Minnesota News

Dayton vetoes revised bill on wild rice water standards

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed a bill Wednesday that he said would have unlawfully undermined Minnesota's ability to enforce its water quality standard for protecting wild rice. Dayton, who vetoed a similar bill earlier, said in a letter to House Speaker Kurt Daudt that the ...

Tribal officials investigate gillnet abandoned on Mille Lacs

ONAMIA, Minn. (AP) — Tribal authorities are investigating an abandoned gillnet found on Mille Lacs Lake that contained 67 dead walleyes. Last week's find has revived the controversy over tribal fishing on Mille Lacs, where the walleye population has been on a long-term decline. Mille Lacs ...

SE Minnesota’s Cannon Valley Trail gets national designation

CANNON FALLS, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has designated the Cannon Valley Trail in southeastern Minnesota as a national recreation trail. The Cannon Valley Trail is one of 19 newly designated national recreation trails in 17 states announced Wednesday. Zinke says the ...

No concerning biological agents found in letter sent to FAA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The FBI says a substance found in a letter sent to the Minneapolis office of the Federal Aviation Administration has tested negative for worrisome biological agents. The FAA in Minneapolis was evacuated Tuesday after a letter containing the suspicious substance was found. ...

Minnesota sues Arizona-based opioid manufacturer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is suing an Arizona-based pharmaceutical company, alleging it illegally marketed a painkiller made from the synthetic opioid fentanyl. The lawsuit was filed Wednesday against Insys Therapeutics. The suit accuses the drugmaker of encouraging ...

Castile’s girlfriend gets probation for assaulting a woman

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has sentenced the girlfriend of Philando Castile to a year of probation for assaulting a woman last year. Jurors acquitted 28-year-old Diamond Reynolds of felony assault but found her guilty of a lesser assault charge in March. The Star Tribune ...

Jury sides with 3M in trial over patient-warming device

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal jurors have sided with 3M Co. in a lawsuit brought by a South Carolina man who contended a surgical infection he suffered was caused by the Minnesota company's patient-warming device. The jury in Minneapolis decided Wednesday that 76-year-old Louis Gareis had not ...

Dayton signs off on construction bill, nixing 1 project

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill Wednesday authorizing almost $1.5 billion in public construction projects scattered across Minnesota, salvaging one piece of an otherwise rather unproductive session of the Legislature. Despite concern ...

Walmart settles Minnesota Medicaid claims lawsuit for $825K

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Walmart Inc. and its Sam's Club division have agreed to pay $825,000 to resolve allegations that they submitted claims to Minnesota's Medicaid program in violation of rules prohibiting automatic refills of Medicaid prescriptions. Minnesota is one of at least 20 states that ...

More favorable weather helps Minnesota farmers make progress

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another week of favorable weather has helped Minnesota farmers make good planting progress. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota that above-average temperatures last week aided crop development, while ...

Minnesota authorities work to address sex trafficking

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Sex trafficking at illicit massage businesses in central Minnesota is increasing at an alarming rate, according to county officials. A Waite Park business police raided earlier this month is one of at least seven in the area regularly advertising on websites known for ...

Report: Super Bowl brought $370M to economy of Twin Cities

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Frigid Super Bowl LII brought $370 million in net new spending to the "Bold North" Twin Cities area, according to a report released Tuesday by Gov. Mark Dayton's office and the local host committee. The final tally by Rockport Analytics came in $50 million over the ...

Letter with suspicious substance found at FAA Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say the Minneapolis office of the Federal Aviation Administration was evacuated after a letter containing a suspicious substance was found. FAA spokeswoman Elizabeth Cory says four people were hospitalized as a precaution. Cory says several agencies, including ...

Prince’s retreat in Turks and Caicos Islands up for sale

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A private retreat is up for auction in the Turks and Caicos Islands that's believed to be the only remaining property in Prince's real estate portfolio. A New York auction house is taking sealed bids on the 5.7-acre (23,000 sq.-meter) property which is surrounded by water ...

Fire sweeps through half-block-long building in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Firefighters worked through the night in a battle against a raging fire at a Minneapolis building that contained businesses, apartments and artists' lofts. One firefighter was treated for smoke inhalation. The fire started Sunday about 10:30 p.m. Officials say firefighters ...

Another day of record-breaking heat in Upper Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another day of record-breaking heat was the backdrop for Memorial Day ceremonies and holiday picnics in some areas of the Upper Midwest. In Minnesota's Twin Cities, the mercury climbed to a record-breaking 100 degrees Monday afternoon. The National Weather Service said it ...

BNSF says it on track for safety technology installation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — BNSF Railway is one of the first railroads to fully implement new safety technology that will be required by federal regulators by the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said. The new technology, known as positive train control, is designed to automatically slow or ...

Small group health insurance grows by 15 percent last year

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of people covered by small group health insurance in Minnesota grew by 15 percent last year, ending a string of annual enrollment declines stretching back to 2004. Price hikes and tight limits last year on doctor and hospital choices in the individual market ...

Oral injuries lead to recall of Spam, other Hormel product

AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another product made by Minnesota-based Hormel after four consumers complained about metal objects in the food. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says the canned chicken and ...

Healy, newcomer Colome help Mariners beat Twins 3-1

SEATTLE (AP) — Before speaking to reporters after a 3-1 victory over the Twins, Seattle manager Scott Servais sat down, smiled and turned his cap slightly to the side. Just a little sign of the respect for the fashion style of his new reliever Alex Colome, who pitched a perfect ninth to earn ...