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Minnesota governor declares himself cancer-free

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton says he is cancer-free. Dayton made the announcement Monday while urging Minnesotans to get screened for cancer if they have risk factors or a family history of the disease. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the 70-year-old Dayton credited ...

Hacker removed from Minnesota tourism agency Facebook page

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's tourism agency has removed a hacker who was peppering the agency's Facebook page with bizarre postings. Explore Minnesota said the agency and Facebook were able to identify the hacker and remove the hacker's access to the agency's page about 4:30 p.m. ...

Ventura glad legal battle against ‘American Sniper’ is over

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura denounced the late "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle on Monday as an "American Liar" and said he feels vindicated in his five-year legal battle against the former Navy SEAL and his estate, though he ...

Dayton schedules Feb. 12 election for resigning lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Special elections to fill two legislative seats held by Minnesota lawmakers accused of sexual harassment will be held on Feb. 12. Gov. Mark Dayton said Monday he scheduled the elections for the second Monday in February after he received a resignation letter from ...

Rural Minnesota towns consider driverless car technology

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A transportation researcher says rural Minnesota residents could benefit from driverless cars. Frank Douma from the University of Minnesota created a task force last year to examine how to give residents across the state access to self-driving vehicles, Minnesota ...

CHS closes plants in Kansas, Iowa and Minnesota

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A soy processing plant in Hutchinson has closed, costing 77 people their jobs. CHS Inc. announced Friday that the Hutchinson plant was one of three it was closing as it moves out of soybean protein production. The others were in Creston, Iowa, and its Innovation and ...

Water main break causes I-694 sinkhole in east Twin Cities

OAKDALE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a large water main break has caused a giant sinkhole under Interstate 694 in Oakdale and is slowing water pressure for residents of the eastern Twin Cities suburb. The Washington County Sheriff's Office says the freeway was temporarily closed for two ...

7 treated for suspected CO poisoning in northeast Minnesota

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say seven people are being treated for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a home in northeastern Minnesota. The Virginia Fire Department was dispatched about 10 a.m. Sunday to a duplex. Virginia Fire Battalion Chief Kevin Poffs says seven people who ...

Hardly a journeyman: Keenum shines again in Vikes win

ATLANTA (AP) — Maybe it's time to stop asking about Case Keenum's starting job with the Minnesota Vikings. After being picked as the NFC offensive player of the month for November, Keenum kept up his hot play by throwing for two touchdowns in a 14-9 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on ...

Dermatologist settles allegations brought by whistle-blower

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota dermatology practice is paying $850,000 to settle allegations of falsely billing Medicare for procedures and other services. Federal and state prosecutors accuse Skin Care Doctors and president and CEO Dr. Michael Ebertz of submitting false ...

Remains of Minnesota WWII vet laid to rest outside Seattle

CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) — The remains of a Minnesota native and World War II veteran have been laid to rest in Washington state 65 years after his death. U.S. Air Force Capt. John Ponikvar of Chisholm died in a plane crash 1952, KARE-TV reported . Ponikvar's plane veered off course and crashed ...

No players hurt after Minnesota State Moorhead bus hits van

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — No players were hurt after a bus carrying the Minnesota State University Moorhead men's basketball team rear-ended a mini-van on Interstate 94 in eastern North Dakota. KFGO radio reports that the accident happened Friday afternoon west of Jamestown as the team was heading ...

Former Twin Cities paramedic sentenced for drug thefts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Twin Cities paramedic accused of stealing narcotics from an ambulance service has been sentenced to 180 days in the county workhouse and could face prison time. Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman says 37-year-old Robert Lien, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to ...

2 Bemidji Burger Kings shut down due to salmonella outbreak

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say two Burger Kings in Bemidji have temporarily shut their doors following a salmonella outbreak that infected more than two dozen customers. The Star Tribune reports that since September, the Minnesota Department of Health has identified 27 ...

Keillor’s successor: Misconduct allegations ‘heartbreaking’

NEW YORK (AP) — The man who replaced Garrison Keillor as host of "A Prairie Home Companion" says the allegations against Keillor came as "heartbreaking news." Chris Thile on Saturday addressed alleged improper conduct by Keillor in the opening minutes of the first show to be broadcast since ...

Ventura, estate of ‘Sniper’ author agree to dismiss case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jesse Ventura and the estate of "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle have agreed to dismiss the former Minnesota governor's defamation case. Ventura sued Kyle after Kyle wrote that he punched a man, later identified as Ventura, in a bar. Ventura said it never happened. A ...

Leader of deadly drug ring sentenced to 2 life prison terms

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man convicted of leading a large methamphetamine ring in North Dakota and Minnesota and ordering the killing of a man as part of the conspiracy was sentenced Friday to two life prison terms. A federal court jury in North Dakota in October convicted Modesto Torrez, 35, of ...

Cat banned from library develops social media following

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A tabby named Max has been playing a game of cat and mouse with some Minnesota college librarians. The furtive feline has been sneaking into the Macalester College library in St. Paul when people open the door and has been seen scampering around the bookshelves. The ...

Super Bowl Live concert series will include Prince tribute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A series of free, outdoor concerts during the 10-days leading up to the Super Bowl will include a Prince tribute and plenty of Minnesota flavor. Producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis announced their concert lineup for Super Bowl Live on Friday. The festival will include a ...

Hmong woman appointed judge in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman has become the state's first judge of Hmong descent. Gov. Mark Dayton named attorney Sophia Vuelo to the Ramsey County District Court bench on Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The position was open because the previous judge retired. Vuelo ...