Minnesota News

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 ...

Ex-Minneapolis officer sentenced to workhouse for assault

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer who kicked a man in the face while on duty will serve six months in the workhouse. Christopher Reiter also was sentenced Tuesday to three years probation, stripped of his officer's license and ordered to take anger management ...

Minnesota announces restrictions on using herbicide dicamba

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota announced restrictions Tuesday on how farmers can use the herbicide dicamba in 2018, responding to complaints by soybean growers across the country that it harmed their crops this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture set a June 20 cutoff date for ...

2 men rescued after falling through ice in NE Minnesota

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — Crews have rescued two men who fell through the ice on a lake south of Eveleth on northeastern Minnesota's Iron Range. First responders arrived Monday to find the men clinging onto the ice in a large area of open water. The men, both from the town of Iron, were taken by ...

Charges: Minnesota suspect fired fatal shot during robbery

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a St. Cloud man jailed in North Dakota with murder in a fatal shooting at an apartment in central Minnesota. Twenty-year-old Desmond Ormandy Barzey was charged Monday in Stearns County with unintentional second-degree murder as well as ...

Survey finds medications accumulating in Minnesota lakes

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Scientists have found that medications are making their way through Minnesota's wastewater systems and accumulating in lake bottoms. University of Minnesota professor Bill Arnold said a survey of Lake Pepin, Lake Winona in Alexandria and the Duluth harbor found 10 of 19 ...

Suspect arrested in ND after fatal Minnesota shooting

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota are holding a 20-year-old man after another man was fatally shot at an apartment in central Minnesota. Police say the shooting happened in Waite Park near St. Cloud. The victim was shot in the upper body. Friends brought the unconscious man ...

Head-on crash kills 3 in SW Minnesota, including 1-year-old

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The State Patrol says a head-on crash in southwestern Minnesota has killed three people, including a toddler. Authorities say 34-year-old Shaunna Kraft of Lakefield was trying to pass another vehicle on a bridge on Highway 71 when she collided head-on with a ...

Chicago police: Minnesota couple made false robbery report

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police say a man and woman from suburban Minneapolis falsely claimed they were robbed at knifepoint of a $12,000 engagement ring and other items. Authorities said Saturday 27-year-old Katie Mager of Apple Valley and 27-year-old Ryan Reiersgaard of Burnsville each face ...

Towns scores 28, Timberwolves hold off Mavericks 97-92

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and the Minnesota Timberwolves held on for a 97-92 win against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading ...

Stewart runs for 3 TDs, Panthers beat Vikings 31-24

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jonathan Stewart seems determined that nobody is going to write the epitaph on his NFL career just yet. The Panthers 30-year-old running back and all-time leading rusher has played 129 games in his NFL career, but had never run for more than two touchdowns in a ...

Minnesota researchers create Alzheimer’s detection device

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota researchers have created new technology aimed at making it easier to detect the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers from the Center for Drug Design used a camera to gather images of light interacting with the retina, which can catch ...

Remains of Minnesota WWII sailor to be laid to rest in May

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — The remains of a southern Minnesota sailor killed at Pearl Harbor will be laid to rest more than seven decades after his death. Radioman 2nd Class Quentin Gifford, 22, was on the USS Oklahoma when it was capsized by torpedoes in December 1941, The Mankato Free Press ...

Minnesota school official suspended for handcuffing student

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul Public Schools assistant principal who had a middle school student handcuffed for being disruptive received a three-day suspension without pay. The disciplinary letter signed by the assistant school superintendent says Gene Ward Jr. showed "extremely poor ...