May 6, 2007

Girl Slashed at Mall of America

The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting on the slashing of a 14-year-old girl at the Mall of America on the third floor Saturday. Police say that the victim is being treated at Hennepin County Medical Center for deep cuts in her stomach. Police also believe the girl who did the stabbing and the victim knew each other. Police caught the girl, also 14, with the help of a large amount of officers available on scene and security cameras.

The Pioneer Press article is more focused and shorter than the Star Tribune article.

The articles can be found at:

Gunflint Trail Evacuations as Fires Spread

The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting a spreading wildfire that is spreading along the last seven miles of the Gunflint Trail, bordering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Officials have issued a mandatory evacuation order to about 100 homes and resorts along the trail.

The Star Tribune article states that the area that the fire is spreading to is an area already burned through in an action of prescribed burns in the area.

The Pioneer Press article, written by the Associated Press, says no rain is expected for the next several days for the area.

The articles can be found at:

April 22, 2007

I-94 Driver Goes Into St. Croix

The Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune are reporting a driver who lost control of his car while adjusting his cd player, sending his car into the St. Croix river where the interstate passes over.

Both stories are pretty short, but the one from the Pioneer Press mentions that the police gave the 47-year-old man a ticket at the scene for inattentive driving.

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Teen Killed on Metro Bus

The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting the murder of a 16-year-old male on a Metro Transit bus in St. Paul. Police have not released the name of the victim. Both articles state that the shooting was spurred by an argument apparently between two gangs, ending the the murder of the 16-year-old.

Both articles mention that there have been three violent attacks on Metro Transit buses since march, but interesting to note is that the Pioneer Press makes it clear that the first two attacks happened in Minneapolis and not St. Paul.

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April 1, 2007

Crosstown Construction Scheduled For June

After being pushed back yet again last year, a bid has finally been accepted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to start the reconstruction of the Crosstown Commons area where highways 35 and 62 meet, one of the most notorious bottleneck spots in the metro area, according to articles in the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press.

The atricle in the Star Tribune is locally reported, and goes in depth to how notorious the spot has been for accidents and large traffic jams in the past. It includes a map rendering what the new spot will look like after four summers of construction.

The article in the Pioneer Press was written by the Associated Press, and is just a brief overview of the new project, not quoting any sources.

The project is scheduled to be complete in fall 2010

The articles can be found at:

Herb Carneal Dies

Twins announcer Herb Carneal died Sunday at the age of 83 from heart failure, according to reports in the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press via the Associated Press. Carneal started announcing for the Twins in 1962, the team's second season ever. As he aged, he cut back some of his duties of announcing, and at the last minute had declined to announce for the Twin's home opener Monday night because of health problems.

The story by the Star Tribune is written by a local reporter, and features more interviews and comments from current Twins team members and other friends.

The Associated Press article in the Pioneer Press focused more on the life of Carneal himself, citing an interview in 2003 that the AP had done.

The articles can be found at:

March 25, 2007

Gophers Season Comes to a Close

The Gopher men's hockey team ended their season today losing in overtime to the Fighting Sioux of the University of North Dakota. The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press both have stories on this.

The Pioneer Press article is from the AP, while the Star Tribune article is written by a staff reporter. The Star Tribune article starts out with more of an anecdote and feels more personally written for readers of the Twin Cities.

The Pioneer Press article focuses more on the action during the game, and now what will happen during the rest of the college hockey season. The Star Tribune article focuses more on the future of the Gophers in the end.

The articles can be found at:

Local Wins 'Grease' Role

21-year-old Laura Osnes, a graduate of Eagan High School, won the role of Sandy in the NBC show "Grease: You're The One That I Want", according to articles in the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune. Osnes became a show favorite of the judges, and won the final public vote, announced Sunday evening on live television.

The Star Tribune article goes into more depth about where Osnes has been before appearing on the show, while the Pioneer Press article seems more like a short feature.

The articles can be found at:

March 11, 2007

Black Leaders Stand Up for Fire Chief

The Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are both reporting the support St. Paul Fire Chief Doug Holton is recieving after coming under fire from the union, most members voting "no confidence" in the chief. Both articles report that black city leaders and supporters are saying the the union is made up of mostly white members, and are calling the vote racist.

Holton was St. Paul's first black fire chief.

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Different Rail Service Plans Underway

While the Pioneer Press is writing about the Northstar commuter rail line, the Star Tribune is reporting on a plan to revive rail service between Duluth and Minneapolis.

The Pioneer Press is reporting on a deal made with the owners of existing track needed for the Northstar commuter rail line to be made possible. Although all the funding for the project is not in place yet, but the backers of the line say they are on schedule to open in 2009.

The Star Tribune looks at a whole new line that would bring back rail service between Minneapolis and Duluth, something that used to take over 4 hours when Amtrak last provided the service 22 years ago. The Hennepin County Board voted to support a study to see how feasable the line would be. THe article talks about how the line would be much more profitable this time around, with the popularity of near by casinos and state parks being higher than they were in 1985.

The articles can be found at:

February 25, 2007

Missing Nisswa Man Found

Ryan Hamre, 24, was found alive after he had been missing for a week both the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press said. What is interesting is the details that each report gives.

The Star Tribune is saying that Hamre went for a walk, became lost, and had to build one campfire to stay warm.

The Pioneer Press is saying that authorities found Hamre in a fishing house on a lake nearby, with his truck parked outside of it in working order, and that no other details were available.

There seems to be more to this than has been reported.

Both articles can be found at:

Major Snow

Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press featured the Twin Cities' weather at the tops of their pages. The Star Tribune article focuses on transportation issues mostly, reporting that there were no traffic deaths during the period that the storm took place in the state of Minnesota. In Wisconsin, however, two miles from the Minnesota border on Interstate 94, there was an accident with fatalities.

The Pioneer Press article is from the Associated Press, and talks about the discovery of an 18-year-old man found unconscious and partially frozen to the ground by a snow plower.

Both articles can be found at:

February 18, 2007

Two Men Shot in Maplewood

Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting the shooting of two men near a funeral home in Maplewood. Saturday evening, a 20-year-old man was shot in the stomach, and a 40-year-old man who happened to be driving by at the time was struck in the arm by a stray bullet. When police arrived, they found the 20-year-old in the parking lot of a funeral home, and both men were rushed to Regions Hospital in St. Paul.

The story from the Star Tribune is written by a staff writer, while the story in the Pioneer Press is from the AP. While the Star Tribune story feels a little more locally focused, the Pioneer Press story does have a detail about the police saying there was an altercation before the shooting, something that the Star Tribune does not have.

The articles can be found at:

February 14, 2007

Flu Deaths Continue

Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting the death of 44-year-old firefighter Barry DeLude after he came down with the flu. He died at Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina Tuesday morning.

Another victim of the flu, 8-year-old Chace VanGuilder of Esko, MN, died Monday at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth. Chance is the fourth child to die from the flu this year, according to officials.

The Star Tribunes article goes on to describe the strain of flu this year as nothing special, and that the vaccine prepared matched the virus well. Chance had been vaccinated, while DeLude had not.

The Star Tribune goes on to get some quotes describing Chance as a medically fragile person anyways, and that the effects of the flu were worse because of this. Still the article reminds us of how serious a virus the flu can be.

The Pioneer Press article details the life of DeLude more, focusing on his career as a firefighter.

February 11, 2007

Is Local Water Safe?

Lawmakers want faster action from state officials after limited response to groundwater contamination by 3M chemicals. The Star Tribune is saying that Minnesota Pollution Control has known about the problem for two years. All the pollution control agency has told 3M to do so far has been to study the problem.

The Pioneer Press says that residents of areas that have water contaminated with the PFBA, or perfluorobutanoic acid, found in the water do not need to avoid the tap water, and that there are no known short term effects of small amounts of the acid, but the long term effects have never been studied. Thus, some residents are sticking to bottled water and purification systems.

The slow responce from the pollution agency has enraged many politicians and residents, and they are now putting pressure on the agency to be more strict with 3M.

The articles can be found at:

Mauer Signes $33 Million, 4-Year Contract

Both the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press are reporting on a deal between the Minnesota Twins and Joe Mauer that avoides arbitration and signes the player on for four years at $33 million dollars. The Star Tribune comments that the player will just be turning 24-years-old in April, but that his financial future is "already secure".

The Pioneer Press article goes on to detail the St. Paul native's beginings after being drafted from Cretin-Derham HIgh School, which may seem a little obvious for the Minnesota native to be reading, but this article is written for the Associated Press, while the Star Tribune's article, which focuses more on the deal, is written by a staff reporter.

The articles can be found at:

February 4, 2007

Waseca Home Invasion

Tracy Kruger and his son Alex who was 13 were killed Saturday after someone entered the family's house, leaving the mother Hilary wounded. Their fourth son was spending the night at a friends house. Reports are saying that at aboue 3 a.m. Alex called 911 to report an intruder, after which gunshots were heard and the line went dead.
The Pioneer Press keeps the article concise.
The Star Tribune fills there story with a bunch of quotes from from family friends, describing the family as hard working, well liked, and very popular throughout the city of Waseca. The article also descirbes the surviving son's state as being in "utter shock."

The articles can be found at:

Cab Driver Killed in Brooklyn Center

A 46-year-old cab driver was found dead in the drivers seat of his cab outside apartments in Brooklyn Center. The driver had been shot multiple times, and by the time someone had discovered him and paramedics had arrives, they could not revive the victim. The Star Tribune reports that Police are working on some leads, as there were multiple people who heard the shots at around 3 a.m.
The Pioneer Press article notes that robbery might have been the motive in the case, with the Star Tribune elaborating, saying that there might have been some dispute over the fare.

The Star Tribune definitely has more coverage of this crime, with multiple quotes from the police and others.

The articles can be found at:

January 27, 2007

Man Goes Home After Falling 16 Stories

Both the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune are reporting that a Wisconsin man who fell 16 stories out of a hotel window is going home from the hospital today. Miraculously, the man suffered no brain or spinal damage. The only injuries he did recieve from the fall were a broken leg and a punctured lung. Both stories also say the 29-year-old remembers the fall, although he won't speak publicly about it.

Both the Pioneer Press and the Star Tribune have written pretty much the same thing about the story. Both stories take a more personal approach near the end with quotes from family members and loved ones.

The articles can be found at:

Southdale Drug Bust

Believe it or not, a drug raid at a store at Southdale mall in Edina closes a shop and causes shock. Two brothers were arrested as a drug unit raided Image, a shop on the mall's third floor. What the police found were brown paper bags with cocaine, marijuana and $8,000 in cash.

This story caught my interest because I work at Southdale mall in the Apple Store, and since having worked there, I have noticed things going on in the mall are getting seedier and seedier. Here is just that much more proof.

There was not an alternate source for this article, but I had to comment on it.

The article can be found at:

January 24, 2007

St. Paul Police Arrest

An arrest has been made for the last homicide of 2006 in St. Paul which resulted in the death of a 27 year-old. The police have not released a lot of details, including the motive of the shooter, but have said the shooter was 25 years-old.

Since the details are still sketchy, both reports from the Star Tribune and the Pioneer Press were limited.

The ledes of each article, however, were interesting to see, as this is a hard news item. The Star Tribune includes the age of the man arrested, who did the arresting, and for what the man was being arrested for. The Pioneer Press, however, decides to include when the man was arrested and by who.

In my opinion, the Star Tribune's lede carries a little more weight with it as far as important information given right away. Otherwise, both stories are kind of sparse on details, but this is understood because of the lack of facts released by police.

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