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Minnesota man pleads guilty in large marijuana haul

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Minnesota man arrested in central Kansas with 471 pounds of marijuana in his van has pleaded guilty to a drug charge. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Mark Berg, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, entered the plea Tuesday to one count of possession with intent to distribute ...

St. Paul police dog demonstrations called off at State Fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has asked the city's police chief to call off demonstrations of the department's police dogs for the rest of the Minnesota State Fair. Carter's press secretary, Liz Xiong, said the mayor determined it was best to discontinue the ...

New figures show crime down in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New statistics from Minneapolis police show crime had dropped significantly compared to last year. Homicides dropped to 20 so far this year compared to 26 at this time in 2017. Among violent crimes, the sharpest decline was in robberies, which are down about 33 percent. ...

North Mankato police officers cleared in stun gun death

NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — An investigation has concluded that North Mankato police officers were justified in using stun guns on a man who later died. Officers on Feb. 6 responded to a report of a man who had taken multiple prescription medications and was acting aggressively. Authorities ...

Exploratory crew unearths wood coffins, lone bone in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A St. Louis County public works crew doing exploratory archaeological digging in Duluth has unearthed several wooden coffins, but authorities say they contain no remains. The excavation work was done to check for human remains in advance of a road project next to a ...

Minnesota officials says revised diversion plan looks better

By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A revised Red River flood diversion plan "goes a long ways" toward solving problems that have halted the project designed to protect the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, area from chronic flooding, the head of the Minnesota Department of ...

Scientists struggle to measure impact of invasive species

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Scientists still don't have a clear answer on whether invasive species are destroying Minnesota's lakes more than 20 years after they started spreading in the state's waters. Researchers are struggling to understand the impact that species like zebra mussels have on ...

Minnesota State Fair rides evacuated as storm rolls in

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Rides and free stages at the Minnesota State Fair were evacuated as severe storms rolled through the Twin Cities Monday night. Fair spokeswoman Danielle Dullinger says people at the free stages were told to seek safety at one of five severe weather shelters on ...

Trademark bullies? Many big colleges fiercely protect brands

By COLLIN BINKLEY, Associated Press Never get between a university and its trademarks. That's the lesson dozens of people learn every year when they unwittingly provoke the wrath of big universities and the lawyers they hire to protect their mascots, slogans and logos. Records gathered by ...

Entrepreneurs’ $4M fund offers scholarships to students

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A couple set up a $4 million scholarship fund upon their deaths to give higher education opportunities to Wisconsin and Minnesota students who wouldn't otherwise have the option. Wisconsin entrepreneurs Marty Ryan and Richard Sterbenz lacked formal educations but ...

St. Mary’s University garden helps feed low-income residents

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — St. Mary's University students are offering produce from the school's garden to a nonprofit that provides low-income residents with free food once a month. Most of the produce grown in the Minnesota university's garden in Winona goes directly to the food shelf at Winona ...

Minnesota conservation officer killed in tractor accident

FRAZEE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota state conservation officer has died after being pinned under his tractor near his home in Frazee. The Becker County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Kyle K. Quittschreiber's tractor rolled on a hill Friday and emergency responders declared ...

Minnesota volunteers offer medical help to Syrian refugees

By JOHN MOLSEED, The Post-Bulletin ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The video may be grainy, but it's clear the infant lying on a gurney is struggling to breathe. The baby, identified as "Azzam," had been brought to a refugee camp in Lebanon for displaced Syrians. The child's family said they were ...

First twins born at St. Cloud Hospital turn 90

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The first twins to be born at St. Cloud Hospital are celebrating their 90th birthday. The births of Virgil and his sister Virginia "Ginny" Egerman on Aug. 20, 1928, marked the hospital's first delivery of twins, the Saint Cloud Times reported. The Benedictine sisters ...

Family recovers after Minneapolis playground crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis family is recovering after a high-speed police chase ended with a vehicle crashing into a playground where a father and his children were playing. Nicolle and Kyle Peltier had three of their children sustain serious injuries from the June 11 crash. Our job ...

DNR rejects petition for fresh PolyMet environmental review

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources has rejected a clean water group's petition for an additional environmental review of the PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. WaterLegacy argued in its request last month that critical details of the plan have ...

Feds confirm 507 people sick after eating McDonald’s salad

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal health officials say they've confirmed more than 500 cases of people who became sick with an intestinal illness after eating McDonald's salads. The illnesses reported earlier this year are linked to the cyclospora parasite, which can cause diarrhea, intestinal pain, ...

Officials release ID of Wisconsin woman drowned in Minnesota

BACKUS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a Wisconsin woman who died in an apparent drowning in a Minnesota lake. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says 37-year-old Panhia Danielle Yang of Sheboygan was pulled from Ponto Lake in rural Backus on Aug. 18. She died at a hospital ...

CenterPoint wants to give renewable natural gas to Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An energy utility wants to become one of the first U.S. companies to turn methane sources such as manure into a renewable form of natural gas for customers in Minnesota. CenterPoint Energy submitted plans Thursday for a pilot program to sell renewable natural gas to ...

Alleged Native Mob member charged in attempted murder

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who authorities say is a member of the Native Mob gang has been charged with attempting to kill someone in retaliation for that person's testimony in an official court proceeding. Twenty-nine-year-old Dakota James Lafave of Fond du Lac was arraigned Friday in ...

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