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WYOMING, Minn.—When Wyoming, Minn., police officers responded to a 911 call on Tuesday, Oct. 9, of a mother in labor, they found the front door locked. Officer Matt Paavola kicked in the door and discovered that Nichole Mickelson, 38, had just given birth to a baby girl. Mickelson, who is a nurse, was performing CPR on the baby, named Anna, who wasn't breathing. However, Mickelson was pregnant with twin girls, and the second baby was on the way.
LAKE ELMO, Minn. — Rowan Malmberg was biking to her boyfriend’s house one morning this summer when she thought she could dash across Lake Elmo Avenue and beat a semi-tractor trailer that was headed north. She couldn’t. The truck driver slammed on his brakes before he dragged 14-year-old Rowan about 100 yards and ended up jackknifed in the ditch with Rowan’s right leg pinned between the truck and the ground. Rowan, a freshman at Stillwater Area High School, remembers coming to and “feeling all the weight of the truck” on her leg, she said.
ST. PAUL — About 42,000 pages of state and county documents related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation will be released to the public Thursday, Sept. 20, in Stearns County. What's notable is what won't be released: thousands of pages of federal documents that have been returned to the FBI. Mark Anfinson, the attorney who represented a coalition of media outlets and public interest groups that intervened after Jerry and Patty Wetterling sued to keep some documents private, said he was "very troubled" by the number of documents that the FBI has taken back.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The closed investigative file regarding the Jacob Wetterling abduction will be released to the public on Thursday, Sept. 20, Stearns County officials said Friday. The release will happen at 10:06 a.m. at the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center. Sheriff Don Gudmundson will host a news conference and present "key elements in the case and take questions based on the presentation," according to a news release.
ARDEN HILLS, Minn.—Just before he was attacked and killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison on July 18, corrections officer Joseph Gomm reached out to the Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota to check on two American kestrels he had helped rescue.
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."