St. Paul Pioneer Press
Two suspects have been identified in the theft of a Salvation Army donation kettle outside a Blaine grocery earlier this month.
ST. PAUL — A DFL lawmaker will bring forward a bill next year that would increase staffing at state prisons, and he will name the measure after fallen corrections officer Joseph Gomm. State Rep. John “Jack” Considine, DFL-Mankato, will introduce the “Joseph Gomm bill” in the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 8. Considine said he hopes that putting Gomm’s name behind the bill will bring lawmakers of both parties to the table.
ST. PAUL — Authorities have identified two women who were killed in separate pedestrian collisions with vehicles on Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Faribault and Brooklyn Park. In Faribault, Darlene Norma Ulrich, 83, was walking in the parking lot of District One Hospital about 1:30 p.m. when she was struck by a car that was rapidly backing out of a parking stall, according to police.
ST. PAUL — After a two-hour public interview Friday morning, the University of Minnesota Board of Regents is preparing to make Joan Gabel its next president. Regents plan to meet once more Tuesday, Dec. 18, to vote on an employment contract for the University of South Carolina provost, who is the lone finalist to succeed Eric Kaler next summer. Gabel, 50, would be the university’s 17th president and first woman to hold the position.
SHOREVIEW, Minn. - Officials say it appears that a fire that critically burned a 17-year-old girl at a Shoreview gas station Tuesday morning was not accidental. “We do not believe that there was any equipment malfunction with the gas pumps,” Tim Boehlke, chief of the Lake Johanna Fire Department, said in an update Wednesday, Dec. 12. “It appears this was not accidental.” Boehlke said no one else was involved and there is no threat to public safety.
ST. PAUL — Authorities say a teenage girl was critically injured Tuesday morning, Dec. 11, after gasoline ignited at a Shoreview convenience store. The girl caught fire around 6 a.m. at the Quik Stop at 5910 Lexington Ave. when gasoline on the ground near a fuel pump somehow ignited, according to Lake Johanna Fire Chief Tim Boehlke. The girl ran inside the store and a clerk helped her extinguish the flames before calling 911, Boehlke said. The victim, who was not immediately identified, was transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul with life-threatening injuries.
MINNEAPOLIS - Veteran Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert resigned Monday, Dec. 10, after editors at the Minneapolis newspaper discovered Covert had plagiarized “unique language” used by other critics in at least nine reviews over the past decade. Covert lifted lines, without attribution, from reviews published by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter and the late New Yorker writer Pauline Kael, one of the most famous film critics of the past century.
ST. PAUL - The University of Minnesota Raptor Center last week euthanized a red-tailed hawk that had appeared in a widely shared Facebook photo with an arrow through its leg. The Raptor Center was first alerted to the hawk’s plight on Nov. 30, but its volunteers were initially unable to catch the wounded bird where it was spotted in Brooklyn Center. After a photo of the hawk was posted to the Raptor Center Facebook page and shared widely, a second tip was called in on Dec. 5 and the hawk was captured.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins appear to have replaced second baseman Brian Dozier. According to reports by The Athletic and ESPN, the Twins and former Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop have agreed to one-year contract worth $7.5 million plus incentives. Schoop, 27, was an all-star in 2017, when he hit .293 with 32 home runs and 105 runs batted in in Baltimore. But he slumped last season and was traded to Milwaukee. Between the two clubs, he hit .233 with 21 homers and 61 RBIs.
ST. PAUL -- One man was killed and another person was wounded by gunfire Sunday night in St. Paul. Officers on patrol Dec. 9 heard multiple gunshots shortly after 9 p.m. and soon found the two victims inside a vehicle in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood. Paramedics took both individuals to Regions Hospital, where one man died, police said early Monday. The other is being treated for injuries that are not life-threatening, said Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman.