St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- As Finland celebrates its centennial, its President Sauli Niinistö and first lady Jenni Haukio are coming to the Twin Cities for FinnFest USA 2017.
MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Halloween may be a month away, but the Minnesota State Patrol already has sent a message to motorists about operating vehicles in costume. A motorcyclist wearing a panda suit was cited for reckless driving and his panda head was confiscated Aug. 31 off Interstate 394 and Shelard Parkway in Minnetonka.
ST. PAUL -- After impressing during the Traverse City Prospect Tournament, 18-year-old goaltender Dereck Baribeau has earned a three-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild. Baribeau was the No. 10-ranked North American goaltender in the 2017 NHL Draft, according to NHL Central Scouting. He went undrafted after playing last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He posted a 12-15-2 record last season with a 3.93 goals-against average and a .881 save percentage in 35 games.
MINNEAPOLIS-- A former Edina woman whose disruptive behavior prompted a pilot to return a Delta Air Lines flight to the Twin Cities last winter was ordered to do community service and sentenced to probation for her conduct. Anna Koosmann, 37, of Los Angeles was sentenced in Hennepin County Court last week to one year of probation along with 10 days of community service. She was also fined.
LAKEVILLE, Minn. -- The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas has condemned the Swastika carved by unknown vandals into a putting green at the Crystal Lake Golf Club earlier this week.
ST. CLOUD -- Someone shot and killed a cow and a calf grazing in the the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge in central Minnesota near St. Cloud. The Sherburne County sheriff’s office is asking for the public’s help in finding who killed two cows, which were legally grazing on the federal land.
BOULDER, Colo. -- A 17-year-old from Minnesota died Sunday in a fall of more than 100 feet from a rock formation while climbing alone near Boulder, Colo. The Boulder County coroner’s office on Wednesday identified the teen as Carter Christensen of Maple Grove, Minn.
NORTHFIELD, Minn. -- A Shakopee man has been charged with driving the wrong way while intoxicated and fatally crashing into an Iowa woman who had just attended a Bruno Mars concert in St. Paul and was soon to be married..
INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn.—Federal border officials say they have seized $575,000 worth of counterfeit toy airplanes in International Falls, Minn. U.S. Customs and Border Protection didn't say what led them to question the 36,000 toy airplanes early this month, but further investigation determined that the importer and manufacturer lacked licenses to display the trademark or make the toys. The toys filled a rail container. The toys' packaging claims the airplanes are of die-cast metal with "pull-back action" and are safe for children age 3 and older.
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.