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Minneapolis exhibit shows Vikings beyond history as warriors

By MARIANNE COMBS Minnesota Public Radio News MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Most of our current ideas about Vikings are based on the stereotype of the warrior savage, raping and pillaging from coast to coast during the early Middle Ages. That reputation doesn't do justice to the Vikings' rich culture ...

Messy, but Minnesota governor, lawmakers found way to finish

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The finish was messy and long negotiations behind closed doors stirred up indignation, but Gov. Tim Walz and Minnesota legislative leaders found a way to work together for deals on taxes, spending and policy to finish the essential ...

Grateful Minnesota mom gives kidney to volunteer firefighter

COOK, Minn. (AP) — A woman in northern Minnesota has donated a kidney to a volunteer firefighter who was the first responder when she and her child needed help, and the two have become firm friends. Their paths first crossed in 2016 when Becca Bundy's 1-year-old daughter Hadley was having a ...

Superior lab works on ending invasive species in Great Lakes

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin-Superior is running the only Great Lakes land-based facility that tests the success of technologies designed to prevent the spread of invasive species through ships' ballast water. Matt TenEyck, the director of the university's Lake Superior ...

Minnesota Legislature passes $48B budget in special session

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature ended its special session Saturday after approving a $48 billion budget to fund state government for the next two years. The House and Senate pulled an all-nighter to pass their budget bills and adjourned ...

Landlord accused of offering cheap rent for sex pays claim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a Minneapolis landlord has agreed to pay $37,000 to a tenant and her attorney for allegedly trying to coerce sexual favors from her in exchange for cheaper rent. The Star Tribune reports that landlord David Sheets also will temporarily turn over management of ...

Statement of Jayme Closs at sentencing for abductor

By The Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Jayme Closs' statement at Friday's sentencing for Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old man who killed her parents and kidnapped her last October, holding her captive for 88 days before she escaped. Closs did not appear in court, and her statement was ...

As special session convenes, House Democrats look to 2020

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Friday for a special session to finish crafting a $48 billion, two-year state budget, with House Republicans threatening to draw out the proceedings because of their objections to the way top ...

The Latest: Jayme Closs’ family satisfied with sentence

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The latest on the sentencing hearing for a Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents (all times local): 5:05 p.m. The family of Jayme Closs says they are satisfied that the man who kidnapped her and killed her parents will be ...

Wisconsin man who kidnapped Jayme Closs gets life in prison

By AMY FORLITI and TODD RICHMOND Associated Press BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge that she wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake ...

Child who survived mall plunge undergoing further procedures

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 5-year-old boy who survived after being thrown from a third-story balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota says he will undergo further medical procedures. The Woodbury family posted Thursday evening on a GoFundMe page that the procedures are "non-life ...

Ex-Minnesota cop convicted of murder sued over traffic stop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man is suing a former police officer recently convicted of murder for allegedly pointing a gun at him during a traffic stop. Brian Oman contends former Officer Mohamed Noor and another officer wrongfully pulled him over in May 2017. Oman says Noor pointed ...

Fort Snelling State Park to stay closed through June

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A popular Minnesota state park will remain closed through Memorial Day weekend and the month of June. The Department of Natural Resources says Fort Snelling State Park will remain closed because of flooding and damage from a hefty winter snowpack and heavy spring ...

Last bills settled; Walz announces 1-day special session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz has called lawmakers back for a one-day special session after he and top legislative leaders reached agreement Thursday on the last of their major budget bills. Walz called for the special session to convene at 10 a.m. Friday so that legislators ...

Budget deals start coming together ahead of special session

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Deals were coming together Wednesday as Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders prepared for a special session to finish work on the state's next two-year budget, though their original goal of Thursday appeared out of reach. The ...

After session ends in whimper, lawmakers await instructions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As veteran Sen. Tom Bakk put it, the 2019 regular session of the Minnesota Legislature ended with a whimper. It also ended without firm word on how lawmakers will bring their unfinished bills to completion to meet their leaders' goal of holding and completing a special ...

Climber dies after fall in northern Colorado canyon

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man died after a fall while climbing in a canyon in northern Colorado. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reports the man, whose name and hometown have not been released, fell in Poudre Canyon on Saturday evening. Sheriff's deputies, medical ...

Legislators finalize big bills, plan for special session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators worked to wrap up details of their big budget bills Monday ahead of a midnight adjournment, while haggling began over the timing and length of a special session later this week to pass those packages and complete the state's next two-year ...

Minnesota in need of more community paramedics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota needs more community paramedics to assist residents leaving the hospital in managing chronic health conditions at home, according to state health officials. The Minnesota Department of Health said there are 127 certified community paramedics, nearly half ...

Minnesota Legislature approves protections for the elderly

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A major package of protections for Minnesota's elderly has cleared the Legislature and awaits Gov. Tim Walz's signature. The House and Senate passed the final version of the bill late Sunday night. The most important component is a framework for licensing assisted ...