St. Paul Pioneer Press
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The rebuilding of the Vikings’ offensive line has begun. On the first day of free agency, Minnesota on Thursday reached an agreement to sign tackle Riley Reiff away from Detroit. That came hours after starting left tackle Matt Kalil had bolted to Carolina on a five-year, $55.5 million deal to join his brother, Panthers center Ryan Kalil.
ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state’s recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- For the first time in his career, Adrian Peterson will be a free agent. The Vikings announced Tuesday they will not exercise an $18 million option to retain the star running back for 2017. However, general manager Rick Spielman said in a statement the team will continue to negotiate with Peterson’s representatives, and Peterson said in a statement to ESPN “the door is still open to find some common ground.’’
MINNEAPOLIS -- The band of winter weather moving across the Midwest on Friday will likely miss the Twin Cities and several other areas in southern Minnesota after all. The metro is expected to get about an inch of snow by Friday afternoon -- if anything at all -- with areas to the southeast seeing a couple more, said meteorologist Bill Borghoff with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen.
INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. -- A woman jumped to her death Sunday afternoon, Feb. 12, from a bridge over Interstate 494 in Inver Grove Heights. The woman, who has not been identified, jumped from the Babcock Trail bridge onto the eastbound lanes of Interstate 494 at about 4 p.m., according to Inver Grove Heights police. The city’s police and fire departments went to the scene but were unsuccessful in saving the woman’s life. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The incident temporarily closed eastbound lanes of Interstate 494.
Amtrak’s Empire Builder route resumed Wednesday after heavy snowfall and an avalanche in the Rocky Mountains halted it Monday. Amtrak officials previously said service would not resume until Thursday, but the railway announced Wednesday morning that its Empire Builder departures from Chicago, Portland and Seattle would operate across the full route. The westbound train departs St. Paul about 10:20 p.m. and reaches the Rocky Mountains the next evening. The train travels on the BNSF Railway, which passes through Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot on its westward route.
MINNEAPOLIS—London is calling the Vikings over the pond for the second time in five years. The team announced Tuesday it will return to the United Kingdom in October 2017 to play the Cleveland Browns at Twickenham Stadium as part of the NFL's London Games series. The Vikings will be the visiting team in one of four games scheduled in the U.K. capital, so the club will not lose one of its eight regular-season home gates at U.S. Bank Stadium. They were the visiting team Sept. 29, 2013, during a 34-27 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium.
CHICAGO — A few Chicago reporters made the trek to Minnesota for Tom Thibodeau's introductory news conference as Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations back in April. Thibodeau was kind and courteous, but not overly interested in looking back at his tenure with the Bulls, which was very successful, and equally odd. "I don't want to keep going back to Chicago," Thibodeau said that day. "That's gone." He was right. It was. But, thanks to the NBA schedule, it's back. Or rather, he's back.
MINNEAPOLIS — Saying that Danny Heinrich, the man convicted of kidnapping and killing Jacob Wetterling, had committed "one of the most truly horrible crimes that I have ever seen," Judge John Tunheim sentenced him to 20 years in federal prison on Monday morning, Nov. 21. Danny Heinrich, the man who abducted and killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling 27 years ago, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison to one federal count of receiving child pornography.