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Minnesota parents: Son taken by Russian military in Ukraine

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota parents fear for the safety of their adult son in Ukraine who they say was taken by the Russian military. Tina Hauser, of Winona, told KAAL-TV the last time she spoke with her son, Tyler Jacob, was Saturday when he told her he was being forced by the ...

No charges filed in Minneapolis fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have decided not to charge a Minneapolis woman and her son after one of them fatally shot a man they say was trying to break into their home. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says the two were standing at the threshold of their patio door when the shots ...

Chicken, turkey farmers struggle to keep birds safe from flu

By DAVID PITT Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Nearly 7 million chickens and turkeys in 13 states have been killed this year due to avian influenza, prompting officials and farmers to acknowledge that, despite their best efforts, stopping the disease from infecting poultry is ...

Brent Sass wins his 1st Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska

By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Musher Brent Sass won the arduous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race across Alaska on Tuesday as his team of 11 dogs dashed off the Bering Sea ice through a crowd of fans in downtown Nome. Sass mushed down Front Street and across the ...

Critics take aim at legalized sports betting in Minnesota

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Critics of a bill to legalize sports betting in Minnesota warned legislators Tuesday that it would worsen problem gambling and favor tribes over other gaming interests. Anne Krisnik of the Joint Religious ...

Daunte Wright memorial to stay put in Brooklyn Center

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — The mayor of the Minneapolis suburb where Daunte Wright was killed by an officer who said she mistook her handgun for her Taser said Tuesday that a memorial to the Black motorist will stay in place, after miscommunication with staff led some to believe it would ...

Climate change has St. Cloud officials worried about floods

By BECCA MOST St. Cloud Times ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Local officials and area representatives gathered recently in a sunroom by Lake George to discuss the need to invest in local infrastructure as more frequent and heavy rain events caused by climate change strain aging stormwater systems ...

Officials: Shooting in Mahnomen County involves deputy

NAYTAHWAUSH, Minn. (AP) — State officials are investigating a shooting involving a sheriff's deputy in northwestern Minnesota. The Mahnomen County Sheriff's Office says a woman is hospitalized after suffering gunshot wounds early Sunday morning. Authorities say a sheriff's deputy tried to ...

Carnahan enters race for husband Hagedorn’s seat in Congress

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota GOP chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan jumped into the race Monday to replace her husband Jim Hagedorn in Congress, declaring that she's a Trump Republican who will keep her husband's conservative legacy alive. Carnahan ...

Court: Minneapolis doesn’t have to meet police minimum

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals has overturned a lower-court ruling that Minneapolis violated its city charter by failing to keep police staffing levels above a minimum. The appellate court Monday said that the city charter clearly imposes a duty on the City Council to fund ...

Minnesota Senate unanimously approves light rail audit

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted unanimously Monday to approve an audit of a more than $2 billion light rail line that's been marred by delays and huge cost overruns since the transit project broke ground in 2019. The ...

Vikings tender contract to restricted FA kicker Greg Joseph

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have tendered a contract offer to restricted free agent kicker Greg Joseph, taking a step toward establishing some stability at a problematic position for the team. Joseph received the right-of-first-refusal tender on Monday. That's a one-year, ...

Minneapolis revises policy on warrants after Locke killing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday announced a new policy for search warrants following the police shooting of a Black man in a downtown apartment, with officers required to knock and wait a certain length of time before entering a residence. Police would have to wait ...

Coast Guard Cutter Spar headed to new home in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Spar is traveling from Baltimore to its new homeport in Duluth. The crew's duties will include maintaining aids to navigation, domestic icebreaking, search and rescue and law enforcement, according to the Coast Guard. The Spar was ...

Daunte Wright’s family balks at plan to take down memorial

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Plans to move take down a memorial at the suburban Minneapolis intersection where Daunte Wright was fatally shot by a police officer are on hold after his family complained. Wright's mother, Katie Wright, said she and her husband, Aubrey, along with the family's ...

Ruling leaves original Mille Lacs reservation intact

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe say a ruling by a federal judge on its reservation boundaries is a "historic milestone" for the tribe. The ruling by Judge Susan Richard Nelson determined the band's original reservation boundaries set forth in a treaty decades ...

Investigators search for witnesses to fatal pedestrian crash

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — St. Croix County sheriff's officials say they are looking for additional witnesses to a fatal pedestrian accident near Hudson. Twenty-seven-year-old Joshua Thesig, of Ramsey, Minnesota, was struck as he crossed Highway 35 in Troy early Sunday. The sheriff's office says ...

Minneapolis cop seeks dismissal of charges in fatal pursuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer has asked a judge to dismiss charges that he killed a man during a high-speed chase, saying the pursuit was justified. Prosecutors charged Brian Cummings in October with second-degree manslaughter and criminal vehicular homicide in the ...

3M joins others in suspending Russian business operations

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — 3M is joining the growing list of multinational companies that have suspended business operations in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. The Maplewood-based company has a corporate office in Moscow and two production plants in the country. 3M's announcement ...

Mother sentenced to prison in hypothermia death of son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis woman has been sentenced to nearly nine years in prison in the death of her 8-year-old son who was locked in a garage overnight during the winter. Tasha Tennin, 39, was sentenced this week in Hennepin County District Court after pleading guilty to ...