A goal by White Bear Lake's Elaina "Squish" Hosfield got the daylong celebration started.
Children's Theatre Company members Autumn Ness and Reed Sigmund also are grateful for community support.
A standout in football and hockey, Butters played for the Gophers, Fighting Saints and North Stars.
Firkus, 39, has pleaded not guilty to charges of first-degree premeditated murder and second-degree murder with intent in the death of wife Heidi Firkus in April 2010.
His first hearing is Friday morning. Prosecutors have asked for his bail to be $3 million.
The officer underwent surgery and is in stable condition, police said.
"I started the fire," the charges quoted him as saying.
Red Bird Music Store and Natural Heritage Art Centre sustained heavy losses in Jan. 18 blaze.
His ankle monitor was tampered with, alerting authorities that he had escaped, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Judge imposed seven years' probation and 240 hours of community service "related to the perils of alcohol consumption."
Nicholas Firkus has pleaded not guilty in the 2010 death of Heidi Firkus.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter signed an executive order, sparking a push for a temporary restraining order.
Ryder Rogotzke won the Class 3A championship last season, this year he'll wrestle in a higher weight class on a mission to avenge a loss to Waconia's Max McEnelly.
Gov. Tim Walz is proposing a more than $700 million general funding boost for public schools over the next two years and to permanently tie annual increases to inflation.
Police in Menomonie did not explain what prompted officers to shoot the man, nor did they say whether he had a gun.
Suburb will likely hit its expected 2040 population of 87,800 residents more than a decade early.
Plus: Dentistry program expands at Hennepin Tech in Brooklyn Park; Farmington Library pilot offers self-service hours; sidewalks coming to more Morningside streets in Edina.
Prosecutors will take another look at 71 cases in which Dr. Michael McGee provided key testimony.
Ramsey County lawsuit challenged state's witholding of footage in active investigation.
Lee and Penny Anderson pledged $75 million to University of St. Thomas on Tuesday.