MN State News

Toews gets hat trick for Hawks in 5-3 win over Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jonathan Toews had three goals and two assists and the Chicago Blackhawks beat rival Minnesota 5-3 on Tuesday night for their second win over the Western Conference-leading Wild in less than two weeks. Toews notched his fourth career hat trick on an empty-netter with ...

Medical examiner identifies couple in murder-suicide case

ROSEMOUNT, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the man and woman found fatally shot in a Rosemount home. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office says 33-year-old Alicia Ann Keilen was found dead of multiple gunshot wounds Friday and was a homicide victim. The medical examiner says ...

Rescue network brings adoptable dogs from Texas to Minnesota

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A volunteer with a southern Minnesota animal shelter has set up a rescue network to bring dogs from overburdened shelters in Texas to Minnesota, where they may have a better chance of finding a home. Diane Lucantonio, a volunteer with the Blue Earth Nicollet County ...

Detroit Lakes police identify woman killed by freight train

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Police in Detroit Lakes have released the name of a 56-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a freight train over the weekend. Police Chief Steve Todd on Monday identified the victim as Lynn Alexander of Detroit Lakes. Authorities were called Saturday night ...

Minnesota House votes to undo Sunday liquor sales ban

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers on Monday put a massive crack in the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales, overwhelmingly voting to repeal the Prohibition-era law after years of failed attempts. Its passage marks an historic turn in a perennial debate in Minnesota, where lawmakers ...

Resolution would shift light rail funds to roads, bridges

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Minnesota said Monday they would try to shift federal funding away from a planned light-rail route between Minneapolis and its southwestern suburbs and spend it instead on general road and bridge repair. GOP legislators have long sought to block ...

U of M considers shorter incomplete coursework period

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota administrators and faculty are considering shortening the deadline for incomplete coursework to six months in order to boost graduation and retention rates. The current policy gives students one year to finish work required to change incompletes, ...

Minnesota Zoo sees boost in visits from low-income families

APPLE VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — A new program allowing people to visit the Minnesota Zoo for free by showing proof that they receive public assistance cards was a hit during its first year, bringing in 63 percent more low-income visitors in 2016 than in the previous year. The Free to Explore ...

Freight train strikes, kills woman in Detroit Lakes

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Police in Detroit Lakes say a 56-year-old woman has died after she was struck by a freight train. Authorities were called about a pedestrian being hit by a train Saturday night. WDAY-TV reports paramedics found the woman dead on the railroad tracks. A spokeswoman ...

Sunday liquor sales ban on Minnesota House’s chopping block

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales. The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It's a perennial issue at the Capitol that consumes plenty of attention but has ...

Dozier surprised he’s back to lead young Twins lineup

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Brian Dozier participated in Minnesota's first full-squad workout on Sunday. Yup, he was a little surprised, too. Dozier set career highs with 42 homers and 99 RBIs last season, one of the few bright spots in a 103-loss season for the Twins. The second baseman was ...

Oregon inmate who cut off GPS monitor found in Minnesota

HILLSBORO, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon inmate wanted after he cut off his GPS monitoring bracelet and didn't return to a community corrections center has been arrested in Minnesota. The Washington County Sherriff's Office in Oregon says 30-year-old Aaron Emery was arrested Friday while working at ...

Chris Thile to return for 2nd season hosting ‘Prairie Home’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mandolinist Chris Thile (THEE'-lee) says he is returning for a second season as host of "A Prairie Home Companion." Thile made his announcement during Saturday night's show at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul. The new season starts Oct. 7 and will run for at ...

Isle Royale considering seaplane service to, from Minnesota

ISLE ROYALE, Mich. (AP) — The company that provides seaplane service between the Michigan mainland and Isle Royale National Park wants to add flights to and from Grand Marais, Minnesota. Isle Royale Seaplanes operates its air taxi between Houghton and the Lake Superior island park under a ...

Former Casper doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Prosecutors have formally charged a former Casper doctor accused of sexually assaulting six female patients. The Casper Star-Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/dJBi2L ) 47-year-old Paul Harnetty was charged Friday with several counts of sexual assault. A judge set bail at ...

New Hampshire Democrat drops bid to head DNC, backs Ellison

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Democrat Ray Buckley has dropped out of the race for Democratic National Committee chair and is throwing his support behind Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. Buckley's announcement comes a week before DNC members gather in Atlanta to choose a new chair. ...

Canadian resort for vacationers with disabilities saved

MADISON LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Residents of a small Minnesota community have succeeded in saving a Canadian resort that's equipped to handle disabled vacationers. The Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure and four Thunder Bay organizations have agreed to keep the Wilderness Discovery Resort For the ...

Minneapolis man reflects on adoption story

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A recent incident of a baby boy left at the Cathedral of St. Paul and found by a church custodian has reminded a Minneapolis man of the start of his own life. A church janitor found Dann Lickness on the doorstep of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Minneapolis on July 7, ...

Uncertainty over Vikings stadium leadership after dustup

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's some uncertainty over who will run the Minnesota Vikings' new stadium after a dustup over the oversight authority's use of luxury suites culminated in the exit of two top officials. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority ...

Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ is at root of Flint water crisis

By JEFF KAROUB Associated Press FLINT, Mich. — “Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights Commission report issued Friday. The report says the ...