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Cargill suspends business with Guatemalan palm oil supplier

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota-based Cargill has suspended business with a major Guatemalan palm oil supplier that has been accused of human rights violations and environmental degradation. Cargill is one of the world's largest traders of palm oil, which is used in many foods and in ...

Rural Minnesota hospitals lack sign-language interpreters

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Deaf patients and their families have filed dozens of complaints in recent years against Minnesota hospitals that lack sign-language interpreters, most of them in rural areas. Minnesota Public Radio reports that many of the hospitals facing lawsuits are in rural areas of ...

University of Minnesota energy plant to increase efficiency

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new energy plant at the University of Minnesota is designed to be efficient and save the university about $2 million in utility costs. The new Main Energy Plant is a combined heat and power plant located on the Mississippi River bank, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The ...

Last day of operations for Quad Graphics’ Waseca plant

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A printing plant that has been the largest employer in the city of Waseca has reached its final day of operations. Friday marks the last day for the Quad Graphics plant, formerly known as Brown Printing. The Mankato Free Press reports that most of the facility's 350 ...

Minnesota homeowners rush to pre-pay taxes before 2018

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of Minnesota homeowners are rushing to pre-pay property taxes before the end of the year. They're hoping to save money on next year's tax returns once federal tax changes kick in. There hasn't been any definitive guidance from state and federal tax authorities ...

Police say man robbed Minneapolis store 5 times in 2 months

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 33-year-old man is accused of robbing the same Minneapolis convenience store five times in two months. The Star Tribune reports that Jamye Davis faces five separate counts of first-degree aggravated robbery. He was arrested during his latest heist Dec. 23, after a store ...

Authorities investigating death of Fillmore County inmate

PRESTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota are investigating the death of an inmate at the Fillmore County jail. Sheriff Tom Kaase says 22-year-old Thomas Henry, of Harmony, died Wednesday evening while in custody. Kaase says lifesaving efforts by staff and emergency responders "were ...

Fischbach plans Senate re-run if removed in Lt. Gov. shuffle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican state senator poised to become Minnesota's next lieutenant governor says she'd run again for her Senate seat if she's forced out of office. Questions surround who will replace Lt. Gov. Tina Smith once she's sworn into the U.S. Senate next week. The ...

Minnesota Chamber, others pull out of minimum wage lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce and two other entities who sued the city of Minneapolis last month over the plan to raise the minimum wage have now pulled out of the lawsuit. The chamber filed the lawsuit in November, asking for a temporary injunction to stop the ...

Minnesota hearing aid company reports privacy breach

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota hearing aid company says excerpts of more than 550 patient records were compromised in a security breach to its e-mail system. The company says no Social Security numbers or financial information were exposed. The Star Tribune reports that Plymouth-based ...

Smith exits Mayo partnership board as she heads to Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Tina Smith is resigning from the board overseeing the public-private partnership with Mayo Clinic before she heads to the U.S. Senate. Smith has chaired the Destination Medical Center Board since its creation in 2013. The project is meant to help the famed ...

Senate leaders say no special session fix for Lt. Gov. drama

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate's top Democrat shot down Republicans' plan on Thursday to protect their narrow majority in the chamber, leaving little hope of avoiding a messy fight over who will become Minnesota's next lieutenant governor and how that will impact control of the ...

Judge denies Twin Cities archdiocese bankruptcy plans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse said Thursday that a judge has ordered all sides back to mediation in the yearslong bankruptcy case of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, but he said the ruling will quicken the process of getting payments to ...

Prosecutor needs longer on cop’s killing of Australian woman

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Thursday that he needs more time to decide whether to charge a police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman after she called 911 for help. Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor shot 40-year-old life coach Justine Ruszczyk Damond in July, just ...

Rising energy costs eyed amid brutal cold snap gripping US

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plunging temperatures across half the country on Thursday underscored a stark reality for low-income Americans who rely on heating aid: Their dollars aren't going to go as far this winter because of rising energy costs. Forecasters warned people to be wary of ...

Franken says he’s leaving Senate but not giving up voice

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Outgoing U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he may be leaving office, but he's not giving up his voice. The Minnesota Democrat thanked supporters and friends in Minneapolis Thursday night as his eight years in the Senate are set to come to an end. The former "Saturday Night Live" ...

Record-breaking cold settles over northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An arctic wave is bringing record cold to northeastern Minnesota. The National Weather Service reports International Falls and Hibbing set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning. International Falls — the self-proclaimed "Nation's Icebox" — plunged to 37 ...

Brrr! After record snow, bitter cold ahead for northern US

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record ...

Memo warns against Santa Claus, Hanukkah symbol decorations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has come under criticism after its agricultural college handed out a memo warning some students and staff to avoid using decorations, music and food "specific to any one religion" at campus holiday parties, including Christmas trees, menorahs and ...

2nd child dies after Hibbing fire, bringing death toll to 4

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a second child has died after a house fire at the home of a retired firefighter in Hibbing, bringing the death toll to four. The Hibbing Fire Department says the fire broke out early Tuesday at the home of retired fire Capt. Steve Gillitzer. Authorities ...

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