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Planting woes continue for Minnesota farmers amid wet spring

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are still having trouble getting their crops into the ground as an unusually wet spring persists. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota Tuesday that a third of the state's corn crop ...

Top Senate Republican expects insulin bill to return in 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislation to help make emergency insulin supplies more affordable for diabetics who lack adequate insurance failed to make it across this finish line in last week's special session despite a public outcry, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said ...

School bus sex assault suspect pleads guilty to killing wife

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with sexually assaulting children on a school bus has pleaded guilty to killing his wife in a St. Paul suburb. Seventy-two-year-old Harvey Kneifl pleaded guilty Tuesday to second-degree murder in the death of his 72-year-old wife, Julie Kneifl. Harvey ...

Arrest made in fatal stabbing at Minneapolis bus depot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say they've made an arrest in a fatal stabbing at a bus depot in downtown Minneapolis. Forty-two-year-old Mesheka Willis died of a stab wound to the chest about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Police arrested a 39-year-old woman in connection with the stabbing Sunday. She was ...

Suspect in Pine County shooting at large

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Pine County sheriff's officials are looking Monday for a suspect who shot a man as the victim drove away from an altercation. The driver called deputies Saturday afternoon and told them he had been shot in the shoulder and was driving toward Hinckley. First responders ...

Supreme Court: Malpractice ruling has doctors concerned

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A recent ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court saying doctors can be sued for malpractice even if they're not directly treating a patient is causing angst in the state's medical and legal communities. The high court said in its ruling last month that the decision was ...

Child rescued from river in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 4-year-old child with autism has been rescued from the Zumbro River in Rochester. Olmsted County sheriff's officials received a call about 3 p.m. Sunday from someone along a bike trail who spotted a child in the river. Shortly after the call, police got a call from ...

Hundreds gather to observe Memorial Day at Fort Snelling

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered in the steady rain at Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day observance. The state's largest military cemetery is home to 180,000 graves dating back to the Civil War. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar noted during Monday's ...

3 shot inside Minneapolis-area home expected to survive

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — Police say three people shot inside their home in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park are expected to survive. Police say the shooting happened at about 4:45 a.m. Sunday and the victims drove themselves about a mile to seek help before encountering officers ...

Woman fatally stabbed in downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a woman has died after being stabbed in downtown Minneapolis. Authorities say the stabbing happened just after 9:30 p.m. Saturday night. The woman's name has not been released and police have not made an arrest. Police have not yet publicly identified a suspect ...

Messy, but Minnesota governor, lawmakers found way to finish

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The finish was messy and long negotiations behind closed doors stirred up indignation, but Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders found a way to work together for deals on taxes, spending and policy to finish the essential work of the 2019 session. The ...

Minneapolis exhibit shows Vikings beyond history as warriors

By MARIANNE COMBS Minnesota Public Radio News MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most of our current ideas about Vikings are based on the stereotype of the warrior savage, raping and pillaging from coast to coast during the early Middle Ages. That reputation doesn't do justice to the Vikings' rich culture ...

Messy, but Minnesota governor, lawmakers found way to finish

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The finish was messy and long negotiations behind closed doors stirred up indignation, but Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders found a way to work together for deals on taxes, spending and policy to finish the essential ...

Grateful Minnesota mom gives kidney to volunteer firefighter

COOK, Minn. (AP) — A woman in northern Minnesota has donated a kidney to a volunteer firefighter who was the first responder when she and her child needed help, and the two have become firm friends. Their paths first crossed in 2016 when Becca Bundy's 1-year-old daughter Hadley was having a ...

Superior lab works on ending invasive species in Great Lakes

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Superior is running the only Great Lakes land-based facility that tests the success of technologies designed to prevent the spread of invasive species through ships' ballast water. Matt TenEyck, the director of the university's Lake Superior ...

Minnesota Legislature passes $48B budget in special session

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature ended its special session Saturday after approving a $48 billion budget to fund state government for the next two years. The House and Senate pulled an all-nighter to pass their budget bills and adjourned ...

Landlord accused of offering cheap rent for sex pays claim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a Minneapolis landlord has agreed to pay $37,000 to a tenant and her attorney for allegedly trying to coerce sexual favors from her in exchange for cheaper rent. The Star Tribune reports that landlord David Sheets also will temporarily turn over management of ...

Statement of Jayme Closs at sentencing for abductor

By The Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Jayme Closs' statement at Friday's sentencing for Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old man who killed her parents and kidnapped her last October, holding her captive for 88 days before she escaped. Closs did not appear in court, and her statement was ...

As special session convenes, House Democrats look to 2020

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Friday for a special session to finish crafting a $48 billion, two-year state budget, with House Republicans threatening to draw out the proceedings because of their objections to the way top ...

The Latest: Jayme Closs’ family satisfied with sentence

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The latest on the sentencing hearing for a Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The family of Jayme Closs says they are satisfied that the man who kidnapped her and killed her parents will be ...