Minnesota News

CAIR warns of increasing Islamophobia after New York arrests

NEW YORK (AP) — An advocacy group is warning of increased Islamophobia after a New York man was charged with threatening the life of a Muslim Congresswoman. The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Saturday it welcomes the FBI's arrest this week of Patrick Carlineo Jr. but warned of ...

FBI: NY man threatened to kill Minn. Congresswoman

NEW YORK (AP) — A western New York man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Patrick Carlineo Jr. was arrested after placing a threatening call to Omar's office in Washington D.C. last month. Authorities did ...

Man sentenced in fatal beating in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Paul man has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for beating a man and causing his death seven months after the attack. Thirty-year-old Terry Williams pleaded guilty to second-degree unintentional murder and was sentenced Thursday for punching and stomping ...

Officials: Cigarette apparently started fatal house fire

SHAMROCK TOWNSHIP, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a cigarette apparently started a fire that killed two people in Aitkin County. The sheriff's office has identified the victims as 80-year-old Raymond Jackman and 69-year-old Sandra Lee Neumann. Autopsy results show both died of smoke and soot ...

Minneapolis officer assaulted during arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a Minneapolis officer was assaulted by a man he was trying to arrest. Authorities say the officer was making a traffic stop about 8 a.m. Friday just north of downtown Minneapolis when he discovered an outstanding felony warrant. Police say the officer called for ...

Rochester police name officers involved in fatal struggle

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Rochester police have identified the six officers who were present when a man died during a struggle outside a Rochester grocery store. Thirty-nine-year-old Albert Dashow, of Rochester died during the altercation, which happened he was pulled over for erratic driving ...

Minnesota House backs driver’s licenses for immigrants

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All Minnesota residents would be allowed to obtain driver's licenses regardless of their immigration status under a bill that passed the state House on Friday but the measure faces long odds in the Republican-controlled Senate. The ...

FBI: NY man threatened to kill Minn. Congresswoman

NEW YORK (AP) — A western New York man has been charged with threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Federal prosecutors announced Friday that Patrick Carlineo Jr. was arrested after placing a threatening call to Omar's office in Washington D.C. last month. Authorities did ...

Ex-cop’s attorneys join media access request at murder trial

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for a former Minneapolis police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed woman joined the media's challenge Friday to a judge's restrictions on what video evidence may be seen by the public during the trial. Hennepin County ...

New policy reforms Minneapolis sexual assault investigations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department is enacting several changes in how it handles sexual assault investigations, including requiring officers to prioritize the well-being of victims and taking steps to make it easier for victims to come forward. Mayor Jacob Frey on Wednesday ...

House move roils gun control debate at Minnesota Legislature

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gun control is dead for the session if House Democrats wrap two of their priority bills for addressing gun violence into an umbrella public safety budget bill, the top Republican in the Minnesota Senate said Thursday. Majority Leader Paul Gazelka made the statement to ...

Attorneys, judge keep winnowing jury pool for ex-cop’s trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge and attorneys have excused seven more people from the jury pool for the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible rape near her home. Mohamed Noor is charged with murder in the July ...

Minnesota Senate approves package of GOP health care bills

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate gave bipartisan approval Thursday to a package of Republican-authored bills aimed at making health care more affordable, accessible and transparent. The bills included one for greater oversight over and licensing for pharmacy benefit managers — ...

Walz uses 1st State of the State to call for ‘new story’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz used his first State of the State speech on Wednesday night to call on Minnesota to "write a new story" about how a government divided between Democrats and Republicans can put aside ideology and come together for the good of the people. The Democratic ...

Officials: Casino death investigated as a homicide

HINCKLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a man who hit his head after he was pushed by a friend at the Grand Casino Hinckley is being investigated as a homicide. Fifty-eight-year-old Donald McElderry Jr. died at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale 12 days after he was ...

Minnesota police officer accused of sexually assaulting teen

WARROAD, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a teenager many times in recent years and stalking his victim while on duty in his squad car. The Star Tribune reports that 29-year-old Joshua M. Demmerly, of Warroad, was charged Wednesday in Roseau ...

Jury pool winnowed in trial of ex-cop who shot 911 caller

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge and attorneys winnowed the jury pool Wednesday for the murder trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called 911 to report a possible sexual assault near her home. Another four prospective jurors were excused from the ...

Transportation taxes, spending take center stage at Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democrats who control the Minnesota House unveiled a transportation budget Tuesday that expands on Gov. Tim Walz's spending and taxing proposals, while a Republican-controlled Senate committee, in a largely symbolic move, voted down his transportation tax increase ...

Stearns County under quarantine due to tree-killing insect

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has placed Stearns County under an emergency quarantine after a tree-killing insect was found in the city of Sauk Centre. Authorities say city workers noticed several trees that showed signs of emerald ash borer damage and state ...

Children’s Minnesota opens clinic for transgender youth

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A pediatric health system in Minnesota is opening a new clinic meant to provide comprehensive care for youth who identify as transgender or gender-diverse. Children's Minnesota officials announced Tuesday that the clinic will provide an array of services, including hormone ...