Sandra Grazzini-Rucki found guilty of hiding daughters from their dad

Sandra Grazzini-Rucki
Osceola County Jail
Sandra Grazzini-Rucki

We have a verdict. The Star Tribune’s Karen Zamora reports: “A Dakota County jury has found a Lakeville mother guilty of hiding her two teenage daughters from their father for more than two years. … Prosecutors alleged that [Sandra Grazzini-Rucki] took her daughters, Samantha and Gianna Rucki, then 14 and 13, to a western Minnesota horse ranch and left them there until they were found by police 2½ years later.”

What, no points for consistency? MPR’s Solvejg Wastvedt reports: “Minnesota students saw little progress in test scores this year, according to data released Thursday by the state Department of Education. … The state’s wide academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color also remain virtually unchanged, according to the scores. … The percent of students considered proficient in reading statewide ticked up one point to 60 percent, and the math proficiency rate for third- to eighth-graders dropped one point to 61 percent.”

Making their case. MPR’s Riham Feshir reports on a timely outreach effort: “As police arrested dozens of protesters outside the governor’s mansion on Wednesday, a smaller group of people was out canvassing the St. Paul neighborhood. They knocked on doors to talk about race, protest and explain the disruption. … At first, Orin Ruvin and Jeremy Levinger didn’t have any luck getting people to answer the door or chat about what’s going on. … Some neighbors were hesitant to speak candidly. MPR News agreed not to identify this woman who lives blocks from the governor’s residence because she said she fears for her safety. … ‘I get the issue and I don’t disagree with it,’ she said. ‘But I disagree with the way the people have represented it because I don’t really think they’re representing the people that care about the issue and I think they’ve been misbehaving. I think they’ve been disrespectful, rude.’”

Good to see he’s able to tell his story. WCCO’s Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield writes: “A Minneapolis pizza driver who was shot in the heart and minutes from dying is alive to tell his story. Andrew Gryskiewicz spoke with WCCO from the intensive care unit of Hennepin County Medical Center. ‘I remember he had a mask and a big gun,’ Andrew said. ‘I tried to hop in my car and drive away.’ … He was near Park Avenue and 31st Street South, and he’d just finished his last delivery of the night. He says a man tried to rob him. … ‘He got me when I got in my car, but he faded within 5, 6 seconds,’ Andrew said. ‘That bullet caused a lot of damage so my vision just went to nothing.’ ”

In other news…

The scene on Summit: “Photos of protests, arrests on Summit Avenue” [Pioneer Press]

Corner-cutting contractor cut: “Developer of Golden Valley apartment fires contractor over lumber issue” [Star Tribune]

Sad! “Reporter Barred From Pence Event In Wisconsin” [WCCO]

In case you were wondering what he’s up to: “Brett Favre to be host on SiriusXM’s NFL channel” [KARE]

Speaking of football: “Vikings sign head coach Mike Zimmer to contract extension” [Star Tribune]

One of the most important questions of our time: “50 years later, Bob Dylan’s motorcycle crash remains mysterious” [The Seattle Times]

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