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Minnesota violence project aims to understand mass shootings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota researchers have created a new database that seeks to help understand circumstances that contribute to mass shootings in the United States. The nonpartisan Violence Project's database went online Tuesday, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The project's ...

‘Booby traps’ found in central Minnesota farm field

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota say someone left "booby traps" in a farmer's field apparently meant to damage farm equipment. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says a farmer near Cedar Mills on Monday reported minor damage to a combine after a chain was drawn into ...

St. Paul officer says he thought man he kicked had a gun

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul police officer on trial for allegedly using excessive force has testified he thought the man he kicked had a gun. Officer Brett Palkowitsch kicked Frank Baker on June 24, 2016, as Baker was being bitten by a police dog. Baker was unarmed and suffered a ...

Judge orders search of agency computers in PolyMet challenge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a forensic search of computers used by three former top officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of an investigation into whether they sought to suppress concerns by federal regulators about pollution risks from the proposed ...

Ellison: Agreement will help districts afford school milk

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office has reached an agreement to help more than 40 school districts afford to buy milk for students through 2030. Ellison said Tuesday the agreement with Kansas-based Dairy Farmers of America will make it easier for ...

Torah scrolls damaged in synagogue fire burned in garage

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Damaged Torah scrolls and prayer books that were salvaged from a Duluth synagogue fire in September have burned again in a garage fire. Officials of Adas Israel Synagogue say the items were being kept in the garage and were to be buried in keeping with Jewish ...

Businessman pleads guilty in labor trafficking case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A businessman accused of exploiting his construction workers has pleaded guilty as his trial was about to start in Minneapolis. Forty-seven-year-old Ricardo Ernesto Batres pleaded guilty Monday in Hennepin County to labor trafficking and insurance fraud. Prosecutors ...

South Dakota’s governor defends ‘Meth. We’re on it’ campaign

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota sparked online guffaws Monday by rolling out an anti-drug campaign featuring people saying, “Meth, I’m on it,” and the governor said the backlash proves the effort to raise awareness is working. The nearly $1.4 million campaign aimed at tackling ...

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Omar of Minn.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14. U.S. Attorney ...

2 people found dead in Spring Lake Park house fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two people were found dead in a home that caught fire in Spring Lake Park. The Star Tribune reports neighbors alerted police and fire departments about 8:50 p.m. Saturday. Responders arrived to find the attached garage fully engulfed in flames that had ...

Man shot dead near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a man was fatally shot near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. The Pioneer Press reports police at 10:13 p.m. Saturday received reports of the shooting near the Mississippi River and just southeast of the historic Stone Arch Bridge. Officers found a man ...

Thief steals car with 4-year-old girl inside in Robbinsdale

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Robbinsdale police say a thief stole a vehicle with a 4-year-old girl in the back seat. The theft occurred Monday at a gas station in the Minneapolis suburb. The girl was able to get out of the car unharmed when the suspect briefly stopped the vehicle a few blocks ...

Family of girl scarred by laser procedure files lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 6-year-old girl whose face was permanently scarred during a laser procedure is suing the University of Minnesota Physicians doctor who treated the child. A lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court this week alleges Dr. Kristen Hook failed to disclose ...

Man wanted for kidnapping, assault arrested in Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Paul man wanted for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman after breaking into her St. Louis Park home has been arrested following a police chase that ended in Wisconsin. Law enforcement officers arrested 51-year-old Jeffrey Groves on Wednesday after he led them ...

Rabid kitten bites three people in Otter Tail County

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State animal health officials say an Otter Tail County kitten who bit three people, including a young child, has tested positive for rabies. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health says the kitten’s owner saw a skunk attacking the kitten on her farmhouse porch last ...

Minnesota man accused of using Porsche as battering ram

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors have accused a Minnesota man of using a Porsche as a battering ram to get his Nissan Altima out of an Onalaska impound lot. The La Crosse Tribune reports that Benjamin Gjere of Lanesboro was charged Thursday with operating a motor vehicle without the ...

Police say 3 injured in Minneapolis drive-by shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say three people have been wounded after a reported drive-by shooting. The Star Tribune reports that officers were called about 1:35 p.m. Friday to investigate a shooting at a Minneapolis residence. Witnesses told police that a group of people were ...

Upper Midwest sugar beet farmers endure difficult harvest

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — It's been a bitter harvest for many Minnesota and North Dakota sugar beet farmers. Nearly a third of the crop in some parts of the two states is frozen into the fields — where it'll be left to rot — after a wet October delayed the harvest until the weather turned ...

Man who shot, wounded school bus driver sentenced to prison

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man who shot and wounded a school bus driver on a Minneapolis freeway during a snowstorm has been sentenced to more than seven years in prison. Thirty-two-year-old Kenneth Lilly, of St. Paul, pleaded guilty in August to first-degree assault for the February ...

Minneapolis officials discover 1,700 untested rape kits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials say they have discovered the city has roughly 1,700 rape kits that have never been tested, with some dating back 30 years. The number revealed Friday is nearly nine times more than the 194 untested kits the city disclosed it had in 2015. Deputy ...