Minnesota News

Lawyer: Man accused of taking $5 million never left country

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for a former grain elevator manager accused of stealing $5 million from the cooperative says his client disappeared for nearly three months because he needed to clear his head. Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey, of Dalton, is the former manager of the Ashby ...

Second lead-poisoning eagle euthanized at raptor center

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota Raptor Center has euthanized a second eagle this hunting season because of lead poisoning. The Raptor Center says it sees lead poisoning cases annually beginning with deer hunting season and lead bullets are the main cause. The birds ...

University of Minnesota picks finalist for new president

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The woman who may become the next University of Minnesota president is a collaborative and approachable leader, according to education officials and colleagues. Joan Gabel is the only finalist interviewing to succeed Eric Kaler, The Star Tribune reported . The university's ...

Judge allows intentional murder charge in police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge will allow prosecutors to add an additional charge of intentional murder to the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last year. Judge Kathryn Quaintance ruled Friday that prosecutors can amend their complaint against ...

American Indian leaders condemn acts of some at encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — American Indian leaders condemned the actions of a group working in a homeless encampment in Minneapolis, saying the group has become so aggressive that some outreach workers are afraid to enter the area to help those in need. The head of the Metropolitan Urban Indian ...

Willmar man gets 3 years in prison for weapons stockpile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Willmar man who admitted that he illegally possessed a stockpile of weapons has been sentenced to three years in prison. Forty-six-year-old Chad Lee Monson was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court. According to court documents, authorities searched Monson's ...

Minnesota Orchestra conductor to step down in 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska plans to step down when his contract ends in 2022. Vanska made the announcement at the orchestra board's annual meeting Wednesday. He says he wanted to give the organization plenty of time to find his replacement. Under ...

Minnesota’s next government faces $1.5B projected surplus

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will have a projected $1.5 billion surplus for the next two-year budget period, state officials announced Thursday, setting the stage for a spirited debate over taxes and spending in the legislative session that starts in ...

Mail-only ballots discussed for presidential primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota political party leaders along with state and local officials are considering mail-only balloting for the 2020 presidential primary, a dramatic change from past practices in which citizens made their selections in party caucuses. The state will switch to a more ...

Historic 1920s Delta Queen riverboat can cruise again

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After a decade in dock, the historic 1920s-era Delta Queen riverboat will cruise again. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Tuesday authorizing the 285-foot-long (87-meter-long) riverboat immortalized in poems and songs to cruise again along the Mississippi and ...

Minnesota cities turning to saltwater to keep roads ice-free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Cities across Minnesota are turning to spraying a saltwater solution on roads to help keep them ice-free, with some saying it's more environmentally responsible than spreading rock salt. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has added brine sprayers to its fleet ...

Wild deer tests positive for wasting disease in SE Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials say a wild deer taken in Houston County has tested positive for apparent chronic wasting disease. The Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday that official confirmation will come later this week. The hunter has been notified, and the ...

Regents pick lone finalist for U of Minnesota president

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents on Wednesday advanced Joan Gabel, provost at the University of South Carolina, as the single finalist for the president's job at Minnesota's landmark university. If ultimately selected, Gabel would become the first female ...

Patrol: Troopers acted correctly in chase, playground crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says troopers worked within agency guidelines on pursuits when they chased a speeding driver who subsequently struck three children in a north Minneapolis playground. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that the Patrol on Tuesday released squad ...

Recount: Persell wins Minnesota House seat in Bemidji area

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A recount shows Democrat John Persell winning a Minnesota House seat in the Bemidji area. Persell had eight more votes that Republican state Rep. Matt Bliss going into Monday's recount. After the recount, Persell had an 11-vote lead over Bliss. The State Canvassing ...

Man’s fatal cardiac arrest after home burglary now homicide

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are treating the death of an Eden Prairie man who suffered cardiac arrest after a home invasion this fall as a homicide. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office on Monday said 63-year-old Oukham Oudavanh died of heart disease on Oct. 6 shortly ...

Key congressman optimistic about passing farm bill soon

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A key congressional voice on agriculture, U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, said Tuesday that he's optimistic that lawmakers can pass a new farm bill next week after a delay caused by the break for the funeral of former ...

Ex-Minnesota grain elevator manager charged with mail fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator who disappeared after allegedly stealing nearly $5 million is charged in federal court with mail fraud. Jerry Hennessey, 56, of Dalton surrendered and made his initial court appearance Tuesday, according to the U.S. ...

DNR plans 2 December deer hunts to manage wasting disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Special deer hunts are planned for two consecutive weekends in December aimed at limiting the spread of chronic wasting disease in wild deer in southeastern Minnesota, the state Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. The DNR announced the hunts in specific deer ...

Environmentalists go to court to fight PolyMet mine permits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several environmental groups went to court Monday to challenge the state Department of Natural Resources' decision to grant the key permits needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and its ...