MN State News

3M helps provide protective vests for Decatur Police

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — The Decatur Police Department is improving the safety of its detectives thanks to some assistance from 3M. The department was able to purchase 22 new vests thanks to a $3,000 grant from the Maplewood, Minnesota-based company. The money is part of the company's corporate ...

Bigger buses may form part of Rochester’s transit solutions

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Rochester's public transit operator has demonstrated a 60-foot articulating bus that might become a part of the city's transit system in the future. The articulating bus with an accordion-like joint in its body was brought from Minneapolis to Rochester by First ...

Pair rescued after utility vehicle falls through ice on lake

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 33-year-old man and 4-year-old girl were rescued when a utility vehicle crashed through the ice of a western Minnesota lake. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/2jFzewc) that the incident happened about noon Saturday on the north end of Lake ...

Minnesota GOP charts new course in response to protests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials responded to months of unrest last year after the death of a black man shot by police officers with funding meant to reduce the state's widespread racial disparities. This year, a new Republican-controlled Legislature is plotting a crackdown on ...

Thousands rally against Trump at Minnesota women’s march

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters attended a women's march in St. Paul to demonstrate against Donald Trump's new presidency. Many demonstrators wore pink caps or scarves and some pushed baby buggies as they streamed to a rally Saturday in front of the Minnesota state ...

New technology monitors recycling in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New recycling bins in St. Paul containing tracking chips are being used to monitor recycling. The electronic chips allow recycling equipment to scan and identify the cart by passing a detector nearby, Minnesota Public Radio News (http://bit.ly/2jxyhZf) reported. Kris ...

St. Paul school board sees progress, despite suspensions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul school board members seem satisfied that the district is on the right track with its approach to changing the climate at schools school climate even though student suspensions remain high. The district assigned a task force last school year to recommend ...

Minnesota’s Game and Fish Fund faces looming budget deficit

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A deficit is looming in the fund that provides most of the dollars for Minnesota's fish and wildlife programs, and it's projected to go into the red as soon as next year. That could mean deep cuts to programs that are important to ...

Thousands march in Minneapolis to protest Trump inauguration

By HANNAH WEIKEL, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of protesters marched peacefully in Minneapolis Friday to demonstrate against the inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump, saying his policies don't match what they stand for. The Resist from Day One Coalition said ...

Sauk Rapids construction company has roots in carpentry

By VICKI IKEOGU, St. Cloud Times SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Twenty years ago, Douglas J. Boser decided to construct his own career path. Breaking the news to his wife and young child after deciding to quit his carpentry job in the late 1990s, Boser, then 25, set out to create a name for ...

Minnesota’s 3rd largest county collecting DNA again

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The sheriff's department of Minnesota's third largest county, a suburban area of St. Paul, will resume collecting DNA samples from people who have been charged with certain violent crimes but have not yet been convicted. The Dakota County sheriff's office's move ...

The Latest: Judge orders ex-UW student to trial in sex case

The Latest: Judge orders ex-UW student to trial in sex case MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a suspended University of Wisconsin student accused of sexual assault and harassment involving several woman (all times local): 4:10 p.m. A judge has ordered a suspended University of ...

Minnesota group offers ways for non-Muslims to counter bias

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Stories about Muslim children being harassed in schools and anti-immigrant statements made during the presidential campaign troubled Sharon Chace. So when she learned the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations was ...

Driver charged with striking, injuring teens with pickup

Driver charged with striking, injuring teens with pickup OTSEGO, Minn. (AP) — A criminal complaint says the driver of a pickup truck that struck and seriously injured three high school students in Otsego told investigators he never saw the school bus stopped with its flashing lights or the ...

Car rear-ends school bus in central Minnesota; no one hurt

]HOLDINGFORD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a car rear-ended a school bus on an icy road in central Minnesota. The Holdingford School District bus was carrying 32 students when the crash happened just after 7:30 a.m. Friday. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says the ...

New chronic wasting disease case found in central Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials have found another case of chronic wasting disease, this time in a captive deer that died on a farm in Meeker County near Dassel in central Minnesota. The Board of Animal Health says the 2-year-old female white-tailed deer was born on a farm in Crow ...

Fiberglass fire causes neighborhood evacuation

WARREN, Minn. (AP) — A huge fire at a northwestern Minnesota fiberglass factory forced residents from the neighborhood to evacuate their homes. The Marshall County Sheriff's Office says it took firefighters about six hours to extinguish the fire at Nordic Fiberglass in Warren Wednesday ...

White House denies clemency for Indian activist Peltier

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Barack Obama has denied a clemency request by American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who has spent most of his life in prison in the killing of two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, Peltier's attorney said Thursday. His attorney, Martin Garbus, said they ...

Minnesota lawmakers consider campaign fundraising raffles

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One Minnesota lawmaker thinks that raffles to raise campaign money are the perfect way to spice up dull political parties. Rep. Jim Newberger, Republican from Becker, said his bill would allow candidates to hold raffles of up to $3,000 to raise funds for campaigns. ...

Complaint leads to cross being removed from vets memorial

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. (AP) — A complaint from a watchdog group has prompted a Minnesota city to remove a cross from a war veterans memorial. The cross had been recently installed on city land in Belle Plaine, about 35 miles southwest of Minneapolis. Annie Laurie Gaylor, with the Madison, ...