Minnesota News

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 ...

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe sues drug companies over opioids

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is suing the country's largest opioid drug manufacturers and the three largest prescription drug distributors. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in federal court in Minnesota. The Leech Lake Band alleges the companies used deceptive ...

Slain Australian’s family demands integrity in US probe

By TREVOR MARSHALLSEA, Associated Press SYDNEY (AP) — The family of an Australian woman who was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer in July demanded a more rigorous probe Thursday after a prosecutor cast doubts on the investigation. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman faulted ...

MNsure signups set fast pace, with 108K and 3 weeks to go

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has signed up more than 108,000 residents in health plans. Open enrollment in Minnesota continues through January 14. But Wednesday's deadline for coverage effective in the New Year helped MNsure hit a new high watermark ...

Minneapolis sees slow progress in curbing road salt use

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota isn't close to its goal of reducing its use of road salt, but Minneapolis is showing slow progress. Road salt used by winter maintenance crews is a worrisome pollutant, the Minnesota Public Radio reported . Heavy use of road salt over the past 20 years is causing ...

Snowy owl numbers far lower than once thought

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic ...

Minnesota AG’s office says GOP Senate leader can’t do 2 jobs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Senate President Michelle Fischbach cannot legally keep her Senate seat when she becomes lieutenant governor, the Minnesota attorney general's office said Thursday. Solicitor General Alan Gilbert issued an opinion saying an 1898 decision by the ...

Man shot by Minneapolis police is charged in prior shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was shot by Minneapolis police after he began harming himself in an interrogation room has been charged in the case he was questioned about. Eighteen-year-old Marcus Fischer is charged with assault and aggravated robbery in a Dec. 13 shooting that happened during ...

Al Franken to officially leave US Senate seat on Jan. 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Al Franken plans to officially leave the U.S. Senate on Jan. 2. The announcement Wednesday from a Franken spokesman should put to rest questions surrounding the timing of the Minnesota Democrat's departure and concern that he might reverse his planned ...

Family of slain Australian concerned about US investigation

SYDNEY (AP) — The family of an Australian woman fatally shot by a police officer in the United States in July demanded a more rigorous probe Thursday after a Minnesota prosecutor cast doubts on the initial investigation. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman last week said investigators ...

Union: Minneapolis officers who shot man were ‘heroic’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of the Minneapolis police union said Tuesday that officers were "heroic" in shooting a man to try to stop him from cutting his own throat with a knife at City Hall. The incident happened Monday in an interview room at the Minneapolis Police Department, which is ...

1st Republican enters race to complete Franken’s Senate term

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state lawmaker launched a special election bid for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's seat on Tuesday, the first Republican to enter a 10-month sprint to Election Day that could still attract bigger GOP names. State Sen. Karin Housley has the name recognition in hockey-mad ...

Sen. Leahy regrets calling for Franken’s resignation

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says he regrets calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign instead of waiting for an ethics investigation. The Vermont Democrat released a statement Monday, saying the Ethics Committee "should have been allowed to investigate and make its ...

Woman pleads guilty to boyfriend’s death in YouTube stunt

HALSTAD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her boyfriend in a videotaped stunt they planned to post on YouTube. Monalisa Perez, 20, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter in the June death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III, The Star Tribune ...