St. Paul Pioneer Press
She's back! Minnesota's Becca Kufrin, ABC's new Bachelorette, made a rosy comeback on social media Wednesday. The reality competition's host, Chris Harrison, posted a promotional image of Kufrin as the Bachelorette with the message: "A little gift for #BachelorNation." In the newly released poster, red rose petals rain down on the 28-year-old Prior Lake publicist, who is wearing a metallic gown and a sassy smile. Superseded over her image is her signature catchphrase: "Let's do the damn thing." Wait, isn't love supposed to be patient and kind?
EAGAN, Minn. --Sun Country Airlines says it will cover some additional costs for travelers stranded in Mexico after the airline canceled flights due to a weekend snowstorm battering Minnesota. An estimated 250 people were stuck when Eagan-based Sun Country couldn’t provide planes because the airline was ending seasonal service on Saturday. Passengers who managed to rebook on other airlines complained of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars more to get home from Los Cabos and Mazatlan.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. -- State authorities are investigating after a 23-year-old man was killed early Thursday in an officer-involved shooting in Lake Elmo. The Washington County sheriff’s office received a call just after midnight about a man who had been making suicidal comments, authorities said. Deputies found him near the Lake Elmo Public Library. He was armed with a handgun, according to authorities.
STILLWATER, Minn. -- The disturbing posts came via Snapchat and included “I’m on Xans with a 12 gauge” and “I bought an AR.” They were sent Tuesday afternoon to a 15-year-old girl, a student at Stillwater Area High School, from Breanna Stoltz, who had earlier tried to enter the school with a BB gun that resembled a Glock pistol hidden in her backpack, police said.
MINNEAPOLIS—WNBA teams looking to deal quality veteran players in exchange for draft picks know who to call. "There's always rumors about some of the veterans (potentially being dealt) and they go, 'Well, you know Minnesota is going to take them ...' " said Cheryl Reeve, the Lynx coach and general manager. Reeve responds to that sentiment with a joke. "(So I go), 'What makes you think we would trade our pick?' " Reeve quips. "It probably would be surprising for us to keep it."
ST. PAUL -- One of the two accused shooters charged in connection with last month’s killing of a 19-year-old St. Paul man outside a party bus in Inver Grove Heights is still at large. The whereabouts of Trashaun Nij Morris, 17, is unknown despite a national arrest warrant and manhunt that involves local, state and federal agencies as well as law enforcement from outside Minnesota, said Paul Schnell, Inver Grove Heights police chief.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Republicans said Wednesday they will advance a package of mental health initiatives that would boost funding for treatment facilities and services, long-term housing and more accessible counseling for school students and farm families. The four main bills in the package would:
MINNEAPOLIS -- A bicyclist was struck and killed Tuesday night by a light-rail train in Minneapolis, officials say. The man, who has not yet been identified, was crossing the light-rail tracks at East 42nd Street about 6:45 p.m. on April 10, when he was struck by a northbound Blue Line train, Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. Padilla said it appears the crossing arms were down and the warning bells were activated at the crossing when the crash occurred.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A man who crawled over the railing on the north side of the new St. Croix River bridge and jumped just after rush hour on Monday morning, April 9, was found dead on the ice below, Washington County Sheriff Dan Starry said. A passing motorist called 911 at 8:47 a.m. to report the incident, which occurred on the Minnesota side of the bridge, Starry said.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota's seasonally adjusted jobless rate fell to 3.2 percent in February, despite a loss of 1,300 jobs in the month. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development released the latest job statistics Thursday that also show dramatic boosts for blacks and Hispanics in the job market. And February's losses were offset by a revision in January's figures from 2,500 jobs gained to 4,900 additional jobs in the state.