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Protracted Minnesota Sex Offender Program suit comes to end

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A long-running class-action lawsuit over the constitutionally of Minnesota's civil commitment program for sex offenders effectively ended Thursday when a federal judge dismissed the remaining claims but stood by his earlier statements that some revelations during the ...

Vintage warplane crashes in Minnesota; pilot survives

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A vintage warplane has crashed at a Minnesota airport, but the pilot survived. It happened as the plane was approaching the Anoka County Airport in the Minneapolis suburb of Blaine just after 11 a.m. Blaine Police Chief Brian Podany (poh-DAN'-nee) says the pilot suffered ...

Smith holds wide name ID lead over Housley in Senate race

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota voters are far more familiar with former lieutenant governor and current Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith than Republican state Sen. Karin Housley as the pair compete for a Senate seat in the spotlight, according to a poll released Wednesday. The first stage ...

Lawyer for clergy abuse victims calls for grand jury reviews

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for victims of clergy sex abuse wants Gov. Mark Dayton to convene grand juries to investigate alleged cover-ups by Catholic bishops in Minnesota. Attorney Jeff Anderson said Wednesday he was inspired by a grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that showed ...

20-year-old student from Todd County crowned Princess Kay

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A 20-year-old college student from Browerville has been crowned the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Rebekka Paskewitz, who represented Todd County, earned the honor Wednesday night during a ceremony at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. She will serve as the official ...

3 Mesabi Range football players arrested for burglary

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Mesabi Range College has confirmed three men arrested for burglarizing a Virginia business are student athletes. Police arrested the three Friday night following a burglary at Momentive Chemicals plant. WDIO-TV reports Mesabi Range confirmed Monday the three arrested ...

Minnesota spends $10M a year to battle invasive species

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is spending millions of dollars annually to fight invasive species in its lakes and waterways, but the damaging plants and animals are continuing to spread. Aquatic invasive species have plagued Minnesota for more than a century, when common carp were ...

Flight attendant mistakes air marshal for passenger with gun

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal air marshal was removed from a United Airlines flight in Minneapolis after a flight attendant mistook him for a gun-carrying passenger. The Transportation Safety Administration says the marshal was apprehended along with another marshal after Flight 3531 landed ...

2-year-old boy dies in farm incident in Kandiyohi County

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — A 2-year-old boy is dead after an incident on a farm in Kandiyohi County. The sheriff's office says the toddler was struck by a skid-steer loader about 2 p.m. Sunday on a farm in Roseland Township. The boy's father took him to a hospital in Olivia, where he ...

3 shot outside St. Paul liquor store; no immediate arrests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three people who were shot near a St. Paul liquor store over the weekend are expected to live. Officers who responded to reports of a woman trying to run people over with her vehicle late Saturday found the shooting victims, along with spent shotgun shells at the ...

Pence’s return highlights White House’s focus on Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is heading back to Minnesota. Minnesota Republican Party chairwoman Jennifer Carnahan announced Monday that Pence will return to Minnesota Aug. 30. It's the latest evidence of the White House's keen focus on Minnesota ahead of an election ...

Man struck and killed by train at crossing in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A man is dead after being struck by a Canadian Pacific Railway train in Detroit Lakes. Police say the 57-year-old pedestrian was hit at a crossing about 12:15 a.m. Monday. He was taken to a local hospital, where he died. The man's name wasn't immediately ...

Wisconsin woman pulled unconscious from Minnesota lake dies

BACKUS, Minn. (AP) — A Wisconsin woman died after being pulled unconscious from a central Minnesota lake where she was swimming. The Cass County Sheriff's Office says the 37-year-old woman from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, was found not breathing in Ponto Lake on Saturday afternoon. She was taken ...

Minnesota teen sentenced in football teammate beating

FAIRMONT, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota teenager will serve jail time for taking part in an assault that left a high school football teammate unconscious last fall. Dalton Nagel, 19, of Blue Earth was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail, with credit for four days he already served. That ...

Dysfunctional wind turbine in St. Cloud to be taken down

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A dysfunctional wind turbine at the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Cloud will be taken down next year. The turbine at St. Cloud VA Health Care System hasn't produced any electricity for six years, the St. Cloud Times reported. Components of the wind turbine have ...

NOT REAL NEWS: Prayers, no animal slaughter at Minn. stadium

By AMANDA SEITZ, The Associated Press A mass Muslim prayer service scheduled for Tuesday at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis to mark an Islamic holiday will not feature the slaughter of animals as reports circulating online suggest. The free event, expected to draw 50,000 people, coincides ...

Minnesota man charged with aiding wife’s suicide

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man was charged Monday with aiding the suicide of his wife, who was reportedly suffering from unexplained pain that could not be relieved with medication. Thomas Houck, 61, of Eden Prairie called 911 last Thursday to report that he woke up in the middle ...

Husband charged with murder in wife’s stabbing in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man is charged with fatally stabbing his wife, who had a protection order against him. Fifty-nine-year-old Dah Eh Ray was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the death of his 58-year-old wife, Dah Dah Ray. St. Paul police and firefighters were ...

1 dead, 1 missing after pontoon found in western Wisconsin

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota man is dead and another missing after an unoccupied pontoon boat was found on Lake Wissota in western Wisconsin. Authorities were called Sunday about the pontoon near the Wissota Hydro Dam. Someone later reported finding a rubber tube floating near ...

Driver admits downing 10 tequila shots before fatal crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to killing two teenagers as he drove the wrong way down a highway last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Quoc Tran, of Osseo, entered his plea last week in Hennepin County court to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. A jury trial had ...