MN State News

Minnesota college student involved in climate change lawsuit

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota college student is among 21 youth plaintiffs in a lawsuit that accuses the federal government of destabilizing the climate system for present and future generations. Nathan Baring is an environmental student activist on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus ...

Teen involved in deadly crash sentenced to 60 days in jail

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A teenage driver distracted by her cellphone who pleaded guilty to killing an off-duty Blaine police officer and his wife on their motorcycle has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. The Star Tribune reports 18-year-old Callison M. Olson, of Elk River, was sentenced last ...

South Dakotans killed in crash southwest of Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a South Dakota couple was killed after their motorcycle collided with a farm trailer that broke free from a tractor southwest of the Twin Cities. The Star Tribune reports the crash occurred shortly after 4 p.m. Saturday in Arlington Township. The State ...

Police raise alarm about BB guns appearing as real weapons

By MARA GOTTFRIED Twin Cities Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police rushed to a St. Paul middle school last month after a report of a student carrying a handgun in his pocket during gym class. It turned out to be a realistic-looking BB gun that fell from his pants as he played ...

Wandering bison found, put down near Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Officials in southeastern Minnesota say a wandering bison has been found and put down. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that a citizen spotted the bison in a wooded area of Rochester Township on Friday evening. Deputies contacted the bison's ...

Damaged tower knocks out power to Aurora in NE Minnesota

AURORA, Minn. (AP) — A damaged switch tower has knocked out power in the city of Aurora in northeastern Minnesota. Minnesota Power says a contractor was doing work in the area when the tower that feeds the substation for the city was damaged around 8 a.m. Saturday. Company spokeswoman Amy ...

Guilty plea entered in fatal Duluth robbery

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A defendant accused of killing a man during a robbery in St. Louis County has pleaded guilty to murder. Darrel Mayhew has admitted to killing 70-year-old Larry Watczak at his Duluth home last January. Prosecutors say Mayhew struck Watczak in the head with a bottle, took ...

Minneapolis officer’s attorneys seek no prison for shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for the former Minneapolis police officer convicted of fatally shooting an unarmed woman in 2017 plan to ask a sentencing judge for no prison time. If that's not granted, they're seeking less prison time than state sentencing guidelines recommend. Mohamed Noor's ...

No charges for ex-detective accused of falsifying warrant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Eden Prairie police detective whom authorities say falsified a search warrant in a drug case will not face criminal charges. McLeod County Attorney Michael Junge says Friday that Travis Serafin won't face criminal punishment for intentionally giving false ...

Prince’s bodyguard deposed in wrongful death lawsuit

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Prince's former bodyguard answered questions from attorneys for seven hours as part of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by relatives of the late rock star. Kirk Johnson's attorney told KSTP-TV that Wednesday's deposition at the Carver County Courthouse was difficult for ...

Walz signs education budget bill passed in special session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday signed a $20 billion education funding bill, the first in a series of budget bills approved by lawmakers in last week's special session. Walz signed the E-12 education bill at Bruce Vento Elementary School in St. Paul, with Lt. Gov. ...

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Minnesota abortion restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn Minnesota's restrictions on abortion, including its 24-hour waiting period and parental notification requirements. The lawsuit, filed by Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, argues that the ...

Michigan AG will move to shut pipeline in June if no deal

MACKINAC ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said Wednesday she will move in June to shut a Great Lakes oil pipeline if the governor cannot reach a resolution with operator Enbridge, saying the state is in "great peril" the longer the oil continues to flow under a ...

Woman charged in fatal downtown Minneapolis stabbing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a 39-year-old woman with fatally stabbing another woman after an argument in downtown Minneapolis. Shermeika Franklin of Minneapolis was charged Wednesday with second-degree murder in the killing of 42-year-old Mesheka Willis. Willis was stabbed in ...

Polygamous sect leader ordered to stop Minnesota building

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. (AP) — Officials in northern Minnesota have ordered a temporary halt to construction on land linked to a man who led a secretive polygamous sect's compound in South Dakota. Cook County officials issued the cease-and-desist order Friday to a company tied to Seth Jeffs. ...

Becker coal-fired plant closure met with mixed reactions

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Residents in a central Minnesota community have mixed feelings about the closure of a coal-fired plant that employs hundreds of people and provides three-fourths of the city's tax revenue. Most Becker residents weren't shocked by Xcel Energy's announcement last week that ...

Planting woes continue for Minnesota farmers amid wet spring

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are still having trouble getting their crops into the ground as an unusually wet spring persists. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota Tuesday that a third of the state's corn crop ...

Top Senate Republican expects insulin bill to return in 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislation to help make emergency insulin supplies more affordable for diabetics who lack adequate insurance failed to make it across this finish line in last week's special session despite a public outcry, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said ...

School bus sex assault suspect pleads guilty to killing wife

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with sexually assaulting children on a school bus has pleaded guilty to killing his wife in a St. Paul suburb. Seventy-two-year-old Harvey Kneifl pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of his 72-year-old wife, Julie Kneifl. Harvey ...

Arrest made in fatal stabbing at Minneapolis bus depot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say they've made an arrest in a fatal stabbing at a bus depot in downtown Minneapolis. Forty-two-year-old Mesheka Willis died of a stab wound to the chest about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Police arrested a 39-year-old woman in connection with the stabbing Sunday. She was ...