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.
Amtrak’s Empire Builder route resumed Wednesday after heavy snowfall and an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains halted it Monday. Amtrak officials previously said service would not resume until Thursday, but the railway announced Wednesday morning that its Empire Builder departures from Chicago, Portland and Seattle would operate across the full route. The westbound train departs St. Paul about 10:20 p.m. and reaches the Rocky Mountains the next evening. The train travels on the BNSF Railway, which passes through Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot on its westward route.
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. “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.
ST. PAUL -- A 2-year-old boy gravely injured in a St. Paul fire that killed his mother Wednesday has died, relatives said Thursday. Tiffany M. Alexander and her son, William, were not able to escape the smoky blaze in the Payne-Phalen fourplex where they lived.
ST. PAUL — The city of St. Paul spent $19,000 to staff police officers at the Women’s March on Saturday, which drew 90,000 to 100,000 people, the mayor’s office said Tuesday. By comparison, St. Paul spent $1.9 million in costs last summer related to protests following the shooting of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights. A large portion of the expenses — about $750,000 — came July 8 to July 11 when protesters shut down Interstate 94.
FAIRMONT, Minn. — Sheriff’s officials say a woman died and four other people were hospitalized after they were overcome by apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday while ice fishing in southern Minnesota. Authorities say the group was in an ice shanty on Wilmert Lake in rural Martin County. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene about 2 p.m. A 20-year-old man was taken to St. Mary’s in Rochester, about two hours to the east. Three other adults were treated at local hospitals.
FOREST LAKE, Minn. -- Hunter Houle came from a snowmobile racing family. His father, brothers, uncle and grandfathers all raced. And from an early age, the Forest Lake teenager knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps. “Hunter started wearing a race helmet when he was a 2-year-old,” said his father, Steve Houle. “He insisted on wearing a helmet to bed at night.”
WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A West St. Paul man on bail in connection with a February shooting in St. Paul was shot at his house Friday, police said. Officers called to 210 Logan Ave. W. about 9:45 p.m. found 25-year-old Daiezon Broadbent inside the house with a gunshot wound to his side. He was transported to the hospital with an injury not considered life-threatening, West St. Paul police Lt. Brian Sturgeon said.