MN State News

Dems’ 2020 field now includes Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Sunday joined the growing group of Democrats jostling to be president and positioned herself as the most prominent Midwestern candidate in the field, as her party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White ...

Minnesota utility pursues renewable natural gas option

By FRANK JOSSI of Energy News Network. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota utility's proposal to offer renewable natural gas under a voluntary green tariff pilot program faces opposition from state officials and clean energy advocates who see better ways to decarbonize the economy. If ...

Lakeville janitor finds new artistic gift after car crash

By DEANNA WENIGER, Twin Cities Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Myron Peterson lifted his Minnesota Twins baseball cap with one hand and wiped the sweat off his face with his big red hankie, squinting his eyes at the bright fluorescents lighting the classroom at Christian Heritage ...

Disability organizations face crisis level worker shortage

By MATTHEW STOLLE, Post-Bulletin ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — More than six months after being forced to absorb a 7 percent cut in public funding, Rochester area disability organizations are coping with crisis-level staffing shortages. Officials at Ability Building Center and Hiawatha Homes say ...

Man arrested after telling Blaine police he killed his wife

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 46-year-old man has been arrested in connection with his wife's death in a north Minneapolis suburb. The Star Tribune reports that a man called police in Blaine Friday night and reported that he had killed his wife. Police say the women's death remains ...

Report: Minnesota suffers the most snowmobile thefts in US

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota snowmobile owners, beware: The North Star State has the highest number of snowmobile thefts in the country, according to a new report. The National Insurance Crime Bureau released findings Tuesday that more than 300 snowmobiles were stolen in Minnesota from ...

Sex offender center guard accused of having sex with patient

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A security guard at the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program in St. Peter is accused of having a sexual relationship with a patient. Claudia Kogo, 57, of Mankato, was charged Friday in Nicollet County District Court with felony counts of criminal sexual conduct, the ...

House call turns into horse call for police in Minnesota

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse. Inver Grove Heights police arrived at the woman's home late Friday night to find a pale-colored horse walking through various rooms as officers ...

Woman killed in house explosion identified

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the woman killed in a house explosion that critically injured her husband in Dakota County. The body of 56-year-old Theresa Ann Snoeyenbos was found in the debris of the exploded home in Hampton Tuesday. Snoeyenbos was identified by the ...

Man who died after being found naked near river identified

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A man who died after being found naked and in medical distress by the Washougal River in southwest Washington has been identified as a Minnesota man. Clark County authorities say 43-year-old John Mullenmeister was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Feb. 2 where he ...

Target updates app after TV station reveals pricing changes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target has modified its smartphone app after a Minneapolis TV station reported that prices displayed on the app changed whenever users approached the retailer's stores, sometimes rising by hundreds of dollars. KARE-TV reports the Minneapolis-based retailer recently ...

Man charged in driver’s shooting killed teen during holdup

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man charged with shooting and wounding a school bus driver in Minneapolis had fatally shot an armed teenager who was trying to rob him more than three years ago. Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Lilly was not charged in the 2015 incident in St. Paul, as ...

Faith leaders and lawmakers press Walz about Line 3 pipeline

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Faith leaders gathered at the Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Tim Walz to oppose Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, while a mostly Republican group of lawmakers urged him to let the disputed project move ...

Minnesota bill on sexual harassment legal standards advances

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House committee approved a bill Thursday to make it easier for workplace sexual harassment victims to sue by lowering a legal bar that advocates say is too high. Rep. Kelly Moller and other witnesses told a judiciary panel that Minnesota courts have adopted ...

Walz forms IT panel to advise on troubled MNLARS system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed an executive order creating a blue-ribbon council to advise state government on information technology issues, including the troubled MNLARS driver licensing and vehicle registration system. The council will be chaired by Rick King, executive ...

Data center smoke causes outage for Wells Fargo customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoke at one of Wells Fargo's data centers left some of the bank's customers without access to online or mobile banking as well as accessing cash from ATMs on Thursday. Wells Fargo said workers discovered the problem following routine maintenance. "We're working to restore ...

Snowmobiler sentenced to 12 years in crash that killed boy

CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) — A snowmobiler has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for crashing into an 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake and killing him. Forty-six-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, was sentenced Thursday for driving the snowmobile that fatally struck ...

Propane may have fueled fatal Minnesota house explosion

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Fire officials say a fatal house explosion in Dakota County may have been fueled by propane. The explosion south of Hampton killed a woman and severely burned a man early Tuesday. Deputies found a man wandering the scene of the blast with severe burns over much of his ...

Man charged with firing on school bus, wounding driver

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a 31-year-old security guard fired five shots into the windshield of a school bus that had scraped his car on a snowy highway near downtown Minneapolis, wounding the driver but not striking a child who was on board. Kenneth Lilly, of St. Paul, was charged ...

Authorities believe 2 sets of remains found near Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota now believe they may have recovered two sets of human remains near Bemidji. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was contacted Monday about a possible missing person who was traveling to the Bemidji area from the Twin Cities. The caller ...