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Police: 2-year-old boy killed in 4-vehicle crash in Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Moorhead police say a 2-year-old boy was killed in a four-vehicle crash. The crash happened at an intersection on Highway 10 around noon Saturday. Police say an eastbound pickup struck the rear of a vehicle occupied by two adults and the child. Both vehicles continued ...

Minnesota may see smoky skies due to western wildfires

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota could see a repeat of smoky skies next summer as huge fires continue in the western United States. Daniel Dix, an air quality meteorologist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, told Minnesota Public Radio that wildfires, such as the recent blazes in ...

House fire kills man in west-central Minnesota

LAKE LILLIAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead after a house fire in west-central Minnesota. The Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office says the fire was report shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday at the house east of Lake Lillian. When deputies arrived, the man who lived in the home was ...

More people moving to Minnesota after 15-year exodus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Census Bureau estimates say more people moved to Minnesota than moved out of the state last year. The state gained about 7,500 residents through domestic migration for the year ending July 1, the Pioneer Press reported . The numbers break a 15-year streak of more ...

Man pleads guilty to killing mechanic working on food truck

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 32-year-old man who shot and filled a mechanic who was working on a food truck in north Minneapolis has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. The Hennepin County attorney's office says the plea deal calls for Henry Cousins, of Minneapolis, to serve 21 years in prison ...

Minnesota releases crucial draft permit for disputed mine

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A contentious copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota took another step forward Friday when state regulators released a crucial draft permit for public comment. "It's a major milestone for the project," Brad Moore, PolyMet ...

2 people die in Alexandria residential fire

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two people have died in a mobile home fire in Alexandria. Police say firefighters were dispatched to the home about 5 a.m. Friday and found the home fully engulfed in flames. First responders were told there were possibly two people ...

North Dakota’s first urea plant to start production

BEULAH, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's first urea plant is on schedule to start producing the solid-form fertilizer this month. The $740 million plant near Beulah is acting as a boon to regional farmers and transforming operations at the Great Plains Synfuels Plant. Plant Manager Dale Johnson ...

Smith hits the road as Minnesota’s newest senator

STACY, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith is hitting the road to kick off her new job. Minnesota's newest senator returned to Minnesota Friday for a swing through state, with stops scheduled in Stacy, Duluth and the Iron Range before returning to Minneapolis. She was sworn in Wednesday to replace ...

2 arrested in death of woman found in Columbia Heights

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police have arrested two men in the death of a St. Paul woman whose body was found in a running car in Columbia Heights on New Year's Day. Authorities say the man suspected in the death of 29-year-old Linda Pa Vue was her companion and has been booked into the ...

Driver of horse-drawn buggy struck, killed by semi

OSSEO, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin State Patrol says an Osseo man operating a horse-drawn buggy was struck and killed by a semi. The crash happened on Highway 10 east of Osseo about 5 p.m. Wednesday. Authorities say 26-year-old Moses Petersheim was the only person in the buggy when it was hit ...

Minnesota crews harvest ice for winter carnival ice palace

SPICER, Minn. (AP) — Crews are busy making thousands of big ice blocks at a lake in central Minnesota that will be used to build the ice palace at a winter carnival later this month. Workers need about 3,700 blocks to build the 70-foot-tall palace for the St. Paul Winter Carnival, which ...

Man suspected of abducting ex-girlfriend arrested

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Minnetonka two weeks ago. The City of Minnetonka said on Twitter that 37-year-old Jahon Douglas of Burnsville was arrested about 1 p.m. Thursday in Minneapolis. Douglas is accused of ...

Ellison tweet on Antifa handbook and Trump draws criticism

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison is drawing criticism for calling attention to a book that critics say condones a left-leaning group using violence in clashes with white supremacists. Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, posted a photo on ...

Chief federal prosecutor in Minnesota gets upgraded title

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has upgraded the title of the chief federal prosecutor in Minnesota. Sessions on Wednesday named Gregory Brooker as interim U.S. attorney for Minnesota. Brooker had been acting U.S. attorney since March 2017. Brooker was one of 17 ...

GOP’s Fischbach assumes Lt. Gov. role, rejects higher pay

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new Republican Lt. Gov. Michelle Fischbach said Wednesday she'll reject the job's higher salary and hasn't scheduled the constitutionally-required oath of office as she fights to keep her seat in the Senate. Fischbach's ascension to Democratic Gov. Mark ...

Teen found injured on Minneapolis sidewalk stabbed to death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say an 18-year-old man found injured on a Minneapolis sidewalk was stabbed to death. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office on Tuesday identified the victim as Ahkeem Deontravaye Robinson of Big Lake. Officers found Robinson about 2 a.m. Monday after ...

GOP’s Bachmann mulling bid for Franken’s Senate seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Michele Bachmann, the deeply conservative former congresswoman and one-time presidential contender, said she is considering running for Al Franken's former Senate seat in Minnesota. Bachmann recently told televangelist Jim Bakker that she has been praying about the ...

Ramsey County judge pleads guilty to drunken driving

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has pleaded guilty to drunken driving in St. Paul on New Year's Day and apologized. Judge G. Tony Atwal pleaded guilty Tuesday to one gross misdemeanor count of DWI. Other charges were dismissed. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Atwal said in ...

Some Minneapolis streets begin closing ahead of Super Bowl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With just over a month to go before the Super Bowl, some streets near U.S. Bank Stadium already are closing in downtown Minneapolis. Parts of Chicago Avenue, Fifth Street South and Norm McGrew Place closed to traffic Tuesday. Those streets will remain closed until Feb. 11, ...