Haley Kalil was picked during the magazine's first-ever open casting call.
Charges have been filed against a St. Louis Park man accused of threatening a group of kids with an assault rifle on Halloween night. According to the criminal complaint, 44-year-old Orrin Hager thought the kids had stolen candy from one of his children and went to track the group down accompanied by his wife and two kids...
Lonnie Dupre of Grand Marais hopes the third time's a charm as he tries to become the first person to reach the top of Alaska's Mount McKinley in January 2013, the Duluth News Tribune reports. Dupre, 51, will begin his solo winter climb in December.
Former Timberwolves executive and coach Kevin McHale has taken a leave of absence as coach of the Houston Rockets to tend to a family matter. Rockets general manager Daryl Morley says, "Kevin is a devoted family man who is needed back home in Minnesota at the moment."
St. Paul singer Nicholas David Mrozinski channeled late soul singer Barry White during the top 20 playoff round during NBC's "The Voice" Wednesday night and won the show's coaches over in the process. Mrozinski, who goes by Nicholas David on the show, sang White's classic hit, "You're the First, the Last, My Everything," and will find out Thursday night if he made the top 12.
Immediately after such a long, divisive campaign season in America, the symbolism in this Alexandria Echo Press story is tough to miss: An Osakis-area man and his wife rescued an eagle that had been shot and left lame in the woods, unable to fly. The bird is now recovering. “To actually hold it in your hands – it was like holding a sunrise or a rainbow – it was such a humbling, special feeling,” Linda Johnson said. “It’s a magnificent symbol of our freedom."
Associated Milk Producers Inc., based in New Ulm, plans to shut down its manufacturing facility in Dawson by the end of the year, the West Central Tribune reports. The soon-to-be idled plant has about 130 workers and primarily produces cheese sauces and puddings.
Former 8th District Congressman Jim Oberstar spoke out against the proposed amendment that would make a government-issued ID mandatory before casting a ballot in Minnesota at a rally in Duluth Saturday. WDIO reports that the longtime DFL representative is concerned the measure could hurt Minnesota's voting record. "It will take Minnesota from first in the nation in voter turnout and clean elections, to worst in the nation," Oberstar said. However, supporters of the amendment argue it's needed to prevent voter fraud.
Authorities with the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department say they will release information next week on the officer involved shooting death in Richfield Friday. Authorities say an officer was forced to shoot a mentally disturbed man who was wielding a knife.