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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 ...

MNsure announces 7-week enrollment period for 2020 coverage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's state-run health insurance exchange has announced a seven-week enrollment period for 2020 coverage. MNsure said Wednesday that Minnesotans will have from Nov. 1, 2019, to Dec. 23, 2019, to shop for 2020 health coverage. Minnesota's enrollment period is ...

Ex-Lt. Gov. Fischbach runs against US Rep. Peterson for 7th

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach is running for the GOP nomination to challenge Minnesota's most senior member of Congress in western Minnesota's increasingly Republican 7th District. Fischbach, who served in the Minnesota Senate for ...

Red Lake Nation worries about arrival of zebra mussels

LOWER RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Red Lake Nation tribal scientists are checking the waters of Lower Red Lake frequently for the appearance of zebra mussels that have already invaded the Upper Red. They're worried that the destructive creatures will spread quickly and threaten a fishery that ...

Ex-Duluth cop who dragged man is closer to getting job back

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A former Duluth police officer who was fired after he dragged a handcuffed man through a city skyway system is a step closer to getting his job back. Adam Huot was fired after the May 2017 incident. Video shows the man's head hit a steel door frame as he was being ...

Tornado touchdown confirmed west of Minneapolis; no injuries

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado struck west of Minneapolis, damaging trees and outbuildings. The weather service in Chanhassen tweeted that an EF-1 tornado hit Monday night in the Minnetrista area. A survey team concluded the tornado touched down just ...

Minnesota State Fair sets attendance record of 2.1M

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair has wrapped up another year with another attendance record. Fair officials say the 2019 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together finished Monday with a 12-day total attendance of more than 2.1 million, thanks to a record Labor Day ...

Minnesota State Fair boss frustrated with its chaotic ending

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The longtime general manager of the Minnesota State Fair insisted Tuesday that trouble is rare at the annual event after the 2019 edition of the Great Minnesota Get-Together ended on a chaotic note, with a pedestrian critically injured ...

Minnesota officials find THC in vaping illness cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators are focusing on marijuana-derived THC in the Minnesota cases of teens and young adults who developed vaping-related lung illnesses this summer. The Star Tribune reported Tuesday that health officials have interviewed eight of 15 patients in Minnesota who have ...

Off-duty St. Paul firefighter fatally shot in his home

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An off-duty St. Paul firefighter has been fatally shot in his home. Police were called to the shooting just after 8:30 p.m. Monday on St. Paul's East Side and found 36-year-old Thomas Harrigan with at least one gunshot wound to his abdomen. Harrigan later died at ...

Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony returns home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 5-year-old boy has returned home nearly five months after he was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota. The boy's family said Tuesday on a gofundme.com site that their son has completed inpatient treatment and has returned home. KSTP-TV ...

2020 event to focus on Great Lakes water infrastructure

NOVI, Mich. (AP) — A gathering next year in Michigan will seek to identify and explore solutions to water infrastructure challenges faced by the Great Lakes region. The state of Michigan is lining up speakers for the Great Lakes Water Infrastructure Conference, which runs April 28-30 at the ...

Maine State Police treating man’s death as suspicious

LEEDS, Maine (AP) — Maine State Police are treating the death of a former Minnesota man as suspicious. Investigators say 31-year-old Nadi Hagi-Mohamed recently moved to the Lewiston-Auburn area from Minnesota, where he was arrested in July on cocaine charges. They say his body was ...

Discarded geese carcasses found along Minnesota road

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said it is investigating who discarded more than a dozen geese carcasses in a ditch along a busy road near the North Dakota state line. WDAY-TV reports the geese had their breast meat harvested before their carcasses were ...

Contaminated water leads to beach closures in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Contaminated water led to a record number of beach closures in Minneapolis this summer, the city's park and recreation board said. Half of the city's 12 beaches were not safe to swim in at various times during the summer — the most since Minneapolis started a water ...