Two Austin women say they're not guilty of allegedly forcing a 9-year-old to hold jugs of milk in the air for hours on end, and of beating the child with a wooden stick, the Austin Daily Herald reports. Shavon Melisa Blake, 28, and Jacqueline Glenda Richardson, 48, pleaded not guilty to counts of malicious punishment of a child Thursday in Mower County Court.
Sunbather on the roof triggers shelter-in-place at Savage elementary school
The sunbather told police he was trying to "tan and relax."
The Raptor Center's ambassador, Nero the turkey vulture, dies at 47
Nero helped save the California condors before taking up his post as an education ambassador.
82-year-old Independence man dies in golf cart accident
Few details are known about the incident.
Ben Leber named new permanent co-host of 'Twin Cities Live'
The former Minnesota Vikings linebacker was introduced Friday afternoon.
APM Reports, maker of 'In the Dark' podcast, nixed by Minnesota Public Radio
MPR said "select programming elements" of APM Reports will be incorporated into MPR News.
The latest on holiday weekend severe weather chances for MN
The most significant severe threats are Sunday night and again on Monday.
Charges: Driver was drunk, high in head-on crash that killed 19-year-old woman
The young woman killed in the crash was a college student studying zoology.
What's open and closed in Minnesota on Memorial Day 2022
A guide to Memorial Day weekend 2022.
Truck crashes into Napa Auto Parts store after driver's medical issue
No employees were struck by the pickup.
Motorcyclist killed in Ham Lake after passing in the turn lane
The motorcyclist was hit by a car turning onto the road.
Minnesota gets cut of Ford settlement over misleading ads
The $19.2 million settlement centers on Ford's C-Max hybrid and Super Duty pickup truck.
Rockford planning commissioner accused of possessing child pornography
A criminal complaint filed in Wright County accuses the planning commissioner for the city of Rockford of possessing child pornography after a raid at his home Wednesday. Justin Hensley, 35, is accused of possessing at least 10 videos containing juveniles as young as 5 years old performing sex acts.
Twin Cities man, 50, accused of punching 13-year-old girl in face
A Burnsville man is accused of punching a 13-year-old girl in the face during an altercation July 4. Jerome Ellis Cox, 50, has been charged with malicious punishment of a child after he allegedly punched the girl in the face twice when she got in-between Cox and a woman he was arguing with.
New flu strain found in Minnesota child
The CDC reports a child in Minnesota caught a flu strain known as H1N2. The virus is found in swine and this case is only the second known infection in the United States. The child has recovered, and the CDC says there's no evidence the virus has spread to other humans.
Minnesota man accused of stealing hundreds of pigs from Iowa
The Globe Gazette reports John Arndt, of Hayfield, was arrested and booked into the Mower County Jail. He's awaiting extradition to Iowa. Police believe Arndt stole the pigs over the span of a year and sold them at livestock auctions.
Minnesota drops in list of child-friendly states
The state has slipped a few rungs in a high-profile ranking of child-friendly states, largely because of its growing number of uninsured children. Minnesota is still No. 5 in the 2012 Kids Count data book, but this is the first time in 10 years that the state has ranked lower than No. 3.
Hog farm employee accused of videotaping women in shower
A female employee at a Nicollet County hog farm south of the Twin Cities found a hidden video camera recording in a shower facility, where women are often required to shower to lessen the spread of germs and disease, the Mankato Free Press reports. A total of four recordings with three women, one a topless teen, were discovered. A 53-year-old male employee from New Ulm faces felony charges.
Jury to get case of Lakeville dad accused of abandoning son
His attorney says financial problems had Steven Cross at the end of his rope when he left a note telling his 11-year-old son to stay with nearby friends who were like family. Prosecutors say Cross is guilty of child neglect.
Minnesota to renew pursuit of No Child Left Behind waiver
Education officials will revise Minnesota's application for a waiver from the federal law in light of conditions laid out by President Obama. The state wants to be freed from the testing requirements and mandatory sanctions in No Child Left Behind.
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