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House call turns into horse call for police in Minnesota

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a suburban Minneapolis resident reported a strange intruder in her basement. It was a horse. Inver Grove Heights police arrived at the woman's home late Friday night to find a pale-colored horse walking through various rooms as officers ...

Woman killed in house explosion identified

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the woman killed in a house explosion that critically injured her husband in Dakota County. The body of 56-year-old Theresa Ann Snoeyenbos was found in the debris of the exploded home in Hampton Tuesday. Snoeyenbos was identified by the ...

Man who died after being found naked near river identified

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — A man who died after being found naked and in medical distress by the Washougal River in southwest Washington has been identified as a Minnesota man. Clark County authorities say 43-year-old John Mullenmeister was taken by ambulance to a hospital on Feb. 2 where he ...

Target updates app after TV station reveals pricing changes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target has modified its smartphone app after a Minneapolis TV station reported that prices displayed on the app changed whenever users approached the retailer's stores, sometimes rising by hundreds of dollars. KARE-TV reports the Minneapolis-based retailer recently ...

Man charged in driver’s shooting killed teen during holdup

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a man charged with shooting and wounding a school bus driver in Minneapolis had fatally shot an armed teenager who was trying to rob him more than three years ago. Thirty-one-year-old Kenneth Lilly was not charged in the 2015 incident in St. Paul, as ...

Faith leaders and lawmakers press Walz about Line 3 pipeline

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Faith leaders gathered at the Capitol on Friday to urge Gov. Tim Walz to oppose Enbridge Energy's Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, while a mostly Republican group of lawmakers urged him to let the disputed project move ...

Minnesota bill on sexual harassment legal standards advances

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House committee approved a bill Thursday to make it easier for workplace sexual harassment victims to sue by lowering a legal bar that advocates say is too high. Rep. Kelly Moller and other witnesses told a judiciary panel that Minnesota courts have adopted ...

Walz forms IT panel to advise on troubled MNLARS system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed an executive order creating a blue-ribbon council to advise state government on information technology issues, including the troubled MNLARS driver licensing and vehicle registration system. The council will be chaired by Rick King, executive ...

Data center smoke causes outage for Wells Fargo customers

NEW YORK (AP) — Smoke at one of Wells Fargo's data centers left some of the bank's customers without access to online or mobile banking as well as accessing cash from ATMs on Thursday. Wells Fargo said workers discovered the problem following routine maintenance. "We're working to restore ...

Snowmobiler sentenced to 12 years in crash that killed boy

CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) — A snowmobiler has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for crashing into an 8-year-old boy on Chisago Lake and killing him. Forty-six-year-old Eric Coleman, of Chisago City, was sentenced Thursday for driving the snowmobile that fatally struck ...

Propane may have fueled fatal Minnesota house explosion

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — Fire officials say a fatal house explosion in Dakota County may have been fueled by propane. The explosion south of Hampton killed a woman and severely burned a man early Tuesday. Deputies found a man wandering the scene of the blast with severe burns over much of his ...

Man charged with firing on school bus, wounding driver

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors say a 31-year-old security guard fired five shots into the windshield of a school bus that had scraped his car on a snowy highway near downtown Minneapolis, wounding the driver but not striking a child who was on board. Kenneth Lilly, of St. Paul, was charged ...

Authorities believe 2 sets of remains found near Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota now believe they may have recovered two sets of human remains near Bemidji. The Beltrami County Sheriff's Office was contacted Monday about a possible missing person who was traveling to the Bemidji area from the Twin Cities. The caller ...

House Republican seeks quick Walz decision on Line 3 appeal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A House Republican says he hopes a decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals prompts Gov. Tim Walz to decide quickly that his administration should drop a challenge to the approval of Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern ...

Minnesota lawmakers, labor make push against wage theft

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers and labor leaders began a push Wednesday to stiffen penalties on employers who fail to pay workers the wages they're owed, a top priority for House Democrats this session. They said state figures show that at least 40,000 Minnesota residents are ...

4 charged in oil pipeline shutdown attempt

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in northern Minnesota have charged four protesters who allegedly tried to shut down an Enbridge oil pipeline, but brought the wrong tool. Itasca County Attorney Matti Adam says charges were filed Wednesday against 40-year-old Brenna Cussen Anglada of ...

Rarick gives GOP boost with Senate special election win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Jason Rarick has given his party a boost by winning a special election in Minnesota's state Senate. Rarick eased past Democrat Stu Lourey to win the District 11 seat that opened up when Lourey's father, Tony Lourey, was appointed to Democratic Gov. Tim ...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to make 2020 announcement on Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota signaled on Tuesday she could become the next Democrat to enter the presidential contest, teasing a major announcement on Sunday in Minneapolis. "Come to Boom Island in Minnesota ... and you'll find out," she told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. ...

Police: School bus driver shot after crash in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a school bus driver was wounded in a shooting that followed a crash with another vehicle on a snowy interstate near downtown Minneapolis. Minneapolis Public Schools said in a statement that one student was on the small bus Tuesday afternoon and was not ...

Narrow divide in Senate raises stakes in special election

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Voters in northern Minnesota take part in a special Senate election Tuesday with a little more at stake than usual. Republicans had just a one-seat majority in the Senate before newly elected Gov. Tim Walz appointed Democrat Tony Lourey to his cabinet. Now the GOP is ...