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Target hits on all cylinders in the fourth quarter

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's expanded online delivery options, new brands and updated stores helped drive shoppers to spend more during the critical holiday shopping season. Target, which is trying to narrow the gap between itself and online leader Amazon, enjoyed a 31 percent spike in online ...

Some Minnesota elected officials express support for Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several elected officials in Minnesota have signed a statement of support for U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar as she continues to take heat for statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic. More than 20 Minnesota state representatives, Minneapolis City Council members, park board ...

Walz hails bipartisan cooperation as he signs his 1st bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed his first two bills Tuesday — one that pays for fixes to the balky state vehicle registration system and one that provides $102 million for public construction projects statewide. The Democratic governor said at the signing ceremony ...

Save the Boundary Waters names former DNR chief as leader

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group opposing a proposed copper-nickel mine on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness announced Tuesday that its new executive director will be a former Department of Natural Resources commissioner who approved another contentious mining project in ...

Omar the flashpoint as Democrats confront divide over Israel

WASHINGTON (AP) — Back in January, the Democrats welcomed their brash young newcomers to Congress with smiles and hugs. That was before the new colleagues dragged the party's simmering divisions over Israel out in the open. Provocative comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota have thrust ...

2 dead in Scott County snowmobile crash

BLAKELEY TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Two snowmobilers have died in a crash in Scott County. Sheriff's deputies say their snowmobile hit a power pole in Blakeley Township Sunday about 4:30 p.m. Authorities say the male driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The female passenger was taken to a ...

Load of steel beams shifts, killing semi driver

OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a semi driver was killed when his load of steel beams shifted and crashed into the cab of his rig. The patrol says 26-year-old Nelson Masse was southbound on Interstate 694 Saturday afternoon in Oakdale when he hit the brakes and the ...

The Latest: 2 possible cold weather deaths investigated

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Latest on record-setting cold in some parts of the Upper Midwest (all times local): 11 a.m. Authorities are investigating possible cold weather deaths in North Dakota and Wisconsin. In North Dakota, the Cavalier County Sheriff's Office says a 23-year-old Grand ...

FBI, other agencies investigate graffiti threat against Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are looking into a report of a threatening graffiti message directed at U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Omar retweeted a photo showing the words "Assassinate Ilhan Omar" that were posted to Instagram on Feb. 22. The Star ...

Appeals court upholds $15 Minneapolis minimum wage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a $15 an hour Minneapolis minimum wage ordinance. The court affirmed the ordinance in a divided opinion Monday. Graco Inc. contended the ordinance was pre-empted by Minnesota's minimum wage law. The company asked a judge to ...

Study: Minnesota among leading states in bee protection

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota ranks among the top states in the country for its work to protect declining bee and butterfly populations, according to a new study. Damon Hall, an assistant professor at Missouri State University, examined every pollinator-related law that was passed by a ...

California sues over US abortion rule; 20 states to follow

By PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California and 20 other Democratic-led states announced they were challenging the Trump administration's effort to set up obstacles for women seeking abortions, including barring taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring ...

Lawmakers agree to undo ‘raid’ on environmental trust fund

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislative leaders have agreed to undo what critics called an improper raid on an environmental trust fund that depends on Minnesota Lottery proceeds. In the chaotic final hours of the 2018 session, lawmakers tapped the trust fund to cover bonds for $98 million in ...

Minnesota seeks 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2050

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz set an ambitious goal Monday for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050, though his plan was short on specifics of how to meet that target. Walz said his clean energy ...

Minnesota leaders agree on $13M more for balky MNLARS system

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate leaders said Monday that they've agreed with Gov. Tim Walz and their House counterparts on plans to provide about $13 million in immediate funding so repairs can continue on the state's troubled vehicle registration ...

Dems draft anti-Semitism resolution following Omar’s remarks

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Leading House Democrats will offer a resolution Wednesday condemning anti-Semitism in response to Rep. Ilhan Omar's latest remarks on Israel, a senior Democratic aide said. The declaration, written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other ...

Klobuchar and Kennedy kid Washington elite at Gridiron

WASHINGTON (AP) — If a woman can be president, can a woman also tell a dirty joke? Amy Klobuchar thinks so. The U.S. senator from Minnesota and famously snow-swept presidential candidate was the Democratic speaker for the 134th annual Gridiron Club and Foundation dinner. The event calls for ...

Minnesota districts move to healthy, locally sourced meals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools are replacing pizza and chicken tenders at lunch with fresher, locally grown foods as education leaders and nutritionists rethink the school meal system that feeds tens of thousands of children daily. More than half of the state's school districts now ...

Enbridge delays Line 3 pipeline opening in Minnesota by year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Enbridge Energy is delaying the startup of its planned Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline through northern Minnesota by a year. The Canadian-based company said Friday it now expects the new pipeline to go into service in the second half of 2020. Enbridge officials ...

Minnesota district uses digital tools during cold weather

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Students in a Minneapolis suburb don't miss out on school instruction when the snow and cold weather keeps them at home because the districts has turned to digital resources to continue teaching. A voter-backed levy has given every fourth- through 12th-grader in the ...