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Water certification denied for Line 3; re-filing expected

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota pollution regulators have denied a water quality certification for Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 upgrade, but it may be a short-lived victory for opponents of the project. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency announced the denial Friday. The agency said ...

11 people charged with defrauding Minnesota Medicaid program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general's office says it has charged 11 people with defrauding the state's Medicaid program of more than $800,000. Attorney General Keith Ellison said in a statement Friday that the charges involve nine different cases. The announcement comes on the ...

Report: Minnesota students getting more test accommodations

By GRETA KAUL of MinnPost. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The rate at which Minnesota students receive accommodations for conditions like ADHD, anxiety, depression and others has increased by about ten-fold in two decades, according to data from the Minnesota Department of Education. In 2000, about 2 ...

Iranian woman deported following conspiracy sentence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Iranian woman who was brought to the U.S. to face charges accusing her of illegally circumventing trade sanctions has been deported to her home country, her lawyer said Thursday. Negar Ghodskani, 40, has been in custody since she was arrested in Australia two years ago. ...

Trump plans campaign rally in Minneapolis in October

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump will visit Minnesota for a reelection rally in October. As impeachment talk swirled in Washington over Trump's handling of a call with Ukraine's president, his campaign announced Thursday that Trump will host a rally Oct. 10 at Target Center in ...

Minnesota’s pro-marijuana political parties prepare for 2020

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two new pro-cannabis political parties in Minnesota that have guaranteed spots on the state ballot are gearing up for the 2020 campaign. The Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party gained major-party status after their candidates performed ...

Minnesota agency’s estimate of tribal overpayments grows

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Human Services says it underestimated the amount of money it overpaid two Native American tribes for substance abuse treatment covered under Medicaid. The agency reported last month that it overpaid the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the ...

Minnesota moves to get more electric vehicles on roads

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota will require car manufacturers to sell more electric vehicles in the state starting in the 2023 model year, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday, a move meant to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while defying the Trump administration's efforts to revoke California's clean ...

Minnesota man charged in massive vaping cartridge seizure

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man faces two felony charges after a seizure of almost 77,000 vaping cartridges that authorities say contained dangerous levels of THC. Valentin Andonii of Champlin, a Minneapolis suburb, was charged Wednesday with possession of a controlled substance and ...

St. Paul, Minnesota, police release video of fatal shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man carrying a raised knife charged at a St. Paul police officer after rear-ending his squad car and refused repeated commands to drop the weapon before the officer fatally shot him, according to body-camera footage released Tuesday. Officer Steve Mattson shot ...

Peterson only Minnesota Dem against impeachment proceeding

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson is the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation holding out against starting an impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump. Peterson says any proceeding without bipartisan support will be lengthy and divisive with no ...

Minnesota parents charged in drowning death of young son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Minnesota couple accused in the drowning death of their 21-month-old son left their two children unsupervised for nearly two hours. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 25-year-old Sabrina Louis and her husband, 54-year-old Eddy Louis, of ...

Ex-care center owner charged with manslaughter, racketeering

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general's office said Tuesday that it has charged 10 people with 76 criminal counts following an investigation into the death of a 72-year-old man and what it described as egregious neglect of other patients at a northern Minnesota care center. The ...

Minnesota Rep. Hagedorn calls Warren ‘national socialist’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota congressman has drawn sharp criticism for describing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren as a "national socialist" on his Facebook campaign page, a term usually understood to mean Nazis. Republican Rep. Jim Hagedorn attacked the 2020 Democratic presidential ...

Metal shredder to shut down in settlement with Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A scrap metal company that has long been under fire from Minnesota regulators agreed Monday to permanently shut down its metal shredder in north Minneapolis and admitted that it had submitted falsified records to the state on the performance of its filtration ...

Trump allegation moves Phillips, Craig toward impeachment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Democratic Reps. Dean Phillips and Angie Craig have been moderates on impeachment, but an accusation that President Donald Trump asked Ukraine to investigate a political rival is changing that. Trump is accused of pressing Ukraine's leader to help investigate ...

Former Minnesota sheriff awarded $600K in alleged assault

A Texas jury has awarded $600,000 to a former Minnesota sheriff who said he was assaulted at a National Sheriffs' Association conference in 2017. Rich Stanek was Hennepin County sheriff at the time he attended the event in Reno, Nevada, at the Atlantis Resort and Casino. He accused John ...

Archbishop Flynn, who led St. Paul archdiocese, dies at 86

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Archbishop Harry Flynn, who led the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1995 to 2008, has died. He was 86. The archdiocese announced Flynn's death on its website Monday, saying he died Sunday night. The statement did not give a cause or place of death. A ...

Investigators in fatal livestreamed chase seek victim posts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators in the fatal shooting of a Minnesota man who livestreamed the pursuit that led up to his death are seeking his private Facebook messages. Minnesota Public Radio reports a search warrant in Brian Quinones' Sept. 7 death says investigators believe the messages ...

Tribal complaints prompt national park to stop selling pipes

PIPESTONE, Minn. (AP) — The Pipestone National Monument in southwestern Minnesota said it will stop selling pipes following decades of tribal complaints that the sales desecrate sacred grounds. Faith Spotted Eagle, who chairs the Ihanktonwan Treaty Steering Committee and is a member of the ...