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Minnesota governor leaves school closures to local officials

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz won't close schools statewide despite the extremely cold temperatures forecast for Tuesday through Thursday. The governor's office said Monday that he'll defer instead to local school districts to decide about closures. But he says parents and ...

After marijuana’s legalization elsewhere, why not Minnesota?

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several Minnesota lawmakers launched an effort Monday to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, hoping to capitalize on recent successes the pro-cannabis movement has enjoyed elsewhere in the country. Sen. Melisa Franzen and ...

The Latest: Wisconsin, Minnesota see more than foot of snow

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on a major snowstorm and the expected frigid weather in the Midwest (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Parts of southeastern Minnesota and southeastern Wisconsin have seen more than a foot of snow fall as a powerful storm that's expected to bring frigid ...

Record-breaking cold coming to Midwest after snowstorm

By IVAN MORENO, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Extremely cold, record-breaking temperatures are settling across parts of the Midwest after a powerful snowstorm pounded the region overnight Monday, and forecasters are describing the subzero weather on the way as potentially ...

Lawmakers seek stronger action against fatal deer disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on deer farms as concern grows about the persistence of chronic wasting disease among wild deer in the southeast. They point to neighboring Wisconsin, where the fatal brain disease is well-established, as an example of what ...

University of Minnesota, Puerto Rico groups explore energy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is working with partners in Puerto Rico to explore more resilient energy sources after Hurricane Maria left the island without electricity for months in 2017. A group of university students and faculty met with researchers, nonprofits and ...

1 man dead, another wounded in St. Paul house party shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul are investigating the city's third homicide of the new year. Authorities say two men were shot during a party at a St. Paul house early Saturday. One man died at the scene. Paramedics took the other man to Regions Hospital with a non-life-threatening ...

Heavy snow to push across Upper Midwest, bitter cold follows

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A winter storm pushing across the Upper Midwest is expected to dump more than a foot of snow in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. The National Weather Service reports blizzard conditions Sunday in parts of eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota. Officials have ...

Murphy, Coffey lead Minnesota past No. 19 Iowa 92-87

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — From the perimeter to the post and back out again, Minnesota sliced up Iowa's defense by zipping the ball all over the court. As the Hawkeyes reached the midpoint of their Big Ten schedule, the Gophers provided another reminder that there aren't any breaks in the ...

Rural Minnesota sees more hospitals stop delivering babies

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A growing number of rural hospitals across Minnesota have stopped delivering babies, citing costs, limited doctors and demands to consolidate birthing centers. The number of Minnesota hospitals offering birth services fell by almost 18 percent between 2000 and 2015, ...

Report: Minnesota care center resident beaten before he died

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP) — A 58-year-old man with dementia living in a northern Minnesota care center died from bleeding in the brain several weeks after he was repeatedly punched in the face by one staff member while another staff member held him down in his wheelchair, a state investigation ...

Icy blast reminds of 2014 ‘polar vortex,’ with worst to come

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An arctic blast spread painful cold across the Midwest on Friday, closing schools, opening warming centers and even intimidating ice fishermen in a taste of the even more dangerous weather expected next week. Forecasters called it a replay of the "polar vortex" that ...

Minnesota man gets 14-year federal sentence for stalking

DENVER (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 14 years in prison after pleading guilty to federal stalking charges. Federal prosecutors in Colorado say Eric Ronald Bolduan also must register as a sex offender following his release. Bolduan pleaded guilty to three counts of ...

Minnesota high school star suffers frostbite in outdoor game

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A standout Minnesota high school player planning to play college hockey at Arizona State suffered frostbite during the state's annual outdoor hockey event. The Star Tribune reports that Minnetonka junior forward Teddy Lagerback suffered the injury when his team played ...

2 militia members admit role in attack on Minnesota mosque

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hoping to scare Muslims into leaving the U.S., members of an Illinois militia group rented a truck and drove more than 500 miles (805 kilometers) to bomb a Minnesota mosque, two men admitted Thursday. Michael McWhorter and Joe Morris said that when they arrived at the ...

Gun control bills unveiled as opponents fan out at Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota state senator proposed new gun restrictions Thursday while gun control opponents fanned out across the state Capitol complex to lobby their lawmakers to oppose further limits. Sen. Ron Latz introduced bills to require background checks before most gun sales ...

Deep freeze, wind chills of minus 50 coming to Upper Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Upper Midwest is about to plunge into a deep freeze. The National Weather Service says the wind chill factor could dip to 40 to 50 degrees below zero (40 to 45 below zero, Celsius) in parts of Wisconsin and Minnesota and to 30 to 35 below (34 to 37 below, Celsius) in ...

Minnesota Court of Appeals rejects tenure challenge again

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday again rejected a lawsuit alleging that teacher tenure and seniority rights in public schools saddle students of color with ineffective teachers and therefore violate those students' right to an adequate education. The state ...

Bill requiring hands-free phones for drivers passes 1st test

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bill to require motorists to use hands-free devices when talking on the phone while driving passed its first committee stop in the Minnesota Legislature on Tuesday after lawmakers heard emotional testimony from several people who lost loved ones in crashes caused by ...

Omar calls for end to shutdown, blames Trump

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota called Tuesday for an end to the partial federal government shutdown, accusing President Donald Trump of holding the salaries of federal workers "hostage" so he can build a "symbol of hate," a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Omar , a ...