Justin Morneau could soon be coming home. One of five Twins to win the American League MVP, the popular former first baseman reportedly plans to retire after 14 seasons in the major leagues to become a special assistant in the Twins front office. Hall of Fame baseball writer Bob Elliott, now of Canadian Baseball Network, reported the news via Twitter on Monday night. An announcement could come later this week.
Jimmy Fallon, the host of “The Tonight Show,” says he will host a live special edition of the NBC-TV program following the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Fallon announced the plans Tuesday night on “The Tonight Show” and via Twitter. Super Bowl LII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. NBC will broadcast the game.
A jury has found St. Anthony Police officer Jeromino Yanez was reasonable in his decision to fatally shoot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights last summer. The jury reached its verdict of not guilty on the manslaughter charge as well as the two counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm Friday afternoon after about 30 hours of deliberations that began Monday afternoon. It was delivered in a Ramsey County District Court courtroom packed with family members and friends of both Yanez and Castile.
The Twins have recalled designated hitter/first baseman Kennys Vargas from Triple-A Rochester, the team announced Wednesday. Vargas will replace shortstop Jorge Polanco on the 25-man active roster. Polanco has been placed of the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather. Vargas, optioned to make room for an emergency pitcher on May 29, was 4 for 22 with a home run and three RBIs in seven games with the Red Wings. He has appeared in 24 with the big-league club this season, hitting .258 (23-for-89) with five home runs and 19 RBIs.
BURNSVILLE - A 27-year-old man is dead after a forklift mishap at a Menards store in Burnsville last week. Alec Michael Saunders of Burnsville suffered blunt force chest injuries Friday at the store, the Hennepin County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. He was pronounced dead shortly before 9 a.m. Friday at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. The store is located on Minnesota 13, west of Interstate 35W.
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Mendota Heights, Minn., man accused of murdering police veteran Scott Patrick told police that he shoot the officer during a traffic stop. “Just to let you know,” Brian George Fitch Sr. told an officer in the hospital, according to court documents, “I hate cops and I’m guilty.” The account of the shooting and ensuing manhunt was laid out in criminal charges filed Friday in both Ramsey and Dakota County courts.
The Metrodome, also known as Mall of America Field, in Minneapolis was deflated for the final time Saturday. The stadium was home to the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Twins.
By Richard Chin / St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. — We last talked to Austin Granger in 2012 when the University of Minnesota undergraduate was becoming a YouTube...