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St. Paul police investigating homicide on Dale Street

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Police in St. Paul say they're investigating a homicide after they found a dead body on the 600 block of Dale Street North overnight.The homicide was reported at about 3 a.m.Police say they found a man believed to be in his 50s lying on the sidewalk. He was pronounced dead on the scene.The Ramsey County Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of death. It was discovered the man had been shot.No arrests have been made and investigators do not believe the shooting was random. This is the 21st homicide in St. Paul this year.The victim was not identified. 
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Man found dead with 'trauma to his face' in St. Paul

A man was found dead on a Frogtown neighborhood sidewalk with "trauma to his face" in the early morning hours Friday. Police in St. Paul said medics were called to the 600 block of Dale Street North at about 3:10 a.m. on a report of a person lying on the sidewalk. They arrived in the area and found the man, who was confirmed dead at the scene.
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McKinley Phillips found guilty of murdering wife, sentenced to life in prison

STILLWATER, Minn. -- A Woodbury man has been found guilty of the 2021 murder of his wife and was sentenced to life in prison, the Washington County Attorney's Office announced Friday morning.McKinley Phillips, 40, is guilty of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in connection to the death of his wife, Shavon Phillips.Officers from the Woodbury Public Safety department discovered Shavon Phillips' body in the basement of their Woodbury home after receiving a call from a woman reporting to be McKinley Phillips' mother, according to the complaint.The woman told police her son had confessed he killed his wife and left her body in their house with their six children. McKinley Phillips left the home after the stabbing and was located by law enforcement near Tomah, Wis. the next day.Five victim impact statements were read before McKinley Phillips' sentencing, including statements from three of Shavon Phillips' children.McKinley Phillips declined to make a statement.

St. Paul Man Charged with Highland Park Shooting

A 42-year-old St. Paul man has been accused this week with shooting three individuals at a house in the Highland Park section of St. Paul on the afternoon of June 17. An arrest warrant has been issued for him. Glenn Everett Graddy is charged with three charges of attempted second-degree...

Regarding Summit Avenue bike lanes, data show that favoring cars over bikes is inequitable

Patrick Rhone’s recent essay in MinnPost appeared to decry the selfishness of advocates for improved bike infrastructure on Summit Avenue. While accusing bike advocates of advocating for bike lanes that only an elite, privileged few can enjoy, Rhone paints car infrastructure as our foremost priority, as he describes different marginalized people that might not be able to use bikes. It is an attempt to argue that favoring cars over bikes is equitable.
New Prague Times

An incredible evening for Music at the Broz

A crowd estimated at 300 people attended the first Music at the Broz the evening of Thursday, June 30, in New Prague. The band Little Chicago kicked off the summer concert festival at the Hotel Broz along Main Street with a mixture of rock/pop and 1960s and ‘70s songs. There was also an art station for children and families to participate in. Other children spent their time dancing to the music. The New Prague Area Arts Council is organizing the six concerts that will be held at the Hotel Broz through mid August. For more see an upcoming print issue of The New Prague Times. (Patrick Fisher Photo)

News briefs from this week's Cannon Falls Beacon

There will be a Fourth of July sing-along at 10 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, Third and Main streets in Cannon Falls. All are welcome to join in singing some patriotic songs before the parade begins. Petition available at booth. If you visit the Cannon Valley Fair in...

Don't flush gas, Met Council warns after U of M sewer explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9) - Don't flush gas or other flammable materials down the toilet. This is the message from the Metropolitan Council on Friday after sewer explosions forced evacuations at the University of Minnesota on Thursday. The Met Council says it is monitoring conditions across the sanitary sewer system and...

87-year-old offers car service around Northfield, up to Twin Cities

Whenever Evelyn Estenson returns to Northfield with City Gal Transportation service, she knows her driver will wait to make sure she has safely entered her townhome before driving away. That's just one of the small courtesies experienced driver — and grandmother — Virginia "Ginny" Klinger extends to her growing list of Northfield-area customers. Klinger started City Gal Transportation a year ago after passing a city inspection, a Minnesota Department of...

The Fiala Trade Reveals A Lot About Minnesota's Intentions

After months of speculation, the Minnesota Wild traded Kevin Fiala to the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. In return, the Wild received LA’s first-round pick in next week’s draft (No. 19) and defensive prospect Brock Faber, who the Gophers named as one of their captains for next season.

Join Us Thursday For The 10K Rinks NHL Draft Party!

With two first-round picks alongside two second-rounders in Thursday’s NHL Draft, the Minnesota Wild will have an eventful night. You deserve to see it all unfold in the company of hardcore Wild fans. That’s why Zone Coverage and 10K Rinks are announcing our first NHL Draft Party, held Thursday, July 7 at Utepils Brewing!
New Prague Times

Monica S. Straiton, 96

Monica S. Straiton, age 96, of Waconia, formerly of New Prague, died peacefully on Thursday, June 30, 2022 at Good Samaritan Society in Waconia. She was born a twin, the younger of the two, on June 28, 1926 in Mendota to Martin and Susan (Hart) Stevens. She grew up in Westbrook, MN, where she graduated from Westbrook High School. She and her sister enjoyed sports throughout their lives and were active as majorettes in high school, one of the few sporting activities available to girls. They were both on the softball team for Norwest Bank, Monica as the pitcher. It was at one of the games that Monica would meet Thomas P. Straiton, who remained the love of her life until Tom’s death in 2021. They married on March 30, 1950 in Minneapolis. Like her sister, Monica was a gifted seamstress and the two were ahead of their time as entrepreneurs, owning their own drapery business, called Monica and Veronica Draperies. The two were always finding innovations that could improve or streamline their creations. They were both gifted with numbers and used that gift helping elderly people with their taxes. Monica was active in the Democratic Party and served as an election judge. When the drapery business closed it’s doors, Monica worked at Casey’s not fully retiring until her early 80’s.

Owatonna VFW 9 outlasted by Cannon Falls in extra innings

From start to finish, the Owatonna VFW 9 baseball team and visiting Cannon Falls were locked into a back-and-forth battle at Dartts Park. A battle that required an eighth inning, where VFW fell just short in a 10-9 loss. Cannon Falls initially jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after scoring two runners in the first and one in the second before Owatonna tied things back up in the third with three runs. ...

Man in his 50s found fatally shot on St. Paul sidewalk

ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) - Police in St. Paul are investigating a homicide after a dead man was found lying on the sidewalk early Friday morning. St. Paul police say medics were called to the 600 block of Dale Street North around 3:10 a.m. on a report of a man lying on the sidewalk in front of a building. When they arrived on scene, they found the man was dead with trauma to his face.