Minnesota News

Floating bioreactors may save Minnesota wild rice

BABBITT, Minn. (AP) — An environmental engineer working with University of Minnesota-Duluth researchers is looking for a less expensive solution to protecting wild rice from mining pollution in the state's Iron Range. Jeff Hanson has spent the past decade studying the issue and working ...

Dayton vetoes bill with harsher penalties for protesters

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has vetoed a GOP-backed bill that would increase penalties for protesters who block freeways or transit lines. The debate started last year in response to protests over officer-involved shootings of two black men that shut down interstates and blocked ...

Dayton, GOP at still odds as Legislature presses ahead

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature careened Saturday toward a messy and potentially inconclusive ending, as Republican leaders cut away from negotiations and planned to work overnight to send Gov. Mark Dayton a package of government spending ...

The Latest: Legislature mull overriding Dayton on MNLARS

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature's rush to finish up its work (all times local): 11:30 p.m. The Minnesota Legislature will try to override Gov. Mark Dayton's veto of funding to reimburse local offices hurt by the state's troubled new driver's registration ...

Miami-Dade approves megamall that would be largest in US

By CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — A gigantic $4 billion retail and entertainment complex won government approval Thursday after years of debate, greenlighting what promises to be the largest mall in North America, just a few miles from the environmentally sensitive ...

Body found in Forest Lake woods

FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Police are working to learn the identity of a body found in some woods in Forest Lake. Authorities say a man searching for morel mushrooms found the body Thursday behind the CenturyLink building. Police Capt. Greg Weiss says officers are not looking for any suspects ...

Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for hacker sabotage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A New Mexico man accused of paying hackers to sabotage websites affiliated with his former employers and state agencies has been sentenced in Minnesota to 15 years in prison. John Kelsey Gammell earlier pleaded guilty to federal hacking conspiracy charges. The FBI says the ...

Man killed by train when scooter get stuck on tracks

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities a man was killed by a train when his mobility scooter got stuck on some railroad tracks in downtown Rochester. KTTC-TV reports witnesses told police the scooter's wheels got stuck as the crossing gates came down and the lights activated shortly before 8 ...

Colleagues pay tribute to Judge Diana Murphy, who died at 84

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Colleagues are paying tribute to Judge Diana Murphy, the first woman to serve on the federal bench in Minnesota. Murphy died Wednesday at age 84. She had been in poor health but kept working through April. She was appointed to the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1994 ...

US Rep. Lewis to hold Minnesota town halls despite threat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Freshman U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis plans to hold his first town halls in Minnesota this weekend despite what his office says was a threat. Lewis spokeswoman Carter Moelk says his office reported "a concerning call" to U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday. Moelk says Capitol Police ...

Minnesota manufacturers face potential labor shortage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An annual manufacturing survey by a Minnesota industry organization shows the state's sector may face labor shortages. Enterprise Minnesota's survey says manufacturers are concerned about finding enough workers to fill positions as baby boomers retire and job availability ...

Auditor probes allegations of Minnesota child care fraud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor will investigate allegations that day care providers are stealing money from the state's publicly funded child-care subsidy program at a rate that is more widespread than previously believed. Legislative Auditor James Nobles told the Star ...

Patrol IDs man killed by semi on I-94 after crashing car

CASSELTON, N.D. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 35-year-old North Dakota man who was struck and killed by a semi-truck as he walked on Interstate 94. The Highway Patrol identifies the victim as William Schneeman of Bismarck. Authorities say Schneeman had crashed his car on ...

Texas shooting spurs supporters of Minnesota gun law changes

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Another deadly school shooting Friday put renewed pressure on Minnesota lawmakers to address gun violence just as their session neared adjournment, with lawmakers focusing on funding school security improvements and not stronger gun ...

2 men charged in firefighter’s fatal beating outside bar

FORADA, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two men with manslaughter in the death of a firefighter who was found beaten outside a bar in western Minnesota. The Douglas County Attorney's office on Friday charged Troy Traut and Jacob Larson each with first-degree manslaughter and ...

Tax deal, education funding in flux as session ticks away

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With time winding down in the legislative session, Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican leaders were searching Friday for a compromise on a tax bill that averts a complex 2019 tax filing season and Dayton's push for additional school ...

Police: Boy, 7, killed self with gun found in box with toy

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Police say a 7-year-old boy fatally shot himself in his suburban Minneapolis home after a loaded handgun was found in a box containing a toy. Police were called to a townhome apartment complex in Plymouth around 3 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a child bleeding from the ...

Dayton rejects GOP-backed tax bill as session wanes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Thursday vetoed a GOP-backed bill that would have aligned Minnesota's state tax code with federal changes passed last year, paving the way for an around-the-clock weekend of work in search of a deal that may not materialize before time runs out on ...

GOP Legislature sends tax bill to Dayton for expected veto

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Legislature on Wednesday sent Gov. Mark Dayton legislation syncing the state's tax code with recent federal tax breaks while modestly cutting Minnesota income tax rates, but it appears destined for Dayton's veto pen. The Senate passed the so-called tax ...

Police: 7-year-old boy dies of gunshot wound in Plymouth

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 7-year-old boy has died from a gunshot wound in the Minneapolis suburb of Plymouth. Plymouth police say officers were called around 3 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a 7-year-old victim bleeding from the head. When officers arrived, they learned the ...