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Environmentalists, tribe challenge PolyMet wetlands permit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several environmental groups and a Native American tribe have gone to court to challenge a permit issued by the Army Corps of Engineers for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in Minnesota. The lawsuits filed in federal court Tuesday say the corps violated federal law ...

Charges: Woman locked son, 8, in cold garage, killing him

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman whose court records show a history of child neglect and violence has been charged with manslaughter after authorities say she locked her 8-year-old son in a cold garage overnight, leading to his death. The Brooklyn Park woman was charged Monday in ...

3 fatal shooting in St. Paul in 8 hours

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a good Samaritan trying to help people following a car crash was one of three people fatally shot in St. Paul in an eight-hour time span. The 31-year-old man was shot in the head in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood about 10 p.m. Monday. A 27-year-old driver was ...

Man streams chase before Minnesota police fatally shoot him

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Police near Minneapolis shot and killed a driver following a chase after he apparently emerged from his car holding a knife and refused their commands to drop it. The chase started late Saturday night in Edina and ended in Richfield with officers shooting the man, ...

Minnesota company to grow tomatoes at new Iowa facility

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota company plans to break ground Wednesday on a northern Iowa facility for growing tomatoes. The North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation says the $35 million Bushel Boy Farms facility in Mason City will bring about 50 jobs to northern Iowa. The ...

Minnesota oil pipeline fight highlights Democratic dilemmas

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A divisive fight over the future of a crude-oil pipeline across Minnesota is pinning presidential candidates between environmentalists and trade unions in a 2020 battleground state, testing their campaign promises to ease away from fossil fuels. Progressive candidates ...

WV pol charged after anger over racist signs turns physical

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia lawmaker has been charged for kicking a door into a statehouse staffer and elbowing a delegate because he was mad about racist signs at the Capitol, authorities said. A criminal complaint filed Friday charges Democratic Del. Mike Caputo with ...

No accelerant signs at synagogue fire in Minnesota city

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A preliminary investigation has found no signs of accelerants at a fire that destroyed a historic synagogue in northern Minnesota, authorities said Monday. But further investigation will have to be done once the building is stabilized, Duluth Fire Chief Shawn Krizaj ...

Questions after police fatally shoot man who streamed chase

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The livestreamed video of the final minutes of Brian Quinones' life before he was fatally shot by police show him calmly driving a car and listening to music, running at least one red light as he leads officers on a chase through two Minneapolis suburbs. At one point, the ...

Police: Man found dead in Minneapolis home after 911 call

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say a man was found dead in a home after a 911 call. Officers responded to report of shots fired inside a residence just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Police found a man in his 30s dead inside the home in north Minneapolis. Police spoke to other people inside ...

Man streams chase before Minnesota police fatally shoot him

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Police near Minneapolis shot and killed a driver following a chase after he apparently emerged from his car holding a knife and refused their commands to drop it. The chase started late Saturday night in Edina and ended in Richfield with officers shooting the man, ...

Driver accused of striking woman charged with leaving scene

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A driver accused of striking one of two pedestrians killed in Roseville last January is charged with leaving the scene of the collision. A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Ronald Jacobson was the second motorist to hit a woman as she and a man were crossing the ...

Minnesota first responders head for North Carolina

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three dozen first responders and 15 ambulances from Minnesota are headed to North Carolina to help with Hurricane Dorian. Gov. Tim Walz authorized the emergency response when North Carolina asked for assistance through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, a ...

Minesota officials report state’s 1st vaping death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials are reporting the state's first vaping death amid a national outbreak of serious lung illnesses linked to the practice. The state health department says the victim was more than 65 years and had a history of lung disease. State epidemiologist ...

Minnesota, Canadian police search for missing ex-reservist

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Canada and far northern Minnesota are urging residents to avoid contact and call police if they see a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist with alleged ties to a hate group. Patrik Mathews, 26, has been missing for two ...

Wisconsin tribe joins groups opposed to Superior gas plant

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — An American Indian tribe in northern Wisconsin has joined environmental groups urging state regulators to reject plans to build a $700 million natural gas-fired power plant in Superior. The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is worried that the Nemadji Trail ...

Edina district sued after search of 8-year-old student

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — The mother of a former student at an Edina elementary school is suing the school district, saying staff members violated district policy when they searched her child. The alleged incident happened at Countryside Elementary School in the 2017-18 school year, when the ...

Minnesota gov. makes good on campaign promise, gets dog

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's first family now has a first dog. Gov. Tim Walz and his son, Gus, introduced the newest resident of the Governor's Mansion on Thursday — a 3-month-old black Lab mix named Scout. When Democrat Walz announced his candidacy for governor in 2017, he and his ...

Lake Superior lighthouse sold to tech exec for $159K

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A historic lighthouse on Lake Superior has been sold to a tech industry executive from San Francisco. Thirty-four-year-old Steven Broudy won the lighthouse at auction last week with a high bid of $159,000. The lighthouse, built in 1913, sits on the tip of Wisconsin ...

Minnesota’s new human services chief vows to rebuild trust

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new human services commissioner on Wednesday said she is making trustworthiness the focus of her first 90 days on the job leading the state's largest and most criticized agency. Speaking at a Minnesota Senate hearing, Jodi Harpstead held up a granite plaque ...