MN State News

Minnesota-based Toro to buy Oklahoma-based Ditch Witch maker

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Bloomington, Minnesota-based The Toro Company has announced plans to purchase the Oklahoma-based company that manufactures Ditch Witch and other underground construction equipment. Toro said in a news release Friday that it will pay $700 million in cash for The ...

Fatal brain disease found in a wild deer in Crow Wing County

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers have confirmed chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County of east-central Minnesota, marking the first discovery of the fatal brain disease among the state's wild deer outside the southeastern corner of Minnesota. Lou Cornicelli, ...

Omar’s edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered ...

Sheriff: 3 dead, deputy injured in northern Minnesota

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities are investigating the deaths of three people, including a gunman who led sheriff's deputies on a car chase while exchanging gunfire. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office says deputies responding to a shooting in the City of Nevis Thursday found a ...

Prosecutors ask for 911 call played in ex-cop’s murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman want jurors to hear a 911 call the officer responded to shortly before the shooting. Prosecutors say in pre-trial filings Friday that the call to check on the ...

Report blames 2 state agencies for botched MNLARS launch

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top officials at two state agencies share the blame for the botched rollout in 2017 of a new driver's license and vehicle registration system, Minnesota's legislative auditor said in a scathing report Thursday. The more than $100 million and nine years devoted to ...

Ex-Minnesota elevator manager pleads guilty in swindle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator pleaded guilty Thursday in a swindle that cost his employer millions of dollars so he could pay for hunting safaris, taxidermy services and real estate. Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton pleaded guilty Thursday to ...

Racist posts spark police response at Minnesota high school

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — Officials placed a southern Minnesota school on lockdown and called police when tensions over racist comments posted on social media boiled over. Owatonna Senior High School officials say a large group of students started shouting at each other in a commons area Monday ...

DNA helps ID woman’s body found nearly half-century ago

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say they now know the name of a young woman found dead in an abandoned home in north-central Minnesota nearly a half-century ago. Using a DNA match to family members, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified the woman as 18-year-old Gloria ...

Sheriff: Dog named Donald Trump wasn’t killed over politics

A Minnesota sheriff says a dog named Donald Trump wasn't shot and killed over a political rivalry, despite false claims circulating on social media that have spurred "violent threats" against some county residents. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office concluded the person who shot Donald Trump ...

Minnesota players suspended over free-throw change-up

MINNEOTA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota high school suspended three basketball players after one of the players improperly shot free throws for two teammates. Minneota High School reported the infraction in its Jan. 31 game against MACCRAY to the state high school league and then suspended senior ...

Suspect arrested in 25-year-old murder cold case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — DNA helped lead investigators to a suspect in a 25-year-old cold case murder investigation in Minneapolis, police said Tuesday. The Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI announced the arrest in the 1993 killing of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs of Minneapolis. Childs ...

Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar's campaign says the Democrat raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after launching her presidential bid. Klobuchar kicked off her candidacy Sunday during a snowy rally in Minneapolis. Her campaign says the money was raised from "online and ...

Trump: Congresswoman Omar’s apology for Israel remark ‘lame’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar's apology for suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so was "lame" and that she should resign. In a pair of tweets over the weekend, the Minnesota Democrat, who ...

Charges: Husband killed wife, called 911 in Minnesota

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Bail is set at $1 million for a 46-year-old man charged with killing his wife in a northern Minneapolis suburb. Matthew Lynn Jansen of Blaine was charged Monday in Anoka County with second-degree murder. According to the complaint, Jansen called 911 on Friday night and ...

Minnesota lawmaker seeks tougher action against deer disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota needs to take comprehensive action this year to stop the spread of chronic wasting disease, lawmakers and hunters said Monday as they promoted legislation aimed at stopping the outbreak of the fatal brain disease before it becomes endemic in the state's ...

Rep. Omar apologizes for tweets on AIPAC’s influence

WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar "unequivocally" apologized Monday for tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they are being paid to do so, which drew bipartisan criticism and a rebuke from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The Minnesota Democrat ...

Twitter dustup, apology not firsts for Minnesota Rep. Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrat Ilhan Omar has relished the attention attached to becoming one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress, eagerly engaging with supporters and critics on social media. But Omar's quick thumbs also have caused problems for herself and Democratic ...

Minnesota farmers take on more debt for spring planting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Many Minnesota farmers who have suffered years of low crop prices are taking on more debt to begin spring planting while trade tensions and tariffs drag on, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis' survey. Poor crop prices and trade woes "dealt a financial ...

NWHL All-Star captain’s hope for future? Combined league

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — On a day the NWHL wanted to keep the focus on its All-Star celebrations and a record crowd for a professional women's hockey game in the United States, Lee Stecklein couldn't help but look beyond to what the future might hold. It was a vision of one combined league, ...