MN State News

Judge: Squad car can be examined in case of Australian woman

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge ruled that a former officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last year can inspect a Minneapolis Police Department Ford Explorer squad car Friday evening as part of his defense against charges in the killing. Mohamed Noor's lawyers asked for access to the SUV ...

Excelsior artist chosen to paint Gov. Dayton’s portrait

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An internationally acclaimed Minnesota artist has been chosen to paint the official portrait of Gov. Mark Dayton. Minnesota Public Radio reports that Dayton will sit for Paul Oxborough, of Excelsior. Dayton chose Oxborough after consulting with his sons, who are ...

Inmate assaults officer at St. Cloud correctional facility

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate assaulted a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-St. Cloud. The Minnesota Department of Corrections say the officer was assaulted in the dining hall Thursday morning. Three other officers were injured while responding to ...

Storm whips up blizzards, dumps snow in Dakotas, Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Post-holiday travelers were finding driving difficult as a winter storm dumped heavy snow and whipped up gusty winds across parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota on Thursday. Up to 11 inches (28 centimeters) of snow had fallen in the Moorhead-Alexandria area of western ...

Hunters kill 420 deer in chronic wasting disease cull

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hunters shot and killed about 420 deer in southeastern Minnesota in a special late-season hunt as part of the state's fight against chronic wasting disease. The deer hunt last weekend in and around Fillmore County is part of the Minnesota Department of Natural ...

Police searching for suspect after fatal shooting in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Police are searching for a suspect after a fatal shooting in Hibbing. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says officers responded to 911 calls reporting the shooting shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police found two people were shot, one fatally. A male ...

Crews recover body of 2nd snowmobiler in northern Minnesota

BABBITT, Minn. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of a second missing snowmobiler from a northern Minnesota lake. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says rescue squad members on Wednesday recovered the body of 60-year-old Kenneth Wildenauer of Cloquet from White Iron Lake southeast of ...

Minnesota man pleads guilty to killing wife in their home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 57-year-old Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to killing his wife inside their Crystal home last year. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says 57-year-old Dennis Sandland shot and killed 53-year-old Sandra Sandland in July. He pleaded guilty to ...

St. Paul police to expand new mental health unit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul Police Department will expand its new unit dedicated to handling calls for mental health crises. Minnesota Public Radio News reported that the St. Paul City Council recently approved a budget to nearly double the number of officers working within the ...

St. Paul police make arrest after fatal shooting of teenager

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul authorities have arrested a 16-year-old boy in connection with the fatal shooting of a teenager whose body was discovered at a dog park. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that police haven't released a motive in St. Paul's 17th homicide of the year. ...

Winter storm expected to bring snow, poor travel conditions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A large winter storm coming on the heels of Christmas is expected to bring snow to Nebraska, the Dakotas and Minnesota this week. Andrew Kalin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, said Tuesday that the storm was set to ...

Woman’s body found in lake; search continues for companion

BABBITT, Minn. (AP) — The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says authorities have found the body of a missing woman in a northern Minnesota lake, but rescue workers are still seeking her companion. The sheriff's office says county rescue squad members located the body of 60-year-old Debbie ...

Program gives blind hockey players chance to get on the ice

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A program for blind hockey players is giving experienced players and novices a chance to get on the ice in Minnesota. Eighteen players have joined the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey program, which is the first of its kind in the state, Minnesota Public Radio News reported ...

Minnesota has low unemployment, high Medicaid rate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's unemployment rate is at historic lows, but the number of people using public health insurance for the poor is still at historic highs. The state's unemployment rate is 2.8 percent, but Medicaid enrollment is at 1.1 million, The Star Tribune reported . Minnesota ...

Minnesota ice sculptors embrace friendly competition

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Ice sculpting is a bit of an artistic niche, so winter festival season acts as a reunion for Minnesotans passionate about the art form. "There aren't that many ice sculptors, so we tend to bump into each other," said Deneena Hughes, an ice carver from Eden ...

Comptroller at St. Paul golf club sentenced for embezzlement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The onetime comptroller for a St. Paul country club has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for embezzling more than $1 million over eight years. The Star Tribune reports that 53-year-old Julie A. Lee, of Farmington, was ordered to pay back the money she stole from ...

Vikings beat Lions 27-9 to move step closer to playoffs

DETROIT (AP) — Looks like the Minnesota Vikings have a feel for desperation. And desperation pass plays. Kirk Cousins took a shotgun snap, rolled slightly to his right, stepped up and heaved a pass from near midfield into the end zone. Kyle Rudolph leaped to make a go-ahead touchdown ...

Derrick Rose to sit out vs. Thunder with sore ankle

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose was ruled out Sunday against Oklahoma City with a sore left ankle. Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau made the announcement prior to the game. Rose left Friday's game at San Antonio in the second quarter. Rose has started the ...

Family of missing Minnesota hunter still seeking answers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The family of a man who went missing last month while hunting in eastern Minnesota is still hoping for answers. Lee Peltier was accompanied by three friends while visiting Nemadji State Forest near Hinckley on Nov. 3, The Pioneer Press reported . The forest encompasses ...

No discipline for lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An investigation of a Minnesota lawmaker accused of unwanted advances on woman did not result in any discipline. Minnesota Public Radio reports the House released a summary of the investigation Friday, nine months after the allegations against Republican Rep. Rod ...