Minnesota News

Lake Superior tragedy that left 4 dead spurs safety plea

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A kayak ride on Lake Superior that ended in the deaths of four Wisconsin family members would have been difficult even for experienced paddlers, officials say. Bob Krumenaker, superintendent of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis ...

Chinese billionaire Liu of JD.com arrested in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong, also known as Richard Liu, the founder of the Beijing-based e-commerce site JD.com, was arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct, jail records show. Liu, 45, was arrested late Friday night and released Saturday ...

8 rescuers honored for saving boys from Mississippi River

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eight workers have been honored for saving the lives of two young cousins who fell into the Mississippi River in St. Paul and were swept downstream by the rough current. The U.S. Coast Guard awarded certificates of merit to four Union Pacific Railroad ironworkers and ...

Environmental, corporate prairie partnership going strong

KASOTA, Minn. (AP) — Environmentalists and a mining company will be hosting an open house at the Kasota Prairie in Minnesota with the hopes of introducing more people to the nature area. Environmentalists and Unimin management, now Covia Corporation, jostled for years over the stretch of ...

Man killed, 2 injured in Amish buggy crash

LANESBORO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 21-year-old man has died following a hit-and-run collision between a vehicle and an Amish buggy in southeast Minnesota. KSTP-TV reports the crash happened Friday afternoon near Lanesboro. Authorities say the man, whose name has not been released, was ...

Woman convicted of murder in Iowa rest stop slaying

MARENGO, Iowa (AP) — A woman has been found guilty of killing a truck driver at an Iowa rest stop along Interstate 80. Iowa County District Court documents say 44-year-old Mariana Lesnic was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder. Authorities say she shot 60-year-old Ernest Kummer four ...

Man who killed two teens appealing conviction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man serving two life sentences for killing two teenage burglars is appealing his conviction. Byron Smith has filed a notice with the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which argues a brief closure of the courtroom denied him his constitutional right to a ...

Minnesota test scores show no improvement in math, reading

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota schools' latest test scores show no improvement in math and reading and little movement in the state's persistent achievement gap for minority students. The results released Thursday show reading scores remained flat for the third straight year despite efforts to ...

Enbridge Energy, Fond du Lac Band reach deal on Line 3

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — Enbridge Energy and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa announced Friday that they have reached an agreement to build the Line 3 replacement oil pipeline through the band's reservation in northeast Minnesota. Financial terms of the deal were ...

General Mills expands paid time-off policy

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — General Mills is giving its employees more paid time off to care for an aging parent or ill family members and to bond with their newborns and adoptive children. The Minnesota-based food giant unveiled an expanded paid time-off policy on Wednesday, the Star ...

Pence honors McCain at American Legion event in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has paid tribute to the late Sen. John McCain, saying America will always remember his lifetime of service to the United States. Speaking in Minneapolis at the American Legion's 100th annual convention Thursday, Pence said McCain served 5½ years ...

Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for killing his brother

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 26-year-old Twin Cities man has been sentenced to four years in prison for fatally stabbing his brother. Hennepin County authorities say Garrett Ittel killed his 27-year-old brother, Jamison, at a Plymouth apartment complex in January after an argument about rent ...

County approves development at former ammunition plant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An eastern Minnesota county has approved a mixed-use development at a former ammunition plant on a large swath of suburban land that's sat empty for more than 40 years. The Ramsey County Board agreed on Tuesday to sell the former Army Ammunition plant in Arden Hills to ...

Boy swept in sewer sticks finger out of manhole and is saved

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An 11-year-old boy sucked into a flooded Wisconsin storm sewer was saved when an eagle-eyed firefighter saw the boy's fingers pop through an opening in a manhole cover. The astonishing rescue Tuesday evening came as storms pounded the southern half of the state and ...

Several Line 3 oil pipeline protesters detained in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of opponents of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota blocked an intersection in downtown Bemidji for nearly four hours as they called on Gov. Mark Dayton to stop the project. Several environmental, tribal ...

State prison in Faribault on lockdown, no details given

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — The state prison in Faribault is on lockdown, but no details about what prompted the lockdown are being released. The lockdown began about 5:20 p.m. Wednesday. Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald says the lockdown stemmed from "an ...

2nd measles case reported in Hennepin County

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a second measles case is reported in Hennepin County. Officials said Tuesday an earlier case of measles reported in Hennepin County has not spread to others. But another unrelated measles case popped up in the county last week. The Star Tribune ...

Minnesota man pleads guilty in large marijuana haul

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Minnesota man arrested in central Kansas with 471 pounds of marijuana in his van has pleaded guilty to a drug charge. Federal prosecutors say 41-year-old Mark Berg, of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, entered the plea Tuesday to one count of possession with intent to distribute ...

St. Paul police dog demonstrations called off at State Fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter has asked the city's police chief to call off demonstrations of the department's police dogs for the rest of the Minnesota State Fair. Carter's press secretary, Liz Xiong, said the mayor determined it was best to discontinue the ...

New figures show crime down in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New statistics from Minneapolis police show crime had dropped significantly compared to last year. Homicides dropped to 20 so far this year compared to 26 at this time in 2017. Among violent crimes, the sharpest decline was in robberies, which are down about 33 percent. ...