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Ex-lawmaker Tom Rukavina, Iron Range champion, dies at 68

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic state lawmaker Tom Rukavina, a champion of northeastern Minnesota's blue-collar Iron Range, died Monday, a former legislative colleague said. Rukavina was 68. Rukavina died in Minneapolis, where he was being treated for an aggressive form of leukemia, ...

Minnesota Legislature convenes with new balance of power

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The 2019 Minnesota Legislature convenes at noon Tuesday with a new governor, a new balance of power and a projected $1.5 billion budget surplus that might make deals easier to reach than in 2018. Gov.-elect Tim Walz, who gets sworn in Monday, portrays himself as a leader ...

Walz prepares to take oath as Minnesota’s 41st governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tim Walz is preparing to take the oath to become Minnesota's 41st governor since statehood. The Democratic former congressman from Mankato says he's ready to hit the ground running after Monday's ceremonies at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. He's already named all ...

Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Inver Grove Heights

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police in Inver Grove Heights say a suspect has been arrested in a weekend hit-and-run that and killed a 55-year-old woman. The Inver Grove Heights Police Department says a 30-year-old woman from Inver Grove Heights turned herself in Sunday after seeing a ...

Program seeks to have Somali women get cancer screenings

By RIHAM FESHIR, Minnesota Public Radio MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Wali Dirie's mother was in her 50s, her doctor advised her to start going in for regular mammograms. So she went. But when it came time to undress for the exam, she stopped. "She asked me my thoughts and my decisions, and I ...

Report blasts major Minnesota telecommunications company

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators say a major telecommunications company has failed to provide "adequate or reliable service" and needs to fix its problems and refund money to some customers. The Minnesota Department of Commerce report released Friday says Frontier Communications may ...

Authorities identify man shot, killed by Albert Lea police

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was shot and killed by police officers in Albert Lea. Investigators say 27-year-old Joseph Roberts died of multiple gunshot wounds after officers responded to a 911 call involving a disturbance about 10 a.m. Thursday. The state ...

Minneapolis to get major league Quidditch team

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will soon be home to a major league Quidditch team, a sport inspired by the "Harry Potter" book series that's gaining popularity among Muggles around the world. Major League Quidditch in December announced the creation of a franchise expansion team in ...

Former student sues Lakeville schools in Nerf Wars crash

LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A former student is joining a lawsuit against the Lakeville school district over injuries he suffered in a 2015 car crash during a Nerf gun game. Twenty-one-year-old Alexander Hughes claims school officials should have taken steps to protect students from what they ...

Stu Lourey, Rarick say they’ll run for Senate seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The son of a Minnesota state senator appointed to incoming Gov. Tim Walz's administration says he'll run for his father's seat. Stu Lourey, who has worked as an aide to Sens. Al Franken and Tina Smith, declared his interest in the seat after his father Tony was named ...

Minneapolis police arrest man in connection with fatal fight

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis have arrested a man in connection with a deadly fight between two acquaintances. Officers were called about 10:30 p.m. Thursday and found a gravely injured man at the scene. The victim was taken to Hennepin County Medical Center where he died a short ...

2 pedestrians struck, killed in Roseville

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Two people were struck and killed by a pickup truck as they crossed a busy street in Roseville. Police say a man and woman died after they were hit by the truck at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. They were identified Friday as 47-year-old Robert Buxton and 45-year-old ...

Gov.-elect Walz picks Harrington as new public safety chief

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov.-elect Tim Walz on Friday named Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington, a former St. Paul police chief and state senator, as the new public safety chief in his incoming administration. Walz also said he's keeping two more ...

Audit: Failings in training factored into St. Paul K-9 bites

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An audit of the St. Paul Police Department's K-9 unit shows widespread failings in training, supervision and record keeping contributed to dog attacks on bystanders. The audit was ordered in July as the city placed restrictions on K-9 use after three high-profile bites ...

Investors, farmers guessing as shutdown delays crop reports

By SCOTT McFETRIDGE, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it must delay the release of key crop reports due to the partial government shutdown, leaving investors and farmers without vital information during an already tumultuous ...

1 person dead after police shooting in Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — One person is dead after a police shooting in Albert Lea. The police department says officers responded to a 911 call involving a person in an alley about 10 a.m. Thursday and ended up shooting the person, who died at the scene. No one else was hurt. Further details ...

Woman shot by trooper she tried to shoot pleads guilty

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A Milwaukee woman accused of trying to shoot a Minnesota state trooper has pleaded guilty to attempted murder. Authorities say 30-year-old Melody Gray pointed a handgun at Trooper Mark Peterson's head and tried to pull the trigger after Peterson stopped following a ...

Walz appointment gives Senate GOP some space

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Incoming Gov. Tim Walz's appointment of a Democratic senator to his administration gives Republicans some temporary breathing space in the chamber. Walz named Tony Lourey on Thursday to head the Department of Human Services. Lourey's departure from the Senate doubles ...

State says addresses of about 1,500 improperly shared

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state Department of Public Safety says it accidentally gave addresses of about 1,500 people who registered their vehicles to private companies, after those people had requested the information stay private. DPS says the data went to the companies Experian, RL Polk ...

Walz chooses Lourey to head state Human Services

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Gov.-elect Tim Walz named state Sen. Tony Lourey on Thursday to take over Minnesota largest state agency, the Department of Human Services, which is responsible for nearly one-third of the state's spending. Lourey was among seven ...