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Minnesota police officer accused of sexually assaulting teen

WARROAD, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager many times in recent years and stalking his victim while on duty in his squad car. The Star Tribune reports that 29-year-old Joshua M. Demmerly, of Warroad, was charged Wednesday in Roseau ...

Jury pool winnowed in trial of ex-cop who shot 911 caller

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge and attorneys winnowed the jury pool Wednesday for the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Another four prospective jurors were excused from the ...

Transportation taxes, spending take center stage at Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats who control the Minnesota House unveiled a transportation budget Tuesday that expands on Gov. Tim Walz's spending and taxing proposals, while a Republican-controlled Senate committee, in a largely symbolic move, voted down his transportation tax increase ...

Stearns County under quarantine due to tree-killing insect

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Stearns County under an emergency quarantine after a tree-killing insect was found in the city of Sauk Centre. Authorities say city workers noticed several trees that showed signs of emerald ash borer damage and state ...

Children’s Minnesota opens clinic for transgender youth

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A pediatric health system in Minnesota is opening a new clinic meant to provide comprehensive care for youth who identify as transgender or gender-diverse. Children's Minnesota officials announced Tuesday that the clinic will provide an array of services, including hormone ...

Judge, attorneys excuse 6 jurors from ex-cop’s murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys and the judge on Tuesday excused six potential jurors from the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault behind her home. Mohamed Noor, 33, is charged in the ...

St. Cloud Diocese, priest sued over sex allegations

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A woman is suing the Diocese of St. Cloud in a lawsuit accusing a Catholic priest of sexual misconduct. The woman was a pastoral associate employed by the diocese. She names the diocese as one of defendants in the lawsuit she filed last month. The woman contends she ...

Potential jurors fill out questionnaires in ex-cop’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 75 potential jurors in the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman answered written questions Monday about their own backgrounds and experiences with people of Somali heritage. Prosecutors and attorneys for Mohamed ...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar latest 2020 hopeful to release taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar released 12 years of tax returns Monday, saying "transparency and accountability are fundamental to good governance." The Minnesota senator was the latest 2020 contender to make her returns public. The tax returns date back to ...

Walz helps launch yearlong awareness drive for 2020 census

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz helped kick off a yearlong drive Monday to try to ensure that all Minnesota residents are counted in the high-stakes 2020 census with the state again on the bubble for losing one of its eight seats in the U.S. House. "The ability to have a fair democracy ...

Fraud report shapes Minnesota’s child care shortage debate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Legislative Auditor's report on Minnesota's largest child care subsidy program may not have substantiated explosive allegations made last year about terrorist connections and fraud nearing $100 million a year. But the many problems the report did note in the Child ...

At Capitol, divided government means plenty of stalled bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Frustration is festering at the Capitol, where Minnesota's divided government has largely meant lawmakers from both parties being thwarted from the policies they'd love to enact. Minnesota is the only state where different parties control the House and Senate. ...

Trial to begin for Minneapolis cop who shot Australian woman

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer is set to stand trial for the fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault happening in the alley behind her home. Mohamed Noor, who was fired after the July 2017 shooting, is charged with ...

Study: Protecting Mississippi River headwaters pays off

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The economic benefits of preserving and restoring land in the upper Mississippi River's headwaters region nearly outweigh the costs, according to a new study. The Nature Conservancy released a report with St. Paul-based Ecolab Inc. that warns of growing threats to the ...

Residents near Minnesota waterways face unexpected ice jams

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Unpredictable and destructive ice jams are upending some residents who live along Minnesota waterways during this spring flooding season. More than 40 people had to be evacuated from a Waite Park restaurant recently when an ice jam caused the Sauk River to suddenly ...

Authorities ID man who died after struggle with police

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a man who died after struggling with police while he was being arrested outside a Rochester grocery store. The Southern Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner identifies the man as 39-year-old Albert Thomas Dashow of ...

1 man fatally shot, another wounded in car in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say a man was fatally shot and another critically wounded while they were in a car on the edge of downtown Minneapolis. Minneapolis police spokesman John Elder says the shooting happened early Sunday afternoon on 7th Street North heading into ...

Experts: Minnesota’s strategy on school gun attacks wrong

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's focus on school lockdown drills and security infrastructure is inadequate in preventing school shootings and keeping students safe, according to two St. Paul researchers. Hamline University criminology professor Jillian Peterson has been working with ...

Retailers, customers hail end to Sunday sale restrictions

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Business owners and their customers are applauding the repeal of North Dakota's longstanding restrictions on Sunday sales. Gov. Doug Burgum signed the "Blue Law" repeal on Monday, which reverses rules that require most retailers to close from midnight to noon on Sundays. ...

Former school superintendent sentence to 2 years for bribery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge says a former superintendent of a suburban Twins Cities school district must serve two years in prison for soliciting a bribe. Fifty-three-year-old Rodney Thompson served as superintendent of Shakopee schools from 2011 to 2017. He's accused of using his ...