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Minnesota News

Minneapolis teachers set to strike; St. Paul works out deal

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Teachers in the Minneapolis School District said they would go on strike Tuesday after failing to reach agreement on a new contract, a move that will idle some 29,000 students in one of Minnesota's largest school districts. Union ...

1 dead, 3 wounded in early-morning shooting in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say one person was killed and three people were injured in a shooting early Sunday after an argument escalated to gunfire. Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to reports of shots fired at a residence. Police provided medical aid to all the wounded and ...

Feds to appeal reversal in North Dakota death penalty case

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal prosecutors plan to appeal a ruling that overturned the death sentence for a Minnesota man convicted of kidnapping and killing a University of North Dakota student. A jury in 2006 convicted Alfonso Rodriguez Jr., of Crookston, Minnesota, in the killing of ...

Tentative contract would give Minneapolis officers raise

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers would get raises and payments totaling $7,000 under a tentative contract agreement that also includes some provisions related to discipline, though details on that were not immediately outlined. Calls to change the contract to give city leaders ...

Walz orders state to terminate Russian contracts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz directed state agencies Friday to terminate any contracts with Russian entities to punish the country for invading Ukraine. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Walz issued an executive order directing more than two dozen state agencies to end their ...

Minnesota lawmakers at odds over drought relief package

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers and ranchers still reeling from last summer's drought are asking the Legislature for urgency on relief, though lawmakers on either side of the aisle have yet to agree on what a final package ...

Twin teacher strikes possible in Minneapolis and St. Paul

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Teachers in Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools could go on strike as soon as Tuesday over demands for higher wages, smaller class sizes and more mental health services, in twin walkouts that could shut more than 60,000 students ...

Woman with gun holds hostages at St. Paul convenience store

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A woman with a gun who was holding hostages at a St. Paul gas station ended with her arrest and no injuries to those involved, according to police. Officers were called to the Speedway station Tuesday afternoon on a report of the woman threatening people with a ...

Helmet worn by Amelia Earhart sells for $825,000 at auction

By KAREN MATTHEWS Associated Press A leather helmet that Amelia Earhart wore on a flight across the Atlantic in 1928 and later lost in a crowd of fans in Cleveland has sold at auction for $825,000. The helmet went to an anonymous bidder in an online-only sale that closed Sunday, a ...

Oil driller invests in carbon-capture pipeline for Midwest

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's biggest oil driller said Wednesday it will commit $250 million to help fund a proposed pipeline that would gather carbon dioxide produced by ethanol plants across the Midwest and pump it thousands of feet underground ...

Democrats fear broadcaster Hepola could be spoiler for Walz

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The entry of former broadcaster Cory Hepola into the Minnesota governor's race as a centrist third-party candidate adds a new challenge to Gov. Tim Walz's reelection bid, and Democrats are already calling him a spoiler. Hepola, who ...

1 dead, 2 injured in St. Paul apartment building fire

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a one person died and two others were injured after a fire in a St. Paul apartment building Tuesday. The Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office said 73-year-old James Sparks died in the blaze, which was contained to one unit. Two others were ...

Minnesota sheriffs issue record of over 100K gun permits

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota sheriffs issued a record 106,488 permits to carry firearms last year, the second steep annual increase in a row, the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday. The total was nearly 10,000 higher than the 96,554 ...

Target to invest up to $5 billion to fuel more growth

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Target will invest up to $5 billion this year in physical stores, remodels, new brands and expanding its online fulfilment as the discounter continues to drive sales growth and differentiate itself from rivals. The plans, announced ...

Ukraine war, inflation hurt business outlook in nine states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Worries about Russia's invasion of Ukraine and other concerns undermined the confidence of business leaders in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a new monthly report released Tuesday. The report's confidence index fell to its lowest point ever in February when ...

Former broadcaster Cory Hepola runs for Minnesota governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former WCCO Radio personality Cory Hepola announced Tuesday that he's running for governor as a centrist third-party candidate. Hepola made the announcement with a video posted on Twitter as his campaign website went live. "We're not red. We're not blue. We're ...

Flowering medical marijuana now available in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesotans who use medical marijuana now have a new way of consuming the cannabis. Starting Tuesday, everyone who is registered for medical marijuana can apply to get it in its purest form, dried flower. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, more than ...

Minnesota GOP moves to block Zuckerberg cash from elections

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate elections committee on Tuesday began considering a bill to block local governments from using outside money for election expenses. The legislation mirrors efforts by Republican legislatures ...

Target seeks to entice workers with pay of up to $24 an hour

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Workers at Target stores and distribution centers in places like New York, where competition for finding and hiring staff is the fiercest, could see starting wages as high as $24 an hour this year. The Minneapolis-based discount retailer ...

Man pleads guilty to setting fires following Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Rochester man who fled to Mexico with his wife after being charged with setting fire to a St. Paul school and two stores during the unrest that followed the death of George Floyd has pleaded guilty to arson. Jose Felan Jr., 35, entered the plea in federal court last week ...