Mary Divine / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Television news anchor Jodi Huisentruit was smart and outgoing and not afraid to make fun of herself. She was fearless, willing to take on any new sport. She liked to play golf, bicycle, boat and in-line skate. She loved to travel and make people laugh. Friends described her as “effervescent.” Huisentruit, who worked for KIMT-TV in Mason City, Iowa, was racing to work on June 27, 1995, to anchor the 6 a.m. news when she was abducted in the parking lot of her apartment complex. She hasn’t been seen since.
ST. PAUL -- It’s been almost three months since state health officials reported the first Minnesota death from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Luningning Mariano, 88, of St. Anthony Village, died March 19, just a few days after testing positive. As of Saturday, 1,282 more people in Minnesota have also died of complications related to the virus.
Nic Zapko was stopped at a stoplight near Fort Snelling on Monday when the man in the car next to her realized who she was. He smiled, rolled down his window and gave her a thumbs up. “He just lit up. He said, ‘Hey! Good job! Good job!’ That human connection — that’s my favorite part of this,” said Zapko, who provides American Sign Language interpretation during Gov.
OAKDALE, Minn. -- Monique Cullars-Doty, whose nephew was fatally shot by St. Paul police officers five years ago, was one of six protesters arrested Wednesday night, May 27, in Oakdale near a house belonging to Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin, the officer who was seen kneeling on George Floyd’s neck before he died, owns a house in the community. Cullars-Doty was arrested about a block away from the house on suspicion of unlawful assembly.
ST. PAUL -- The gardens and architecture of St. Paul’s Hamline-Midway neighborhood barely get a glance during Steve Dalbec’s daily walks. Instead, Dalbec scans the gutters, the sidewalks and the street. When he spots a cigarette butt, he leans over to pick it up. He does the same for a piece of broken Styrofoam, a bright-red Airheads Raspberry Lemonade candy wrapper and a takeout bag from McDonald’s.
ST. PAUL — A movie based on the life of Zach Sobiech, the Lakeland teenager who wrote the hit song “Clouds,” will premiere this fall on Disney Plus. Laura Sobiech said Thursday that Disney has made “Clouds” its first feature acquisition and will premiere the movie on its Disney Plus streaming service this fall. The movie is based on her book, “Fly A Little Higher: How God Answered a Mom’s Small Prayer in a Big Way,” which was filmed in Montreal.
SUNFISH LAKE, Minn. — Polar explorer Ann Bancroft is a master of social isolation. Bancroft, 64, of Sunfish Lake was the first woman to reach both the North Pole and the South Pole. In 1986, she and Will Steger and six other explorers spent 56 days driving dogsleds to the North Pole; seven years later, she led the American Women’s Expedition on a 67-day trek to the South Pole.
STILLWATER, Minn. — Father John Powers of St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s Catholic Churches in Stillwater donned layers of warm clothing on Monday night, March 24, before heading out to hear confession — in the church parking lot. After the COVID-19 outbreak shuttered confession inside the church, Powers and other Catholic priests across the country began offering drive-thru confession.
ST. PAUL — Alexandra Nelson followed all the recommended protocols: Wash your hands. Use hand sanitizer. Don’t touch your face. Spray everything with Lysol. The St. Paul resident still contracted COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. She tested positive on Sunday, March 15, during a trip to Chicago. Her first reaction when her test results came back: “I couldn’t believe it. I was, like, ‘Me?’ I followed all the rules. I’m super-clean. My husband works from home, and there’s only the two of us at home.”
STILLWATER, Minn. — Before he was fatally shot by a Washington County sheriff’s deputy in 2018, Benjamin Evans scrawled out a note apologizing to the medics he knew would come to his aid. An emergency medical technician himself, Evans understood the emotions they would feel. “I’m sorry that this is another memory in your career, of another lost soul, but your job is not to save them all, just the ones you can,” he wrote. “Carry on, you have the watch from here, my friends.”