St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS - Veteran Star Tribune movie critic Colin Covert resigned Monday, Dec. 10, after editors at the Minneapolis newspaper discovered Covert had plagiarized “unique language” used by other critics in at least nine reviews over the past decade. Covert lifted lines, without attribution, from reviews published by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter and the late New Yorker writer Pauline Kael, one of the most famous film critics of the past century.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins appear to have replaced second baseman Brian Dozier. According to reports by The Athletic and ESPN, the Twins and former Brewers second baseman Jonathan Schoop have agreed to one-year contract worth $7.5 million plus incentives. Schoop, 27, was an all-star in 2017, when he hit .293 with 32 home runs and 105 runs batted in in Baltimore. But he slumped last season and was traded to Milwaukee. Between the two clubs, he hit .233 with 21 homers and 61 RBIs.
ST. PAUL - A home exploded in St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood Friday morning, Nov. 23, sending a fireball into the sky that was reportedly visible from miles away. Some 40 firefighters responded to the scene on the 600 block of Payne Avenue at about 8:30 a.m. One man who was inside the home was pulled from the wreckage and taken by ambulance to Regions Hospital with injuries.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. -- John Gagliardi, who won more college football games than any coach in history, turning St. John’s into a powerhouse, has died Sunday, Oct. 7, at the age of 91. Gagliardi won 489 games in his 64 seasons, 60 of them leading the Johnnies. He won four national championships, in 1963 and 1965 (NAIA), and 1976 and 2003 (NCAA Division III), before retiring in 2012.
TAMARACK, Wis. -- An owl in far western Wisconsin had the good fortune to survive a collision with a car, which left it impaled by the vehicle’s grill. According to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, a motorist called on Sunday morning, Sept. 23, to report that he had killed an owl while driving on a local road the night before in Trempealeau County.
ST. PAUL—Wild coach Bruce Boudreau called Wednesday's game against the Winnipeg Jets a "dress rehearsal" with the season opener a little more than a week away. "If you haven't had your legs in the first couple of games, push to get those legs today to feel good about yourself," Boudreau suggested to his team before the game, adding that the lineup will look a lot different for Friday's preseason finale against the Colorado Avalanche. Thus, it was final tuneup for the the veterans on the roster, and they made the most of it to help the Wild emerge with a 4-3 win.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The University of Minnesota will host the women’s basketball Final Four at Target Center in 2022, the NCAA announced Monday, Sept. 24. The tournament championship will be held in Minneapolis for the first time since 1995, and the 2022 edition will fall on the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the federal legislation in 1972 that created opportunities for women to play collegiate sports.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who used Facebook Marketplace to orchestrate an armed robbery in March was sentenced to eight years and three months in prison on Tuesday. Twenty-year-old Victor Isaac Wion received the sentence and was ordered by a Ramsey County judge to pay his victim $675 in restitution. The sentence comes nearly three months after a jury found him guilty of first-degree aggravated robbery.
Fifty low-income military families in the United Heroes League program were given laptop computers as well as Team USA mini hockey sticks through the Internet Essentials program sponsored by Comcast, at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul, Tuesday, Aug. 28. U.S. Olympic Gold Medalists Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, and Rico Roman were at the Science Museum as part of the program.
MINNEAPOLIS -- An armed federal air marshal was mistakenly arrested Monday on a United Airlines jet landing at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. U.S. Transportation Safety Administration spokeswoman Sari Koshetz said the man was flying in business class from Newark, N.J., when a crew member spotted a gun he was carrying. The crew member reported the incident to police at the airport.