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Minnesota Senate panel votes against recreational marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate committee voted Monday to kill a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, making it unlikely that the legislation will pass this year. The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to reject the bill after ...

Walz: Collapsing dairy barns threaten Minnesota economy

ALTURA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says dairy barns collapsing due to heavy snowfall are threatening the state's economy. Walz and Sen. Tina Smith met with dairy farmers near Altura in southeastern Minnesota on Saturday. Dozens of barn roofs have collapsed in Minnesota because of ...

Smith, Phillips call for extension for Liberians

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Dean Phillips are trying to rally support for extending the legal status of thousands of Minnesota Liberians facing possible deportation. The two Democrats held a news conference Sunday. They have pressed President Donald Trump to extend ...

Snow causes Moorhead church roof collapse; no one hurt

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Snow buildup has caused a section of the roof to collapse at a Moorhead church, but no one was hurt. The collapse at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church was reported just after noon Sunday. Deputy Moorhead Fire Chief Benton Hicks tells KFGO Radio it was a "miracle" no ...

Companies decry ‘valve turners’ who shut down pipelines

By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As Enbridge prepared to move climate-damaging tar sands crude through a 40-year-old pipeline in eastern Canada in 2015, environmentalists and indigenous peoples including Vanessa Gray thought about what happened in Michigan just five ...

Fired St. Paul TV employee acquitted of making threats

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former employee at a St. Paul television station was found not guilty of making threats of violence against colleagues after he was fired. A Ramsey County jury on Friday acquitted 37-year-old Rusty Arntson, of Brooklyn Center, who was accused of citing the Capital ...

Multiple agencies rush to analyze Minnesota flood risk

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal and state agencies are using snow tubes, stream gauges and satellites to measure Minnesota's risk of flooding this spring. The National Weather Service has already predicted an above average flood risk this spring due to the winter's heavy snowfall. The ...

Bill pushes to boost funding for Minnesota crop program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota research program that aims to develop environmentally-friendly alternatives to corn and soybeans could get an extra $5 million a year funding boost under a new bill. The legislation proposed by a group of lawmakers would invest more into the ...

Great Lakes see ‘superior’ ice coverage, but it won’t last

DETROIT (AP) — As ice coverage goes, it's Superior. The Detroit Free Press reports Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes had more than 90 percent coverage in four years. At this time last year, Superior was about half ...

Upper Midwest hit with rain, sleet and heavy snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm bringing a mixed bag of heavy, wet snow in some areas and rain and sleet in others made travel hazardous Saturday in the Dakotas and Minnesota, some of which was due to street flooding. The National Weather Service issued winter storm watches and warnings for a ...

House passes equal rights amendment ballot question

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislation that would let Minnesota voters decide whether to amend the state Constitution to include an equal rights clause has passed the House. Members of the Democratic-dominated House passed the bill late Thursday. It would put the question on the 2020 ballot, ...

Police: Man dies after physical altercation in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say a man has died after he got involved in a fight following a traffic crash. Authorities say a rear-end crash happened just before midnight Thursday. The driver of one vehicle fled from the scene on foot and was pursued by a passenger from the other ...

Roger Penske received kidney from son in 2017 at Mayo Clinic

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Motorsports giant Roger Penske disclosed Friday that he received a kidney transplant shortly after the 2017 IndyCar season finale. Penske told The Associated Press he received the kidney from his son, Greg. The 82-year-old ...

Man admits to hacking Minnesota databases over cop acquittal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man admitted Thursday that he hacked into state government databases in 2017 as an act of retaliation after the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a 2016 traffic stop . Cameron Thomas Crowley, 20, apologized for his actions as he ...

House broadly condemns hate after anti-Semitism dispute

WASHINGTON (AP) — Divided in debate but mostly united in a final vote, the House passed a resolution condemning anti-Semitism and other bigotry Thursday, with Democrats trying to push past a dispute that has overwhelmed their agenda and exposed fault lines that could shadow them through next ...

Station: Suspect in Closs abduction says he’ll plead guilty

A Minnesota television station reported Thursday that the Wisconsin man charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs says in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty. KARE-TV reported that suspect Jake Patterson's Feb. 28 letter was in response to a letter from a station reporter. ...

Man found dead in road near Rochester shot multiple times

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in southeastern Minnesota say a man found dead in a road near Rochester was shot multiple times. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday the man was in his 20s. Authorities have tentatively identified the man but are waiting for confirmation ...

Dissent among Dems postpones action on anti-Semitism measure

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Wednesday postponed indefinitely a vote on a resolution condemning anti-Semitism after a contentious meeting in which some new members confronted leaders over their push to rebuke Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. In the party's weekly closed meeting, ...

Appeals court: Minnesota boys can compete on dance teams

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday that two Minnesota boys must be allowed to compete on their high schools' dance teams. Juniors Dmitri Moua and Zachary Greenwald wanted to try out for their schools' dance teams in suburban Minneapolis. But the Minnesota State High ...

US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it’s premature

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the legal battle over a predator that's running into conflicts with farmers and ranchers as its numbers rebound in some regions. The proposal would give states the ...