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Sheriff: Man dies after assault in northern Minnesota

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old man has died after he was assaulted in northern Minnesota. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch says his office was notified late Thursday that a "serious assault" victim had been brought to the Cass Lake Indian Health Services hospital. Burch ...

Minnesota family, district argue over special education

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis school district is contesting a ruling that requires the district pay for special education services for a 16-year-old girl with severe anxiety who has not been able to attend classes. St. Louis Park High School officials are contesting the ...

South Dakota man dies in motorcycle crash in Minnesota

FOREST CITY, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a South Dakota man has died in a motorcycle crash in central Minnesota. The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. Saturday on Highway 22 in Meeker County. According to the patrol, 57-year-old Leslie Lemke of Watertown, South Dakota, was ...

Minnesota school gets music classroom in Prince’s honor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Friends of Prince are honoring the musician's legacy with the gift of music for one Minneapolis middle school. The In a Perfect World Foundation has given Anwatin Middle School a new music room, WCCO-TV reported . The room includes keyboards, guitars, amplifiers, ...

Writer of viral Olive Garden review grateful for Bourdain

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A North Dakota newspaper columnist who received online vitriol in 2012 for her glowing review of an Olive Garden in Grand Forks said Saturday she was grateful that Anthony Bourdain came to her defense as others ridiculed her prose about the ...

Minnesota students unionize while working political campaign

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota students working on two political campaigns have negotiated a contract to unionize. Student staffers with Omar Fateh's campaign have contracted with the Campaign Workers Guild, Minnesota Daily reported . Fateh is running for the Minnesota House of ...

Minnesota pig farmers fear impact of Mexico trade dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's agriculture commissioner says President Donald Trump's trade policies are damaging the state's rural economy. Mexico has placed a 10 percent tariff on U.S pork products in response to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The pork ...

DFL sets special endorsing convention for Ellison’s seat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Democratic Party says it will hold a special endorsing convention for Minnesota candidates vying for Rep. Keith Ellison's seat in Congress. The convention will be held June 17 in Minneapolis. Six candidates are seeking to fill the vacancy created by Ellison's decision ...

Store pulls veggie trays after illnesses found in 2 states

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A convenience store chain has removed some vegetable trays from its shelves after several reported illnesses in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Health department officials in the two states issued a warning after investigating an increase of infections from Cyclospora, a parasite ...

Ventilation problem sends 6 Minnesota workers to hospital

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials at a Minnesota company say six workers were medically cleared and normal operations were allowed to resume after a ventilation problem that was initially reported to be a possible chemical leak. Initially, officials believed the workers at Geotek in ...

Supreme Court: Son can sue father over hunting accident

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has taken a lawsuit against his father all the way to the Minnesota Supreme Court. And, dad is just fine with that. The Supreme Court this week clarified a state law on public access for hunting, clearing the way for Corey Ouradnik to sue his father, Robert ...

Former, current football players sue University of Minnesota

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nine black former and current University of Minnesota football players who say their rights were violated in a sexual misconduct investigation sued the school on Friday, alleging they are victims of racial and gender ...

Report: Minnesota teen pregnancy down, STD rates rising

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pregnancies and birth rates dipped to historic lows among Minnesota teens, while sexually transmitted diseases continue climbing, according to a report by the University of Minnesota. The 2018 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report was conducted by the Medical ...

Apparent suicides renew concern for end of Minnesota hotline

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The apparent suicide by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain Friday, just days after fashion designer Kate Spade's, is renewing attention to Minnesota's cash-starved suicide hotline, which is expected to shut down at the end of the ...

Officials: Wisconsin fugitive’s note says he’s going to BWCA

BLAIR, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Waukesha County fugitive apparently broke into a cabin in western Wisconsin, and could be on his way to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. Authorities believe Jonathan Pogreba broke into the cabin southeast of Blair. A neighbor of the property called the ...

Man’s body found near railroad tracks in Otter Tail County

HENNING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Otter Tail County say a property owner in the city of Henning found a man's body near the railroad tracks. The man's body was found Friday afternoon. An investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is being conducted to determine how the man died. The man's ...

Sen. Tina Smith’s amendment would complete PolyMet land swap

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a move that drew criticism from environmentalists Friday. The Minnesota Democrat ...

Minnesota prosecutor among soldiers deployed to Middle East

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The chief prosecutor for a western Minnesota county is heading to the Middle East this fall along with other Minnesota National Guard soldiers. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton announced to his staff that he's been activated for duty in Kuwait. Melton says it'll be ...

Minneapolis ends pot stings criticized as targeting blacks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department said Thursday it will discontinue undercover stings targeting low-level marijuana sales in the wake of operations that resulted in the disproportionate arrests of black people. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the new policy at the ...

Suicide rates jump in Minnesota, across US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New figures show Minnesota's suicide rate has jumped in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Thursday on suicide rates across the U.S. According to the report, the suicide rate in Minnesota jumped 40.6 percent over 18 ...