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Girl Scouts: No one injured by Minnesota lightning strike

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — None of the Girl Scouts or guides who were rescued from a remote Minnesota island near the Canadian border overnight was injured by lightning, contrary to initial fears, officials said Saturday. A group of six girls and three adults from the Girl Scouts of Greater ...

Man drowns in central Minnesota’s Knaus Lake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old Cold Spring man drowned at a central Minnesota lake after attempting to retrieve an inflatable swimming toy that floated away. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says Barry Ray Schramel was pronounced dead at a hospital after being underwater ...

Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp ‘loophole’

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Residents signing up for food stamps in Minnesota are provided a brochure about domestic violence, but it doesn't matter if they even read the pamphlet. The mere fact it was made available could allow them to qualify for government food aid if their earnings ...

Police officer plans to run for Omar’s congressional seat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer says he plans to run for the Minnesota congressional seat currently held by Rep. Ilhan Omar. Chris Kelley says he will officially launch his campaign for the Independence Party endorsement in the 5th Congressional District on Monday. Kelley ...

Departed DOC official accused of leaking information

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota corrections official who resigned recently is accused of leaking private internal data as well as lobbying for her husband's nonprofit. Sarah Walker stepped down last week, just a few months after Gov. Tim Walz appointed her a deputy commissioner in the ...

Minnesota woman killed in South Dakota crash

BRANDON, S.D. (AP) — The Highway Patrol has identified the woman killed in a four-vehicle crash in eastern South Dakota. Twenty-two-year-old Brooke Thompson, of Luverne, Minnesota died in the collision on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon Tuesday. Officials say charges are pending in the ...

Minnesota woman charged in baby’s intoxication death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman is charged with manslaughter after authorities say she delivered a baby who died of alcohol intoxication. A criminal complaint says the newborn had a blood alcohol content of 0.23, which is nearly three times the legal limit for an adult to drive a ...

Woman dies after being dragged by horse in western Minnesota

PERHAM, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota woman has died after authorities say it appears she was dragged by a horse in western Minnesota. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office says deputies went to a home near Star Lake on Friday morning after a caller reported a woman had been dragged a long ...

St. John’s Boys’ Choir staffer accused of sexual misconduct

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — A staff member of the St. John's Boys' Choir has been put on leave while authorities investigate a report of sexual misconduct. The St. John's Boys' Choir and the National Catholic Youth Choir say a youth recently accused an adult of misconduct involving ...

Republican challenger to Omar is accused of shoplifting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is accused of shoplifting 279 items from a suburban Target earlier this year. A criminal complaint says Danielle Stella stole items valued at more than $2,000 from Target in January. She allegedly told police she ...

Man charged with murder in fatal beating of mother

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A Maple Grove man is charged with murder after authorities say he fatally beat his 68-year-old mother and injured his father. Forty-two-year-old Matthew Witt was charged Friday with one count of murder and one count of attempted murder. The complaint says when ...

5 Girl Scouts reported missing in Minnesota wilderness

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota are searching for a group of Girl Scouts who are reported stranded in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Two of the girls in the group are reported to have been struck by lightning. The St. Louis County Rescue Squad confirmed ...

Democrats call for suspending PolyMet permits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers want Gov. Tim Walz to suspend permits for PolyMet's proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota to make sure they "were not rigged." In a letter to Walz Wednesday, 18 lawmakers led by Sen. John Marty asked the governor to suspend the ...

Woman fatally assaulted, man injured, 1 in custody

MAPLE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Police say a man is in custody after a Maple Grove woman was found fatally injured and another man was severely hurt in an apparent domestic assault. The Star Tribune says officers responding to a lakeside home about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday found a man and woman with ...

GOP medical tech exec Kendall Qualls to run for Congress

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican medical technology executive Kendall Qualls will launch a congressional bid Monday, his campaign said, taking aim at first-term Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips in a swing suburban district. Qualls was to announce his bid in a ...

Charges: Father set fatal fire after arguing with daughter

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Minnesota man set a fire that killed his 22-year-old daughter after the two argued about her plans to move out. Forty-six-year-old John Newport of Paynesville was charged Thursday with second-degree murder in the death of Jamey Newport. His bail ...

Clinic security officer accused of stealing insulin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A security guard is accused of stealing insulin from a St. Louis Park clinic. Forty-four-year-old Bradley Stockert of Minneapolis is charged with one count of theft. Stockert is due in court Aug. 20. According to the complaint, officials at Park Nicollet Clinic discovered ...

Minnesota’s top court to hear Lake Calhoun-Bde Maka Ska case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the state Department of Natural Resources has the authority to change the name of Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis to its original Dakota name, Bde Maka Ska (buh-DAY' muh-KAHS' ka). The state Court of Appeals ruled in April ...

Midwest wildlife officials discuss chronic wasting disease

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Midwest wildlife officials gathered Wednesday to discuss how they might better combat chronic wasting disease, which has been spreading through the region's deer herds with no end in sight. Among those at the two-day conference in Madison ...

Man arrested after woman dies in Minnesota mobile home fire

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota have arrested a family member after a 22-year-old woman died in a mobile home fire. Paynesville police were called to the fire just before 7 p.m. Tuesday. Police say a man was pouring gasoline inside the mobile home and started it on ...