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Twin Cities man who pulled gun on Somali teens sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty tp pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's in a Minneapolis suburb has been sentenced. Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers said Friday that 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson, of Eden Prairie, must serve 45 days in the ...

Twin Cities man who pulled gun on Somali teens sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty tp pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's in a Minneapolis suburb has been sentenced. Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers said Friday that 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson, of Eden Prairie, must serve 45 days in the ...

Senate GOP delays ‘lights on’ bill vote amid budget talks

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With budget negotiations at a sensitive stage, the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate held off Friday evening on passing a measure to prevent a state government shutdown if legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz can't ...

Minnesota Legislature backs bill aimed at lower drug costs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature on Thursday approved the final version of a bill designed to ensure that pharmacy benefit managers — the companies that act as middlemen between insurers and patients — fulfill their intended role of holding down drug expenses. At the same ...

Walz: Minnesota budget talks reach ‘really important time’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Budget talks resumed at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, House Democrats and Senate Republicans saying little publicly about their discussions as they tried to complete a deal that would let the legislative session end on time. After ...

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Department of Interior ...

Man pleads guilty in mall attack against boy, faces 19 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who reportedly told investigators that he went to the Mall of America "looking for someone to kill" pleaded guilty Tuesday to throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony and faces 19 years in prison. Emmanuel Aranda, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to ...

Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and ...

Minnesota senator opens up about her bouts of depression

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is sharing her experiences with depression for the first time as she calls for more federal funding for mental health programs. The Democrat said she battled depression as a teenager and again in her late 30s, the Star Tribune reported. "It ...

Immigrant from Ecuador wants US deportation case reopened

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for an Ecuadorian man who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago will go to court Tuesday to ask that his case be reopened. Nelson Pinos, now 45, has been living in sanctuary in a church in New Haven, Connecticut, for a year ...

Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of predator priests they claim have been kept secret by the Holy See. In a Monday news release announcing the ...

South Dakota man accused of biting Minnesota jailer’s finger

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man jailed in Worthington bit the finger of a corrections officer after the two of them scuffled inside his cell. The Globe reports that 38-year-old Nicholas Bryson, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is charged with felony fourth-degree assault of a ...

Otter Tail County to host 2020 Governor’s Fishing Opener

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Otter Tail County will host the 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. The opener will be held May 7-10, 2020. Thumper Pond Resort will serve as event headquarters. Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, organizes the annual event along with a ...

Train facility in Big Lake begins work on $4 million project

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Officials have started work on a $4 million development project at the Northstar Operations and Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. The Northstar commuter rail line travels between Big Lake and the Twin Cities and also links to St. Cloud via bus service. Anthony Hebert, ...

Minneapolis clinic offers affordable vaccines for pets

By PETER COX Minnesota Public Radio News MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As Americans spend more money on their pets' health, the city of Minneapolis is trying to help dog and cat owners. Four times a year Minneapolis holds a low-cost vaccination clinic for the pets of Minneapolis residents. They offer ...

New St. Paul group seeks to protect homeless children

By ELIZABETH SHOCKMAN Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — On a morning last month, soon after she sent two of her kids to their St. Paul public school, a sheriff showed up at Michelle Andrews' door. "They told me I had 10 minutes to get out," she said. "In 10 minutes, what ...

Former Minnesota candidate sentenced for posting nude photo

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former City Council candidate in St. Paul, Minnesota, who pleaded guilty to posting a topless picture of his estranged wife to his campaign website has been sentenced to probation. Judge Robert Awsumb on Friday placed 39-year-old David Martinez on probation for two ...

Study links Mille Lacs Lake walleye decline to water clarity

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota study links the decline of walleye in Mille Lacs Lake to a loss of habitat resulting from clearer water, which doesn't favor walleye habitat. The study was published in the journal Ecosphere. Researchers used 30 years of data on the lake's ...

More people than fish in boat for Governor’s Fishing Opener

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — At least Democratic Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz didn't get skunked. Walz's first effort in the annual Governor's Fishing Opener on Albert Lea's Fountain Lake Saturday proved to be difficult. Not only did he come away with only one fish, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan earned ...

South Dakota man accused of biting Minnesota jailer’s finger

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man jailed in Worthington bit the finger of a corrections officer after the two of them scuffled inside his cell. The Globe reports that 38-year-old Nicholas Bryson, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is charged with felony fourth-degree assault of a ...