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St. Paul city council member cleared in ballot dispute

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul city council member has been cleared of charges related to an incident when he helped a woman vote for him. The Pioneer Press reports that the verdict written by a Ramsey County District Court judge found that Dai Thao translated for a Hmong woman with the ...

Remembrance marks anniversary of wreck of Edmund Fitzgerald

SILVER BAY, Minn. (AP) — An annual remembrance ceremony on Minnesota's North Shore is set to mark the 43rd anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. The freighter sank in a massive storm on eastern Lake Superior on Nov. 10, 1075. Many of the crew members had ties to northeastern ...

Wasting disease detected in 4 deer on Crow Wing County farm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Chronic wasting disease has been detected in four deer at a quarantined farm in Crow Wing County. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has been monitoring the farm since December 2016 when two white-tailed deer tested positive for the disease. The Department of ...

Democrats’ House takeover spurs hope for farm bill this year

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prospects have improved for Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill before the end of the year after Democrats secured the House majority during the midterm elections, key lawmakers and other experts said. Work requirements for food ...

Democrats choose Hortman as next House Speaker

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislative leadership is changing at the Minnesota Capitol after Democrats wrested control of the state House. Democrats won the House majority in Tuesday's election by flipping 18 mostly suburban districts held by Republicans. It ends the GOP's four-year hold on the ...

Court fight likely in 10-year-old girl’s homicide case

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When a 10-year-old Wisconsin girl was charged with homicide this week in the death of an infant, it was a rare — but not unprecedented — case of adult charges being filed against someone so young. The girl told investigators she ...

Officer fatally shoots man in north Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police have shot and killed a man on the city's north side. Police spokesman John Elder says the man died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale. The man's name was not released. Minneapolis police were called Friday afternoon on a report of a ...

Former Gopher ticketing director accused in siphoning scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a former University of Minnesota ticketing director charged with fraud says the defendant intends to plead guilty to charges and make restitution. Thirty-seven-year-old Brent Holck, of Maple Grove, is accused of siphoning money from football, hockey and ...

Toxic fumes kill 50 pigs, sicken 2 workers near Sauk Centre

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a buildup of hydrogen sulfide gas at a farm near Sauk Centre killed around 50 pigs and sent two workers to the hospital. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmundson says two employees at Fiedler Finishing were working inside the pig barn all day Wednesday, ...

Minnesota AG-elect Ellison resigning as DNC deputy chair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison says he is resigning as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday night that he's notified DNC Chairman Tom Perez that he "will be retiring from that role to ...

2 Minnesota marijuana parties about to get major status

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two political parties advocating legalization of marijuana in Minnesota are poised to get a boost. Preliminary results show the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party both received at least 5 percent of the vote in a statewide contest in ...

Walz starts transition to Minnesota governor after big win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Gov.-elect Tim Walz is kickstarting his transition to the state's top office. Walz defeated Republican Jeff Johnson in Tuesday's open race for governor. He visited the state Capitol Thursday with Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan and his wife, Gwen Walz, to ...

Record soybean harvest expected amid continued trade dispute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to harvest the largest soybean crop on record but must deal with a constricted market in which to sell the crop because of President Donald Trump's tariff battle with China. In its latest update released ...

Wisconsin town mourns Girl Scout, mom killed in hit-and-run

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Teachers, family and friends said goodbye Thursday to a Girl Scout and her mother killed in a hit-and-run along a rural road in northwestern Wisconsin, with a minister telling mourners their "world has been crushed." Hundreds of mourners turned out for a funeral ...

Minnesota GOP ‘soul searching’ after drubbing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It was a tale of two political parties in Minnesota on Wednesday: resurgent Democrats who tightened their grip on the governor's office and two U.S. Senate seats in Tuesday's election, and wincing Republicans shut out of statewide contests for a 12th straight year and ...

Congress bound, Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts. In 2016 the one-time refugee became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature in the U.S. when she won a seat ...

Train strikes, kills person near downtown Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A train has struck and killed a person near downtown Moorhead. Moorhead Police Lt. Deric Swenson says the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Swenson tells KFGO Radio the victim was struck near the corner of 14th Street and Main Avenue. The train stopped ...

Walz hopes to extend Democrats’ hold on governor’s office

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's top job was on the line Tuesday as voters chose between longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and two-time Republican candidate Jeff Johnson to become the state's next governor. It's the first open governor's race since 2010, when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton won ...

Smith seeks voters’ ratification of Senate appointment

A 10-month sprint to finish former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's term reached a finish Tuesday as voters decided between two women: a longtime Democratic power player appointed in Franken's place and a Republican state senator with a famous name in the hockey-crazy state. Less than four years ...

4 swing races give Minnesota outsize role in US House battle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Compelling storylines were everywhere in Minnesota's midterm election, with a governor's race that might determine whether the state retains divided government that has become rare in the Upper Midwest. Democratic Rep. Tim Walz was hoping to make the jump from Congress, ...

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