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Minnesota man escapes injury in ultralight aircraft crash

COLVIN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man escaped injury when his ultralight aircraft crashed while he was attempting to take off from his property in northeastern Minnesota. The incident happened about 8:45 a.m. Sunday. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says Robert Kangas, of Colvin, ...

10-year-old Minnesota girl sells lemonade to aid police dogs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 10-year-old Minnesota girl is using the profits from selling lemonade to help buy protective vests for police dogs. Josie Larson, of Monticello, set up the lemonade stand when she found out that the K-9s needed the bulletproof equipment. She set a goal of raising $1,000 ...

Gun groups see opportunity in NRA turmoil

By LISA MARIE PANE Associated Press Bob Mokos is a passionate gun owner who on the surface would seem like a card-carrying National Rifle Association member. The retired airline pilot has been shooting guns since he was a child. The Vietnam veteran got more serious about firearms as a ...

Jobs, housing lure Karen refugees to spread across Minnesota

By IBRAHIM HIRSI Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Greater Minnesota has given many refugees eager to make their mark in the American economy what the Twin Cities could not: ample jobs. That was especially true about a decade ago, coming on the heels of the Great Recession. ...

Chronic pain patient favors opioids, despite addiction fears

By JASMINE JOHNSON St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Laura Johnson shuffled over to her coffee pot, hunched over at a 90-degree angle. She gazed out the window, watching birds land on her deck. The 62-year-old's spine is twisted due to slow deterioration from multiple ...

UMinn freshmen class likely largest in 50 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Preliminary numbers show the freshmen class at the University of Minnesota could be the largest in decades. Vice Provost and Dean Robert McMaster says the 6,200 freshman students this year eclipses the 2017 class as the largest in 50 years. Although the official enrollment ...

Traffic deaths up 6% in 2018

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials say traffic deaths in Minnesota increased 6% last year. The Department of Public Safety says 381 people died in crashes in 2018 with speed being the main factor in about a third of the fatalities. The agency's Office of Traffic Safety says failing to ...

Police pursuit ends in crash that kills 2

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — A police pursuit has ended in a crash that killed two people in the fleeing vehicle south of the Twin Cities. Authorities say police responded to a report of a domestic assault in Owatonna Thursday, but a car with a man and woman left before officers arrived. Police ...

Minnesota House Democrats plan 15 cannabis conversations

FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Democrats are hitting the road for a series of town halls on the nuts and bolts of how the state should go about legalizing recreational marijuana for adults. "We believe that Minnesota can have the best marijuana laws in the country," House ...

Alfred Jackson, half-brother of late rock star Prince, dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A half-brother of the late rock superstar Prince has died, leaving five Prince siblings to share in the musician's fortune. An attorney for Alfred Jackson, Asa Weston, said Friday that the 66-year-old Jackson died Wednesday night or Thursday morning in his home outside of ...

Departing human services chief recommends splitting agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — In one of her last official actions, Minnesota's acting human services commissioner is recommending that her troubled agency be split in two. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Pam Wheelock told staff in an email Friday that the Department of Human Services should ...

Delta Air Lines pilot charged with alcohol violation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Delta Air Lines pilot from Minnesota was charged Friday with operating an aircraft under the influence of alcohol. Tests confirmed that 37-year-old Gabriel Schroeder, of Rosemont, had a blood alcohol level between 0.04% and 0.08% when detectives arrested him on a plane ...

Minnesota man charged with crashing van into bus shelter

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An 83-year-old man who crashed his van into a Minneapolis bus shelter and injured five people was charged Friday but the prosecutor said it's unlikely he'll face a prison term, angering a community activist who said the driver should be ...

DNR: Animal in Eden Prairie more likely coyote than cougar

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says an animal sighted roaming in a Twin Cities suburb is more likely a coyote than a cougar. Authorities tweeted a photo Thursday night of what appears to be a cougar taken by a resident in Eden Prairie this week near ...

Light rail train strikes, kills woman in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A light rail train has struck and killed a woman in St. Paul. The woman died after she was struck by a Green Line train Friday afternoon as she crossed University Avenue. Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla says the woman was in a pedestrian crosswalk when an ...

GOP shifts focus to House Dem ‘squad’ in campaign attacks

By LISA MASCARO AP Congressional Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — Move over, Nancy Pelosi. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the "squad" of freshmen women of color are emerging as new stars of Republican attacks against Democrats running for Congress. The tone is being set from the top as ...

Farmers’ loyalty to Trump tested over new corn-ethanol rules

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, SCOTT McFETRIDGE and JULIE PACE Associated Press LACONA, Iowa (AP) — When President Donald Trump levied tariffs on China that scrambled global markets, farmer Randy Miller was willing to absorb the financial hit. Even as the soybeans in his fields about an hour south of ...

Best Buy 2Q profit beats estimates, but revenue misses

By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy Co. reported a sales shortfall for the fiscal second quarter and trimmed its annual sales forecast, blaming uncertainty surrounding an escalating trade war with China heading into the holiday shopping season. Shares of the ...

Report: US Native American health agency at crossroads

By FELICIA FONSECA Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Emergency rooms shut down for months. Hospitals put patients at risk for opioid abuse and overdoses. A longtime pediatrician was charged with sexually abusing children. The federal agency that administers health care for more than ...

Minnesota math scores continue to decline in latest tests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Student math test scores continue to decline in Minnesota. During the most recent school year, the number of Minnesota students considered proficient in math dropped for the fourth consecutive year. Only 53.9 percent of students met or exceeded state standards for math ...