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Minnesota AG-elect Ellison resigning as DNC deputy chair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison says he is resigning as deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Ellison told Minnesota Public Radio on Wednesday night that he's notified DNC Chairman Tom Perez that he "will be retiring from that role to ...

2 Minnesota marijuana parties about to get major status

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two political parties advocating legalization of marijuana in Minnesota are poised to get a boost. Preliminary results show the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party both received at least 5 percent of the vote in a statewide contest in ...

Walz starts transition to Minnesota governor after big win

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Gov.-elect Tim Walz is kickstarting his transition to the state's top office. Walz defeated Republican Jeff Johnson in Tuesday's open race for governor. He visited the state Capitol Thursday with Lt. Gov.-elect Peggy Flanagan and his wife, Gwen Walz, to ...

Record soybean harvest expected amid continued trade dispute

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers are expected to harvest the largest soybean crop on record but must deal with a constricted market in which to sell the crop because of President Donald Trump's tariff battle with China. In its latest update released ...

Wisconsin town mourns Girl Scout, mom killed in hit-and-run

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (AP) — Teachers, family and friends said goodbye Thursday to a Girl Scout and her mother killed in a hit-and-run along a rural road in northwestern Wisconsin, with a minister telling mourners their "world has been crushed." Hundreds of mourners turned out for a funeral ...

Minnesota GOP ‘soul searching’ after drubbing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — It was a tale of two political parties in Minnesota on Wednesday: resurgent Democrats who tightened their grip on the governor's office and two U.S. Senate seats in Tuesday's election, and wincing Republicans shut out of statewide contests for a 12th straight year and ...

Congress bound, Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar enjoys another first

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fresh off of becoming the first Somali-American elected to Congress, Ilhan Omar said Wednesday that she's still enjoying being known for her firsts. In 2016 the one-time refugee became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature in the U.S. when she won a seat ...

Train strikes, kills person near downtown Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A train has struck and killed a person near downtown Moorhead. Moorhead Police Lt. Deric Swenson says the collision happened around 4:30 p.m. Monday. Swenson tells KFGO Radio the victim was struck near the corner of 14th Street and Main Avenue. The train stopped ...

Walz hopes to extend Democrats’ hold on governor’s office

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's top job was on the line Tuesday as voters chose between longtime Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and two-time Republican candidate Jeff Johnson to become the state's next governor. It's the first open governor's race since 2010, when Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton won ...

Smith seeks voters’ ratification of Senate appointment

A 10-month sprint to finish former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's term reached a finish Tuesday as voters decided between two women: a longtime Democratic power player appointed in Franken's place and a Republican state senator with a famous name in the hockey-crazy state. Less than four years ...

4 swing races give Minnesota outsize role in US House battle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Compelling storylines were everywhere in Minnesota's midterm election, with a governor's race that might determine whether the state retains divided government that has become rare in the Upper Midwest. Democratic Rep. Tim Walz was hoping to make the jump from Congress, ...

DNC chair says Ellison accuser got fair, full investigation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The chairman of the Democratic National Committee says "a fair and full investigation" was given to a woman who levied domestic abuse allegations against DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison, a congressman now in a tight race for Minnesota attorney general. Tom Perez was ...

Esports gain popularity on University of Minnesota campus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is home to a nationally-ranked team that doesn't practice on a court or field, but instead on the virtual battlefield of popular computer game Overwatch. The university's Overwatch team is currently in its preseason, competing against other ...

Vikings hang 10 sacks on Stafford in 24-9 win vs. Lions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings turned their defensive line loose on Matthew Stafford in a dominant performance that would have made the old Purple People Eaters proud. This unstoppable pass rush was led, predictably, by Danielle Hunter. Hunter had 3 1/2 of Minnesota's ...

Sad sack Lions: Stafford downed 10 times in loss to Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Detroit Lions were at a disadvantage, playing in a deafening stadium against a daunting Minnesota defense that's rounding into form at midseason. The departure of their leading pass-catcher in a trade earlier in the week left the Lions with one less way to attack the ...

Vikings: Pro Bowl fullback Bill ‘Boom Boom’ Brown dies at 80

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bill Brown, the Minnesota Vikings fullback who was a four-time Pro Bowl pick in 14 seasons in the NFL, has died. He was 80. The Vikings announced the death Sunday, before a moment of silence for Brown prior to their game against Detroit. Brown's son-in-law, former Vikings ...

Investigators find cause of deadly Minnesota plane crash

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A final report from federal investigators says the plane that crash in northwest Minnesota killing three Wyoming residents likely occurred because the pilot lost control due to spatial disorientation. The Rawlins Times reports 69-year-old pilot Moy Wing, 27-year-old ...

Fight for Minnesota Legislature set in suburbs, St. Cloud

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Overshadowed by an open governor's race and drowned out by the flood of ads in bare-knuckle congressional contests, control of Minnesota's Legislature is also up for grabs in Tuesday's election. But it's not something that all voters ...

Minnesota officials warn residents of Medicare scammers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota insurance regulators are investigating potentially misleading advertising for new Medicare coverage. The Minnesota Commerce Department is warning older consumers to watch out for scams as the open enrollment period begins, Minnesota Public Radio reported . Kelli ...

University of Minnesota student voters could impact election

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of University of Minnesota students will likely vote in the upcoming midterm election, a move that could impact key districts that may determine the makeup of Congress next year. Political experts, campaign organizers and student activists have said voter turnout ...