Minnesota News

Thief River Falls man charged with murder, arson

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Thief River Falls man is accused of killing a woman in his apartment and setting the living quarters on fire. Authorities say 23-year-old Devon Pulczinski is charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson in connection with the fire and the death ...

Judge restricts access to evidence in police shooting case

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The judge overseeing the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman has set tight restrictions for how the courtroom will be run and ruled Friday that members of the public and media will not ...

2020 hopeful Klobuchar touts $1 trillion infrastructure plan

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar is pitching an infrastructure plan she says will provide $1 trillion to fix roads and bridges, protect against flooding and rebuild schools, airports and other projects. The plan announced Thursday is the first ...

Man dies following altercation with Rochester police

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who struggled with police during an arrest outside a Rochester grocery store has died. Police said Thursday an altercation happened about 9 p.m. outside the Cub Foods store after the man was pulled over in his pickup truck for numerous traffic ...

Minnesota Legislature approves ‘snow day relief’ for schools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature has approved "snow day relief" legislation and sent it to Gov. Tim Walz for his signature. The bipartisan compromise approved by both the House and Senate on Thursday gives school districts more flexibility for making up all the days they ...

Senate GOP leaders propose smaller budget than governor

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate unveiled a budget framework Thursday that they said would balance the state budget without raising taxes or making painful spending cuts, setting up what will be difficult negotiations ...

House blocks bill to bar state’s Line 3 pipeline appeals

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Just as quickly as the Minnesota Senate passed it, the state House shot down legislation to force the state Commerce Department to drop its appeals of a regulatory panel's approval of Enbridge Energy's hotly disputed plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline ...

State wants to intervene in transgender student’s lawsuit

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Human Rights wants to join a lawsuit accusing the Anoka-Hennepin School District of discriminating against a transgender student. The department has asked the Anoka County District Court to intervene in the teen's lawsuit which alleges ...

First ship of the season makes its way into Twin Ports

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — It's a sure sign of spring. The first ship of the season has made its way through the Soo Locks and into the Twin Ports at Duluth and Superior. The Stewart J. Cort arrived under the Aerial Lift Bridge in Duluth's Canal Park Tuesday afternoon. The vessel's owner, ...

Man pleads guilty in road rage case involving Olympian

AFTON, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of trying to run Olympic cross country skier Jessie Diggins off the road while she was roller-skiing in Minnesota has pleaded guilty to one charge as part of a plea agreement. George Garret Frost pleaded guilty to a charge of being a public nuisance on a ...

The Latest: Kidnapper’s parting remark: ‘Bye, Jayme’

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wednesday's arraignment of the man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, slaying her parents and holding her captive for 88 days (all times local): 5 p.m. The man who abducted Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and killed her parents had a parting ...

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parents

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his ...

Driver’s body pulled from submerged truck in Steele County

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — The body of a New Richland man has been recovered from his submerged pickup truck in the Straight River. The Minnesota State Patrol says the 71-year-old man was the sole occupant of the pickup that veered off Interstate 35 in Steele County, crashed through a guardrail ...

State investigators probe fatal Winona fire

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating a fatal fire in Winona. The duplex fire Monday left one person dead. Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle says the victim's body was found in the duplex after the fire was contained at the one-story wood-frame ...

Ellison, other AGs support Liberians wanting to stay in US

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison is helping lead a coalition of attorneys general in supporting Liberians fighting to stay in the U.S. Ellison and the other attorneys general filed a brief Monday supporting Liberian immigrants in a lawsuit over President Donald ...

Minnesota House Democrats fault GOP on rising drug prices

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats began a fresh push Tuesday to try to make prescription drugs more affordable, highlighting several bills that have been moving through the House but not the GOP-controlled Senate. They held a news ...

Man dies in Woodbury house fire

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — A man is dead after a fire in his Woodbury home. A spokesman for the Woodbury Public Safety Department says flames were shooting out of the house when firefighters arrived about 6:20 a.m. Tuesday. Neighbor Joshua Anderson tells the Star Tribune he ran to the burning ...

Minnesota county approves tax break for Google data

ELK RIVER, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota county has agreed to a property tax break for Google to help bring a new $600 million data center to the city of Becker. The Sherburne County Board voted 4-0 Tuesday to approve the tax abatement for Jet Stream LLC, whose parent company is ...

Minnesota regulators stand by Line 3 pipeline approval again

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utility regulators have granted a final approval to Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement. The Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday unanimously rejected the last pending petitions for reconsideration, including one from the state ...

Flooding hits South Dakota American Indian reservation hard

By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press Flooding that has hit parts of the Midwest hard has nearly paralyzed an American Indian reservation in southern South Dakota, swamping roads, trapping people in homes and cutting off water supplies to thousands. The situation on the sprawling Pine Ridge ...