Warrant issued for arrest of Vikings’ Peterson

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who has been indicted for reckless or negligent injury to a child in North Montgomery County, Texas.

Sources told the Star Tribune that the boy lives with his mother in Minnesota and was on a visit to Texas with Peterson several months ago when he was injured while Peterson disciplined him with a switch.

The Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s game against New England at TCF Bank Stadium.

(Source: startribune.com)

Wisconsin Versus Minnesota, Who Has Won The Most Championships?

Football season is back upon us and the Wisconsinites are already barking on Facebook, or in your face at the local bar, about another lost year for the Vikings, and how we’ve never won the “big game” and that the Packers will win another Super Bowl before the Vikings ever do. 

Well, that got me thinking. In all the four “major” professional and college sports in America (football, baseball, basketball, hockey), which state has actually won the “big game” the most? Let’s take a look…

Super Bowl Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010
Minnesota Vikings: None

NFL Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965
Minnesota Vikings: 1969

World Series Championships
Milwaukee Braves: 1957
Milwaukee Brewers: None
Minnesota Twins: 1987,1991

Stanley Cup Championships
Minnesota North Stars: None
Minnesota Wild: None
(There are no pro hockey teams in Wisconsin)

NBA Championships
Milwaukee Bucks: 1971
Minneapolis Lakers: 1949,1950,1952,1953,1954
Minnesota Timberwolves: None

WNBA Championships
(There is no WNBA team in Wisconsin)
Minnesota Lynx: 2011, 2013

College Football National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960

College Baseball National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1956,1960,1964

College Hockey National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2006
University of Minnesota: 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2011

College Hockey National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
University of Minnesota: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010

College Basketball National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1941
Marquette University: 1977
University of Minnesota: None

College Basketball National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: None

Alright, let’s add that all up:

Total Championships Won
Wisconsin: 27
Minnesota: 35

Wisconsin better bow down and recognize. Wisconsin Versus Minnesota, Who Has Won The Most Championships?

Football season is back upon us and the Wisconsinites are already barking on Facebook, or in your face at the local bar, about another lost year for the Vikings, and how we’ve never won the “big game” and that the Packers will win another Super Bowl before the Vikings ever do. 

Well, that got me thinking. In all the four “major” professional and college sports in America (football, baseball, basketball, hockey), which state has actually won the “big game” the most? Let’s take a look…

Super Bowl Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010
Minnesota Vikings: None

NFL Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965
Minnesota Vikings: 1969

World Series Championships
Milwaukee Braves: 1957
Milwaukee Brewers: None
Minnesota Twins: 1987,1991

Stanley Cup Championships
Minnesota North Stars: None
Minnesota Wild: None
(There are no pro hockey teams in Wisconsin)

NBA Championships
Milwaukee Bucks: 1971
Minneapolis Lakers: 1949,1950,1952,1953,1954
Minnesota Timberwolves: None

WNBA Championships
(There is no WNBA team in Wisconsin)
Minnesota Lynx: 2011, 2013

College Football National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960

College Baseball National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1956,1960,1964

College Hockey National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2006
University of Minnesota: 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2011

College Hockey National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
University of Minnesota: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010

College Basketball National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1941
Marquette University: 1977
University of Minnesota: None

College Basketball National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: None

Alright, let’s add that all up:

Total Championships Won
Wisconsin: 27
Minnesota: 35

Wisconsin better bow down and recognize. Wisconsin Versus Minnesota, Who Has Won The Most Championships?

Football season is back upon us and the Wisconsinites are already barking on Facebook, or in your face at the local bar, about another lost year for the Vikings, and how we’ve never won the “big game” and that the Packers will win another Super Bowl before the Vikings ever do. 

Well, that got me thinking. In all the four “major” professional and college sports in America (football, baseball, basketball, hockey), which state has actually won the “big game” the most? Let’s take a look…

Super Bowl Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010
Minnesota Vikings: None

NFL Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965
Minnesota Vikings: 1969

World Series Championships
Milwaukee Braves: 1957
Milwaukee Brewers: None
Minnesota Twins: 1987,1991

Stanley Cup Championships
Minnesota North Stars: None
Minnesota Wild: None
(There are no pro hockey teams in Wisconsin)

NBA Championships
Milwaukee Bucks: 1971
Minneapolis Lakers: 1949,1950,1952,1953,1954
Minnesota Timberwolves: None

WNBA Championships
(There is no WNBA team in Wisconsin)
Minnesota Lynx: 2011, 2013

College Football National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960

College Baseball National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1956,1960,1964

College Hockey National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2006
University of Minnesota: 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2011

College Hockey National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
University of Minnesota: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010

College Basketball National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1941
Marquette University: 1977
University of Minnesota: None

College Basketball National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: None

Alright, let’s add that all up:

Total Championships Won
Wisconsin: 27
Minnesota: 35

Wisconsin better bow down and recognize. Wisconsin Versus Minnesota, Who Has Won The Most Championships?

Football season is back upon us and the Wisconsinites are already barking on Facebook, or in your face at the local bar, about another lost year for the Vikings, and how we’ve never won the “big game” and that the Packers will win another Super Bowl before the Vikings ever do. 

Well, that got me thinking. In all the four “major” professional and college sports in America (football, baseball, basketball, hockey), which state has actually won the “big game” the most? Let’s take a look…

Super Bowl Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010
Minnesota Vikings: None

NFL Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965
Minnesota Vikings: 1969

World Series Championships
Milwaukee Braves: 1957
Milwaukee Brewers: None
Minnesota Twins: 1987,1991

Stanley Cup Championships
Minnesota North Stars: None
Minnesota Wild: None
(There are no pro hockey teams in Wisconsin)

NBA Championships
Milwaukee Bucks: 1971
Minneapolis Lakers: 1949,1950,1952,1953,1954
Minnesota Timberwolves: None

WNBA Championships
(There is no WNBA team in Wisconsin)
Minnesota Lynx: 2011, 2013

College Football National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960

College Baseball National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1956,1960,1964

College Hockey National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2006
University of Minnesota: 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2011

College Hockey National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
University of Minnesota: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010

College Basketball National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1941
Marquette University: 1977
University of Minnesota: None

College Basketball National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: None

Alright, let’s add that all up:

Total Championships Won
Wisconsin: 27
Minnesota: 35

Wisconsin better bow down and recognize.

Wisconsin Versus Minnesota, Who Has Won The Most Championships?

Football season is back upon us and the Wisconsinites are already barking on Facebook, or in your face at the local bar, about another lost year for the Vikings, and how we’ve never won the “big game” and that the Packers will win another Super Bowl before the Vikings ever do.

Well, that got me thinking. In all the four “major” professional and college sports in America (football, baseball, basketball, hockey), which state has actually won the “big game” the most? Let’s take a look…

Super Bowl Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1966, 1967, 1996, 2010
Minnesota Vikings: None

NFL Championships
Green Bay Packers: 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965
Minnesota Vikings: 1969

World Series Championships
Milwaukee Braves: 1957
Milwaukee Brewers: None
Minnesota Twins: 1987,1991

Stanley Cup Championships
Minnesota North Stars: None
Minnesota Wild: None
(There are no pro hockey teams in Wisconsin)

NBA Championships
Milwaukee Bucks: 1971
Minneapolis Lakers: 1949,1950,1952,1953,1954
Minnesota Timberwolves: None

WNBA Championships
(There is no WNBA team in Wisconsin)
Minnesota Lynx: 2011, 2013

College Football National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, 1960

College Baseball National Championships
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: 1956,1960,1964

College Hockey National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1973, 1977, 1981, 1983, 1990, 2006
University of Minnesota: 1974, 1976, 1979, 2002, 2003
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2011

College Hockey National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011
University of Minnesota: 2000, 2004, 2005, 2012, 2013
University of Minnesota-Duluth: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010

College Basketball National Championships (Men)
University of Wisconsin: 1941
Marquette University: 1977
University of Minnesota: None

College Basketball National Championships (Women)
University of Wisconsin: None
University of Minnesota: None

Alright, let’s add that all up:

Total Championships Won
Wisconsin: 27
Minnesota: 35

Wisconsin better bow down and recognize.

Kevin Love Jersey Burning - Minnesota Nice Style

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit a single in the third inning of the MLB All Star Game.

(Source: startribune.com)

2014 All-Star Game by Charles Fazzino

(Source: fazzino.com)

These 31 bars will be open late for the MLB All-Star Game

These 31 bars and adult venues have a special license to stay open until 4 a.m. on the last day of MLB All-Star Game festivities in anticipation of a baseball-fueled blitz of nighttime business.

The Minnesota Legislature gave the bars (and adult venues, denoted with an *) a special dispensation. The extended hours only apply from noon on July 15 to the wee hours of July 16.

The 508 Bar & Restaurant—508 First Ave. N.
Seven Steakhouse Sushi Ultralounge Skybar—700 Hennepin Ave.
Aqua Nightclub—400 First Ave. N.
Augie’s Cabaret*— 424 Hennepin Ave.
Bar Fly—711 Hennepin Ave.
Brother’s Bar & Grill—430 First Ave. N.
Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre—824 Hennepin Ave.
The Capital Grille—801 Hennepin Ave.
Cowboy Jacks—126 Fifth St. N.
Club New York—10 Fifth St. S.
Devil’s Advocate—89 10th St. S.
Downtown Cabaret*—115 Fourth St. S.
The Executive Lounge*—418 Third Ave. N.
Firelake Grill House—31 Seventh St. S.
First Avenue—701 First Ave. N.
The Grand Hotel—615 Second Ave. S.
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis—1300 Nicollet Mall
Hubert’s Sports Bar—600 First Ave. N.
Kieran’s Irish Pub—85 Sixth St. N.
The Local—931 Nicollet Mall
The Loon Cafe—500 First Ave. N.
Marin Restaurant & Bar—901 Hennepin Ave.
Millenium Hotel—1313 Nicollet Mall
The Pourhouse—10 Fifth St. S.
Rick’s Cabaret*—300 Third St. S.
The Seville Club*—15 Glenwood Ave.
The Shout House—650 Hennepin Ave.
Solera Restaurant & Event Center—900 Hennepin Ave.
Spades Nightclub—322 First Ave. N.
Uncle Bucks—26 Fifth St. N.

(Source: bizjournals.com)

Minneapolis Lands Super Bowl

The NFL announced today that Minnesota was selected to host Super Bowl LII. The February 2018 contest will be held in the new Minnesota Stadium set to open in 2016. The Minnesota Super Bowl Bid Committee delivered the successful presentation to all 32 NFL owners in a presentation today in Atlanta following the final bid submission on May 7. Centered on the theme, “Built for the Bold,” the bid presentation highlighted the new, iconic and bold stadium as a centerpiece, and included the many bold moves Minnesotans have made in creating a destination that is ready to host the world’s biggest game.

(Source: vikings.com)

John T. Scanlon Field

I was at the Birdtown Half Marathon in Robbinsdale today cheering on friends and family at the race, when I noticed a plaque for a story I had forgotten about. John T. Scanlon was a Robbinsdale Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Valentine’s Day in 1985. The building in the photoset of the pictures I took, was the location of Officer Scanlon’s murder in 1985, and stands directly across the street of the park that bears his name today.

The baseball fields were dedicated to his honor in October of 1990.

Here is the tragic story of what happened…

On Thursday, February 14th, at 2:27 a.m., Officer John Scanlon and Officer Lowell Hughes were dispatched to a burglary at an office building at 3735 Lakeland Avenue North. An insurance company employee, Richard Ligda was working in the building, and reported that he heard a noise on the first floor and saw doors broken down. He then saw the suspect in the building and when he spoke with the suspect, the man threatened to take him hostage.

Officer Hughes was following a set of footprints on the northwest side of the building when he saw someone run east across Highway 81 away from the building; he ran after him. He radioed to Scanlon but he did not receive an answer. Officer Scanlon had gone out of the building and was sitting in his squad with the window rolled down calling dispatch to have Hennepin County Crime Lab come to the scene. At 2:55 am. When Officer Hughes came back around the front of the building, he found Scanlon shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left side under his armpit. Although he was wearing a vest, the bullet went through the arm hole. His gun was still in the holster. North Memorial ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:57 a.m. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 3:04 a.m. and Officer Scanlon was pronounced dead at 3:26 am.

On Friday, February 15th, at 11:00 p.m., the suspect, Ronald Vernon Schneider, 43, of Robbinsdale, was arrested at his apartment, two blocks away from the shooting. Two of his friends had called the tip line stating that he matched the description on the sketch. He was described as having a high IQ, but had been unemployed for three years. He was a former member of the Robbinsdale Jaycees and the US Army Reserves.  He was held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving his sentence at Stillwater State Prison with a release date of 2088.

Officer Scanlon was 35 years old. He was the first Robbinsdale officer to die in the line of duty. He was also the first homicide in the city since the 1930’s. He had been with the department since 1974. He was to be interviewed for a sergeant promotion on the day he was killed. He was survived by his wife of 7 years, Joan, and their newly adopted one-year-old son, Nicholas. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 16th, at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church. He was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope. John T. Scanlon Field

I was at the Birdtown Half Marathon in Robbinsdale today cheering on friends and family at the race, when I noticed a plaque for a story I had forgotten about. John T. Scanlon was a Robbinsdale Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Valentine’s Day in 1985. The building in the photoset of the pictures I took, was the location of Officer Scanlon’s murder in 1985, and stands directly across the street of the park that bears his name today.

The baseball fields were dedicated to his honor in October of 1990.

Here is the tragic story of what happened…

On Thursday, February 14th, at 2:27 a.m., Officer John Scanlon and Officer Lowell Hughes were dispatched to a burglary at an office building at 3735 Lakeland Avenue North. An insurance company employee, Richard Ligda was working in the building, and reported that he heard a noise on the first floor and saw doors broken down. He then saw the suspect in the building and when he spoke with the suspect, the man threatened to take him hostage.

Officer Hughes was following a set of footprints on the northwest side of the building when he saw someone run east across Highway 81 away from the building; he ran after him. He radioed to Scanlon but he did not receive an answer. Officer Scanlon had gone out of the building and was sitting in his squad with the window rolled down calling dispatch to have Hennepin County Crime Lab come to the scene. At 2:55 am. When Officer Hughes came back around the front of the building, he found Scanlon shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left side under his armpit. Although he was wearing a vest, the bullet went through the arm hole. His gun was still in the holster. North Memorial ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:57 a.m. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 3:04 a.m. and Officer Scanlon was pronounced dead at 3:26 am.

On Friday, February 15th, at 11:00 p.m., the suspect, Ronald Vernon Schneider, 43, of Robbinsdale, was arrested at his apartment, two blocks away from the shooting. Two of his friends had called the tip line stating that he matched the description on the sketch. He was described as having a high IQ, but had been unemployed for three years. He was a former member of the Robbinsdale Jaycees and the US Army Reserves.  He was held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving his sentence at Stillwater State Prison with a release date of 2088.

Officer Scanlon was 35 years old. He was the first Robbinsdale officer to die in the line of duty. He was also the first homicide in the city since the 1930’s. He had been with the department since 1974. He was to be interviewed for a sergeant promotion on the day he was killed. He was survived by his wife of 7 years, Joan, and their newly adopted one-year-old son, Nicholas. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 16th, at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church. He was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope. John T. Scanlon Field

I was at the Birdtown Half Marathon in Robbinsdale today cheering on friends and family at the race, when I noticed a plaque for a story I had forgotten about. John T. Scanlon was a Robbinsdale Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Valentine’s Day in 1985. The building in the photoset of the pictures I took, was the location of Officer Scanlon’s murder in 1985, and stands directly across the street of the park that bears his name today.

The baseball fields were dedicated to his honor in October of 1990.

Here is the tragic story of what happened…

On Thursday, February 14th, at 2:27 a.m., Officer John Scanlon and Officer Lowell Hughes were dispatched to a burglary at an office building at 3735 Lakeland Avenue North. An insurance company employee, Richard Ligda was working in the building, and reported that he heard a noise on the first floor and saw doors broken down. He then saw the suspect in the building and when he spoke with the suspect, the man threatened to take him hostage.

Officer Hughes was following a set of footprints on the northwest side of the building when he saw someone run east across Highway 81 away from the building; he ran after him. He radioed to Scanlon but he did not receive an answer. Officer Scanlon had gone out of the building and was sitting in his squad with the window rolled down calling dispatch to have Hennepin County Crime Lab come to the scene. At 2:55 am. When Officer Hughes came back around the front of the building, he found Scanlon shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left side under his armpit. Although he was wearing a vest, the bullet went through the arm hole. His gun was still in the holster. North Memorial ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:57 a.m. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 3:04 a.m. and Officer Scanlon was pronounced dead at 3:26 am.

On Friday, February 15th, at 11:00 p.m., the suspect, Ronald Vernon Schneider, 43, of Robbinsdale, was arrested at his apartment, two blocks away from the shooting. Two of his friends had called the tip line stating that he matched the description on the sketch. He was described as having a high IQ, but had been unemployed for three years. He was a former member of the Robbinsdale Jaycees and the US Army Reserves.  He was held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving his sentence at Stillwater State Prison with a release date of 2088.

Officer Scanlon was 35 years old. He was the first Robbinsdale officer to die in the line of duty. He was also the first homicide in the city since the 1930’s. He had been with the department since 1974. He was to be interviewed for a sergeant promotion on the day he was killed. He was survived by his wife of 7 years, Joan, and their newly adopted one-year-old son, Nicholas. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 16th, at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church. He was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope. John T. Scanlon Field

I was at the Birdtown Half Marathon in Robbinsdale today cheering on friends and family at the race, when I noticed a plaque for a story I had forgotten about. John T. Scanlon was a Robbinsdale Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Valentine’s Day in 1985. The building in the photoset of the pictures I took, was the location of Officer Scanlon’s murder in 1985, and stands directly across the street of the park that bears his name today.

The baseball fields were dedicated to his honor in October of 1990.

Here is the tragic story of what happened…

On Thursday, February 14th, at 2:27 a.m., Officer John Scanlon and Officer Lowell Hughes were dispatched to a burglary at an office building at 3735 Lakeland Avenue North. An insurance company employee, Richard Ligda was working in the building, and reported that he heard a noise on the first floor and saw doors broken down. He then saw the suspect in the building and when he spoke with the suspect, the man threatened to take him hostage.

Officer Hughes was following a set of footprints on the northwest side of the building when he saw someone run east across Highway 81 away from the building; he ran after him. He radioed to Scanlon but he did not receive an answer. Officer Scanlon had gone out of the building and was sitting in his squad with the window rolled down calling dispatch to have Hennepin County Crime Lab come to the scene. At 2:55 am. When Officer Hughes came back around the front of the building, he found Scanlon shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left side under his armpit. Although he was wearing a vest, the bullet went through the arm hole. His gun was still in the holster. North Memorial ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:57 a.m. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 3:04 a.m. and Officer Scanlon was pronounced dead at 3:26 am.

On Friday, February 15th, at 11:00 p.m., the suspect, Ronald Vernon Schneider, 43, of Robbinsdale, was arrested at his apartment, two blocks away from the shooting. Two of his friends had called the tip line stating that he matched the description on the sketch. He was described as having a high IQ, but had been unemployed for three years. He was a former member of the Robbinsdale Jaycees and the US Army Reserves.  He was held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving his sentence at Stillwater State Prison with a release date of 2088.

Officer Scanlon was 35 years old. He was the first Robbinsdale officer to die in the line of duty. He was also the first homicide in the city since the 1930’s. He had been with the department since 1974. He was to be interviewed for a sergeant promotion on the day he was killed. He was survived by his wife of 7 years, Joan, and their newly adopted one-year-old son, Nicholas. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 16th, at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church. He was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.

John T. Scanlon Field

I was at the Birdtown Half Marathon in Robbinsdale today cheering on friends and family at the race, when I noticed a plaque for a story I had forgotten about. John T. Scanlon was a Robbinsdale Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty on Valentine’s Day in 1985. The building in the photoset of the pictures I took, was the location of Officer Scanlon’s murder in 1985, and stands directly across the street of the park that bears his name today.

The baseball fields were dedicated to his honor in October of 1990.

Here is the tragic story of what happened…

On Thursday, February 14th, at 2:27 a.m., Officer John Scanlon and Officer Lowell Hughes were dispatched to a burglary at an office building at 3735 Lakeland Avenue North. An insurance company employee, Richard Ligda was working in the building, and reported that he heard a noise on the first floor and saw doors broken down. He then saw the suspect in the building and when he spoke with the suspect, the man threatened to take him hostage.

Officer Hughes was following a set of footprints on the northwest side of the building when he saw someone run east across Highway 81 away from the building; he ran after him. He radioed to Scanlon but he did not receive an answer. Officer Scanlon had gone out of the building and was sitting in his squad with the window rolled down calling dispatch to have Hennepin County Crime Lab come to the scene. At 2:55 am. When Officer Hughes came back around the front of the building, he found Scanlon shot twice, once in the left cheek and once in the left side under his armpit. Although he was wearing a vest, the bullet went through the arm hole. His gun was still in the holster. North Memorial ambulance was dispatched and arrived at 2:57 a.m. The ambulance arrived at the hospital at 3:04 a.m. and Officer Scanlon was pronounced dead at 3:26 am.

On Friday, February 15th, at 11:00 p.m., the suspect, Ronald Vernon Schneider, 43, of Robbinsdale, was arrested at his apartment, two blocks away from the shooting. Two of his friends had called the tip line stating that he matched the description on the sketch. He was described as having a high IQ, but had been unemployed for three years. He was a former member of the Robbinsdale Jaycees and the US Army Reserves. He was held at the Hennepin County Jail, charged with second-degree murder. He was convicted of first-degree murder and is currently serving his sentence at Stillwater State Prison with a release date of 2088.

Officer Scanlon was 35 years old. He was the first Robbinsdale officer to die in the line of duty. He was also the first homicide in the city since the 1930’s. He had been with the department since 1974. He was to be interviewed for a sergeant promotion on the day he was killed. He was survived by his wife of 7 years, Joan, and their newly adopted one-year-old son, Nicholas. His funeral was held on Saturday, February 16th, at Sacred Heart Lutheran Church. He was buried in Gethsemane Cemetery in New Hope.

(Source: mnlema.org)

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I would totally rock a Minnesota Twins Juicy Lucy hat.