St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL — The outgoing chair of the Republican Party of Minnesota is attacking his deputy as irresponsible and lacking the judgment to become the party's new chair. Keith Downey, who is stepping down in April after two terms leading the Minnesota GOP, sent a letter to a party committee urging them to find deputy chair Chris Fields as unqualified to be chair.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota health officials are asking parents and medical workers to be on the lookout after 20 children have come down with measles in Hennepin County. The state Department of Health requests people watch for potential cases and help make sure Minnesota children are protected through vaccinations. Hennepin County and state health workers are trying to identify places where people could have been exposed and are at risk.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. -- The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff’s deputies in the Twin Cities suburb of Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47. “Our hearts are breaking right now,” sister Jenny Vance said Wednesday night.
ST. PAUL -- Ramsey County Commissioner Blake Huffman will announce Wednesday that he’s running for governor of Minnesota, according to an email sent to supporters Tuesday night. Huffman, a Republican from Shoreview, recently told the Pioneer Press that he was considering a 2018 bid to succeed Gov.
MINNEAPOLIS — Starting with a long completion on the first play, Gophers sophomore quarterback Demry Croft produced a strong showing in Saturday's spring scrimmage at TCF Bank Stadium. Croft, who redshirted last year after serving as Mitch Leidner's backup in 2015, connected on a 47-yard long ball to 6-foot-5 wide receiver Rashad Still on the opening snap. Croft went 5 for 6 for 77 yards on his opening two drives, which ended with rushing touchdowns from Rodney Smith and Jonathan Femi-Cole.
As Ervin Santana prepared to put the finishing touches on the second complete-game one-hitter of his career, the Twins right-hander stepped off the pitching rubber and briefly basked in the moment. "Throw strikes," he thought to himself Saturday afternoon as the Target Field crowd of 25,938 stood and cheered a 6-0 win over the Chicago White Sox. Squatting behind home plate, journeyman catcher Chris Gimenez looked past his pitcher for maybe the first time all day, stealing a glance at the scoreboard.
DETROIT — Two full weeks into his Twins career, Chris Gimenez's unsinkable optimism already is on display. Hours before making his first start at first base for his new team, Gimenez expertly parried a Detroit TV question about the surprising Twins being on pace for 130 wins. "I think that might be a record," Gimenez said with a grin. "While 130 wins might not necessarily be realistic, obviously it's a tremendous goal to shoot for. We do feel like we have a group of guys in here that are starting to believe in each other, and that can be a dangerous, dangerous thing."
ST. PAUL — The Greater Twin Cities United Way has cut staff, frozen salaries and reduced grants to social service programs this year, despite exceeding its fundraising goal by $2.2 million. The organization announced last week it raised $87.6 million last year, with more than 105,000 people and organizations contributing. That is a decrease from the $98.6 million in total revenue reported in 2015, according to tax records.
ST. PAUL—A judge ruled Thursday that a St. Anthony police officer's manslaughter trial will be held in Ramsey County. Ramsey County District Judge William H. Leary III denied a motion by Jeronimo Yanez's defense attorneys seeking a change of venue for the case following a hearing Tuesday. Yanez's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday. Officials with the Ramsey County attorney's office declined comment on the ruling.
ST. CLOUD -- Authorities say a body found in the Mississippi River over the weekend might be that of missing St. Cloud State University student Jesse Dady. Stearns County Chief Deputy Bruce Bechtold said officials believe the body to be Dady, but will wait for confirmation from the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office, which could come in the next few days.