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Minnesota professor facing deportation says he has 90 days

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota college professor facing deportation to Kenya said Thursday that immigration officials have given him 90 days to show he has a path to regain his legal status or else leave the country. Augsburg University professor Mzenga Wanyama spoke to supporters who ...

Minnesota’s Pawlenty seeks return to governor’s mansion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Thursday he will run for his old job, ending months of speculation about a return to politics following his short-lived 2012 presidential campaign. The two-term Republican governor had been inching toward a run for months, ...

Lawyers seek release of woman held on terror, arson charges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Attorneys for a 19-year-old Minnesota woman are asking for her release as she awaits trial on charges she tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida and set fires at a college campus. The attorneys for Tnuza Jamal Hassan of Minneapolis on Thursday asked a federal ...

Officers involved in Clay County shootings cleared

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The Clay County Attorney's Office says two officers involved in shootings have been cleared. In one case, Clay County Deputy Ryan Sinclair shot and wounded Brady Adrian in Sabin in February. The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Sinclair and another deputy ...

Minneapolis police put teeth in stricter body camera rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers dispatched to a scene must activate their body cameras well before they arrive and could face progressively harsh penalties for not doing so, ranging from suspensions to firing, the police department announced Wednesday. The department's ...

Senior living community resident likely dead for 2 days

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say operators of a senior living community neglected to check on a resident who had likely been dead for two days. Workers at the Commons on Marice in Eagan failed to carry out daily checks on 92-year-old June Alice Thompson, according to a ...

Authorities identify victim of Cass Lake house fire

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 79-year-old man who died in a house fire in northern Minnesota last week. The Cass County Sheriff's Office identifies the victim as Hubert Braman of Cass Lake. Authorities say the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office ...

Minnesota National Guard faces social media identity scams

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota National Guard has assigned someone to monitor social media amid growing concern about scammers using soldiers' identities on Facebook and other places. The U.S. Army receives hundreds of reports each month from people being victimized by criminals ...

Upper Midwest buffeted by heavy spring snowstorm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm expected to dump 10 inches of snow Tuesday in central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota was making April feel more like January. Unrelenting snowfall was expected all day, making the commute home challenging in Minnesota's Twin Cities and other locations. Six to 8 ...

Driver who fumbled with phone gets 90 days in fatal crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a western Wisconsin woman to the maximum 90 days in jail for a crash that killed a Minnesota woman nearly two years ago. Thirty-six-year-old Destiny Xiong of Hudson, Wisconsin, was sentenced Tuesday on a misdemeanor count of careless driving. A ...

Owner of 17,000 albums shares music with seniors

By BOYD HUPPERT, KARE-TV RED WING, Minn. (AP) — Bob Knutson spent his working years as a welder. He is first to admit he lacked a spark for music. Music found him anyway. Now, every month Knutson drives a 200-mile route making sure music finds its way to senior citizens, too. "This is a ...

Lack of funding could shut down suicide crisis line

RICHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's suicide crisis hotline could be shut down next month unless funding is found. Crisis Connection is the only center in Minnesota that takes calls from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Manager Laura Weber says the Richfield center will be forced to ...

Report: Midwest business conditions index rose again

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A business conditions index for nine Midwestern and Plains states surged again last month, which a report released Monday said is a sign of continued improvement in regional economic conditions. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 62.1 in March, compared with ...

Winona man charged in stolen semi pursuit

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Winona man is accused of leading police on a chase in a stolen semi that went on for 50 miles through at least seven Minnesota communities. A criminal complaint charging Michael Kronebusch with assault with a dangerous weapon and fleeing from police says he rammed the ...

Wrong-day driver suspected of drinking in fatal Duluth crash

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says a wrong-way driver is suspected of drinking before he crashed head-on into another SUV on an interstate in Duluth, killing himself, the other driver and a young child. Authorities say 23-year-old Aaron Dame of Duluth was driving north in ...

Polaris fined $27M for failing to report vehicle problems

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota-based Polaris Industries will pay a more than $27 million civil penalty to settle two 2016 late-reporting claims involving defective recreational vehicles. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Monday the settlement involves models of Polaris' RZR and ...

UnitedHealth Group joins blockchain pilot project

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — UnitedHealth Group agreed to partner with a rival health insurer and one of the country's largest lab testing companies in a pilot project to examine sharing health care data through blockchain technology. Minnesota-based UnitedHealth announced Monday that it will work ...

Technology reduces doctor visits for low-risk pregnancies

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is giving low-risk pregnant women the option of fewer checkups by providing equipment that allows them to monitor their blood pressure, fetal heart rate and other medical conditions at home. Women involved in the OB Nest program have eight ...

2 people injured in St. Paul drive-by shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are seeking a silver sedan that could have been involved in a St. Paul drive-by shooting that left two people injured. The Pioneer Press reports the Saturday night shooting occurred in the city's Payne-Phalen neighborhood. Witnesses tell police that someone ...

Minneapolis to train officers to use opioid overdose remedy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are set to train officers to use a potentially life-saving antidote for opioid overdoses. Chief Medaria Arradondo and Mayor Jacob Frey on Monday will kick off the training and the release of naloxone, commonly known as Narcan. The department plans to ...