MN State News

Police: No sign that Duluth synagogue fire was hate crime

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota doesn't appear to have been a hate crime, authorities said Sunday in discussing the arrest of a suspect. Matthew James Amiot, 36, of Duluth, was arrested Friday in the fire last week at the Adas Israel ...

CDC: 3 in 10 Minnesota adults are obese

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota, you're getting fatter. A state that likes to think it's special has an adult obesity rate that has climbed above 30% for the first time, according to survey data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Minnesota's rate of 30.1% in 2018 is ...

Walz says Japan can’t pick up US-China trade war slack

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that his just-concluded six-day trade trip to Japan and South Korea was productive but also showed that Japan won't be able to pick up much slack from the U.S. trade war with China. Minnesota's agricultural ...

Minnesota man sentenced to 28 years for child pornography

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for producing child pornography. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Nicholas Campbell, of Otsego, produced sexually explicit images and videos of two minors. He admitted in court ...

Man charged in fatal head-butt at downtown Minneapolis bar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man is accused of causing the death of another man by head-butting him at a downtown Minneapolis bar. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 28-year-old Erik Kravchuck, of Golden Valley, is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of 42-year-old ...

States split by party on accepting Purdue Pharma settlement

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and GEOFF MULVIHILL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The opioid crisis has hit virtually every pocket of the U.S., from rural towns in deeply conservative states to big cities in liberal-leaning ones. But a curious divide has opened up. The nation's Republican state ...

Suspect arrested in fire at historic Minnesota synagogue

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northeastern Minnesota. Duluth police and fire officials said in a press release that a news conference is set for 11 a.m. Sunday to talk about the investigation into the fire ...

University of St. Thomas reports racist word in dorm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of St. Thomas officials say they're investigating after a racist word was traced in dust on a residence hall's bathroom window. TommieMedia, the campus news outlet, reports President Julie Sullivan announced by email Thursday that the word had been found ...

Minnesota confirms outbreak of deadly deer disease

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deadly deer virus has been confirmed in a group of whitetails in central Minnesota. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease, known as EHD, isn't contagious but can sharply reduce deer herds before the danger concludes with the first frost, according to state wildlife ...

Xcel Energy seeks to alter Minnesota’s ‘value of solar’ rate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's largest utility wants to change how the state calculates its trailblazing "value of solar" rate as it faces a potential spike in payments to community solar operators. Since 2017, Xcel Energy has paid community solar projects based on a value of solar rate, ...

Minnesota archbishop opens investigation into fellow bishop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Wednesday that he has opened an investigation — the first known of its kind under a new Vatican protocol — into allegations that a bishop in northwestern Minnesota interfered with investigations into ...

Deputies cleared in death of motorcyclist shot after chase

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A prosecutor says two northern Minnesota deputies won't be charged in the death of a motorcyclist who fired at one of the deputies after a chase in May. St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin said Wednesday that Deputies Jason Kuhnly and Troy Fralich acted in self-defense ...

Tornado topples trees, damages headstones at Winona cemetery

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The National Weather Service says a tornado ripped through a cemetery in southeastern Minnesota. The EF-1 tornado with winds of 95 mph struck Woodlawn Cemetery in Winona early Wednesday. The tornado toppled trees and damaged a building and headstones. The weather ...

Police: ‘New evidence’ recovered in Minnesota synagogue fire

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say they have recovered "new evidence" in a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue. But Duluth Police Chief Mike Tusken did not specify what the evidence was at a news conference Tuesday. Tusken also would not say if authorities thought foul ...

Environmentalists, tribe challenge PolyMet wetlands permit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several environmental groups and a Native American tribe have gone to court to challenge a permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota. The lawsuits filed in federal court Tuesday say the corps violated federal law ...

Charges: Woman locked son, 8, in cold garage, killing him

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman whose court records show a history of child neglect and violence has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say she locked her 8-year-old son in a cold garage overnight, leading to his death. The Brooklyn Park woman was charged Monday in ...

3 fatal shooting in St. Paul in 8 hours

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a good Samaritan trying to help people following a car crash was one of three people fatally shot in St. Paul in an eight-hour time span. The 31-year-old man was shot in the head in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood about 10 p.m. Monday. A 27-year-old driver was ...

Man streams chase before Minnesota police fatally shoot him

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Police near Minneapolis shot and killed a driver following a chase after he apparently emerged from his car holding a knife and refused their commands to drop it. The chase started late Saturday night in Edina and ended in Richfield with officers shooting the man, ...

Minnesota company to grow tomatoes at new Iowa facility

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota company plans to break ground Wednesday on a northern Iowa facility for growing tomatoes. The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation says the $35 million Bushel Boy Farms facility in Mason City will bring about 50 jobs to northern Iowa. The ...

Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A divisive fight over the future of a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning presidential candidates between environmentalists and trade unions in a 2020 battleground state, testing their campaign promises to ease away from fossil fuels. Progressive candidates ...