Minnesota News

Record-breaking cold settles over northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An arctic wave is bringing record cold to northeastern Minnesota. The National Weather Service reports International Falls and Hibbing set record low temperatures on Wednesday morning. International Falls — the self-proclaimed "Nation's Icebox" — plunged to 37 ...

Brrr! After record snow, bitter cold ahead for northern US

ERIE, Pa. (AP) — Freezing temperatures and below-zero wind chills socked much of the northern United States on Wednesday, even setting a record in a Minnesota city so cold it's called the Icebox of the Nation, and will stay put for days to come as snow-hardened Erie digs out from a record ...

Memo warns against Santa Claus, Hanukkah symbol decorations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has come under criticism after its agricultural college handed out a memo warning some students and staff to avoid using decorations, music and food "specific to any one religion" at campus holiday parties, including Christmas trees, menorahs and ...

2nd child dies after Hibbing fire, bringing death toll to 4

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a second child has died after a house fire at the home of a retired firefighter in Hibbing, bringing the death toll to four. The Hibbing Fire Department says the fire broke out early Tuesday at the home of retired fire Capt. Steve Gillitzer. Authorities ...

Minnesota AG to join ‘net neutrality’ lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson plans to join a multi-state lawsuit challenging the federal government's repeal of "net neutrality" rules. Swanson told supporters in an email that she and other attorneys general would sue over the Federal Communications ...

Larger Minneapolis employers to start paying $10 an hour

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers in large Minneapolis companies will see their wages increase in the new year. Starting Jan. 1, workers at the city's largest employers will start earning at least $10 an hour. It's the start of a climb toward a $15 minimum wage in Minneapolis. The City Council ...

Minnesota house fire kills 2 adults, 1 child

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Officials say a house fire in northern Minnesota has killed two adults and a child. Another child is in critical condition. The fire was reported early Tuesday in Hibbing and destroyed the home before crews put out the blaze. WDIO-TV reports the two adults and two ...

Minnesota man looks for information about painting

By EDIE SCHMIERBACH, Mankato Free Press NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Bob Singelstad's new hobby began shortly after he brought home a painting from the "brown tag" section of The Salvation Army Family Store and Donation Center. Whoever gave the framed canvas to the thrift store had attached ...

Minnesota university, state work on hearing loss education

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota commission that advocates for deaf residents is teaming up with the University of Minnesota to test ways to help home care workers better understand age-related hearing loss. The Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans announced the ...

Minneapolis police remove memorial left by hate group

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police have removed a memorial that a white nationalist group created to honor an Australian woman killed by a Somali officer last summer. Police spokesman John Elder told Minnesota Public Radio News an officer cleared the memorial when the department learned ...

Minneapolis council members give themselves $10K raises

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis City Council members have voted to give themselves and the city's new mayor a $10,000 raises. The Star Tribune reports the council approved the raises at its last meeting of the year on Dec. 15. The council implemented the raises through a last-minute ...

Person killed, deputy shot during Iron Range chase

GILBERT, Minn. (AP) — One person is dead after a police foot chase in northern Minnesota ended in gunfire. The Star Tribune reports a St. Louis County sheriff's deputy and a Gilbert police officer were looking for a person on a warrant Friday afternoon in Gilbert on Minnesota's East Mesabi ...

Officers stun 17-year-old multiple times in library scuffle

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Police officers used stun guns multiple times on a 17-year-old boy during a scuffle in St. Cloud's library, according to court documents. The St. Cloud Times reports that according to a Stearns County juvenile court petition, a probation officer spotted Noah James ...

Man dies after being pulled from Bloomington hotel pool

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — An unconscious man authorities pulled from a Bloomington hotel pool has died. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports sheriff's deputies, Bloomington police officers and paramedics responded to a call of an unconscious adult male in a pool at the DoubleTree by Hilton ...

Minnetonka police: Abducted woman back home, suspect on run

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Police in Minnetonka say a woman who was kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend is safe and back home. The Star Tribune reports that 37-year-old Nicole Smith "returned to her family" Saturday night. Police announced it on the City of Minnetonka Twitter page. Additional ...

Franken, Keillor, Damond, Castile top Minnesota news in 2017

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two of Minnesota's most famous people, Al Franken and Garrison Keillor, saw their legacies derailed as sexual misconduct scandals swept the political and entertainment worlds. A Minneapolis police officer made international headlines ...

Feds keep proposed Minnesota copper mine plan alive

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's administration has resurrected an effort to build a proposed copper-nickel mine near the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness Area in northeastern Minnesota. In an opinion published Friday, a top attorney at the U.S. Interior Department concluded ...

Investigators: Man shot by police came at them with knife

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State investigators said Friday that a man who was shot by Minneapolis officers in a police interrogation room had ignored commands to drop a knife that he was using to harm himself and was coming toward officers with the weapon. Marcus ...

Minnetonka police investigate armed kidnapping

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are asking for the public's help in finding two people involved in an alleged kidnapping in Minnetonka. The Minnetonka Police Department says witnesses saw 37-year-old Jahon Douglas, of Burnsville, kidnapping his ex-girlfriend, 37-year-old Nicole Smith, ...

Minnesota GOP leaders suggest solution to succession flap

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Minnesota Legislature are proposing a brief special session to avert a legal fight over the next lieutenant governor. House Speaker Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka sent a letter Friday to Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton, asking ...