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Urban planner behind the revitalization of Lowertown, Weiming Lu dies

An internationally-renowned city planner who led the revitalization of St. Paul's Lowertown neighborhood has died. Weiming Lu was 92 years old. He worked around the world, but drew particular attention for reenvisioning historic buildings in Minnesota’s capital city. Born in Shanghai, China in 1930, Weiming Lu followed in the...
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Man dies after being shot during argument in Minneapolis

Police in Minneapolis are investigating a fatal shooting Thursday near Victory Memorial Park. The Minneapolis Police Department said a man shot during an apparent argument with another man later died the hospital, marking the city's 70th homicide of the year. Police said both neighbors and officers attempted life-saving measures while...
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Local Firearms Dealer Reacts to Attorney General Keith Ellison Suing Fleet Farm

(KNSI) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is suing Fleet Farm, alleging the retailer was involved in gun trafficking. Ellison says employees sold 37 guns to two people over 16 months, and one of those guns was used in a shooting at a St. Paul bar that left one person dead and 14 others injured. He is accusing the two of being straw buyers who purchase firearms legally and then turn around and sell them to people who can’t legally own one.

St. Paul approves $25,000 in funding for neighborhood safety office

The St. Paul Office of Neighborhood Safety will receive $25,000 from the St. Paul City Council to help victims and families who require immediate assistance due to gun violence. It serves as a taster for a far greater financial request in the mayor’s proposed 2023 budget. In response to...

Body of Missing Man Found in Minnesota River

The body of a rural LeSueur man was found in the Minnesota River Tuesday after authorities were asked to do a welfare check on the man on Monday. The Sibley County Sheriff’s Office says 58-year-old David Scheiber was last seen on September 26 and believed to have been canoeing on the river.

Minnesota Man Sentenced to Federal Prison in Illegal Gun Buying Case

St. Paul, MN (KROC-AM News) - A Minnesota man has been sentenced to over three years in federal prison for his role in purchasing firearms illegally. Prosecutors said between May 2021 and October 2021, 28-year-old Gabriel Young-Duncan of St. Paul, illegally purchased multiple firearms with a co-conspirator, including one that was used in the Seventh Street Truck Park Bar shooting on October 10th, 2021.

Man charged in 3 shootings, 1 fatal, near downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- Charges have been filed against a 24-year-old man in three separate shootings, one of which was fatal.The fatal shooting occurred Sept. 22 near East 19th Street and Nicollet Avenue, at about 9:30 a.m. Police arrived to find a concerned citizen attempting to perform chest compressions on the victim, but he died on the scene. Investigators said he had been shot in the back.According to the criminal complaint, surveillance from a nearby convenience store showed the person who shot the victim, who was later identified as 24-year-old Michael Green of St. Paul.An employee at the store told police that...

Minneapolis officials confirm evictions, clearings of 3 homeless encampments

MINNEAPOLIS – Crews evicted several people experiencing homelessness from three encampments Thursday morning in Minneapolis.City officials confirmed that one of the camps was located at 205 Girard Avenue North in the Harrison neighborhood, located just north of the city's impound lot. Officials say the encampment, which is near an affordable housing development "set to break ground next week," had been "used as a storage area for stolen goods."RELATED: Federal judge rules that police can't destroy the property of homeless people"The City's homeless response team has made frequent visits to the site in the past two years to provide information about services and shelter options, but the majority of people living at the encampment have declined those resources as well as an opportunity to store their personal belongings through the Downtown Improvement District," officials said.The locations of the other two encampments were not confirmed by officials.Less than three weeks ago, crews cleared out an encampment near the former Lake Street Kmart store off of East 28th Street and Nicollet Avenue following the fatal shooting of a resident.

Longtime clinic leaves St. Paul Hamm Building in face of residential conversion

The Hamm Clinic need a change of scenery after operating for more than 60 years in the historic Hamm Building in downtown St. Paul. The six-story office building on St. Peter Street was purchased by Richard Pakonen and PAK Properties for $2 million last January with the goal of converting it from an office structure to residential usage.

Minneapolis police investigate city's 70th homicide of 2022

MINNEAPOLIS -- Police are investigating a fatal shooting in north Minneapolis that happened on Thursday afternoon.Officers responded to the 2000 block of 30th Avenue North to find a man suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound. Police believe it stemmed from an argument with another man.Neighbors and officers attempted life-saving measures, but the man died at the hospital.This is the 70th homicide to take place in Minneapolis so far in 2022. 

Man Severely Injured in Possible Minnesota Explosion

Hastings, MN (KROC-AM News)- Authorities in Dakota County are investigating a possible explosion that occurred Wednesday afternoon. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office says a man was flown from the Hastings Civic Arena with what were described as serious injuries. The possible explosion was reported shortly after 3 p.m. Preliminary...

Electric carshare network showing growth in Twin Cities

An electric carshare network that was launched in the Twin Cities earlier this year is showing steady growth in usage, and plans to expand. According to Evie Carshare, the municipally-owned carshare network has logged around 25,000 trips by users within the first six months of operation. Evie Carshare initially rolled...

St. Paul man sentenced to 40 months for straw purchasing guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A St. Paul man will spend over three years in prison for his role in straw purchasing guns, including one that was used in the mass shooting at a St. Paul bar last year.Gabriel Lee Young-Duncan, 28, was sentenced to 40 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release on Tuesday.He pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make false statements in the purchase of firearms in May.Young-Duncan's co-conspirator would buy the guns, state on a federal form that they were the actual buyer, and transfer the gun to Young-Duncan, who would transfer it to another person, court documents said. Together they worked to illegally obtain dozens of firearms, including multiple 9mm semiautomatic pistols.One of the guns purchased was used in the Seventh Street Truck Park Bar shooting in October of 2021. That shooting left a woman dead and 14 people injured, and two men were charged.