MN State News

Storm could drop 7 inches of snow in far southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winter weather has not ended for areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Saturday for a system that could drop up to 7 inches of snow on far southern Minnesota. It includes the cities of Blue Earth, Albert ...

New Ethiopian consulate in St. Paul seeks to build trust

By FREDERICK MELO Twin Cities Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — From third-floor offices at the Court International Building along University Avenue in St. Paul, Ewnetu Bilata Debela helps serve "Ethiopians in diaspora" — families displaced by decades of border wars and government ...

Minneapolis could join a Wisconsin city in removing its dams

By BOB SHAW Twin Cities Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The river-liberation movement recently claimed another victory. In Wisconsin, the city of River Falls is planning to remove two dams in the Kinnickinnic River, similar to a proposal to remove Mississippi River dams in ...

Minnesota Guard: 90 sexual assault reports in past 5 years

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard says it's received 90 reports of sexual assault in the past five years, including cases that ranged from inappropriate touching to rape. Guard leaders shared the information with more than 400 soldiers, airmen and civilians who gathered ...

Mayor: Minneapolis police union backs ‘warrior’ training ban

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police union has reversed course and agreed to the mayor's new policy banning "warrior-style" training for officers. The Star Tribune reports Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis will be "fully complying" with ...

Family: Boy thrown from mall balcony could be home by June

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown by a stranger off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota this month says he's alert and conscious and no longer in critical condition. The family issued a statement Friday saying Jesus has "saved our son's ...

Minnesota House takes up bill with disputed gas tax hike

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats began confronting one of their deepest divisions with Republicans when they took up a $7.2 billion transportation funding package Friday that includes Gov. Tim Walz's proposal to raise the state gasoline tax ...

Minnesota regents vote against changing names of buildings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's governing board has rejected a recommendation by the school president and a faculty task force to change the names of four campus buildings named after controversial figures. The Board of Regents voted 10-1 during an often heated meeting ...

Possible human remains found in Boundary Waters wilderness

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say they have recovered possible human remains in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says remains were found Thursday scattered in the vicinity of a campsite where federal officers believed a New ...

Prosecutor: ‘No basis’ for Minneapolis cop to shoot woman

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor criticized a former Minneapolis police officer for his decision to shoot an unarmed woman who approached his squad car, suggesting Friday that he had "no basis" to believe she had a weapon when he couldn't see her ...

Hole in Minnesota pipeline causes 8,400-gallon fuel spill

COTTONWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a hole in a western Minnesota pipeline caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of diesel fuel, some of which found its way into a drainage ditch. The Star Tribune reports that the incident happened Wednesday night near Cottonwood. A statement from the ...

DFL operative resigns from economic agency over hiring flap

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — A prominent Iron Range Democrat who was hired for a civil service position after the job posting time was shortened from 21 days to 24 hours announced his resignation on Thursday. Longtime Democratic operative and former state legislator Joe Radinovich said in his ...

Ex-cop: Saw woman at window, fired ‘to stop threat’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he saw fear in his partner's eyes, then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at the partner's window and raise her right arm before he fired his gun ...

83 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Education says about 83 percent of high school seniors graduated last year — the highest graduation rate on record. It's up one-half of a percentage point from 2017. Even with the record rate, education officials say major disparities ...

Minnesota OSHA to investigate officer’s death

PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a conservation officer on a Pine County lake last weekend. Officer Eugene Wynn and a Pine County sheriff's deputy were responding to a call on Cross Lake near Pine City last ...

Minnesota signs German forward Isaiah Ihnen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has signed Isaiah Ihnen, a 6-foot-9 forward from Germany, to a national letter of intent. The Gophers on Wednesday announced the addition of Ihnen to their 2019 recruiting class, joining guard Tre' Williams and center Sam Freeman. Guards Marcus Carr and Payton ...

Super weed that attacks crops makes new inroads in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota agriculture officials say a super weed that can devastate corn and soybean crops has made new incursions into the state by way of livestock feed. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says cows have eaten remnants of the weed in feed and it has shown up in ...

Lawmakers: For-profit insurers could raid Minnesota reserves

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorney General Keith Ellison called on lawmakers Tuesday to reverse a consequence of 2017 law that repealed Minnesota's ban on for-profit health maintenance organizations, saying for-profit companies could pocket billions in assets now held by the state's nonprofit ...

Walz names Chris Taylor as state’s chief inclusion officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has named a chief inclusion officer for state government, tapping Chris Taylor from the Minnesota Historical Society for the job. Taylor, who served in a similar role at the society, is tasked with diversifying state government's workforce of more than ...

Prosecutors target officer’s report of noise before shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot an unarmed woman have been hammering away at what could be a key element of Mohamed Noor's defense — that he heard a loud slap against his police SUV that stirred fears of an ambush. The prosecution has ...