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Minnesota man gets 17 years for South Dakota sex crime

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for traveling to South Dakota with the intent of having sex with girls at a Sioux Falls hotel. Authorities say 60-year-old Roger Blaisdell, of Pipestone, Minnesota, arranged to have sex with what he thought ...

Study shows school discipline gaps for Minnesota students

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new study highlighting wide gaps in school discipline between Minnesota's white and minority students is raising concerns among state human rights leaders. The report released Friday found students of color were twice as likely to be suspended or expelled as their ...

TV station: Minnesota not enforcing domestic abuse gun law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis TV station says Minnesota courts appear to be doing a lackluster job of making sure guns are seized from abusers in domestic violence cases. KARE-TV examined data when following up on 2014's Domestic Violence Firearm Act, which allows judges to issue an Order ...

Ex-radio host Keillor hopes sex harassment charges will fade

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Former radio host Garrison Keillor said he hopes the sexual allegations against him are fading and believes Minnesota Public Radio made a grave mistake when it cut ties with him. Keillor's comments followed his first appearance before an audience since the controversy ...

Man sentenced to life for child abduction, strangulation

WALKER, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of abducting and killing a 5-year-old girl from central Minnesota has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Zachary Todd Anderson was originally charged with 19 counts for the death of Alayna Ertl. An autopsy found that the girl was ...

Fargo or New York? Easy call for gold medal US curling team

By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — John Shuster's U.S. Olympic curling team had planned for a whirlwind couple of months in 2018, hoping to bounce from the Pyeongchang Games to the USA Nationals in Fargo and then perhaps on to the World Curling Championship in Las ...

Remaining deer at Winona County farm found to have disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has released updated results on a Winona County deer farm where chronic wasting disease was discovered in November. The board says in a release that the last seven remaining white-tailed deer harvested at the farm were found to have ...

Firearms, ammunition, explosive devices found in home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 13-year-old boy and two adults have been arrested after a cache of firearms, ammunition and explosive devices and at least one ballistic vest was discovered at a Vadnais Heights home. The Ramsey County Sheriff's Office says Friday's search by federal and ...

Minnesota lieutenant governor deliberately skips duties

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Republican lieutenant governor and state Sen. Michelle Fischbach missed a meeting Thursday of the state's Executive Council, at least the second official duty of the lieutenant governor she's skipped since taking on the dual roles. Fischbach and the ...

Man indicted for snowmobile crash that killed 8-year-old boy

CHISAGO CITY, Minn. (AP) — A Chisago County grand jury has indicted a man accused of driving a snowmobile on Chisago Lake that struck and killed an 8-year-old boy who was preparing to go ice fishing with his family. Forty-five-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, is charged with ...

Dem-backed gun bills quickly sidetracked at Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Democratic move to force a hearing on two bills aimed at gun violence ended in defeat Thursday, with Republicans who control a House committee tabling the bills despite a heavy turnout from supporters, including one student who said she has nightmares her school will ...

Snyder OKs bills to keep intact, raise income tax exemption

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING  — Gov. Rick Snyder on Wednesday signed legislation to keep intact and raise Michigan’s personal income tax exemption, which will save an individual roughly $25 and a family of four more than $100 annually within a few years. “Let’s give some ...

Minnesota’s $329M surplus erases previous deficit worries

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers have a $329 million surplus to work with this year, according to an updated financial forecast released Wednesday that reversed previous indications that the state may face a small budget deficit. Gov. Mark Dayton and legislative leaders entered the ...

Democrat forces sudden hearing on gun legislation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bills that would restrict gun access are coming up for a sudden vote before a Minnesota House committee. Democratic St. Paul Rep. Dave Pinto used an obscure parliamentary rule to force the Thursday hearing in the House Public Safety Committee. One bill would expand ...

GOP mum on whether they’ll pay for MNLARS fixes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state's troubled new computer system for processing vehicle registrations is approaching a deadline for emergency funding with no certainty the Republican-controlled Legislature is willing to pay. The platform known as MNLARS spawned months of technical errors in ...

St. Cloud Diocese to file for bankruptcy after abuse claims

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of St. Cloud plans to file for bankruptcy to help resolve lawsuits involving sexual abuse of minors. A three-year window that lifted the statute of limitations on past allegations of clergy abuse in Minnesota ended in May 2016. The diocese received 74 ...

Best Buy to close its small-format mobile phone stores

NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy is shuttering all 250 of its small-format mobile phone stores in the U.S., saying the locations have become less profitable. A memo from the CEO to employees says the stores will close by the end of May and every effort will be made to retain the workers. The ...

Records: Police visited family in abuse case dozens of times

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court records show Minneapolis police were repeatedly called to the home of mentally disabled twin girls in the years before charges of sexual assault, beatings and neglect were filed against their parents. One of the 21-year-old twins escaped in May and reported the ...

State officials, GOP lawmakers clash over MNLARS funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials overseeing Minnesota's troubled new computer system for license plates and registration got a frosty reception Tuesday in their bid to secure an emergency $10 million infusion, facing skepticism and anger from Republican lawmakers. Repairing the new ...

Surplus or deficit? Minnesota lawmakers will soon learn

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are about to learn how much of a budget surplus they'll have this year or if they'll need to solve a deficit. Budget officials were to present an update Wednesday on the state's current financial status. It will set the stage for the rest of the ...

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