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Man hurt after become trapped under small Minnesota cabin

TOWER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man was injured when he became trapped under a small cabin in Minnesota while trying to move it. St. Louis County Sheriff's officials tell WCCO TV that the 40-year-old man was trying to move the 12 feet by 16 feet cabin Saturday at Daisy Bay Resort on ...

Crews recover body of Maplewood man who died while tubing

ST. MICHAEL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a Maplewood man who died in a tubing incident on the Crow River near St. Michael. The Wright County Sheriff's Office says 64-year-old Andrew Urbanski was tubing with two other people when his tube hit a tree and flipped over ...

Minnesota cities seek more time to reduce salt in wastewater

AVON, Minn. (AP) — Several Minnesota cities are trying to manage a salty, expensive problem. About 100 Minnesota cities discharge too much chloride — or salt — from their wastewater plants, and 15 plants need to reduce their chloride discharge levels to meet state limits. But about six ...

Man walking along Minnesota road killed in hit-and-run crash

OTTERTAIL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a pedestrian in northwestern Minnesota was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver. The Minnesota State Patrol says the accident happened just after 1 a.m. Saturday when a 21-year-old man from Wahpeton, North Dakota, tripped onto the northbound ...

2 Minnesota students fight for prescription drug repository

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two University of Minnesota students are launching a prescription drug repository program to redistribute unused medications to people who are struggling to pay for their medicine. Rowan Mahon and Hannah Van Ochten, both students in the university's College of Pharmacy, ...

Airport commission tells Uber driver to drop sign

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Uber driver is in a fight with Twin Cities airport officials over a sign on his car. The Star Tribune reports Paul Linnee of Bloomington has a sign on his car that reads "UBER-PAUL." He says the sign helps riders at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ...

Minnesota zoo releases thousands of endangered toads

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota zoo is trying to help re-establish an endangered toad in Wyoming. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Como Zoo in St. Paul released 3,288 Wyoming toad tadpoles into the Laramie basin in southeastern Wyoming on June 17. The Wyoming toad is remarkable ...

Man dies after failing to get back on personal watercraft

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man is dead after trying to get back on his personal watercraft on a northern Minnesota lake. The St. Cloud Times reports that the incident occurred Tuesday afternoon on Lake Vermilion about 30 miles west of Ely. According to the sheriff's office, a resident saw ...

St. Paul man charged with racially motivated assault

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man is accused of a racially motivated assault on a Metropolitan State University employee. Fifty-nine-year-old Steven Parker was charged Friday with third-degree assault for an attack that court documents say was sparked by the victim's "actual or perceived ...

Rural Minnesota nursing home closures hurt local economies

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The closure of dozens of nursing homes in rural Minnesota over the past two decades has put pressure on the small communities that rely on them for care, income and revenue. Care Providers of Minnesota, a nonprofit that advocates for people who work in the industry, ...

Minnesota man arrested for fishing naked

UNDERWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities-area man is facing charges after he was arrested for fishing naked in west-central Minnesota. Otter Tail County Sheriff's Lt. Keith Van Dyke said deputies received a call July 1 from people living on North Turtle Lake that 59-year-old Michael Blake was ...

Authorities identify man killed in police standoff

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was fatally shot following a standoff with police in a St. Paul suburb. KARE-TV reports that the Ramsey County medical examiner has identified the man as 23-year-old Abdirahman Aden of Columbia Heights. The medical examiner says he ...

Police probe park commissioner’s encounter with officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis are investigating a sergeant's encounter with a city Parks Board commissioner. The Star Tribune reports that Commissioner Londel French was driving through a Cub Foods parking lot when he saw two officers searching a truck. A third officer identified ...

Protesters rally in Minneapolis against immigrant camps

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds have demonstrated outside the Minneapolis office of Sen. Amy Klobuchar to protest the conditions at immigrant detention facilities along the U.S.-Mexico border. The protesters on Tuesday urged Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat, to lead the charge to improve ...

Housley won’t seek 2020 rematch with Sen. Smith

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Karin Housley says she won't seek a rematch against Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith next year. Instead, Housley said Tuesday she intends to run for another term in the Minnesota Senate. Housley, of St. Marys Point, told Minnesota Public Radio News she wants ...

Ex-Sen. Coleman of Minnesota to have part of lungs removed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman of Minnesota says he plans to have part of his lungs removed after a re-emergence of cancer. Coleman posted on his Facebook page Tuesday that he will have surgery on July 15. He says the procedure will remove about a quarter of his lungs and ...

Hundreds march to protest immigration policies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of people protested the Trump administration's immigration policies during a march through south Minneapolis. The Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee and the Council on American-Islamic Relations promoted Sunday afternoon's march as a protest "to demand ...

Appeals Court: Rep. Lesch not immune from defamation lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A state representative who was sued for defamation is not entitled to immunity because comments he made about the St. Paul city attorney were personal or political and not part of any legislative activity, the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The decision allows ...

Minnesota women’s prison to drop ‘no-touch’ policy

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota women's prison is discontinuing a no-touch policy barring inmates from shaking hands or giving high-fives that critics called old-fashioned and unnecessarily cruel. The Shakopee woman's prison has banned unsanctioned contact between inmates for eight years. ...

Man charged with murder in 2016 drive-by shooting of child

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man suspected in a 2016 drive-by shooting in north Minneapolis that killed a 2-year-old boy. Thirty-four-year-old Chris Welch was charged Monday in Hennepin County court with second-degree murder in the death of Le'Vonte King Jason ...