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Teen gets 30 years for killing girlfriend’s cousin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man teen has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a man who was trying to intervene in a domestic assault. Nineteen-year-old Theotis Thomas earlier pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Mark Franklin, the ...

Omar claps back at Alabama GOP resolution against her

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has clapped back at an Alabama Republican Party resolution urging that she be expelled from Congress. The state party's executive committee approved a resolution Saturday calling for Omar's expulsion, saying she had "engaged in rhetoric that ...

Minnesota lawmaker loses seats on 2 committees after scuffle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota legislator and ex-deputy accused of drunkenly scuffling with security at St. Paul hotel and disorderly behavior at a nearby hospital has lost his seats on two law and order committees. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman told Republican Rep. Matt ...

Ex-Minnesota pastor pleads guilty to sex with parishioner

AVON, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota pastor has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a parishioner he was counseling. Fifty-year-old Charles Pelkey entered his plea to one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Tuesday. A jury trial that was scheduled to begin ...

Minnesota firm shifts some operations to Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota manufacturing plant with repeated pollution violations says it has shifted some of its operations to a facility in Wisconsin. Water Gremlin of White Bear Township makes fishing sinkers and battery terminals. Earlier his month, the Minnesota Pollution Control ...

Agency moves to curb chronic wasting among Minnesota’s deer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota is taking a three-pronged approach to curbing the spread of a fatal brain disease among the state's estimated 1 million wild deer, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. The agency has taken an aggressive approach to combating chronic wasting ...

‘Rev it up’: Back at home, Klobuchar is told to get tough

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Amy Klobuchar wends her way through the hordes of people at the Minnesota State Fair, it's clear she's on her home turf. She stops to greet familiar faces at the Farmers' Union. She poses for photos with metal workers at the AFL-CIO building. A young girl ...

Bloomington man pleads guilty to fatally stabbing wife

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to fatally stabbing his wife earlier this month. The Hennepin County Attorney's office says 56-year-old John Lawler of Bloomington pleaded guilty to second-degree murder last week. Lawler faces up to 30 ½ years in prison when ...

Freight train strikes, kills man in northern Minnesota

PILLAGER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a freight train struck and killed a man over the weekend. The Cass County Sheriff's Office was notified Saturday morning that the train hit a person who was walking on the tracks west of Pillager. Deputies and first responders ...

Human services official who quit, then stayed, resigns again

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One of the top leaders at the troubled Minnesota Department of Human Services has resigned for a second time from her position at the largest state agency, just weeks after she rescinded her original resignation, officials said Monday. Deputy Commissioner Claire Wilson's ...

Man pleads guilty to firing on school bus, wounding driver

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of shooting at a school bus on a snowy highway, wounding the driver, has pleaded guilty to first-degree assault. Thirty-two-year-old Kenneth Lilly of St. Paul waived his self-defense claims Monday. He faces up to eight years in prison. According to ...

Maryland state senator denies tweeting Omar is ‘illegal’

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland state senator who recently announced he's running for Congress says he didn't send a tweet describing U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar as an "illegal." Republican Sen. Johnny Ray Salling tweeted Monday that last month's tweet on his account "was not from me." He added: ...

Charges: Drunken man rolled onto, killed infant son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors allege a Minneapolis man was drunk when he allegedly fell asleep and rolled onto his infant son, killing the baby last year. Thirty-six-year-old Gabriel Farnsworth was charged Monday with two counts of second-degree manslaughter. According to the complaint, ...

Wisconsin man wants statewide ban on driver cellphone use

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Wisconsin man who spent three years lobbying Minnesota lawmakers to ban the use of cellphones or other electronic devices while driving said he wants his home state to adopt similar legislation. Thomas Goeltz lost his pregnant daughter to an alleged distracted driver ...

Former US Sen. Al Franken tests welcome on speaking circuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Al Franken is testing his welcome on the speaking circuit as he takes more steps into public life after sexual misconduct allegations derailed his political career. The Star Tribune reports that tickets went on sale Friday for "An Evening with Al Franken" ...

State Fair GOP booth volunteer reports sexual assault

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police at the Minnesota State Fair say they're investigating after a volunteer at the Republican Party booth reported being groped through her clothes after a political argument with another woman. The 40-year-old GOP volunteer told police her assailant walked ...

Target teams up with Disney to open shops

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is hoping to bring the magic of such characters as Mickey Mouse and Elsa to its own customers by opening permanent Disney shops at a cluster of stores starting this fall. As part of the collaboration with The Walt Disney Co., the Minneapolis-based discounter says it ...

‘Bike prom’ takes its last lap at the velodrome

By EVAN FROST Minnesota Public Radio News BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — As of recently, "bike prom" is no more. Cyclists from across the country flocked to the National Sports Center Velodrome for the last Fixed Gear Classic tournament and a chance to ride one of only three outdoor wooden tracks in ...

Savage fire chief resigns after 3 months on the job

SAVAGE, Minn. (AP) — Savage Fire Chief Andrain Roach has resigned after only three months on the job. The Star Tribune reports Roach cited what he called unrealistic expectations from city leaders and a general lack of support that hindered efforts to modernize the department. Roach says in ...

Wisconsin leads nation in family farm bankruptcies

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wisconsin continues to top the nation in family farm bankruptcies. The American Farm Bureau Federation says that July 2018 through June 2019, Wisconsin farmers filed 45 Chapter 12 bankruptcies. Data show the total was five fewer than the previous 12-month period but still ...