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Man killed by police in Olivia died of multiple gunshots

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The man killed by police in Renville County died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. The office identified the man as 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. Police said Torres was armed when he confronted an officer during the early ...

GOP US Rep. Jim Hagedorn announces kidney cancer recurrence

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Hagedorn has had a recurrence of his stage IV kidney cancer, the southern Minnesota Republican announced Wednesday. Hagedorn, who was first diagnosed in February 2019, shortly after taking office for his first term, said his doctors just confirmed that ...

Minnesota DNR: No wolf season until 2022 at soonest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday it won't consider holding a wolf hunting or trapping season until 2022 at the earliest. The agency said in a statement that it's taking longer than expected to update its 20-year-old wolf management plan, and ...

Police: Altercation might have led to fatal highway shooting

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A fatal highway shooting in a Twin Cities suburb might have been the result of road rage, police said Wednesday. Police say a man was driving his son home from a baseball game when he was shot on a Plymouth highway about about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Plymouth Police Chief ...

Teen who recorded Floyd’s arrest loses uncle in police crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The uncle of a teenager who recorded the last moments of George Floyd's life in a video that helped launch a global protest movement against racial injustice has died in a crash involving a Minneapolis police car, officials confirmed Wednesday. Darnella Frazier said in a ...

Minnesota Senate goes home without votes on commissioners

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate adjourned its special session Wednesday without taking planned votes on confirming two of Gov. Tim Walz's commissioners, after Democrats objected to how GOP lawmakers essentially forced out ...

Minnesota AG: Gas utilities overbilled customers by $380M

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities mismanaged their natural gas purchases after a historic winter storm in the South, which led them to overbill customers by $380 million, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday. The office of Attorney General Keith Ellison recommended ...

Man killed by officer in Olivia was 32-year-old father

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — Friends and family have identified the man who was fatally shot by a police officer over the weekend in Olivia. A cousin, Jessica Laro, identified him as 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. He was shot in alley about 2 a.m. Sunday. Officials said Torres was armed and ...

Vaccination rates contrast in urban, rural Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's coronavirus vaccination rates show a sharp contrast between urban and rural counties in the state. The vaccination rate is high in large, urban counties. In Hennepin and Ramsey counties, more than 75% of people age 16 and older have gotten at least one ...

Oak-killing disease spreading north in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Foresters and landowners are concerned that a disease that kills oak trees is creeping farther north in Minnesota. The mighty oak is one of the most abundant trees in Minnesota. Oak wilt was been around for decades and has been confirmed in 40 Minnesota counties. But, ...

Cass Lake man killed in drive-by shooting at party

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — One person has died after being struck by gunfire at an outdoor house party in Cass County, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. According to authorities, a drive-by shooting happened at a residence in Cass Lake shortly before 3 a.m. Monday. Deputies arrived to find a ...

Driver killed in collision with police car in pursuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A motorist died early Tuesday in a collision involving a Minneapolis police squad car that was pursuing a robbery suspect. Police were pursuing a stolen vehicle linked to some commercial robberies when the squad car crashed into the victim's vehicle and a third vehicle ...

Minnesota pollution regulator resigns before Senate vote

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency resigned Tuesday after it became apparent that the Republican-controlled state Senate was prepared to oust her. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said Laura Bishop resigned "in order to ...

Eagles released into wild after suspected racoon attack

GLEN, Minn. (AP) — A family of three bald eagles that were rescued and treated for injuries in what appeared to be an attack by another animal have been released into the wild in eastern Minnesota. Lt. Robert Gorecki, a conservation officer with the state Department of Natural Resources, ...

Southern Minnesota officer fatally shoots armed person

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — A police officer in southern Minnesota shot and killed a person early Sunday morning, authorities said. Officials in the town of Olivia, located about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities, said the shooting occured after an armed person confronted an off-duty officer in an ...

1 dead after St. Paul commuter train hits vehicle on tracks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A light-rail commuter train slammed into a vehicle on the tracks in the Twin Cities on Sunday, leaving one person dead and another in critical condition. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Metro Transit officials said the eastbound train hit the vehicle in St. ...

Nonprofit: Number of drownings in Great Lakes jumps in 2021

HOMEWOOD, Ill. (AP) — More drownings have been reported in the Great Lakes so far in 2021 than by this time last year, prompting officials to urge swimmers to practice water safety measures. As of July 2, there were 32 drownings in the Great Lakes, compared to 25 as of July 4, 2020, ...

Authorities: Grand Forks airman drowns in Minnesota river

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — The military says a Grand Forks Air Force Base airman drowned in the Red Lake River near Red Lake Falls, Minnesota. The Air Force said 24-year-old Nestor Chua Jr. was found dead Saturday. Officials say his body was retrieved from the river at about 4:45 p.m. KVRR ...

Another candidate joins Minnesota AG race to unseat Ellison

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer who described pandemic restrictions and state lawsuits against businesses that violated health guidelines as "intrusive state government" announced her bid on Sunday to unseat Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. Attorney Lynne ...

Human remains found in river in central Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say they've recovered human remains from the Mississippi River in central Minneapolis. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Department says water patrol deputies were called to the river near the Xcel Energy Water Power Park on Sunday evening. There they found ...