- Associated Press - Saturday, October 31, 2015
Woodbury’s giant State Farm office building to be demolished

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) - A large State Farm office complex in the eastern Twin Cities that has sat empty for years will soon be demolished.

Developers of the CityPlace project said Friday they couldn’t find tenants for the 400,000-square-foot building in Woodbury. They plan to replace it with office towers better suited for modern business needs, the Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1k0caaEhttps://strib.mn/1k0caaE ) reported.

From the start, the project’s goal has been to bring daytime office jobs to CityPlace, said developer Juan DeAngulo of Elion Partners, the firm that’s transforming the sprawling property along Interstate 94.

“The office building was originally built 20 years ago to serve as a corporate campus for a large, single tenant. It will now be reconfigured to meet the demands of today’s office user,” DeAngulo said.

The CityPlace development, which extends to every corner of the 100-acre site surrounding the State Farm building, answers Woodbury’s hopes to restore tax revenue and vitality to land that has sat vacant since 2006.

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Minnesota man charged with trying to kill sons

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) - A suburban Minneapolis man is charged with trying to kill his two young sons during a suicide attempt.

KSTP-TV (https://bit.ly/1XHudkdhttps://bit.ly/1XHudkd ) reports 27-year-old Jay Anthony Ernst of Lakeville was charged Friday with two counts of attempted murder.

Police say Ernst tried to kill the boys and himself by rigging a car’s exhaust pipe.

A family member interrupted Ernst’s attempt after finding the three in the running vehicle in a closed garage in Lakeville early Thursday. The family member called police, but Ernst had fled with the children, ages 2 and 4, by the time officers arrived.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension issued an Amber Alert to help locate the three, and an officer in Burnsville spotted the vehicle.

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Moorhead man pleads not guilty in deer drowning

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) - A Moorhead man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he pursued a deer with a pontoon boat until the animal drowned.

Fifty-five-year-old Steven William Timm is charged in Mahnomen County with two misdemeanor counts, animal cruelty and chasing a wild animal with a motor vehicle.

Timm was charged after an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The charges stem from a Sept. 6 incident on Tulaby Lake east of Waubun. Timm says he was trying to steer the swimming buck back to shore, not hurt it.

KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1Q1LVN6https://bit.ly/1Q1LVN6 ) reports his next court appearance is set for Dec. 10.

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Minnesota man gets 27 years in girlfriend’s fire death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A White Earth man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for killing his girlfriend in a house fire nearly two years ago.

Fifty-year-old Charles Jones was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. He was convicted by a jury in March in the December 2013 murder of 35-year-old Shalonda Sioux Clark.

KFGO-AM (https://bit.ly/1MzckT1https://bit.ly/1MzckT1 ) reports Jones and Clark were huddled in the living room of their home in Ponsford, trying to keep warm from the heat of the oven. She became unconscious on the couch.

Prosecutors say Jones lit a blanket on fire and threw it on top of Clark. Jones told neighbors, who spotted the fire, that he didn’t know where Clark was.

Her remains were later found among the ashes of the couch.

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