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More judges could be sent to cut immigration court backlog

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The immigration court in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington has a backlog of about 5,300 cases — an all-time high. In about 150 of those cases, individuals are being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Student group causes stir with anti-illegal immigrant signs

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A student organization says it posted provocative signs about illegal immigrants at a Minnesota college as part of a social experiment. The signs were posted Monday at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter and said "white Americans" had a "civic duty to report any ...

Suspect in Minnesota mail carrier shooting identified

WARREN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the 73-year-old man who died after shooting a mail carrier's vehicle and a deputy's squad car in rural northwestern Minnesota. The medical examiner in Grand Forks County, North Dakota, identifies the man as Clarence Huderle (HUD'-ur-lee) of ...

Movie of Vince Flynn’s ‘American Assassin’ to debut Sept. 15

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The late Minnesota author Vince Flynn's counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp is coming to the big screen in September. CBS Films and Lionsgate announced Wednesday that "American Assassin," based on Flynn's best-seller, will hit theaters Sept. 15 nationwide and in North ...

Budget fights brew as Legislature starts assembling bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers' budget-setting spree is in full swing. Possible cuts to state agencies and big tax breaks began to materialize this week as House and Senate Republicans started releasing detailed budget plans with a $1.65 billion surplus in hand. It's just the ...

House GOP lines up tuition tax credit, Social Security help

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — House Republicans said they want to exempt more Social Security income from the taxes of Minnesota residents, create a credit for student loan payments and reduce property taxes for farmers as part of a $1.35 billion tax relief bill released Wednesday. The large tax ...

Another catch-and-release summer for Mille Lacs walleyes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Anglers will have to release any walleyes they catch in Mille Lacs Lake again this summer and they will be barred from even catching the fish for three weeks during the peak of the season, state wildlife officials said Tuesday. The catch-and-release regulations for ...

Judge loses challenge to Minnesota mandatory retirement age

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A district judge from Moorhead has lost his legal challenge to a Minnesota law that requires judges to retire at the age of 70. Judge Galen Vaa (vah) contends that the mandatory retirement age for district court judges is discriminatory and unconstitutional. Vaa filed ...

Lawsuit challenges Winona County’s frack sand ban

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A group of property owners has sued Winona County over its ban on industrial mining of silica sand for use in hydraulic fracturing. The Southeast Minnesota Property Owners joined Saratoga Township resident Roger Dabelstein in filing the lawsuit last week in state court, ...

Target celebrates stretch marks in new swimwear campaign

NEW YORK (AP) — Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that features four models in unretouched images as it promotes a focus on inclusivity. Social media star Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, ...

Sheriff who investigated Wetterling abduction to retire

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota sheriff who worked to solve the decades-old kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling is hanging up his badge. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced his retirement Tuesday. Sanner has worked for the sheriff's office for nearly 33 years and has been ...

4 Blaine officers sickened by fumes coming from van in chase

LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Four Blaine police officers are out of the hospital after becoming sick from fumes coming from a van that was stopped after a chase. The Blaine Police Department says an officer tried to stop the suspicious vehicle Tuesday morning, but the van took off. The chase ...

Mother of man killed by St. Paul police asks to see video

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mother of a man killed by St. Paul police is asking to view video that she says may show her son's final moments. Cordale Quinn Handy, of Waukegan, Illinois, died of multiple gunshot wounds last week. Authorities have said the 29-year-old Handy, who was black, ...

Professor sues accuser after sexual assault charges dropped

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota law professor has filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman he says falsely accused him of sexual assault. Francesco Parisi spent several weeks in the Hennepin County Jail and was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and stalking. ...

House GOP envisions big tax cuts, some government cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Republicans revealed a broad budget framework Monday that would prompt some cuts to health care programs and state agencies while pressing Gov. Mark Dayton for more than $1.3 billion in tax relief. It's just the first chapter in the Legislature's ...

4-year-old boy accidentally hangs himself in Minnesota store

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Police say a 4-year-old boy accidentally hanged himself while alone in the changing room of a Minnesota thrift store. Authorities say the incident happened Saturday afternoon at Again Thrift & More in Mankato, operated by the Minnesota Valley Action ...

Target hires grocery veteran to recharge its food division

NEW YORK (AP) — Target Corp. has named a grocery industry veteran to help recharge its sluggish food division. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based chain said Monday that Jeff Burt will assume the title of senior vice president, grocery, fresh food and beverage on April 10. Burt replaces Anne ...

After years of failures, GOP restarts road funding debate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Senate Republicans say they have a plan to fund billions of dollars in road and bridge repairs without raising the gas tax. Legislation unveiled Monday would tap a mixture of existing taxes on car parts and other automobile expenses, federal grants and borrowing to ...

Waite Park sober school seeks funds from state Legislature

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of a new Minnesota school that helps students struggling with alcohol abuse are asking lawmakers for funding. Seven students have been treated so far at the McKinley Recovery School, which is in its first year in Waite Park, the St. Cloud Times ...

DOJ faults police response in 2015 Minneapolis protests

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal review released Monday found problems with Minneapolis' coordination and communication during an 18-day standoff outside a police station following the fatal shooting of a black man in 2015, but praised officers for their professionalism and the peaceful end of ...