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Minnesota fall harvest winds down as wintry weather sets in

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The fall harvest is winding down in Minnesota as wintry weather sets in. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 87 percent of Minnesota's corn has been harvested. That's six days ahead of last year's pace and just 2 percentage points behind the five-year average. The ...

Board certifies newcomer’s win over Hennepin County sheriff

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A political newcomer has been certified as the winner in the Hennepin County sheriff's race, defeating longtime Sheriff Rich Stanek. The Hennepin County Canvassing Board on Tuesday certified Dave "Hutch" Hutchinson's narrow win over Stanek in last week's election. The Star ...

Ventura visits next Minnesota governor, and talks pot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jesse Ventura returned to his old workplace to advise Minnesota's next governor on transition issues — and took the opportunity to talk up legalizing marijuana. Ventura said he was invited by Democratic Gov.-elect Tim Walz to a meeting Tuesday at the Capitol. Ventura ...

Ousted Minnesota Republican faults McCain for losing House

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A recently defeated Republican congressman is blaming the Democratic House takeover on the late Republican Sen. John McCain's vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act. First-term Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis argued in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece first ...

Minnesota baby born on Nov. 11 at 11:11 p.m.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota baby girl was born on Veterans Day — the 11th day of the 11th month — at 11:11 p.m. Erin and Mike Potts of Hugo, Minnesota, welcomed their first child on Sunday, the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. The girl was born at The ...

Police arrest suspect after man fatally shot in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Police in Plymouth have arrested a suspect after a man was fatally shot in a home. Officers were dispatched to the home in the western Minneapolis suburb late Sunday after a 911 caller reported a shooting. Police found a 42-year-old man inside the home suffering from ...

Ex-police chief killed in apparent hunting accident

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northwestern Minnesota are asking for the public's help as they investigate an apparent hunting accident that killed a former police chief. Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander says a preliminary autopsy indicates 53-year-old Jay Clayton Nelson died ...

Election brings divided power back to Minnesota’s Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters' choices in Tuesday's election will give the state another Democratic governor and a Legislature split between Democrats and Republicans, the latest experiment with divided government in Minnesota that has produced mixed — and sometimes few — ...

University of Minnesota offers unique classes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota officials hope to engage community members through a unique array of course offerings, including the physics of superheroes, obscure red wines and the forgotten gods of Scandinavia. The courses are part of the LearningLife program in the College of ...

Professor sentenced for falsifying retirement assets

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota professor convicted of falsifying the value of his retirement accounts in an attempt to cheat his ex-wife out of her share has been sentenced to four years of probation and four months in the workhouse. The Star Tribune reports that 57-year-old ...

Trial set for Minnesota man charged in apartment stabbings

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man is set to face trial in May for allegedly fatally stabbing two of his neighbors at a Salvation Army apartment building. The Post Bulletin reports 54-year-old Glenn Roger Johnson is to go to trial May 20. Johnson has pleaded not guilty to two felony ...

Minnesota woman gives apples to food bank

By KATIE LAUER, Post-Bulletin ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A gentle thud can be heard every time an apple from one of Kelsey Johnson's 30 backyard trees falls and hits the ground. But the northwest Rochester homeowner said she can't possibly use all of the thousands of Honeycrisps and Connell ...

Police shoot, kill man during fire alarm call in Shakopee

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis police officer shot and killed a person who pointed a gun at the officer. Police say officers were called to a residence in Shakopee shortly after 11 p.m. Friday for a fire alarm. Officers were met at the front door by a man with ...

Trump says 7 to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has announced his first recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and they include the wife of a major Republican Party donor, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Elvis Presley and Babe Ruth. Trump will also posthumously ...

University of Minnesota Extension helps struggling farmers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota Extension is providing free help to farmers who may be struggling in an agricultural economic downturn. The extension's Farm Information Line is connecting farmers with retired agricultural financial and business experts who will provide ...

Minnesota sees rise of payday loan alternatives

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sky-high interest payday loans are getting some more affordable competition in the Twin Cities area from community-based organizations. Exodus Lending is one nonprofit offering residents interest-free loans to help pay off debts, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The ...

St. Paul city council member cleared in ballot dispute

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul city council member has been cleared of charges related to an incident when he helped a woman vote for him. The Pioneer Press reports that the verdict written by a Ramsey County District Court judge found that Dai Thao translated for a Hmong woman with the ...

Remembrance marks anniversary of wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald

SILVER BAY, Minn. (AP) — An annual remembrance ceremony on Minnesota's North Shore is set to mark the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The freighter sank in a massive storm on eastern Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1075. Many of the crew members had ties to northeastern ...

Wasting disease detected in 4 deer on Crow Wing County farm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Chronic wasting disease has been detected in four deer at a quarantined farm in Crow Wing County. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has been monitoring the farm since December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease. The Department of ...

Democrats’ House takeover spurs hope for farm bill this year

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prospects have improved for Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill before the end of the year after Democrats secured the House majority during the midterm elections, key lawmakers and other experts said. Work requirements for food ...

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