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3 siblings hurt, 1 critically, in Minnesota playground crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An unlicensed driver being chased by state troopers plowed into a Minneapolis playground, injuring three young siblings, one of them critically, authorities said. State troopers tried to stop the 27-year-old Kabaar Powell, of Richfield, for speeding on Interstate 94 on ...

Central Minnesota grand jury indicts 3 in fatal shooting

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota grand jury has indicted three men on murder charges in a February shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in Sauk Rapids. The St. Cloud Times reports that 26-year-old Nokomis Lee Jefferson, 20-year-old William Demont White Jr. and ...

Storm with strong wind gusts damages boat, downs tree limbs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A spring storm with fierce winds overturned boats on Lake Minnetonka, snapped tree branches and tore down power lines. Hennepin County Emergency Management warned residents of the approaching severe weather Monday night. The National Weather Service also warned about ...

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress at it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday, ...

‘Roof, roof!’ Dog rescued from overhang roof at his home

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — "Roof! Roof!" He was practically begging to be rescued. Firefighters in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park on Friday managed to help a 180-pound (82-kilogram) Saint Bernard named Whiskey who had gotten stuck on the small roof of the overhang at a side ...

MnDOT: Silver Bay Airport closed due to safety concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An airport in northeastern Minnesota is closed after state inspectors raised safety concerns. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the city of Silver Bay closed its airport runway May 31. MnDOT inspectors had noted deteriorating pavement conditions. Pilots ...

High school pitcher strikes out friend, consoles him

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota high school pitcher consoled his friend after striking him out in a playoff game. Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out Jack Kocon of Totino-Grace to end the game in the Class 4A, Section 5 baseball final last week. The win touched off a celebration near ...

Fleeing SUV strikes children in park near Minneapolis school

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a speeding driver being chased by a state trooper veered into a Minneapolis park and struck three young children, seriously injuring two of them. Officials say the 27-year-old driver of the SUV left Interstate 94 during the chase that started Monday ...

A first for the Army: Scouting big cities for new command HQ

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service. The Army typically likes to put its facilities away from population centers because there is ...

Sheriff: Man dies after assault in northern Minnesota

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old man has died after he was assaulted in northern Minnesota. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch says his office was notified late Thursday that a "serious assault" victim had been brought to the Cass Lake Indian Health Services hospital. Burch ...

Minnesota family, district argue over special education

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis school district is contesting a ruling that requires the district pay for special education services for a 16-year-old girl with severe anxiety who has not been able to attend classes. St. Louis Park High School officials are contesting the ...

South Dakota man dies in motorcycle crash in Minnesota

FOREST CITY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a South Dakota man has died in a motorcycle crash in central Minnesota. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 22 in Meeker County. According to the patrol, 57-year-old Leslie Lemke of Watertown, South Dakota, was ...

Minnesota school gets music classroom in Prince’s honor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Friends of Prince are honoring the musician's legacy with the gift of music for one Minneapolis middle school. The In a Perfect World Foundation has given Anwatin Middle School a new music room, WCCO-TV reported . The room includes keyboards, guitars, amplifiers, ...

Writer of viral Olive Garden review grateful for Bourdain

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A North Dakota newspaper columnist who received online vitriol in 2012 for her glowing review of an Olive Garden in Grand Forks said Saturday she was grateful that Anthony Bourdain came to her defense as others ridiculed her prose about the ...

Minnesota students unionize while working political campaign

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota students working on two political campaigns have negotiated a contract to unionize. Student staffers with Omar Fateh's campaign have contracted with the Campaign Workers Guild, Minnesota Daily reported . Fateh is running for the Minnesota House of ...

Minnesota pig farmers fear impact of Mexico trade dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's agriculture commissioner says President Donald Trump's trade policies are damaging the state's rural economy. Mexico has placed a 10 percent tariff on U.S pork products in response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The pork ...

DFL sets special endorsing convention for Ellison’s seat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic Party says it will hold a special endorsing convention for Minnesota candidates vying for Rep. Keith Ellison's seat in Congress. The convention will be held June 17 in Minneapolis. Six candidates are seeking to fill the vacancy created by Ellison's decision ...

Store pulls veggie trays after illnesses found in 2 states

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A convenience store chain has removed some vegetable trays from its shelves after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health department officials in the two states issued a warning after investigating an increase of infections from Cyclospora, a parasite ...

Ventilation problem sends 6 Minnesota workers to hospital

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials at a Minnesota company say six workers were medically cleared and normal operations were allowed to resume after a ventilation problem that was initially reported to be a possible chemical leak. Initially, officials believed the workers at Geotek in ...

Supreme Court: Son can sue father over hunting accident

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has taken a lawsuit against his father all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court. And, dad is just fine with that. The Supreme Court this week clarified a state law on public access for hunting, clearing the way for Corey Ouradnik to sue his father, Robert ...

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