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Dayton taps ex-Minnesota court chief for stadium agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton tapped former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz to be interim chairwoman of the state's embattled oversight agency of the Minnesota Vikings' stadium on Thursday, installing a fresh face to lead a board that's been wracked by ...

Rochester might oust 200 students over vaccine requirements

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Rochester School District might remove more than 200 students from school next week if they fail to meet immunization requirements. School officials say they have been working since January to notify families that students must be vaccinated to attend school or ...

Downtown Minneapolis hospital announces layoffs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County Medical Center in downtown Minneapolis plans to eliminate 131 full-time jobs through layoffs. The workforce reduction has been months in the making as HCMC looks for ways to balance its 2017 budget. The layoffs go into effect in mid-March. HCMC officials ...

Southern Minnesota schools close ahead of winter storm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some schools in southern Minnesota will be closed Friday in anticipation of a winter storm forecast to sweep across the Upper Midwest. School districts including Rochester, Austin and Fairmont already have called off classes. After a string of record warm days, winter is ...

Police: Twin Cities lawyer fatally struck runner in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a Twin Cities attorney may have been distracted and impaired when he fatally struck a runner in St. Paul. St. Paul Police spokesman Steve Linders says the 60-year-old attorney was driving early in the evening Wednesday when he hit 35-year-old Scott Spoo of ...

Minneapolis women line up for ‘she persisted’ tattoos

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — So many women showed up at a Minneapolis tattoo parlor for a permanent reminder of female solidarity that it had to turn away some latecomers. Local women Chelsea Brink, Nora McInerny and Kate O'Reilly organized a fundraiser in which people could get a tattoo of the words ...

Biometric screening speeds check-in at Twin Cities airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Travelers who are willing to pay the price will be able to skip the long security checkpoints at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and go directly to the metal detector line. A service that uses biometrics to verify identity will be offered beginning Wednesday at ...

Another catch-and-release season expected on Mille Lacs Lake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walleye anglers face another year of catch-and-release fishing on Mille Lacs Lake. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/2lLHL4p ) that Department of Natural Resources officials told the Mille Lacs Fisheries Advisory Committee last week to expect a second consecutive ...

8,300 turkeys lost in Meeker County fire

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of turkeys have been lost in a fire in Meeker County. Sheriff's deputies say a barn owned by Langmo Farms near Litchfield caught fire Tuesday, killing about 8,300 young birds. None survived. The barn was a total loss. Authorities say a propane heater in ...

US Steel goes to court against Minnesota over Minntac permit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Steel has gone to court in a dispute with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency over pollution limits for its Minntac iron mining operations. Minntac has been operating under a water quality permit that technically expired in 1992. Pittsburgh-based U.S. Steel ...

Senate panel inches Sunday liquor sales forward

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate panel has moved the state one step closer to legalizing Sunday liquor sales. The House overwhelmingly passed a bill earlier this week that would repeal the ban. It's an historic turn in lawmakers' long struggle to change the decades-old law. But the ...

Minnesota man gets 2 year sentence for lying in terror case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man was sentenced Wednesday to two years in federal prison for lying to the FBI during their investigation into the travels of young men who left the U.S. to join the Somali militant group al-Shabab. Mahdi Hussein Furreh, 34, was also sentenced to three years ...

Minnesota GOP congressman bracing for town hall backlash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer wants to hear from his constituents at town hall event in his district later Wednesday, but he'll end the meeting early if there are disruptions or threats, his chief of staff said. A month into President Donald Trump's administration, Republican ...

Authorities identify inmate found dead in NE Minnesota jail

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — St. Louis County sheriff's authorities have released the name of an inmate found dead in a northeastern Minnesota jail. The inmate was identified Wednesday as 50-year-old Jack Dale Price of Ely. A corrections deputy making his rounds at the Virginia jail on Tuesday ...

Punitive damages allowed in farmer lawsuit against Syngenta

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge will let some farmers seek punitive damages against the Syngenta seed company for selling genetically modified corn seeds before China approved imports of crops grown from them. In an order unsealed Tuesday, Hennepin County District Judge Thomas Sipkins ...

Toews gets hat trick for Hawks in 5-3 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks. Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with ...

Medical examiner identifies couple in murder-suicide case

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man and woman found fatally shot in a Rosemount home. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 33-year-old Alicia Ann Keilen was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds Friday and was a homicide victim. The medical examiner says ...

Rescue network brings adoptable dogs from Texas to Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A volunteer with a southern Minnesota animal shelter has set up a rescue network to bring dogs from overburdened shelters in Texas to Minnesota, where they may have a better chance of finding a home. Diane Lucantonio, a volunteer with the Blue Earth Nicollet County ...

Detroit Lakes police identify woman killed by freight train

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Police in Detroit Lakes have released the name of a 56-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a freight train over the weekend. Police Chief Steve Todd on Monday identified the victim as Lynn Alexander of Detroit Lakes. Authorities were called Saturday night ...

Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers on Monday put a massive crack in the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales, overwhelmingly voting to repeal the Prohibition-era law after years of failed attempts. Its passage marks an historic turn in a perennial debate in Minnesota, where lawmakers ...