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Canadian man dies in NE Minnesota snowmobile crash

BUYCK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Minnesota say a Canadian man has died in a snowmobile crash. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office was notified of the crash on the Cook Area Snowmobile Trail near Buyck just before 6 p.m. Saturday. Authorities say the crash happened on a ...

BCA releases names of 3 dead in northern Minnesota

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of three people who died of gunshots during an incident in northern Minnesota last week. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office says 40-year-old Heidi Eve Pierce and 37-year-old Candi Cheryl Goochey, both of Akeley, died from a ...

‘The new Miguel Sano’ trimmed down as Twins camp opens

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Miguel Sano walked into the Minnesota Twins' clubhouse just before 8 a.m., looking trimmed down in rainbow sneakers and a black sweat suit. "You look good," said catcher Jason Castro, a sentiment echoed by teammates between hugs and handshakes with the 25-year-old ...

Legionnaires’ disease cases investigated in NW Minnesota

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is investigating four recent cases of Legionnaires' disease in northwestern Minnesota. The department said Friday the four people became ill between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27 after visiting the Crookston Inn and Convention Center. The four did ...

Coal train derails in northeast Minnesota

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up a coal train derailment in northeastern Minnesota. Forty rail cars of a 121-car train loaded with coal derailed near Cloquet around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. BNSF Railway spokeswoman Amy McBeth says several cars ended up on their sides near or partially ...

Minnesota lawmakers look to invest in ‘full-service’ schools

By ELIZABETH SHOCKMAN, Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The front office at St. Paul Music Academy looks like most school offices. There's a spot for the principal, the school nurse and the receptionist. But there's also a dentist chair where students and their siblings ...

Widow of sheriff’s deputy speaks out about mental illness

By MARY DIVINE, Twin Cities Pioneer Press STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Cindy Lannon instantly knew something was wrong. Returning home from a medical appointment the Monday after Thanksgiving, Lannon expected to find her husband's brown loafers on the front mat. They weren't there. "Your head ...

Bill seeks to reduce foster placements of black children

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers have reintroduced legislation aimed at reducing out-of-home foster placements for black children and keeping more families together within the state's child protection system. Sen. Jeff Hayden and Rep. Rena Moran have sponsored the Minnesota ...

Minnesota bill could boost farm-to-school initiatives

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota lawmakers are proposing a bill that would reimburse school districts for feeding students healthy, local foods through farm-to-school initiatives. Republican Sen. Mike Goggin and Democratic Rep. Todd Lippert recently introduced the legislation that would ...

Apartment popularity rises in Twins Cities, along with rents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The cost of renting an apartment in the Minneapolis area continues to rise, even after a year of massive construction. The Star Tribune reports that a report from a company that tracks new and existing market-rate apartment buildings across the metro area shows a vacancy ...

Dem presidential candidates introducing themselves to voters

By ELANA SCHOR, Associated Press Five Democratic senators vying for their party's nomination to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020 fanned out across the country Saturday to campaign and meet voters. Kamala Harris of California spent her second straight day in the pivotal early-voting ...

Minneapolis man accused of killing neighbor, adult daughter

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man is charged with fatally shooting his neighbor and her adult daughter following an argument last weekend. Forty-six-year-old Richie Vessel faces two counts of second-degree murder with intent in the deaths of Eileen Mark and Jennifer Angerhofer. A criminal ...

Isanti man charged in 1993 fatal stabbing in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Isanti businessman is charged in the 1993 stabbing death of a Minneapolis woman after investigators recently collected DNA evidence from a napkin he discarded at a hockey game. Fifty-two-year-old Jerry Westrom is accused of stabbing 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs dozens ...

Minnesota-based Toro to buy Oklahoma-based Ditch Witch maker

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Bloomington, Minnesota-based The Toro Company has announced plans to purchase the Oklahoma-based company that manufactures Ditch Witch and other underground construction equipment. Toro said in a news release Friday that it will pay $700 million in cash for The ...

Fatal brain disease found in a wild deer in Crow Wing County

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers have confirmed chronic wasting disease in a wild deer in Crow Wing County of east-central Minnesota, marking the first discovery of the fatal brain disease among the state's wild deer outside the southeastern corner of Minnesota. Lou Cornicelli, ...

Omar’s edgy Israel tweet no surprise to some back home

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Ilhan Omar's political star was rising last year on her way to becoming one of the first Muslim women in Congress, several Minnesota Jewish leaders invited her to talk privately about past statements they considered ...

Sheriff: 3 dead, deputy injured in northern Minnesota

NEVIS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities are investigating the deaths of three people, including a gunman who led sheriff's deputies on a car chase while exchanging gunfire. The Hubbard County Sheriff's Office says deputies responding to a shooting in the City of Nevis Thursday found a ...

Prosecutors ask for 911 call played in ex-cop’s murder trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the upcoming trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman want jurors to hear a 911 call the officer responded to shortly before the shooting. Prosecutors say in pre-trial filings Friday that the call to check on the ...

Report blames 2 state agencies for botched MNLARS launch

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top officials at two state agencies share the blame for the botched rollout in 2017 of a new driver's license and vehicle registration system, Minnesota's legislative auditor said in a scathing report Thursday. The more than $100 million and nine years devoted to ...

Ex-Minnesota elevator manager pleads guilty in swindle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator pleaded guilty Thursday in a swindle that cost his employer millions of dollars so he could pay for hunting safaris, taxidermy services and real estate. Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton pleaded guilty Thursday to ...