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NORTHFIELD, Minn.—When the flagbearer for Company G of the 1st Minnesota Infantry was shot during the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, a private named Edward Needham saved the handmade U.S. flag from falling into enemy hands.
LINDSTROM, Minn.—Violet the Yorkshire pig used to live on a farm in Westport, Mass., in conditions that have been described as "deplorable." More than 1,000 farm animals were crammed into 70 acres. They had no access to food or water. Bodies of deceased animals littered the property. Pens were layered with up to 12 inches of excrement. On Tuesday, June 5, Violet was wallowing in the dirt in her new home — the Farmaste Animal Sanctuary in Lindstrom — and reveling in a massage of her midsection.
STILLWATER, Minn.—Jesse Estrin has seen it all during his five years as a bartender: Men harassing women, women harassing men, men harassing men, women harassing women. Estrin, who works at The Tilted Tiki in downtown Stillwater, isn't shy about intervening. He will stand in front of the person being targeted, block out the aggressor and establish eye contact with the victim. "It's my signature move," he said. "I say, 'Just let me know if you need anything.' " It turns out Estrin has been doing exactly the right thing.
LITTLE CANADA, Minn. — In a laboratory near Interstate 35E and Minnesota 36, Abbott Laboratories employee Teresa Tollefson peers through a microscope, dips a Q-tip in Isopropyl alcohol and gently swabs a ring the size of a dime. First, she turns the microscope to its 7X setting. If she sees any anomalies in the pyrolytic carbon ring, she'll bump up to 30X "for closer inspection," she said.
MINNEAPOLIS — Xander Martinez's dream of going to the Super Bowl is coming true this weekend thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Now, it's up to the Philadelphia Eagles to do their part. "I really want them to win," said Xander, 13, of Winter Haven, Fla. "I'm thinking 26-15. I like Nick Foles, the quarterback, but I really like running back Jay Ajayi. He gets a lot of yards when he has the ball in his hands."
ST PAUL—The sexual-abuse scandal that involved former Olympic gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar and has reverberated across the American sports scene is not over, the mother of a former USA Gymnastics gymnast said Thursday, Jan. 25. Gina Nichols, mother of gymnast Maggie Nichols, said dozens of people knew of Nassar's "heinous" crimes and should go to prison for trying to cover them up.
ST. PAUL—When Eric Buck drove past the scene of a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 380 near Waterloo, Iowa, last month, he asked his children to pray for the people involved. The St. Paul man and three of his six children were headed home from Iowa during a snowstorm on Dec. 29 when they saw a dozen cars "totaled in a pileup" and witnessed first responders cutting open a car that had been struck by a semitrailer truck.
The scene, shot in November 2015, is painfully intimate. Jerry and Patty Wetterling stand in the middle of their kitchen in St. Joseph, going through their notes as they prepare to address the media for the first time after authorities had arrested and named Danny Heinrich as a "person of interest" in their son Jacob's 1989 abduction. While dozens of news reporters and photographers wait outside, documentary filmmaker Chris Newberry films a friend of the Wetterlings as he enters the kitchen.
STILLWATER, Minn. — For a theater space that hasn't opened yet, the future home of the Zephyr Theatre in downtown Stillwater is sure getting a lot of use. Last week's calendar of events included a book launch on Sunday, a black-and-white movie classic for teens on Monday, and a wine-tasting and direct-selling event on Tuesday.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Former Twin Cities sports-radio personality Jeff Dubay, who has previously run afoul of the law for methamphetamine possession, has been charged with felony assault in Washington County. Dubay, 49, was arrested earlier this month and charged with third-degree assault after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the basement of a Cottage Grove house. Dubay denied any wrongdoing Tuesday.