Minnesota News

Rarick gives GOP boost with Senate special election win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Jason Rarick has given his party a boost by winning a special election in Minnesota's state Senate. Rarick eased past Democrat Stu Lourey to win the District 11 seat that opened up when Lourey's father, Tony Lourey, was appointed to Democratic Gov. Tim ...

Sen. Amy Klobuchar to make 2020 announcement on Sunday

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota signaled on Tuesday she could become the next Democrat to enter the presidential contest, teasing a major announcement on Sunday in Minneapolis. "Come to Boom Island in Minnesota ... and you'll find out," she told MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. ...

Police: School bus driver shot after crash in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a school bus driver was wounded in a shooting that followed a crash with another vehicle on a snowy interstate near downtown Minneapolis. Minneapolis Public Schools said in a statement that one student was on the small bus Tuesday afternoon and was not ...

Narrow divide in Senate raises stakes in special election

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Voters in northern Minnesota take part in a special Senate election Tuesday with a little more at stake than usual. Republicans had just a one-seat majority in the Senate before newly elected Gov. Tim Walz appointed Democrat Tony Lourey to his cabinet. Now the GOP is ...

4 activists arrested in oil pipeline shutdown attempt

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Four climate-change activists from the Catholic Worker movement were arrested Monday in an attempt to shut down an Enbridge oil pipeline in north-central Minnesota. The four broke into a fenced area southeast of Grand Rapids that contains shut-off valves for three ...

Man accused of killing wife allegedly out of mercy

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — A man charged with sexually assaulting children on a school bus is now charged with killing his wife in a St. Paul suburb. Authorities went to Harvey Kneifl's apartment at a senior living facility in Woodbury Thursday after he failed to show up in court for his trial ...

Elements begin to emerge of Walz agenda for rural Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New Gov. Tim Walz won't release his first budget until Feb. 19 but some elements of his agenda for rural Minnesota are already starting to emerge. Walz is the state's first governor from greater Minnesota since Rudy Perpich, an Iron Ranger who left office in 1991. The ...

Experts: Birds equipped to survive Minnesota’s bitter cold

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife experts reassured Minnesota residents that wild birds are well equipped to handle the state's extreme cold weather, a particular concern when temperatures dipped to double digits below zero last week. Andy Forbes, deputy chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife ...

University of Minnesota delays decision to rename buildings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota still seems to be months away from deciding what to do with four campus buildings named after controversial figures. The university has already taken 16 months to deliberate over renaming the facilities, and the committee responsible for making ...

Small plane makes emergency landing on Minnesota exit ramp

STACY, Minn. (AP) — Officials say no one was hurt when a small plane made an emergency landing on an exit ramp to Interstate 35 in Stacy, northeast of the Minneapolis area. The Star Tribune reports that the incident happened about 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The Chisago County Sheriff's Office says ...

Minnesota leaders take varying approaches on climate change

By WALKER ORENSTEIN of MinnPost. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Since the last time Minnesota's Legislature was in session, the warnings from scientists about global warming have only grown louder. An October report released by the United Nations says the globe has little more than a decade to ward ...

Experts: Wisconsin’s extreme cold can kill emerald ash borer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The bitter cold temperatures that gripped Wisconsin this week could also have a chilling effect on an invasive insect species that threatens the state's ash trees, according to recent findings. U.S. Forest Service research biologist Rob Venette co-authored a study that ...

Becker considers options with scaled-back energy plant

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota city that is home to the largest coal-fired plant in the Upper Midwest is looking to diversify its A central Minnesota city that is home to the largest coal-fired plant in the Upper Midwest is looking to diversify its economy as Xcel Energy plans to ...

Experts: Minnesota lakes can benefit from subzero weather

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's bitterly cold weather this week may have driven many residents to stay cooped up indoors, but environmental experts say the frigid temperatures are good for the state's many lakes. Extended cold weather covers lakes with thick ice, keeping water ...

Officials nix boundary waters reservations because of glitch

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials say they are starting over on accepting reservation for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of northeastern Minnesota because of technical issues. Forest Service officials say only a small number of people were able to receive access to apply for ...

Chain mail factory’s needs clash with rural Minn. realities

By DAN GUNDERSON, Minnesota Public Radio News ADA, Minn. (AP) — In January 2012, Edie Ramstad started wrapping wire around a knitting needle and cutting the coil into rings with a small hand saw. She had recently married a northwest Minnesota farmer and moved from Arizona to a farm just ...

Inver Grover Heights pilot takes 600 Young Eagles on flights

By DEANNA WENIGER, St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Madison Doffing was born after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the annual photos of the airplanes crashing into the World Trade Center had made her fearful of flying. "I'd be afraid that we would crash," she said to the St. ...

Wisconsin widow returns to ice fishing after husband’s death

By DAN KRAKER, Minnesota Public Radio News WASHBURN, Wis. (AP) — Hannah Stonehouse Hudson is sitting on a stool, hunched over a hole in the ice on Lake Superior near Washburn, Wis. The ice here, about a half mile from shore, is 9 inches thick, a cool greenish color, and every so often, it ...

Death of defendant’s wife investigated

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Police in a St. Paul suburb are investigating the death of a woman whose husband is charged with sexually assaulting children on a school bus. Officers went to Harvey Kneifl's apartment at a senior living facility in Woodbury Thursday after he failed to show up in ...

Midwest economy: January state-by-state glance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national survey to consult supply ...