April 26, 2009

University students riot in Dinkytown

A party on Spring Jam weekend in Dinkytown near the University of Minnesota campus turned into a riot on Saturday night, according to KSTP TV.

The party, on 7th Street and 14th Avenue in Minneapolis, started around 8 p.m. and did not end until early morning hours on Sunday, KSTP TV reported.

More than 60 police officers called to the scene used tear gas, pepper spray and smoke grenades in order to control the crowd of and estimated 400 to 500 people, KSTP TV reported.

When police arrived some students threw bottles and rocks at them. Many homes and cars in the area were damaged during the riot, according to KSTP TV.

At least six people were arrested but no one was seriously injured, KSTP TV reported.

In a statement released by the university, the University of Minnesota Vice Provost for Student Affairs Jerry Rinehart spoke about the incident.

"Last night's events near Dinkytown, where a block party got out of control, were an unacceptable display of lawless behavior. This kind of conduct is not reflective of our student body or the University of Minnesota community," Rinehart said. "Recently, we strengthened our student conduct code to be applicable to off-campus situations such as this. We intend to use that code to its fullest as more is learned about those who were arrested and involved in this incident."

April 25, 2009

Tayler Hill selected Miss Basketball

Minneapolis South's Tayler Hill was selected as Minnesota's Miss Basketball award winner on Saturday morning, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Hill led Minneapolis South to the AAAA championship last month and was Minnesota's overall lead scorer with 3,894 points, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

During her senior season, she averaged 32 points per game and was a McDonald's All-American and a WBCA All-American, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"It is a great honor,'' Hill told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "It wraps everything up really nicely.''

Hill was one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the country, and decided last week to attend Ohio State to play basketball next year, KSTP-TV reported.

Hill told KSTP-TV that "this was a very tough decision and it wasn't something that wasn't easy for my family and I to come to. But it was the best decision for me."

3-year-old struck, killed by car

A 3-year-old girl was struck and killed by a truck in St. Paul on Saturday morning, the StarTribune reported.

The girl, Mai Yer Moua, died at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, St. Paul Fire Department spokesman Steve Zaccard told the StarTribune. Moua was struck at about 9:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Rose Av. E. StarTribune reported.

Paramedics treated her at the scene, and a special trauma unit was activated at the hospital, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Moua was trying to cross the street to reach her father when she was struck, Peter Panos, a spokesman for the St. Paul Police Department, told the StarTribune.

Panos called the girl's death accidental, StarTribune reported.

April 19, 2009

Wisconsin inmate given $19,000 from 35W bridge collapse fund

A Wisconsin inmate, who was convicted of injuring his former fiance's 2-year-old daughter, gets $19,000 from the bridge collapse victim's fund, according to KARE 11.

Michael E. Stoner, 27, of Spooner, Wisc. was with his then-fiance to see the girl he is charged with hurting when the bridge collapsed, according to KARE 11.

He was sentenced to more than seven years in prison, according to KARE 11.

A prison spokesman said that the terms of Stoner's sentence require him to turn over any money from the bridge fund to the state to pay for fines and restitution, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The girl's mother, Crystal Manning, was not charged for her daughter's injuries and will receive $488,000 from the bridge collapse victims fund, KARE 11 reported.

The Minnesota bridge collapsed in 2007, killing 13. St. Paul Pioneer Press

One dead in Hopkins shooting

An early morning shooting in Hopkins led to one man's death on Sunday, according to police and reported by KSTP TV.

A dispute between two groups of people in the parking lot of a White Castle restaurant ended when a gunman pulled out a gun and shot a 24-year-old man, according to KSTP TV.

The number of shots fired has not been released, KSTP TV reported.

According to the police, there are two suspects, but their identities have not been released, the StarTribune reported.

The Hennepin County Sheriff's Lab was called to process the scene, KSTP TV reported.

April 9, 2009

Tap water discolored, smells in 3 university buildings

The tap water in three research and clinical buildings on campus may be unsafe to drink, according to a university official on Thursday.

Discolored and foul-smelling water was reported Wednesday in Moos and Phillips-Wangensteen buildings, university spokesperson Daniel Wolter told the StarTribune.

On Thursday, investigators also found that the tap water in Diehl Hall was tainted, the Minnesota Daily reported.

All three buildings are at the end of a water main. The university has been flushing the systems of the buildings since Wednesday night, according to the StarTribune.

More than 600 dentist appointments have been cancelled due to the lack of water in the buildings, the Minnesota Daily reported.

The university has not found the cause of the contamination yet, the StarTribune reported.

April 6, 2009

Level III offender charged with raping boy

A Level III sex offender is charged with a sex crime in Hopkins, just two weeks after moving in with his parents in the city, according to the StarTribune.

Timothy Cavier, 27, was arrested March 27 and charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct involving a 16-year-old boy, according to The Daily Republic.

Cavier is held in Hennepin County jail on $150,000 bail, according to The Daily Republic.

Prosecutors allege Cavier met the teenager, from Rockville, Minn., online. While at Cavier's on March 13 to 15, the boy willingly performed one type of sexual act, according to the StarTribune. He then refused another sexual act, the StarTribune reported.

The state has labeled Cavier as a Level III offender due to his potential to re-offend, The Daily Republic reported.

Cavier was convicted of raping a 14-year-old girl in Hopkins, and also has a history of indecent exposure, according to the StarTribune.

April 5, 2009

3 Winona high school students face theft charges

Three swim team members from Winona Senior High School have been charged with stealing more than $1,300 in cash and merchandise from gym lockers, according to the Rochester Police Department. StarTribune

The students, Santino Leigh LaPorta, 17, Stanislav Georgiev Petkov, 16, and Benjamin Ronald Shepardson, 16, were charged with felony theft, felony receiving stolen property and petty misdemeanor damage to property, according to Winona Daily News.

Prosecutors said that the students broke several padlocks and broke into lockers at a swim meet in Rochester, Minn. in December. Cell phones, cash, an iPod, a credit card and a jacket were among the iitems stolen, according to StarTribune.

According to court documents, several Winona school staff members searched members of the team individually. LaPorta admitted to the crime, and was in possession of many of the items, according to Winona Daily News.

Shepardson was searched but administrators did not find anything until, when leaving, he dropped a pile of money on the floor, Winona Daily News reported.

Petrov was also found with cash on him and admitted to aiding in stealing the iPod, reported Winona Daily News.

All three are to appear in Olmsted County District Court on April 20, according to StarTribune.

April 3, 2009

Minneapolis Federal Reserve President to retire

Gary Stern, the president and chief executive of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, is retiring.

Stern, 64, will retire this summer, according to the Fed on Thursday.

"I am confident that with the chairman's leadership, along with other outstanding policymakers in the Federal Reserve, our financial system will fully stabilize and our economy will once again resume growth," Stern told the Wall Street Journal.

Stern is the longest-serving U.S. Federal Reserve Bank president of the country’s 12 prior presidents. He became president in 1985, the Associated Press reported.

He currently is not a voting member of the interest rate setting Federal Open Market Committee, but he has been voicing concerns on monetary policy, according to the Associated Press and Wall Street Journal.

He tried to direct attention on addressing issues with financial institutions which were considered too big to fail, the Wall Street Journal reported. He even wrote and published a book called “Too Big to Fail: The Hazards of Bank Bailouts” in 2004.

A nationwide search will be conducted to find a replacement, the Associated Press reported.

St. Paul couple shot and wounded in own home

A St. Paul couple was shot and wounded in their own home in what police are saying was a botched robbery attempt on Thursday.

The husband and wife, who are in their 40’s, were each shot once by the suspect, according to StarTribune.

The couple was taken to Region’s Hospital in St. Paul were they had surgery for their injuries, according to St. Paul police spokesman Peter Panos and reported by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The victims told the police that they had recognized the suspect, according to StarTribune.

The shooter knocked on the door of the home at the 400 block of Blair Avenue, and when someone answered it the gunman pushed inside the home.

A woman called the police at 12:07 p.m. from within the home and stated that the house had been broken into and two people had been shot, the StarTribune reported.

"It's pretty brazen anytime you're going to walk up to someone at their house and rob them and, when it doesn't go right, shoot them," Panos told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "To do it in the middle of the day, when your odds are greater of there being witnesses and other people hurt, is even more so."

The couple has five children, ages 2 to 15, who were inside of the house during the crime. No children were hurt, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Investigators have not released any description of the suspect or said if there was more than one person involved.

Police do not think the incident was random.

March 29, 2009

St. Olaf students win Rube Goldberg contest

Students from St. Olaf won the Rube Goldberg Contest Saturday at Purdue University.

The machine they built took 239 steps to replace an incandescent light bulb with a more energy efficient one, the StarTribune reported.

St. Olaf was the only liberal arts college that competed, and was also the only school without an engineering program, which is where most of the contraptions that win come from, according to the StarTribune.

The teams each needed to run the machines two times for the judges, with only 20 minutes between times in order to reset the machine, according to St. Olaf College News.

"We are really excited to have won this," Bern Youngblood, the team's captain, told St. Olaf College News. "The team put a lot of work into the machine, and we all learned a lot from the experience."

This was the first year of competition for St. Olaf. A University of Illinois team finished second in the competition and Ferris State University of Big Rapids, Mich. took third, according to the StarTribune.

The competition aims to bring to life the complicated machines designed to do simple tasks that cartoonist Rube Goldberg drew, the StarTribune reported.

March 28, 2009

Man commits arson outside Minneapolis church

A small fire was started in the St. Olaf Catholic Church in downtown Minneapolis on Tuesday.

The church, which has been open for 70 years to the community, had installed a high-tech security system in 2007 that monitors the building. The person who started the fire was caught by one of the surveillance cameras, Kare 11 reported.

The person walked through the doorway to the second level, at the top of the stairs, and appeared to pour something onto the carpet, Kare 11 reported.

The liquid was then lit on fire and the suspect walked out. A member of the church staff found and put out the fire when it was still small, according to Kare 11.

"Churches have to walk a very fine line between being open and available to their worshippers and then securing their property, and that someone would take advantage of that openness that St. Olaf tries to promote is disgraceful," Minneapolis Police arson investigator Sean McKenna told Kare 11.

This incident is serious because a place of worship was targeted, the StarTribune reported.

The police are investigating it as an arson fire, and if flammable liquid was used to start the fire, the charge could be first degree arson with up to 20 years in prison as a punishment, according to Kare 11.

March 13, 2009

Runner attacked at Lake Phalen

A female runner was attacked and robbed on Wednesday as she was running around lake Phalen in St. Paul.

The woman was running north on the west side of the lake at 6 p.m. when she was approached by two suspects wearing full face masks, Maplewood police told Fox 9 News.

The suspects struck the woman in the head, pushed her to the ground, kicked her and stole her iPod, according to the StarTribune.

She walked away with no serious injuries, Fox 9 News reported.

"Fortunately, though bruised, she was not more seriously injured," police said in a news release, according to StarTribune.

Police are investigating this case and if there are any possible connections to similar incidents which have occurred around Lake Phalen in recent months. StarTribune

March 12, 2009

Young Minnesotans qualify for National Spelling Bee

The fourth of five young Minnesotan spellers who will qualify for the Scripps National Spelling Bee has been determined.

Barnesville’s Ryne Kisch, a seventh-grader, won the regional bee in Fergus Falls Thursday, the StarTribune reported.

Ryne joins last week’s winners Daniel Halvorson, a home-schooled 14-year-old from Mankato, and Laura Galbus, an eighth-grader from Kasson-Mantorville School District. StarTribune, Post-Bulletin

Audrey Lothspeich, an eighth-grader from Brainerd won a regional bee on Feb. 12, according to the StarTribune.

The final regional spelling bee is in the Minnesota Historical Center in St. Paul Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

The Scripps National Spelling See will be televised from Washington, D.C., on May 26-28, Post-Bulletin reported.

March 7, 2009

Southwest Airlines to being Minneapolis-St. Paul service

Southwest Airlines begins Minneapolis-St. Paul service Sunday, making this launch for the company the first in a new city since August 2007.

Southwest will fly eight daily round-trip flights from MSP to Chicago's Midway Airport, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

"There's very high fares on that route. And there's as many people flying between those two cities as we serve between Dallas and Houston, maybe more," Gary Kelly, Southwest's chairman told USA Today.

The competition that Southwest will give Northwest Airlines has already lowered fares to Chicago, which, with over a million passengers a year, is the heaviest-traveled air round out of the Twin Cities, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

Kelly told USA Today that the decision to move into the MSP market is not affiliated with the expected merger of Northwest Airlines and Delta.

Southwest is USA's leading discount airline and carries more domestic pasengers than any other airline, according to USA Today.

Apple Valley woman injured in hit-and-run

A 25-year-old Apple Valley woman was a victim of a hit-and-run on Friday, police said. StarTribune

Joan Levasseur, who is deaf, was hit by an unidentified vehicle while walking eastbound across Cedar Ave. at 153rd Street in Apple Valley at 9:11pm Friday.

Levasseur was taken to Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville and then transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

A spokesperson for HCMC told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Levasseur was in critical condition.

Levasseur suffered a trauma to the head, severe brain injury, fractures to both legs, a fractured pelvis, a broken right hand and lacerations to her face, Levasseur's sister-in-law told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Witnesses told the St. Paul Pioneer Press that the vehicle was large and light-colored, but there are currently no suspects.

The incident is under investigation by the Apple Valley Police Department and the Minnesota State Patrol.

February 28, 2009

Settlement offers go to 35W bridge victims

Compensation offers went out to 179 victims of the Interstate 35W bridge collapse, the StarTribune reported on Saturday.

A total of $36.4 million will be divided between the victims of the bridge which collapsed Aug. 1, 2007, killing 13 and injuring 45. They are given until April 16 to decide whether or not to take the state help.

Susan Holden, head of the compensation panel, told StarTribune that if victims sued the state they would be awarded much less because of liability limits.

If victims do accept the settlements, then they waive the right to sue the state, the city of Minneapolis, and the University of Minnesota.

The testimony period ended last month and a three-person panel consisting of Holden, Steve Kirsch and Mike Tewksbury evaluated each victims circumstances, KARE 11 reported.

Holden said that state officials are prepared to cut checks to the victims within a couple weeks if they accept them.

“I don't really see any reasonable alternative but to take it and to take it fast,” attorney Chris Messerly, speaking for a legal coalition representing 117 victims, told StarTribune.

He said that his clients were grateful for the offer.

“A lot of people cried when I called and told them the news,” Messerly told StarTribune. “Something has finally happened that's good for them.”

Two teens shot at Southdale Mall

Two teens were shot in what Edina police are calling a gang-related fight at Southdale Mall on Friday.

Two boys, 15 and 18 years old, were shot in the J.C. Penney parking lot outside of the mall just after 6 p.m., Edina Police Chief Mike Siitari told StarTribune.

One was shot in the leg and was not seriously injured while the other was shot in the abdomen and was taken into surgery late Friday night, Siitari told StarTribune. They were both taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

No names or hometowns of the victims were available, and Siitari told StarTribune he was unsure of the condition of the victims.

Four to five shots were fired from a .45 caliber handgun in the clash between rival Hispanic groups, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The shooter ran from the scene, but is believed to be between 15 and 18 years old. Police and mall security officials were reviewing security camera tapes late Friday to gather additional information, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

No arrests have been made and the shooter is still at large. St. Paul Pioneer Press

Tipster in murder case rewarded $18K

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension presented $18,000 Thursday to a woman formerly of Elk River who provided information related to a murder case, StarTribune reported.

In 2000, Angela Hennen provided information about conversations she had with Kent R. Jones to authorities investigating the 1992 murder of Linda Jensen, Star News reported.

This information led to a search warrant of Jones, and concluded that his DNA matched DNA found at the murder scene, StarTribune reported.

The Minnesota State Supreme Court decided to uphold the conviction last summer, which is a life sentence in the state prison in Stillwater, StarTribune reported.

The BCA presented the money after Jones’ appeal to the Supreme Court was concluded and the decision was upheld. Star News

February 22, 2009

Minnesota clerk uses hammer to ward off thief

A Minneapolis store clerk repelled a would-be thief by swinging hammers at him on Thursday, according to a report by KMSP-TV.

Police say a man entered the Bryn Mawr Market at about 8 p.m. wearing a ski mask.

The employee asked the would-be thief to remove the mask and the thief told him that what he was doing was robbing the store, according to police Sgt. Jesse Garcia.

The thief then grabbed for the cash register, but, instead of cooperating, the clerk hit the man once with a hammer. The clerk then threw the hammer at the thief and pulled out a second hammer to chase the man away with.

The would-be thief dropped the cash register and fled by foot.

The clerk only suffered a cut on his arm.

Reported by: St. Paul Pioneer Press and the StarTribune

Montgomery senior living facility catches fire

Residents at a senior living facility were evacuated late Saturday afternoon after the apartments went up in flames in Montgomery, Minn.

The fire forced an evacuation of 43 residents at Park Manor Apartments, Fox Mankato reported. Le Seuer County officials told Fox Mankato that everyone was evacuated.

Three departments of firefighters were called to battle the fire. Witnesses reported that they saw flames and smoke coming from the building, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported.

The residents were taken to the Montgomery City Hall, where assistance by Red Cross was available, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

3 died in central Minnesota crash

Three died in a head-on traffic accident Saturday morning in rural Renville County, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. St. Paul Pioneer Press

A pick-up truck that was following a snowplow went into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan on an icy central Minnesota highway, killing a husband and wife and one of their daughters.

The crash occurred on Hwy. 71 at the boundary of Renville and Kandiyohi counties, just north of Olivia at 11:30 a.m. There were reports of poor visibility because of snow, the StarTribune reported.

Those killed were: Fred Kingstrom, 89, and Ebba Kingstrom, 83, of Sacred Heart, Minn., and daughter Andrea Kingstrom, 44, of Bird Island, Minn., the family told the StarTribune.

Ebba Kingstrom died at the scene, but Fred and Andrea Kingstrom were flown to Hennepin County Medical Center, where they died.

Also in the Kingstroms car was the driver, Mark. F. Kingstrom, 54, of Sacred Heart. He and the pickup driver, Daniel T. Kadlec, 28, of Kandiyohi, Minn., were only slightly hurt, the StarTribune reported.

February 15, 2009

Man killed by train in St. Paul

A 33-year-old man was killed by a train on St. Paul’s east side Saturday night, police said.

A railroad official notified authorities just after 11 p.m. saying that a mans body was found at the intersection of Bush Avenue and Burr Street, St. Paul police Cmdr. Kevin Casper told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“They were driving by and saw him lying across the tracks,? Casper told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “They weren't sure if he was injured or dead. When we got there we found him dead and he appeared to have been hit.?

It is not known where the victim was struck and is believed that the victim fell asleep or passed out on the tracks, the StarTribune reported.

The victims name and address have not been released.

February 12, 2009

118 cats removed from trailer

St. Anthony police and the humane society removed 118 cats from a St. Anthony mobile home Tuesday.

This is the second animal-hording incident for Stanley and Cheryl Saladis, who housed over 118 cats in their Lowry Grove mobile home. In 2002, 72 cats were taken from their Coon Rapids home, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The St. Anthony police and the humane society were tipped off anonymously, and it took 15 masked workers three hours to clean the home of cats Tuesday.

Three more cats were found Wednesday and up to a dozen more may be hidden within the mounds of dolls and household trash also within the mobile home, the StarTribune reported.

Cheryl Saladis was taken to the Hennepin County Medical Center for observation on Tuesday and her husband accompanied her.

The Saladises, who have not been charged, were given 10 days to clean their mobile home, which has been deemed uninhabitable, Police Chief John Ohl told the StarTribune.

The couple had been sleeping among the cats on a mattress in their small kitchen. The Saladises had feces on their clothes and the doors and floors in their 500-square-foot home were rotting from feces and urine.

Two rooms within the house were completely inaccessible, the toilet was not in use and there was no running water, the StarTribune reported.

Experts say it is likely that an incident such as this will happen again.

“If I'm still here in six years, I guarantee I'll be dealing with the Saladises again,? Keith Streff, investigator with the Animal Humane Society, told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Streff is compiling a report for the city attorney who may consider misdemeanor animal neglect charges against the Saladises.

February 10, 2009

$50 million gift for children's hospital

The daughter of a former radiology professor and heart device creator donated $50 million Friday towards the children’s hospital being built at the University of Minnesota.

Caroline Amplatz, daughter of Dr. Kurt Amplatz, pledged the money over 12 years in honor of her father who has over 30 patents for medical devices, Fox 9 reported.

The donation, which is the second largest in the university’s history, will be named the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital in recognition of the donation, the StarTribune reported.

The hospitals estimated cost is $275 million, with $175 million secured in bonds and $100 million to be raised through philanthropy. Amplatz’s gift filled half of the remaining gap, the StarTribune reported.

“My hope is that the Amplatz Children’s Hospital will follow in my father's footsteps with steadfast and unrelenting determination to improve and save lives,? Carolin Amplatz said to Fox 9. “I know that by embracing this history, the new pediatric hospital will be the best in the world.?

The hospital began construction last summer and is scheduled to open in mid-2011.

February 7, 2009

Minnesota-made movie to premiere

A movie made in Minnesota is set to premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas in March.

"Four Boxes," written and directed by Wyatt McDill, is the story of three suburban youth who watch a creep named Havoc on the website It is described as "'Rear Window' on the Internet" by the South by Southwest website.

The thriller was shot in Rosemount in November 2007 and stars Justin Kirk of Showtime's "Weeds," Sam Rosen of "Breaking Upwards," and Terryn Westbrook of David Lynch's Inland Empire, the StarTribune reported.

The South by Southwest film festival takes place March 13-21. StarTribune

February 6, 2009

Tainted peanut products sent to schools

Schools in three states received potentially contaminated peanut products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday.

California, Idaho and Minnesota schools were sent roasted peanuts and peanut butter that may have been contaminated with salmonella from the beginning of 2007 to the end of 2008, according to CNN.

The Peanut Corporation of America produced and sent 32 truckloads of peanut products to the schools even after tests results for traces of salmonella bacteria came back positive 12 times, The New York Times reported.

The Agriculture Department, which provides 20 percent of the total amount of food served in schools, bought the products from PCA.

Christine Dufour, spokeswoman for Minnesota, told The New York Times that 197 schools in the state had been sent the peanuts from PCA. Any products still on shelves are being removed, tested and destroyed.

After discovering tainted products from PCA, the U.S. government recalled peanut products dating back to July 1, 2008, and recently expanded that until Jan. 1, 2008. PCA has been suspended for at least one year.

Contaminated peanut products have been linked to 500 illnesses nationwide and eight deaths, CNN reported.

February 1, 2009

St. Paul man shot while defending cousin

A St. Paul man died while trying to help his cousin during a robbery attempt Saturday.

Police responded to an attempted robbery and shooting at the Legion’s Attucks-Brooks Post at 976 Concordia Ave. at 1 a.m. Saturday morning.

Jeffery Lament Logan, 44, had stepped in as his cousin was being robbed at the American Legion in St. Paul’s Summit-University neighborhood. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Witnesses told StarTribune that they saw a vehicle take off and after a brief police chase, a car crashed into a planter at Laurel Ave. and St. Albans. Three men were arrested on suspicion of homicide: Ronald Hill, 20, Elson Marc Williamson, 28, Henry Marcello Reed, 27.

Paramedics took Logan to St. Paul’s Regions Hospital and where he was pronounced dead. Logan was the third homicide victim this year. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Three die in Wisconsin plane crash

Three people died in a single-engine plane crash in western Wisconsin Friday night, according to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

The plane, headed to New Richmond from Sheboygan, went down at 9:45 p.m. near 770 Ave. and Highway 25, about 70 miles east of Minneapolis. (StarTribune)

The private aircraft was registered to Laurence “Larry? Berg of Houlton, Wis., according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Berg, along with wife Vicki and family friend Brett Weller were the victims in the accident. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)

Jim Silliman, Air Safety Investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, expects a preliminary report next week.

“We are doing wreckage documentation and a diagram of the wreckage site," Silliman said to StarTribune. "The impact and going through the ravine and woods did create significant structural damage to the aircraft.?