MN State News

Warrant: SUV owner comes forward in fatal hit-and-run

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — A search warrant filed in a fatal hit-and-run case in Alexandria says the owner of the SUV believed to have been involved in the incident told dispatchers he or she believed they may have struck the victim, but thought they had hit a curb. Twenty-six-year-old Travis ...

Inmate convicted of threatening officers

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — An inmate at the Stillwater state prison has been convicted of threatening law enforcement officers and witness tampering. A district court jury in Fergus Falls found 26-year-old Ramsey Kettle guilty of threatening two Fergus Falls Police officers and an Otter Tail ...

Appeals court affirms conviction in 1975 AIM activist murder

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A federal appeals court has affirmed a Canadian man's conviction in the 1975 murder of a fellow American Indian Movement activist in South Dakota. John Graham contended the trial court lacked jurisdiction because he is a Canadian citizen and that his extradition violated ...

Minneapolis man ordered to remove front-yard hockey rink

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis father must remove the ice rink he built in his front yard despite some neighbors saying it creates a sense of community for children to play. The Minneapolis Zoning Board of Adjustment rejected Phil Malkerson's appeal Thursday for a variance to keep the ...

Dozens of Chihuahuas removed from home in NE Minnesota

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of Chihuahuas have been removed from a home in northeastern Minnesota and brought to the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. The Carlton County Sheriff's Office got a call from an agent with the Animal Humane Society about dogs living in crowded and ...

DNR seeks $130M to preserve state park and other facilities

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jay Cooke State Park in northeastern Minnesota has had no running water since its water main failed last fall, forcing officials to close all the bathrooms with flush toilets and to direct visitors to outhouses. Blue Mounds State Park ...

Judge stands by White Bear Lake ruling, criticizes DNR

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge is standing by her previous ruling directing the state to restrict groundwater pumping and lawn watering to protect White Bear Lake and its aquifer. Ramsey County Judge Margaret Marrinan on Thursday denied a request by the Minnesota Department of Natural ...

Corrections dept. investigates Minnesota prison attacks

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections is investigating recent attacks on 11 prison officers. The latest happened Thursday when an offender assaulted a lieutenant at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater. The officer walked out of the facility on his own ...

Spring storm packing heavy snow

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Forecasters say spring is on hold for now as a winter-like snow storm arrives in the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning is in effect in North Dakota, much of north central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Duluth could get 8 inches of ...

Castile girlfriend acquitted of serious charges in attack

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has acquitted the girlfriend of Philando Castile of serious charges in an assault on a woman last year. Jurors on Friday acquitted 28-year-old Diamond Reynolds of felony second-degree and third-degree assault. Reynolds was convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree ...

Minneapolis man charged with murder in woman’s fatal OD

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis man with murder in the overdose death of a 19-year-old woman in Carver County. Twenty-nine-year-old Deon Lee Hillard is charged with third-degree murder in the death of Olivia Rose Zorbas of Watertown. According to the criminal ...

Melting machine explodes at Columbia Heights company

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a small melting machine exploded at a metal casting company in a northern Minneapolis suburb. Columbia Heights Fire Chief Gary Gorman says the machine at Invest Cast Inc. had molten metal in it when an apparent mechanical ...

Judge orders records in Wetterling case returned to FBI

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A judge has ordered Stearns County to return thousands of pages of FBI documents in the Jacob Wetterling investigation to the federal agency. County officials had planned to release the case file after Danny Heinrich confessed to the 1989 abduction and killing of ...

Minnesota woman pushes for boat insurance law after accident

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities woman who lost her lower left leg in a boating accident is advocating for a change in state law after she was excluded from her husband's insurance policy on the boat. Courtney Godfrey lost part of her leg in the boat's propeller after she was flung ...

Minnesota farmers endure 5th straight year of thin profits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bumper crops and slightly better prices for some commodities weren't enough to save most Minnesota farmers from a fifth straight year of thin profits in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual analysis from University of Minnesota Extension and the ...

Minnesota delegation vows ‘solution’ for Liberians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation say they'll try to figure out a solution for Liberians in the state after the Trump administration extended immigration protections for only one year. The White House says the Deferred Enforced Departure program that has been ...

Dayton renews push for funding Minnesota preschools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pressed lawmakers on Tuesday to extend funding for preschool programs for the next three years, concerned one of his signature initiatives may fall by the wayside after he leaves office. The Democratic governor has made expanding early ...

Zucker scores 30th goal as Wild top Predators 4-1

By ANDRES YBARRA, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau didn't want anyone making a big deal about his 500th career win as an NHL coach. With a tightening playoff race, his Minnesota Wild have other things to worry about. So the Wild made sure to take care of business ...

Minnesota woman receives stolen wallet after 50 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former employee of the Dayton's department store in Minneapolis has her wallet back nearly 50 years after it was stolen while she was working behind the cosmetics counter. Linda Rost's olive-green wallet was stolen from her purse in 1969, KARE-TV reported . The wallet ...

Rural Minnesota struggling with day care shortage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Research shows that rural Minnesota is seeing a shortage of day care options. The Center for Rural Policy and Development found the northern and central parts of the state are particularly affected, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The research estimates that roughly ...

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