Man arrested for shooting up Minikahda Club

WEST CALHOUN – A 63-year-old Southwest man was arrested around 1:30 a.m. Monday after firing six shots into the Minikahda Club at 3205 Excelsior Boulevard.  

Police arrested Joseph Conrad Rice at his home on the 3100 Block of West Calhoun Parkway after a Minikahda employee reported the incident. Rice apparently drove out to the club, fired the shots and went home.

Though some staff members were on the grounds, the club was closed and no one was injured. Damage amounted to several bullet holes in the front door.

A week earlier, police arrested Rice at the club after he refused to leave following a dispute, said police spokesman Sgt. William Palmer. Rice then threatened an officer.

Palmer said he couldn’t speak to the details of Rice’s issue with Minikahda.

The club’s general manager, Jim Jennings, declined to comment on whether Rice was a member or why he might have been upset with the organization.

"We’re more concerned for the safety of our members and employees right now," Jennings said. "We want to prevent anything like this from happening here again."

The club has a night security guard who might be getting more help, Jennings said. 

Rice is in custody at the Hennepin County Jail, awaiting charges.