MN State News

Environmental group seeks EPA documents on Minnesota mine

A Minnesota environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, seeking to force it to make public the concerns its specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state. Environmentalists worry PolyMet Mining's planned ...

Walz seeks gas tax, education spending hikes in 1st budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $49 billion "Budget for One Minnesota" on Tuesday that raises the state gas tax 20 cents to pay for road and bridge improvements and includes significant increases in spending on education. In his first budget proposal, the new Democratic ...

State corrections chief: Do mentally ill belong in prison?

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new corrections commissioner said he plans to draw on his training in social work to address one of the biggest challenges facing prison systems across the country: inmates with mental illness. Minnesota Department of Corrections commissioner Paul Schnell ...

Napkin, genealogy site leads to arrest in 1993 murder case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin. Jerry Westrom, 52, was charged with second-degree murder in ...

2 people killed in Sunday crash near Elk River identified

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified two people who died in a two-vehicle crash near Elk River over the weekend. The State Patrol says 77-year-old Stanley Swen and 68-year-old Victoria Swen were killed Sunday afternoon when their car was struck by a pickup truck while they ...

Officers involved in Nevis incident with 3 dead identified

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified two officers involved in a northern Minnesota incident in which three people died of gunshots. The Department of Public Safety says Hubbard County Deputy Seth Kuhn fired his gun during the incident in Nevis, and Deputy Erick Rypkema was struck ...

Man falls 150 feet near Mississippi River in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man is hospitalized in Minneapolis after falling about 150 feet from a cliff near the Mississippi River. Assistant Fire Chief Kathleen Mullen says the man was able to call 911 about 7 a.m. Monday, and authorities used cellphone pings to locate him. A medic and a rescue ...

Canadian man dies in NE Minnesota snowmobile crash

BUYCK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Minnesota say a Canadian man has died in a snowmobile crash. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office was notified of the crash on the Cook Area Snowmobile Trail near Buyck just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the crash happened on a ...

BCA releases names of 3 dead in northern Minnesota

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of three people who died of gunshots during an incident in northern Minnesota last week. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office says 40-year-old Heidi Eve Pierce and 37-year-old Candi Cheryl Goochey, both of Akeley, died from a ...

‘The new Miguel Sano’ trimmed down as Twins camp opens

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Sano walked into the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse just before 8 a.m., looking trimmed down in rainbow sneakers and a black sweat suit. "You look good," said catcher Jason Castro, a sentiment echoed by teammates between hugs and handshakes with the 25-year-old ...

Legionnaires’ disease cases investigated in NW Minnesota

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires' disease in northwestern Minnesota. The department said Friday the four people became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 after visiting the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. The four did ...

Coal train derails in northeast Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up a coal train derailment in northeastern Minnesota. Forty rail cars of a 121-car train loaded with coal derailed near Cloquet around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says several cars ended up on their sides near or partially ...

Minnesota lawmakers look to invest in ‘full-service’ schools

By ELIZABETH SHOCKMAN, Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The front office at St. Paul Music Academy looks like most school offices. There's a spot for the principal, the school nurse and the receptionist. But there's also a dentist chair where students and their siblings ...

Widow of sheriff’s deputy speaks out about mental illness

By MARY DIVINE, Twin Cities Pioneer Press STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Cindy Lannon instantly knew something was wrong. Returning home from a medical appointment the Monday after Thanksgiving, Lannon expected to find her husband's brown loafers on the front mat. They weren't there. "Your head ...

Bill seeks to reduce foster placements of black children

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers have reintroduced legislation aimed at reducing out-of-home foster placements for black children and keeping more families together within the state's child protection system. Sen. Jeff Hayden and Rep. Rena Moran have sponsored the Minnesota ...

Minnesota bill could boost farm-to-school initiatives

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would reimburse school districts for feeding students healthy, local foods through farm-to-school initiatives. Republican Sen. Mike Goggin and Democratic Rep. Todd Lippert recently introduced the legislation that would ...

Apartment popularity rises in Twins Cities, along with rents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cost of renting an apartment in the Minneapolis area continues to rise, even after a year of massive construction. The Star Tribune reports that a report from a company that tracks new and existing market-rate apartment buildings across the metro area shows a vacancy ...

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting ...

Minneapolis man accused of killing neighbor, adult daughter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man is charged with fatally shooting his neighbor and her adult daughter following an argument last weekend. Forty-six-year-old Richie Vessel faces two counts of second-degree murder with intent in the deaths of Eileen Mark and Jennifer Angerhofer. A criminal ...

Isanti man charged in 1993 fatal stabbing in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Isanti businessman is charged in the 1993 stabbing death of a Minneapolis woman after investigators recently collected DNA evidence from a napkin he discarded at a hockey game. Fifty-two-year-old Jerry Westrom is accused of stabbing 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs dozens ...