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Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it. All five members of the ...

Lawsuit alleges Hormel, other companies inflated pork prices

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Minnesota alleges Hormel Foods Corp. and other companies colluded to inflate consumer pork prices on such popular products as Ball Park Franks, Spam and Nathan's Famous. Defendants in the proposed class-action lawsuit included Hormel , ...

Minneapolis mayor: Police to release shooting bodycam video

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police will release body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a black man "in the near future," the city's mayor said, while community activists continued Wednesday to call for greater transparency in a city with a history of high-profile police shootings ...

Minnesota maximum-security prison on lockdown after assault

OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A maximum-security prison in Minnesota is on lockdown after an inmate assaulted a corrections officer. The state Department of Corrections says the officer was seriously injured during the altercation at Oak Park Heights prison on Wednesday. Authorities say ...

Minneapolis hospital system suspends some clinical trials

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis hospital system says it will halt clinical trials that seek consent from patients after treatment. Hennepin Healthcare announced the move Tuesday, a day after it suspended a study on the use of the sedative ketamine on agitated people treated by ...

St. Paul mayor scraps July 4 fireworks over budget concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter says Minnesota's capital city will go without fireworks this Fourth of July. Carter made that announcement Wednesday, one week before Independence Day. He cited on Facebook concerns about the city's budget climate. The new mayor says costs ...

Standoff in New Hope ends peacefully

NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — A standoff that started with a domestic dispute in New Hope has ended peacefully 18 hours later. New Hope Police Capt. Scott Slawson says a man who was allegedly holding two children in a town house surrendered Tuesday afternoon. Slawson says the man was taken to a ...

Agitated passenger escorted off plane in Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — An agitated passenger was escorted off a Spirit Airlines flight that landed in Rochester, Minnesota, for a medical emergency. Rochester Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis says the 38-year-old woman from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, was asked to leave the flight after it landed ...

University of Minnesota aims to grow system enrollment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students who can't get into University of Minnesota's selective Twin Cities flagship campus will be steered to the four other satellites as the system looks to grow by 3,000 over the next six years, according to university officials. The Twin Cities campus accounts for 71 ...

Some question whether black man shot by police had gun

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some community members are disputing authorities' account that a black man had a gun before he was fatally shot by Minneapolis police, but a man who heard the shooting and saw the immediate aftermath said he saw a firearm near Thurman Blevins Jr.'s hand. The differing ...

Pair charged with murder after remains found in Minnesota

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two people killed a man on a Minnesota farmstead before burning the body and burying the remains in two separate sites. Thirty-nine-year-old Jason Jensen and 34-year-old Kayla Westcott are charged with aiding and abetting murder with intent, but without ...

Miss Minnesota plans to spread love of dance ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The newly crowned Miss Minnesota plans to use her platform to spread her love of dance. Michaelene Karlen was crowned Miss Minnesota 2018 on June 16, The Post Bulletin reported . The 23-year-old is a professional dancer ...

Minnesota dentist embarks on charity bike ride

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A southeastern Minnesota dentist has joined others in a cross-country charity bike ride that will take them nearly 4,300 miles (7,000 kilometers) over nine weeks. Steven Sperling of Rochester started the journey June 15 and is one of more than 20 participants from ...

Vigil held to support Minnesota mosque where bacon was found

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — People have gathered for a vigil to support a Minnesota mosque after officials found bacon left near the front door and in its parking lot, an act one group called "attempted religious desecration." The Post Bulletin reports that the incident at the Masjed Abubakr ...

The Latest: BCA: Gun recovered from police shooting scene

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on a fatal police shooting in Minneapolis (all times local): 6:35 p.m. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says officials have recovered a black and silver handgun from the scene of a Minneapolis police shooting that left a man dead. The bureau, ...

Authorities investigating fatal Minneapolis police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota state authorities are investigating after Minneapolis police shot and killed a black man they say had been firing a handgun as he walked outside. Roughly 300 people gathered for a Sunday afternoon protest at a police station and a vigil near the north Minneapolis ...

Minnesota regulators to decide this week on Enbridge Line 3

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State regulators reconvene this week to decide whether to approve or reject Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Public Utilities Commission meets Tuesday so its members can resume questioning Enbridge ...

Ex-Minnesota sheriff accused of threatening female employee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota county sheriff who resigned unexpectedly last month is accused of threatening a female employee in the sheriff's office. The Star Tribune reports that an investigation ordered by the Chisago County Attorney's Office shows that Rick Duncan wrote threatening ...

Minnesota GOP chair says she faced racism from within party

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Republican Party Chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan says she has been the target of racist and sexist attacks from fellow Republicans. Carnahan posted on her personal Facebook page on Friday that some GOP leaders around the state have called her "a stupid Asian not ...

University of Minnesota hope bison herd will help ecosystem

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota officials hope a herd of bison will help restore a threatened ecosystem in a nature reserve. More than 30 bulls immediately began to graze on grass when they were released into the 200-acre (80-hectare) Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in East ...

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