Minnesota News

Police: Tips lead to teen driver in fatal St. Paul hit-run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police say tips from the public have led to a teenage boy as the suspected driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash. Twenty-two-year-old Taressa Wilson-Snyder of St. Paul was found lying in the street early Saturday. She later died at a hospital. Police said ...

Minnesota governor sends Guard helicopter, crew to Nebraska

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has sent Minnesota Army National Guard troops to Nebraska to help with the flood disaster. Walz signed an executive order Thursday in response to Nebraska's request for helicopter support. Minnesota sent one CH-47 Chinook helicopter with 10 personnel to ...

Bitter health insurance debate erupts in Minnesota House

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bitter, partisan debate erupted on the Minnesota House floor Wednesday when Republicans tried to bring up a health care reinsurance bill that House Democrats oppose as a giveaway to the insurance industry. Back in 2017, when Republicans controlled both chambers of ...

Opioid deaths, suicide reach record levels in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State data shows the number of deaths from opioids and suicides in Minnesota reached record levels in 2017. The Minnesota Department of Health says 783 people took their own lives in 2017, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. There were 422 deaths from opioid ...

Senate Republicans revive private school scholarships plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday that a proposal to turn tax credits into scholarships for low- and middle-income students to attend private schools is a priority for them, and they hope to make it the subject of late-session negotiations with Gov. Tim ...

Senate Republicans revive private school scholarships plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republican leaders said Tuesday that a proposal to turn tax credits into scholarships for low- and middle-income students to attend private schools is a priority for them, and they hope to make it the subject of late-session negotiations with Gov. Tim ...

Auditor: BCA should investigate fraud in troubled program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor recommends that responsibility for investigating fraud in the state's troubled Child Care Assistance Program should be transferred from the agency that runs it to the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. James Nobles said in a letter to ...

Walz signs bill to expand disaster aid for barn collapses

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill expanding a zero-interest disaster loan program to help farmers dealing with buildings damaged by heavy snow. Walz signed the bill Monday. The measure cleared both the state House and Senate without opposition last week. Walz ...

Human Services official on leave after child care report

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The inspector general of the Minnesota Department of Human Services is on leave after a legislative auditor's report on fraud within the state's Child Care Assistance Program. The department Monday said Carolyn Ham is on leave, but the reasons are not public under the ...

Prosecutor, Philando Castile’s mom develop crisis tool kit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The mother of Philando Castile and the prosecutor who charged the officer who killed him have teamed up with others to develop a tool kit for law enforcement to use in times of crisis, including police shootings. Valerie Castile and Ramsey County Attorney John Choi ...

Minnesota House aims to hit drug companies for opioid crisis

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House voted Monday night to hold drug manufacturers responsible for the state's growing costs for dealing with the opioid crisis. The bill passed 94-34 after around four hours of debate that split mostly along party lines. It would support a wide range of ...

St. Paul police identify victim of fatal Frogtown shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul have identified a man who was fatally shot in the city's Frogtown neighborhood. Police identify the victim as 21-year-old Mark Franklin Jr. Franklin died of a gunshot wound at Regions Hospital on Friday. Police responded to a 911 call early Friday ...

Minnesota graduate students develop human rights tool for UN

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Graduate students at the University of Minnesota have created a tool to prioritize efforts to address human rights violations that they're hoping the United Nations will use. Master's students in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs developed the Minnesota Method for ...

Some Minnesota counties invest in long-term recycling model

FOSSTON, Minn. (AP) — Several counties in northwestern Minnesota are betting that recycling more and burning any remaining trash will be cheaper in the long run than burying everything that's thrown away. Polk County is handling refuse for five other counties at its Materials Recovery ...

Police: Body in Minnesota appears to be missing 2-year-old

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A child's body found wrapped in a blanket along a Minnesota highway is believed to be that of a missing 2-year-old girl whose mom police have said was fatally shot by her former pimp, authorities announced Saturday. The discovery of the child's body came hours after ...

No major injuries in Le Sueur County train derailment

LE SUEUR, Minn. (AP) — No major injuries were reported after a Union Pacific Railroad train derailed in Le Sueur County, but two crew members were taken to the hospital as a precaution. KEYC-TV reports the train derailed Friday morning about 2 miles south of Le Sueur. Authorities say one ...

Minnesota dairy farmers see unusual number of barn collapses

PINE ISLAND, Minn. (AP) — Dairy farmers across Minnesota are struggling to find shelter for hundreds of livestock after at least 45 barns collapsed under the weight of this winter's heavy snow. Some farmers lost animals in the dairy barn collapses, while others are scrambling to keep their ...

Minnesota high school students join global climate protests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Around 1,000 Minnesota students skipped school to gather on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul as part of global protests by young people demanding that governments take swift action to fight climate change. On a sunny Friday, they chanted, "Stop denying the ...

Walz, Klobuchar get update on spring flood preparations

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Top Minnesota leaders got a warning Friday to expect significant spring flooding across the state, depending on how quickly the snow melts. Gov. Tim Walz, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar and U.S. Reps. Betty McCollum and Jim Hagedorn sat down for a briefing from state and ...

Minnesota House votes to expand state’s indoor vaping ban

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Vaping would be banned from bars, restaurants and workplaces across Minnesota under a bill that passed the House on Thursday, a proposal that's aimed in part at reversing the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among young people. The bill would prohibit the use of ...