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Minnesota librarian turning 90 has no plans to retire

MABEL, Minn. (AP) — A soon to be 90-year-old Minnesota librarian says she has no plans of retiring anytime soon. Donna Johnson has worked at Mabel Public Library since 1994. The library plans to hold an open house birthday party for her April 13, the Post Bulletin of Rochester ...

Police adds social worker as mental health calls rise

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police department has hired a social worker to help de-escalate situations as mental health calls rise. Social worker Megan Schueller has been helping Rochester police handle mental health issues through the department's pilot program that launched last ...

Ice-out running late across the Land of 10,000 Lakes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The ice-out is running late across the Land of 10,000 Lakes. No lakes in Minnesota had been reported ice-free as of Friday as winter's grip persists, though ice has thawed along the shores of some southern lakes and areas with moving water. The Department of Natural ...

South Dakota cop finds 85 pounds of pot, busts 2 Minnesotans

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Two Minnesota residents remain jailed after authorities discovered 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Lao Songying, of Minneapolis, and 41-year-old Yia Yang, of ...

Rocori school chief quits amid indecent exposure allegations

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota school superintendent accused of publicly exposing himself 16 times since November has resigned. Rocori District School Board chair Kara Habben says Scott Staska submitted his letter of resignation dated March 30 and the board unanimously accepted it ...

Flags to fly at half-staff Sunday for Minnesota firefighter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags at state and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff Sunday in honor of a Minnesota firefighter who died in the line of duty. Timothy Wayne Royce, of Mapleton, was found unconscious after suffering a heart attack in the early ...

Best Buy warns of data breach

By The Associated Press Best Buy is warning that some of its customers' payment information may have been compromised in a data breach. The retailer is the latest company, along with Delta Air Lines and Sears, to report the cyberattack last fall against a third-party operator of its chat ...

UMinn wins $42 million biomedical research grant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A $42 million biomedical research grant to the University of Minnesota is one of the biggest federal grants the school has ever received. The university is announcing the National Institutes of Health grant Friday morning. The Star Tribune says the five-year grant will pay ...

Pawlenty says he voted for Trump after calling him ‘unfit’

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he voted for Donald Trump weeks after saying the Republican candidate was "unfit" for the presidency. Pawlenty formally launched a campaign for his old job this week after months of speculation. But his disavowal of Trump in the run-up to the ...

Best Buy founder, ex-CEO denounce anti-Islam ads

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Best Buy founder Richard Schulze and former company CEO Brad Anderson said they wouldn't have contributed to a conservative nonprofit group had they known about its distribution of inflammatory anti-Muslim videos on social media. Schulze's investment management firm, ...

Minnesota officials botched investigation into electrician

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators admit mishandling an investigation into a troubled electrical contractor, leading former customers to think they could've avoided financial losses. State officials acknowledged they could've penalized M8 Electric Solutions and owner Michael J. Harvey ...

Police chase in Minnetonka ends in driver’s death

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnetonka say one person has died in a crash that stemmed from a police chase. A news release from the city says officers began pursuing the vehicle around 2 p.m. Friday after it was seen traveling at high speeds. It says officers broke off the chase ...

Minneapolis man sentenced to 4 years in girlfriend car death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man who fled after crashing his car and killing his 20-year-old girlfriend will serve four years in prison. Twenty-one-year-old Michael Campbell was sentenced Thursday after a jury convicted last month of criminal vehicular homicide. Campbell claimed at his ...

Minnesota professor facing deportation says he has 90 days

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota college professor facing deportation to Kenya said Thursday that immigration officials have given him 90 days to show he has a path to regain his legal status or else leave the country. Augsburg University professor Mzenga Wanyama spoke to supporters who ...

Minnesota’s Pawlenty seeks return to governor’s mansion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday he will run for his old job, ending months of speculation about a return to politics following his short-lived 2012 presidential campaign. The two-term Republican governor had been inching toward a run for months, ...

Lawyers seek release of woman held on terror, arson charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old Minnesota woman are asking for her release as she awaits trial on charges she tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida and set fires at a college campus. The attorneys for Tnuza Jamal Hassan of Minneapolis on Thursday asked a federal ...

Officers involved in Clay County shootings cleared

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The Clay County Attorney's Office says two officers involved in shootings have been cleared. In one case, Clay County Deputy Ryan Sinclair shot and wounded Brady Adrian in Sabin in February. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Sinclair and another deputy ...

Minneapolis police put teeth in stricter body camera rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers dispatched to a scene must activate their body cameras well before they arrive and could face progressively harsh penalties for not doing so, ranging from suspensions to firing, the police department announced Wednesday. The department's ...

Senior living community resident likely dead for 2 days

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say operators of a senior living community neglected to check on a resident who had likely been dead for two days. Workers at the Commons on Marice in Eagan failed to carry out daily checks on 92-year-old June Alice Thompson, according to a ...

Authorities identify victim of Cass Lake house fire

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 79-year-old man who died in a house fire in northern Minnesota last week. The Cass County Sheriff's Office identifies the victim as Hubert Braman of Cass Lake. Authorities say the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office ...

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