MN State News

Jury convicts uncle in death of baby in St. Louis County

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted the uncle of a baby who was killed in a house fire in St. Louis County. KBJR-TV reports the jury found 26-year-old Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski of Hibbing guilty Thursday on two counts of manslaughter. He'll be sentenced Oct. 24. Bonacci-Koski was on ...

Man arrested after shooting Minnesota deputy with crossbow

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot a Minnesota sheriff's deputy with a crossbow also was shot and wounded by law officers firing their guns. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmunson says the deputy was shot in the forearm Thursday and was taken to a hospital, where he is in ...

Family feud: Cousins take opposite sides on diversion plan

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — An open house on Thursday meant to discuss environmental impacts of a revised Red River diversion channel around the flood-prone Fargo-Moorhead area may have been the last chance for opponents to publicly air their grievances. In one case it put cousins on opposite ...

Woman’s death raises concern about Minneapolis homeless camp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of a woman living at a Minneapolis homeless camp is raising fresh concerns about the health of the rapidly growing number of people staying there. Alissa Rose Skipintheday, 26, was found unconscious and not breathing last week near the camp, which is known by ...

St. Thomas AD Fritz to retire after 52-year run at school

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of St. Thomas athletic director Steve Fritz has decided to retire in the spring, ending a 52-year affiliation with the school. St. Thomas made the announcement on Tuesday about Fritz, who began playing basketball for the Tommies in 1967. He spent nine ...

Minnesota regulators postpone Line 3 meeting after protests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators postponed a meeting Tuesday on Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement after pipeline opponents disrupted the meeting with a bullhorn and a boombox. Protests erupted as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met to discuss whether Enbridge ...

Hennepin County sees progress after child protection reforms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An overhaul of Hennepin County's child protection system is showing positive results, but officials said the county still faces challenges. Hennepin County Human Services Director Jodi Wentland told Minnesota Public Radio News that there have been fewer staff turnovers and ...

Minnetonka police train for mental health crises

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Business cards that list services for people experiencing a mental health crisis are just one tool police in a Twin Cities suburb are using to de-escalate calls involving mentally ill people. The cards carried by Minnetonka police list four contact numbers for ...

Trump tweets endorsement for congressional candidate Hughes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Minnesota congressional candidate Dave Hughes. Trump tweeted Saturday that Hughes "will help us accomplish our America First policies." Hughes is trying to unseat 14-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota's 7th ...

Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the ...

Defendant in fatal Duluth shooting held on $750,000 bond

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A suspect accused of fatally shooting a man as he stood on a Duluth sidewalk in a group of people is charged with his death. Authorities say Jamal Jackson approached 31-year-old Scott Pennington and shot him in the face last Saturday. WDIO-TV reports witnesses told ...

New Housley campaign ad features NHL Hall of Fame husband

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican Karin Housley launched a campaign ad Friday that invokes her husband's hockey celebrity as she tries to close the gap in her race with Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith. The ad, which is set in a hockey rink, features Housley ...

Minnesota man accused of vandalizing Arby’s sign with slurs

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man suspected of altering an Arby's sign to include racial and sexist slurs is facing misdemeanor charges. The charges stem from a Sept. 1 incident in which someone changed letters on Arby's "now hiring" sign to include derogatory terms. The Star ...

Minnesota State Fair expects growth amid record attendance

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair will soon be able to welcome bigger crowds after setting an attendance record this year, according to event organizers. Attendance this year topped 2 million for the first time in fair history. The record came as the fair in St. Paul's Falcon ...

Garnett sues accountant over $77M lost to wealth manager

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kevin Garnett is suing an accountant and his firm, alleging they helped a wealth manager steal $77 million from the retired Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star. The federal malpractice lawsuit alleges Kentucky-based accountant Michael Wertheim and Welenken CPAs ...

Sting operation recovered Dorothy’s stolen ruby slippers

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A pair of ruby slippers used in "The Wizard of Oz" and later stolen from a Minnesota museum were recovered in a sting operation after a man approached the shoes' insurer and said he could help get them back, the FBI said Tuesday. The slippers were on loan to the ...

SE Minnesota man charged in fatal hit-and-run buggy crash

LANESBORO, Minn. (AP) — A 24-year-old man is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in a hit-and-run crash with an Amish buggy in southeastern Minnesota that killed one man and injured two others. Connor Keene of Canton was charged Tuesday with four felony counts, including causing a ...

Potential 2020 Democrats seize on Kavanaugh Senate hearings

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spoiling for a fight, a trio of Democratic senators weighing 2020 presidential campaigns seized upon the opening moments of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's Senate confirmation hearings Tuesday in a show of force aimed at countering President Donald Trump. One by ...

China’s JD.com: founder returns to Beijing after US arrest

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese e-commerce giant says its billionaire founder, Liu Qiangdong, has returned to China after his arrest in the U.S. on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. Zhang Shuhan, a JD.com official, said Monday by phone that "Liu Qiangdong has been released without charges and ...

Minnesota post office closed to due to health concerns

BOWLUS, Minn. (AP) — A post office in central Minnesota has been shut down due to health and safety concerns from water damage and possible bacterial growth. Spokeswoman Kristy Anderson says the building in Bowlus shows damage to the walls, ceiling, building materials and floor coverings. ...

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