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NTSB: Poor training led to 2017 Minneapolis school explosion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal investigators have concluded that a deadly explosion at a Minneapolis school in 2017 happened because a pipefitting crew lacked proper training and wasn't fully authorized to move a gas meter. The National Transportation Safety Board released its report Monday on ...

Duluth residents digging out from whopper of snowstorm

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Residents of Duluth and nearby Superior, Wisconsin, are digging out from a whopper of a snowstorm. Nearly 22 inches of snow fell on Duluth in a Thanksgiving weekend blizzard that left streets impassable and shut down Interstate 35 south of town. National Weather Service ...

Minnesota OKs medical cannabis for chronic pain, eye disease

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is expanding the state's medical marijuana program to include chronic pain and age-related macular degeneration as conditions that can qualify for treatment, state health officials said Monday. The state Department of Health also said it would allow more ...

Probe can’t determine cause of Minneapolis high-rise fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Fire officials said Monday they could not determine the exact cause of a high-rise apartment fire that killed five people last week in Minneapolis and that a handful of factors may have contributed to igniting the blaze. The Minneapolis Fire Department said Wednesday's ...

Minneapolis police: 4 dead in ‘domestic related incident’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four people are dead following what Minneapolis police call a "domestic related incident." Police spokesman John Elder says officers responded to reports of a shooting Sunday morning and found two children shot outside a home. Officers were able to get the victims into the ...

Brooks scores 26; short-handed Grizzlies beat Wolves 115-107

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Playing without star rookie Ja Morant and veteran center Jonas Jonas Valanciunas, the remodeled Memphis Grizzlies knew Sunday's look would be experimental for a collection of young players. The makeshift lineups produced the needed energy to pull out a win on the ...

Mikko Koivu scores shootout winner, Wild beat Stars 3-2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu capped a milestone game with the shootout winner. Playing in his 1,000th career game, the Minnesota captain reached 700th career points with a second-period assist, then scored in the fourth round of the tiebreaker to help the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 ...

Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant ...

Agency cited sprinkler need months before high-rise fire

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The agency that manages public housing in Minneapolis noted a need for sprinklers in older high-rise apartments months before a massive fire broke out in a 50-year-old building, leaving five people dead from smoke inhalation. Although the ...

River watchers already wary about 2020 spring flooding

By JIM SALTER Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After a year that has seen some of the worst flooding ever in parts of the Midwest, concern is already rising that the spring of 2020 may bring more high water to places that still haven't fully recovered. Flooding ravaged much of the ...

Wintry weather back in the Dakotas after Thanksgiving break

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Travelers across the Dakotas and Minnesota braced for a return of wintery weather this weekend, with up to 2 feet of snow expected in the Black Hills. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning remained in effect in counties across the Great Plains from ...

Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women that has floundered in Congress for two years may have the missing ingredients to become law — money and muscle. The money ...

Rape charges thrown out after Minnesota agents mix up DNA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have thrown out rape charges filed against a convicted sex offender accused of attacking an employee at a Twin Cites amusement park in 2018 after his attorney discovered investigators mixed up the DNA tests. The Star Tribune reports 27-year-old Austin Jeffrey ...

Thanksgiving brings brief respite from worst of snow, winds

Wintry weather temporarily loosened its grip across much of the U.S. just in time for Thanksgiving, but travelers were bracing for heavy snow and blizzard conditions in some areas as they made plans to return home. The wind, ice and snow that tied up major highways and airports Tuesday and ...

Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant ...

Prosecutors drop case against man accused in fatal shooting

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Olmsted County prosecutors won't pursue a murder charge against a Rochester man after two juries failed to reach a verdict in the case. Twenty-six-year-old Alexander Weiss said he fatally shot Mohammed Rahim in January 2018 in self-defense. A criminal complaint says ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit in shooting of Cold Spring officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota man who alleged authorities violated his rights when they arrested him in the fatal shooting of a Cold Spring police officer in 2012. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson dismissed Ryan Larson's claims earlier ...

Minneapolis mayor: Trump rally cost city over $500,000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis says an October campaign rally by President Donald Trump cost the city more than a half-million dollars. Mayor Jacob Frey says the $542,733 in public safety and other fees are roughly in line with earlier estimates. He'll continue to seek ...

St. Paul police officer convicted of civil rights violation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has found a St. Paul police officer guilty of a civil rights violation for kicking and severely injuring an innocent man mistaken for armed suspect. The federal jury in St. Paul, Minnesota, convicted Officer Brett Palkowitsch in the attack and mauling of Frank ...

One-two punch of storms threatens Thanksgiving travel in US

By COLLEEN SLEVIN and DAVID KOENIG Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Heavy snow and wind shut down highways Tuesday in Colorado and Wyoming, closed schools in Nebraska and forced more than 1,000 travelers to sleep overnight in Denver's airport after hundreds of flights were canceled just as ...