MN State News

Possible human remains found in Boundary Waters wilderness

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota say they have recovered possible human remains in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says remains were found Thursday scattered in the vicinity of a campsite where federal officers believed a New ...

Prosecutor: ‘No basis’ for Minneapolis cop to shoot woman

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor criticized a former Minneapolis police officer for his decision to shoot an unarmed woman who approached his squad car, suggesting Friday that he had "no basis" to believe she had a weapon when he couldn't see her ...

Hole in Minnesota pipeline causes 8,400-gallon fuel spill

COTTONWOOD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a hole in a western Minnesota pipeline caused a spill of about 8,400 gallons of diesel fuel, some of which found its way into a drainage ditch. The Star Tribune reports that the incident happened Wednesday night near Cottonwood. A statement from the ...

DFL operative resigns from economic agency over hiring flap

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — A prominent Iron Range Democrat who was hired for a civil service position after the job posting time was shortened from 21 days to 24 hours announced his resignation on Thursday. Longtime Democratic operative and former state legislator Joe Radinovich said in his ...

Ex-cop: Saw woman at window, fired ‘to stop threat’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer on trial in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman testified Thursday that he saw fear in his partner's eyes, then saw a woman in a pink shirt with blond hair appear at the partner's window and raise her right arm before he fired his gun ...

83 percent of high school seniors graduated in 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Education says about 83 percent of high school seniors graduated last year — the highest graduation rate on record. It's up one-half of a percentage point from 2017. Even with the record rate, education officials say major disparities ...

Minnesota OSHA to investigate officer’s death

PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a conservation officer on a Pine County lake last weekend. Officer Eugene Wynn and a Pine County sheriff's deputy were responding to a call on Cross Lake near Pine City last ...

Minnesota signs German forward Isaiah Ihnen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota has signed Isaiah Ihnen, a 6-foot-9 forward from Germany, to a national letter of intent. The Gophers on Wednesday announced the addition of Ihnen to their 2019 recruiting class, joining guard Tre' Williams and center Sam Freeman. Guards Marcus Carr and Payton ...

Super weed that attacks crops makes new inroads in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota agriculture officials say a super weed that can devastate corn and soybean crops has made new incursions into the state by way of livestock feed. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says cows have eaten remnants of the weed in feed and it has shown up in ...

Lawmakers: For-profit insurers could raid Minnesota reserves

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorney General Keith Ellison called on lawmakers Tuesday to reverse a consequence of 2017 law that repealed Minnesota's ban on for-profit health maintenance organizations, saying for-profit companies could pocket billions in assets now held by the state's nonprofit ...

Walz names Chris Taylor as state’s chief inclusion officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has named a chief inclusion officer for state government, tapping Chris Taylor from the Minnesota Historical Society for the job. Taylor, who served in a similar role at the society, is tasked with diversifying state government's workforce of more than ...

Prosecutors target officer’s report of noise before shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a Minneapolis police officer who shot an unarmed woman have been hammering away at what could be a key element of Mohamed Noor's defense — that he heard a loud slap against his police SUV that stirred fears of an ambush. The prosecution has ...

2 injured after shots fired into crowded Minnesota garage

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — Police in Minnesota are investigating who fired at least a dozen shots into a crowded garage where a family was playing dominoes and having a barbecue in Austin. Austin police say a 32-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman suffered injuries on their legs, but their ...

Minnesota farmers pitch ways to offer small dairies relief

GREENWALD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are considering ways to prevent the closure of small dairies during a sustained slump in milk prices. Roughly 80 farmers recently gathered in Greenwald to voice concerns about the loss of small dairies, which face higher milk production costs than ...

Surveillance clips show Chinese billionaire with accuser

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for JD.com founder Richard Liu said Monday that surveillance video showing the Chinese businessman in an elevator and walking arm-in-arm with a woman who has accused him of rape provides a different account of what happened that night. Two edited videos of Liu ...

Rochester leaders hail sustainable buildings as new standard

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Rochester officials are hoping that new energy-efficient buildings taking shape downtown will become the standard for construction as the city continues to grow under its taxpayer-subsidized economic development plan. Officials are looking to buildings such as One ...

Neighbors rescue 74-year-old St. Paul man from burning home

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 74-year-old St. Paul man was rescued from his burning home by two of his neighbors who were working outside when the house exploded and burst into flames. Israel Melendez and Paul Warner told reporters they were working on a truck about 2 p.m. Saturday when they ...

Utilities, local officials tally cost of ice storm damage

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Electricity has been restored for nearly all of the thousands of Minnesota residents who lost power after a late winter storm that pummeled power lines with ice, snow and 50-mph winds. But now state officials are bracing for the recovery costs as utilities and ...

Minnesota man dies after falling from light rail platform

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Metro Transit Police say a man has died after falling from a light rail platform in Minneapolis. Authorities say the man was pulled under the train at about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on the Green Line platform at the Stadium Village station, which is located on the University of ...

Minnesota conservation officer thrown off boat, dies

PINE CITY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer died after being thrown from a boat while responding to a call about a possible body in a lake near Pine City. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the officer has been identified as ...