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MN State News

Walz signs farm and disaster aid; expansion of Highway 14

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz signed three bills important to rural Minnesota on Tuesday, in addition to a $200 million package to help the state's health care system combat the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the laws will offer $50 million in low-interest loans to Minnesota farmers via ...

Mille Lacs walleye fishing catch-and-release, closed July

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Walleye fishing will be catch-and-release only again this summer on Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake, which will be closed altogether to walleye fishing in July, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said the restrictions are ...

Judge backs Minnesota’s Twin Metals mine in lease dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a challenge by environmental groups against the proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, saying the Interior Department had the authority to reverse itself and renew the project's federal mineral rights ...

Police shoot man in gunfire exchange in Brooklyn Park

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Police in Brooklyn Park shot and wounded a man Monday in an exchange of gunfire outside a Walmart in the northern Twin Cities suburb. Officers were called to the store late Monday morning on a report of a suspicious person, according to the Brooklyn Park Police ...

Arbitrator reinstates Eden Prairie officer fired for warrant

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A state arbitrator has reinstated a former Eden Prairie police detective accused of falsifying a search warrant in a drug case. The arbitrator says Travis Serafin did not intentionally falsify the record. The Star Tribune reports the arbitrator ordered Serafin ...

Minnesota closes bars as Minnesota’s COVID-19 cases spike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just ahead of St. Patrick's Day, Gov. Tim Walz ordered bars and restaurants across Minnesota to temporarily close to customers who dine in as the number of coronavirus cases in spiked to 54 on Monday and the Legislature sharply scaled back its operations. Delivery and ...

Walz shuts schools; Minnesota sees COVID-19 community spread

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Sunday ordered public schools to temporarily close to give administrators and teachers time to make plans for switching to distance learning as the number of people with COVID-19 increases, while health officials confirmed the state's first ...

St. Paul teachers, school district reach deal ending strike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul teachers union and Minnesota's second-largest school district reached a tentative contract agreement early Friday, ending a strike that began Tuesday and canceled classes for some 36,000 students. The union, which represents about 3,600 teachers and ...

DNR: 51 invasive carp in Mississippi River near La Crosse

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota, Wisconsin and federal officials plan to conduct large-scale netting in response to the capture of 51 invasive carp on the Mississippi River between the two states, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Friday. Commercial netters caught the ...

Mother of Illinois man killed by St. Paul police sues again

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mother of a black man who was fatally shot by St. Paul police officers in March 2017 after they say he pointed a gun at them has filed another lawsuit against the officers and the city. Cordale Handy, 29, was shot by officers after they say he raised his gun when ...

DNR: Wild deer in Dakota County tests positive for CWD

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A wild deer in Dakota County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease, the first case of the fatal brain disease discovered in that area of Minnesota, state wildlife officials said Friday. A resident reported an adult male deer near Farmington was displaying ...

Minnesota governor declares state of emergency over COVID-19

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz declared a peacetime state of emergency Friday and issued a series of strong recommendations for steps Minnesotans should take to limit the spread of COVID-19, with an emphasis on people keeping their distance from each ...

Leaders say Minnesota Capitol won’t close due to COVID-19

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and legislative leaders declined Friday to close the Minnesota Capitol but the way lawmakers conduct business will change due to COVID-19. Democratic House Speaker Melissa Hortman wrote to members that legislative leaders would work to implement the steps ...

Ethanol and electric vehicle advocates merging on fuel plan

By FRANK JOSSI of Energy News Network. undefined ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After years of fighting their own policy battles, ethanol and electric vehicle advocates are tentatively banding together against a shared enemy: fossil fuels. More than two dozen organizations have been meeting for ...

Fargo, Cass County surpass sandbag production goals

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Volunteers have surpassed their goal of producing enough sandbags to protect Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, from a 38-foot crest on the Red River, officials said Friday. Officials said that the city of Fargo and Cass County surpassed their unified goal of producing 225,000 ...

Walz proposes banking most of surplus over COVID-19 fears

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed Thursday to bank $1.2 billion of Minnesota's projected $1.5 billion budget surplus because of the uncertainties over how the new coronavirus will affect the economy. Citing "a rapidly unfolding need," Walz said at a news conference that his ...

COVID-19 cases grow to 9 in Minnesota; sports world upended

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health officials said Thursday that the coronavirus threat in Minnesota doesn't yet warrant closing schools, however schools should take steps to reduce the risks of an outbreak as the number of cases in the state nearly doubled on Thursday to nine. Schools should ...

Contract talks resume for striking St. Paul teachers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul school district and its teachers union are resuming contract talks while striking educators continue to walk picket lines and classes are canceled for a third straight day Thursday. The union announced Wednesday night that talks would resume Thursday ...

Omar marries political consultant, months after affair claim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota has married a political consultant who worked for her, months after the two were accused of having an affair, which she denied. A marriage license filed in Washington, D.C., shows Omar married political consultant Tim Mynett on Wednesday. ...

U of M shifts to online as COVID-19 cases in Minnesota hit 5

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota announced Wednesday it is suspending in-person instruction at its five campuses through at least April 1 in response to the new coronavirus as Minnesota health officials confirmed the state's fourth and fifth cases of CONVID-19. Department of ...