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Minnesota governor, first lady release returns on Tax Day

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and first lady Gwen Walz have marked Tax Day by releasing their 2018 federal and state tax returns. The Democratic governor and his wife reported total income of just over $212,000 in 2018, mostly from his salary as a congressman. They paid ...

Trump seeks mileage for tax cuts at truck company appearance

BURNSVILLE, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump played up the benefits of his tax cuts on Monday's tax filing day in a state where he's aiming to turn a narrow defeat in the 2016 presidential race into a victory in his re-election bid next year. "We promised these tax cuts would be rocket ...

Complaint: Man went to Mall of America intending to kill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The man charged with throwing a 5-year-old boy off a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America told police he was angry at being rejected by women at the Minnesota mall and was "looking for someone to kill" when he went there last week, according to a criminal complaint ...

Words and consequences: A look at the Omar and Trump feud

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump isn't backing down from his tweets about Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress. In fact, he spoke at an event in Omar's home state of Minnesota on Monday amid a ferocious fight over her comments about the Sept. ...

Report: Minnesota students paid $620K in TCF Bank card fees

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — TCF Bank made more than $620,000 in card fees from University of Minnesota students on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses last school year, according to a consumer advocacy group's report. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released a study last week that found 44% ...

Yemeni-Americans to boycott NY Post over 9/11 front page

NEW YORK (AP) — Yemeni-Americans are criticizing the New York Post over its front page last week that featured a photograph of the burning World Trade Center and a quote from Democratic Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar that some say was dismissive of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. On Sunday, The New ...

Omar cites more death threats against her since Trump tweet

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Donald Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "This is endangering lives," she said, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It ...

Minnesota may see psychologist shortage after Argosy closes

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota could suffer a shortage of psychologists following the sudden closure of Argosy University, according to mental health leaders. The private university chain closed its Eagan campus last month after being cut off from federal loan programs — a move that left ...

Minnesota woman with 64 dead cats, 43 live cats sentenced

FARMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who was found to have 64 dead cats, 43 live cats, a 400-pound pig and other animals on her property has been sentenced. Twenty-five-year-old Caycee Bregel, who ran an animal rescue nonprofit out of home south of the Twin Cities, pleaded guilty ...

Chief: Boy thrown from Mall of America balcony being treated

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who was thrown from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America near Minneapolis remains hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said Saturday. Bloomington police Chief Jeffrey Potts said during a news conference that the boy fell nearly 40 ...

Dems defend Omar after Trump retweets video against her

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Democrats on Saturday rushed to defend Rep. Ilhan Omar after President Donald Trump retweeted video that was edited to suggest she was being dismissive of the significance of the worst terrorist assault on U.S. soil. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi scolded Trump for using ...

Electrifying city fleets isn’t as improbable as some think

By FRANK JOSSI of Energy News Network. undefined COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — For a suburban Minnesota police department, the idea of an electric police car is so far-fetched it was the punchline of an April Fools' Day prank on social media. In a tweet, a Coon Rapids police officer proudly ...

Walz signs bill requiring drivers to use hands-free phones

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Motorists will be required to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone while driving on Minnesota roads starting Aug. 1 under a bill that Gov. Tim Walz signed Friday to crack down on the growing problem of distracted ...

Officer advised cop in fatal shooting to ‘keep mouth shut’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who told a fellow officer to "keep your mouth shut" after that officer fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called police to report a possible crime testified Friday that he was merely giving the officer advice. Officer Jesse Lopez was among ...

Minnesota teacher accused of abusing students loses license

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis second-grade teacher accused of spanking and slapping his students has been banned from teaching in Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standard Board voted Friday to revoke Hernandez Cortez Evans' ...

Minnesota farmer’s tearful video underscores industry woes

PINE ISLAND, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dairy farmer frustrated by the industry's rising financial pressures has taken to social media to voice his concerns in an emotional video that's been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mark Berg, 26, told the Star Tribune that he posted the ...

Students protest bathroom lockdown with ‘Let Us Pee’ message

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A group of Minnesota high school students is protesting administrators' decision to lock some of the school bathrooms during class time. The Star Tribune reports that the Let Us Pee Instagram page was originally launched as a tongue-in-cheek response to a new policy ...

Former utility attorney named to Public Utilities Commission

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has named mediator Valerie Means to an open seat on the state Public Utilities Commission, an independent body that regulates utilities and pipelines across Minnesota. Means will be the first person of color to serve on the commission in 30 years. The ...

Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday after being pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America, according to witnesses, and a 24-year-old man with a history of causing disturbances at the mall was in custody. Bloomington ...

Minnesota man suspected in fire that killed 2 young sons

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two toddlers have died in a Minnesota house fire that investigators believe was set by their father. Sherburne County Sheriff's Office says in a release that police and firefighters responded to the blaze at about 5:30 a.m. Friday in Big Lake, about 40 ...