MN State News

Conviction for Minneapolis cop prompts questions about race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's believed to be the first time a Minnesota police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting. With no video of Mohamed Noor shooting Justine Rusczyk Damond and conflicting testimony about the moments leading up to her death, some activists and ...

Minnesota House narrowly votes to ban wolf hunting for sport

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted narrowly to ban a resumption of wolf hunting for sport in Minnesota. The vote was 66-65 Tuesday on an amendment to a broader environment and natural resources funding bill. The federal government announced plans in March to lift ...

Minnesota Senate Republicans tout human services budget bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans said Tuesday that their health and human services budget bill would provide good care for the elderly, the disabled and children who need it while cracking down on fraud and waste. The bill, which was expected to pass on party lines, also ...

Minneapolis officer convicted of murder in 911 caller death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape, a rare guilty verdict for an officer asserting he faced a life-or-death ...

Defense: Cop shot woman after ‘perfect storm’ of events

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 was caught up in "a perfect storm" of events but "acted as he was trained," his attorney argued Monday. Prosecutors countered that Mohamed Noor was ...

Minnesota Senate votes 66-0 to close marital rape loophole

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate has voted unanimously to close a loophole in state law that prevents people who rape a spouse or domestic partner from being prosecuted for criminal sexual conduct. The 66-0 vote came Monday night after Sen. Michelle Benson paid tribute to the ...

Minnesota House passes transportation bill with gas tax hike

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House passed a Democratic-backed transportation budget bill Monday night that includes Gov. Tim Walz's proposal to increase the state's gasoline tax by 20 cents per gallon to pay for road and bridge projects, while the top Senate Republican reiterated his ...

Satanic Temple sues Minnesota city over proposed monument

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — The Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple is suing a Minnesota city for withdrawing permission for a satanic monument two years ago, when local government officials got tangled in a debate over religious symbols in public places. Satanic Temple co-founder Malcolm ...

Kepler, Buxton power Twins over Orioles 4-1 for season sweep

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Max Kepler thought the Minnesota Twins' lineup might be more dangerous at the plate this year, just not this dangerous. Kepler led off with a home run on Dylan Bundy's first pitch, Byron Buxton also homered and the Minnesota beat Baltimore 4-1 Sunday to sweep their ...

Carnahan re-elected as Minnesota Republican Party chairwoman

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Republicans have re-elected Jennifer Carnahan as state party chairwoman. Minnesota GOP Executive Director Kevin Poindexter says Carnahan was selected in a vote of 345 delegates at a party convention Saturday in Hutchinson. A simple majority of 50% plus one ...

4 St. Cloud groups ordered to change security vehicle paint

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Four organizations in St. Cloud that have security vehicles with illegal paint schemes are being given two months to come into compliance. The city issued the cease-and-desist orders to the groups last week, the St. Cloud Times reported. The notices came after the ...

Petition asks for school changes because of racist incidents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents upset with the way officials have handled alleged racist acts and behavior by students in a suburban Minneapolis school district is calling for reforms. The Star Tribune reports that a group of parents and Chaska residents are circulating a petition to ...

Storm could drop 7 inches of snow in far southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Winter weather has not ended for areas of Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning Saturday for a system that could drop up to 7 inches of snow on far southern Minnesota. It includes the cities of Blue Earth, Albert ...

New Ethiopian consulate in St. Paul seeks to build trust

By FREDERICK MELO Twin Cities Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — From third-floor offices at the Court International Building along University Avenue in St. Paul, Ewnetu Bilata Debela helps serve "Ethiopians in diaspora" — families displaced by decades of border wars and government ...

Minneapolis could join a Wisconsin city in removing its dams

By BOB SHAW Twin Cities Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The river-liberation movement recently claimed another victory. In Wisconsin, the city of River Falls is planning to remove two dams in the Kinnickinnic River, similar to a proposal to remove Mississippi River dams in ...

Minnesota Guard: 90 sexual assault reports in past 5 years

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard says it's received 90 reports of sexual assault in the past five years, including cases that ranged from inappropriate touching to rape. Guard leaders shared the information with more than 400 soldiers, airmen and civilians who gathered ...

Mayor: Minneapolis police union backs ‘warrior’ training ban

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis police union has reversed course and agreed to the mayor's new policy banning "warrior-style" training for officers. The Star Tribune reports Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis will be "fully complying" with ...

Family: Boy thrown from mall balcony could be home by June

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who was thrown by a stranger off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota this month says he's alert and conscious and no longer in critical condition. The family issued a statement Friday saying Jesus has "saved our son's ...

Minnesota House takes up bill with disputed gas tax hike

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats began confronting one of their deepest divisions with Republicans when they took up a $7.2 billion transportation funding package Friday that includes Gov. Tim Walz's proposal to raise the state gasoline tax ...

Minnesota regents vote against changing names of buildings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's governing board has rejected a recommendation by the school president and a faculty task force to change the names of four campus buildings named after controversial figures. The Board of Regents voted 10-1 during an often heated meeting ...