MN State News

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 ...

Minnesota Legislature backs bill aimed at lower drug costs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature on Thursday approved the final version of a bill designed to ensure that pharmacy benefit managers — the companies that act as middlemen between insurers and patients — fulfill their intended role of holding down drug expenses. At the same ...

Walz: Minnesota budget talks reach ‘really important time’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Budget talks resumed at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, House Democrats and Senate Republicans saying little publicly about their discussions as they tried to complete a deal that would let the legislative session end on time. After ...

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Department of Interior ...

Man pleads guilty in mall attack against boy, faces 19 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who reportedly told investigators that he went to the Mall of America "looking for someone to kill" pleaded guilty Tuesday to throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony and faces 19 years in prison. Emmanuel Aranda, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to ...

Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and ...