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Tornado touchdown confirmed in southwestern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The National Weather Service has reported a confirmed tornado touchdown in southwestern Minnesota's Redwood County, but there are no early reports of damage. The tornado was confirmed at around 5:45 p.m. Thursday. The National Weather Service took to Twitter to urge ...

Leaked email raises new questions about PolyMet water permit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A leaked email shows that a senior official sought to keep the public from knowing federal Environmental Protection Agency staffers' concerns about the pollution risks of a planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, critics of the project contend. In a ...

Hemp farmer charged with selling drugs

PRESTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota hemp farmer is facing charges after authorities claimed his products had more than the legal limit of the compound that makes users high. Court documents say products from Luis Hummel's 5th Sun Gardens hemp farm in Lanesboro were sent to a lab for tests and ...

Minnesota State college system to raise tuition by 3%

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State college system's board of trustees has voted to raise tuition by 3% this fall as enrollment declines. The Star Tribune reports that the board of trustees approved a $2.1 billion budget for the 37 universities and community colleges in the system, which ...

Court document: Mosque bombing suspect tried to escape

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Illinois man who faces trial in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque had tried to escape from custody earlier this year. A court document filed by prosecutors says 48-year-old Michael Hari tried to flee when he was being transported to a Minnesota jail. The report ...

Enbridge pipeline project hits another Minnesota obstacle

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Enbridge Energy's plan to replace an aging crude oil pipeline that runs through northern Minnesota hit another obstacle Tuesday when two state agencies said they would hold up approval of the project's permits until problems with its environmental review are resolved. The ...

11 Minnesota nursing homes in need of greater oversight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials identified 11 Minnesota nursing homes as being in violation of health and safety regulations, prompting tighter oversight of their practices. The Minnesota homes are among a list of 400 nursing homes nationwide that the U.S. Senate Committee on Aging ...

Minnesota governor to hand over power during knee surgery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz will temporarily transfer his powers and duties to Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan while he undergoes knee surgery Thursday. Walz's office says he will be under general anesthetic while doctors repair a torn meniscus in his left knee — a common injury ...

Small weekly newspaper praised for standing with immigrants

PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A small weekly newspaper in western Minnesota is receiving praise for a column that took a tongue-in-cheek approach to stand up for diversity. Last month, the Pelican Rapids Press posted high school graduation pictures on its Facebook page, including pictures of ...

Minnesota man charged with killing 2 trumpeter swans

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man is charged with killing two federally protected trumpeter swans in Anoka County. Twenty-five-year-old Conner Walsh of Lino Lakes faces several misdemeanors, including hunting protected birds, in connection with last fall's killings on Rice Lake. He was ...

Cameras at Minnesota sentencings pull back curtain on courts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast. Under rules that allowed the judge, ...

Father dies trying to rescue his toddler from Minnesota lake

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a father died while trying to save his 3-year-old child who fell from a bridge into a northwestern Minnesota lake. The Becker County sheriff's office says Christopher Franklin Nicholas Schultz jumped into Detroit Lake after his child fell from the ...

Searchers for missing swimmer find body in Lake George

OAK GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Anoka County authorities who were searching Lake George in suburban Oak Grove for a missing swimmer have recovered a man's body. The sheriff's office says it got a report around noon Saturday of a man who was drowning at Lake George Beach in Oak Grove. A 53-year-old ...

University wrestlers suspected of criminal sexual conduct

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nationally-ranked University of Minnesota heavyweight wrestler Gable Steveson and a teammate have been arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual conduct. KARE-TV reports that an Athletics Department statement to the station confirmed the two men arrested were on the ...

Hiring events at state prisons aims to boost officer ranks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is holding employment fairs at maximum-security prisons with the aim of allaying potential applicants' safety concerns and expediting the hiring process, after the Legislature promised the state Department of Corrections $10 million to boost recruitment and ...

Police union: Chief violated law in case of 5 fired officers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The president of the St. Paul police union says the city's police chief broke a state law by revealing details about a case that cost five officers their jobs. St. Paul Police Federation head Paul Kuntz said Friday that police Chief Todd Axtell gave "an incomplete and ...

Combat ship named for Twin Cities splashes down for launch

MARINETTE, Wis. (AP) — A shipyard on the border between Wisconsin and Michigan was for one day crowded with Minnesotans who showed up Saturday to watch the launch of the U.S. Navy's newest combat ship, named in honor of the Twin Cities. The USS Minneapolis-St. Paul was dropped sideways into ...

Minnesota lawyer sentenced to 14 years for porn scheme

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge on Friday sentenced a Minneapolis lawyer to 14 years in prison for running a porn-related scheme. Paul Hansmeier was convicted of running the multi-million-dollar fraud scheme from 2011 to 2014. Prosecutors allege Hansmeier extracted settlements from ...

Cameras at Minnesota sentencings pull back curtain on courts

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — For decades, Minnesota has resisted allowing cameras in courtrooms for the usual arguments — lawyers would grandstand, witnesses would be intimidated, decorum would be disrupted if public proceedings were recorded and broadcast. Under rules that allowed the judge, ...

Walz to release more daily details, but not full calendar

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz plans to release additional details about what he does each day, but won't publicize full details about his daily calendar. Walz currently only provides updates on his daily public events. His office said Friday that he'll disclose more appearances before ...