Melanie Sommer Feature Archive

Brig. Gen. David Elicerio has been named commander of the 34th Red Bull Infantry Division. Elicerio takes over from Major General Richard Nash, who's been named commander of the Minnesota National Guard. (09/10/2010)
A St. Paul man accused of shooting three relatives to death last month took his own life in his Ramsey County jail cell Friday afternoon, according to authorities. (08/20/2010)
The insects were found in four trees in the Prospect Park-East River Road neighborhood of Minneapolis, within Tower Hill Park, according to state agriculture officials. (02/25/2010)
The Sherburne County sheriff says deputies shot and killed a person outside the government center in Elk River Friday, after the individual pulled out a handgun. (10/02/2009)
The University of Minnesota filed suit against the Metropolitan Council today over its concerns about the proposed Central Corridor light rail line going through campus. (09/22/2009)
Seven schools in Minnesota have been designated 2009 National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. (09/15/2009)
The California sea lion was the star of the "Sparky Show" at the Como Zoo from 1981 up until his retirement in 2001. (08/04/2009)
Democrat Elwyn Tinklenberg said today he is ending his campaign for Congress in Minnesota's 6th District. This would have been his third attempt to unseat Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann. (08/04/2009)
The St. Paul school board will appoint a district administrator as interim superintendent to run the school system once Meria Carstarphen leaves the post for a new job. (04/17/2009)
The Minnesota Historical Society said today it may lay off nearly 100 employees, cut the hours of another 220, and close some historic sites in the state as a result of cuts in its state funding and the poor economy. (04/16/2009)
Minnesota author Bill Holm has died. Holm, who was also an English professor at Southwest Minnesota State University, was 65. (02/26/2009)
White Bear Lake has been a vacation destination for decades. Locals and out-of-staters alike have built homes and resorts there, sailed boats and fished off her shores. Here's a look back. (01/22/2009)
The Minnesota Vikings say they still have 11,000 tickets left to sell for their Sunday afternoon playoff game, to avoid a local television blackout. The NFL has extended the deadline by a day. (12/31/2008)
John McCain says Republicans will suspend most of the activities planned for Monday's opening of their national convention because of the threat of Hurricane Gustav. (08/31/2008)
The Winona bridge over the Mississippi River will reopen to most traffic on Saturday morning. It was closed abruptly 10 days ago when inspectors found rust and corrosion in gusset plates at several locations of the bridge. (06/12/2008)