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Democrats’ hopes to take House could stumble in Minnesota

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press WATERVILLE, Minn. (AP) — For all the talk of a blue wave sweeping Democrats back into the House majority this fall, their efforts could be thwarted in one of the nation's bluest states. Voters in the sprawling farm country south of Minneapolis and in the ...

Church abuse victims to vote soon on reorganization plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse will likely vote this month on a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate them for the abuse. According to a timetable laid out Thursday at a federal bankruptcy court hearing, some ...

Minnesota’s Swanson accused of pushing staff to aid ambition

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former staffer in Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson's office said he was tasked with recruiting and pressuring her employees to help burnish her political ambitions, raising questions just days before she faces voters in a three-way Democratic primary for ...

72 sickened in waterborne illness outbreak at campground

ZUMBROTA, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say they've identified at least 72 people who have gotten sick in a waterborne illness outbreak at a Zumbrota campground. The Department of Health says it continues to work with the owner of Shades of Sherwood Campground to prevent additional ...

The Latest: Swanson calls ex-staffer with allegations a liar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on allegations that Minnesota gubernatorial hopeful Lori Swanson pressured employees to help her political ambitions while serving as attorney general (all times local): 1:30 p.m. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says the former employee who says she ...

Democratic candidates differ on marijuana, driver’s licenses

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The three Democrats running for Minnesota governor are highlighting their differences in the homestretch to next week's primary. U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, state Rep. Erin Murphy and Attorney General Lori Swanson squared off in an hourlong debate hosted by Minnesota Public ...

Mayo Clinic names head of Florida campus as new CEO

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mayo Clinic will get a new president and chief executive at the end of the year when Dr. Gianrico Farrugia takes over from Dr. John Noseworthy, the world-renowned health care organization announced Friday. Farrugia, the CEO of Mayo's ...

St. Paul derailment spills diesel into Mississippi River

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Crews are cleaning up a diesel spill on the Mississippi River that happened when two Union Pacific locomotives derailed on a bridge in St. Paul. The derailment around 2 a.m. Wednesday punctured a fuel tank and spilled around 3,200 gallons of diesel fuel into the ...

Opponents of Enbridge Line 3 pipeline project file appeal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement are asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to declare that the environmental review for the controversial project fails to meet the legal requirements and needs to be redone. The Minnesota Public Utilities ...

Immigration raids in Nebraska, Minnesota target businesses

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A large federal law enforcement operation conducted Wednesday targeted businesses in Nebraska and Minnesota that officials say knowingly hired — and mistreated — immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The investigative arm of U.S. Immigrations and Customs ...

St. James officer who fatally shot man won’t be charged

ST. JAMES, Minn. (AP) — The assistant police chief of St. James won't be charged for fatally shooting a knife-wielding man at a convenience store in January. The Washington County Attorney determined Monday the shooting of 20-year-old Gilberto Salas of Gaylord was justified. The Mankato ...

Minnesota couple charged with running Amazon sales scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota company and its two owners were charged with running an illegal sales scheme on Amazon that prosecutors said collected more than $15 million from consumers over the past year. The Federal Trade Commission and the Minnesota Attorney General's Office recently ...

Health officials confirm measles in child in Hennepin County

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials say measles has been diagnosed in a 5-year-old child who lives in Hennepin County. The state Health Department said Tuesday the child became ill in early August shortly after returning from traveling to a region where measles is common. The child ...

Relatives demand answers as IDs in police shooting emerge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Relatives of a man shot to death by St. Paul police officers have joined calls for the immediate release of the officers' body camera videos and the 911 call that preceded his death. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said in a statement Tuesday that William James Hughes, ...

Minnesota professor sues over union representation

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A St. Cloud State University professor has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her rights are being violated because she doesn't agree with the union that represents her. Political science professor Kathleen Uradnik is suing St. Cloud State, the Inter Faculty ...

Duluth diocese adds 2 priests to list of credibly accused

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of Duluth has added two priests to its list of clergy credibly accused of sexually abusing a child. The Roman Catholic diocese serving northeastern Minnesota added the names of the Revs. William C. Graham and Roland Antus to the list . In Graham's case, the ...

Settlement reached in suit alleging Wells Fargo outed victim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a lawsuit alleging that Wells Fargo and one of its mortgage bankers in Mankato mistakenly outed a family under victim protection. Plaintiffs' attorney Randy Knutson told the Star Tribune on Monday that the sides came to a ...

ACLU seeks details on officer-involved shooting in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union urged authorities Monday to speed up the release of information in a fatal officer-involved shooting in St. Paul. Police said two officers opened fire and killed a man who was armed with a handgun while they ...

As Ellison departs Congress, Omar chases another first

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — In a coffee shop at the edge of a working-class Minneapolis suburb, not far from the high school Ilhan Omar attended in the years after she immigrated to the U.S., some two dozen people crowded around a table to hear her make the case for sending her to ...

Minneapolis oral history project to feature elders’ stories

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An oral history project is looking to work with University of Minnesota students to interview elders in the area and create personal historical accounts of life in southeast Minneapolis neighborhoods. The Southeast Seniors group is organizing the Neighborhood Memories ...