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Target to pay $3M to resolve Massachusetts Medicaid claim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target Corp. has agreed to pay $3 million to resolve allegations that it violated rules of Massachusetts' Medicaid program. Federal and Massachusetts authorities allege Minneapolis-based Target violated federal and state False Claims Acts by automatically refilling ...

Findings of Minnesota House sex harassment survey released

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — About one-fifth of the respondents in a recent survey said they had experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in the Minnesota House. The anonymous survey was conducted in October and completed by about 230 House members and staff. That equates to about half of House ...

Police: Man played role in street race that led to 2 deaths

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — Ankeny police have arrested a man suspected of engaging in a drag race that ended when one of the vehicles crashed, killing its two occupants. An Ankeny news release says 21-year-old Brandon Ferin, of Johnston, was arrested Tuesday. He's charged with misdemeanor drag ...

Bystander uses extinguisher to douse flames on teen on fire

SHOREVIEW, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in a Twin Cities suburb say a bystander came to the rescue of a teenage girl who caught on fire at a gasoline pump. Shoreview Fire Chief Tim Boehlke says the bystander used an extinguisher to douse the flames on the 17-year-old after she ran into the Quik ...

Men accused in mosque attack face federal trial in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three members of an Illinois militia group accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque will have their federal cases consolidated for trial in Minnesota. Michael Hari, Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris were arrested in March in connection with last year's explosion at Dar ...

Jury convicts snowmobiler in crash that killed Minnesota boy

CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota jury has convicted a snowmobiler who struck and killed an 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake. Jurors on Tuesday convicted Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, of third-degree murder, drunken driving, criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune film critic resigns over plagiarism

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Star Tribune's film critic has resigned in the face of plagiarism accusations, the newspaper reported in an apology to its readers. The newspaper on Tuesday said it was tipped by a reader and confirmed instances in which Colin Covert's reviews included ...

Lt. gov. lawsuit could cost Minnesota taxpayers $147K

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A court fight over Minnesota's lieutenant governor could end up costing state taxpayers nearly $147,000 in legal fees. The Minnesota Senate is considering whether to absorb the legal fees of former Republican state Sen. Michelle Fischbach. After fighting a lawsuit ...

2 neighbors die ice-fishing on central Minnesota lake

CUSHING, Minn. (AP) — Crews have recovered the bodies of two neighbors who died while ice-fishing on a lake in central Minnesota. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen says the fishermen were reported overdue Sunday evening on Fish Trap Lake north of Cushing. The sheriff's office also learned ...

2 students arrested after altercation at Minneapolis school

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police have arrested two girls after an altercation at Edison High School. Officers were called to a disturbance at the front desk of the northeast Minneapolis high school just before 10 a.m. Monday. A police spokeswoman says the girls were arrested for ...

Hawk that lived for days with arrow in leg euthanized

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A red-tailed hawk spotted in the Twin Cities with an arrow lodged in one of its legs has died despite efforts to save its life. The hawk was first reported on Nov. 30, and it continued to fly with the arrow in its leg. It was finally captured Wednesday but the University ...

2018 Minnesota tax returns will be a bigger pain than usual

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Filing Minnesota state income tax returns for 2018 is going to be more of a pain than usual because lawmakers and the governor left a crucial piece of legislation unfinished, and it's too late to fix before the upcoming tax season. The unfinished business was a "tax ...

UMN students, faculty striving to improve diversity in CFANS

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota students and faculty are collaborating to develop an equitable culture in agricultural studies. Fall 2018 enrollment statistics show that UMN's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is roughly 85 percent white, compared ...

Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90. Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, ...

Minnesota mom works to find help for son’s rare illness

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis mother said she has a full-time job finding help for her 4-year-old son whose left arm was paralyzed by a rare illness that's been characterized as similar to polio. Elaine Young told Minnesota Public Radio that the bulk of her days consist of making phone ...

Minnesota taxidermist sees increase in demand

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — The demand for European mount taxidermy is on the rise, according to a northern Minnesota man who's averaging about 400 skulls a year. Tony Petrie of Bemidji works as a sergeant in the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, but practices taxidermy in his spare time, ...

Authorities say Maple Grove officer justified in shooting

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Maple Grove police officer who shot and wounded a knife-wielding man during a confrontation in February was justified in his actions. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman made the announcement on Friday. Authorities say 20-year veteran Jeff ...

Lawyer: Man accused of taking $5 million never left country

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a former grain elevator manager accused of stealing $5 million from the cooperative says his client disappeared for nearly three months because he needed to clear his head. Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey, of Dalton, is the former manager of the Ashby ...

Second lead-poisoning eagle euthanized at raptor center

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota Raptor Center has euthanized a second eagle this hunting season because of lead poisoning. The Raptor Center says it sees lead poisoning cases annually beginning with deer hunting season and lead bullets are the main cause. The birds ...

University of Minnesota picks finalist for new president

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The woman who may become the next University of Minnesota president is a collaborative and approachable leader, according to education officials and colleagues. Joan Gabel is the only finalist interviewing to succeed Eric Kaler, The Star Tribune reported . The university's ...