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Man at Center of Stolen Valor Controversy Breaks His Silence

The high-ranking Army Ranger imposter at the center of a controversy in one Minnesota town spoke to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS after months of silence. “I don't know what happened," Richard Arthur Rahn said. "It started off all so innocent enough and it just got way out of hand."...


  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Gets Inside Look at New Ballpark Water Conservation Project

    As 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS examined Minnesota's water worries, many experts agreed conservation is one of the keys to sustaining the state's water supply for decades to come. And amid ongoing construction, at a stadium being built for America's favorite pastime, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS got a glimpse into Minnesota's future...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS Investigates: Minnesota's Water Worries

    Whether it's frozen or free-flowing, in Minnesota, we pride ourselves on our water. But even in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, our most precious resource could be threatened. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS asked two questions: How serious is our water supply problem? And what can be done to solve it?...

  • Copiers Could be Putting Sensitive Information at Risk

    Copy machines are in nearly every office around the world. Most of us use them without thinking twice, which is exactly what identity thieves are counting on. Almost every time you make a copy, so does your copier. Back in October, we got a tip. A computer expert told us nearly every copier has a hard drive, just like a computer, and it stores images of everything...

  • EXCLUSIVE: Cottage Grove Man Wanted as Fugitive for Crime He Didn't Commit

    Miguel Thelen says he's been living a nightmare for nearly a decade. Thelen does not have a criminal record, but the 32-year-old Cottage Grove man has a warrant out for his arrest and it's wreaking havoc with his life. Thelen says he's been stopped close to 100 times by various law enforcement agencies...

  • Report Reveals Shortcomings Among US Streetcar Projects

    Cost overruns, questionable economic benefits, and political opposition — a new study has found all three have plagued recent streetcar projects across the country. In Minneapolis, a 3.4-mile streetcar line stretching from Northeast Minneapolis to Lake Street via Hennepin Avenue and Nicollet Mall is currently projected to cost about $200 million...

  • Metro Transit Police Dept. Employee: 'I Took the Money'

    In a startling admission, a Metro Transit Police Department supervisor tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she took money from the police evidence and property room.  We contacted the supervisor, Jerri Landis, of the Metro Transit Police Department evidence room to ask her about a BCA investigation into missing evidence...

  • Report: Some State Agencies Charged Too Much for IT, Others Too Little

    Just like offices have people who provide I.T. services, so does the state. According to a new report from Minnesota's Legislative Auditor, the state's I.T. department, MN.IT, isn't following state and federal regulations...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Twin Cities Traffic Lights

    How much time do you spend sitting at red lights? How much time do you spend banging your steering wheel, begging them to turn green? 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has discovered there may be a faster way for you to get the right of way...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Minnesota's Transportation Infrastructure

    Ever wonder why that traffic light in your neighborhood stays red for so long? Or why that pothole on your street didn't get patched for two months? Or whether the bridge you drive over every day is as safe as it should be? 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS hears these questions constantly, and now, we're determined to get you the real answers...

  • A man shovels snow from the ETFE roof of Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany, in 2010. The manufacturer says ETFE will hold up to snow in Minnesota. Investigation: Questions Linger Over Longevity of Vikings Stadium Roof

    The current price on the new Vikings stadium is just over a billion dollars, and taxpayers are on the hook for around $500 million of that. That's why 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS traveled to Germany, where the clear roof material for the stadium is being manufactured. It's there in the city of Bremen where a company called Vector Foiltec is preparing sheets of polymer film called ethylene tetrafluoroethylene...

  • 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS INVESTIGATES: Felony Gun Convictions Often End With No Prison Time

    What happens to felons who are found guilty of gun crimes in Minnesota? Are they locked up for a long time? Or are they walking the streets again soon after they're sentenced? A 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS investigation has found that hundreds of criminals convicted of gun crimes never see the inside of a prison cell. It has some community members appalled...

  • St. Paul Charter School Under Investigation for 3rd Time in 2 Years

    The Community School of Excellence, a St. Paul charter school, faces another investigation. This time Concordia University, the school's authorizer, is investigating school enrollment practices and reporting its findings to the Minnesota Department of Educatio. CSE faces allegations that it illegally enrolled 4-year-old students...

  • Internal Emails: MNsure Aware People Placed on Medicaid Didn't Qualify

    Internal emails obtained by 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS show MNsure and other state officials were aware people who made too much money were placed on Medicaid, which is for low-income people. We have emails between Minnesota House Research staff and the Minnesota Department of Human Services that show state officials and MNsure have known about this problem since January of this year...

  • MNsure Accused of Placing People on Medicaid Who Don't Qualify

    The Minnesota Legislative Auditor's Office has confirmed it is investigating complaints that allege MNsure placed people on Medicaid, which provides medical assistance to low-income people, who don't qualify. Medicaid is a taxpayer-funded program that costs Minnesotans $2 billion every year...

  • Insurance Group Worries MNsure's Renewal System Not Ready for Nov. Enrollment

    Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters Board Chair Alycia Riedl says health insurance brokers who work with MNsure are nervous. Riedly says there is no computerized renewal system in place, and if it is not functional by the next MNsure open enrollment, Nov. 15, it could affect tens of thousands of people who are already enrolled through MNsure...








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