Minnesota News

Fargo-Moorhead residents cleaning up from severe storm

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Residents in the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota metropolitan area were cleaning up from a severe storm that included heavy rain, damaging winds, hail and lightning. Authorities say the Saturday afternoon storm downed numerous power lines and caused widespread outages. Large ...

Man killed in St. Paul shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police say a shooting has left one man dead. Officers were called Friday night on reports of shots fired and that a person was shot. Police arrived to find a man lying unresponsive on Earl Street with an apparent gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the ...

Young drivers face long waits, long trips for road tests

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota parents are complaining that their families are facing long waits and having to drive long distances so their teens can take their driver's license road tests. Cheree Johnson, of Rockford, told KSTP-TV that she and her 16-year-old daughter, Ashley, had to drive ...

Victims of medical helicopter crash in Minnesota identified

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota have released the names of a pilot and a nurse who were killed and a paramedic who was injured when a medical helicopter crashed at a regional airport. North Memorial Health of Robbinsdale, the hospital that owns the helicopter, identifies the ...

Minneapolis church expelled over support of gay marriage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Leaders of the Evangelical Covenant Church voted to defrock a Minneapolis pastor and expel his church for permitting gay marriage. The Rev. Dan Collison had his credentials removed by a 77% vote at the Evangelical Covenant Church's annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on ...

Minneapolis suburb rethinks dropping Pledge of Allegiance

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis suburb is reconsidering its decision to drop the Pledge of Allegiance from its council meetings after some constituents raised concerns. The St. Louis Park City Council voted 5-0 earlier this month to stop reciting the pledge to the flag in an ...

40 cattle swept downriver in southern Minnesota flooding

BYRON, Minn. (AP) — About 40 cattle were swept away from their pasture in southern Minnesota as heavy rainfall caused the Zumbro River to swell. Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson says some of the cattle have been located, but it's going to take some time for authorities to access them ...

Nurse, pilot killed in medical helicopter crash in Minnesota

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A medical helicopter crashed Friday at a regional airport in Minnesota, killing a nurse and pilot and injuring a crew member, according to the health care provider that owns the chopper. No patients were on board when the helicopter crashed about 1 a.m. at Brainerd ...

Big farms find easy ways around Trump trade aid limits

By STEVE KARNOWSKI and BALINT SZALAI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When President Donald Trump's administration announced a $12 billion aid package for farmers struggling under the financial strain of his trade dispute with China, the payments were capped. But many large farming ...

Minneapolis suburb’s council drops Pledge of Allegiance

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis suburb is dropping the Pledge of Allegiance from its council meetings in an attempt to be more inclusive to new residents and non-citizens. The St. Louis Park City Council voted unanimously earlier this month to not require the recital of the pledge ...

Suspect sought in fatal UTV hit-and-run crash

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are looking for the driver of a car that struck and killed a man operating a utility vehicle in northern Minnesota. The 27-year-old man was struck in Becker County Monday night in Maple Grove Township and was found unresponsive. He was taken to Sanford ...

Boy thrown from mall balcony remains in intensive care

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The parents of a 5-year-old Minnesota boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America say their son remains in intensive care due to severe complications from the April attack. In an update on their GoFundMe page Tuesday, the parents of the victim, ...

Federal agency hears testimony on fate of gray wolves

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials are weighing impassioned testimony from farmers, ranchers, hunters and wildlife advocates at the only public hearing in the country on the government's latest attempt to take gray wolves off the endangered and threatened species list. The proposal ...

Minnesota man charged in Iowa in child sex trafficking case

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old registered sex offender in Minnesota faces federal charges after being accused of traveling to Iowa to have sex with minors. Federal prosecutors for Iowa say Terrance Nordwall has been charged with attempted sex trafficking of children, ...

Minnesota diocese reaches $34M settlement with abuse victims

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — The Diocese of New Ulm in Minnesota has reached a $34 million settlement in its bankruptcy case with 93 people who say they were sexually abused by priests and others, the diocese and an attorney representing survivors said Thursday. Attorney Jeff Anderson, who ...

St. Paul district uses food truck to feed kids in the summer

By MEGAN BURKS Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The food truck trend has reached St. Paul Public Schools. The district is using a truck that would feel right at home outside of a brewery to bring healthy breakfasts and lunches to kids at apartment buildings and city parks ...

Supreme Court tosses defamation claim against victims’ group

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court dismissed a defamation claim against an organization that helps victims of domestic violence on Wednesday, saying the group had no reason to doubt a woman's claim that she had been abused and did not breach its ...

Student fishing league catches on in Minnesota lakes country

By DAVID L. WALLIS Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The idea for a fishing league started with a casual conversation at a winter meeting of Minnesota school superintendents. And by its inaugural season last summer, the newly formed Heart O'Lakes fishing league had 14 ...

Partner of convicted Minneapolis cop pleaded for leniency

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A newly-disclosed email from the former police partner of ex-Minneapolis Officer Mohamed Noor asked a judge to give him leniency one day before she sentenced Noor to more than 12 years in prison for fatally shooting a woman. Officer Matthew Harrity pleaded with the judge ...

Legislative auditor will investigate PolyMet water permit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor will investigate concerns over how state regulators handled an important water quality permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Rep. Rick Hansen, who chairs the Legislative Audit Commission and a House environment committee, ...