The prosecution considers Joe Gustafson, Sr., the CEO of a criminal organization. They say he's been the patriarch of the "Beat Down Posse" for nearly 20 years. Gustafson's lawyers are expected to put the blame on his son, who will stand trial in the spring.
4-year-old girl struck by hit-and-run driver in St. Paul
The girl was struck by the driver around 5 p.m. Monday.
Baby found safe inside car that was stolen in south Minneapolis
The incident happened near 32nd Street and Chicago Avenue around 7 p.m.
Ant puts on a show to help Timberwolves beat Pacers
A third-quarter surge gave the Timberwolves their seventh win in their past eight games.
Rep. Boebert refuses to apologize for Islamophobic comment toward Rep. Omar
A phone call Monday between the two lawmakers ended abruptly.
Vikings place Patrick Peterson on COVID-19/reserve list
The Vikings cornerback said he was vaccinated in August.
'Numerous' reports of eager anglers falling through ice
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Minnesota health officials watching closely for omicron variant
Health leaders do not yet know how transmissible or severe the new variant is.
School bus driver charged in fatal hit-and-run will plead guilty
Another motorist told the driver to call 911, but he instead got on the bus and drove off, charges say.
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As pandemic continues, so do efforts to improve child mental health access
Children's Minnesota has announced it will open its first inpatient mental health facility for under 18s.
Prosecutors: Leader's conviction ends reign of 'Beat Down' gang
Joseph Duane Gustafson, Jr. has been convicted for his role in a family bail bond business that prosecutors say was a front for a violent gang that terrorized the North Side of Minneapolis. His father was convicted weeks earlier.
Leader of Minneapolis' Beat Down Posse gets maximum sentence
Joe Gustafson was sentenced to 15 years for racketeering. Authorities consider him the CEO of the notorious Minneapolis gang. They say his bail bond business was a front for the gang's activities.
Prosecutors amend criminal complaint against Amy Senser
An accident reconstruction concludes that the wife of former Viking Joe Senser had four seconds to avoid hitting a man on the shoulder of Interstate 94. A witness also reports seeing Senser's vehicle driving erratically. Her trial on criminal vehicular charges is set to begin in April.
Prosecutors struggle to get witnesses to testify in sex trafficking case
One witness at the trial in Nashville chose to go to prison rather than testify against the nine defendants, most of whom are originally from Somalia. A woman who did testify says other Somalis have called her a snitch and blame her for the arrests of the defendants. She testified that a Somali gang kept teenagers from Minnesota and two other states as prostitutes in a Nashville apartment.
Defense: Prosecutors played only fraction of calls in terrorism case
A defense attorney for one of two Rochester women accused of funneling money to terrorists in Somalia claims the prosecution is cherry-picking evidence to bolster its case.
Gunmen said frustration with judicial system drove him to open fire in courthouse
The Duluth News Tribune obtained a recording of a phone call that Daniel Schlienz made from jail after two people were wounded in a Grand Marais courthouse following his conviction for criminal sexual misconduct. Schlienz, who died in custody after falling ill, blamed the court system. The county attorney who prosecuted him says Schlienz "stole the story with his violence" and that the real story is that they locked up a dangerous predator.
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