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Fargo, Cass County surpass sandbag production goals

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers have surpassed their goal of producing enough sandbags to protect Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from a 38-foot crest on the Red River, officials said Friday. Officials said that the city of Fargo and Cass County surpassed their unified goal of producing 225,000 ...

Walz proposes banking most of surplus over COVID-19 fears

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed Thursday to bank $1.2 billion of Minnesota's projected $1.5 billion budget surplus because of the uncertainties over how the new coronavirus will affect the economy. Citing "a rapidly unfolding need," Walz said at a news conference that his ...

COVID-19 cases grow to 9 in Minnesota; sports world upended

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials said Thursday that the coronavirus threat in Minnesota doesn't yet warrant closing schools, however schools should take steps to reduce the risks of an outbreak as the number of cases in the state nearly doubled on Thursday to nine. Schools should ...

Contract talks resume for striking St. Paul teachers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul school district and its teachers union are resuming contract talks while striking educators continue to walk picket lines and classes are canceled for a third straight day Thursday. The union announced Wednesday night that talks would resume Thursday ...

Omar marries political consultant, months after affair claim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has married a political consultant who worked for her, months after the two were accused of having an affair, which she denied. A marriage license filed in Washington, D.C., shows Omar married political consultant Tim Mynett on Wednesday. ...

U of M shifts to online as COVID-19 cases in Minnesota hit 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it is suspending in-person instruction at its five campuses through at least April 1 in response to the new coronavirus as Minnesota health officials confirmed the state's fourth and fifth cases of CONVID-19. Department of ...

St. Paul teachers continue strike, no classes for a 2nd day

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some 36,000 public school students had another day off Wednesday in St. Paul while their teachers walked the picket line in the second day of a labor strike. Teachers and support staff picketed again outside the city's schools, as parents scrambled to make alternative ...

Massive fire at Minnesota scrap pile ruled accidental

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A fire that burned for days at a Minnesota recycling facility last month was accidental and may have been sparked by a discarded battery, fire investigators said Wednesday. An investigator for the state fire marshal's division found no evidence the fire that broke out ...

Classes canceled at St. Paul schools as teachers strike

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teachers in St. Paul went on strike Tuesday, cancelling classes indefinitely for the district's roughly 36,000 students, after overnight contract negotiations ended without an agreement on issues including mental health and bilingual support for students. Union members ...

Walz signs coronavirus bill as Minnesota reports 3rd case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed a swiftly-passed $21 million bill Tuesday to bolster the state's ability to manage the global coronavirus outbreak on a day when the state confirmed its third case. The Democratic governor signed the first bill to reach his desk this session, one ...

Minnesota Senate GOP unveils gun violence prevention bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans moved Tuesday to try to change the direction of the contentious gun control debate in this election year by unveiling a slate of bills to address the problem of gun violence, mostly by increasing penalties for crimes involving firearms. At ...

Lebanese man pleads guilty to violating U.S. export laws

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Lebanese national charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon has pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws. Issam Hamade pleaded guilty Monday in federal court in ...

Minnesota mom accused of tossing 11-year-old son off balcony

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman is accused of yanking her 11-year-old son from bed and throwing him off their apartment's fourth floor balcony, leaving him with traumatic injuries, police said Monday. The boy is expected to survive, but he suffered injuries including at least one ...

Survey shows Minnesota’s moose population remains stable

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An aerial survey of Minnesota's moose population shows that moose numbers have remained relatively stable for the ninth consecutive year, the Department of Natural Resources said Monday. Still, the moose population is at risk in the long term, as reproductive success ...

Minnesota Legislature speeds $21M in coronavirus money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature voted unanimously Monday to earmark nearly $21 million to reinforce the state's response to the coronavirus outbreak, putting the bill on the fast track to Gov. Tim Walz's desk. "They're working in a totally nonpartisan manner, trying to work ...

Mediation continues between St. Paul teachers, district

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials with St. Paul Public Schools and the union representing its teachers were continuing to negotiate into the night Monday, in hopes of averting a strike planned for Tuesday. Monday marked the sixth straight day of negotiations between district officials and the ...

Minnesota high school graduation rates higher than ever

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Overall graduation rates for Minnesota high school students have hit a historic high. The state Department of Education released data Thursday that shows a graduation rate of 83.7% for the class of 2019. That's up half a percentage point from the prior year and up ...

Monticello greenhouses destroyed by fire

MONTICELLO, Minn. (AP) — Four greenhouses at a Monticello growing operation have been destroyed or damaged by fire. Firefighters were called to Dan and Jerry's Farm Range Thursday where an employee had noticed smoke pouring from one of the greenhouses and radioed his supervisors who called ...

Las Vegas homicide suspect awaits extradition from Minnesota

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Minnesota man sought in a Las Vegas homicide awaits extradition to Nevada after being arrested in his home state. Rice County sheriff's deputies arrested 60-year-old Mark Doocy of Blooming Prairie on Wednesday. the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said ...

Cass-Clay recalls 1% milk pending state investigation

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cass-Clay Creamery has recalled 1% milk that may have been contaminated with a sanitizing agent that's used to sterilize and clean equipment, the state department of agriculture said Friday. The milk being recalled was produced at the company's plant in Fargo and was ...