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Dog, puppies doing well after found alone in snowdrift

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a dog and her six puppies are recovering and growing fast after being found alone in a snowdrift in northwestern Minnesota. Officials with Red Lake Rose's Rescue Shelter say a family discovered the dog, now named Snowbelle, lying with her litter in more ...

St. Paul high school robotics team recovers stolen trailer

ST.. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A trailer that contained equipment for a Twin Cities high school robotics team has been recovered after it was stolen early Sunday. The trailer belongs to the St. Paul Highland Park team. Dubbed the Automatons, they spent the first six weeks of the new year building a ...

Snowmobiler killed in crash in St. Louis County

TOWER, Minn. (AP) — A snowmobiler has died in a crash in St. Louis County, according to sheriff's officials. Authorities said 51-year-old Daniel Cottew was on the Arrowhead trail near Tower Thursday when he veered off the trail and hit a tree. Cottew was pronounced dead at the scene despite ...

2 killed, 2 hurt in southern Minnesota interstate crash

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Two people were killed and two others were injured in a rollover crash in southern Minnesota. The westbound driver of a pickup truck lost control of the vehicle on Interstate 90 in Mower County, rolled into the median and landed in the eastbound lanes, according to ...

Mother held on felony assault, child on life support

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Mankato mother has been arrested and accused of causing injuries that left her young child on life support. A complaint filed in Blue Earth County charges 27-year-old Chelsea Rae Olinger with felony assault, The Free Press reported. Authorities said she brought her ...

Settlement reached in 2013 Minneapolis police shooting

By ROBIN McDOWELL Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis has reached a $795,000 wrongful death settlement with the family of a 22-year-old African American man who was shot and killed by police in 2013, ending years of extended litigation. The president of the Minneapolis City ...

Regents OK 2-year contract extension for Minnesota AD Coyle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Board of Regents at the University of Minnesota on Friday approved a two-year contract extension for athletics director Mark Coyle. The amendment to Coyle's employment agreement keeps him under contract as leader of Gopher Athletics through June 2026. In a statement, ...

Wounded Minnesota officer has 50-foot assisted walk

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A wounded southern Minnesota police officer has reached some milestones in his recovery. According to a CaringBridge update Friday, Waseca officer Arik Matson has been working with his physical therapists to get up and walking. On Thursday Matson had his an assisted ...

In Nevada, Klobuchar’s shifts on immigration under scrutiny

By SARA BURNETT and MICHELLE L. PRICE Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says she no longer believes English should be the national language of the U.S., disavowing a vote she took more than a decade ago as she tries to build support in a state ...

LGBTQ activists, Gov. Walz, demand ‘conversion therapy’ ban.

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and LGBTQ activists rallied at the state Capitol on Friday to demand that the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate pass a ban on "conversion therapy" for minors, a discredited practice that seeks to turn gay people ...

Sex offenders sue over Apple Valley residency restrictions

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A group of convicted sex offenders is challenging a city ordinance in Apple Valley that they contend effectively bars them from living anywhere in the Minneapolis suburb. Three unidentified sex offenders filed the federal class-action lawsuit on Wednesday. They're ...

Minnesota Senate panel passes GOP insulin affordability bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The long-running debate at the state Capitol over insulin affordability shifted Thursday to the Minnesota Senate, where patients and parents urged lawmakers to keep working toward a compromise between competing Republican and Democratic proposals. Helping diabetics ...

Brrrr! Arctic front brings dangerous wind chills to Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Students stayed home from school Thursday and several businesses were closed in parts of the upper Midwest as arctic air pushed wind chill readings to dangerously low temperatures. A wind chill warning was in effect for northeastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota, ...

Minnesota agency appeals court ruling against PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources on Wednesday asked the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court decision that rejected some of the most important permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The agency said in a statement that last month's ...

State lawmaker wants to end noncompete contracts for doctors

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state legislator is working to ban noncompete agreements for physicians in Minnesota. Democratic State Rep. Alice Mann, who is also a doctor, plans to reintroduce a bill during the legislative session that started on Tuesday, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. It ...

After New Hampshire surge, Klobuchar turns to Nevada, beyond

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It took a year of campaigning, countless stump speeches and an especially strong night on the debate stage for little-known Democratic presidential hopeful Amy Klobuchar to break into the top tier of the 2020 campaign in New Hampshire. Now she has less than two weeks to ...

Police: Driver smoked marijuana before striking pedestrian

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police say a teen driver admitted to smoking marijuana before she struck and killed a pedestrian in St. Paul. Kevelyn Nicole Hopkins, 37, died Saturday at Regions Hospital, a day after she was struck by an SUV while walking in her neighborhood. The St. Paul Pioneer ...

Excessive force lawsuit filed against Otter Tail County

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who claims he suffered a serious brain injury during an arrest by an Otter Tail County sheriff's deputy has filed a federal lawsuit over the incident. Kameron Boudin is seeking $2 million in damages from the county and the deputy as a result of his arrest in December ...

Minnesota wants anglers to go lead-free to help loons

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is launching a new program to encourage anglers to switch to lead-free fishing equipment as a way to save the state bird, the loon. The campaign was created with money from the federal government's settlement with BP over the ...

‘Color us red’: Target sorry for ‘Minnesota Badgers’ onesie

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target admits a onesie it carried in some stores misidentified the mascot for the largest university in its home state. The Minneapolis-based retail giant apologized to University of Minnesota Golden Gophers fans Tuesday for carrying a maroon onesie with the words ...