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House GOP revives push to crack down on highway protests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Republican effort to increase the penalty to a maximum of a year in jail for protesters found guilty of blocking transportation during demonstrations generated a heated debate among Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday. Legislation was first proposed last year in response ...

‘Godfather of Grass’ sentenced to 57 months

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The "Godfather of Grass," who fled to Canada after being indicted on federal drug charges and spent eight years on the run, was sentenced Thursday to almost five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Simpson III in Louisville sentenced John Robert ...

Prosecutors, defense debate cellphone access

In crash case ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors and defense attorneys disagree over whether there are legal grounds to unlock the cellphone of a woman accused of killing two teenagers and severely injuring a third in an eastern Minnesota crash. Rachel Kayl, 32, was charged in May in ...

Doctors to examine US man sought by Poland in Nazi case

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA Associated Press WARSAW, Poland (AP) — American authorities are moving ahead with Poland's request to extradite a 99-year-old Minnesota man to be tried on allegations he was involved in a World War II massacre of civilians, Polish prosecutors said Thursday. Polish ...

Minnesota students join national gun violence walkout

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students at dozens of Minnesota schools joined their counterparts around the country in a walkout to take a stand against gun violence. The walkout happened at 10 a.m. Wednesday and comes one month following the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in ...

Jury rejects ‘passionate kiss’ claim in girlfriend’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jurors have convicted a Minneapolis man who claimed his girlfriend distracted him with a "passionate kiss" before he slammed his car into a stoplight, killing her. Twenty-one-year-old Michael Campbell was convicted of criminal vehicular homicide Wednesday in the death of ...

Alleged leader of mosque bombing could be threatening figure

CLARENCE, Ill. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy and purported ringleader in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque emerges in court documents as a sometimes-threatening figure with anti-government views who also wrote books and attracted others into his shadowy group. Michael Hari, 47, allegedly ...

Dayton reflects, urges financial stability in final address

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton urged lawmakers on Wednesday to stay the course he's set during his two terms as governor, using his final State of the State address largely to reflect on his seven years in office and send a message to his successor rather than lay out a new vision ...

Dayton, lawmakers propose overhaul of senior care oversight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and a bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed major changes to the state's oversight of Minnesota's elder care facilities on Tuesday, aiming to reverse years of pervasive abuse and neglect of Minnesota's seniors that was only recently ...

Dayton readies final State of the State speech

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to deliver his last State of the State address. The speech scheduled Wednesday night at the Capitol will be the Democratic governor's eighth and final annual address. Dayton is leaving office early next year after two terms. It comes a ...

3 rural Illinois men charged with Minnesota mosque bombing

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities on Tuesday charged three men from rural central Illinois with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last year and said one of the suspects told an investigator the goal of the attack was to "scare" Muslims out of the United States. A statement from the U.S. ...

2 Minnesota GOP senators back expanded background checks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Republican state senators with ties to the National Rifle Association publicly backed the renewed effort Monday to expand background checks on Minnesota gun sales, the latest reminder that gun issues often don't follow party lines in state politics. The public ...

Minnesota sheriff: 8 injured when school van, semi collide

BENSON, Minn. (AP) — A sheriff says eight people have been injured in a crash involving a school van and a semitrailer in western Minnesota. Swift County Sheriff John Holtz says seven schoolchildren have been injured along with the woman who was driving the van they were in. He says all ...

Minnesota officials seek to demolish old state hospital

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Officials in western Minnesota are seeking to demolish long-abandoned buildings that were once a state hospital. Fergus Falls leaders have asked the state Legislature for almost $9 million to demolish the Fergus Falls State Hospital, Minnesota Public Radio reported ...

Braham High School mourns traffic deaths of 2 students

BRAHAM, Minn. (AP) — Braham Area High School is mourning the deaths of two students killed in a weekend traffic accident. The Kanabec County Sheriff's Office was called to a two-vehicle crash at an intersection west of Mora on Saturday morning. The Star Tribune reports a teenage boy died at ...

Minnesota researchers to improve female firefighting clothes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota College of Design researchers are working to make clothing that better fits female firefighters. Minnesota Daily reports that the team is working to improve the fit of women's firefighting gloves as part of a five-year study. Researcher Robin ...

Lawmaker takes up fight by Wetterlings to limit file access

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker is proposing a new limit on public access to police files in light of the legal battle by the family of a slain Minnesota boy whose case remained unsolved for 27 years. Open records advocates worry that the bill would restrict access to files that have ...

Minnesota researchers study shorter winter, toxic algae

MOUND, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota-Duluth researchers are studying how shorter winters may increase the presence of harmful algae blooms and impact fishing. The researchers worked with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Maryland to gather data from six lakes across ...

Guilty plea in sexting free speech challenge

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A former middle school cafeteria worker who argued the sexually-explicit photos and texts she sent to a student were constitutionally-protected free speech has now pleaded guilty to felony charges in Dakota County. Forty-four-year-old Krista Ann Muccio entered the plea ...

Citations for texting while driving up 23 percent from 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota authorities issued more citations for distracted driving in 2017, while citations for speeding and lack of seat belt use saw declines. Authorities gave out 7,357 citations for texting while driving in 2017. That's up nearly 23 percent from 2016, and up 331 ...

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