St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Thunderstorms soaked the Twin Cities on Thursday, swamping roads at rush hour and setting a daily rainfall record, the National Weather Service said. The storms, which tapered off by about 9 p.m., dumped 3.28 inches at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, said Caleb Grunzke, a meteorologist at the Weather Service office in Chanhassen.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The investigation into a sexual assault allegation against a Chinese e-commerce tycoon has been turned over to prosecutors by Minneapolis police. Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, was arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct Aug. 31 and was released a day later.
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 2.9 percent in August, the lowest it has been in nearly 19 years. The rate was 3 percent in July, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED. The last time the seasonally adjusted rate fell below 3 percent was in December 1999. The record-low jobless rate for the state is 2.5 percent, which was recorded in January and February 1999. The national unemployment rate in August was 3.9 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former University of Minnesota offensive tackle Nick Connelly died Wednesday, Sept. 19, after a four-month battle with cancer, his father announced on Twitter. He was 22. The Red Wing native was diagnosed in June with Burkitt’s lymphoma, a cancer that attacks immune cells. “Nick was winning the battle through aggressive chemotherapy until the cancer became resistant to all chemo regimes,” Chuck Connelly wrote. “Nick was a beautiful, big, strong, young athlete with a very kind heart and a great smile.
ST. PAUL—Eight vintage luxury train cars will be on display Saturday, Sept. 22, in St. Paul. The cars, belonging to members of the American Association of Private Railroad Car Owners, will be at Union Depot, as part of the group's 41st annual convention. "They're all million-dollar train cars," said Ken Buehler, the convention's co-chairman. "It's certainly luxury travel, back to how it was in the golden age."
BURNSVILLE, Minn. — A body pulled from Crystal Lake in Burnsville on Tuesday, Sept. 18, was that of a 40-year-old Iowa man whose death has been ruled a drowning, the Dakota County sheriff's office said. Burnsville police and the sheriff's office were called to Crystal Lake around 1 a.m. Tuesday and found the body of Andrew Lee Little floating in the water near the public beach. Family reported him missing Sunday afternoon, Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who used Facebook Marketplace to orchestrate an armed robbery in March was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison on Tuesday. Twenty-year-old Victor Isaac Wion received the sentence and was ordered by a Ramsey County judge to pay his victim $675 in restitution. The sentence comes nearly three months after a jury found him guilty of first-degree aggravated robbery.
ST. PAUL — A 41-year-old West St. Paul woman was sentenced Friday, Sept. 15, to nearly 22 years in prison for strangling to death her 60-year-old aunt last year in West St. Paul. Divina Marie Sulentich pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder (with intent) for killing Mary Susan Sulentich on July 8, 2017.
ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating the death of a 20-year-old University of Minnesota student at a fraternity house near the St. Paul campus. Alcohol may have played a role in the student’s death, but that will be determined by the autopsy, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman. Investigators found no indication of foul play, including anything such as hazing or an initiation, Linders said. Officers were called about 5 a.m. Wednesday to the house of Alpha Gamma Rho, an agriculture fraternity, on the 2000 block of Carter Avenue, which is near Cleveland Avenue.
ST. PAUL — State health officials say they have heard from the woman who dropped off two dead bats at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. The Minnesota Department of Health said that the woman called Wednesday morning, Sept. 12, and it turns out there apparently there was no human exposure to the bats, which tested positive for rabies.