Minnesota News

Business conditions index slips but still shows good signs

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A business conditions index for nine Midwest and Plains states dropped over the past month but still suggests that regional economic conditions are improving, a survey report said Friday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index slipped to 57.2 in November from 58.8 in ...

Health care fallout: Fate of 8M low-income children in limbo

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and JIM ANDERSON, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TC Bell knows what life is like without health insurance after growing up with a mother who cobbled together care from a public health clinic, emergency room visits and off-the-books visits to a doctor they knew. That ...

Teen operating buggy struck, killed by semi

STAPLES, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a teenager steering a horse and buggy has died after he was hit by a semi. Authorities say 17-year-old David Miller was struck on Highway 210 west of Staples in Todd County Thursday. WJON reports Miller was airlifted to North Memorial ...

Midwest economy: November state-by-state glance

By The Associated Press The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult ...

3M tells Alabama that it underreported chemicals in river

By EVAN BELANGER, Decatur Daily DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — For more than three years, 3M Co. underreported its discharge of a class of potentially toxic chemicals into the Tennessee River by a factor of 1,000, according to a letter sent by a 3M official to regulators at the Alabama Department of ...

3 people face charges after large drug bust in Wahpeton

WAHPETON, N.D. (AP) — Three people from Minnesota are facing charges after a drug bust in Wahpeton. Members of the Southeast Multi County Agency Drug Task Force who searched a home Tuesday say they seized about 2 pounds of marijuana, along with methamphetamine and heroin. The drugs are worth ...

4 indicted in gang battle over drug territory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal indictment says conspiracy charges against four men in Minneapolis are the result of a rival gangs battling over drug territory and retaliating for the slaying of a gang member. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the indictment details an ongoing war between members ...

Correction: Father Killed-Daughter Charged story

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — In a story Nov. 30 about a woman who was sentenced in the killing of her father, The Associated Press erroneously reported the victim's first name. The victim's name is Jeffrey Schilling, not Jerry. A corrected version of the story is below: Woman sentenced to nearly ...

Anonymous driver sends police $1,000 30 years after crash

SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A person who apparently sped off after hitting a parked car in a Minneapolis suburb more than 30 years ago anonymously sent $1,000 to local police this month and asked them to pass it on to the car's owner, if possible. The sender also sent a letter to the South ...

Woman sentenced to nearly 30 years for killing father

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota woman has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for killing her 66-year-old father. Forty-year-old Lisa May Kearney of St. Cloud was sentenced Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to second-degree murder. Kearney will get credit for the ...

House debates Minnesota expanded mining legislation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislation from two Minnesota congressmen which allows for expanded mining in northeastern Minnesota has caused broader environmental debate in the U.S. House and divided the state's congressional delegation. The House Tuesday passed DFL Rep. Rick Nolan's bill that ...

Garrison Keillor firing prompts backlash from his fans

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Outraged Garrison Keillor fans deluged Minnesota Public Radio Thursday with complaints about the firing of the humorist over alleged workplace misconduct. Some say they will no longer support MPR, one of the nation's largest public radio operations, which depends heavily ...

Man who killed child pleads guilty, faces 40 years in prison

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Crystal man accused of fatally beating his girlfriend's 2-year-old son has pleaded guilty. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says the plea for 22-year-old Quran Mitchell calls for a 40-year prison sentence. Authorities say the boy's mother called 911 on the night of ...

Spirit Airlines adds 4 flights from Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Spirit Airlines says it will begin seasonal service from Seattle to Chicago, Dallas, Miami and Minneapolis starting next year. The Seattle Times reports the low-cost, low-service air carrier made the announcement Wednesday. Spirit touts inexpensive basic fares, with ...

Garrison Keillor fired for ‘inappropriate behavior’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Garrison Keillor, whose stories of small-town characters entertained legions of public radio listeners for 40 years on "A Prairie Home Companion," became another celebrity felled by allegations of workplace misconduct on Wednesday when Minnesota Public Radio terminated his ...

Woman charged in pregnant neighbor’s death to change plea

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota woman accused of killing a pregnant neighbor so she and her boyfriend could keep the baby intends to change her not-guilty plea. Brooke Crews, 38, filed a change-of-plea notice Monday in Cass County court. The notice doesn't say how Crews intends to change ...

Agency says US, Canada fall short on protecting Great Lakes

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Despite recent improvements, the U.S. and Canada have a long way to go toward ridding the Great Lakes of pollution that endangers human health and the environment, an advisory agency said Tuesday. Inadequately treated sewage, industrial chemicals and farm runoff ...

Hennepin County officials OK Lake Calhoun name change

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hennepin County commissioners have approved changing the name of Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis' largest lake, but more regulatory steps remain. The board voted 4-3 Tuesday to change the name of the lake to Bde Maka Ska (beh-DAY' mah-KAH' skah), the original Dakota name meaning ...

Alcohol permit sought for events at Prince’s Paisley Park

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — Operators of Prince's former home and recording complex in Minnesota are seeking a special permit so they can serve alcohol during the week of the Super Bowl. Some people are questioning the request, noting the late musician didn't allow alcohol to be served at ...

Jirek named new director at Fargo’s Northern Crops Institute

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Mark Jirek has been named director of the Northern Crops Institute at North Dakota State University. Jirik has more than 17 years of experience in commodity merchandising and commercial management at Cargill. He holds a master's degree in agricultural economics from the ...