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Minnesota shelter to offer place for sex trafficking victims

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — A home in central Minnesota is offering victims of sex trafficking a safe place to live. Terebinth Refuge in Waite Park will be able to house six people when it opens in April, The St. Cloud Times reported. The home will provide faith-centered services with a ...

Cats and coffee: Cat cafe opening in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis business is providing patrons with a place to sip coffee and play with rescue cats that are up for adoption. The Cafe Meow opened Feb. 16, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The cafe is divided into two areas: a coffee shop on one side and the cat lounge on the ...

Fixes for tax filing, license system on tap for session

By KYLE POTTER and YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday with plenty of work to do and no guarantee they'll finish it. The Legislature's work will hinge on an updated estimate of the state's financial status that is due ...

Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at ...

Teen struck and killed in St. Louis Park

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died after he was struck by two vehicles in a Minneapolis suburb. The Minnesota State Patrol says the boy was hit by a westbound car on Highway 7 in St. Louis Park last evening. He was propelled into eastbound traffic and ...

Day care owner pleads guilty to trying to kill toddler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis day care owner has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler in her home. Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a ...

Report: Ex-employee source of Garrison Keillor allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The person who first accused the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion" of inappropriate conduct with a female employee was a disgruntled male staffer who spoke up after he was fired from the show last summer, according to a report published Friday. The Star Tribune ...

3 men accused of trying to export drone parts to Hezbollah

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, authorities announced Friday. The U.S. ...

1 man dead, another hospitalized after Sauk Rapids shooting

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Sauk Rapids police say one man is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting. Police responded to a report of gunshots just before 3 a.m. Friday. Two men were found with gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to St. Cloud Hospital, but the St. Cloud Times ...

Minneapolis shooting kills 1 man, wounds another

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shooting in Minneapolis has killed one man and wounded another. Police were called to a shooting inside a residence in north Minneapolis at 11 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived and found one man dead. Shortly afterward police learned that a second man had arrived at North ...

Mall of America stabber sentenced to 15 years for attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America. Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack at the ...

Police: Driver shoots armed man involved in attack

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Police in Minnesota say a motorist shot and killed a man who had pulled a knife on another driver following a multi-vehicle crash. The events unfolded Wednesday afternoon along Highway 65 in the Minneapolis suburb of Fridley. Police say the man with the knife was ...

DNR: NE Minnesota moose population still stable but low

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says the moose population in northeastern Minnesota remains stable but relatively low for the seventh year in a row. The department released results of the 2018 moose survey Thursday. DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr says while the ...

3 more child deaths from flu reported in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State health officials say three more children have died of complications of the flu, bringing the number of Minnesota children who have died of influenza this season to four. The number of Minnesotans hospitalized with flu symptoms has topped 4,200. That's the highest ...

Donor identifies mystery brass bell in southern Minnesota

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — The mystery of a large bell in southern Minnesota apparently has been solved. A rural St. Peter man who anonymously donated a large school bell to a history center stepped forward Thursday. Steve Scholl said he dropped the bell off near a back door four years ...

No criminal charges in death of runner in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hennepin County prosecutors won't be filing criminal charges against a St. Paul man who struck and killed a runner in St. Paul last year. Police initially said Peter Berge might have been distracted and impaired when he hit 35-year-old Scott Spoo of Woodbury on Feb. ...

Jury acquits driver of serious charges in fatal I-35W crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has acquitted a western Wisconsin woman of felony charges in a crash that killed a Minnesota woman nearly two years ago. Jurors on Tuesday found 36-year-old Destiny Xiong of Hudson, Wisconsin, not guilty of the most serious charges she faced — criminal ...

Consumer watchdog group warns about snowplow company

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A consumer protection group is warning about a snowplowing company after customers in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois say they didn't receive services they paid for. Better Business Bureau of Wisconsin issued a warning Wednesday after customers pre-paid $350 to $625 for ...

Priest arrested on accusations of sexual misconduct

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A priest who serves in the Diocese of St. Cloud has been arrested on accusations of sexual misconduct. The Rev. Anthony Oelrich is jailed in Steans County Wednesday and is scheduled for a court appearance on allegations of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. St. ...

Minnesota to remember Medal of Honor recipient

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will recognize a Medal of Honor recipient by flying flags at half-staff at state and federal buildings. Flags will be flown half-staff on Wednesday as a birthday remembrance of Major Leo Thorsness, who died in May, Minnesota Public Radio reported . Thorsness ...