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Bail set for driver accused of hitting kids on playground

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bail has been set for an unlicensed driver accused of running over two children on a Minneapolis playground as he was chased by state troopers. Prosecutors say 27-year-old Kabaar Powell had been driving faster than 80 mph (130 kph) Monday before he plowed through a park ...

Audit: Inadequate oversight of Minnesota adult day centers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota agency responsible for protecting vulnerable adults in the state has failed to provide adequate oversight for 20 adult day centers, according to a federal audit. The Office of Inspector General for the federal Department of Health and Human Services ...

Report: Minneapolis cops urged EMS to sedate subjects

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A city report shows Minneapolis police officers have repeatedly requested that Hennepin County medical responders sedate people with ketamine, a powerful tranquilizer known as a "date rape drug." The draft report obtained by the Star Tribune says that in multiple ...

St. Paul raccoon set free after scaling 25-story tower

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A raccoon that became an internet sensation by scaling a 25-story office tower in downtown St. Paul was safely trapped Wednesday and released back into the wild. The raccoon looked a bit bedraggled but healthy after it was caught before dawn atop the UBS Plaza. Technicians ...

Minnesota man indicted on federal weapons, pipe bomb charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A western Minnesota man faces federal charges that he illegally possessed 10 machine guns as well as unregistered pipe bombs and silencers. A federal grand jury indicted Chad Lee Monson, 46, of Willmar on numerous firearms violations last week. Monson returns to U.S. ...

Delta to begin nonstop flights from Minneapolis to Seoul

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to begin daily nonstop service from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to Seoul next year. The move, announced Wednesday, gives the Twin Cities greater access to Asia and helps Atlanta-based Delta fortify its presence at its new Korean ...

Charges: Driver didn’t slow before he hit kids at playground

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An unlicensed driver who was fleeing Minnesota state troopers did not use his brakes or slow down when he plowed through a basketball court, running over two children who were playing with their father and two other siblings, according to charges filed ...

Exhaust-ing ordeal: Woman gets head stuck in tailpipe

WINSTED, Minn. (AP) — A young woman endured an exhaust-ing ordeal when she got her head stuck in a truck's oversized tailpipe at a Minnesota music festival. Firefighters used a power saw to free the woman from her predicament at last weekend's Winstock Music Festival in Winsted, about 40 ...

3 siblings hurt, 1 critically, in Minnesota playground crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An unlicensed driver being chased by state troopers plowed into a Minneapolis playground, injuring three young siblings, one of them critically, authorities said. State troopers tried to stop the 27-year-old Kabaar Powell, of Richfield, for speeding on Interstate 94 on ...

Central Minnesota grand jury indicts 3 in fatal shooting

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota grand jury has indicted three men on murder charges in a February shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in Sauk Rapids. The St. Cloud Times reports that 26-year-old Nokomis Lee Jefferson, 20-year-old William Demont White Jr. and ...

Storm with strong wind gusts damages boat, downs tree limbs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A spring storm with fierce winds overturned boats on Lake Minnetonka, snapped tree branches and tore down power lines. Hennepin County Emergency Management warned residents of the approaching severe weather Monday night. The National Weather Service also warned about ...

Raccoon scales St. Paul office tower, captivating public

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A raccoon stranded on the ledge of a building in St. Paul, Minnesota, captivated onlookers and generated interest on social media after it started scaling an office building. Onlookers and reporters tracked the critter's progress at it climbed the UBS Tower on Tuesday, ...

‘Roof, roof!’ Dog rescued from overhang roof at his home

SPRING LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — "Roof! Roof!" He was practically begging to be rescued. Firefighters in the Minneapolis suburb of Spring Lake Park on Friday managed to help a 180-pound (82-kilogram) Saint Bernard named Whiskey who had gotten stuck on the small roof of the overhang at a side ...

MnDOT: Silver Bay Airport closed due to safety concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An airport in northeastern Minnesota is closed after state inspectors raised safety concerns. The Minnesota Department of Transportation says the city of Silver Bay closed its airport runway May 31. MnDOT inspectors had noted deteriorating pavement conditions. Pilots ...

High school pitcher strikes out friend, consoles him

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota high school pitcher consoled his friend after striking him out in a playoff game. Mounds View pitcher Ty Koehn struck out Jack Kocon of Totino-Grace to end the game in the Class 4A, Section 5 baseball final last week. The win touched off a celebration near ...

Fleeing SUV strikes children in park near Minneapolis school

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a speeding driver being chased by a state trooper veered into a Minneapolis park and struck three young children, seriously injuring two of them. Officials say the 27-year-old driver of the SUV left Interstate 94 during the chase that started Monday ...

A first for the Army: Scouting big cities for new command HQ

By JENNIFER McDERMOTT, Associated Press The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service. The Army typically likes to put its facilities away from population centers because there is ...

Sheriff: Man dies after assault in northern Minnesota

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old man has died after he was assaulted in northern Minnesota. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch says his office was notified late Thursday that a "serious assault" victim had been brought to the Cass Lake Indian Health Services hospital. Burch ...

Minnesota family, district argue over special education

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis school district is contesting a ruling that requires the district pay for special education services for a 16-year-old girl with severe anxiety who has not been able to attend classes. St. Louis Park High School officials are contesting the ...

South Dakota man dies in motorcycle crash in Minnesota

FOREST CITY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a South Dakota man has died in a motorcycle crash in central Minnesota. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 22 in Meeker County. According to the patrol, 57-year-old Leslie Lemke of Watertown, South Dakota, was ...

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