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MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn.—A St. Thomas Academy teacher has been fired after she allegedly sent "inappropriate and concerning" text messages to at least three students, according to the all-male Catholic prep school in Mendota Heights. The content of the text messages centered around drugs and alcohol, said Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy. The allegations are being investigated, said McCarthy, who added that the teacher has not been arrested.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—A woman suspected in a stabbing that was part of a pre-arranged, brass knuckles fight among seven people Sunday afternoon in north St. Cloud was arrested late Sunday. Shyla Rae Storkamp, 25, faces possible charges of first- and second-degree assault, according to St. Cloud police. She was one of three females and four males fighting with clubs and sticks about 3 p.m.
<p>DULUTH — A bronze homage to a roving neighborhood cat is the goal of a 5K run to be held May 20 in the cat's memory.</p>
MINNEAPOLIS—Authorities on Thursday afternoon recovered a body from the Mississippi River near the Lake Street-Marshall Avenue Bridge between Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Hennepin County sheriff's office said deputies discovered the body of a male at around 4 p.m. as they conducted a search on the river. Authorities have been searching the river since early last week, when a University of Minnesota student was believed to have been swept into the water above St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis.
MINNEAPOLIS—A University of Minnesota veterinary professor and two other Minnesota women have died in a collision in the Czech Republic. According to a statement from the university, the three died Tuesday while traveling to a swine health management conference in Prague. Bob Morrison, 64, a professor in the swine division at the University of Minnesota, died when their SUV collided with a truck north of Prague.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn.—For the first time in about five years, a tiger cub has been born at the Minnesota Zoo. The female Amur cub was born at the Apple Valley zoo at 7:58 p.m. April 26, weighing in at 1.7 pounds. The cub is the first offspring for mother Sundari, who was born at the zoo in June 2012. The cub's father, Putin, sired two other litters in Denmark, where he lived before coming to the zoo in 2015. "Both the cub and Sundari are doing well," Josh Le, a zoo spokesman, said Tuesday.
1 dead in crash on snowy Minnesota road Winter made a cameo appearance Monday, May 1, bringing measurable snowfall and hazardous road conditions and temperatures well below average across much of Minnesota. Sgt. Neil Dickenson of the Minnesota State Patrol reported slippery, snowy roads were responsible for nearly 20 crashes Monday in the 2800 Patrol District, including a fatal rollover crash, five property damage crashes and 13 vehicles off the road. The district covers Aitkin, Cass, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Morrison counties.
Two in five U.S. citizens live where pollution levels are too dangerous to breathe. That's according to the annual American Lung Association State of the Air Report released last week. The good news is that the number of people exposed to these unhealthy particulates dropped from 166 million to 125 million based on three-year measurements covering 2012-14 and 2013-15.
A Level 3 predatory offender that the Minnesota Department of Corrections had been seeking since April 14 is back in custody.
FARGO, N.D. — An area student has been named a track winner in North Dakota State University's Innovation Challenge '17. Winners were announced during an awards luncheon Feb. 28 at the Fargodome. "NDSU Makerspace," won the $5,000 first prize in the Social track. The project is the brainchild of Ted Zipoy, a sophomore majoring in industrial engineering from Kimball, Minn., and Kyle Stapleton, a senior majoring in electrical engineering from Hastings.