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Friends shocked by home invasion death of elderly woman

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Friends of an elderly Mankato-area woman who was killed after she was assaulted in her home say they can't comprehend who would wish her harm. The Mankato Free Press reports that 76-year-old Evelyn Adams died earlier this week within days after he was attacked at her ...

Scientists call on Minnesota to combat invasive grass

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's still time to stop an invasive grass that's threatening to spread in wetlands across Minnesota, according to some scientists. The Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center is warning the state about invasive phragmites, an invasive strain of wetland ...

University of Minnesota cuts ties with tech giant Huawei

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota has suspended its relationship with a Chinese telecom giant that's facing federal criminal charges accusing it of stealing trade secrets, violating sanctions and lying to banks. Administrators recently announced that the university will no ...

Police say teen killed, 2 men hurt in Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 17-year-old boy was killed and two men were injured in a shooting in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis. The Star Tribune reports that by the time police arrived in the neighborhood late Friday, two of the victims were already in an ...

Former probation officer pleads guilty to lying to FBI

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minnesota federal probation officer under investigation for alleged sexually inappropriate conduct with women he supervised has pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI. The U.S. attorney's office says 55-year-old Dennis Bresnahan pleaded guilty during ...

Report: 11 Minnesotans died in 2018 from medical mistakes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials say 11 people died and 118 were injured in Minnesota hospitals and surgery centers last year from medical mistakes that were preventable. The Minnesota Department of Health's annual report released Friday says the deaths included three infants who died ...

Survey suggests more economic growth for Midwest, Plains

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Mid-America Business Conditions Index in February hit its highest level since September, signaling solid economic growth over the next three to six months for nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Friday. The index rose to 57.9 last month from ...

Firefighters contain a large chemical spill in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firefighters have contained a large chemical spill at an industrial company in Minneapolis. Hawkins Chemical was evacuated Friday where an estimated 5,400 gallons of nitric acid spilled. No injuries have been reported. Nitric acid is a highly corrosive, toxic liquid that ...

White Bear company agrees to $7M environmental settlement

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities manufacturer has agreed to pay $7 million for its releases of an air pollutant linked to birth defects and certain types of cancer. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Commissioner Laura Bishop announced the settlement with Water Gremlin of White Bear ...

Judge: Can’t use cop’s silence at trial in Damond shooting

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors can't use a former Minneapolis police officer's silence or the results of a pre-hire psychological exam as they present their case in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman, a judge ruled Friday. But Hennepin ...

North Dakota man gets 18 months for threatening US judge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for threatening to kill a federal judge in Minnesota. Sixty-five-year-old Robert Ivers of West Fargo was sentenced Friday. Prosecutors say Ivers made the threats after a civil bench trial in 2017 in which ...

Minnesota dairy farmers dump milk because of snow buildup

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota dairy farmers are being forced to dump their milk after heavy snowfall obstructed roads and damaged farms. The Twin Cities saw the snowiest February on record with 39 inches of snow, and more than 27 inches fell in St. Cloud, Minnesota Public Radio ...

Rep. Ilhan Omar criticized again for alleged anti-Semitism

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar came under a fresh round of criticism Friday for remarks about Israel that critics decried as anti-Semitic. Speaking Wednesday night at a forum at a Washington, D.C., bookstore with fellow freshman Rep. Rashida ...

Heavy snowfall leads to crashes, snarled traffic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snowfall across central and southern Minnesota created hazardous driving conditions, and shut down northbound lanes of Interstate 35W north of the metro area. The highway closed Friday afternoon near Circle Pines due to about 40 crashes and spinouts. It reopened a ...

Klobuchar defends her record on regulating medical devices

By AMY FORLITI of The Associated Press and SPENCER WOODMAN of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, The Associated Press and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In her more than two terms as a U.S. senator representing Minnesota, ...

Minnesota man arrested in fatal Seattle area shooting

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Police have caught up with a Minnesota man accused of killing a football player by shooting into a crowd at a Thanksgiving Day pickup game in the Seattle, Washington area. Twenty-five-year-old William Holly was arrested in the Twin Cities' suburb of Eagan Wednesday. Holly ...

Minnesota House panel passes another 2nd gun control bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House committee has passed a proposed "red flag" law that would allow families and police to get court orders to temporarily remove guns from people judged to be an imminent danger to themselves or others. The House public safety committee approved the bill ...

Hearing of ex-Minneapolis cop to cover evidence issues

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who is charged in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman say they want to use his refusal to speak to investigators as evidence in his trial. Mohamed Noor, 33, is scheduled to appear in court ...

Lower surplus sets up battle lines in Minnesota budget fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Slowing economic growth and a deepening shortage of workers has shrunk Minnesota's projected budget surplus to just over $1 billion, administration officials said Thursday, leaving lawmakers nearly $500 million less to work with as they begin the struggle over the ...

Firefighter dies in Rice County snowmobile crash

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A Northfield firefighter has died in a snowmobile crash in Rice County. Sheriff's officials say rescuers found Chad Van Zuilen underneath his snowmobile that was partially buried by snow during last weekend's blizzard. They spotted the ski of his snowmobile in Webster ...