The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is taking Boating While Intoxicated (BWI) offenses very seriously, and has made 55 arrests this year to date. Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek called intoxicated boaters "a serious hazard" who "jeopardize the safety of everyone on the water."
LIVE UPDATES: Dangerous storms move through Twin Cities
We'll have live updates as the storms move through the metro.
Tornado watch issued in Twin Cities, southern Minnesota
The watch will remain in place until midnight.
Wild fox in Minnesota tests positive for highly contagious avian flu
This is the first confirmed case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a wild mammal in the state, the Department of Natural Resources said.
New COVID-19 testing site in St. Paul; 3 others to close as cases rise
Testing sites in Stillwater, Hutchinson, and St. Paul are closing as part of moves to adjust testing resources.
Charges: South St. Paul teen killed during apparent marijuana sale
The individual accused of killing Skelley is a 17-year-old from St. Paul.
Anthony Edwards among NBA stars in Adam Sandler's Netflix film, 'Hustle'
The Timberwolves point guard stars alongside other NBA players LeBron James, Trae Young, Juancho Hernangomez and more.
Armed man found barricaded inside Brooklyn Park home, negotiators on scene
An active police presence remains in the area as negotiators speak with the suspect.
17-year-old South St. Paul homicide victim is identified
The medical examiner determined that Skelley died of multiple gunshot wounds.
Tornado watch issued in Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska
Severe storms are expected to push into southwest Minnesota this afternoon.
Korean chicken chain Bonchon's 6th MN location set to open
The South Korean-based franchise has steadily increased its presence across the country.
Hennepin County sued by Occupy Minnesota protester
Melissa Hill was the first Occupy Minnesota arrested outside the Hennepin County Government Center. The trespassing charges against her were eventually dropped. Now she's suing the county and Sheriff Rich Stanek, saying her Constitutional rights were violated.
Minnesota NHL star charged with boating while intoxicated
Minnesota native Dustin Byfuglien, who plays for the Winnipeg Jets, has been charged with boating while intoxicated three weeks after his arrest on Lake Minnetonka. According to the Hennepin County Sheriff’s office, Byfuglien refused to take a blood or urine test
Hennepin County Sheriff's Office tries to secure underwater robot
The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office is attempting to secure funding to purchase an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV) to expedite underwater searches and help protect divers. The device will help officers search dark depths in rivers and lakes to help locate criminal evidence and possibly drowning victims.
Hennepin County to expand morgue, provide services to Dakota, Scott counties
County commissioners are expected to finalize this week a plan for an expansion of the Hennepin County morgue through a merger with Dakota and Scott counties. If the merger proceeds, Hennepin County medical examiners will start providing services for Dakota and Scott counties Jan. 1 at its downtown Minneapolis morgue -- which will be remodeled to handle its expanded staff and caseload.
ACLU asks Hennepin County to rescind OccupyMN restrictions
The ACLU of Minnesota sent a letter to Hennepin County commissioners after officials announced more restrictions on OccupyMN protesters downtown. The ACLU says the new restrictions "run afoul of the First Amendment."
Hennepin County inmates publish poetry collection
After attending three creative writing workshops, a group of 95 Hennepin County Adult Corrections Facility inmates have been introduced to the world of poetry publishing. The sessions resulted in a collection of prose titled "Poems from the Inside."
Boaters go storming back to Lake Minnetonka
As the boat season peaks this July 4th, local businesses are embracing an influx in boats on Lake Minnetonka after a battered economy and escalating gas prices put a dent in one of Minnesota's biggest industries. The DNR tells the Star Tribune that boater registrations more than doubled between 2009 and 2011.
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