St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Glen Taylor dug a little deeper into his pocket on Tuesday. The Timberwolves and Lynx announced Taylor, who owns the teams, will contribute an additional $9 million to $12 million toward the Target Center renovation project. Taylor already was set to commit $49 million to the project. The additional funds will go toward seats and railings in the lower bowl, better Wi-Fi, additional digital signage and a new skyway off the back side of the arena.
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency on Monday issued an air quality advisory for the Twin Cities metro, effective until midnight Wednesday. Fine particle pollution is expected to be at levels that may be harmful to children, the elderly and people with pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory disease, according to an MPCA news release. Anyone planning to participate in activities that require prolonged physical exertion — both indoors and outdoors — should consider rescheduling these activities, the news release said.
FAIRMONT, Minn. — Sheriff’s officials say a woman died and four other people were hospitalized after they were overcome by apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Sunday, Jan. 15, while ice fishing in southern Minnesota. Authorities say the group was in an ice shanty on Wilmert Lake in rural Martin County. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene about 2 p.m. A 20-year-old man was taken to St. Mary’s in Rochester, about two hours to the east. Three other adults were treated at local hospitals. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating the death.
FOREST LAKE, Minn. -- Hunter Houle came from a snowmobile racing family. His father, brothers, uncle and grandfathers all raced. And from an early age, the Forest Lake teenager knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps. “Hunter started wearing a race helmet when he was a 2-year-old,” said his father, Steve Houle. “He insisted on wearing a helmet to bed at night.”
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.—Pat Shurmur will have his interim tag removed as Vikings offensive coordinator. A source confirmed the move will be made, which has been expected. Shurmur who had been the tight ends coach, had taken over for Norv Turner after he resigned on Nov. 2. Despite numerous injuries on the offensive line and injured running back Adrian Peterson playing in just one of nine games under Shurmur, the offense showed some improvement. In the final two games of the season, the Vikings averaged 31.5 points and 410 yards per game.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his neighbor last summer following a dispute over a broken lawnmower. Edward Frank Holzinger, 61, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree intentional murder in the Aug. 9 killing of Bruce Wayne Brown, 47, the Hennepin County attorney’s office announced Friday, Jan. 6. According to the criminal complaint, the two had been feuding for days after Holzinger lent the neighbor his lawnmower and then accused him of returning it broken, witnesses told police.
MINNEAPOLIS—Macy's Inc. said Wednesday that its landmark downtown Minneapolis store on Nicollet Mall will close for good in late March. The property, the original Dayton's department store, was sold to 601W Cos., a real estate investment firm in New York. The purchase price was not disclosed. The plan is to redevelop the building into office space on the upper floors and retail on the street and skyway levels, according to a Macy's news release. The transaction is expected to close this month.
ST. PAUL -- This year is going down as the wettest year on record in Minneapolis-St. Paul, tracing back to when the National Weather Service started measuring rain and snowfall in 1871. It was already a soggy year, then more than an inch of rain fell on Christmas Day. “That’s what catapulted us into the record books,” said Tony Zaleski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
ST. PAUL — A Christmas Eve fire started by unattended candles rendered a home in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood uninhabitable. The Dec. 24 fire broke out at a residence in the 500 block of Mackubin Street. St. Paul Fire Marshal Steve Zaccard said the family lit some candles on a hutch in the living room and left for dinner at a neighbor’s. The candles likely set some nearby holiday greenery on fire. When the family returned shortly after 10 p.m., the fire had spread through the house.
WACONIA, Minn. -- An ice fisherman using an underwater camera Tuesday led to the recovery of the body of a man who went missing Nov. 26 while paddleboarding on Lake Waconia. Lt. Patrick Barry of the Carver County Sheriff’s Office said the body of Andrew John Stifter, 35, of Waconia, was recovered about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Barry said the ice fisherman using an underwater camera spotted the body and alerted police. The Carver County sheriff’s dive team then recovered the body from under the ice.