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In wake of Minn. prison deaths, union calls for 327 new corrections officers

Amid a startling surge in violence inside Minnesota state prisons, the corrections officers' union demanded Thursday that the Legislature fund hiring of an additional…


Freshman from Prior Lake found dead in South Dakota college dorm room

Authorities say they do not suspect foul play.


3 face multiple felony charges in Twin Cities armed robberies

Police caught up with the trio after they allegedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a police cruiser.


Carver County deputies who shot and killed Chanhassen teen won't be charged

Archer Amorosi charged at officers after he implored them to shoot him, the report said.


Police: Armed robbery suspects crashed stolen vehicle into Apple Valley police cruiser

Two adult males and one teenage boy have been arrested.


5 corrections officers injured at Oak Park Heights prison

All were treated at area hospitals and released.


'He was a hero' : Hundreds of officers salute correctional officer Joe Parise at Fort Snelling funeral

Full honors salute second corrections officer to die on duty in 2 months.


Fort Snelling funeral for corrections officer Joe Parise planned Tuesday

The Oak Park Heights officer will have a full line-of-duty procession to honor his service.


18-year-old jailed after incident in which Minneapolis police officer fired gun

He pulled a gun on pursuing officers, authorities say.


Teen charged in deadly distracted-driving crash in Elk River

An off-duty Blaine police officer and a University of Minnesota professor were killed in June.