St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
MINNEAPOLIS—The NBA's best third-quarter team and the NBA's worst third-quarter team got together on Tuesday night at Target Center. The expected result ensued. Minnesota carried a 58-46 lead into the half, but another disastrous third quarter cost it another victory. The Timberwolves were outscored 36-17 in the third quarter by Charlotte as they dropped another winnable game, this time by a 115-108 final.
CHICAGO — Coach Mike Zimmer said last week two of the three phases on the Vikings were "embarrassing.'' On Monday night, even his once-vaunted defense was pushed around. The Vikings suffered an ugly 20-10 loss to Chicago at Soldier Field, their sixth straight road defeat on Monday Night Football. The loss was the second in a row for the Vikings (5-2) following a 21-10 setback Oct. 23 at Philadelphia. At least the defense had played well in that one. Not this time.
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson told ESPN on Wednesday that he will have surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and he could be out the rest of the season. Peterson was injured late in the third quarter of the Vikings' 17-14 victory over Green Bay on Sunday night in the first regular-season game at U.S. Bank Stadium. He has what he said is a "bucket handle tear." "I'm told that it's a minimum of three, four months out and up to six months usually," Peterson told ESPN.
MINNEAPOLIS—Some teams, and players, have no trouble getting an opponent's attention. That certainly was the case last season when Minnesota opened against then-No. 2 Texas Christian and their Heisman-hyped quarterback Trevone Boykin. Boykin passed for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 92 yards and another score as the Horned Frogs beat Minnesota 23-17.
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins leaned hard on Torii Hunter in an attempt to add the newly retired outfielder to their roster of special assistants, but for now he remains...