Minnesota News

Ex-nurse manager at Mayo Clinic facilities accused of theft

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A former nurse manager for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota is accused of making nearly $71,000 in false mileage reimbursement claims. The Mankato Free Press reports that 50-year-old Christine Chadderdon, of Le Center, is charged in Waseca County District Court with felony theft ...

Supporters of Chinese billionaire’s accuser decry censorship

By YANAN WANG Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — For three years, Chen Chun published articles on his public WeChat account touching on politics, philosophy and current affairs — subjects that are often censored on Chinese social media. More recently, the writer in southern China has focused ...

CenterPoint admonished by regulators for bungling refund

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators have admonished the state's largest natural gas utility for how it handled a recent rate hike refund. CenterPoint Energy customers were left with checks that bounced or late payment fees after the utility reversed rate refunds to customers because ...

Klobuchar releases $100B substance abuse, mental health plan

By SARA BURNETT Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar has released a plan to spend $100 billion over a decade to improve mental health care and fight substance abuse, an issue the Minnesota senator has faced firsthand as the daughter of an alcoholic ...

Worker leave during investigations costs taxpayers millions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota and its local governments have been shelling out millions of taxpayer dollars to public employees to stay away from their jobs while they're being investigated for allegations of misconduct, wrongdoing or crimes, according to a TV station. KARE-TV obtained public ...

Minnesota man charged with fleeing police, killing motorist

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man accused of killing a motorist while fleeing Minneapolis police has been charged in county court. Hennepin County attorney Mike Freeman says 27-year-old Trevon McMorris, of Brooklyn Park, is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle resulting ...

Police: Boys fall from Minneapolis rooftop was accidental

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two brothers ages 3 and 1 ½ climbed over a barrier and accidentally fell 55 feet (17 meters) from the rooftop of a Minneapolis apartment onto a patio, killing one of them. Minneapolis police say the other brother was injured in the Thursday fall and is ...

2019 brings a new mix to Minnesota’s big conference table

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST.PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a new mix at Minnesota's big conference table for the always-contentious negotiations at the end of the legislative session over the big questions of taxes and spending. It's the first budget for Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, and ...

Minneapolis to pay $20M to family of 911 caller slain by cop

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis will pay $20 million to the family of an unarmed woman shot by a police officer after she called 911 to report a possible crime, city leaders announced Friday — a move that comes just three days after the former officer was ...

Minnesota governor signs repeal of marital rape exemption

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has signed a bill repealing a Minnesota law that prevented prosecutors from filing rape charges against people accused of sexually assaulting their spouses. Looking on as Walz signed the bill Thursday was Jenny Teeson. The Andover woman went public after ...

Judge keeps juror names secret after Minnesota cop convicted

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge is keeping secret the names of jurors who convicted a Minneapolis police officer this week in the shooting of an unarmed woman. Judge Kathryn Quaintance cited the possibility of unwanted publicity and harassment in an order Thursday that keeps the jurors' ...

Lawmakers, governor get down to hardest work of session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Lawmakers and Gov. Tim Walz got down to the most difficult work of the legislative session Thursday, as they began what were expected to be marathon negotiations on budget targets. The Democratic-controlled House, the GOP-controlled Senate and the Democratic governor ...

1 child dies, another hurt after fall from apartment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — One child is dead and another hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after falling from an upper floor of a south Minneapolis apartment building, police said Thursday. Minneapolis police received a call Thursday afternoon reporting the incident at a building along ...

Shakopee man sentenced to more than 20 years in drug case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal authorities say a Shakopee man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison after a search of his home discovered large quantities of drugs. The U.S. attorney's office says 26-year-old Miles Lewis pleaded guilty in December to possession with intent to ...

Walz says state should pull plug on troubled MNLARS system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota should pull the plug on its troubled vehicle registration system and replace it quickly with commercial software used by other 12 states, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday as he accepted the findings of outside experts who said it's not worth putting further ...

Conviction for Minneapolis cop prompts questions about race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — It's believed to be the first time a Minnesota police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty shooting. With no video of Mohamed Noor shooting Justine Rusczyk Damond and conflicting testimony about the moments leading up to her death, some activists and ...

Minnesota House narrowly votes to ban wolf hunting for sport

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted narrowly to ban a resumption of wolf hunting for sport in Minnesota. The vote was 66-65 Tuesday on an amendment to a broader environment and natural resources funding bill. The federal government announced plans in March to lift ...

Minnesota Senate Republicans tout human services budget bill

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Senate Republicans said Tuesday that their health and human services budget bill would provide good care for the elderly, the disabled and children who need it while cracking down on fraud and waste. The bill, which was expected to pass on party lines, also ...

Minneapolis officer convicted of murder in 911 caller death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer was convicted of third-degree murder Tuesday in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 to report a possible rape, a rare guilty verdict for an officer asserting he faced a life-or-death ...

Defense: Cop shot woman after ‘perfect storm’ of events

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car minutes after calling 911 was caught up in "a perfect storm" of events but "acted as he was trained," his attorney argued Monday. Prosecutors countered that Mohamed Noor was ...