MN State News

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

By AMY FORLITI and TODD RICHMOND Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge that she wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake ...

Child who survived mall plunge undergoing further procedures

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who survived after being thrown from a third-story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota says he will undergo further medical procedures. The Woodbury family posted Thursday evening on a GoFundMe page that the procedures are "non-life ...

Ex-Minnesota cop convicted of murder sued over traffic stop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man is suing a former police officer recently convicted of murder for allegedly pointing a gun at him during a traffic stop. Brian Oman contends former Officer Mohamed Noor and another officer wrongfully pulled him over in May 2017. Oman says Noor pointed ...

Fort Snelling State Park to stay closed through June

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A popular Minnesota state park will remain closed through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June. The Department of Natural Resources says Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed because of flooding and damage from a hefty winter snowpack and heavy spring ...

Last bills settled; Walz announces 1-day special session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a one-day special session after he and top legislative leaders reached agreement Thursday on the last of their major budget bills. Walz called for the special session to convene at 10 a.m. Friday so that legislators ...

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget, though their original goal of Thursday appeared out of reach. The ...

After session ends in whimper, lawmakers await instructions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As veteran Sen. Tom Bakk put it, the 2019 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature ended with a whimper. It also ended without firm word on how lawmakers will bring their unfinished bills to completion to meet their leaders' goal of holding and completing a special ...

Climber dies after fall in northern Colorado canyon

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man died after a fall while climbing in a canyon in northern Colorado. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the man, whose name and hometown have not been released, fell in Poudre Canyon on Saturday evening. Sheriff's deputies, medical ...

Legislators finalize big bills, plan for special session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators worked to wrap up details of their big budget bills Monday ahead of a midnight adjournment, while haggling began over the timing and length of a special session later this week to pass those packages and complete the state's next two-year ...

Minnesota in need of more community paramedics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota needs more community paramedics to assist residents leaving the hospital in managing chronic health conditions at home, according to state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health said there are 127 certified community paramedics, nearly half ...

Minnesota Legislature approves protections for the elderly

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A major package of protections for Minnesota's elderly has cleared the Legislature and awaits Gov. Tim Walz's signature. The House and Senate passed the final version of the bill late Sunday night. The most important component is a framework for licensing assisted ...

Democrats, Republicans win some, lose some in budget deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders reached a bipartisan budget deal Sunday in which the governor dropped his proposed gas tax increase but got to keep most of an expiring tax that helps fund health care programs, Republicans got an income tax cut for ...

Jail inmate accused of running prostitution ring

MORA, Minn. (AP) — An inmate at the Kanabec County Jail is charged with running a prostitution ring from his cell. Thirty-eight-year-old Daniel Ellington is charged in Washington County District Court with two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of promotion of ...

Man holed up in Brooklyn Park hotel surrenders to police

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a standoff at a Brooklyn Park hotel ended after more than six hours when a man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend surrendered to police. SWAT officers and crisis negotiators were called to the La Quinta Inn early Friday after a woman reported ...

Minnesota seeks to add Purdue Pharma owners to opioid suit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is asking a state court for permission to add the owners of drugmaker Purdue Pharma to a lawsuit that seeks to hold the company responsible for the opioid addiction crisis. Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma makes OxyContin and has been the ...

Prosecutor in police shooting case to enter alcohol program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The prosecutor whose office won a recent conviction in the high-profile case of a Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed woman says he will be entering a treatment program for alcohol issues. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement Friday saying ...

Exhibits for Minneapolis cop’s trial can be viewed next week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Exhibits from the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot an unarmed woman in 2017 will be made available for public viewing next week. Mohamed Noor was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and ...

Twin Cities man who pulled gun on Somali teens sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty tp pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's in a Minneapolis suburb has been sentenced. Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers said Friday that 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson, of Eden Prairie, must serve 45 days in the ...

Twin Cities man who pulled gun on Somali teens sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty tp pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's in a Minneapolis suburb has been sentenced. Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers said Friday that 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson, of Eden Prairie, must serve 45 days in the ...

Senate GOP delays ‘lights on’ bill vote amid budget talks

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With budget negotiations at a sensitive stage, the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate held off Friday evening on passing a measure to prevent a state government shutdown if legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz can't ...