St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission on Thursday ordered several of the state’s utility companies to return $200 million to consumers — including $130 million from Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy. That’s possible thanks to lower corporate tax rates following the 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act enacted in Washington.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn.—Police here are asking for the public's help in finding two men who defaced a mosque last month. Police released images from a surveillance video showing what authorities say are two men spray-painting graffiti on the outside wall of the Islamic Institute of Minnesota's Al-Salam mosque at 1460 Skillman Ave. The messages included the number "666" and the words "Jesus Saves," along with a cross and other graffiti. The vandalism occurred around 1:30 a.m. July 29.
EAGAN, Minn. -- A 59-year-old Apple Valley man was killed Thursday, Aug. 2, after being thrown from his pickup truck in a single-vehicle crash in Eagan. Thomas Robert Niederer, who was not wearing a seat belt, died at the scene of the wreck, which happened just after noon at southbound Minnesota 77 and Minnesota 13, the Minnesota State Patrol said. Niederer’s GMC Canyon Pickup ran off the road, struck a guardrail and rolled down an embankment, according to the state patrol.
MINNEAPOLIS — Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement Monday, July 30, he will not file charges against the two Minneapolis Police officers who fatally shot Thurman Blevins earlier this summer. He made the statement following the release of body cam footage on Sunday night, which appears to show Blevins held a gun as he was shot by Minneapolis officers on June 23 in North Minneapolis.
MAPLEWOOD, Minn. -- Maplewood-based 3M will pay $9.1 million to settle allegations that it sold defective earplugs to the military, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday. The federal government alleges the Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 were too short to function properly on some users and that 3M (and predecessor earplugs manufacturer Aearo Technologies Inc.) knowingly sold them to the military anyway. 3M did not notify the military of the defect, the Justice Department alleged.
ST. PAUL -- A 33-year-old man has been arrested after a 16-year-old girl survived a brutal physical and sexual assault and a relative of hers was found dead in a St. Paul townhouse on Monday, July 23. Officers arrested Ivan Dan Walker, 33, on suspicion of kidnapping and criminal sexual conduct. He is a person of interest in the homicide investigation, police said. Officers arrested a man known both to the teen and the 39-year-old woman who died.
ST. PAUL -- A licensed St. Paul psychiatrist pleaded guilty Friday, July 20, to possessing more than 20,000 child pornography images on his home computer. Aviel Li Goodman, 62, entered a guilty plea to one count of receipt of child pornography in Minneapolis.
ALBERT LEA, Minn. -- Health officials are investigating two cases of Legionnaires’ disease among residents at a southern Minnesota senior care facility. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the cases were reported at the St. John’s Fountain Lake facility in Albert Lea. St. John’s provides assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care and independent living services.
ST. PAUL -- A Florida-based charity called “Help the Vets” has been banned from soliciting in Minnesota. The charity was accused of making false claims to prospective donors, Attorney General Lori Swanson announced Thursday, July 19. The charity would say donations would go toward disabled and wounded veterans’ medical care and solicited more than $370,000 in donations from Minnesota.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A police officer was shot Thursday afternoon, July 19, in South St. Paul, according to officials. There was little information available on the shooting, which took place after 1 p.m. The officer’s injury does not appear to be life threatening, officials told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. A suspect was arrested in an alley behind a nearby home.