Minnesota News

Volunteers work to recycle wheelchairs

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The World Health Organization has estimated that there are 65 million people worldwide that need a wheelchair because of a disability but don't have one. Gregg Olson of Mankato is one of a couple dozen volunteers in Minnesota working to change that need, The Free Press ...

Minnesota man dies after reported electrocution accident

ORR, Minn. (AP) — The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says a Minnesota man has died after reportedly being electrocuted in an industrial accident. Officials say the agency received a report Friday evening that the 33-year-old man had been electrocuted while trying to fix a power outage ...

Thousands in Minneapolis protest Trump immigration policies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people are rallying in downtown Minneapolis to protest U.S. immigration policies as demonstrations are held nationwide. The Star Tribune reports that marchers poured into the Minneapolis Convention Center area Saturday afternoon with signs protesting the Trump ...

Married couple killed in hit-and-run in Eagan; man arrested

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A married couple out for an evening walk were struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Eagan. Authorities say a 36-year-old man was arrested early Friday. The crash happened Thursday night, near a strip mall. Authorities arrived to find the 74-year-old man and ...

Enbridge: On track to put new Line 3 into service next year

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fresh off approval by Minnesota regulators, officials with Enbridge Energy said Friday they're on track to finish construction and put the company's disputed Line 3 replacement crude oil pipeline into service in the second half of next ...

Duluth resists taking back officer with history of force

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press Officials in the northeastern Minnesota city of Duluth said Friday they want to block a police officer with a history excessive force complaints from returning to his job after releasing body camera video showed him dragging a handcuffed man "like a dog" ...

Plan to save algae-plagued lake draws contrasting opinions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plan to save an algae-plagued lake near St. Cloud has drawn both optimism and opposition. The agency plans to drop Little Rock Lake's level by 3 feet (0.91 meters) over three days on Aug. 1, Minnesota Public Radio News ...

8, including state senator, arrested at immigration protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eight protesters, including a Minnesota state senator, were arrested after demonstrating against a company they say is profiting off of migrant detention centers. Minneapolis Democratic Sen. Patricia Torres Ray was among about 100 protesters who demonstrated in front of ...

Another motorcycle maker considers moving output overseas

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A Minnesota-based company said on Friday that it is considering moving production of some motorcycles out of the country because of European tariffs, just days after Harley-Davidson announced a similar move A spokeswoman for Polaris Industries acknowledged that the ...

Minneapolis cops involved in shooting had prior awards

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a black man in Minneapolis both served in the military and have been recognized numerous times for their work as police officers, according to redacted personnel files released Friday by ...

Questions and answers on Enbridge Energy’s Line 3 proposal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Public Utilities Commission has approved Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing a deteriorating oil pipeline despite strong opposition from Native American and climate change activists. But the fight is still likely to end up in court. Here are some ...

9-year-old Moorhead girl drowns at Buffalo River State Park

GLYNDON, Minn. (AP) — Officials say a 9-year-old girl who was participating in a police summer youth program has drowned in a swimming area at Buffalo River State Park in Clay County. Emergency responders were called to park about 4 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a child who had been pulled ...

Minnesota approves Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Thursday approved Enbridge Energy's proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, angering opponents who say the project threatens pristine areas and have vowed Standing Rock-style protests if needed to block it. All five members of the ...

Lawsuit alleges Hormel, other companies inflated pork prices

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Minnesota alleges Hormel Foods Corp. and other companies colluded to inflate consumer pork prices on such popular products as Ball Park Franks, Spam and Nathan's Famous. Defendants in the proposed class-action lawsuit included Hormel , ...

Minneapolis mayor: Police to release shooting bodycam video

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police will release body camera footage of the fatal shooting of a black man "in the near future," the city's mayor said, while community activists continued Wednesday to call for greater transparency in a city with a history of high-profile police shootings ...

Minnesota maximum-security prison on lockdown after assault

OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — A maximum-security prison in Minnesota is on lockdown after an inmate assaulted a corrections officer. The state Department of Corrections says the officer was seriously injured during the altercation at Oak Park Heights prison on Wednesday. Authorities say ...

Minneapolis hospital system suspends some clinical trials

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis hospital system says it will halt clinical trials that seek consent from patients after treatment. Hennepin Healthcare announced the move Tuesday, a day after it suspended a study on the use of the sedative ketamine on agitated people treated by ...

St. Paul mayor scraps July 4 fireworks over budget concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter says Minnesota's capital city will go without fireworks this Fourth of July. Carter made that announcement Wednesday, one week before Independence Day. He cited on Facebook concerns about the city's budget climate. The new mayor says costs ...

Standoff in New Hope ends peacefully

NEW HOPE, Minn. (AP) — A standoff that started with a domestic dispute in New Hope has ended peacefully 18 hours later. New Hope Police Capt. Scott Slawson says a man who was allegedly holding two children in a town house surrendered Tuesday afternoon. Slawson says the man was taken to a ...

Agitated passenger escorted off plane in Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — An agitated passenger was escorted off a Spirit Airlines flight that landed in Rochester, Minnesota, for a medical emergency. Rochester Police Lt. Mike Sadauskis says the 38-year-old woman from Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, was asked to leave the flight after it landed ...