St. Paul Pioneer Press
HASTINGS, Minn. — A Dakota County jury convicted a 24-year-old Brooklyn Park man Monday, Dec. 18, in the January deaths of an Eagan woman and her unborn child, according to prosecutors. Vern Jason Mouelle was found guilty of two counts each of first-degree and second-degree murder in the deaths of 25-year-old Senicha Marie Lessman and the unborn child on Jan. 24. The jury deliberated for four hours.
ST. PAUL -- The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra picked up nominations for the 60th annual Grammy Awards, which were announced Tuesday morning.
ST. PAUL — About 200 fast-food workers and community allies rallied for a strike Monday morning, Sept. 4, to push for a $15 minimum wage. "Hold the burgers, hold the fries, make our wages super sized," attendees chanted, according to Stephanie Gasca, one of the event organizers. Fast-food workers organized with Centro de Trabajadores Unidos en la Lucha (an organization dedicated to "building the power and leadership of low-wage workers," according to its site) for a rally in the morning and a day-long strike.
ST. PAUL -- Vehicle services at licensing bureaus statewide were down for several hours Thursday morning. A representative from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety declined to say why, but licensing bureaus across the state have been experiencing glitches since a system upgrade last month.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Two employees of Minnehaha Academy were killed after a Wednesday morning natural gas explosion tore through the private school's upper campus in Minneapolis. Nine people were injured in the blast, which occurred about 10:20 a.m. amid a construction project in the school’s boiler room, fire officials said. At least one person remained in critical condition Wednesday evening.
ST. PAUL — The name Allianz decorates professional soccer and rugby stadiums in Brazil, Germany, Italy, France, England, Austria and Australia. By early 2019, the Munich-based life insurance company will proudly advertise itself over St. Paul's Midway, its first North American title agreement.
EAGAN, Minn. -- An Eagan daycare provider has been found guilty of seriously injuring a 13-month-old boy who has permanent brain damage. A Dakota County jury deliberated for about five hours Thursday before convicting Mariel Alexandra Grimm, 33, of first-degree assault for injuring the boy Sept. 22 at her house. Grimm, who was charged with the crime March 29, faces up to 20 years in prison; sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Hastings.
TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. -- Minnesota and Wisconsin continue to search for a St. Croix River kayaker reported missing earlier this week. The public is asked to keep an eye out for Vue Her, 49, who apparently had gone to Interstate Park in Taylors Falls earlier this week. An unoccupied kayak was spotted north of Rock Island on the St. Croix River about 8 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Chisago County sheriff’s office.
Minnesota legislators blasted past their midnight deadline Monday, May 22, to get their work done — but will come back immediately to finish the job. Forty-five minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of this year’s five-month legislative session, Republican legislative leaders joined with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they had reached a deal on how much money to spend on tax cuts, transportation, health and human services and public schools.
VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—The family of a man killed by Ramsey County sheriff's deputies in Vadnais Heights earlier this week has identified him as Darren Jahnke, 47.