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Minnesota wildfire jumps highway, triggers more evacuations

FINLAND, Minn. (AP) — Authorities fighting a northeastern Minnesota wildfire ordered additional evacuations Friday after the blaze jumped a highway before an anticipated shift in the wind this weekend that could put more properties in danger. The U.S. Forest Service sent in ground crews and ...

Minneapolis mayor, Council spar on policing ballot wording

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council and Mayor Jacob Frey sparred Friday over the language on a ballot proposal to dismantle the city's police department and remake it into an agency that focuses on public health and safety. The City Council had pushed wording of the ballot ...

GOP operative indicted on child sex trafficking charges

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican political operative has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Minnesota on child sex trafficking charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office alleges Anton Lazzaro conspired with others to recruit and solicit six people under the age of 18 to engage in commercial ...

Census data forces Minnesota lawmakers to grapple with remap

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New census data has given legislators tasked with redrawing Minnesota's political map a lot to think about, and they only have a few months to agree or to punt the high-stakes job to the courts. So lawmakers and political operatives ...

Minneapolis police to curb stops for minor traffic violators

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police will no longer stop motorists for minor traffic violations, such as expired tabs or an air freshener hanging from their rearview mirror, according to a new policy change. Police Chief Medaria Arrandondo, in an internal memo Thursday, said the move comes ...

Minnesota celebrates Olympic champion Sunisa Lee with parade

ST. PAUL,, Minn. (AP) — The city of St. Paul will host a parade to celebrate Olympic champion Sunisa Lee, who took home the gold medal in the women's gymnastics all-around, as well as a silver in the team event and a bronze in the uneven bars. The parade will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on ...

No charges in shooting of man who fired at Minneapolis cops

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors declined Friday to file charges against three Minneapolis police officers who fatally shot a Somali American man after police say he fired at them during a sting. Dolal Idd was shot Dec. 30 after police used an informant to set ...

Target won’t require office workers to return before 2022

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target announced it will not require its downtown Minneapolis headquarters employees to return to the office for the rest of the year due to a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the delta variant. Target has about 8,500 workers at its headquarters offices, making it the ...

Labor agreements reached for thousands of state employees

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thousands of state employees in Minnesota would get a raise and a new paid holiday if labor contract agreements are finalized. Minnesota's two biggest state employee unions on Thursday reached agreements with negotiators from Gov. Tim Walz's administration. The ...

Teen employee killed in accident at Golden Valley Menards

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — An accident at a home improvement store in a Minneapolis suburb has killed an employee. According to authorities, a man operating a forklift in the lumberyard of Menards in Golden Valley died when a large pallet of wood tumbled onto his machine ...

Enbridge: Anchor in Straits of Mackinac will be recovered

ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — An anchor will be recovered from the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac after it became detached from a cable during maintenance of an oil pipeline, Enbridge Energy said Friday. "There was no risk to the pipelines," the company said in a written statement. "The anchor ...

Crane collapse causes power outage as temps reach mid-90s

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A crane fell over at a construction site in the Minneapolis suburb of Lexington on Friday, causing a power outage for nearly 900 customers in the area as temperatures climbed into the mid-90s. There were no injuries reported. A dispatch supervisor with the Centennial ...

3 deaths in western Wisconsin investigated as homicide

WEST SALEM, Wis. (AP) — Workers discovered three bodies early Friday at the entrance to a quarry in far western Wisconsin, and authorities said they are investigating the deaths as a triple homicide. La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf called the deaths a "targeted act" but declined to tell ...

Woman hurt when Winston Smith was killed sues authorities

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who was with a St. Paul man when he was shot and killed in Minneapolis by members of a federal task force is suing local authorities and has signaled her intent to sue the U.S. Marshals Service, saying she was emotionally traumatized ...

Kevin Costner to appear at Minnesota State Fair

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Actor Kevin Costner will appear at the Minnesota State Fair in September. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Wednesday that Costner's country-rock band, Modern West, will perform at the fair's grandstand on Sept. 3. A live question-and-answer session with Costner ...

Woman charged with driving 137 mph on interstate

TOWN OF CAMPBELL, Wis. (AP) — Prosecutors in La Crosse County have charged a woman with fleeing from police at speeds of nearly 140 mph on Interstate 90. Online court records show 36-year-old Amy Torres of Fargo, North Dakota, was charged Wednesday with attempting to elude an officer, a ...

Fire damages historical Upsala home

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that damaged a historical home in Upsala. The St. Cloud Times reported firefighters got a call of a blaze at the Borgstrom House-Historical Site around 10:40 p.m. Monday. Firefighters contained the flames to the ...

Judge is asked to change ‘trauma’ wording in Chauvin memo

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the judge who handled former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial in George Floyd's death to rewrite his sentencing order to delete suggestions that child witnesses did not suffer ...

Minneapolis to evaluate pursuit policy after motorist killed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said Thursday the city will review its police pursuit policy after a chase that ended with an officer hitting and killing an innocent motorist. Frey called the crash that killed 40-year-old Leneal Frazier early Tuesday "a horrific tragedy." ...

Fond du Lac Band wants to move elk to northeast forest

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Once hunted to the brink of extinction, elk could be reintroduced to the forest in northeastern Minnesota. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has submitted a plan to the state Department of Natural Resources that would move 100 to 150 elk from existing herds ...