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Cameras at Minnesota sentencings pull back curtain on courts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast. Under rules that allowed the judge, ...

Father dies trying to rescue his toddler from Minnesota lake

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a father died while trying to save his 3-year-old child who fell from a bridge into a northwestern Minnesota lake. The Becker County sheriff's office says Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz jumped into Detroit Lake after his child fell from the ...

Searchers for missing swimmer find body in Lake George

OAK GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Anoka County authorities who were searching Lake George in suburban Oak Grove for a missing swimmer have recovered a man's body. The sheriff's office says it got a report around noon Saturday of a man who was drowning at Lake George Beach in Oak Grove. A 53-year-old ...

University wrestlers suspected of criminal sexual conduct

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nationally-ranked University of Minnesota heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson and a teammate have been arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. KARE-TV reports that an Athletics Department statement to the station confirmed the two men arrested were on the ...

Hiring events at state prisons aims to boost officer ranks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is holding employment fairs at maximum-security prisons with the aim of allaying potential applicants' safety concerns and expediting the hiring process, after the Legislature promised the state Department of Corrections $10 million to boost recruitment and ...

Police union: Chief violated law in case of 5 fired officers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The president of the St. Paul police union says the city's police chief broke a state law by revealing details about a case that cost five officers their jobs. St. Paul Police Federation head Paul Kuntz said Friday that police Chief Todd Axtell gave "an incomplete and ...

Combat ship named for Twin Cities splashes down for launch

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A shipyard on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan was for one day crowded with Minnesotans who showed up Saturday to watch the launch of the U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, named in honor of the Twin Cities. The USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was dropped sideways into ...

Minnesota lawyer sentenced to 14 years for porn scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Minneapolis lawyer to 14 years in prison for running a porn-related scheme. Paul Hansmeier was convicted of running the multi-million-dollar fraud scheme from 2011 to 2014. Prosecutors allege Hansmeier extracted settlements from ...

Cameras at Minnesota sentencings pull back curtain on courts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast. Under rules that allowed the judge, ...

Walz to release more daily details, but not full calendar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz plans to release additional details about what he does each day, but won't publicize full details about his daily calendar. Walz currently only provides updates on his daily public events. His office said Friday that he'll disclose more appearances before ...

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions. Minnetonka-based Cargill ...

Newly released documents detail EPA’s concerns over PolyMet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Documents that the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine, and concluded that the permit would violate federal law because ...

5 St. Paul officers fired; accused of not stopping assault

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five St. Paul police officers were fired Thursday for allegedly failing to intervene in an assault that reportedly was carried out by a former officer. Chief Todd Axtell announced the firings at an emotional news conference, calling the officers' actions "a violation ...

Trump approves disaster declaration for Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for spring storms and flooding that caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across Minnesota. Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that the declaration will provide federal emergency relief money ...

Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was ...

Lyft driver wins $1 million in Mega Millions lottery

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A Lyft driver from Coon Rapids says he'll direct some of his $1 million lottery winnings to the nonprofit he started that provides sustainable access to clean water in Africa. Forty-five-year-old Kodjo Ayewonou won his million in the June 4 Mega Millions drawing with ...

Some Minnesota families in need to get monthly aid boost

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's cash assistance program for low-income families will offer a $100 boost in monthly aid starting next year. State lawmakers approved the Minnesota Family Investment Program's monthly grant increase in May, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The extra ...

Records: Ex-U of Minnesota ticketing director skimmed $361K

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court documents show a former University of Minnesota ticketing director skimmed more than $360,000 in a long-running scheme. The Star Tribune reports the amount was disclosed shortly before a federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Brent Holck of Maple Grove to prison. Holck ...

Minnesota runner who inspired many is in grave condition

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota championship runner who has inspired many during her long, public fight against cancer is in grave condition. Gabriele Grunewald's husband says she was moved to comfort care at a Minneapolis hospital Sunday. The Star Tribune says Justin Grunewald urged his ...

2 teens killed in car-camper crash in northern Minnesota

NASHWAUK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two teens are dead after a car collided with a camper in northern Minnesota. State Patrol officials say the victims were passengers in a car traveling north on Highway 169 that tried to turn left onto Highway 65 North near Nashwauk and collided with a ...