AP: Wisconsin town uses explosives on frozen creek

One Wisconsin town among the many dealing with frozen waterways and clogged drains because melted snow has no place to go has tried an explosive new approach: blowing up a creek. Town of Onalaska officials hired an Iowa-based blaster to stick several hundred sticks of plastic explosives in the frozen Sand Lake Coulee Creek and blow it up on Friday.

Star Tribune: Eagan mom, stepdad get probation for punishing teen in odd ways

An Eagan couple accused of forcing the woman’s 15-year-old son to do thousands of pushups and run miles outside in the cold, among other odd punishments, pleaded guilty last week to malicious punishment of a child.

Star Tribune: Saint Paul man who nearly fell from car faces DWI charge

According to the complaint: A driver called 911 to report that Doty nearly struck her car and had run into a snowbank. Police found Doty’s car about 11:36 a.m. in the 1400 block of Sherburne Avenue. Doty was leaning against the driver side door. “When officers opened the door, Doty almost fell out onto police and it appeared that Doty had fallen asleep,” the complaint said.

Pioneer Press: Saint Paul restaurant owner's boyfriend fired shots in air to clear the bar, charges say

Shoua Vang told police he had held the gun straight up in the air and fired it to get an unwanted customer to leave the bar. He said he didn't have a permit to carry a firearm.

Star Tribune: Shooter at Tom Reid's was fake cop who badly wounded high school buddy

A 30-year-old man posing as a cop shot a childhood friend on the patio of a popular sports bar in downtown St. Paul because his victim refused to join him in robbing drug dealers, according to charges filed Monday.

Fight amid drinking ends with St. Paul man's death; arrest made

A fight among people who were drinking in an apartment on St. Paul’s East Side early Tuesday ended with one man dead and another arrested at the scene, police said. Sgt. Paul Paulos, a spokesman for the St. Paul police, said Tuesday that police were not considering the death a homicide, but did confirm that there was a physical dispute that didn’t involve weapons.

Star Tribune: Stray bullets injure two people on Sheridan Avenue in Minneapolis

A woman was grazed in the arm by a bullet while she was sleeping early Sunday and another person was hit when glass was shattered by another random bullet Sunday afternoon, Minneapolis police said.

Star Tribune: Man sues Saint Paul and police after being pepper sprayed, Tased

A man is suing the city of St. Paul, along with a current and former police officer, after alleging that police entered his home and pepper sprayed and Tased him while responding to a call about loud music.

AP: Eau Claire hostage standoff ends with arrest of gunman

WQOW-TV says the man broke into the town home after fleeing from a gas station in Dunn County without paying for his gas. An Eau Claire officer spotted the vehicle, which sped away. The 31-year-old suspect then fled on foot and broke into the hostages' home Wednesday afternoon.

Star Tribune: On probation from 2011 murder case, Mpls. man charged in new homicide

A 20-year-old man who was complicit in a north Minneapolis murder three years ago is now charged with fatally shooting an unarmed man in the chest who had been arguing with his stepfather in a North Side home.

City Pages: Minnesota Daily runs photo of students snorting Molly in dorms

The Minnesota Daily recently ran a slideshow featuring photos of $100-dollar-bill-rolling students snoring Molly, grinding pot, and pouring shots, among other mood-altering shenanigans.

Star Tribune: Suspect charged but at-large in St. Paul Radio Shack armed robbery

According to the complaint: Castile entered the Radio Shack at 2026 Ford Parkway about 2 p.m. on Jan. 12 and asked to see antennas. He pointed a handgun at two employees, ordered one to put a sign on the front door indicating the store was closed and ordered the employees to place iPhones and Galaxy 4 phones into a backpack.

AP: Minnesota man seeks son's return from Ukraine

A Maple Grove man is at the center of an international custody battle that's left his 4-year-old son in an unsettled place: Ukraine.

Star Tribune: Cold contributed to deaths of 26 in Minnesota

Unusually frigid weather brought deadly cold to Minnesota this year, but it’s turned out to be far from the deadliest ­winter the state has seen. In fact, it wasn’t even as deadly as last year, when 41 people died despite much milder average temperatures.