St. Paul Pioneer Press
EAGAN, Minn. — A domestic assault suspect was fatally shot by police Tuesday night, July 2, during a standoff that lasted more than four hours in an Eagan business district. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Eagan Police Chief Roger New said officers from multiple police departments fired shots at the suspect — a man in his early 20s — but could not say which agencies they are with and what made them shoot.
MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota will raise tuition by 2% for resident undergraduates on the Twin Cities campus. The Board of Regents weighed multiple tuition proposals Wednesday, June 19 from no increase to the 2.5% that outgoing President Eric Kaler recommended last week. While sticking to his proposal, Kaler on Wednesday laid out a path for a 2%increase that cuts $700,000 from departmental budgets and transfers $900,000 in interest earnings from a growing reserve fund.
MINNEAPOLIS — Two University of Minnesota wrestlers were released from custody Tuesday, June 18 without being charged by Hennepin County authorities. Gable Steveson and his teammate Dylan Martinez, were arrested Saturday on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. Prosecutors had to charge Steveson and Martinez by noon Tuesday. They have been released from custody. The investigation remains ongoing, and prosecutors will work with the Minneapolis Police Department to review evidence over the next 90 days, according to Hennepin County authorities.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning seniors about an investment scam involving precious metals. The California-based precious metals company Metals.com, which is not registered in Minnesota as a bullion dealer or investment advisor, is cold calling seniors across the U.S. trying to convince them their savings are not safe in traditional accounts, state officials said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Police here say they are stepping up patrols and outreach after a recent spike in overdoses. The city recorded 65 the past nine days. This past week saw an all-time high for the city with 50 alone, according to a statement Thursday, June 6. One of those was a fatality. The news follows a recent string of overdoses in the east metro, including four fatalities in Washington County in recent days. The city’s police department has added patrols in high-overdose areas.
ST. PAUL — A Metro Transit police officer was injured in a small explosion before a training exercise in St. Paul on Wednesday, June 5. Paramedics took the officer to Regions Hospital with injuries that weren't life-threatening, said Howie Padilla, Metro Transit spokesman. The K-9 handler was preparing for a police dog bomb detection training exercise about 3:30 p.m. at the Metro Transit Overhaul Base, where bus maintenance and repairs occur.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota State has agreed to pay up to $1.9 million to settle a wage dispute with faculty at its two-year colleges. The Minnesota State College Faculty union has been fighting since 2010 over wage calculations for faculty who do certain jobs, such as teaching independent studies or coordinating internships, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.
Minnesota was named the third best state in the nation by U.S. News & World Report on Tuesday. The Best States rankings evaluate all 50 states based on criteria such as health care, education, economy and infrastructure. Washington took the top spot with New Hampshire following. Minnesota is the only state to rank in the top three each of the past three years, coming in second in 2018 and third in 2017, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
ST. PAUL — State lawmakers will come together to appoint new members to the University of Minnesota’s Board of Regents after all, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported .
ST. PAUL — A snow leopard gave birth to a cub at Como Zoo here this week. The birth marks the first pregnancy for Alya, the cub’s 4-year-old mother, and Moutig, the father, who is 6. It’s the first snow leopard birth at the St. Paul zoo since 2007. Alya gave birth Tuesday, April 30. The gender of the cub remains unknown. Both the mother and cub are being closely monitored over a closed-circuit video system. Alya is “exhibiting exceptional care” for the newborn and “displaying positive maternal behaviors,” according zoo officials.