MN State News

Deputy shoots, wounds man after altercation in Kensington

KENSINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in western Minnesota say a Douglas County sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a man after an altercation with deputies. Three Douglas County deputies and a Grant County deputy were at the scene of the officer-involved shooting that happened just before 1 ...

Hazmat concern prompts evacuation near U of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are trying to determine if the deadly toxin ricin is the hazardous material that prompted the evacuation of hundreds of people from an apartment complex near the University of Minnesota. The Minneapolis Fire Department tweeted that the evacuation Tuesday in the ...

Officers shoot, kill motorcyclist in Minnesota after chase

HERMANTOWN, Minn. (AP) — A motorcyclist who allegedly fled from police in northern Minnesota was shot and killed by officers who also struck him with a squad car. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says 37-year-old Timothy Majchrzak was shot ...

Minnesota boy left in car for hours, dies; father charged

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 4-year-old Minnesota boy died after his father left him in a hot SUV for hours while he worked. The father, 26-year-old Kristopher Taylor of Apple Valley, is charged with second-degree manslaughter. The boy died Saturday in St. Paul. Authorities say ...

Governor, legislative leaders work to set budget targets

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and the top House and Senate leaders gathered Monday in hopes of agreeing on budget targets to guide negotiations for ending Minnesota's legislative session, saying their talks had been positive and respectful but that education and health and human ...

2019 brings a new mix to Minnesota’s big conference table

ST.PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new mix at Minnesota's big conference table for the always-contentious negotiations at the end of the legislative session over the big questions of taxes and spending. It's the first budget for Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, and Speaker Melissa Hortman's first as ...

St. Cloud prison fair helps inmates plan for their release

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Some St. Cloud inmates recently met with community groups to begin planning for their future outside of prison. The Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud held its release planning fair this week, the St. Cloud Times reported. It's the 10th year that the prison has ...

Minnesota lawmaker booked after clashes at hotel, hospital

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state lawmaker Matt Grossell was arrested after he refused to leave a St. Paul hospital where he was taken after allegedly causing a ruckus at a hotel bar, police said Sunday. A release from police Sgt. Mike Ernster said that officers were called to the Best ...

Minnesota’s presidential primary may impact 2020 election

By GRETA KAUL of MinnPost. undefined MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Excitement over wide-open Republican and Democratic presidential primaries brought 320,000 Minnesotans, or about 8% of eligible voters, out to pick presidential candidates on a cold March night in 2016. Such a showing would be ...

Police in Minneapolis, St. Paul seek suspects in 2 killings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in St. Paul and Minneapolis are looking for suspects in separate shooting deaths in the last two days. St. Paul police say a man was killed in the parking lot of Johnny Baby's bar early Saturday, but only one person at the scene agreed to speak to officers. ...

Nonprofits see boarding house as affordable housing solution

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minnesota nonprofits are embracing communal housing as a way to address affordable housing shortages despite the model being long rejected as contributing to urban blight. Alliance Housing has been trying to get Minneapolis officials to rethink rooming houses as a ...

Hmong American nonprofit to bring more resources to St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The largest Hmong American nonprofit in the country is trying to bring job training, youth classrooms, childcare and even assisted living to St. Paul. The Hmong American Partnership plans to develop the projects at three sites in St. Paul around next year, the Pioneer ...

Some states seek to close loopholes in marital rape laws

By JULIE CARR SMYTH and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Witches were still being burned at the stake when Sir Matthew Hale came up with his legal theory that rape could not happen within marriage. The 17th century English jurist declared it legally impossible because ...

Ex-nurse manager at Mayo Clinic facilities accused of theft

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse manager for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is accused of making nearly $71,000 in false mileage reimbursement claims. The Mankato Free Press reports that 50-year-old Christine Chadderdon, of Le Center, is charged in Waseca County District Court with felony theft ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

By YANAN WANG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — For three years, Chen Chun published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media. More recently, the writer in southern China has focused ...

CenterPoint admonished by regulators for bungling refund

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have admonished the state's largest natural gas utility for how it handled a recent rate hike refund. CenterPoint Energy customers were left with checks that bounced or late payment fees after the utility reversed rate refunds to customers because ...

Klobuchar releases $100B substance abuse, mental health plan

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic ...

Worker leave during investigations costs taxpayers millions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota and its local governments have been shelling out millions of taxpayer dollars to public employees to stay away from their jobs while they're being investigated for allegations of misconduct, wrongdoing or crimes, according to a TV station. KARE-TV obtained public ...

Minnesota man charged with fleeing police, killing motorist

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of killing a motorist while fleeing Minneapolis police has been charged in county court. Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman says 27-year-old Trevon McMorris, of Brooklyn Park, is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle resulting ...

Police: Boys fall from Minneapolis rooftop was accidental

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two brothers ages 3 and 1 ½ climbed over a barrier and accidentally fell 55 feet (17 meters) from the rooftop of a Minneapolis apartment onto a patio, killing one of them. Minneapolis police say the other brother was injured in the Thursday fall and is ...