MN State News

New St. Paul group seeks to protect homeless children

By ELIZABETH SHOCKMAN Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — On a morning last month, soon after she sent two of her kids to their St. Paul public school, a sheriff showed up at Michelle Andrews' door. "They told me I had 10 minutes to get out," she said. "In 10 minutes, what ...

Former Minnesota candidate sentenced for posting nude photo

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former City Council candidate in St. Paul, Minnesota, who pleaded guilty to posting a topless picture of his estranged wife to his campaign website has been sentenced to probation. Judge Robert Awsumb on Friday placed 39-year-old David Martinez on probation for two ...

Study links Mille Lacs Lake walleye decline to water clarity

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota study links the decline of walleye in Mille Lacs Lake to a loss of habitat resulting from clearer water, which doesn't favor walleye habitat. The study was published in the journal Ecosphere. Researchers used 30 years of data on the lake's ...

More people than fish in boat for Governor’s Fishing Opener

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — At least Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz didn't get skunked. Walz's first effort in the annual Governor's Fishing Opener on Albert Lea's Fountain Lake Saturday proved to be difficult. Not only did he come away with only one fish, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan earned ...

South Dakota man accused of biting Minnesota jailer’s finger

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man jailed in Worthington bit the finger of a corrections officer after the two of them scuffled inside his cell. The Globe reports that 38-year-old Nicholas Bryson, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is charged with felony fourth-degree assault of a ...

Remains found in Boundary Waters wilderness are human

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say skeletal remains found in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are human. The remains were found in late April at a campsite belonging to a New Mexico man who planned to spend the winter in the woods. Jordan Grider of Moriarty, New ...

St. Paul man pleads guilty in death of girlfriend’s son

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man pleaded guilty Wednesday to unintentionally killing his girlfriend's 3-year-old son and causing life-threatening injuries to her 2-year-old daughter while punishing the children in January. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports 25-year-old Alontae Butts ...

Man sentenced for killing girlfriend, dumping body in pond

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The boyfriend of a woman whose body was found encased in an icy pond in Dakota County has been sentenced to 15 years in prison. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that 41-year-old Uriah Schulz, of Apple Valley, was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty to ...

Have accessory dwellings eased the Twin Cities housing gap?

By JESSICA LEE and GRETA KAUL of MinnPost. undefined MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As homeowners in Minneapolis' Longfellow neighborhood, Stephanie and Ross knew they needed to tear down their detached garage when they were expecting their first child about two years ago. The old structure was in bad ...

Gender equity, violence bills get debate amid budget battle

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several initiatives to promote gender equity and reduce gender-based violence are in play as Minnesota's legislative session nears an end, ranging from a potential overhaul of the state's sexual assault laws to making it easier to ...

After high-profile verdict, Minnesota prosecutor takes leave

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than a week after his office got a murder conviction in the high-profile case of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced he's taking a medical leave. Freeman says in a statement Friday that after ...

Minnesota GOP leader has family stake in gay conversion vote

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The top Republican in the Minnesota Senate, who helped defeat a proposed ban on so-called gay conversion therapy for minors, sent his daughter to a therapist opposed to gay relationships after suspecting she had a same-sex attraction when she was a teenager, the Star ...

Pilot killed in crash of small plane in eastern Minnesota

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have found the body of the pilot in the wreckage of a small plane that went missing in eastern Minnesota. Searchers found the Mooney M20J single-engine plane partially submerged in a river near the runway of the Moose Lake Carlton County Airport around 7 ...

US military veteran sues after twice being denied a passport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was denied twice is now asking a federal court to intervene and declare that he is a U.S. citizen, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. The complaint, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of ...

Pence says US working ‘hour by hour’ on China trade deal

GLYNDON, Minn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence said Thursday the Trump administration is working "literally hour by hour" to reach a trade agreement with China, as the deadline loomed on a U.S. threat to raise tariffs on Chinese imports. Flanked by farmers and ranchers invited to a ...

7 deer test positive for CWD at central Minnesota deer farm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials say seven deer tested positive for a fatal brain disease at a central Minnesota farm where a herd of whitetails was euthanized. But the Minnesota Board of Animal Health says officials found 13 decomposed deer at the Crow Wing County farm when they arrived to ...

Minneapolis leaders agree to mediation in police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The city of Minneapolis will work with a court-appointed mediator to try to resolve the lawsuit over the death of a black man who was shot by police in 2015, city leaders said Wednesday after a federal judge demanded answers about settlement negotiations. U.S. District ...

Disorderly conduct charge added against Minnesota lawmaker

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have added a disorderly conduct charge against a Minnesota lawmaker who allegedly scuffled with a guard at a hotel bar near the state Capitol before he was cited for trespassing for refusing to leave a nearby hospital. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ...

FBI: Material found in Minneapolis apartment could be ricin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A possible hazardous material that prompted the evacuation of a Minneapolis apartment complex and injured a University of Minnesota student could be ricin, the FBI said Wednesday. The bureau said that a preliminary test by the Minnesota Department of Health lab of the ...

Hopeful talk hits brick wall of reality in Capitol talks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hopeful talk about bipartisan cooperation at the Minnesota Legislature hit the brick wall of reality when Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and leaders for House Democrats and Senate Republicans broke off budget negotiations, leaving the two sides blaming each other Tuesday for ...