Minnesota News

Walz to release more daily details, but not full calendar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz plans to release additional details about what he does each day, but won't publicize full details about his daily calendar. Walz currently only provides updates on his daily public events. His office said Friday that he'll disclose more appearances before ...

Cargill to spend $30M for ideas to end Brazil deforestation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Cargill Inc. said Thursday the Minnesota-based agribusiness giant will spend $30 million to fund new ideas for ending deforestation in Brazil, and called on its peers, governments and organizations to work together to come up with real solutions. Minnetonka-based Cargill ...

Newly released documents detail EPA’s concerns over PolyMet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Documents that the federal Environmental Protection Agency tried to keep confidential show that its staffers criticized how Minnesota regulators drafted a key permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine, and concluded that the permit would violate federal law because ...

5 St. Paul officers fired; accused of not stopping assault

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five St. Paul police officers were fired Thursday for allegedly failing to intervene in an assault that reportedly was carried out by a former officer. Chief Todd Axtell announced the firings at an emotional news conference, calling the officers' actions "a violation ...

Trump approves disaster declaration for Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved a major disaster declaration for spring storms and flooding that caused nearly $40 million in damage to infrastructure across Minnesota. Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday that the declaration will provide federal emergency relief money ...

Rep. Omar filed joint tax returns before she married husband

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota campaign finance officials said last week that U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar misused campaign funds in violation of state rules. They also revealed that she had filed joint tax returns with her husband years before they were legally married and at a time when she was ...

Lyft driver wins $1 million in Mega Millions lottery

ROSEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A Lyft driver from Coon Rapids says he'll direct some of his $1 million lottery winnings to the nonprofit he started that provides sustainable access to clean water in Africa. Forty-five-year-old Kodjo Ayewonou won his million in the June 4 Mega Millions drawing with ...

Some Minnesota families in need to get monthly aid boost

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's cash assistance program for low-income families will offer a $100 boost in monthly aid starting next year. State lawmakers approved the Minnesota Family Investment Program's monthly grant increase in May, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The extra ...

Records: Ex-U of Minnesota ticketing director skimmed $361K

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court documents show a former University of Minnesota ticketing director skimmed more than $360,000 in a long-running scheme. The Star Tribune reports the amount was disclosed shortly before a federal judge sentenced 37-year-old Brent Holck of Maple Grove to prison. Holck ...

Minnesota runner who inspired many is in grave condition

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota championship runner who has inspired many during her long, public fight against cancer is in grave condition. Gabriele Grunewald's husband says she was moved to comfort care at a Minneapolis hospital Sunday. The Star Tribune says Justin Grunewald urged his ...

2 teens killed in car-camper crash in northern Minnesota

NASHWAUK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two teens are dead after a car collided with a camper in northern Minnesota. State Patrol officials say the victims were passengers in a car traveling north on Highway 169 that tried to turn left onto Highway 65 North near Nashwauk and collided with a ...

Lynx F Shepard out rest of season with torn right knee ACL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Lynx say rookie forward Jessica Shepard will be out for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in her right knee. The team said Sunday that Shepard's injury was confirmed by an MRI taken at Mayo Clinic in Minneapolis. Shepard injured her knee ...

Man fatally shot at home in northwest Minnesota

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man is dead after a shooting at a home in northwestern Minnesota. Becker County sheriff's deputies and White Earth police were called early Sunday to the shooting at a home in Maple Grove Township, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) northwest of ...

NYPD officer surprises Minnesota teen after chance encounter

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A police officer from New York recently traveled hundreds of miles to reconnect with a Minnesota teenager with whom she formed a special bond two years ago. Nancy Castro, an officer within NYPD's counterterrorism bureau, told KARE-TV that she first met Emmanuelle ...

Metro Transit launches electric buses in Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The public transit agency serving the Twin Cities is now using some buses powered by electricity. The Star Tribune reports that Metro Transit's eight new electric buses began running Saturday. Metro Transit spent weeks testing the buses making sure they can hold their ...

Lil Nas X’s ‘Old Town Road’ inspires autistic boy to sing

ATLANTA (AP) — An Atlanta rapper's take on country music has inspired a mostly nonverbal autistic boy in Minnesota to sing. Lil Nas X has found huge success with the song, "Old Town Road." It has sparked controversy , spawned a clothing line, made the rapper a household name and got his ...

Was losing Amazon HQ bid good for Minnesota’s fiscal health?

By GRETA KAUL of MinnPost. undefined MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In a bid to lure Amazon's second headquarters to the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota pledged to give the company a bustling business community, lots of smart workers and a great quality of life for them. Oh, and subsidies. The state ...

Man accused in assault arrested, children with him OK

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they've arrested a man accused of assaulting the mother of his two children in Cottage Grove and driving away with the girls. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the children, ages 1 and 3, are OK. The bureau earlier issued an Amber ...

Statement of former police officer Mohamed Noor

By The Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Statement in court Friday from former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor before he was sentenced Friday to 12½ years in prison for killing Justine Ruszczyk Damond: Your honor, I appreciate the opportunity to talk about the events that I ...

Hemp farmer sues Minnesota over loss of growing license

LANESBORO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota industrial hemp farmer claims in a lawsuit that the state violated his constitutional rights by revoking his growing license and ordering him to destroy his crop. Luis Hummel, who runs 5th Sun Gardens in Lanesboro, decided to sue after receiving a letter ...