St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — A second grader took a loaded handgun to a St. Paul elementary school on Wednesday, April 17, according to police. Someone at Highland Park Elementary became aware of the gun and a staff member called police about 10:20 a.m. to report it was in a student’s backpack. A school resource officer responded and took the gun, which had a trigger lock on it, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
ST. PAUL - The head of Minnesota’s largest higher-education system has agreed to a two-year contract extension that will keep him on the job through July 2023. Minnesota State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra took over for the retiring Steven Rosenstone on an interim basis in 2017 after a failed search for a permanent chancellor. The Board of Trustees dropped the interim label after a second fruitless search a year later.
ST. PAUL - The Minnesota Wild extended their lease with the Xcel Energy Center through 2035 — a decade longer than previously agreed to. “This is our city, and we’re proud of it,” Wild owner and chairman Craig Leipold said Tuesday during a media event at the Xcel Energy Center to mark the continuation of the partnership. “We are St. Paul. Most of our people live in St. Paul. …We believe in the city.”
ST. PAUL — Investigators believe a Shoreview man charged with sexually assaulting and secretly videotaping two women he previously dated had done it before, according to authorities. The Ramsey County sheriff’s office made the disclosure in a news release issued Friday that asked members of the public who had past contact with Jeffrey Eldred or know someone who has to contact investigators at 651-266-7320. “(We) have evidence of additional victims and are asking anyone to come forward; even if they did not have sexual contact with Eldred,” the release said.
A woman running an animal rescue in rural Dakota County pleaded guilty Friday, April 12, to 13 counts of mistreatment of animals, including the deaths of 64 cats and the neglect of more than 40 other animals.
HASTINGS, Minn. — An Oronoco woman will serve six months in jail for a distracted driving crash in rural Dakota County that killed one and injured three in 2016. She will also have to visit the grave of the woman who died, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
Sedwick Hunter walked into a Cub Foods in Arden Hills last month and filled a grocery cart with enough steak and seafood for a feast, authorities say. Then he walked out without paying for any of it. The St. Paul man concealed 12 packages of crab legs, 33 packages of steak and six rolls of hamburger meat totaling more than $1,000 in black plastic bags before exiting the store last March, according to charges filed against him Friday, April 12, in Ramsey County District Court.
BIG LAKE, Minn. — Authorities say two children died in a Sherburne County house fire early Friday, April 12, and that their father, who was hospitalized in critical condition, is believed to have intentionally ignited the blaze. According to the Sherburne County sheriff’s office, Big Lake police and firefighters responded to the home shortly after 5:30 a.m. Firefighters broke down the door and rescued five people from the house, including four children, in the 19000 block of Karen Lane.
ST. PAUL — A Hopkins man was federally indicted this week for his role in a drug-trafficking ring that caused 11 fatal fentanyl-related overdoses across the country in 2016, including that of a University of Minnesota professor, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
ORONO, Minn. - Police are investigating the deaths of two people at a residence in the western Twin Cities suburb of Orono. Authorities say the bodies of a male and female were discovered at a home in the 1700 block of Shoreline Drive at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 10. Police are being assisted by Hennepin County sheriff’s investigators and the state Crime Lab. Officials say there is no apparent risk to the public in general. Orono is a city on the north shore of Lake Minnetonka.