MN State News

2019 brings a new mix to Minnesota’s big conference table

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST.PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new mix at Minnesota's big conference table for the always-contentious negotiations at the end of the legislative session over the big questions of taxes and spending. It's the first budget for Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, and ...

Minneapolis to pay $20M to family of 911 caller slain by cop

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman shot by a police officer after she called 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday — a move that comes just three days after the former officer was ...

Minnesota governor signs repeal of marital rape exemption

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing rape charges against people accused of sexually assaulting their spouses. Looking on as Walz signed the bill Thursday was Jenny Teeson. The Andover woman went public after ...

Judge keeps juror names secret after Minnesota cop convicted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge is keeping secret the names of jurors who convicted a Minneapolis police officer this week in the shooting of an unarmed woman. Judge Kathryn Quaintance cited the possibility of unwanted publicity and harassment in an order Thursday that keeps the jurors' ...

Lawmakers, governor get down to hardest work of session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz got down to the most difficult work of the legislative session Thursday, as they began what were expected to be marathon negotiations on budget targets. The Democratic-controlled House, the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratic governor ...

1 child dies, another hurt after fall from apartment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One child is dead and another hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after falling from an upper floor of a south Minneapolis apartment building, police said Thursday. Minneapolis police received a call Thursday afternoon reporting the incident at a building along ...

Shakopee man sentenced to more than 20 years in drug case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say a Shakopee man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after a search of his home discovered large quantities of drugs. The U.S. attorney's office says 26-year-old Miles Lewis pleaded guilty in December to possession with intent to ...

Walz says state should pull plug on troubled MNLARS system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota should pull the plug on its troubled vehicle registration system and replace it quickly with commercial software used by other 12 states, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday as he accepted the findings of outside experts who said it's not worth putting further ...

Conviction for Minneapolis cop prompts questions about race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's believed to be the first time a Minnesota police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting. With no video of Mohamed Noor shooting Justine Rusczyk Damond and conflicting testimony about the moments leading up to her death, some activists and ...

Minnesota House narrowly votes to ban wolf hunting for sport

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted narrowly to ban a resumption of wolf hunting for sport in Minnesota. The vote was 66-65 Tuesday on an amendment to a broader environment and natural resources funding bill. The federal government announced plans in March to lift ...

Minnesota Senate Republicans tout human services budget bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans said Tuesday that their health and human services budget bill would provide good care for the elderly, the disabled and children who need it while cracking down on fraud and waste. The bill, which was expected to pass on party lines, also ...

Minneapolis officer convicted of murder in 911 caller death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape, a rare guilty verdict for an officer asserting he faced a life-or-death ...

Defense: Cop shot woman after ‘perfect storm’ of events

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 was caught up in "a perfect storm" of events but "acted as he was trained," his attorney argued Monday. Prosecutors countered that Mohamed Noor was ...

Minnesota Senate votes 66-0 to close marital rape loophole

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has voted unanimously to close a loophole in state law that prevents people who rape a spouse or domestic partner from being prosecuted for criminal sexual conduct. The 66-0 vote came Monday night after Sen. Michelle Benson paid tribute to the ...

Minnesota House passes transportation bill with gas tax hike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House passed a Democratic-backed transportation budget bill Monday night that includes Gov. Tim Walz's proposal to increase the state's gasoline tax by 20 cents per gallon to pay for road and bridge projects, while the top Senate Republican reiterated his ...

Satanic Temple sues Minnesota city over proposed monument

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple is suing a Minnesota city for withdrawing permission for a satanic monument two years ago, when local government officials got tangled in a debate over religious symbols in public places. Satanic Temple co-founder Malcolm ...

Kepler, Buxton power Twins over Orioles 4-1 for season sweep

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler thought the Minnesota Twins' lineup might be more dangerous at the plate this year, just not this dangerous. Kepler led off with a home run on Dylan Bundy's first pitch, Byron Buxton also homered and the Minnesota beat Baltimore 4-1 Sunday to sweep their ...

Carnahan re-elected as Minnesota Republican Party chairwoman

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republicans have re-elected Jennifer Carnahan as state party chairwoman. Minnesota GOP Executive Director Kevin Poindexter says Carnahan was selected in a vote of 345 delegates at a party convention Saturday in Hutchinson. A simple majority of 50% plus one ...

4 St. Cloud groups ordered to change security vehicle paint

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Four organizations in St. Cloud that have security vehicles with illegal paint schemes are being given two months to come into compliance. The city issued the cease-and-desist orders to the groups last week, the St. Cloud Times reported. The notices came after the ...

Petition asks for school changes because of racist incidents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents upset with the way officials have handled alleged racist acts and behavior by students in a suburban Minneapolis school district is calling for reforms. The Star Tribune reports that a group of parents and Chaska residents are circulating a petition to ...