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CHASKA, Minn. — Two bodies pulled from a murky pond here Sunday evening, Oct. 14, have been confirmed by friends and family members to be the two missing 19-year-old cousins who went missing early Saturday morning while on a break from work. Bushra Abdi and Zeynab "Hapsa" Abdalla, both of Shakopee, went missing around 3 a.m. Saturday, Habsa Abdi, Bushra's sister, told the Star Tribune. Abdalla, who goes by Hapsa, was driving from her workplace at Amazon to a Chaska nursing home where Bushra worked, according to Habsa Abdi.
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A Minnesota state lawmaker is making national headlines after a video clip showing him ripping a microphone away from his challenger and then lobbing it back towards her during an event here Monday, Oct. 8, spread online. The incident occurred during a legislative forum at the Rochester Public Library sponsored by the League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed and active participation in government. The forum was an open debate between incumbent GOP state Rep. Duane Quam (R-25A) and DFL challenger Jamie Mahlberg.
If you're a Facebook user and you've received a suspicious message in your inbox recently that urges you to forward a message onto your other Facebook friends: don't do it. It's a scam. The message, which you'd receive from an existing Facebook friend, reads: "Hi...I actually got another friend request from you yesterday....which I ignored so you may want to check your account. Hold your finger on the message until the forward button appears...then hit forward and all the people you want to forward too...I had to do the people individually. Good luck!"
An 8-year-old girl who grew up in the Twin Cities and now lives in Sweden made the discovery of a lifetime earlier this summer while skipping rocks in a Swedish lake: a 1,500-year-old pre-Viking age sword. Saga Vanecek, who lives with her family in Sweden after spending the first seven years of her life in Minnesota, pulled the 33-inch sword from the bottom of the murky lake, held it up in the air and declared "Daddy, I found a sword!" her father, Andy Vanecek said in a recent Facebook post.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — On Oct. 5, 2014, then-42-year-old Melissa Dawn Eagleshield went missing after being last seen leaving a friend’s residence in rural Becker County. Four years later, the Detroit Lakes woman still hasn’t been found and her disappearance remains a mystery. On Thursday, Oct. 4, Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander issued a release seeking the public’s continued help in finding Eagleshield.
Cell phone users who receive an emergency alert on their phones this afternoon, Wednesday, Oct. 3: don't be alarmed. It's only a test.
WASHINGTON — If you shop at ALDI stores in Minnesota, be aware when buying ground beef. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, the United States Department of Agriculture issued a recall of approximately 132,606 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E-coli, according to a department release. The ground beef was distributed by Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colo., establishment.
FARGO — Just days after a procedure to remove a cancerous tumor in his brain in late August, 37-year-old Travis Anderson, of Fargo, thought he'd take a shot in the dark. A hail mary, if you will. "I didn't really know if he would reply," Anderson said. Equal parts fantasy football junkie and Minnesota Vikings fan, Anderson turned to an unlikely resource to open up to and share his story. It was with ESPN's Matthew Berry, the foremost face — and voice — in fantasy football today.
FARGO — Rochester, home of the University of Minnesota Rochester and the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was deemed the best college town in Minnesota, a newly released study revealed. Madison, home of the University of Wisconsin, took home top honors in the Badger State. The study, which was conducted by the website reviews.org, compiled the results using data from the United States Census Bureau and the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
MINNEAPOLIS — Lindsay Whalen, the all-time winningest player in WNBA history, will be announcing her retirement from the league Monday, Aug. 13, sources tell the Minneapolis Star Tribune. At 1:30 p.m., a news conference will be held at Mayo Clinic Square in downtown Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune. The press conference will be simulcast on Fox Sports North and on NBA TV. Earlier this year, Whalen, a former star at Hutchinson (Minn.) High School, was named the new head coach of the University of Minnesota Gophers women's basketball team.