MN State News

Man pleads guilty to killing mechanic working on food truck

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 32-year-old man who shot and filled a mechanic who was working on a food truck in north Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The Hennepin County attorney's office says the plea deal calls for Henry Cousins, of Minneapolis, to serve 21 years in prison ...

Minnesota releases crucial draft permit for disputed mine

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A contentious copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota took another step forward Friday when state regulators released a crucial draft permit for public comment. "It's a major milestone for the project," Brad Moore, PolyMet ...

2 people die in Alexandria residential fire

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in a mobile home fire in Alexandria. Police say firefighters were dispatched to the home about 5 a.m. Friday and found the home fully engulfed in flames. First responders were told there were possibly two people ...

North Dakota’s first urea plant to start production

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's first urea plant is on schedule to start producing the solid-form fertilizer this month. The $740 million plant near Beulah is acting as a boon to regional farmers and transforming operations at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. Plant Manager Dale Johnson ...

Smith hits the road as Minnesota’s newest senator

STACY, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith is hitting the road to kick off her new job. Minnesota's newest senator returned to Minnesota Friday for a swing through state, with stops scheduled in Stacy, Duluth and the Iron Range before returning to Minneapolis. She was sworn in Wednesday to replace ...

2 arrested in death of woman found in Columbia Heights

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police have arrested two men in the death of a St. Paul woman whose body was found in a running car in Columbia Heights on New Year's Day. Authorities say the man suspected in the death of 29-year-old Linda Pa Vue was her companion and has been booked into the ...

Driver of horse-drawn buggy struck, killed by semi

OSSEO, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol says an Osseo man operating a horse-drawn buggy was struck and killed by a semi. The crash happened on Highway 10 east of Osseo about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say 26-year-old Moses Petersheim was the only person in the buggy when it was hit ...

Minnesota crews harvest ice for winter carnival ice palace

SPICER, Minn. (AP) — Crews are busy making thousands of big ice blocks at a lake in central Minnesota that will be used to build the ice palace at a winter carnival later this month. Workers need about 3,700 blocks to build the 70-foot-tall palace for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which ...

Man suspected of abducting ex-girlfriend arrested

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Minnetonka two weeks ago. The City of Minnetonka said on Twitter that 37-year-old Jahon Douglas of Burnsville was arrested about 1 p.m. Thursday in Minneapolis. Douglas is accused of ...

Ellison tweet on Antifa handbook and Trump draws criticism

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is drawing criticism for calling attention to a book that critics say condones a left-leaning group using violence in clashes with white supremacists. Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, posted a photo on ...

Chief federal prosecutor in Minnesota gets upgraded title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has upgraded the title of the chief federal prosecutor in Minnesota. Sessions on Wednesday named Gregory Brooker as interim U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Brooker had been acting U.S. attorney since March 2017. Brooker was one of 17 ...

GOP’s Fischbach assumes Lt. Gov. role, rejects higher pay

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new Republican Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach said Wednesday she'll reject the job's higher salary and hasn't scheduled the constitutionally-required oath of office as she fights to keep her seat in the Senate. Fischbach's ascension to Democratic Gov. Mark ...

Teen found injured on Minneapolis sidewalk stabbed to death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man found injured on a Minneapolis sidewalk was stabbed to death. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office on Tuesday identified the victim as Ahkeem Deontravaye Robinson of Big Lake. Officers found Robinson about 2 a.m. Monday after ...

GOP’s Bachmann mulling bid for Franken’s Senate seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Michele Bachmann, the deeply conservative former congresswoman and one-time presidential contender, said she is considering running for Al Franken's former Senate seat in Minnesota. Bachmann recently told televangelist Jim Bakker that she has been praying about the ...

Ramsey County judge pleads guilty to drunken driving

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in St. Paul on New Year's Day and apologized. Judge G. Tony Atwal pleaded guilty Tuesday to one gross misdemeanor count of DWI. Other charges were dismissed. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Atwal said in ...

Some Minneapolis streets begin closing ahead of Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With just over a month to go before the Super Bowl, some streets near U.S. Bank Stadium already are closing in downtown Minneapolis. Parts of Chicago Avenue, Fifth Street South and Norm McGrew Place closed to traffic Tuesday. Those streets will remain closed until Feb. 11, ...

St. Paul family of 10 sickened by carbon monoxide but OK

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul family of 10 was taken to a hospital after being sickened by dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in their home. KSTP-TV reports that emergency crews responded to the home about 9 a.m. Monday. The family members were reported in stable condition at Hennepin ...

Several pets believed dead in Coon Rapids house fire

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Several pets are believed to have died in a New Year's Day house fire in Coon Rapids. KARE-TV reports that the six people inside the mobile home escaped safely after the blaze broke out mid-day Monday, but a number of animals are believed to have died. They include ...

2 Minnesota State Patrol cars struck; no serious injuries

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minnesota State Patrol squad cars were struck in separate incidents on state Highway 100 on New Year's Day. Patrol Lt. Tiffani Nielson tells KSTP-TV that the first crash occurred about 6:15 a.m. in Brooklyn Center. The trooper was outside the vehicle at the time ...

Hundreds take plunge into frigid lake on New Year’s Day

EXCELSIOR, Minn. (AP) — Bitter-cold weather wasn't enough to stop hundreds of people from taking a plunge into Lake Minnetonka on New Year's Day. KSTP-TV reports that the temperature was about minus 15 on Monday morning during the ALARC Ice Dive. It was the second-coldest day in the event's ...

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