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Labor agreements reached for thousands of state employees

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota's two biggest state employee unions on Thursday reached agreements with negotiators from Gov. Tim Walz's administration. The ...

Teen employee killed in accident at Golden Valley Menards

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — An accident at a home improvement store in a Minneapolis suburb has killed an employee. According to authorities, a man operating a forklift in the lumberyard of Menards in Golden Valley died when a large pallet of wood tumbled onto his machine ...

Enbridge: Anchor in Straits of Mackinac will be recovered

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — An anchor will be recovered from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac after it became detached from a cable during maintenance of an oil pipeline, Enbridge Energy said Friday. "There was no risk to the pipelines," the company said in a written statement. "The anchor ...

Crane collapse causes power outage as temps reach mid-90s

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A crane fell over at a construction site in the Minneapolis suburb of Lexington on Friday, causing a power outage for nearly 900 customers in the area as temperatures climbed into the mid-90s. There were no injuries reported. A dispatch supervisor with the Centennial ...

3 deaths in western Wisconsin investigated as homicide

WEST SALEM, Wis. (AP) — Workers discovered three bodies early Friday at the entrance to a quarry in far western Wisconsin, and authorities said they are investigating the deaths as a triple homicide. La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf called the deaths a "targeted act" but declined to tell ...

Woman hurt when Winston Smith was killed sues authorities

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who was with a St. Paul man when he was shot and killed in Minneapolis by members of a federal task force is suing local authorities and has signaled her intent to sue the U.S. Marshals Service, saying she was emotionally traumatized ...

Kevin Costner to appear at Minnesota State Fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Actor Kevin Costner will appear at the Minnesota State Fair in September. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Wednesday that Costner's country-rock band, Modern West, will perform at the fair's grandstand on Sept. 3. A live question-and-answer session with Costner ...

Woman charged with driving 137 mph on interstate

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors in La Crosse County have charged a woman with fleeing from police at speeds of nearly 140 mph on Interstate 90. Online court records show 36-year-old Amy Torres of Fargo, North Dakota, was charged Wednesday with attempting to elude an officer, a ...

Fire damages historical Upsala home

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged a historical home in Upsala. The St. Cloud Times reported firefighters got a call of a blaze at the Borgstrom House-Historical Site around 10:40 p.m. Monday. Firefighters contained the flames to the ...

Judge is asked to change ‘trauma’ wording in Chauvin memo

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the judge who handled former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial in George Floyd's death to rewrite his sentencing order to delete suggestions that child witnesses did not suffer ...

Minneapolis to evaluate pursuit policy after motorist killed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Thursday the city will review its police pursuit policy after a chase that ended with an officer hitting and killing an innocent motorist. Frey called the crash that killed 40-year-old Leneal Frazier early Tuesday "a horrific tragedy." ...

Fond du Lac Band wants to move elk to northeast forest

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Once hunted to the brink of extinction, elk could be reintroduced to the forest in northeastern Minnesota. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has submitted a plan to the state Department of Natural Resources that would move 100 to 150 elk from existing herds ...

Man killed by police in Olivia died of multiple gunshots

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The man killed by police in Renville County died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. The office identified the man as 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. Police said Torres was armed when he confronted an officer during the early ...

GOP US Rep. Jim Hagedorn announces kidney cancer recurrence

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has had a recurrence of his stage IV kidney cancer, the southern Minnesota Republican announced Wednesday. Hagedorn, who was first diagnosed in February 2019, shortly after taking office for his first term, said his doctors just confirmed that ...

Minnesota DNR: No wolf season until 2022 at soonest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it won't consider holding a wolf hunting or trapping season until 2022 at the earliest. The agency said in a statement that it's taking longer than expected to update its 20-year-old wolf management plan, and ...

Police: Altercation might have led to fatal highway shooting

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fatal highway shooting in a Twin Cities suburb might have been the result of road rage, police said Wednesday. Police say a man was driving his son home from a baseball game when he was shot on a Plymouth highway about about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Plymouth Police Chief ...

Teen who recorded Floyd’s arrest loses uncle in police crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The uncle of a teenager who recorded the last moments of George Floyd's life in a video that helped launch a global protest movement against racial injustice has died in a crash involving a Minneapolis police car, officials confirmed Wednesday. Darnella Frazier said in a ...

Minnesota Senate goes home without votes on commissioners

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate adjourned its special session Wednesday without taking planned votes on confirming two of Gov. Tim Walz's commissioners, after Democrats objected to how GOP lawmakers essentially forced out ...

Minnesota AG: Gas utilities overbilled customers by $380M

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities mismanaged their natural gas purchases after a historic winter storm in the South, which led them to overbill customers by $380 million, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday. The office of Attorney General Keith Ellison recommended ...

Man killed by officer in Olivia was 32-year-old father

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — Friends and family have identified the man who was fatally shot by a police officer over the weekend in Olivia. A cousin, Jessica Laro, identified him as 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. He was shot in alley about 2 a.m. Sunday. Officials said Torres was armed and ...