Prosecutors have charged a 39-year-old woman with fatally stabbing another woman after an argument in downtown Minneapolis. Shermeika Franklin of Minneapolis was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the killing of 42-year-old Mesheka Willis. Willis was stabbed in the chest Saturday night at a bus depot. Franklin told police that Willis had been bothering her and punched her in the chin. Franklin remains jailed ahead of a court appearance Thursday.
Officials in northern Minnesota have ordered a temporary halt to construction on land linked to a man who led a secretive polygamous sect's compound in South Dakota. Cook County officials issued the cease-and-desist order Friday to a company tied to Seth Jeffs. The order was issued after officials visited the 40-acre property west of Grand Marais and found apparent wetland violations. Jeffs applied in August to build a 5,760-square-foot building on the Minnesota land.
Authorities in Rochester are asking residents to keep an eye out for a rogue bison that's been on the loose since the weekend. A farmer spotted the bison walking through his fields in southwest Rochester on Sunday. Officers approached the animal, but it started acting aggressively. Olmsted County sheriff's officials have been in touch with the bison's owner. Capt. Scott Behrens says people should stay away from the bison if they see it because it could charge if it feels threatened.
Minnesota farmers are still having trouble getting their crops into the ground as an unusually wet spring persists. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota Tuesday that a third of the state's corn crop has yet to be planted. That puts Minnesota farmers eight days behind last year's pace and 13 days behind the five-year average. And only 35 percent of the state's soybean crop has been planted, eight days behind last year and a full two weeks behind the five-year average. Because of the wet weather, only two days were suitable [...]
Hundreds of people gathered in the steady rain at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day observance. The state's largest military cemetery is home to 180,000 graves dating back to the Civil War. Gov. Tim Walz, himself a veteran, noted that the ceremony comes just before celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the landings on D-Day.
Pine County sheriff's officials are looking Monday for a suspect who shot a man as the victim drove away from an altercation. The driver called deputies Saturday afternoon and told them he had been shot in the shoulder and was driving toward Hinckley.
Authorities say three tornadoes touched down in southeast Minnesota causing structural damage, but no injuries. Fillmore County Sheriff John DeGeorge says at least four farms sustained damage Monday when the twisters moved through the area. The Memorial Day storm dosed the Twin Cities and southern communities with between 1½ to 2 inches of rain. The National Weather Service says more than 3 inches of rain fell in Rochester by early evening.
A malpractice ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court is causing angst in the state's medical and legal communities. The high court recently ruled a doctor can be sued for malpractice even if he or she is not directly treating a patient. The decision involves an Iron case in which a hospital doctor allegedly refused to admit a patient who was being treated by a nurse practitioner. The physician-based his decision on a 10-minute telephone call. The patient died several days later.
A tornado hit an area near the Floyd County Fairgrounds in Charles City, Iowa, destroying several buildings and damaging others. The Des Moines Register reports the tornado hit the fairgrounds and homes in the northeast Iowa city about 12:30 p.m. Monday. Craig Anderson, the fair board treasurer, says the tornado destroyed two fairgrounds buildings, severely damaged two others and caused some damage to other structures. Two buildings at the nearby Floyd County Ag Center also were destroyed. At least three homes also were damaged or destroyed.
A 4-year-old child with autism has been rescued from the Zumbro River in Rochester. Olmsted County sheriff's officials received a call about 3 p.m. Sunday from someone along a bike trail who spotted a child in the river. Officers found the child floating in the water and directed firefighters to the boy's location. The boy was conscious and alert when they reached him. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Hospital-St. Marys for evaluation.