MN State News

Minnesota House panel passes another 2nd gun control bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House committee has passed a proposed "red flag" law that would allow families and police to get court orders to temporarily remove guns from people judged to be an imminent danger to themselves or others. The House public safety committee approved the bill ...

Hearing of ex-Minneapolis cop to cover evidence issues

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who is charged in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman say they want to use his refusal to speak to investigators as evidence in his trial. Mohamed Noor, 33, is scheduled to appear in court ...

Lower surplus sets up battle lines in Minnesota budget fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Slowing economic growth and a deepening shortage of workers has shrunk Minnesota's projected budget surplus to just over $1 billion, administration officials said Thursday, leaving lawmakers nearly $500 million less to work with as they begin the struggle over the ...

Firefighter dies in Rice County snowmobile crash

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A Northfield firefighter has died in a snowmobile crash in Rice County. Sheriff's officials say rescuers found Chad Van Zuilen underneath his snowmobile that was partially buried by snow during last weekend's blizzard. They spotted the ski of his snowmobile in Webster ...

Medical examiner IDs man killed in officer-involved shooting

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — A medical examiner has released the name of a western Minnesota man killed in a confrontation with sheriff's deputies in Miltona. The Midwest Medical Examiner's office on Wednesday identified the man as 27-year-old Tyler Schmidtbauer. The medical examiner says ...

Minnesota budget forecast expected to show smaller surplus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials are preparing to release an updated economic forecast that will guide the shaping of the state's next two-year budget, and it's expected to show a smaller surplus than they projected in December. Minnesota Management and Budget Commissioner Myron ...

Anoka-Hennepin schools sued for transgender discrimination

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The parent of a transgender teenager has filed a discrimination lawsuit against the Anoka-Hennepin School District. The lawsuit filed in Anoka County District Court Monday alleges administrators at Coon Rapids High School violated the student's constitutional rights ...

Deputy fatally shoots person in Douglas County

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — The Douglas County Sheriff's Office says a deputy has shot and killed a person after responding to a domestic disturbance call in Miltona. Douglas County Sheriff Troy Wolbersen says two deputies responded to the call about 5:15 a.m. Tuesday and at one point a deputy ...

Walz unveils $1.27 billion public construction proposal

FORT SNELLING, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz unveiled his first capital spending proposal Tuesday, a $1.27 billion public construction borrowing bill that he said would benefit the entire state, and he challenged Republicans to support it. Walz announced the details at a veterans ...

Minnesota county GOP post compares Sanders to Hitler

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The Clay County Republican Party in western Minnesota has removed a Facebook post that compared Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to Adolf Hitler. Sanders, who is Jewish, recently announced he will seek the Democratic presidential nomination again. Jewish Community Action ...

Minnesota House panel set to consider 2 gun control bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature is bracing for its first hearing this session on the contentious issue of gun control. The House public safety committee hearing is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Capitol. It will hear testimony on bills to require universal criminal ...

Video shows jailer kneeing, punching handcuffed black man

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities released video that shows a Minnesota jail officer punching and kneeing a handcuffed black man who can be heard pleading for his life as other officers restrain him. Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher on Monday released video of the 2016 incident, which ...

No recording allowed at trial of former Minneapolis officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge says there will be no audio or video recording allowed during the trial of a former Minneapolis officer who shot and killed an Australian woman. Mohamed Noor is charged with murder in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, who was shot after she ...

GOP lawmaker: Remarks at gun rally misinterpreted

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state lawmaker says he's being unfairly criticized over remarks at a recent Capitol rally for gun owners. Rep. Carl Bahr of East Bethel was among several speakers at Saturday's rally when he called for the crowd to "start riding herd on the rest of these ...

Minnesota company aims to explore gold in Black Hills Forest

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A Minnesota company is preparing to conduct exploratory drilling for gold near Silver City in the Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota and two other companies have withdrawn bids to drill on forest land. Forest Service officials are working on an agreement with ...

Upper Midwest suffers dangerous cold after weekend blizzard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dangerous cold once again gripped the Upper Midwest on Monday, following a deadly blizzard that caused multiple pileups, paralyzed highways, and stranded motorists and anglers. A wind child advisory remains in effect for eastern North Dakota and most of the northern half ...

Indiana man sentenced in girlfriend’s death in Minnesota

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — An Indiana man has been sentenced to more than 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing his girlfriend in northern Minnesota. Forty-one-year-old Daniel Lynn of South Bend, Indiana, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last month to second-degree murder ...

Man saved from car in blizzard in search of hope again

SCANDIA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who survived being stranded in his car for days during a North Dakota blizzard is hoping for another miracle after his stay in the hospital resulted in a cancer diagnosis. William Mendoza, of Scandia, was traveling to his hotel during a business trip to ...

Drivers rescued in Minnesota snow; Wisconsin pileup kills 1

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have rescued dozens of people stranded by a blizzard that howled across southern Minnesota and dumped about a foot of snow in some places. In east-central Wisconsin, one person was killed and several others injured Sunday in an interstate pileup involving more ...

Wintry mix: Upper Midwest storm brings snow, sleet, wind

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another winter storm is bringing a little bit of everything to the Upper Midwest, including a chance of thunderstorms. The National Weather Service says a mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain started moving northeast across southern Wisconsin Saturday morning, with ice ...