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2 found dead in washington county residence

scandia, minn. — washington county sheriff's officials say two people have been found dead in a residence in scandia.authorities say dispatchers received a call about 10 p.m. sunday asking deputies to check on the couple's welfare. they found the couple dead and recovered a weapon at the scene.the sheriff's office identified the two as 65-year-old melissa seefert and 66-year-old clarence seefert.the minnesota bureau of criminal apprehension helped process the scene. sheriff's officials say they are not seeking any suspects.





tickets on sale wednesday for super bowl week's nfl opening night at xcel energy center

the public premier of the two teams playing in super bowl lii gets rolling at st. paul's xcel energy center on jan. 29 with a prime-time show that will be a much cheaper than one for the game the following sunday.at the event, fans will watch thousands of media ask questions of the players and coaches.super bowl opening night — the monday before the game — is the first interaction that players and coaches from the two teams have with media upon arrival in minnesota. the exchanges can set the tone for the week and the game ahead.the nfl has turned the traditional meet-the-press session into a show. the league also pitches the event as an opportunity for the average fan to get close to the glitz and hoopla.peter o'reilly, nfl senior vice president of events, said the goal is to bring fans closer to the big event. "we are excited to provide fans in minnesota with a first look at super bowl players as they meet each other for the only time before the game and interact with thousands of media members from around the world," he said in a statement.minnesota vikings legends, cheerleaders and team mascots will be there signing autographs and posing for photos.minnesota super bowl host committee spokeswoman andrea mokros said the event is fan-focused and family friendly. "it's st. paul's turn to shine in front of a national broadcast audience and thousands of media members," she said. "and it's a once in a lifetime opportunity for minnesotans to be part of super bowl his...





michael jordan replaces fan's jersey he signed in '90s that was stolen years later in wis.

a michael jordan jersey signed by the nba legend for a seriously ill child when they met in the 1990s was stolen from her grandfather's burned-out western wisconsin home, and authorities are putting on a full-court press making every effort to find it.and while there's nothing like the real thing, jordan heard about the thievery and is having the memento replaced.three people were permanently displaced when fire struck the house in the township of rock creek on oct. 11, said suzanne valleau-schiel, whose daughter kelsey schiel got the jersey autographed by the basketball star at his chicago restaurant in 1995.valleau-schiel said her little girl was going through "a really dark time … and meeting michael jordan made her smile."early on nov. 2, a family member showed up at the charred home and encountered two males running into the house, valleau-schiel, of suburban chicago, said last week."she asked them, 'what are you doing?' " she said. "and they said, 'the same thing you are. we're looting.' " a jersey like the one in this photo was stolen from a western wisconsin home after a fire last month, authorities say. to that, the family member replied, " 'no, we're family,' " valleau-schiel continued.the duo drove away from the home with a garbage can full of items, the dunn county sheriff's office said. both have since been arrested and charged. they are identified as ryan j. weiss, 39, and michael a. tenney, 33, both of nearby eau claire.auth...





two wb lanes now open on i-94 in st. paul; crews battling semi fire

two lanes of westbound i-94 at century avenue on the border of st. paul and maplewood are now open at the scene of a semitrailer truck fire.a major backup developed as traffic was stacked up into woodbury at county road 19, but as of 8:50 a.m. delays were subsiding.a semitrailer truck fire had blocked all westbound lanes for about 25 minutes after the blaze broke out about 6:25 a.m. the minnesota department of transportation said the truck's brakes caught fire and "got out of control."one lane opened about 7 a.m. and a second lane opened at 7:30 a.m.the truck driver was able to get out unharmed, the minnesota department of transportation said. the two right lanes could be closed for several hours. the state patrol advised motorists to find alternate routes.metro transit working to fix 1,200 heat lamps vandalized at bus and light-rail shelters





woman alleges franken grabbed her at state fair picture-taking

cnn on monday is reporting that a second woman is accusing minnesota sen. al franken of unwanted sexual touching, with this alleged encounter occurring after he was elected.the national news network says it was contacted by 33-year-old lindsay menz, of texas, and she is accusing franken of grabbing her buttocks while posing together for a photo at the minnesota state fair.in a statement sunday to cnn, franken said he did not remember taking the photo with menz and that he felt “badly” that she felt disrespected.“i take thousands of photos at the state fair surrounded by hundreds of people, and i certainly don’t remember taking this picture,” franken said. “i feel badly that ms. menz came away from our interaction feeling disrespected.”menz told cnn she was at the fair with her husband and father, a businessman who was sponsoring a local radio booth, and she spent the day taking photos with various elected officials, political candidates and as they stopped by.menz’s account follows last week’s disclosure by los angeles radio personality leeann tweeden that the democratic senator forcibly kissed and groped her during a 2006 uso tour. he has since apologized to her but added that he remembers their encounter differently. on that same tour, the former “saturday night live” cast member also mugged for a photo as his hands hovered over tweeden’s breasts as she slept. the scandal has left franken facing a senate ethics investigation and calls to resign.cnn s...





two scandia residents found dead, authorities say no threat to public

two scandia residents were found dead inside a house saturday night and a weapon was found at the scene, the washington county sheriff’s office said monday.sheriff dan starry identified the victims as melissa seefert, 65, and clarence seefert, 66.deputies responded to a request to check on the people living at 19435 olinda trail n., scandia, at 9:56 p.m. saturday. after the bodies were discovered, the minnesota bureau of criminal apprehension was called for assistance in processing the crime scene, starry said.the sheriff’s office isn’t seeking any suspects in the investigation and there is no threat to the public, starry said.no other information is available at this time, he said.scandia is a city of about 4,000 residents in rural washington county, east of forest lake. scandia contracts with the sheriff’s office for law enforcement.





mpls. police want public's help investigating body found near lake nokomis

as authorities on monday awaited autopsy results on unidentified remains found sunday in woods south of lake nokomis, minneapolis police are encouraging anyone with a missing loved one to contact them.police said a man walking his dog in solomon park was led by his pet about 40 yards into the woods, where he saw the partially-buried body late sunday morning.sgt. catherine michal said investigators with the state bureau of criminal apprehension and the minneapolis police department needed roughly 12 hours to remove the remains and collect other evidence from the scene, located just north of hwy. 62 and west of cedar avenue s., close to minneapolis-st. paul international airport.michal declined to address how long the remains might have been in that location, but did say “it was all contained in one area.”the body was partly covered with more than just any leaves, debris or branches that could have fallen on it, michal said.for now, michal added, “the next step for us is waiting for the medical examiner’s office to do the autopsy,” which should reveal the circumstances of the death, when it occurred and the person’s age, gender and identity. the scene where a body was found in a wooded area in solomon park near cedar avenue and 58th street in minneapolis. in the meantime, “we’d really like anyone with any information to come forward” and contact police.“we don’t know how long the person has been there,” she said. “anyone with missing relatives ...





partially-buried body found in south minneapolis park

minneapolis — authorities say a partially-buried body has been found in some woods in a south minneapolis park.a man walking his dog in solomon park near lake nokomis found the body sunday. police say investigators could not tell the age or how long the body had been there.police sgt. catherine michal says the body was partially covered with more than just leaves and branches. lights and heaters were brought to the scene as investigators worked into the night. the state bureau of criminal apprehension is helping with the investigation.the park is near minneapolis-st. paul international airport.





two hunters die during opening deer-gun season

montello, wis. — two hunters have been found dead in marquette county during opening day of the gun-deer season.authorities say a 57-year-old man was found with a gunshot wound in his ground blind in the town of newton saturday. the marquette county man was pronounced dead at the scene.a 62-year-old shawano county man was found dead in his tree stand saturday on private property in the town of westfield by a member of his hunting party. coroner tom wastart says an autopsy shows he died of natural causes.three other hunters were wounded by gunfire elsewhere during opening weekend. those shootings happened in brown, shawano and forest counties.an estimated 600,000 hunters participated in opening weekend of the nine-day gun season in wisconsin.





two lanes now open on i-94 in st. paul; crews battling semi fire

two lanes of westbound i-94 at century avenue on the border of st. paul and maplewood are now open at the scene of a semitrailer truck fire.a major backup developed as traffic was stacked up into woodbury at county road 19.a semitrailer truck fire had blocked all westbound lanes for about 25 minutes after the blaze broke out about 6:25 a.m. the minnesota department of transportation said the truck's brakes caught fire and "got out of control."one lane opened about 7 a.m. and a sceond lane opened at 7:30 a.m.the truck driver was able to get out unharmed, the minnesota department of transportation said. metro transit working to fix 1,200 heat lamps vandalized at bus and light-rail shelters





dog walker finds body in park south of lake nokomis; no id

a man walking his dog in solomon park in south minneapolis on sunday morning discovered a body in a wooded area. police said the man’s dog led him about 40 yards into a small but dense woods, where he saw a body that was partly buried.the park is just north of hwy. 62 and west of cedar avenue s., south of lake nokomis and close to minneapolis-st. paul international airport.police, responding to the man’s 911 call at 10:16 a.m., established a crime scene perimeter. “we are not even in a position to identify the gender of the person,” said sgt. catherine michal of the minneapolis police department. investigators could not tell the age or say how long the body had been there.the state bureau of criminal apprehension was called to the scene to assist mpd homicide investigators. lights and heaters were brought in to help investigators work after dark.the body was partly covered, apparently by another person — with more than just leaves, debris and branches that could have fallen on it, michal said.the team, digging by hand, is “going to be taking it step by step,” michal said. “we’re very grateful for the dog’s nose that alerted [the owner] to this. we want to publicly thank that individual, and kudos to his dog.”the dead person’s identity will be released by the hennepin county medical examiner’s office.





minnesota farm provides fresh shrimp to local restaurants

spring valley, minn. — aaron terbeest, of spring valley, runs his own farm, but his livestock is a little bit on the shrimpy side.the 31-year-old man runs a shrimp farm called kedron valley farm, and has been officially licensed since may 2017. this past season marked the first time that terbeest was able to harvest his shrimp for direct-to-consumer and direct-to-restaurant sales."there's always some risk that comes with any sort of farming operation," the 2004 kingsland graduate told the agri news . "aquaculture is no exception."terbeest graduated from winona state university in 2009 with a psychology degree. however, it was the background through his stepfather's dairy farm that got him gradually interested in pursuing agriculture.this career move was something he never thought of for himself."no, never," he said with a laugh. "never crossed my mind. i've never been to the ocean myself. i've got a background in arborist with orchards and things like that. this kind of popped up. i thought to myself 'well, that's kind of interesting.' it was working well for some other small producers. ... this never would've crossed my mind."but how did terbeest get into shrimp farming? it all started with reading an article on small-scale shrimp farms that began popping up throughout the midwest. then slowly, he began taking classes and attended seminars to learn about the feasibility and diversifying farming.while minnesota is known for dairy and harvesting corn and soyb...





authorities id man who died in north minneapolis house fire

authorities have identified the man who died last week in a north minneapolis house fire.robert l. holmberg, 55, is the resident who was pulled tuesday from an upper-level bedroom of a house in the 3600 block of dupont avenue n., according to the hennepin county medical examiner’s office.holmberg died from smoke inhalation, the examiner’s office determined.paramedics and firefighters performed resuscitation efforts on holmberg, who was taken to hennepin county medical center in critical condition, assistant fire chief bryan tyner said. holmberg died the next day.a second person in the house was able to get out unharmed, tyner said.the flames were extinguished within 15 minutes, and the blaze was largely contained to the room where it originated. the cause of the fire has been ruled accidental, tyner said.paul walsh





limo hits, severely hurts man crossing highway northwest of twin cities

a limousine driver ran over and severely hurt a man who was trying to cross a well-traveled street in the middle of the night early sunday northwest of the twin cities, authorities said.the crash occurred about 2:20 a.m. on hwy. 10 near 168th street nw. in big lake, according to the state patrol.daniel r. martin, 29, of zimmerman, was taken by air ambulance to north memorial medical center in robbinsdale, the patrol said.martin’s injuries were initially considered life-threatening. a hospital spokesman said later sunday that the man’s condition was upgraded to fair.robert t. nowak, 47, of big lake, was heading west on hwy. 10 when he struck martin.the patrol’s report said nowak was not under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash. whether martin had been drinking at the time was unknown, according to a synopsis of the crash by the patrol.





authorities id man who died in north minneapolis house fire

authorities have identified the man who died last week in a north minneapolis house fire.robert l. holmberg, 55, is the resident who was pulled tuesday from an upper-level bedroom of a house in the 3600 block of dupont avenue n., according to the hennepin county medical examiner's office.holmberg died from smoke inhalation, the examiner's office determined.paramedics and firefighters performed resuscitation efforts on holmberg, who was taken to hennepin county medical center in critical condition, assistant fire chief bryan tyner said. holmberg died the next day.a second person in the house was able to get out unharmed, tyner said.the flames were extinguished within 15 minutes, and the blaze was largely contained to the room where it originated. the cause of the fire has been ruled accidental, tyner said.paul walsh





fbi files detail open terrorism cases in minn.

the former edison high school theater student had changed his facebook name to “mujahid ibrahim abu tuabah.” he wrote reverently of four twin cities friends who had joined the islamic state of iraq and syria, and boasted that the terror group “will never be defeated.”asked online if he was ready for jihad himself, he paused: “i have to make my faith stronger if i want to die as a martyr,” the minneapolis 19-year-old wrote, likely unaware that he was corresponding with an undercover new york officer.two years later, he is still in minneapolis and, according to interviews and court records reviewed by the star tribune, one of at least a half-dozen minnesotans at the center of ongoing fbi investigations into isis support.the cases in­clude a 35-year-old fa­ther of four al­leg­ed­ly en­listed to help edit a popu­lar isis propa­ganda mag­a­zine, a sauk rapids hack­er re­port­ed to the fbi by fel­low hack­ers trou­bled by his boasts of ji­ha­dist con­nec­tions, and a south met­ro ju­jit­su instruc­tor who helped ra­tion­al­ize su­i­cide at­tacks for a man since con­victed on ter­ror­ism charges in in­di­an­a.more than a year af­ter the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment com­pleted its land­mark pros­e­cu­tion of 11 young twin cities men — the larg­est ter­ror­ism con­spir­a­cy case ever charged in the unit­ed states — the re­cords show that the fbi is still prob­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ty of home­grown ter­ror­ists in t...





michael jordan replaces fan's jersey he signed in '90s that was stolen years later in wis.

a michael jordan jersey signed by the nba legend for a seriously ill child when they met in the 1990s was stolen from her grandfather’s burned-out western wisconsin home, and authorities are putting on a full-court press making every effort to find it.and while there’s nothing like the real thing, jordan heard about the thievery and is having the memento replaced.three people were permanently displaced when fire struck the house in the township of rock creek on oct. 11, said suzanne valleau-schiel, whose daughter kelsey schiel got the jersey autographed by the basketball star at his chicago restaurant in 1995.valleau-schiel said her little girl was going through “a really dark time … and meeting michael jordan made her smile.”early on nov. 2, a family member showed up at the charred home and encountered two males running into the house, valleau-schiel, of suburban chicago, said last week.“she asked them, ‘what are you doing?’ ” she said. “and they said, ‘the same thing you are. we’re looting.’ ” a jersey like the one in this photo was stolen from a western wisconsin home after a fire last month, authorities say. to that, the family member replied, “ ‘no, we’re family,’ ” valleau-schiel continued.the duo drove away from the home with a garbage can full of items, the dunn county sheriff’s office said. one person has been arrested, and authorities are looking for the other person and the jersey along with other pilfered pos...





last name of minnesotan in nhl is punchline in 'saturday night live' skit

chance the rapper took no chance on national television trying to pronounce the last name of former twin cities and gophers hockey standout brady skjei.cast member alex moffat portrayed skjei (it’s pronounced shay) on this weekend’s “saturday night live” in a new york rangers uniform and gear in a skit with the rap star.“i’m here with,” chance began, only to stop to ask, “can you turn around so i can get a name?”chance continued, “yes, that is an s, a k and a j all next to each other, so that’s a no.”acting flummoxed, the rap star asked, “how you gonna do that hockey?” nbc television chance the rapper sized up brady skjei's last name. moffat’s skjei character delivered his answers to his hockey-adverse questioner flawlessly and got a pretty good laugh in the process.“you know, we just got to keep the pressure up and stay out of the box. ... and we got to watch the icing calls. coach said we were icing so much, we could open a bakery.”“i thought it was hilarious,” skjei told the new york daily news on sunday morning. “it was kind of weird seeing your jersey on ‘snl.’ ”the 23-year-old skjei is in his third season with rangers after a three-year stint with the gophers, who recruited him out of lakeville north high school.





dog walker finds body in park south of lake nokomis; no id yet

a man walking his dog in solomon park in south minneapolis on sunday morning discovered a body in a wooded area. police said the man’s dog led him about 40 yards into a small but dense woods, where he saw a body that was partly buried.the park is just north of hwy. 62 and west of cedar avenue s., south of lake nokomis and close to minneapolis-st. paul international airport.police, responding to the man’s 911 call at 10:16 a.m., established a crime scene perimeter. “we are not even in a position to identify the gender of the person,” said sgt. catherine michal of the minneapolis police department. investigators could not tell the age or say how long the body had been there.the state bureau of criminal apprehension was called to the scene to assist mpd homicide investigators. lights and heaters were brought in to help investigators work after dark.the body was partly covered, apparently by another person — with more than just leaves, debris and branches that could have fallen on it, michal said.the team, digging by hand, is “going to be taking it step by step,” michal said. “we’re very grateful for the dog’s nose that alerted [the owner] to this. we want to publicly thank that individual, and kudos to his dog.”the dead person’s identity will be released by the hennepin county medical examiner’s office.pat pheifer





minnesota state patrol cautions drivers ahead of 'blackout wednesday'

on the night before thanksgiving, beer sales at bars and restaurants jump more than 270 percent and liquor sales more than double compared to a typical wednesday, according to a survey of more than 3,000 establishments by the restaurant software maker upserve.it’s no wonder the popular party night has earned names such as “blackout wednesday” and “drinksgiving.” it’s become one of the biggest drinking days and most dangerous travel days of the year, rivaling new year’s eve and st. patrick’s day, said lt. tiffani nielson of the state patrol.“it will be very busy for us,” nielson said. the same will be true for officers from 300 law enforcement agencies across the state looking for inebriated drivers.on a typical wednesday, 47 people are tagged for drunken driving in minnesota. on “blackout wednesday,” that number jumps to an average of 74, according to 2011-2015 data from the department of public safety. there were 14 deaths during that period.nielson has a warning for wednesday revelers: “be cautious. even one mixed drink or craft beer could land a person in hot water,” she said. “use a designated driver, walk or call an uber. use a safe way to get home.”nationwide, no holiday has more deadly crashes than the four-day thanksgiving weekend. more than 483 people died in crashes last year and 41 percent of those (199) were alcohol-related, the national highway traffic safety administration said.many factors contribute to the dangerous travel condi...