MINNEAPOLIS -- Authorities are warning Wells Fargo customers of a scam involving a text message.
The message warns customers their bank accounts have been deactivated and asks them to call a number. The Better Business Bureau says the scam is trying to get ID numbers of customers. Anyone receiving the text is advised to call the bank.
Investigators believe a toddler who fell out of a sixth-floor apartment window Sunday afternoon in Saint Paul was playing and dancing on a couch directly below the window and lost her balance. At last report, two-year-old Patia Cotton was in serious condition at a local hospital. Authorities say the window was opened and screened. Two adults were in the apartment at the time. Investigators say it was an accident and are not planning to file charges at this time.
Testimony has started in the Moorhead trial of Tracy Zornes who's accused of brutally murdering two people. Prosecutors say Megan Londo was stabbed in the chest, John Cadotte was stabbed in the back, and both victims' skulls were smashed before the defendant set fire to the apartment to cover up the crime. Assistant County Attorney Matt Greenley says Zornes took Cadotte's car to Naytahwaush and set it on fire. A smoke detector was found under the driver's seat, but defense attorney says there's no proof it came from the apartment, plus prosecutors have no DNA or fingerprints to prove Zornes was responsible.
In the ongoing battle of the budget for Minnesota's cities, officials in St. Paul are considering a million dollars' worth of cuts to its fire department. The mayor and fire chief's proposal would eliminate overtime pay and one rescue squad. Though the plan doesn't call for layoffs, union members say it will compromise public safety. Chris Coleman's office says it is one of many tough choices as the city expects to lose 12-million dollars in state funding next year.
Business owners get an update on the economy at this morning's (TUES) Minnesota Chamber of Commerce annual meeting in St. Paul. Chamber spokesman Tom Hesse says a July survey showed businesspeople pessimistic about the short-term and expecting some tough going for the rest of the year. But Hesse says in the long run Minnesota businesses are very optimistic about the economy and their ability to succeed in the state. Activists plan to rally outside the Chamber's meeting over the noon hour. Their message: "Stop Foreclosing on the American Dream.
An historic parcel of land between Fort Snelling and Minnehaha Park is closing for a major renovation over the next 10 months. The National Park Service says it is tearing down old vandalized buildings along Coldwater Spring in order to restore the surrounding habitat. The area, which was used as a camping site by soldiers while they built Fort Snelling in the 1820's, will be incorporated into the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area. Despite the closing, rangers will still lead free hour-long tours on selected Saturdays in the coming months.
The Minnesota Association of School Administrators has named Northfield schools' Chris Richardson the state's 2012 superintendent of the year. Richardson says with the support of the school board and community, managing the district's budget in tough economic times has been among his biggest challenges and proudest accomplishments. Richardson has been superintendent of Northfield schools since 2004 and is now a candidate for National Superintendent of the year.
Here are the winning numbers from the Minnesota State Lottery for Monday, October 31st, 2011. The Daily Three: 7-9-6. Northstar Cash: 3-7-15-27-29. Gopher Five: 4-12-35-38-46.