St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Friends and family of Jodi Huisentruit are hoping a new billboard campaign will solve the mystery of the morning news anchor’s 1995 disappearance in Mason City, Iowa. Four billboards featuring a photo of Huisentruit and the message “Somebody knows something …is it YOU?” are being installed around the city to mark her 50th birthday on June 5; the first one went up on Wednesday.
ST. PAUL -- Three men are on a mission to paddle the 2,320-mile Mississippi river from Lake Itasca to the Gulf of Mexico in less than 18 days in an attempt to break the current world record. Kirk “KJ” Millhone 59, of Minnetonka, and teammates Kevin Eckelkamp of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Nate Lastinger, Eckelkamp’s friend and supplier to his coffee shop, had made it to St. Paul Tuesday morning in their carbon fiber canoe.
ST. PAUL -- The mummified monkey found in the former Minneapolis Dayton's department store building will soon be on display at the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. The monkey carcass, which was discovered in an air duct during recent renovation work, will be moved to the Kellogg Boulevard museum within the week, according to Science Museum spokeswoman Kim Ramsden. Although the details of the display are still being worked out, the monkey will be placed in the building's lobby, where the public may view it without paying an admission fee, Ramsden said in an email.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- An opening has been set for the burger-centric Wahlburgers at the Mall of America. The restaurant with famous names behind is slated to roll out at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 22. And later on in the month, the Wahlberg brothers — actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg, also a member of former boy band New Kids on the Block, and chef/Wahlburgers founder Paul Wahlberg — will make an appearance at the Mall of America to mark the occasion. That event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, May 31, in the mall’s rotunda.
EAGAN, Minn. -- In response to complaints from nearby residents, the Minnesota Vikings said Thursday, May 3, that the lights on the north side of their new Eagan headquarters will be shut off from 11 p.m. to 6 p.m. The only exception will be a shutoff around midnight when the team hosts night events, such as its “Minnesota Friday Night Lights” high school football games, said Jeff Anderson, team spokesman. “We’re listening to the community,” he said.
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Minnesota fugitive Lois Riess was apprehended Thursday night in south Texas, ending a nationwide manhunt for the woman suspected of killing her husband and an innocent bystander in Florida. Officers with the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Riess at about 8:25 p.m.
She's back! Minnesota's Becca Kufrin, ABC's new Bachelorette, made a rosy comeback on social media Wednesday. The reality competition's host, Chris Harrison, posted a promotional image of Kufrin as the Bachelorette with the message: "A little gift for #BachelorNation." In the newly released poster, red rose petals rain down on the 28-year-old Prior Lake publicist, who is wearing a metallic gown and a sassy smile. Superseded over her image is her signature catchphrase: "Let's do the damn thing." Wait, isn't love supposed to be patient and kind?
EAGAN, Minn. --Sun Country Airlines says it will cover some additional costs for travelers stranded in Mexico after the airline canceled flights due to a weekend snowstorm battering Minnesota. An estimated 250 people were stuck when Eagan-based Sun Country couldn’t provide planes because the airline was ending seasonal service on Saturday. Passengers who managed to rebook on other airlines complained of spending hundreds or thousands of dollars more to get home from Los Cabos and Mazatlan.
MINNEAPOLIS—WNBA teams looking to deal quality veteran players in exchange for draft picks know who to call. "There's always rumors about some of the veterans (potentially being dealt) and they go, 'Well, you know Minnesota is going to take them ...' " said Cheryl Reeve, the Lynx coach and general manager. Reeve responds to that sentiment with a joke. "(So I go), 'What makes you think we would trade our pick?' " Reeve quips. "It probably would be surprising for us to keep it."
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- The Mall of America wants to build an enormous water park costing more than $150 million. According to a presentation to the Bloomington City Council Tuesday, mall owner Triple 5 proposes to build the water park in a new addition to the east of the mall. The water park would be one of the largest in North America at 250,000 square feet — almost four times bigger than a football field.