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Crisis nursery, homeless shelter help Minnesota families

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota crisis nursery and a homeless shelter are providing complementary services for families in crisis. The Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery and NUMAS Haus homeless opened in New Ulm within months of each other in 2016 and 2017, the Mankato Free Press ...

Minnesota schools looking for ways to address bullying

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The state has provided public schools with a baseline policy on how to address issues of bullying, but some educators say the approach individual districts or schools take to resolve the problem can vary widely. Minnesota's policy classifies bullying as a dynamic ...

Minnesota governor defends police shooting investigators

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton defended the state agency that investigates police shootings after a prosecutor criticized the investigation into the death of an Australian woman who was killed by an officer after she called police to report a possible assault. Dayton issued a ...

‘A Prairie Home Companion’ name becomes ‘Live from Here’

NEW YORK (AP) — "A Prairie Home Companion" has been given a new name — "Live from Here" — in the wake of creator Garrison Keillor's acrimonious split with Minnesota Public Radio. Chris Thile, the mandolin virtuoso who has hosted the weekly variety show since Keillor's retirement last ...

Private music school in St. Paul abruptly closing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A private college in St. Paul is abruptly closing its doors, leaving bewildered students wondering what to do next. McNally Smith College of Music sent an email to students Thursday saying it would be closing Dec. 20, the end of the semester. Instructors also received ...

University of Minnesota gets tougher on sexual misconduct

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota adopted a policy on Friday that will require all employees to report incidents of sexual harassment or sexual assault against students. The mandate approved by the Board of Regents will go into effect next month, the Star Tribune reported. ...

No charges in St. Paul police shooting that left man dead

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against police officers who shot and killed a black man in St. Paul after he pointed a gun at them. Twenty-nine-year-old Cordale Quinn Handy was killed March 15 after police responded to a disturbance in which several ...

All smiles as Dayton, Fischbach have a summit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says he and his next lieutenant governor had a cordial lunch as they talked over how they will work together despite party differences. State Senate President Michelle Fischbach, a Republican, is becoming Dayton's lieutenant by law as a result of him ...

Minnesota cities facing aging sewer plants

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Many cities across Minnesota are struggling to finance costly improvements to aging sewer plants while meeting tighter environmental standards. About 30 percent of wastewater treatment plants in outstate Minnesota are more than 30 years old, according to a Minnesota ...

Minneapolis North athletic director Lewis placed on leave

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver who is now athletic director at a Minneapolis high school is the subject of an internal school investigation. The Star Tribune reports that Minneapolis North athletic director Leo Lewis has been placed on ...

Minnesota Democrats aim to clear Smith’s path for 2018 bid

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's next senator, Tina Smith, could face a clear path to next year's special election, with support pouring in from nearly every corner of the state's Democratic party and a top potential primary challenger announcing he won't run against her. Within minutes of ...

Franken confirms handover to Smith in early January

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken has confirmed that he expects his replacement, Democratic Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, to take over his seat in early January. Franken, a Democrat, said last week he would resign "in coming weeks" following allegations by several women of sexual ...

Prosecutor: Not enough evidence yet in Damond shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said he doesn't yet have enough evidence to charge a Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed Australian woman this summer, blaming investigators who "haven't done their job." Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman is still deciding whether to ...

St. Paul City Attorney running for Minnesota AG

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul City Attorney Sam Clark says he is running for Minnesota attorney general. Clark announced his campaign Thursday at the state Capitol. The Star Tribune reports he was flanked by high-profile law enforcement officials, including the Hennepin and Ramsey County ...

Minnesota Lt. Gov. Tina Smith named to fill Franken seat

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press. ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton appointed Lt. Gov. Tina Smith on Wednesday to fill fellow Democrat Al Franken's Senate seat until a special election in November, setting up his longtime and trusted adviser for a potentially bruising 2018 ...

Minnesota’s next senator: Quiet organizer came late to power

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The woman who will be Minnesota's next U.S. senator is a largely behind-the-scenes player who came to elected office late in her career and passed up a major shot at power just a few months ago. Tina Smith isn't passing a second time. ...

Minnesota sees increase in snowy owl sightings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife experts say they are treating more injured snowy owls than usual this year in Minnesota. The owls have flown thousands of miles from the Arctic and are being spotted in higher numbers in parts of the northern U.S., including around the Great Lakes, to the ...

Minnesota Senate appointment creates a mess back home

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The elevation of Minnesota's Republican state Senate president to lieutenant governor as part of a chain reaction after U.S. Sen. Al Franken's resignation will likely lead to a legal fight over whether she can hold two jobs. Gov. Mark ...

PolyMet offers $544M in financial assurances for mine costs

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — PolyMet Mining Corp. is offering the state a $544 million package of financial assurances to serve as an insurance policy to protect taxpayers from potentially having to cover the costs of closing and cleaning up a controversial ...

Franken back at Senate job despite soon-to-be-gone status

WASHINGTON (AP) — Al Franken is the Senate's dead man walking, still doing his day job despite his soon-to-be-gone status. The two-term Minnesota lawmaker told a somber Senate last Thursday he would resign amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and in the face of vanishing support ...