MN State News

Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats. But he fired a ...

Garrison Keillor says he will have pacemaker implant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Humorist Garrison Keillor says he plans to go to Mayo Clinic next week for a pacemaker implant. The 75-year-old former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he was having heart problems and has scheduled an appointment at the Rochester ...

Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation

By JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" spanning an extended period against the former "A Prairie Home ...

Deaths of 2 people apparent murder-suicide in Fergus Falls

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a Fergus Falls man apparently shot and killed his ex-wife before taking his own life. The two are identified as 41-year-old Ryan Cheshire and Sarah Cheshire, also 41. Officers responded to a call of a person down and not breathing late Wednesday ...

Report: MPR exec says ‘multiple allegations’ against Keillor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The president of Minnesota Public Radio has told employees the decision to cut business ties with former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor resulted from "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time. Jon McTaggart held an off-the-record ...

As Franken’s support collapses, Democrats expect resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill. A majority ...

Minnesota pollution agency to shut down Willmar office

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is permanently closing its Willmar Office on Friday. The agency says all six staff members will keep their jobs. They either will be reassigned to other work locations or will work from the MPCA's Marshall office. The Willmar ...

Minnesota’s $188M budget deficit is filled with questions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota may face a $188 million budget deficit next year but that shortfall could grow, shrink or dissolve entirely when lawmakers return to the Capitol in February, according to an economic forecast released Tuesday. State officials blamed slowing economic growth ...

US government sues Stearns County over Wetterling documents

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. government is asking a state court judge to order that FBI documents related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation be returned to the federal agency. Officials in Stearns County had planned to release the investigative case file after Danny Heinrich confessed ...

Minnesota hospital program helps gunshot victims recover

By BRANDT WILLIAMS, Minnesota Public Radio MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most gunshot victims survive their wounds. But some don't walk away from the experience. On the night of June 26, D'Andre Alexander got into a fight with a man at a bar in Uptown that spilled out onto the street. Police say the ...

New command at 148th Fighter Wing

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — There's a change in command at the 148th Fighter Wing in Duluth. Col. Christopher Blomquist assumed command of the 148th during a ceremony in Duluth Sunday. Blomquist stressed the importance of open communication and said anything less allows things to get ...

Family agrees $2M settlement in teen’s dental surgery death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a Minneapolis-area teen who died during surgery to remove her wisdom teeth has reached a $2 million settlement with the oral surgeon who performed the procedure. A medical malpractice lawsuit filed against Dr. Paul Tompach said negligent and dangerous actions ...

Major changes coming for Minnesota northern pike rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Major changes are coming for Minnesota's northern pike fishing regulations. The current daily and possession limit of three remains in effect for the coming ice fishing season on most waters. But new regulations announced Monday, which take effect for the May 12 ...

Some Minnesota universities see increase in foreign students

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some universities in Minnesota have seen a slight increase in international students despite a national decline in foreign college students enrolling in U.S. schools. The University of Minnesota saw a 1 percent increase in new international freshman, while the number of ...

Tax debate in Congress will cloud Minnesota’s fiscal fortune

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials will soon get an update on the state's financial standing, but an ongoing effort by Congress to slash taxes means the numbers behind the surplus or deficit will provide little comfort or clarity. The economic ...

Death of 71-year-old Hibbing area woman ruled homicide

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the death last week of a 71-year-old Hibbing woman has been ruled a homicide. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says Courtney Lee Fenske was found dead in her home just southeast of Hibbing last Wednesday. Sheriff's deputies found Fenske's body while ...

Minnesota governor declares himself cancer-free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he is cancer-free. Dayton made the announcement Monday while urging Minnesotans to get screened for cancer if they have risk factors or a family history of the disease. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the 70-year-old Dayton credited ...

Hacker removed from Minnesota tourism agency Facebook page

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's tourism agency has removed a hacker who was peppering the agency's Facebook page with bizarre postings. Explore Minnesota said the agency and Facebook were able to identify the hacker and remove the hacker's access to the agency's page about 4:30 p.m. ...

Ventura glad legal battle against ‘American Sniper’ is over

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura denounced the late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle on Monday as an "American Liar" and said he feels vindicated in his five-year legal battle against the former Navy SEAL and his estate, though he ...

Dayton schedules Feb. 12 election for resigning lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Special elections to fill two legislative seats held by Minnesota lawmakers accused of sexual harassment will be held on Feb. 12. Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he scheduled the elections for the second Monday in February after he received a resignation letter from ...

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