Minnesota News

Agent: Accused mosque bomber had cache of guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An FBI agent has testified the accused Illinois militia leader charged with organizing the bombing of a Minnesota mosque kept a cache of guns, including assault rifles that were altered to be fully automatic. The Star Tribune reports that in pretrial testimony in ...

Minnesota-Canada border hassles take a toll on both sides

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Local officials in northwestern Minnesota say they're not optimistic about a return to normal hours at two customs stations used by many residents on both sides of Minnesota's border with Canada who had built their lives around the old order of convenient crossings. U.S. ...

Iranian pleads guilty in Minnesota in tech smuggling case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Iranian woman pleaded guilty in Minnesota on Friday to conspiring to facilitate the illegal export of communications technology from the U.S. to her home country. Federal prosecutors say Negar Ghodskani, 40, and others established a front company in Malaysia to ...

Cliffs celebrates $100M upgrade to Minnesota iron ore plant

SILVER BAY, Minn. (AP) — Cleveland-Cliffs has spent more than $100 million to upgrade its giant plant in Silver Bay to produce a purer form of iron ore pellets that it says will ensure the long-term viability of its Northshore Mining operation in northeastern Minnesota. Cliffs CEO Lourenco ...

Bail set at $100K for man charged in deadly Walmart van fire

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — Bail has been set at $100,000 for a California man charged with causing a deadly van fire while camping in a Minnesota Walmart parking lot. Prosecutors say the carelessness of 70-year-old Roberto Lino Hipolito, of Long Beach, California, was to blame for Tuesday's fire in ...

2 Minneapolis officers fired over racist holiday decorations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers have been fired over a racist Christmas display. The department says Mark Bohnsack's last day was last Thursday while Brandy Steberg's was Monday. They were put on leave in December after a photo surfaced on social media of a Christmas tree ...

Minnesota signs $33.9M deal to replace balky MNLARS system

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says the state has signed a $33.9 million contract with an outside vendor to replace its troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, known as MNLARS. The contract goes to Fast Enterprises. The governor's office said Thursday that Fast ...

Clark family reaches tentative settlement with Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a black man who was killed by Minneapolis police in 2015 in a case that triggered mass protests reached a tentative $200,000 settlement with the city Thursday. David Suro, the lawyer for Jamar Clark's father, told the Star Tribune the settlement was reached ...

House where girl was kidnapped, parents killed is torn down

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The house where Jayme Closs was kidnapped and her parents were fatally shot has been torn down in northwestern Wisconsin. The bank that owns the house near Barron had it demolished Tuesday after consulting with relatives about the property. Barron County Sheriff Chris ...

Bloomington man charged with fatally stabbing wife

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Bloomington man is charged with fatally stabbing his wife. Fifty-six-year-old John Lawler is facing a second-degree murder charge and is expected in court Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says prosecutors are seeking bail of $1 million. A criminal ...

Perdue: US farmers will regain markets lost in trade war

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he's confident that they'll eventually regain the markets they've lost in the Trump administration's trade war with China. Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual trade ...

Testing shows Minnesota fish is oldest verified at 112 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fish collected by a North Dakota State University graduate student from a Minnesota lake has been verified as the oldest freshwater fish ever taken. Radiocarbon dating verified that the female bigmouth buffalo fish taken from Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids in Otter ...

DNR declines to reconsider dam permits for PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has denied requests to reconsider the tailings dam permits that it issued for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The DNR said Wednesday that opponents did not raise any new issues that materially affect its 2018 ...

Man cooking in Walmart lot sets van on fire, killing girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 70-year-old man camping in a Walmart parking lot put a hot cook stove in his van, causing it to catch fire and spread to another van, burning two young sisters and killing one of them, authorities said Wednesday. Prosecutors charged Roberto Lino Hipolito of Long Beach, ...

Woman arrested in fatal stabbing in Little Canada

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal stabbing in Little Canada. Ramsey County sheriff's officials say a 30-year-old woman, found covered in blood at her residence, was arrested early Monday. A woman about the same age was found dead outside the home about 10 ...

Walz says he’ll seek hearings this fall on gun restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he'll seek hearings on gun measures this fall after the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Democratic leaders and gun safety advocates in Minnesota have for years pursued universal background checks and "red flag" laws, which let police take ...

Girls burned in van fire at Minnesota Walmart; man arrested

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Two young sisters suffered critical burns Tuesday when two vans caught fire in a Walmart parking lot, and the owner of one of the vans was arrested. The girls, 6 and 9, were alone in their van about 7:15 a.m. as their mother shopped. A van next to theirs caught fire, ...

Minnesota appeals court blocks key permit for PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state appeals court has blocked a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday stayed the project's water quality permit. Minnesota Public Radio News reports environmental groups and the ...

Minnesota officials work to stem rise in hate crimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials are working to stem a rise in hate crimes in Minnesota. President Donald Trump called for legislation imposing the death penalty in cases of hate crimes and mass shootings following deadly attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The suspect in El ...

Minnesota governor wants to ease tariff pressure on farmers

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he wants Minnesota farmers to know his administration is taking steps to ease their financial worries during the U.S. trade war with China. Walz headed to the annual FarmFest near Redwood Falls on Tuesday. The Democratic governor intends to use ...