Minnesota News

1st farmer lawsuit on deck against Syngenta over China trade

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first of tens of thousands of U.S. lawsuits is about to go to trial against Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta over its decision to introduce a genetically engineered corn seed variety to the U.S. market before China had approved it for imports. The lawsuits allege that ...

Duluth neighborhood improves with commercial development

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An effort has begun to brand an old blue-collar Duluth neighborhood as a collection of like-minded businesses, to not only sell more goods, but to help rebuild the neighborhood with jobs and commerce. There have been at least 25 commercial real estate transactions in the ...

Minnesota farmers begin planting under optimal weather

GARDEN CITY, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers are heading into their fields for spring planting in a tight window of opportunity in which soil moisture, temperatures and sunshine optimum yields. Ideal planting time for corn is between April 21 and May 5, and after May 5 for soybeans, the ...

American Crystal Sugar Co. hoping for smooth contract talks

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Officials with American Crystal Sugar Co. are hoping to have a contract settled with employees within the next month. KFGO radio reports (http://bit.ly/2p6kx8d) that the contract workers will receive $2,000 bonuses if a deal is reach by May 22. Crystal Sugar spokeswoman ...

Honor guard formed for North Dakotan killed during search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About two dozen Minneapolis area firefighters and police officers have volunteered for honor guard duties for a dive team member who died in Texas while on an emergency call and is heading home for burial in her native North Dakota. Forty-six-year-old Lori Pohanka-Kalama ...

Man missing after boat accident on St. Croix River

BAYPORT, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man is missing after a boat accident on the St. Croix River near Bayport. Washington County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Brad Marquardt says authorities responded to a call about 2:50 a.m. Sunday. Marquardt says a man and woman were on the boat when it began ...

Minnesota seeks injunction against Fargo-Moorhead flood plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has asked a federal judge to block construction of a $2.1 billion flood control project in the Fargo-Moorhead area until it issues permits for the project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Monday in Horace, North Dakota, at the site of a planned inlet ...

Muslim teen wins right to box competitively in hijab

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Muslim teen boxer from Minnesota who hopes to one day compete in the Olympics has won a fight to wear a hijab during matches in the U.S. Amaiya Zafar will also be allowed to cover her arms and legs in accordance with her religious beliefs while competing in her first ...

With tears, tattoos, Prince fans remember him a year later

By AMY FORLITI and JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose is a time for sadness and celebration. It was a year ago Friday that the music superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the ...

Teen says man who stabbed her in Walmart is a stranger

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A girl who suffered stab wounds at a Walmart in St. Cloud says her attacker is a stranger. Police were called to the Walmart about 7:30 p.m. Thursday and found the 17-year-old St. Cloud girl with a stab wound to her left arm. She was treated at St. Cloud ...

Report: Voyageurs visitors add $24 million to local economy

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A new report from the National Park Service estimates the local economic impact of visitors to Voyageurs National Park at about $24 million in 2016. The park service says nearly 242,000 people visited Voyageurs last year, spending nearly $20 million in ...

Wild pick up first win

ST. LOUIS — The Minnesota Wild forced a fifth game against St. Louis with a 2-0 win on Wednesday night. Game 5 will be on Saturday night in St. Paul. The Wild scored the game’s first goal at 16:50 in the first period after Charlie Coyled scored an unassisted goal. Martin Hanzal gave the ...

Minnesota Legislature enters lull with negotiations stalled

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All eyes at the Minnesota Legislature are on crafting a new budget, but you wouldn't know it from the pace at the Capitol. After several weeks dedicated to cobbling together budget bills that passed the Republican-controlled House and Senate, the Legislature is ...

St. Paul man acquitted in shooting death case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man charged with fatally shooting a teenager at a Highland Park house party last summer has been acquitted. Brandon D'Angelo Alexander, 23, was acquitted Tuesday of two second-degree murder charges, Defense attorney Richard Sarette told the St. Paul Pioneer ...

19 Minnesota dairy farms affected by US-Canada trade dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S.-Canada trade dispute has spread to Minnesota, where officials say 19 dairy farms are affected. Lucas Sjostrom, (SHOW'-strum), executive director of the Minnesota Milk Producers Association, said Wednesday that 19 Minnesota producers are among the 70 to 75 initially ...

Minnesota girl in mutilation case allowed back with parents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota girl who prosecutors say was taken to Michigan for a genital mutilation procedure has been allowed to return to her parents. The girl is one of two Minnesota 7-year-olds who told authorities their mothers brought them to a Michigan clinic to see Dr. Jumana ...

Challenged by GOP, Dayton calls to boost water quality

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds gathered at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday to hear Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton push for stronger water quality protections in the state, a marquee issue for the governor in his final term. At the same time, a small group of lawmakers, eight Republicans and ...

1 year after Prince’s death, another turn for The Revolution

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For members of Prince's 1980s backing band The Revolution, reuniting and hitting the road for a spring U.S. tour is how they are coping with the "Purple Rain" pop superstar's unexpected death a year ago. "We're taking it to the people who are grieving like we are, and ...

Lawmakers signal a possible deal on Real ID bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers seemed to indicate Tuesday that compromise is underway to comply with federal ID standards, signaling a shift away from a provision that would ban immigrants living illegally in the state from getting drivers' licenses. A joint legislative committee ...

Contenders line up for Minnesota attorney general race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The race for Minnesota attorney general is already underway, even though the current officeholder hasn't said if she'll run for re-election or run for governor. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party hasn't given a timetable on ...