Elizabeth Baier Feature Archive

District Judge Gerald Wolf on Monday threw out four charges of attempted first-degree murder against LaDue, concluding that prosecutors failed to show the teen made a "substantial step, beyond mere preparation" toward committing the crimes. (07/30/2014)
John LaDue, 17, was once charged with planning to kill his family and bomb his school, but a judge has dismissed the most serious of those charges. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with reporter Elizabeth Baier about the community's reaction after the judge's order. (07/30/2014)
A day after a Waseca County judge dismissed the most serious charges against a 17-year-old charged with planning to kill his family and as many students as he could at his high school, the boy's father said he doesn't believe his son would have carried out the plan. (07/29/2014)
Federal, state, and county officials are currently evaluating possible routes for a the proposed Zip Rail service's 100-mile corridor that spans seven counties. (07/27/2014)
Shawn Afryl, 22, had recently transferred to Winona State University from the University of Illinois. He joined the Winona State team this summer and enrolled as a social studies teaching major. (07/22/2014)
A judge is expected to decide this week whether to release the medical records of a Mankato man critically injured in an assault that brought the arrest of a former University of Minnesota quarterback. (07/21/2014)
Fixing the 70-year-old bridge will benefit Minnesota and Wisconsin along the river corridor, said Minnesota Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle. (07/18/2014)
Mayo Clinic is the best hospital in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report in its annual ranking. (07/15/2014)
Earlier this year, the Minnesota Court of Appeals upheld the law, which allows only 30 percent of the homes on a block to be rental properties. A group of Winona homeowners appealed the decision, arguing it's not the city's job to limit the number of homeowners who want to rent their properties. (05/20/2014)
No oil freight traffic goes through Rochester, but the city is central source for haz-mat response in southeastern Minnesota and Mayo Clinic has a vulnerable population of patients, said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who hosted the meeting. (05/15/2014)
Witnesses identified Shelley as the man suspected of punching 24-year-old Isaac Kolstad and knocking him to the ground, though Shelley told police he did not hit anyone, according to the complaint. (05/14/2014)
Philip Nelson was charged Monday with two counts of felony assault in connection with a weekend fight that left another man severely injured. (05/13/2014)
Prosecutors say the teenager outlined his plan for a school attack in a 180-page journal. He was arrested at a storage locker that authorities say contained bomb-making materials, and had numerous guns in his room. (05/12/2014)
Some of the clinic's five most-important medical contributions are relevant even today, says Mayo Clinic museum director Matt Dacy. (05/09/2014)
Two of the state's Amish communities use that stretch of Highway 52 regularly. That's prompted the Minnesota Department of Transportation to take more of an old-school approach, delivering letters to Amish homes rather than texts or email. (05/07/2014)