all doing very well,” the governor said in a statement. Since his first grandson, Hugo, was born in 2013, the governor has frequently mentioned him in all sorts of circumstances as a devoted grandfather.
MINNEAPOLIS—One man was dead and a woman was injured by gunfire in downtown Minneapolis early Sunday morning, authorities said. Police responded to reports of gunfire on the 300 block of Third Avenue North at about 2:19 a.m. Officers arrived to find two adult victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The male victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The female victim was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis and was being treated for what was described as a non-life threatening injury.
BLAINE, Minn.—Blaine residents were without water to drink or bathe Sunday morning as city officials scrambled to restore an interruption described as "a city-wide loss of water." Residents were instructed to boil drinking water and classes were canceled at six schools for Monday, including Blaine High School. Officials said the cause of the disruption was still a mystery. Early indications were that it did not appear to be a water main break, said Mayor Tom Ryan.
MINNEAPOLIS—New Gophers football coach P.J. Fleck netted his seventh and eighth recruits to join him in Minnesota after the high school players originally made oral commitments to him when he was coach at Western Michigan. Nate Umlor, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound defensive end from Allendale, Mich., and Kyle Sassack, a 6-6, 270-pound offensive tackle from Pontiac, Mich., joined the Gophers' 2017 recruiting class Sunday morning. The six other recruits changed their minds in pledges to Minnesota on Friday night, hours after Fleck was introduced as the Gophers' new head coach.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Pat Shurmur will have his interim tag removed as Vikings offensive coordinator. A source confirmed the move will be made, which has been expected. Shurmur who had been the tight ends coach, had taken over for Norv Turner after he resigned on Nov. 2. Despite numerous injuries on the offensive line and injured running back Adrian Peterson playing in just one of nine games under Shurmur, the offense showed some improvement. In the final two games of the season, the Vikings averaged 31.5 points and 410 yards per game.
ST. PAUL—Exposure to the cold killed a 34-year-old woman who was found outside in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood Monday, the Ramsey County medical examiner's office said Wednesday. It was not immediately known how long the woman was outdoors. Officials were called to the 900 block of Cleveland Avenue around 11 a.m. Monday, and the woman was pronounced dead. The name of the woman, who lived in the area, has not been released.
CHICAGO — A few Chicago reporters made the trek to Minnesota for Tom Thibodeau's introductory news conference as Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations back in April. Thibodeau was kind and courteous, but not overly interested in looking back at his tenure with the Bulls, which was very successful, and equally odd. "I don't want to keep going back to Chicago," Thibodeau said that day. "That's gone." He was right. It was. But, thanks to the NBA schedule, it's back. Or rather, he's back.