St. Paul Pioneer Press
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.
ANOKA, Minn. -- The burglar accused of beating a 95-year-old Anoka man to death pleaded guilty on Tuesday. Isaiah Montrell Thomas, 28, used a flashlight and a clock to kill Albert Loehlein, a World War II veteran, during a November 2016 home invasion, according to charges filed last year. An Anoka County judge has accepted Thomas’s guilty plea; Thomas is scheduled to be sentenced on April 9.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A man who stole a seat from U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis after the Super Bowl has agreed to pay for its replacement. Stadium manager SMG said it plans no further action against the Philadelphia Eagles fan. That seat and two other damaged seats were replaced Tuesday, according to a release. Video of the man with a purple seat in the stadium’s coat check generated more than 190,000 views on Facebook as of Wednesday afternoon. A traveler later snapped a photo of him at the Minneapolis-St.
ST. PAUL—Friday's 45-degree weather should not threaten the recently completed ice palace. In fact, the weather conditions are about as good as they could be, organizers said. The Winter Carnival ice palace was lit up for the first time Thursday night, Jan. 25, as Winter Carnival festivities got underway. It was built using 4,000 blocks of ice and towers 70 feet above Rice Park in downtown St. Paul.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Pop superstar Elton John has announced he’s hitting the road for the final time on a tour dubbed “Farewell Yellow Brick Road.” He’ll play the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis on Feb. 21, 2019. Tickets are priced from $249.50 to $59.50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 through Axs. American Express cardholders have access to a pre-sale that starts Feb. 8.
MINNEAPOLIS—It's bad out there. A winter storm that dumped as much as a foot of snow on the Twin Cities made driving hazardous on Monday across the metro and much of southern Minnesota, where even more snow had accumulated. The storm also led to school closings, the cancellation of hundreds of flights at the Twin Cities airport and the imposition of snow emergencies in St. Paul and Minneapolis. The Minnesota State Patrol as of late afternoon reported hundreds of crashes, hundreds of vehicle spinouts and dozens of jackknifed semis across the region.
PHILADELPHIA—Speaking for the first time since it was reported that he will take over the New York Giants, Pat Shurmur said Thursday "is not the time or place to talk about that," adding that his focus is solely on the Vikings' NFC Championship game Sunday in Philadelphia. On Monday, reports surfaced that the Giants will name Shurmur their head coach as soon as the Vikings' season is over. "There's a time and place for everything," Shurmur said. "Our focus right now is to put together a really good plan, get on a plane, go to Philadelphia, and get it on."
ST. PAUL -- Salvation Army was 10 percent behind last year’s fundraising numbers with only eight days of bell-ringing to go. On Saturday, a donor dropped a $200,000 check into a kettle, helping bring that deficit to just 7 percent behind last year’s numbers. The check, dropped in a kettle at a Cub Foods in the south metro, is the second-largest donation ever dropped into a red kettle in the Twin Cities.