Deanna Weniger / St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL --The grand opening of Allianz Field on Saturday, April 13, was sensory overload. There were fireworks and helicopters, drumbeats and horns, singing and chanting. The corridors encircling the field smelled like beer, cheese curds and smoke bombs. Mingling with the crowd of over 19,000 were security officers, building inspectors, fire marshals and police officers making sure that the new Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood went off without a hitch. Inside the stadium, Minnesota United played New York City FC to a 3-3 tie.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The five-year-old boy thrown about 40 feet from a Mall of America balcony Friday, April 12, is still alive and fighting for his life, Bloomington Police Chief Jeff Potts said at a press conference at noon Saturday. “I know there’s been some reports and some concerns about whether or not he is still alive,” Potts said. “He is still receiving care. We just want to acknowledge that this is a horrific situation. The family and this child are in our thoughts and prayers.”
ST. PAUL — When the No. 1 snow-sculpting team from Minnesota was bumped from the national competition over the political theme of its entry, a runner-up was pressed to compete and took first place Saturday, Feb. 2, in Wisconsin. No one was more surprised than they were. “It was totally unexpected for me,” said Heather Friedli, 37, of St. Paul. “I had my hands over my face. I was crying when I walked up on stage to get my award.” To compete in the annual snow-sculpting competition in Lake Geneva, Wis., participants must first win in their home state the year before.
ST. PAUL - A manager at the Grand Avenue Chipotle restaurant in St. Paul has been fired after refusing Thursday night, Nov. 15, to serve customers who employees said were repeat dine-and-dash offenders.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The founder of Feed My Starving Children, a Christian-based organization that has packed and sent more than 2 billion meals to starving people, died Tuesday, Nov. 13. Richard Proudfit was 88. A St. Paul native, Proudfit was working as a businessman in 1982 when he visited Honduras on a medical relief team to help the country recover from the devastation of Hurricane Fifi-Orlene. It was there that he witnessed the suffering brought about by starvation, an experience that would change the course of his life.
ROSEVILLE, Minn.—Jana Kyser paced back and forth at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport's Terminal 2 on Saturday night, Sept. 28, greeting friends, passing out flags, directing servicemen to their posts and striking up a bagpipe band. There's a reason her husband, Jerry Kyser, calls her the Major General. This was Honor Flight Twin Cities' 20th homecoming event, welcoming 78 World War II and Korean War veterans back from a day of touring monuments in Washington, D.C.
LILYDALE, Minn. — Sitting in his Lilydale home overlooking the Mississippi River last week, Dr. Terry Capistrant struggled to describe how he first knew he had Parkinson's disease. He was 55 years old, preparing to do a spinal tap on an 18-year-old man. "It was very stressful," he said. When he finished, he sat down to write about it in the patient's chart. He noticed how small and cramped his handwriting was, and it gave him a sick feeling in the pit of his stomach.