St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo has advanced to the playoffs of NBC’s vocal competition show “The Voice,” after impressing judges with a rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Superstar.” Tuaolo, 49, of Minneapolis, survived the show’s Knockout Round on Monday night after Blake Shelton chose Tuaolo’s performance over fellow competitor Adam Cunningham’s.
OAKDALE, Minn. -- One person was injured Tuesday afternoon when a man driving an SUV crashed into a Hy-Vee store in the Twin Cities suburb of Oakdale. A witness said the driver of a white Chevy Tahoe was traveling at a “very high rate of speed” when he jumped the curb headed east after leaving the Hardee’s drive-through window around noon Tuesday. The driver struck the grocery store and several items, including a Redbox movie rental kiosk, outside the store.
APPLE VALLEY, Minn. -- The oldest snow monkey in North America died Sunday at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. Nikko, a Japanese macaque (commonly referred to as snow monkeys), celebrated his 34th birthday in September, according to a news release issued Monday by zoo officials.
ST. PAUL – St. Paul police say officers fatally shot a man Thursday after they were called to “a violent domestic” in which the man fired a gun at a woman. Responding officers met the woman, who called 911, down the block from the incident in the 400 block of Earl Street in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood about 6 p.m., according to Sgt. Mike Ernster, a St. Paul police spokesman. She said the man shot at her twice and children were still in the home. The woman was uninjured. Officers went to the home, made sure the children were safe and looked for the suspect, Ernster said.
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.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis police have made an arrest in a Sunday crash in which a driver fled and left behind a passenger who died of her injuries. Michael Laurence Campbell, 21, was booked into the Hennepin County jail on probable cause of criminal vehicular homicide. University of St. Thomas junior Ria Patel, 20, of Eden Prairie, died of head injuries at 3:51 a.m.Sunday, according to the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office.
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 -- A 34-year-old driver fled from troopers in St. Paul early Tuesday and then fatally shot himself, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Shortly after 2 a.m., troopers tried to stop a vehicle seen weaving on eastbound Interstate 94 near Pascal Street, according to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, State Patrol spokeswoman.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The woman who died in a Minneapolis car crash early Sunday has been identified as a University of St. Thomas junior from Eden Prairie, Minn. Ria Patel, 20, died of head injuries at 3:51 a.m. Sunday, according to the Hennepin County Medical Examiner.
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.