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CenterPoint wants to give renewable natural gas to Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An energy utility wants to become one of the first U.S. companies to turn methane sources such as manure into a renewable form of natural gas for customers in Minnesota. CenterPoint Energy submitted plans Thursday for a pilot program to sell renewable natural gas to ...

Alleged Native Mob member charged in attempted murder

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who authorities say is a member of the Native Mob gang has been charged with attempting to kill someone in retaliation for that person's testimony in an official court proceeding. Twenty-nine-year-old Dakota James Lafave of Fond du Lac was arraigned Friday in ...

Prince’s family sues doctor who prescribed him pain pills

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of the late rock star Prince is suing a doctor who prescribed pain pills for him, saying the doctor failed to treat him for opiate addiction and therefore bears responsibility for his death two years ago, their attorney ...

Minneapolis police to hire advocate for rape victims

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department says it will hire an advocate for sexual assault victims, following a Star Tribune investigation that revealed pervasive flaws in the handling of rape cases in Minneapolis and other agencies around the state. The Star Tribune reports that ...

Abortion opponents lose appeal in fetal tissue research case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Abortion rights opponents who challenged the University of Minnesota's use of aborted fetal tissue for medical research have lost an appeal. The ruling issued Monday by the state Court of Appeals says the lawsuit filed in 2016 by Pro-Life Action Ministries is moot because ...

Protracted Minnesota Sex Offender Program suit comes to end

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A long-running class-action lawsuit over the constitutionally of Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders effectively ended Thursday when a federal judge dismissed the remaining claims but stood by his earlier statements that some revelations during the ...

Vintage warplane crashes in Minnesota; pilot survives

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A vintage warplane has crashed at a Minnesota airport, but the pilot survived. It happened as the plane was approaching the Anoka County Airport in the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine just after 11 a.m. Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany (poh-DAN'-nee) says the pilot suffered ...

Smith holds wide name ID lead over Housley in Senate race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters are far more familiar with former lieutenant governor and current Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith than Republican state Sen. Karin Housley as the pair compete for a Senate seat in the spotlight, according to a poll released Wednesday. The first stage ...

Lawyer for clergy abuse victims calls for grand jury reviews

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse wants Gov. Mark Dayton to convene grand juries to investigate alleged cover-ups by Catholic bishops in Minnesota. Attorney Jeff Anderson said Wednesday he was inspired by a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that showed ...

20-year-old student from Todd County crowned Princess Kay

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 20-year-old college student from Browerville has been crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Rebekka Paskewitz, who represented Todd County, earned the honor Wednesday night during a ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. She will serve as the official ...

3 Mesabi Range football players arrested for burglary

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Mesabi Range College has confirmed three men arrested for burglarizing a Virginia business are student athletes. Police arrested the three Friday night following a burglary at Momentive Chemicals plant. WDIO-TV reports Mesabi Range confirmed Monday the three arrested ...

Minnesota spends $10M a year to battle invasive species

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is spending millions of dollars annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are continuing to spread. Aquatic invasive species have plagued Minnesota for more than a century, when common carp were ...

Flight attendant mistakes air marshal for passenger with gun

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal air marshal was removed from a United Airlines flight in Minneapolis after a flight attendant mistook him for a gun-carrying passenger. The Transportation Safety Administration says the marshal was apprehended along with another marshal after Flight 3531 landed ...

2-year-old boy dies in farm incident in Kandiyohi County

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is dead after an incident on a farm in Kandiyohi County. The sheriff's office says the toddler was struck by a skid-steer loader about 2 p.m. Sunday on a farm in Roseland Township. The boy's father took him to a hospital in Olivia, where he ...

3 shot outside St. Paul liquor store; no immediate arrests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three people who were shot near a St. Paul liquor store over the weekend are expected to live. Officers who responded to reports of a woman trying to run people over with her vehicle late Saturday found the shooting victims, along with spent shotgun shells at the ...

Pence’s return highlights White House’s focus on Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is heading back to Minnesota. Minnesota Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan announced Monday that Pence will return to Minnesota Aug. 30. It's the latest evidence of the White House's keen focus on Minnesota ahead of an election ...

Man struck and killed by train at crossing in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A man is dead after being struck by a Canadian Pacific Railway train in Detroit Lakes. Police say the 57-year-old pedestrian was hit at a crossing about 12:15 a.m. Monday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. The man's name wasn't immediately ...

Wisconsin woman pulled unconscious from Minnesota lake dies

BACKUS, Minn. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman died after being pulled unconscious from a central Minnesota lake where she was swimming. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says the 37-year-old woman from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was found not breathing in Ponto Lake on Saturday afternoon. She was taken ...

Minnesota teen sentenced in football teammate beating

FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota teenager will serve jail time for taking part in an assault that left a high school football teammate unconscious last fall. Dalton Nagel, 19, of Blue Earth was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail, with credit for four days he already served. That ...

Dysfunctional wind turbine in St. Cloud to be taken down

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A dysfunctional wind turbine at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Cloud will be taken down next year. The turbine at St. Cloud VA Health Care System hasn't produced any electricity for six years, the St. Cloud Times reported. Components of the wind turbine have ...

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