St. Paul Pioneer Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fifty-two days before Super Bowl 52, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee on Thursday unveiled its plans for a zip line to run across the Mississippi River during the 10-day Super Bowl festival.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesotans will learn Wednesday who their next senator will be. At a 10 a.m. news conference at the Capitol, Gov. Mark Dayton will announce his choice to replace U.S. Sen. Al Franken. Franken announced last week that he intends to resign amid allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior from several women.
ST. PAUL -- A North Dakota man who scammed Minnesota welfare programs out of hundreds of thousands of dollars will spend his next several years in prison. Elfonzo Dyrell Shelby was sentenced Tuesday in Ramsey County District Court to just over nine years in prison for committing identity theft and other related crimes , according to court records.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Rick Stelmaszek, the baseball lifer who spent 32 years as a Twins coach, died Monday afternoon from complications related to pancreatic cancer. He was 69. Stelmaszek worked under five Twins managers as bullpen coach and won World Series rings as part of Tom Kelly’s staff in 1987 and 1991. He worked under Ron Gardenhire from 2002-14, during which time he also scheduled and ran spring training workouts.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Vikings defensive tackle Esera Tuaolo has advanced to the playoffs of NBC’s vocal competition show “The Voice,” after impressing judges with a rendition of Luther Vandross’ “Superstar.” Tuaolo, 49, of Minneapolis, survived the show’s Knockout Round on Monday night after Blake Shelton chose Tuaolo’s performance over fellow competitor Adam Cunningham’s.
MINNEAPOLIS - A woman arrested for going topless at a Minnesota United game last month no longer faces prosecution. A week after 23-year-old Rose Picklo was arrested, the Minneapolis city attorney’s office told the court it was dropping the gross misdemeanor indecent exposure charge against her. “After reviewing all reports, the above-reference case is dismissed as an exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” prosecutors said in a court filing. Picklo grew up in Grand Forks, where she attended Central High School.
MINNEAPOLIS — Brian Dozier was the Twins' 2017 most valuable player for the second straight year in Diamond Awards voting by the Twin Cities chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America, the team announced Tuesday. The Twins second baseman and five teammates will be presented with their awards during the 13th annual Diamond Awards event on Jan. 18. The event will benefit research, education and care in brain, nerve and muscle disorders at the University of Minnesota.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man who was injured in the Las Vegas mass shooting earlier this month is home and recovering, his family said. He still has a wound drain in and will have daily home visits from a nurse for awhile, but his sister-in-law Sheila Aurich said the family is “all very excited about this huge step in his recovery.” Philip Aurich, a father of two, was at a country music concert when a gunman opened fire, killing 58 and injuring more than 500.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Minnesota Twins have activated Miguel Sano from the disabled list, where he had been since Aug. 21 because of an injury to his left shin. The third baseman is available to play in the final series of the season this weekend at Target Field. First pitch against the Detroit Tigers is 7:10 p.m. Friday night.
ST. PAUL—Yes, the Minnesota Wild looked at little shaky at times. Yes, the Winnipeg Jets brought their B team to town. Yes, it's the preseason and the results don't matter. At the end of the day, though, the Wild are still undefeated after a 1-0 win over the Jets on Thursday night at the Xcel Energy Center. Asked earlier this week how he wants his teams to approach preseason games, coach Bruce Boudreau responded, "We just want to play the right way. If we play the right way, then I'll be happy."