St. Paul Pioneer Press
STILLWATER, Minn. -- Although some have watched the rising waters of the St. Croix River with growing concern in recent days, it’s looking as if Stillwater will be safe from flooding in the near future. With a dam breaking upriver and torrential rain, the swollen St. Croix has steadily encroached on Stillwater’s flood stage for several days. But National Weather Service forecasters believe that it will peak soon.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State higher education system will explore moving its 300 administrative workers out of downtown St. Paul in 2022. It costs the system around $2.5 million a year to lease 89,000 square feet inside Wells Fargo Place for the chancellor, system office divisions, information technology workers and the board of trustees.
ST. PAUL -- The Wild learned on Wednesday, June 20, that they will open the season on the road against the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 4 before hosting the Vegas Golden Knights in their home opener on Oct. 6. The full NHL schedule is set to be released later this week. Its marks the seventh time in franchise history the Wild will start the season on the road. It also marks the fifth time the Wild will open a season against the rival Avalanche.
ST. PAUL -- A driver suspected of fleeing the scene of a crash in Minneapolis killed two people in a second crash Friday evening, June 15, police said. The female driver of a van, who was possibly impaired, struck two telephone poles and a vehicle in an alley in Minneapolis, killing a passenger in the van and a person in the other vehicle, according to police. The woman was arrested and taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota’s unemployment rate dropped to 3.1 percent as employers added 10,200 jobs in May. The seasonally adjusted rate is less than the U.S. unemployment rate of 3.8 percent in May, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The rate is at its lowest since July 2000. But Minnesota’s job growth for the past 12 months of 1 percent still lags behind the national 1.7 percent rate.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Minneapolis attorney Ron Meshbesher, who began his decades-long legal career as a Hennepin County prosecutor and retired as one of Minnesota’s best-known defense lawyers, died Wednesday at age 85. Meshbesher suffered from Alzheimer’s disease in the last years of his life and had moved into an assisted-living facility in Deephaven a few months ago, his brother said.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Three St. Paul toddlers were struck by a motorist fleeing Minnesota State Patrol troopers through a park on Monday morning, officials say. The children were at a playground in Bohanon Park when a black SUV driven by 27-year-old Kabaar Wahleen Powell crashed into them, according to Capt. Jason Bartell, a State Patrol spokesman.
ST. PAUL -- Two men grabbed a woman’s cellphone and punched her 7-year-old daughter in the mouth Sunday in St. Paul, police said. Police were notified at 1 p.m. June 10 about the assault and robbery at a bus stop. The 30-year-old woman was with her son and daughter at Rice Street and Hoyt Avenue when two men, who appeared to be in their early 20s, rode up on bicycles, said Steve Linders, a St. Paul police spokesman.
Crisis Connection, Minnesota’s telephone crisis hotline, will shut down June 30 after a bill that included its continued funding was vetoed last month. Canvas Health, the Oakdale-based nonprofit agency that operates the hotline, requested nearly $1 million from the state this year for long-term sustainable funding, but that request was a casualty of Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton’s veto of a state spending bill after disagreements with Republican lawmakers.
ST. PAUL -- A 47-year-old Minneapolis man admitted to urinating in the water bottle of a Perkins restaurant co-worker who had rejected his romantic advances. Conrrado Cruz Perez made the admission in Ramsey County District Court Monday, June 4, when he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of adulteration by bodily fluid.