Nearly 20 people are facing charges in a pair of violent and random group robberies in downtown Minneapolis.  The incidents were part of a robbery spree that targeted people who were intoxicated, distracted, or alone.  Several of the people charged yesterday are as young as 15.

Two brothers are in custody, charged in connection with the shooting death of an off-duty St. Paul firefighter.  Blake Caraway and Dontay Caraway were each charged in court yesterday with second-degree intentional murder in the killing of Thomas Harrigan on September 2nd.  Harrigan was killed in his home in the 17-hundred-block of East Ivy Avenue.

Minneapolis police are searching for a suspect they say tried to set a woman on fire early yesterday morning in the Lind-Bohanon neighborhood.  The victim’s age and condition haven’t been released.  Police say the incident is being treated as an attempted murder, arson, and attempted kidnapping.

Fort Snelling State Park is reopening today, six months after spring flooding damaged roads and property.  Some repairs will continue through the fall.

St. Paul police say bodycam footage from an officer involved in the deadly shooting of a 31-year-old man will be released when it won’t compromise the investigation.  Mayor Melvin Carter said yesterday that he’s working closely with the police chief to ensure a transparent and thorough investigation.  Ronald Davis was shot after he allegedly rammed a squad car in the Midway neighborhood Sunday and started a physical confrontation with the officer at Thomas Avenue and Griggs Street.

Nurses at Duluth’s St. Luke’s hospital have filed notice that they intend to hold a one-day strike October 3rd if a new contract isn’t approved.  The nurses have been negotiating with the hospital since mid-May, and their current contract expired June 30th.  The parties will return to the bargaining table on Friday.

St. Paul Public School officials say bedbugs have been found in five student iPads.  School leaders issued a letter yesterday reminding parents and students to keep their devices clean.  The iPads involved were found at Como High School.

The search resumes today for a 16-year-old boy who was last seen on Sunday night swimming with friends in the Redwood River. Police say a search crew will remain around the clock until Thursday. Redwood Police are advising everyone to not search the river area, since the water levels are high and the currents are fast and at time erratic.

A criminal investigation of two University of Minnesota wrestlers is still incomplete.  A spokesman for the Hennepin County Attorney said yesterday that the case is still under active investigation.  Gable Steveson and Gophers teammate Dylan Martinez were arrested June 15th and were released without being charged.  Steveson and Martinez remain off the team

The St. Paul-based Otto Bremer Trust is expanding into Montana and eastern Wisconsin.  The charitable foundation owns a majority of Bremer Bank and supports nonprofits in Minnesota, North Dakota, and western Wisconsin.

University of St. Thomas officials say they have given an all-clear after four buildings on the St. Paul campus were evacuated due to a bomb threat.  Authorities searched the Facilities Design Center, the John Roach Center, Anderson Student Center and O’Shaughnessy Science Center.  Classes in those buildings have been canceled until one p.m.

A St. Paul teen is going to prison for a gang-related murder outside a party bus in an Inver Grove Heights parking lot more than a year ago.  Eighteen-year-old Trashuan Morris was sentenced yesterday in Dakota County District Court to ten years behind bars for killing Billy Robles in 2018.  He’ll serve a little more than six years in prison and the rest on supervised release.

The search for a missing 16-year-old last seen over the weekend resumes today.  The Redwood Falls police and fire departments were called Sunday to the Redwood River near the 100 block of West Bridge Street.  Several teens reported they had been swimming in the river when Thunder Brothersofall was caught in the current and swept away.  The public is urged to stay away from the Redwood River banks in and around Ramsey Park.

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