MN State News

Students returning to school damaged by explosion in 2017

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students will return to Minnehaha Academy next week, two years after a natural gas explosion leveled part of the Minneapolis campus, killing two staffers and injuring nine other people. Brick salvaged from the rubble as well as stone stair treads have been incorporated ...

Minneapolis police investigate 3rd homicide this week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are investigating the city's third homicide in less than a week. Officers and paramedics were sent to north Minneapolis about 1 a.m. Friday where a man who found lying on the street. Police say he was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale ...

McCollum emerges as strong critic of Israeli policy

By GABE SCHNEIDER of MinnPost MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Betty McCollum has said that she is pro-Israel and supports Israel as a key U.S. ally. But she is different from other members of Congress in her consistent, vocal criticism of Israeli human rights abuses. Israel's staunchest critic in ...

All Lake Nokomis beaches close after illnesses jump to 49

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department ...

Security change may mean longer lines at Minneapolis airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A security change at the main terminal at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport could mean longer lines for passengers. Starting Monday, travelers who haven't qualified for TSA PreCheck or CLEAR PreCheck will be limited to using the north security checkpoint. The ...

The Latest: Omar disputes Netanyahu’s claims about itinerary

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on Israel banning U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and fellow Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar's planned tour, and subsequent reversal allowing Tlaib entry to West Bank for a family visit (all times local): 9:45 p.m. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota disputes Israeli Prime ...

Minnesota Jewish leaders criticize Israel for barring Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Jewish leaders are criticizing Israel for barring a visit by Democratic U.S. Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan over their support of a Palestinian-led boycott movement. U.S. Rep. Dean Phillips, who has been critical of Omar for earlier ...

Doctors suspect vaping behind dozens of lung illnesses in US

NEW YORK (AP) — As many as 50 people in at least six states have come down with breathing illnesses that may be linked to e-cigarettes or other vaping products. No deaths have been reported, but at least a few have come close. Some patients have likened onset of the illness to a heart ...

Minneapolis man charged in drive-by shooting that hurt girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man is charged in a drive-by shooting that injured a 5-year-old girl sleeping in her home. Twenty-seven-year-old Marquell Johnson was charged Thursday with dangerous weapons-drive by shooting. Johnson also is accused of possessing a firearm, which is he ...

Martial arts fighter injured during bout in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A martial arts fighter faces a long recovery after suffering a brain injury during a Minneapolis bout. Twenty-six-year-old Nate Kosberg was injured during his amateur muay Thai bout Saturday at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports he remains in ...

Israel bars US congresswomen – with a nudge from Trump

JERUSALEM (AP) — With a push from President Donald Trump, Israel on Thursday barred two Muslim-American congresswomen from entering the country for a visit, an extraordinary step bringing the longtime U.S. ally into Trump's domestic fight against political rivals at home. The U.S. president ...

Wildlife managers object to Minnesota agency’s timber plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Department of Natural Resources leadership is mismanaging the upcoming timber harvest, according to state wildlife leaders. In a letter obtained by Minnesota Public Radio News , 28 DNR workers said the mishandling could risk altering state forest lands for ...

Legislators aim for common ground on Minnesota energy future

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators have been talking about how to address the state's energy future after adjourning earlier this year without passing any major energy initiatives. Officials from both parties are trying to find ways to further cut emissions that contribute to ...

Minnesota high court rules against forced body cavity search

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has overturned a man's drug conviction after concluding that a forced body cavity search violated his constitutional rights to dignity, personal privacy and bodily integrity. The court ruled Wednesday the search of Guntallwon Brown's rectum ...

Attorneys general sue over public benefit immigration rule

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorneys general in 13 states have filed a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration rule that'll allow immigration officials to deny green cards to migrants who use public assistance, including food stamps or housing vouchers. The federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in ...

Sanders plans to bring presidential campaign to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders plans to bring his Democratic presidential campaign to Minnesota this month. Details of Sanders' visit are still being worked out. Sanders won Minnesota's 2016 Democratic caucuses before the state switched to an open primary system. The Star ...

Elizabeth Warren to campaign in Minnesota on Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will visit Minnesota to host a town hall on Monday. Warren will appear at the Leonard Center Fieldhouse at Macalester College in St. Paul. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and the event begins at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be ...

Record use of solitary confinement in Minnesota last year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A record number of Minnesota prison inmates were placed in solitary confinement last year. The Minnesota Department of Corrections housed inmates alone and away from other prisoners more than 8,000 times in 2018, which is an increase over previous years. While the ...

Hearing puts spotlight on troubled Minnesota state agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chair of a Minnesota Senate committee that oversees the Department of Human Services has told the agency's acting head that she or her successor need to figure out how they'll repay the federal government for $25 million in apparent overpayments to two tribes for ...

Man gets 25 years in 3-year-old boy’s beating death in Eagan

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The boyfriend of a Minnesota foster mother has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the fatal beating of a 3-year-old boy in her care. Twenty-eight-year-old Charles Homich was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier to second-degree murder in the June 2017 ...