>>SWAT Team Resolves Standoff In St. Paul

(St. Paul, MN) — Police and SWAT team members safely resolved a tense standoff in South St. Paul. The incident began around 3:30 p.m. yesterday at an apartment building where a man was reportedly threatening another person with a firearm. Despite initial resistance, authorities successfully apprehended the 62-year-old suspect after approximately two hours of negotiation. The suspect, who was treated for injuries during the arrest, is now in custody and being held at Dakota County Jail. The South St. Paul Police Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident.

>>Another Child Shot In St. Paul, Second Time In Two Weekends

(St. Paul, MN) — In a disturbing recurrence, a nine-year-old boy was shot in St. Paul. This marks the second weekend in a row where a child fell victim to gun violence in the city. The incident occurred on Case Avenue East, where shots were fired into a home, resulting in the child sustaining a non-life-threatening injury to the ankle. The recent surge in gun-related incidents has prompted calls for action from St. Paul Police Chief Axel Henry, emphasizing the need to protect children from such senseless violence.

>>Crafts Direct Announces Plan To Permanently Close

(Waite Park, MN) — Crafts Direct, a beloved craft store in Waite Park, has revealed its intention to shut down permanently after 33 years in business. The Schlecht families, owners of the store, cited the current financial climate and shifting trends in retail shopping as insurmountable challenges. The store will be closed today through Wednesday to prepare for a liquidation sale starting Thursday, offering fixtures and equipment for sale.

>>Search For Peter Martin Centers On Cloquet Home

(Cloquet, MN) – The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is actively working to find a man who has been missing since early last month. The agency issued an update on the search for Peter Martin on Friday. The BCA says investigators were at a home in Cloquet looking for clues to help reunite Martin with his family. The 31-year-old was last seen at his home on the Fond du Lac Reservation on March 8th. Anyone with information that could help locate Martin is asked to call the Fond du Lac Police Department.

>>Cloudy Conditions Complicate Eclipse Viewing In Minnesota

(Undated) — It is anticipated that Minnesotans hoping to catch a clear view of today’s solar eclipse will likely be disappointed due to forecasted cloud cover and rain. The eclipse is expected to occur in the early afternoon, with the best angle for viewing in the state’s southeast corner. NASA estimates approximately 82 percent of the sun will be covered. The eclipse is set to begin shortly before 1 p.m., reach its peak around 2 p.m., and conclude shortly after 3 p.m.

>>Rochester Robotics Team Heading To World Championship

(Rochester, MN) — A Rochester robotics team is headed to the world championship after winning a regional competition in Minneapolis. Inconceivable Robotics won 14 of their 16 matches at the Minnesota Ten-Thousand Lakes Regional Competition that wrapped up Saturday. The team has qualified for the First Robotics Competition World Championship that will be held in Houston beginning April 16th. The team needs to raise 40 thousand dollars to cover their expenses and is asking for donations.

>>Raptor Center Announces Death Of Horned Owl

(St. Paul, MN) — The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota is mourning the death of its longest-serving ambassador bird. The center announced a great horned owl named Samantha had died. The owl had been at the center for 32 years but had health issues in recent years that took a turn for the worse late last month. The center said Samantha lived about ten years beyond the average lifespan for her species.


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