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The family of the 5-year-old boy thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America earlier this month said he was “alert and conscious” Friday, April 26. A written statement, released by the family’s attorney, said 5-year-old Landen was no longer in critical condition. “We are now turning our focus to additional surgeries, healing, rehabilitation and eventually a return home, which we hope will happen by June,” the statement added. A GoFundMe benefit fund set up for Landen had exceeded its $1 million goal by Friday afternoon.
Falcon Heights, Minn. -- Apparently “Pokemon Go” players have posed enough of a public safety risk at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds for fair officials to remove their “battlegrounds” for good. Over the past year or two, the Falcon Heights fairgrounds were the local ground zero for “Pokemon” group battles, where players would gather to fight monsters too tough to be fought alone.
BLUE EARTH COUNTY, Minn. — State public safety officials have put out an alert about an increase of apparent Oxycontin pills that look to be legitimately manufactured, but actually, contain drugs that are exponentially stronger and have already been linked to a fatal overdose in Blue Earth County. The pills, which actually contain fentanyl known as “Mexican Oxy,” have been linked to the overdose of a 38-year-old woman in her Mankato home Tuesday, the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said.
A “free citizen” who felt he didn’t need to obey traffic laws threatened police, who tried tearing the back door off his RV with a robot to retrieve what appeared to be a pig-shaped explosive, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. The confrontation, which resulted in a lengthy standoff Wednesday evening, began after Cub Foods called police to try to get the man out of the grocery store’s parking lot. In the end, police shut down a portion of Maplewood Mall’s ring road for more than four hours after the man fled to a nearby strip mall.
ST. PAUL — For the second time in a year, the state has faulted the same St. Paul nursing home for failing to respond in a timely manner to the ventilator alarm of a resident who died. According to a report made public this week, the Minnesota Department of Health investigated an allegation relating to an Aug. 19 incident at Bethel Care Center in which “a resident was neglected after facility staff found the resident unresponsive and alarms were sounding on the ventilator.”
ST. PAUL - Chipotle has offered to rehire a St. Paul manager who was fired following a wave of social media outrage over her refusing to serve a group of young black men, whom employees accused of being repeat dine-and-dashers. The manager was fired Saturday after one of the men on Thursday posted a video on Twitter of the group’s visit to a Grand Avenue Chipotle restaurant, which resulted in millions of views and instant condemnation. The manager, when contacted by the Pioneer Press, referred the inquiry to her attorney.
ST. PAUL — In the shadow of the St. Paul Cathedral, at the south end of Mother Teresa of Calcutta Boulevard, lies the city’s newest and largest homeless camp. A tent town compared with Minneapolis’ tent city, the camp has grown over the summer from single digits to dozens of inhabitants, most perched on the edge of a windy, tree-lined Interstate 35E overlook.
ST. PAUL — Echoing a recent trend in other states, for the first time a lawsuit has been filed in Minnesota alleging that websites—in this case, belonging to a county and couple of cities—violate disability law. Much like lawsuits demanding such things as wheelchair ramps and handicap parking, the suits claim the defendants' digital real estate is so inhospitable it denies access.
ST. PAUL—A perennial fraudster who first made news by ripping off the St. Paul hotel several years ago, and who allegedly targeted dozens of women under a menagerie of identities, received a decades-long sentence this week from a Texas judge who said he was sorry he couldn't put him in jail forever.
ST. PAUL—A baby boarded a public bus in St. Paul in an unexpected way Tuesday, Aug. 14. Passengers rallied around a woman who unexpectedly — and quickly — gave birth mid-route. "I didn't want anybody to know what I was going through. I was so scared," said Michelle Agyei, 29, of Roseville. She had felt a little pain at the Rosedale Center Mall, where she stopped to get food on her way home from work in St. Paul. She felt so much pain while boarding the Route 87 bus that she didn't notice it wasn't her route. She had meant to take the 82.