St. Paul Pioneer Press
WHITE BEAR TOWNSHIP, Minn. — The number of children with high levels of lead from the Water Gremlin plant in White Bear Township is 24 — twice as many as previously reported. The Minnesota Department of Health on Wednesday, Nov. 27, said additional children were identified since the factory closed on Oct. 25. At that time, the state reported finding lead in 12 children of employees of Water Gremlin LLC, a factory that uses lead to make battery terminals.
ST. PAUL — A New Hope man has been charged with assault and robbery after authorities say he pepper-sprayed an employee at a violin store in St. Paul earlier this fall and made off with four of the shop’s high-end instruments.
ST. PAUL — It looks like Mother Nature may shake up Thanksgiving travel plans. “We are expecting the first significant winter storm of the year to move into the Twin Cities area on Tuesday evening and impact the area through early Wednesday afternoon,” said Brent Hewett, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Chanhassen, on Monday, Nov. 25. A storm system forecast to bring 6 or more inches of snow is expected to arrive in the Twin Cities by about 6 or 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
WOODBURY, Minn. — The Ramsey County medical examiner has confirmed that the body investigators recovered in Woodbury is 29-year-old William Charles Albrecht of Minneapolis.
ST. PAUL — Macalester College is removing its founder’s name from two campus buildings in response to recent campus outcry over his “racist and dehumanizing” writings toward indigenous people, the school announced Monday, Nov. 18. The Rev. Edward Duffield Neill was a Presbyterian pastor and historian who became Minnesota’s first superintendent of public instruction and the University of Minnesota’s first chancellor before founding Macalester in 1874.
MINNEAPOLIS — A man was fatally shot near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis on Saturday night, Nov. 16, and authorities are asking for the public’s help in the investigation. Police at 10:13 p.m. received reports of a shooting on the 600 block of Main Street Southeast, according to a news release. The location is near the Mississippi River and just southeast of the historic Stone Arch Bridge. Officers found a man outdoors “gravely injured” from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. He appeared to be in his 30s.
ST. PAUL — The demand for workers in Minnesota remains high as the state added 7,400 jobs in October. The increase kept the state’s unemployment rate steady at 3.2% from the month before, according to the latest statistics released Thursday by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. The seasonally adjusted rate remains below the national level of 3.6% for the month. Minnesota employers reported 146,513 open positions in the most recent job vacancies survey — the highest number since the survey began in 2001.
ST. PAUL — A Metropolitan State University student who was once told by the company to stop reselling dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts to Minnesotans is getting a new set of wheels following the company's decision to work with him. Jayson Gonzalez, who carts the sought-after donuts up to Minnesota from Iowa, will receive a Mercedes Sprinter Freightliner van from German automobile manufacturer Daimler.
BOYCEVILLE, Wis. — A severely malnourished dog is gaining weight and energy after being found by sheriff’s deputies in western Wisconsin earlier this month. Meanwhile, authorities say they have made an arrest in the apparent case of animal neglect. According to the Dunn County Humane Society, the dog is now up to 44 pounds after adding about 20 since being brought to the shelter on Nov.
OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. — An inmate at the Oak Park Heights prison was gravely injured on Friday, Nov. 8, during an inmate-on-inmate assault, Minnesota Department of Corrections officials said.