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Immigrations audits affect dozens of Minnesota businesses

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul baking company that shuttered after an immigration audit is among nearly three dozen Minnesota businesses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has targeted since President Donald Trump took office. ICE audited as least 34 Minnesota companies from January ...

Woman behind Ellison allegations won’t release alleged video

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The woman who accused Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of once abusing her while they were dating says she won't share alleged video footage of the incident. The allegations surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had ...

St. Cloud woman fatally struck while walking on street

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud police say a woman has died after she was struck by a car as she walked on a city street. Officers were called to the crash on Saturday afternoon. Police say the 59-year-old St. Cloud woman was walking with traffic in the outside lane of West St. Germain ...

Woman dies of apparent CO poisoning, 3 officers treated

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A woman has died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a northwestern Minneapolis suburb, and three police officers were treated for exposure to the fumes. Police say a Maple Grove officer who responded to a Friday evening call about a person not breaking was ...

Minnesota deputies rescue women stranded on unicorn raft

STARK, Minn. (AP) — It was not a fairy tale, but a rescue on a Minnesota lake did involve a rainbow unicorn. A sheriff's deputy and a reserve deputy from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office spotted a group of five women on a large, inflatable rainbow unicorn floating on Fish Lake ...

Ellison denies abuse allegations from ex-girlfriend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation from an ex-girlfriend that he had once dragged her off a bed while screaming obscenities at her — an allegation that came just days before a Tuesday primary in which the congressman is among several Democrats ...

Minnesota city officials continue to push river connection

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — With the Minnesota River flooding more frequently, a city's attempt to connect residents to the water through riverfront parks and trails has become increasingly messy and expensive. High water like the flooding this summer in Mankato dumps silt and driftwood on trails, ...

University of Minnesota to pay $200K in president search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents will pay a search firm $200,000 to help land a new president. University President Eric Kaler is retiring in about 11 months. Regents are working with Storbeck, Pimentel & Associates to find a new president, Minnesota ...

Wildfire smoke prompts air quality alert across Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State pollution officials are advising Minnesotans to limit outdoor physical activity over the weekend due to smoke from fires in western Canada. The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an alert Friday that extends through midday Sunday. The ...

Woman who texted man 696 times in April is charged

FOREST CITY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota woman who sent 696 text messages to a northern Iowa man in April violated a no-contact order. Winnebago County District Court records say 34-year-old Katie Christian, of Emmons, Minnesota, is charged with stalking and other crimes. Her ...

Democrats’ hopes to take House could stumble in Minnesota

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press WATERVILLE, Minn. (AP) — For all the talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats back into the House majority this fall, their efforts could be thwarted in one of the nation's bluest states. Voters in the sprawling farm country south of Minneapolis and in the ...

Church abuse victims to vote soon on reorganization plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse will likely vote this month on a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate them for the abuse. According to a timetable laid out Thursday at a federal bankruptcy court hearing, some ...

Minnesota’s Swanson accused of pushing staff to aid ambition

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former staffer in Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's office said he was tasked with recruiting and pressuring her employees to help burnish her political ambitions, raising questions just days before she faces voters in a three-way Democratic primary for ...

72 sickened in waterborne illness outbreak at campground

ZUMBROTA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say they've identified at least 72 people who have gotten sick in a waterborne illness outbreak at a Zumbrota campground. The Department of Health says it continues to work with the owner of Shades of Sherwood Campground to prevent additional ...

The Latest: Swanson calls ex-staffer with allegations a liar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on allegations that Minnesota gubernatorial hopeful Lori Swanson pressured employees to help her political ambitions while serving as attorney general (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the former employee who says she ...

Democratic candidates differ on marijuana, driver’s licenses

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The three Democrats running for Minnesota governor are highlighting their differences in the homestretch to next week's primary. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson squared off in an hourlong debate hosted by Minnesota Public ...

Mayo Clinic names head of Florida campus as new CEO

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy, the world-renowned health care organization announced Friday. Farrugia, the CEO of Mayo's ...

St. Paul derailment spills diesel into Mississippi River

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up a diesel spill on the Mississippi River that happened when two Union Pacific locomotives derailed on a bridge in St. Paul. The derailment around 2 a.m. Wednesday punctured a fuel tank and spilled around 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel into the ...

Opponents of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project file appeal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement are asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to declare that the environmental review for the controversial project fails to meet the legal requirements and needs to be redone. The Minnesota Public Utilities ...

Immigration raids in Nebraska, Minnesota target businesses

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired — and mistreated — immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs ...

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