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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, ...

DNC chair says Ellison accuser got fair, full investigation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chairman of the Democratic National Committee says "a fair and full investigation" was given to a woman who levied domestic abuse allegations against DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison, a congressman now in a tight race for Minnesota attorney general. Tom Perez was ...

Esports gain popularity on University of Minnesota campus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is home to a nationally-ranked team that doesn't practice on a court or field, but instead on the virtual battlefield of popular computer game Overwatch. The university's Overwatch team is currently in its preseason, competing against other ...

Vikings hang 10 sacks on Stafford in 24-9 win vs. Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud. This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter. Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota's ...

Sad sack Lions: Stafford downed 10 times in loss to Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Lions were at a disadvantage, playing in a deafening stadium against a daunting Minnesota defense that's rounding into form at midseason. The departure of their leading pass-catcher in a trade earlier in the week left the Lions with one less way to attack the ...

Vikings: Pro Bowl fullback Bill ‘Boom Boom’ Brown dies at 80

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Brown, the Minnesota Vikings fullback who was a four-time Pro Bowl pick in 14 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 80. The Vikings announced the death Sunday, before a moment of silence for Brown prior to their game against Detroit. Brown's son-in-law, former Vikings ...

Investigators find cause of deadly Minnesota plane crash

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A final report from federal investigators says the plane that crash in northwest Minnesota killing three Wyoming residents likely occurred because the pilot lost control due to spatial disorientation. The Rawlins Times reports 69-year-old pilot Moy Wing, 27-year-old ...

Fight for Minnesota Legislature set in suburbs, St. Cloud

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Overshadowed by an open governor's race and drowned out by the flood of ads in bare-knuckle congressional contests, control of Minnesota's Legislature is also up for grabs in Tuesday's election. But it's not something that all voters ...

Minnesota officials warn residents of Medicare scammers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota insurance regulators are investigating potentially misleading advertising for new Medicare coverage. The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning older consumers to watch out for scams as the open enrollment period begins, Minnesota Public Radio reported . Kelli ...

University of Minnesota student voters could impact election

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of University of Minnesota students will likely vote in the upcoming midterm election, a move that could impact key districts that may determine the makeup of Congress next year. Political experts, campaign organizers and student activists have said voter turnout ...

Man charged with trying to run Olympian Diggins off road

AFTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man accused of trying to run Olympic cross country skiing gold medalist Jessie Diggins off the road while she was roller-skiing in Minnesota has been charged with five misdemeanors. The Pioneer Press reports that 37-year-old George Frost, of St. Mary's ...

3 Girl Scouts, 1 adult killed in Wisconsin hit-and-run crash

LAKE HALLIE, Wis. (AP) — A pickup truck lurched off a road in western Wisconsin Saturday and hit a group of Girl Scouts picking up trash in a ditch, leaving three girls and one adult dead and critically injuring a fourth girl, police said. Sgt. Daniel Sokup of the Lake Hallie Police ...

Mental health at issue for woman accused of arson, terrorism

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A competency hearing will be held for a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman who allegedly set fires on a college campus and tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida. Tnuza Jamal Hassan was arrested in January after authorities say she set fires on the St. Paul campus ...

5 hospitalized after shooting in north Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men are hospitalized after being shot in north Minneapolis. Police say an argument turned violent Thursday afternoon. Several callers reported that several people had been shot. Authorities found four men suffering from gunshot wounds at the scene and took them to ...

Semi driver charged in fatal Lake Elmo crash pleads innocent

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A semi driver who crashed into a car at a Lake Elmo intersection, killing a biology instructor, has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges. Samuel Hicks, of Independence, Wisconsin, appeared in Washington County court Wednesday where he entered the plea to vehicular ...

Feds host community meeting to discuss hate crimes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office for Minnesota and the FBI are hosting a community meeting in response to last week's deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Eleven people were killed when authorities say Robert Bowers entered Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday and began ...

In a political doghouse, Minnesota’s minor parties team up

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Call it collusion or a gentlemen's agreement, but three of Minnesota's minor political parties are working together to climb back into relevance. In the two decades since professional wrestler-turned politician Jesse Ventura jolted Minnesota with a third-party upset ...

Under court order, Stauber emails with GOP group released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber used his official county email account to request opposition research from the National Republican Congressional Committee as he geared up his campaign for the U.S. House seat from northeastern Minnesota, emails released under ...

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