Minnesota News

Heavy snow collapses fairgrounds barn roof

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Heavy snow has caused some structural damage at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Authorities say part of the roof of the cattle barn gave way Tuesday night. No one was hurt. The 99-year-old brick barn is used for storage during the winter months. The extent of the damage ...

County attorney says Duluth police shooting justified

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The St. Louis County attorney says an investigation into a fatal police shooting in Duluth in January shows the gunman who fired at officers took his own life before an officer returned fire. County Attorney Mark Rubin says Taylor Turek died from a single self-inflicted ...

Minnesota probe finds no proof stolen money aided terrorists

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor said Wednesday that an investigation found no proof that money defrauded from a state child care program found its way to terrorist organizations overseas. Lawmakers asked Legislative Auditor James Nobles to look into the issue after ...

DNR announces details of Mille Lacs walleye harvest in May

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says anglers who fish Mille Lacs Lake in May will get to keep one walleye. It'll be the first time since 2015 that anglers on the big east-central Minnesota lake will be allowed to keep a walleye during the open-water ...

Walz’s 2050 carbon-free electricity plan gets first hearing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz's plan for Minnesota to get 100 percent of its electricity from carbon-free sources by 2050 was criticized Tuesday at its first legislative hearing, with representatives from some of the state's smaller utilities saying they can't meet that goal. Commerce ...

Central Minnesota soldiers welcomed home from Kuwait

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Family members have welcomed home nearly 160 soldiers from a central Minnesota National Guard unit from an overseas deployment. The Guard's 851st Vertical Engineer Company returned Tuesday from a nine-month deployment in Kuwait. During their deployment, the soldiers ...

Northeast Minnesota moose population low but stable

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The latest survey finds the moose population in northeastern Minnesota remains low but stable for the eighth consecutive year, the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday. Results of the 2019 aerial survey estimate northeastern Minnesota's moose population at ...

Minnesota Senate panel votes against recreational marijuana

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate committee voted Monday to kill a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state, making it unlikely that the legislation will pass this year. The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-3 along party lines to reject the bill after ...

Walz: Collapsing dairy barns threaten Minnesota economy

ALTURA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz says dairy barns collapsing due to heavy snowfall are threatening the state's economy. Walz and Sen. Tina Smith met with dairy farmers near Altura in southeastern Minnesota on Saturday. Dozens of barn roofs have collapsed in Minnesota because of ...

Smith, Phillips call for extension for Liberians

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith and Rep. Dean Phillips are trying to rally support for extending the legal status of thousands of Minnesota Liberians facing possible deportation. The two Democrats held a news conference Sunday. They have pressed President Donald Trump to extend ...

Snow causes Moorhead church roof collapse; no one hurt

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Snow buildup has caused a section of the roof to collapse at a Moorhead church, but no one was hurt. The collapse at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church was reported just after noon Sunday. Deputy Moorhead Fire Chief Benton Hicks tells KFGO Radio it was a "miracle" no ...

Companies decry ‘valve turners’ who shut down pipelines

By BLAKE NICHOLSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — As Enbridge prepared to move climate-damaging tar sands crude through a 40-year-old pipeline in eastern Canada in 2015, environmentalists and indigenous peoples including Vanessa Gray thought about what happened in Michigan just five ...

Fired St. Paul TV employee acquitted of making threats

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former employee at a St. Paul television station was found not guilty of making threats of violence against colleagues after he was fired. A Ramsey County jury on Friday acquitted 37-year-old Rusty Arntson, of Brooklyn Center, who was accused of citing the Capital ...

Multiple agencies rush to analyze Minnesota flood risk

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal and state agencies are using snow tubes, stream gauges and satellites to measure Minnesota's risk of flooding this spring. The National Weather Service has already predicted an above average flood risk this spring due to the winter's heavy snowfall. The ...

Bill pushes to boost funding for Minnesota crop program

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota research program that aims to develop environmentally-friendly alternatives to corn and soybeans could get an extra $5 million a year funding boost under a new bill. The legislation proposed by a group of lawmakers would invest more into the ...

Great Lakes see ‘superior’ ice coverage, but it won’t last

DETROIT (AP) — As ice coverage goes, it's Superior. The Detroit Free Press reports Lake Superior was 94 percent ice covered as of Friday, marking first time the largest of the Great Lakes had more than 90 percent coverage in four years. At this time last year, Superior was about half ...

Upper Midwest hit with rain, sleet and heavy snow

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm bringing a mixed bag of heavy, wet snow in some areas and rain and sleet in others made travel hazardous Saturday in the Dakotas and Minnesota, some of which was due to street flooding. The National Weather Service issued winter storm watches and warnings for a ...

House passes equal rights amendment ballot question

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Legislation that would let Minnesota voters decide whether to amend the state Constitution to include an equal rights clause has passed the House. Members of the Democratic-dominated House passed the bill late Thursday. It would put the question on the 2020 ballot, ...

Police: Man dies after physical altercation in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say a man has died after he got involved in a fight following a traffic crash. Authorities say a rear-end crash happened just before midnight Thursday. The driver of one vehicle fled from the scene on foot and was pursued by a passenger from the other ...

Roger Penske received kidney from son in 2017 at Mayo Clinic

By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Motorsports giant Roger Penske disclosed Friday that he received a kidney transplant shortly after the 2017 IndyCar season finale. Penske told The Associated Press he received the kidney from his son, Greg. The 82-year-old ...