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1 dead, 6 injured in Spring Lake Park shooting

Authorities say a 19-year-old St. Paul man was shot and killed at a Spring Lake Park restaurant. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says he was one of at least seven people shot early Sunday. The Star Tribune reports authorities were called just after midnight to Dala Thai Restaurant and ...

Police treating mosque break-in as possible hate crime

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — St. Paul police say they have increased patrols around local mosques and Islamic community centers after an early-morning break-in at a mosque caused thousands of dollars in damage. A department spokesman tells the Star Tribune that police are treating the episode on ...

Brothers die after being overcome by fumes in grain silo

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two brothers are dead after being overcome by fumes in a grain silo on a western Minnesota farm. The Star Tribune reports the victims were identified as 47-year-old Curt F. Boesl and 49-year-old Steven T. Boesl. Authorities say an 11-year-old son of Curt ...

Poll: Americans grateful at holidays _ and a bit stressed

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Wade Holcomb has a lot to be grateful for this year. In addition to graduating college and getting a job, he also has a beautiful 4-month-old girl — who will be celebrating her first Christmas with her dad clearly wrapped around her tiny ...

Work begins soon on $1 billion development of old Ford site

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A developer says work on a $1 billion redevelopment of the old Ford assembly plant in St. Paul will begin early next year. Ryan Companies will pay $61 million for the 122-acre site on a bluff above the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood. It plans a mix ...

Newcomers kill Isle Royale National Park’s oldest gray wolf

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The oldest gray wolf at Isle Royale National Park has been killed — apparently by newcomers to the Lake Superior island chain, officials said Friday. The 12-year-old male was one of two survivors that remained when officials decided to relocate wolves from the U.S. ...

Six deaths related to flu outbreak in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say an outbreak of early flu strains has contributed to the deaths of six people. There were 60 cases of flu-like illness reported to the state last week, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. That's a five-fold increase from the ...

Invasive silver carp confirmed for 1st time in SW Minnesota

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two invasive silver carp have been caught in southwestern Minnesota after essentially sneaking into the state through the back door, marking the first confirmed discovery of the jumping fish in that area. They were netted only about 120 ...

Man who kidnapped Wisconsin teen: She was ‘terrified of me’

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man convicted of kidnapping a Wisconsin girl and killing her parents told police after his arrest that he never thought Jayme Closs would escape because she was petrified, and that after holding her captive for two weeks, he believed he'd ...

Grant directed at lead abatement in southeastern Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health will use a $3.3 million federal grant to minimize lead hazards in older homes across the state's southeastern region. Southeastern Minnesota has higher rates of elevated lead levels in children compared to other parts of the state, ...

Extradition underway to bring convicted killer to Minnesota

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials in Minnesota have started the extradition process to bring a woman convicted of killing her look-alike in Florida back to the state to face charges in her husband's slaying. Lois Riess, 57, pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing Pamela Hutchinson in ...

Minnesota senators pledge impartiality in impeachment trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The House vote to impeach President Donald Trump shifts the action to the Senate, where Minnesota Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith have pledged to sit in judgment impartially despite their strong support of the House impeachment ...

Minnesota man dies in snowmobiling accident in Colorado

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Authorities say a 32-year-old Minnesota man was killed in a snowmobiling accident in northwest Colorado. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports the man was trying to climb a steep hill on Buffalo Pass near Steamboat Springs on Wednesday afternoon when his ...

Former NHL player dies of workplace accident injuries

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The family of former NHL player Scot Kleinendorst says he has died of injuries suffered in a workplace accident in northern Minnesota. Kleinendorst suffered severe brain trauma and numerous broken bones at UPM Blandin paper plant in Grand Rapids on Dec. 7. He was ...

School of Mines receives biggest gift ever, $3.6 million

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota School of Mines & Technology has received its largest gift in the university's history. The donation of $3.6 million from 1969 graduate Willard Goodman and his wife, Billie Kay Goodman, was made to the school's Department of Civil Engineering and ...

Victim of fatal Hibbing fire identified

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the person who died in a house fire in northeastern Minnesota. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says 55-year-old Kevin Buchwitz died of smoke inhalation in the fire in Hibbing early Tuesday. Multiple fire departments responded to the ...

Police arrest 2 suspects in woman’s shooting in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities arrested two suspects after a woman was shot and seriously wounded in St. Cloud on Wednesday. The 42-year-old woman was shot multiple times, police said. She was taken to St. Cloud Hospital with serious injuries, but is expected to survive. The suspects ...

Minnesota increasing efforts to enforce new wage theft law

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Minnesota agencies are ramping up their efforts to root out wage fraud by adding staffers to enforce a new state law that penalizes employers for exploiting their workers. Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison has added two lawyers to his office who will handle ...

Twin Metals Minnesota files formal mine plan with regulators

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Twin Metals Minnesota formally submitted a plan to regulators Wednesday for an underground copper-nickel mine near Ely in northeastern Minnesota, a project that has drawn fierce opposition because it would sit just upstream from the ...

Public forum in Duluth will take comments on Enbridge Line 3

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators will hold a forum in Duluth on Thursday for members of the public to comment on additions to the state's environmental review for Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota. The update became necessary ...