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Declawing ban bill introduced

LANSING (AP) — A Michigan legislator has introduced a bill that, if eventually passed and signed, would prohibit the declawing of cats unless it is for a clear medical or therapeutic reason. The Detroit News reported Friday that House Bill No. 5508 could make Michigan the second state to ban ...

Survey suggests trade deal signings buoyed bankers’ hopes

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states suggests they're optimistic about the economy over the next few months, thanks to the signings of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement and the China trade agreement. The finding was one of several in ...

Ellison: Mille Lacs band still has 61K-acre reservation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison asserted this week in a legal filing that the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation still exists, a statement that seeks to reverse more than a century of state policy and could have deep implications for people who live around one of ...

Minnesota caucuses lose big magnet, but key business remains

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's precinct caucuses are likely to be less raucous this year — and less crowded than in the past. That's because the state has shifted its presidential preference process away from caucuses and into a primary election ...

Klobuchar heads to Midwest after Nevada caucuses

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Amy Klobuchar is heading to Middle America in a four-state swing as soon as the Nevada caucuses wrap up. Klobuchar has a Saturday evening event in Minneapolis to meet with volunteers. She heads to Fargo, North Dakota, on Sunday morning for an appearance at North Dakota ...

Minnesota shuts down recycling plant, site of massive fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state of Minnesota on Friday shut down a metal recycling company where a fire burned for days and sent up plumes of smoke. The state cited "imminent and substantial danger" to the public, the Star Tribune reported. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an ...

National team activated to join St. Cloud bar fire probe

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been activated to join the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic bar in downtown St. Cloud. The team arrived Friday at the scene of the Press Bar fire ...

Lawmakers target slavery clause in Minnesota Constitution

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Spurred by a police chief, Minnesota lawmakers launched a drive Thursday to remove from the state constitution a clause allowing slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for crimes. St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell, who had been bothered by the language for ...

Concordia University in Minnesota to own Boise law school

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota has agreed to become the new "parent institution" for Concordia Law in Boise, law school officials announced Thursday. The law school has been looking for a new owner since its current parent parent institution, Concordia ...

Minnesota Senate GOP proposes spending surplus on tax cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Minnesota Senate's GOP majority proposed Thursday to give the state's projected $1.3 billion budget surplus back to taxpayers with a package of income and other permanent tax cuts, a proposal aimed more at the November elections than the current ...

Prosecutor: No charges for St. Paul officer in 2019 shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor announced Thursday that he won't bring charges against a St. Paul police officer who shot and killed a man who rear-ended his squad car and then charged him with a knife. Officer Steven Mattson was justified in using deadly force against Ronald ...

Police: Minnesota recycling plant fire under control for now

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters battling a stubborn fire that has been burning for days at a metal recycling plant in a small Minnesota community have got the blaze under control, police said Thursday. The fire at the Northern Metals plant in Becker has been belching noxious, billowing ...

Groups promote changes in Minnesota criminal justice system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Groups calling for changes in Minnesota's criminal justice system to make it easier for people to turn their lives around said Wednesday that they're optimistic that some of the proposals they're promoting may become law this year. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition ...

Girlfriend charged in Minneapolis man’s fatal stabbing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police were called twice to a woman's Minneapolis apartment because of her erratic behavior before returning a third time after she allegedly stabbed her live-in boyfriend fatally in the heart, according to charges filed Wednesday. Zara Case, 35, was charged Wednesday with ...

Minnesota task force takes aim at prescription drug prices

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison unveiled a task force report Wednesday that makes 14 recommendations for lowering prescription drug prices, ranging from new legislation to stronger enforcement. Ellison said at a news conference that the pharmaceutical market ...

Fire at Minnesota recycling plant affecting air quality

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker where a fire at a metal recycling plantcontinues to burn. Firefighters continued to fight the stubborn blaze Wednesday after working all day and through the night Tuesday at Northern Metal Recycling plant. The fire ...

Walz seeks $30 million to replenish state disaster aid fund

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With the threat of spring flooding looming, Gov. Tim Walz asked lawmakers Tuesday to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. Walz said an updated flood forecast from the National Weather Service is ...

Key GOP senator revives fight over election security money

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An influential Senate Republican who held up federal election security funding for most of the 2019 legislative session moved Tuesday to tie approval of a new round of money to passing her proposal for a provisional balloting system that Democrats warn could suppress ...

Officials: No cause yet of fire that destroyed St. Cloud bar

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Officials in St. Cloud said Tuesday they don't know yet what caused a fire that destroyed a historic downtown bar. St. Cloud Fire Chief Dean Wrobbel said the fire started in the basement of the Press Bar and spread throughout the walls of the building. "In these old ...

Minneapolis woman held in death of boyfriend

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The girlfriend of a man found dead in a Minneapolis apartment is being held on possible charges in his death. The Star Tribune reports the man was fatally stabbed Saturday in the apartment he shared with the woman. Friends identify the victim as 39-year-old Joseph ...