Minnesota News

Man in custody, accused of fatally stabbing mother

BENA, Minn. (AP) — A 34-year-old man is in custody after the death of his mother was ruled a homicide in north central Minnesota. Authorities say the 54-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times at a residence in Bena. Cass County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 6:30 a.m. ...

Minnesota DNR says diversion decision at least a month away

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says its decision on issuing permits for the Red River diversion project in the Fargo-Moorhead area should happen in late December or early January. The DNR in October 2016 denied a permit for the original project, leading a ...

Another fire breaks out in homeless Minneapolis encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another fire has broken out at a large homeless encampment in Minneapolis. Authorities say the fire Friday morning involved six tents. There are no reports of injuries. Fire officials say there were reports of propane cylinders exploding before firefighters arrived. It's ...

Prosecutors seek new charge against Minneapolis officer

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman seek to charge him with a more serious murder count, alleging he intended to cause her death. In a court filing dated Thursday, ...

2 Minneapolis cops on leave after ‘despicable’ holiday decor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers were placed on paid leave Friday after their apparent involvement in Christmas tree decorations that the city's mayor called "despicable." The Christmas tree at a precinct station on the city's North Side was decorated with items such as ...

1 year in jail, probation for fatally shooting friend

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his friend in St. Paul has been sentenced to jail time and probation. A Ramsey County judge agreed to terms of a plea deal Wednesday and gave Joel Paulson one year in jail and 10 years of probation. Twenty-five-year-old Justin Finklea was ...

Suspect fatally shot by officer, deputy in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say law enforcement officers in northern Minnesota have fatally shot an armed suspect following a struggle over a gun. Police in Bemidji say the shooting happened Wednesday about 11 p.m. after an officer made a traffic stop and determined a passenger in the ...

Charges: Man shot to scare fawn, killed ex-police chief

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a hunter with manslaughter for fatally shooting a former police chief in a rural part of northwestern Minnesota. The Becker County Attorney's office on Thursday charged 54-year-old Morris Silas Dodd Jr. of rural Ogema with one count of ...

Incoming speaker to disconnect Minnesota House mute button

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House is about to get noisy again. The incoming speaker says she plans to disconnect a GOP-installed mute button when Democrats take over that chamber in January. DFL Rep. Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park tells Minnesota Public Radio News as soon as she ...

Minnesota man awarded $17M in decades-old molestation case

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who was molested decades ago by the man who went on to abduct, sexually assault and kill Jacob Wetterling was awarded more than $17 million in damages, in a ruling made public Thursday. Jared Scheierl was 12 when he was molested by Danny Heinrich in ...

Man charged in deer carcasses dumped on Somalis’ cars

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a central Minnesota man with a gross misdemeanor Wednesday but not a hate crime for allegedly having his teenage son dump bloody deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars owned by Somali-American men. The Stearns County Attorney's office charged ...

Police arrest man in ex-police chief fatal shooting

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in an apparent hunting accident that killed a former police chief in northwestern Minnesota earlier this month. The Becker County Sheriff's Office and White Earth Tribal police arrested a 54-year-old rural Ogema man in the Nov. 10 ...

Officials amp up efforts to relocate homeless camp residents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials are stepping up efforts to get residents to leave a large homeless camp as cold weather sets in. Crews from the Minneapolis Fire Department set up a heated army tent Wednesday across the street from the encampment. The tent will serve as a dining hall ...

Minnesota voter participation in midterms best in US

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Election officials say Minnesota's voter turnout in the midterm elections was the best in the nation. The State Canvassing Board met Tuesday to certify results of the Nov. 6 general election. Secretary of State Steve Simon says for the second election in a row, ...

Authorities: No evidence someone is poisoning dogs

RICE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Minnesota say there is no evidence that someone is poisoning dogs in Rice Lake. St. Louis County sheriff's Sgt. Wade Rasch spoke to about a dozen people at the Rice Lake City Council meeting Monday night. Rasch says deputies are not looking ...

Kwik Trip recalls parfaits with trace tree nuts

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin-based Kwik Trip Inc. is recalling some parfaits because they may contain undeclared traces of cashews or almonds. Kwik Trip said Tuesday the convenience store chain is recalling Kitchen Cravings Strawberry and Mixed Berry Parfaits in an 8.25-ounce cup. The La ...

Lawmaker plans fresh push against female genital mutilation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker said Monday that she plans a fresh push next year to strengthen a state law against female genital mutilation in the wake of a judge's declaration last week that a federal law against the practice is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Bernhard ...

Man charged with crashing into gate at governor’s residence

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A motorist accused of crashing his SUV through the front gate of the Minnesota governor's residence told paramedics he was tired of dealing with "all the electricity under his skin." Clinton Leonard Fouquette was charged Monday with making terroristic threats and ...

Wildlife officials, Klobuchar press for deer disease funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar are pressing Congress for more funding to monitor chronic wasting disease in the deer herd. Minnesota Public Radio News reports they're also urging the federal Department of Agriculture to develop a national ...

Former Minneapolis City Council member Walt Dziedzic dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Longtime Minneapolis public servant Walt Dziedzic has died. He was 85. His son, Joe, says Dziedzic died Saturday of natural causes at a hospital in Robbinsdale. The Star Tribune reports Dziedzic chose in 2009 not to run for re-election to the Minneapolis Park and ...