Minnesota News

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 ...

Man charged with felony for pulling gun on Somali teens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors on Monday charged a Minneapolis area man with a felony for allegedly pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's last month. The Hennepin County Attorney's charged Lloyd Edward Johnson, 55, of Eden Prairie with felony terroristic threats and ...

Minneapolis police commander out over ‘despicable’ tree

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The commander of a Minneapolis police precinct has been replaced following the uproar over Christmas tree decorations that the mayor said amounted to a "racist display." Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder confirmed Monday that inspector Aaron Biard had been removed as ...

Next Minnesota House speaker will dump master mute button

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The outgoing Republican speaker of the Minnesota House had the power to silence debate with the push of a button. His Democratic successor says one of the first things she'll do when she takes over is remove the master mute button. The GOP leadership quietly had the button ...

Snowmobiler’s body recovered from lake in McLeod County

WINSTED, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a snowmobiler who went underwater on a lake in central Minnesota. The McLeod County Sheriff's Office says emergency responders found the body of 52-year-old Lawrence Stifter of Winsted in Winsted Lake on Thursday afternoon. The ...

Storm dumps up to 11 inches of snow in southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — People across southern Minnesota are digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 11 inches of snow on Sherburn and near Lakefield as of Sunday morning. Winnebago reports 9 inches of snow, Mankato 8 inches and ...

Minnesota church ends 70-year tradition of lutefisk dinner

FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota church has ended its 70-year tradition of serving a dinner of lutefisk, a Nordic dish of dried cod soaked in lye, and the pastor has penned a eulogy for the dinner's end. Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, Minnesota, would serve a Scandinavian dinner ...

Too much talk, too few catches for Vikings receiver Thielen

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was so revved up about some potential Patriots skullduggery during the fourth quarter that an official had to hold him back from New England coach Bill Belichick on the sideline. But after the game, Thielen walked back his behavior and ...

Mental health issues, sex assault reports up among students

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study shows that University of Minnesota students are reporting sexual assault and depression on campus at an increased rate. The Minnesota Daily reports that the College Student Health Survey found a significant surge in students reporting mental health issues and ...

Duluth woman found dead near her snow-covered vehicle

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The body of a woman missing for more than two weeks has been found in Lake County. The Pioneer Press reports the Lake County sheriff's office on Wednesday located the body of 57-year-old Janeen Bauer Peters, about 500 yards from her vehicle near County Road 2 and south ...

Remains of soldier MIA from Korean War identified

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — The remains of a Minnesota soldier was reported missing in action in North Korea 68 years ago have been identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Army Master Sgt. Carl H. Lindquist of Willmar was identified by research that included DNA, dental records and ...

Ex-Sen. Al Franken takes first steps back into public arena

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. The former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman released a podcast on health ...

Minnesota exports continue growth trend in third quarter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials say Minnesota's agricultural, mining and manufacturing exports grew 6½ percent to $5.7 billion between July and the end of September. It marks the seventh consecutive quarter of growth. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says the ...