MN State News

Man charged with murder in fatal beating of mother

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A Maple Grove man is charged with murder after authorities say he fatally beat his 68-year-old mother and injured his father. Forty-two-year-old Matthew Witt was charged Friday with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. The complaint says when ...

5 Girl Scouts reported missing in Minnesota wilderness

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota are searching for a group of Girl Scouts who are reported stranded in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Two of the girls in the group are reported to have been struck by lightning. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad confirmed ...

Democrats call for suspending PolyMet permits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers want Gov. Tim Walz to suspend permits for PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota to make sure they "were not rigged." In a letter to Walz Wednesday, 18 lawmakers led by Sen. John Marty asked the governor to suspend the ...

Woman fatally assaulted, man injured, 1 in custody

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Police say a man is in custody after a Maple Grove woman was found fatally injured and another man was severely hurt in an apparent domestic assault. The Star Tribune says officers responding to a lakeside home about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday found a man and woman with ...

GOP medical tech exec Kendall Qualls to run for Congress

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican medical technology executive Kendall Qualls will launch a congressional bid Monday, his campaign said, taking aim at first-term Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips in a swing suburban district. Qualls was to announce his bid in a ...

Charges: Father set fatal fire after arguing with daughter

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Minnesota man set a fire that killed his 22-year-old daughter after the two argued about her plans to move out. Forty-six-year-old John Newport of Paynesville was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the death of Jamey Newport. His bail ...

Clinic security officer accused of stealing insulin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A security guard is accused of stealing insulin from a St. Louis Park clinic. Forty-four-year-old Bradley Stockert of Minneapolis is charged with one count of theft. Stockert is due in court Aug. 20. According to the complaint, officials at Park Nicollet Clinic discovered ...

Minnesota’s top court to hear Lake Calhoun-Bde Maka Ska case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the state Department of Natural Resources has the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska (buh-DAY' muh-KAHS' ka). The state Court of Appeals ruled in April ...

Midwest wildlife officials discuss chronic wasting disease

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Midwest wildlife officials gathered Wednesday to discuss how they might better combat chronic wasting disease, which has been spreading through the region's deer herds with no end in sight. Among those at the two-day conference in Madison ...

Man arrested after woman dies in Minnesota mobile home fire

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota have arrested a family member after a 22-year-old woman died in a mobile home fire. Paynesville police were called to the fire just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police say a man was pouring gasoline inside the mobile home and started it on ...

Minnesota deputy pleads not guilty in man’s death

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota sheriff's deputy pleaded not guilty Wednesday to manslaughter in the 2018 shooting death of an apparently suicidal 23-year-old man, in a brief hearing that gave no new details on the circumstances of the shooting. Brian ...

Police release data on alleged rape by Chinese businessman

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police who were called to a report of an alleged rape by Chinese billionaire and JD.com founder Richard Liu last August initially decided to release him because it was unclear to them if a crime had occurred, according to investigative files ...

Uber driver brings 2 sisters 200 miles to Minnesota party

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Uber driver ferried two sisters 200 miles to their aunt's 100th birthday party in Minnesota. Kerry Maggard and Deb Eggers were flying from San Antonio to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with a connecting flight in Minneapolis. But bad weather forced their flight from San ...

Lawmaker, conservative group seek ethics probes of Rep. Omar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state legislator and a conservative group announced Tuesday that they are seeking ethics investigations into U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar for a range of alleged offenses. Steve Drazkowski, a Republican, and Judicial Watch both say Omar may have committed ...

Tractor driver dies after landing in pond

COOK, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say a man has died after the tractor he was driving fell into a pond in northeastern Minnesota. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office got a call Sunday night about a skid steer tractor that landed in a man-made pond. Family members attempted to rescue ...

Man fatally shot near where brother was killed 2 years ago

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man fatally shot in north Minneapolis over the weekend lost his brother to gun violence just a block away two years ago. Community members held a vigil Sunday afternoon on a corner near where the brothers were killed to pray for an end to gun violence. The latest man to ...

Minnesota prisons resort to video for psychiatric care

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/07/22/prisons-resort-to-video-for-psychiatric-care undefined RUSH CITY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota prisons are turning to telepsychiatry to provide inmates with mental health care. Telepsychiatry is the provision of psychiatric services via video conferencing ...

Minnesota deputy indicted in 2018 fatal shooting

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — In a rarity among law officers who kill someone in the line of duty, a grand jury in Minnesota has indicted a sheriff's deputy on a manslaughter charge in a man's fatal shooting last year. Washington County Deputy Brian Krook was indicted Friday on a charge of ...

Franken says he ‘absolutely’ regrets resigning from Senate

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told The New Yorker magazine in a story published Monday that he "absolutely" regrets resigning from the Senate after several women accused him of unwanted kissing or touching. In the same article, seven current or former ...

St. Cloud police investigate shooting death of 24-year-old

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud police are investigating the shooting death of a man in an alley following a fight at a party. Police say officers responded to a report of a person with a gun around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, then got a call that a person had been shot in a vehicle in the alley. ...