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West St. Paul man fatally shot, toddler OK

WEST ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Relatives say the man who was fatally shot at his apartment in West St. Paul was the father of a toddler who was not harmed in the shooting. Police say the man was shot Tuesday at the Oakdale Terrace apartment complex. Authorities say the man was found dead by a ...

In DWI case, lawyer is not a right if police have warrant

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suspected impaired driver does not have a limited right to get legal advice before deciding whether to submit to a blood test if police have a search warrant, the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But the decision was met with ...

Minnesota woman who swims topless vows to return to beach

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who swims topless in Lake Superior says she won't be dissuaded by someone who called the police on her. Michelle Bennett was sunbathing topless on the beach in Duluth last month when a woman asked her to cover up, saying she was making the woman's ...

Number of sickened 4th of July boaters nears 120

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say the number of people reportedly sickened while boating around Big Island on Lake Minnetonka over the Fourth of July has grown to nearly 120. As of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Hennepin County has returned 140 phone calls from people who reported being ill and were in ...

States, provinces OK plan to protect Great Lakes from carp

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — U.S. states and Canadian provinces have endorsed a plan to build up defenses on an Illinois waterway in hopes of keeping invasive Asian carp from reaching the Great Lakes. A resolution issued Wednesday by the region's eight governors and two premiers supports a U.S. ...

Thunderstorms cause flooding, tree damage

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Torrential rain and strong winds caused street flooding and brought down trees and branches in parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. The line of thunderstorms Monday night prompted storm and flash flooding warnings. The heavy rain caused street flooding in Fargo, West Fargo ...

Family of man who died after Eagan standoff wants answers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a man who died following a standoff with police in a St. Paul suburb is demanding authorities release squad car and body camera video of the incident. Few details about the death of 23-year-old Isak Aden have been released as the state Bureau of Criminal ...

Minneapolis-area protesters win pledge support from Trump

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has voiced his support for a chorus of protests against a Minnesota city council's decision to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from its meetings. The St. Louis Park City Council voted 5-0 last month to stop reciting the pledge in an effort to ...

Report: Opioid deaths dropped in Minnesota in 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota saw a big drop in drug overdose deaths in 2018. Preliminary statewide data released Tuesday shows that overdose deaths dropped 17 percent, from 733 in 2017 to 607 in 2018. Officials say the numbers are promising, but that overdose deaths remain at historic ...

6 men injured, 3 critically in Minneapolis bus stop crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are investigating why and how a van driver slammed into a crowded bus stop shelter in north Minneapolis on Tuesday, injuring at least six people, including three critically. The crash happened at a busy intersection at about 9:30 a.m. Metro Transit spokesman ...

Hiker injured in fall in Grand Teton National Park

MOOSE, Wyo. (AP) — A hiker was seriously injured when he fell in a mountain range in Wyoming. Grand Teton National Park officials say 35-year-old Jarek Strzalkowski lost his footing in snow and rock Monday on a hike in the Teton Range. Strzalkowski is from Poland but has been living in ...

Minnesota health plans seek only modest premium increases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's health insurers are seeking relatively small premium increases and in some cases cuts for patients who buy coverage on the individual market. The Commerce Department says the Blue Cross HMO is seeking a 4.8% increase for next year, while HealthPartners ...

Boaters sickened on Lake Minnetonka on July 4th

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are investigating reports that people boating around Big Island on Lake Minnetonka near Minneapolis got sick over the Fourth of July. Hennepin County has received more than 30 reports from people experiencing vomiting, diarrhea or cramps after holiday ...

Ex-Illinois lawyer sentenced to 5 years in porn-troll scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday sentenced a former Illinois lawyer to five years in prison for his role in a multimillion-dollar porn-related scheme. John Steele, 48, was sentenced after pleading guilty in 2017 and cooperating with authorities. U.S. District Judge Joan ...

Boy who drowned in St. Louis County lake identified

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the boy who drowned while swimming with friends in a northeastern Minnesota lake was from Wisconsin. St. Louis County sheriff's officials have identified the 14-year-old boy as David Beck, of Superior. Beck died Thursday, two days after he was pulled from ...

Amazon Minnesota warehouse workers plan ‘Prime Day’ strike

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in suburban Minneapolis said Monday they'll hit the online retail and entertainment giant with a brief strike next Monday — its heavily touted "Prime Day" — in a continuing push to improve pay and ...

Traffic dispute may have led to fatal Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a traffic dispute may have led to a fatal weekend shooting in downtown Minneapolis. Police received a report of shots fired about 2 a.m. Sunday and found a man down in the street with no pulse. First responders attempted to revive the man, identified as ...

Murders decline in Minnesota in 2018, but rapes increase

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new report finds that murders decreased in Minnesota last year but rapes increased. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension released the 2018 crime report Monday. The report says violent crimes — including murder, rape, robbery, human trafficking and aggravated assault ...

Rochester wage theft case poses test for new state law

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A group of Rochester-area construction workers are pursuing a wage theft claim, testing a new state law that aims to clamp down on companies that don't pay for labor. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry officials said the law, which went into effect July 1, ...

Man shot and killed in busy area of Minneapolis downtown

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are investigating a fatal early-morning shooting in a busy part of the city's downtown. Officers responded to a report of gunfire shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at Washington Avenue and North 1st Avenue, an area with several restaurants and entertainment ...