Minnesota News

Father charged with gravely injuring infant

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A father with a lengthy criminal record is charged with inflicting life-threatening injuries on his newborn son in Apple Valley. Thirty-two-year-old Michael Herkal is charged in Dakota County District Court with first-degree assault and malicious punishment of a ...

Father of teen killed by deputies wants city review

CHANHASSEN, Minn. (AP) — The father of a teenager shot and killed by deputies in Chanhassen is calling for a broad community discussion on how officers handle calls involving mental illness. Sixteen-year-old Archer Amorosi was killed by Carver County sheriff's deputies July 13 outside his ...

Dems pick ‘firsts,’ GOP goes for Trump fave in primaries

By STEVE PEOPLES and KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In a night of firsts, Democrats in Vermont's primary chose the nation's first transgender gubernatorial nominee. In Minnesota, they picked a woman who would be the first Somali-American member of Congress. Connecticut ...

Scuba diver dies in Washington County

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The death of a scuba diver pulled from a lake in Washington County is under investigation. The sheriff's office got a call about the diver having difficulty in the water on Square Lake in May Township about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Divers found the 51-year-old man ...

Court document details moments before fatal police shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a man fired gunshots into a bedroom wall and pointed a gun at his roommate before he was fatally shot by St. Paul police. A search warrant filed Tuesday by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension contains details about the moments leading up to ...

Researchers look into Lake Superior algae bloom

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Scientists are investigating an unprecedented algae bloom in Lake Superior and have sent samples for lab testing to determine if it is toxic. Kayakers and other visitors to the popular lakeshores along eastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin found green scummy algae ...

Human error blamed for statewide 911 outage in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials in Minnesota say human error was to blame for a statewide 911 outage earlier this month. Minnesota's Emergency Communications Networks said Wednesday it has concluded its investigation into the Aug. 1 outage . Similar disruptions were reported in North Dakota ...

Walz, Johnson look to November after Minnesota primary wins

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's newly minted candidates for governor wasted little time in setting course for November, as Democratic Rep. Tim Walz and Republican County Commissioner Jeff Johnson traded niceties and a few jabs on Wednesday shortly after ...

Judge: No wrongdoing by Swanson in releasing ex-aide records

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson did not violate any laws when her office released a former aide's criminal record last week. Ramsey County Judge John Guthmann on Wednesday denied the former aide a temporary restraining order against ...

Passengers help deliver baby born on Minnesota bus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Passengers on a city bus in Minnesota have helped a woman deliver her baby after she went into labor. The Star Tribune reports the mother started having contractions Tuesday as the bus rolled through a neighborhood near the University of Minnesota's St. Paul ...

Victory offers Muslim candidate new platform to oppose Trump

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump, meet Ilhan Omar. Just two years ago, the Minnesota Democrat became the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature. Now she's likely to become one of the first two Muslim women elected to Congress. And ...

Democrats avoid abuse allegations against party leader

By STEVE PEOPLES, BILL BARROW and KYLE POTTER, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Democratic Party insisted Wednesday that allegations of domestic abuse against his second-in-command would not hurt his party ahead of this fall's midterm elections. Yet four days after the ...

Ex-officer’s lawyers want charges dismissed in Damond death

By JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Defense attorneys want charges dismissed against a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman last year. Attorneys for ex-officer Mohamed Noor argue in motions filed Wednesday that the charges should be ...

Pawlenty loss shows Minnesota GOP’s reluctance to coronate

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the last Republican to win statewide in traditionally blue Minnesota, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty hoped to be the party's savior by running for his old job. Voters instead chose a lesser-known local official who didn't carry the stigma ...

Minnesota primary turnout estimated highest in 24 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's long list of big races in Tuesday's primary sparked the biggest turnout in more than 20 years. A spokesman for the secretary of state's office tweeted late Tuesday that it was about 21.5 percent. The spokesman, Ben Petok, said that was the best since ...

Primary night: Dems go for diversity, GOP for Trump choices

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats embraced diversity Tuesday in a primary night of firsts, while Republicans in Minnesota rejected a familiar face of the GOP old guard in favor of a rising newcomer aligned with President Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democrats rallied behind the nation's first ...

Trump tweets endorsement of Minnesota candidate Pete Stauber

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter to reaffirm his support for Minnesota congressional candidate Pete Stauber. Trump tweeted Monday that Stauber has his "full and total Endorsement!" and urged voters to back him in Tuesday's GOP primary election. Stauber is a St. ...

Immigrations audits affect dozens of Minnesota businesses

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul baking company that shuttered after an immigration audit is among nearly three dozen Minnesota businesses U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has targeted since President Donald Trump took office. ICE audited as least 34 Minnesota companies from January ...

Woman behind Ellison allegations won’t release alleged video

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The woman who accused Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison of once abusing her while they were dating says she won't share alleged video footage of the incident. The allegations surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son alleged in a Facebook post that he had ...

St. Cloud woman fatally struck while walking on street

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud police say a woman has died after she was struck by a car as she walked on a city street. Officers were called to the crash on Saturday afternoon. Police say the 59-year-old St. Cloud woman was walking with traffic in the outside lane of West St. Germain ...