×

MN State News

Pandemic projected to take $4B bite out of Minnesota budget

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic is projected to take a nearly $4 billion bite out of Minnesota's budget, swallowing up the state's rainy day fund, Gov. Tim Walz's budget officials reported Tuesday. Minnesota Management and Budget said it now projects a nearly $2.43 billion deficit ...

Minnesota man faces more charges in string of sex assaults

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Ham Lake man suspected in a string of sex crimes in the Minneapolis area in three new cases. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office on Tuesday charged Jory Wiebrand, 34, in three separate cases of criminal sexual conduct, burglary and ...

Minnesota GOP lawmaker compares homelessness to camping

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state senator from northern Minnesota is drawing criticism after posting a video questioning why campgrounds for leisure activities are closed while homeless people can live in tents during the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Justin Eichorn, a freshman lawmaker ...

Mourners remember man killed during traffic crash fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — About 50 people gathered on a scenic overlook in St. Paul to mourn a father of four who was fatally shot during an altercation over a car accident. The mourners released balloons Sunday in honor of 39-year-old Douglas Lewis. Police say he was killed Friday night along ...

Pressure builds to allow more Minnesota businesses to reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans kept up the pressure Monday on Democratic Gov. Tim Walz to move faster toward allowing more businesses to reopen so they can survive the COVID-19 pandemic, while the governor said his administration is actively making plans for how to accomplish that — but ...

Star Tribune’s Jill Burcum Pulitzer finalist for editorial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Star Tribune editorial writer Jill Burcum was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist Monday for her piece last November on the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota. The judges praised Burcum "for passionate, persuasive writing about a pristine wilderness ...

Minnesota GOP to block building bill until Walz ends powers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans have vowed to block Gov. Tim Walz's proposal to borrow money for public construction projects unless the Democrat ends his COVID-19 emergency powers. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt, a Republican from Crown, said Saturday it is "important ...

BCA probing Willmar incident that left 1 dead, cop injured

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said one man was killed and a Willmar police officer was seriously injured after an incident early Friday, though the cause of the man's death wasn't immediately clear. The BCA said Willmar police were called to a home on a ...

The Latest: Minntac to lay off 260 due to slowed demand

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): U.S. Steel has announced it will lay off 260 workers at its Minntac operation in Mountain Iron as the coronavirus pandemic has cut demand for steel. The layoffs were announced Friday. The Star ...

Pandemic aggravates Minnesota care center staffing shortages

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Staffing has become such a challenge at some Minnesota care facilities due to the coronavirus outbreak that a few aren't sure how they're going to get through the weekend, the head of an industry group said Friday. Minnesota's ...

The Latest: Judge orders DOC to respond to Moose Lake claims

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 7:50 p.m. A judge has ordered the Minnesota Department of Corrections to show that it is protecting inmates at the Moose Lake prison from COVID-19. The American Civil Liberties Union of ...

The Latest: Nurses at Children’s Minnesota vote on furloughs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 6:45 a.m. Minnesota's largest pediatric hospital has a plan to furlough the equivalent of 181 full-time nurses as it struggles financially with fewer patients due to COVID-19. Members of the Minnesota ...

Survey shows hope for recovery even as economic indices drop

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The latest survey of supply managers in a nine-state region of the Midwest and Plains shows that many are holding out hope for an economic rebound later this year, even though the coronavirus has knocked the region for a loop. The Mid-American Business Conditions index ...

Midwest Economy: April state-by-state glance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult supply ...

Healthy pigs being killed as meatpacking backlog hits farms

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After spending two decades raising pigs to send to slaughterhouses, Dean Meyer now faces the mentally draining, physically difficult task of killing them even before they leave his northwest Iowa farm. Meyer said he and other farmers ...

Minnesota sets 1-day highs for coronavirus tests, new cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota set new one-day highs for coronavirus testing and new cases, and tied a high for the most deaths in one day, health officials said Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health reported 28 new deaths, equaling a high set Sunday, to raise the state's death toll to ...

Walz gives retailers more space while extending stay-at-home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Thursday extended Minnesota's stay-at-home order for another two weeks, to May 18, while loosening some restrictions on retail businesses to allow them to reopen for curbside pickup and deliveries starting Monday. The change should allow up to 30,000 ...

72-year-old Coon Rapids man survives small plane crash

72-year-old Coon Rapids man survives small plane crash HAM LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A 72-year-old Coon Rapids man suffered only minor injuries when the small plane he was piloting crashed in the city of Ham Lake on Thursday. Anoka County sheriff's authorities say Paul Erwin Youngquist was headed ...

Minnesota nursing home reports 47 deaths from coronavirus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis nursing home said 47 residents have died from complications of COVID-19, the most at any long-term care facility in Minnesota. St. Therese of New Hope also said Wednesday that 130 residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, while 65 staff ...

Suspected impaired driver arrested in fatal hit-and-run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a driver was apparently impaired when he struck and killed a pedestrian in St. Paul and left the scene. Officers responded to a report of a collision involving a pedestrian in the Midway area shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday. Officers found a man with seriously ...