The largest civil jury verdict in Stearns county history was overturned by the Court of Appeals. Cathy Olson filed a civil lawsuit against her uncle William Holden for sexual abuse she endured from 1977 to 1984. Olson claims repressed memories was the reasoning behind filing a lawsuit nearly 30 years later and she was awarded $10.7 million by a jury. The Court of Appeals disagrees, ruling two of her claims were barred by the statue of limitations.
Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels
All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.
Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end
Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.
Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified
The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.
Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery
The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.
COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.
2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame
White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.
Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka
The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.
6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk
The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.
Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner
"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.
Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis
The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.
Minneapolis North principal says she was fired, district says otherwise
“MPS requires schools to follow protocols in times like that and I did not,” Friestleben said.
Appeals court backs Minneapolis blogger, overturns award
The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed a $60,000 judgment against the Minneapolis blogger known as Johnny Northside. A post led to the firing of a University of Minnesota employee, who then claimed the blogger had interfered with his contract with the U. In overturning the award the appeals court said the information was true and the blogger protected by the First Amendment.
Same-sex couples cheer appeals court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act
Three same-sex couples filed a lawsuit claiming the act violates their constitutional rights to equal protection, due process and freedom of association. The district court had dismissed the lawsuit, but an appeals court on Monday sent the case back to the lower court for a new review.
U of M appeals $1 million judgment against Tubby Smith
The school says it will file an appeal with the Minnesota Supreme Court over the Jimmy Williams lawsuit. An attorney for the school says the judgment "has the potential to harm the University now and in the future." The Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision saying the school must pay Williams $1 million after promising him a coaching job. Williams reportedly accepted the offer, put his house up for sale and quit his job at Oklahoma State. The U of M athletic director later refused to hire him.
Appeals court overturns farmer's conviction on deer baiting
A Hibbing man was charged with illegal baiting after he tossed unused vegetables near his deer stand on his property. An appeals court ruled that allowing the charges to stand could make it impossible for farmers to hunt on their own land.
Appeals court nixes most contempt counts in Minn. terror case
The Associated Press reports the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out 19 of the 20 contempt-of-court citations against one of the Rochester women convicted of funneling money to a terrorist group in Somalia. The three-judge panel sent the case back to Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Davis for further proceedings.
State's top court to decide validity of repressed memories in sex abuse case
A man claims he was abused by a priest decades ago, but he's filing the lawsuit outside the statute of limitations. His attorney argues that he had repressed the memories of the abuse, so he wouldn't have been able to bring the case at the time. The state's supreme court is trying to determine whether repressed memories are scientifically valid. If so, the case could open up the church to more sex abuse claims.
Minn. Supreme Court to hear appeal in ex-nurse's suicide aiding case
The Minnesota Supreme Court will hear the appeal of a former nurse convicted of encouraging suicide in online chatrooms. Fifty-year-old William Melchert-Dinkel of Faribault was convicted of two counts of aiding suicide in the deaths of 32-year-old Mark Drybrough, of Coventry, England, who hanged himself in 2005; and 18-year-old Nadia Kajouji, of Brampton, Ontario, who jumped into a frozen river in 2008.
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