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Private music school in St. Paul abruptly closing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A private college in St. Paul is abruptly closing its doors, leaving bewildered students wondering what to do next. McNally Smith College of Music sent an email to students Thursday saying it would be closing Dec. 20, the end of the semester. Instructors also received ...

University of Minnesota gets tougher on sexual misconduct

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota adopted a policy on Friday that will require all employees to report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault against students. The mandate approved by the Board of Regents will go into effect next month, the Star Tribune reported. ...

No charges in St. Paul police shooting that left man dead

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against police officers who shot and killed a black man in St. Paul after he pointed a gun at them. Twenty-nine-year-old Cordale Quinn Handy was killed March 15 after police responded to a disturbance in which several ...

All smiles as Dayton, Fischbach have a summit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he and his next lieutenant governor had a cordial lunch as they talked over how they will work together despite party differences. State Senate President Michelle Fischbach, a Republican, is becoming Dayton's lieutenant by law as a result of him ...

Minnesota cities facing aging sewer plants

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Many cities across Minnesota are struggling to finance costly improvements to aging sewer plants while meeting tighter environmental standards. About 30 percent of wastewater treatment plants in outstate Minnesota are more than 30 years old, according to a Minnesota ...

Minneapolis North athletic director Lewis placed on leave

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver who is now athletic director at a Minneapolis high school is the subject of an internal school investigation. The Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis North athletic director Leo Lewis has been placed on ...

Minnesota Democrats aim to clear Smith’s path for 2018 bid

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's next senator, Tina Smith, could face a clear path to next year's special election, with support pouring in from nearly every corner of the state's Democratic party and a top potential primary challenger announcing he won't run against her. Within minutes of ...

Franken confirms handover to Smith in early January

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has confirmed that he expects his replacement, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, to take over his seat in early January. Franken, a Democrat, said last week he would resign "in coming weeks" following allegations by several women of sexual ...

Prosecutor: Not enough evidence yet in Damond shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said he doesn't yet have enough evidence to charge a Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed Australian woman this summer, blaming investigators who "haven't done their job." Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is still deciding whether to ...

St. Paul City Attorney running for Minnesota AG

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul City Attorney Sam Clark says he is running for Minnesota attorney general. Clark announced his campaign Thursday at the state Capitol. The Star Tribune reports he was flanked by high-profile law enforcement officials, including the Hennepin and Ramsey County ...

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 ...

Minnesota’s next senator: Quiet organizer came late to power

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The woman who will be Minnesota's next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago. Tina Smith isn't passing a second time. ...

Minnesota sees increase in snowy owl sightings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife experts say they are treating more injured snowy owls than usual this year in Minnesota. The owls have flown thousands of miles from the Arctic and are being spotted in higher numbers in parts of the northern U.S., including around the Great Lakes, to the ...

Minnesota Senate appointment creates a mess back home

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The elevation of Minnesota's Republican state Senate president to lieutenant governor as part of a chain reaction after U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation will likely lead to a legal fight over whether she can hold two jobs. Gov. Mark ...

PolyMet offers $544M in financial assurances for mine costs

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — PolyMet Mining Corp. is offering the state a $544 million package of financial assurances to serve as an insurance policy to protect taxpayers from potentially having to cover the costs of closing and cleaning up a controversial ...

Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Franken is the Senate's dead man walking, still doing his day job despite his soon-to-be-gone status. The two-term Minnesota lawmaker told a somber Senate last Thursday he would resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and in the face of vanishing support ...

Ex-Minneapolis officer sentenced to workhouse for assault

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who kicked a man in the face while on duty will serve six months in the workhouse. Christopher Reiter also was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation, stripped of his officer's license and ordered to take anger management ...

Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture set a June 20 cutoff date for ...

2 men rescued after falling through ice in NE Minnesota

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — Crews have rescued two men who fell through the ice on a lake south of Eveleth on northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range. First responders arrived Monday to find the men clinging onto the ice in a large area of open water. The men, both from the town of Iron, were taken by ...

Charges: Minnesota suspect fired fatal shot during robbery

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a St. Cloud man jailed in North Dakota with murder in a fatal shooting at an apartment in central Minnesota. Twenty-year-old Desmond Ormandy Barzey was charged Monday in Stearns County with unintentional second-degree murder as well as ...

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