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Body found in highway median in Shakopee

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — State authorities are leading an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found in a highway median in Shakopee. A passerby called 911 Thursday about 3 p.m. after spotting the body in the median of Highway 169. Police and State Patrol troopers arrived at ...

Minnesota opens early voting in March 3 presidential primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota voters on Friday became some of the first in the country to cast ballots in the presidential primaries as early voting began for the state's Super Tuesday contest. Eligible Minnesota voters can now vote at county courthouses across the state, and early voting ...

Woman accused of luring slain real estate agent to her death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who had worked as a probation officer is accused of luring a real estate agent to a Minnesota house before the agent was kidnapped and killed on New Year's Eve, prosecutors alleged Friday. Elsa Segura, 28, of Fridley, was charged Friday in Hennepin County court ...

Winter storm pounds parts of Upper Midwest with heavy snow

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A winter storm was pounding parts of the Upper Midwest with heavy snow and making travel treacherous Friday. Blowing and drifting snow and whiteout conditions were expected to move in overnight Friday in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Iowa. In South Dakota and ...

Gravely wounded Minnesota officer makes steps to recovery

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota police officer who was shot in the head has shown small signs in his fight for recovery, his pastor said. Waseca Officer Arik Matson remains hospitalized in critical condition. Matson was gravely wounded Jan. 6 as he and three officers responded to a ...

Parents sue after Bemidji students sexually exploited

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — The parents of two students are suing the Bemidji school district, alleging it was negligent in allowing a former assistant principal to sexually exploit their children. Brandon Bjerknes, who was arrested in 2017, is serving a federal prison sentence for producing child ...

PolyMet will appeal permit ruling to Minnesota Supreme Court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — PolyMet Mining Inc. said Thursday it will ask the Minnesota Supreme Court to overturn a ruling that canceled three permits needed for its proposed copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. PolyMet President and CEO Jon Cherry said in a statement that Monday's ...

Top Minnesota teacher takes knee at LSU-Clemson game

A former Minnesota Teacher of the Year staged a protest at the College Football Playoff championship attended by President Donald Trump by taking a knee during the national anthem. Kelly Holstine was among top teachers from around the country attending Monday night's game at the Superdome in ...

Walz seeks new emergency center under public safety plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz went to the state's cramped Emergency Operations Center on Wednesday to propose a $29.5 million replacement as part of his $2 billion public infrastructure borrowing proposal for the 2020 legislative session. The plan was part of a $857 million package ...

McCollum proposes permanent mining ban near Boundary Waters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Copper-nickel mining would be permanently banned upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota under a bill U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum introduced on Wednesday. The Minnesota Democrat said at a news conference in Washington that the bill ...

Plow drivers on strike in snowy northeastern Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union snowplow drivers went on strike in northeastern Minnesota where a winter weather advisory was posted as snow moved into the region. Teamsters Local 320 official Brian Aldes said the strike in St. Louis County began Wednesday. Union members voted overwhelmingly ...

Contractor gets jail time, probation for labor trafficking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Crystal man was sentenced Wednesday to serve at least four months in jail for labor trafficking, a rare prosecution in Minnesota. Ricardo Ernesto Batres, 47, also was sentenced Wednesday to five years probation. Victims said in court that Batres' threats kept them from ...

‘Forever chemicals’ found in foam from 2 Twin Cities creeks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota pollution regulators have found foam containing potentially harmful "forever chemicals" from two creeks in the eastern Twin Cities. Elevated levels of the industrial compound known as PFAS turned up in naturally-occurring foam in Raleigh Creek in Oakdale and in ...

TSA apologizes to traveler over treatment at MN airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An official of the Transportation Security Administration apologized Tuesday to a Native American air traveler who says an agent treated her offensively at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Indigenous rights activist and attorney Tara Houska says she was ...

Police: Fatal shooting in Rochester drug related

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Police say a fatal shooting in Rochester was drug related. The shooting happened Friday afternoon outside an apartment building. Trevor Boysen, 24, was killed as he sat in his car outside the Quarters Apartments, according to police who say the shooting happened ...

Minnesota court rejects major permits for PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday rejected some of the most important permits for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, giving a major victory to environmentalists. A three-judge panel ruled that the state Department of Natural ...

Man arrested in Sauk Centre standoff shot at armored vehicle

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 27-year-old man arrested after a standoff in Sauk Centre fired a gun at an armored vehicle carrying SWAT officers. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says investigators determined the shot hit the armored vehicle near the driver's side door as it ...

Minnesota Senate GOP lays out priorities for 2020 session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eliminating the state's partial tax on Social Security benefits, reducing violent crime and reforming the state Department of Human Services are some of the top priorities for the 2020 legislative session that the Minnesota Senate GOP majority announced ...

School bus catches fire on Minnesota highway; no injuries

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — No one was hurt when a school bus carrying students to a basketball game caught fire on a Twin Cities highway Monday. The bus fire shut down eastbound Interstate 494 in Maplewood on Monday afternoon. The fire was out by late afternoon. Richfield Middle School says ...

St. Louis County plow drivers reject offer, poised to strike

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Union snowplow drivers in St. Louis County are poised to go on strike just as snow moves into northeastern Minnesota. Members of Teamsters Local 320 voted 117-8 on Saturday to reject the county's final contract offer. Union negotiators rejected the offer after mediation ...