MN State News

Walz win, Omar to Congress, Mauer retires top Minnesota news

By JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democrats keeping the Minnesota governorship and retaking the state House. A Somali-American legislator making history again. And a hometown hero saying goodbye to fans. A look back at some of the top Minnesota stories of 2018: BLUE ...

Minnesota governor’s administration files Line 3 appeal

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's administration on Friday appealed a state regulatory panel's approval of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Commerce ...

No US charges against Chinese billionaire in alleged assault

By AMY FORLITI and JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chinese billionaire Richard Liu will not face charges over a rape accusation by a Chinese woman studying in Minnesota because prosecutors said Friday they could not prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Liu, founder of ...

Education is theme as Walz names 3 more state agency heads

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Education was the theme Thursday as Democratic Gov.-elect and former teacher Tim Walz went to a St. Paul school to name three cabinet members to help lead the state's K-12 and higher education systems, as well as the state's prison system. Walz said his decision to ...

Minnesota OKs final major state permits for PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State pollution regulators on Thursday issued the last major state permits sought by the developers of the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, leaving only one major federal permit still pending. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...

Meteor lights up night sky in northern Twin Cities

CAMBRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — A meteor that streaked across the night sky over the northern Twin Cities probably came close enough to Earth to drop rocks. Observer Pat Branch with the American Meteor Society says the fireball entered the stratosphere above Cambridge around 2:10 a.m. Thursday, ...

Feds move to formally renew leases for Twin Metals mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management says it plans to formally renew the mineral rights leases for the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine near Ely. The bureau said in a statement Thursday that its plans to impose updated stipulations on the leases from the U.S. ...

Minnesota man charged in fatal stabbing of woman in 1991

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — DNA on a bloody washcloth led to the arrest of a Minnesota man in the fatal stabbing of a woman in Minneapolis 27 years ago, according to a murder charge filed Thursday. The Hennepin County attorney's office charged Donald Clifton Jenkins Jr., 56, of South St. Paul with ...

Foes of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline file appeals in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota filed appeals Wednesday to challenge the state Public Utilities Commission's approval of the project. Environmental and tribal groups filed their initial notices ...

Prosecutor dismisses pending cases involving Cloquet officer

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A prosecutor's office in northern Minnesota has dismissed 18 pending cases involving a Cloquet police officer. Acting Carlton County Attorney Jeffrey Boucher said Wednesday that after assistant county attorneys learned of a misconduct finding involving the officer, all ...

Panel seeks overhaul of police response to sexual assaults

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawmakers need to take action to overhaul how police respond to sexual assault cases, a panel convened by Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson recommended Tuesday. The blue-ribbon working group issued a 47-page report that makes a series of recommendations for the ...

Gov.-elect Tim Walz names first 5 commissioners

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz named a former speaker of the Minnesota House as his transportation commissioner Tuesday and kept the budget chief who serves the outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton as he announced his first five cabinet appointments. Walz appointed former House ...

Pickup strikes horse-drawn buggy, killing 2 people and horse

AVON, Minn. (AP) — Two people riding in a horse-drawn buggy in Stearns County were killed when the buggy was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The sheriff's office says the crash happened just after 11:15 a.m. Sunday on a county road north of Avon. The buggy was traveling along the ...

Man convicted of sexual assaults at wife’s home day care

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The husband of a Roseville home day care provider has been found guilty of sexually assaulting three girls cared for at the site. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that a Ramsey County District Court jury convicted 44-year-old Edgar Lopez-Monter of both first-degree ...

Garth Brooks adds 2nd Minneapolis show at governor’s request

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Country superstar Garth Brooks says Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is why he's adding a second concert when he visits Minneapolis. Brooks told reporters during a call Monday that his upcoming stadium tour is "all about one special night." But the 50,000 tickets for his May ...

Minnesota men learning fate for North Dakota stock scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who helped found a business in North Dakota's oil patch has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for fraud in a stock manipulation scheme. His co-defendant will learn his fate later this week. Ryan Gilbertson, 42, on Dec. 11 also was fined $2 million and ...

Gov.-elect Walz prepares to name his first commissioners

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov-elect Tim Walz is preparing to announce his first round of state agency heads who will serve in his administration. Walz and Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan have called a news conference for Tuesday to announce the first out of 23 new commissioners. Walz's ...

Vatican urged to reveal status of ousted US archbishop

By NICOLE WINFIELD and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — A prominent U.S. archbishop is asking the Vatican for answers about the status of an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by his predecessor, who was forced to resign in 2015. St. Paul and Minneapolis ...

Dayton’s proudest accomplishments came late in his career

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton says his proudest accomplishments in his 40 years of politics came late in his career: restoring state government to financial health and funding all-day kindergarten. "Being governor is where I've have ...

Superior firefighters combat fire at old grain elevator

SUPERIOR, Minn. (AP) — Superior firefighters battled a large grain elevator fire, the city's second largest blaze this year. The Star Tribune reports the former Globe Elevator burned Monday afternoon about 1 mile (1.61 kilometers) north of downtown Superior. Superior Mayor Jim Paine said on ...