St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL—Minnesota's unemployment rate remained steady at 3.2 percent as the state's employers added 2,900 jobs in March. The state's seasonally adjusted rate remains below the U.S. unemployment rate of 4.1 percent, according to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. But Minnesota's job growth of 0.7 percent during the past 12 months is below the national 1.6 percent rate.
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Two Rochester men have been charged in connection with Monday’s fatal shooting of an Iraqi immigrant on a neighborhood sidewalk. According to the Post-Bulletin of Rochester, Sao Yim Jr., 25, was charged with two felonies: second-degree murder without intent and possession of ammunition/firearm. Eric Tyler Lee, 25, was charged with one felony count of aiding an offender to avoid arrest.
FRIDLEY, Minn. -- A North Dakota man who was shot by a bystander after reportedly threatening another driver with a knife after a car crash Wednesday in Fridley, a northern Twin Cities suburb, has died of his injuries, according to the Anoka County sheriff’s office. The man was identified Thursday as Simon Matthew Schiffler, 32, of Williston.
Ian Redmond recently had a bit of an epiphany: Minnesotans, it dawned on him, don’t say “excuse me.” “Over the holidays, I had a realization that Minnesotans have a certain sound they make instead of just saying ‘excuse me,'” Redmond, of Duluth’s MIX 108, wrote on the radio station’s blog. “Have you ever noticed you or some around saying ‘ope’ instead of ‘oops’ or ‘excuse me’?” he said.
ST. PAUL — With a frigid season ahead, Minnesota and North Dakota officials are encouraging eligible residents in need of help paying heating bills to sign up for energy assistance programs. In Minnesota, households that earn less than 50 percent of the state's median annual income ($48,077 for a family of four) may be eligible for the Energy Assistance Program, according to the state Department of Commerce. The program helps low-income homeowners and renters pay for heating bills through grants paid directly to heating-fuel vendors and utility companies.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will learn Wednesday who their next senator will be. At a 10 a.m. news conference at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Franken announced last week that he intends to resign amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior from several women.
MINNEAPOLIS — University of Minnesota police used pepper spray to break up three fights and made one arrest Wednesday night, Oct. 25, outside an event featuring Lauren Southern, a Canadian political commentator. The student groups Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow and Students for a Conservative Voice invited Southern to speak on socialism and free speech. Scores of protesters showed up to the Minneapolis West Bank campus after an anti-fascist group put out a call for action. Police set up metal gates to separate them from those attending the speech.
MINNEAPOLIS - A woman arrested for going topless at a Minnesota United game last month no longer faces prosecution. A week after 23-year-old Rose Picklo was arrested, the Minneapolis city attorney’s office told the court it was dropping the gross misdemeanor indecent exposure charge against her. “After reviewing all reports, the above-reference case is dismissed as an exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” prosecutors said in a court filing. Picklo grew up in Grand Forks, where she attended Central High School.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Construction on the nation’s first fixed dental clinic at the Minneapolis Veterans Home should be completed this spring, according to an announcement Wednesday by the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Florida Sen. Marco Rubio announced he is backing Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson in the Minnesotan Republican’s second bid to become governor. The endorsement could add some national attention to the battle among Republicans to succeed DFL Gov. Mark Dayton. Johnson was Rubio’s Minnesota chairman when the Floridian ran for president last year and helped Rubio win Minnesota’s Republican caucuses. Minnesota was the only state Rubio won in the GOP primary.