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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 ...

Rescuers pull man from Mississippi River

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Emergency responders pulled a man from the Mississippi River early Monday morning. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported officers found the man in the water near Raspberry Island just before 3 a.m. His foot was trapped under a log. Paramedics and the Ramsey County Water ...

Judge favors activists who want more Minneapolis officers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday ruled in favor of a eight Minneapolis activists who sued the city council and mayor over funding the police force. The order by Hennepin County District Judge Jamie L. Anderson requires that the city have at least 730 sworn officers on the payroll by ...

Second death on Lake Minnetonka in as many days

EXCELSIOR, Minn. (AP) — A man has drowned while swimming in Lake Minnetonka, the second death on the lake in as many days. First responders were called to the lake about 6 p.m. Thursday. The man had been swimming off Commons Beach in Excelsior, according to authorities. The Hennepin County ...

US Supreme Court backs Minnesota Amish in septic tank fight

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court sided Friday with members of an Amish group in Minnesota who are fighting efforts by authorities to compel them to install septic systems, sending their appeal back to a state court for reconsideration in light of ...

GOP senators signal they may fire some Walz Cabinet members

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans who control the Minnesota Senate signaled Friday that they may fire one or more of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz's Cabinet commissioners, injecting drama into a special session that many lawmakers thought was essentially ...

Police groups sue over changes to Minnesota deadly force law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A coalition of Minnesota's largest law enforcement groups sued the state Friday seeking to overturn a state law that changed the standard for justified use of deadly force by police. The lawsuit claims the law, which took effect in March, violates officers' rights to ...

Juvenile dies in Jet Ski collision on Lake Minnetonka

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — A juvenile has died in a collision involved two Jet Skis on Lake Minnetonka's Upper East Lake, according to Hennepin County sheriff's officials. The sheriff's water patrol responded to a call shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday and found one person ...

Minnesota Legislature passes tax bill to finish $52B budget

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The divided Minnesota Legislature passed a tax bill early Thursday as it completed a $52 billion, two-year budget, averting the threat of a partial state government shutdown. Gov. Tim Walz personally delivered the signed K-12 education ...

Suspect identified in Oneida County fatal shooting

RHINELANDER, Wis. (AP) — Sheriff's officials have identified a suspect after a woman was found fatally shot in Oneida County. Dispatchers received a call Wednesday about a woman lying along a road near Highway 8 in the Town of Pelican. Law enforcement personnel and first responders found the ...

Strong growth continues in nine Midwest, Plains states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The economy continues growing at a strong pace in nine Midwest and Plains states despite supply delays that are hindering manufacturing, according to a new monthly survey of business leaders and managers. The overall economic index for the region remained at a very strong ...

In 1 Minnesota city, 1-on-1 talks play role in vaccinations

By CATHARINE RICHERT Minnesota Public Radio News AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — On a scorching day in June, Miguel Garate wandered around the 4th Avenue Fest in Austin, telling anyone who will listen that county public health nurses were giving out free COVID-19 vaccines nearby. He said the case he ...

Allina Health makes flu shot for employees mandatory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Allina Health says the flu shot will be mandatory for all employees, starting this flu season. The new policy will also include students, contracted staff and volunteers across the Allina Health system, which includes more than 90 clinics, 11 hospitals and 15 retail ...

Biden administration passes up chance to block oil pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Biden administration signaled in a court filing this week that it does not plan to cancel federal permits for Enbridge's Energy's Line 3 oil pipeline project, despite pleas by Native Americans and environmental groups for the president to intervene. The U.S. Army Corps ...

EXPLAINER: Is Minnesota doing enough to limit evictions?

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire July 31, after the Biden administration extended the date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in ...

Xcel Energy drops plan for new gas power plant in Becker

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Xcel Energy has scrubbed plans for an $800 million natural gas plant in Becker in the face of criticism from environmental and clean energy groups. Instead, the Minneapolis-based company said Friday it now plans to build two smaller natural gas plants — one each in ...