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Minnesota researcher maintains telescope in Antarctica

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An astrophysicist from the University of Minnesota who has spent 14 winters in Antarctica tending to a telescope plans to step away from his research after the instrument is replaced. The university will begin the replacing the telescope and mount at the Amundsen-Scott ...

Autopsy: Asthma caused St. Thomas student’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Ramsey County medical examiner's office says a University of St. Thomas student found dead in her dorm room last month died of respiratory distress. An autopsy found that 19-year-old sophomore Katie Mullen of Andover, Minnesota, had asthma. A roommate found Mullen ...

Minnesotan named Rhodes scholar to focus on US drug policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Yale University senior from Minnesota who lost his brother to a heroin overdose said Sunday he plans to use his Rhodes scholarship to focus on criminal drug policies. Riley Tillitt, 22, who's from the Minneapolis suburb of Eden Prairie, said people suffering from drug ...

Minnesota veteran recalls serving as a navigator in WWII

By GABRIEL KWAN, Minnesota Public Radio BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Every Wednesday at the 8th Air Force Historical Society lunch for veterans, the seats are filled with women and men like 94-year-old James Rasmussen of East Bethel. Rasmussen was 20 years old when he joined the 349th Squadron ...

Retiring St. Paul officer’s last patrol had special partner

By MARA H. GOTTFRIED, Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After patrolling St. Paul's streets for 32 years, officer Jon Sherwood had a special request for his last day on the job. He asked officer Matt Jones to join him in his squad car. They weren't usually police partners, but their ...

Minnesota sees rise in electronic pull-tab gambling sales

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Annual sales of electronic pull-tabs in Minnesota rose 80 percent during the last fiscal year, generating $360 million, according to a new report by the Minnesota Gambling Control Board. The rise in pull-tab sales comes after a lackluster debut six years ago, Minnesota ...

Police: Duo dumped deer carcasses on Minnesota Somalis’ cars

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Somali and Muslim leaders expressed deep concern Saturday after a white man and his teenage son dumped bloody deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars owned by Somali-American men in the central Minnesota city of St. Cloud, and they ...

Police, others clear St. Paul homeless camp

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police have cleared a homeless camp in St. Paul, ordering its inhabitants to leave the encampment where about two dozen people have lived since last spring. Officers, social workers and volunteers helped pack up tents and other possessions Thursday near the Cathedral ...

Minnesota teacher suspended after 5-year-old wanders away

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul kindergarten teacher will face a five-day unpaid suspension after one of her 5-year-old students was found wandering nearly a mile from the elementary school. Como Elementary teacher Angela Birchland told investigators that the boy may have walked out of ...

MNsure new coverage enrollments lag due to Medicare crunch

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sign-ups on Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange are lagging behind last year's pace, and state officials think the unusually busy open enrollment period for Medicare health plans is to blame. MNsure this week reported just under 2,400 new enrollees through the ...

Governor’s residence Christmas tree harvested from forest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota foresters have cut down the official state Christmas tree in the Nemadji State Forest. Department of Natural Resources forester Jean Mouelle selected this year's tree for the governor's residence in St. Paul. Mouelle says the tree is more than 60 years old ...

Minnesota governor in Mayo, suffers post-surgery lung damage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's governor says he suffered lung damage while recovering from back surgery, keeping him at the Mayo Clinic for more than a month. Gov. Mark Dayton underwent two spinal fusion surgeries last month to improve his leg strength and had been expected to be ...

Jennie-O recalling ground turkey in salmonella outbreak

NEW YORK (AP) — Jennie-O Turkey recalled ground turkey in a salmonella outbreak, and regulators say additional products from other companies could be named as their investigation continues. The recall was the first — not counting pet food — tied to a widespread and ongoing outbreak that ...

Democrat Dan Feehan concedes in Minnesota congressional race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic congressional candidate Dan Feehan has conceded defeat in Minnesota's razor-close 1st District race. Feehan issued a statement Friday saying all counties in the southern Minnesota district have now finished checking their results for accuracy, and the final ...

Gobble gobble: Low turkey prices cut Thanksgiving meal cost

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Low food prices have driven the cost of a Thanksgiving feast down to its lowest level since 2010. The American Farm Bureau Federation says the average nationwide cost of a holiday meal for 10 people is $48.90, or less than $5 per person. The farm group's annual survey ...

Arrest made in hit-and-run pedestrian death in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Police say they've made an arrest in a hit-and-run pedestrian death in St. Cloud. Authorities say an 84-year-old St. Cloud man was walking along 5th Avenue about 3 p.m. Wednesday when he was struck. The motorist fled the scene. The victim, identified as Mohammed Aga ...

1 dead in train-SUV crash in western Minnesota

DORAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the driver of an SUV is dead after colliding with a freight train in western Minnesota. Wilkin County Chief Deputy Josh Nack says the victim was driving a Chevrolet Suburban that collided with the BNSF train at a crossing near Doran south of Breckenridge ...

Ex-Shakopee superintendent facing additional bribery charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal count of bribery has been added to charges against a former Minnesota superintendent accused of embezzling public funds. Prosecutors say Shakopee's former schools chief Rod Thompson used his position of authority to solicit a construction company to make ...

Minnesota’s Omar faces criticism over Israel sanction issue

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar, set to be one of the first two Muslim women in Congress next year, is facing criticism from groups that say she's reversing her position on Israel. The Minneapolis Star Tribune report ed Omar told several websites this week that she ...

Founder of Feed My Starving Children, Richard Proudfit, dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Richard Proudfit, the founder of Feed My Starving Children, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that has delivered billions of nutritious meals to malnourished children worldwide, has died. He was 88. Proudfit died Tuesday at a nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota, said Andy ...

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