MN State News

Legislative auditor will investigate PolyMet water permit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor will investigate concerns over how state regulators handled an important water quality permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. Rep. Rick Hansen, who chairs the Legislative Audit Commission and a House environment committee, ...

18-year-old arrested in brutal killing of activist in 2015

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have arrested an 18-year-old man in the brutal killing of a Minneapolis activist in 2015. The man was 14 at the time of Susan Spiller's murder. His name is not being released and authorities could say little Tuesday because he was charged as a ...

Minnesota appeals court orders hearing on PolyMet permit

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A district court must determine if state environmental regulators improperly sought to suppress a federal agency's serious concerns about the pollution risks arising from a proposed copper-nickel mine in northern Minnesota, the state ...

Judge tosses ex-Minnesota players’ suit against university

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by nine former University of Minnesota football players who claimed their rights were violated after a woman alleged she was the victim of a gang rape in 2016. The Star Tribune reports that U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank ...

Man charged with impersonating federal agent to be released

By TIM TALLEY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that the spokesman for a group of armed civilians that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border will be released to a halfway house in New Mexico while he faces charges that he impersonated a federal agent there. U.S. ...

Hawaii skydiving crash victims included young couple, sailor

By CALEB JONES and AUDREY McAVOY Associated Press HONOLULU (AP) — All 11 people on board a skydiving plane died when it crashed and burned at a small airfield north of Honolulu last week. It was the worst civilian aviation accident in the U.S. since 2011. The Honolulu Medical Examiner's ...

Minnesota man to be sentenced for 1983 rape, homicide

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man whose conviction for the 1983 rape and killing of a Minneapolis teenager was made possible by DNA evidence is being sentenced Tuesday. A Hennepin County judge last month found 64-year-old Darrell Rea guilty of the death of 17-year-old Laurie Mesedahl, whose body was ...

Alcohol suspected in Minnesota crash that injured 5

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities say alcohol may have been a factor in a two-vehicle crash that injured five people near Pelican Rapids. The Minnesota State Patrol says a pickup truck failed to yield the right-of-way at Highway 59 at about 9 p.m. Sunday when it pulled in ...

Officials: Minnesota man drowned swimming at Iowa campground

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man drowned while swimming at a northwest Iowa campground. Rock Valley police say 31-year-old Anthony Boyenga went under the water Saturday afternoon while swimming with his children at the Rivers Bend Campground beach. A driver called to ...

Norm Coleman escapes boat crash ‘a little shaken’ but OK

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman says he's OK after a boat crash on a northern Minnesota lake. Coleman posted on his Facebook page that he was fishing on Lake Ada near Park Rapids on Saturday when another boat broadsided his. Coleman wrote that he leapt into the water ...

Prosecutors say member of armed border group is flight risk

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man who has been spokesman for a group of armed civilians that patrols the U.S.-Mexico border is a flight risk and should remain jailed on accusations of impersonating a federal agent. A grand jury in New Mexico indicted 44-year-old James ...

New Minnesota laws target marital rape, wage theft, opiates

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Starting July 1, Minnesotans who rape their spouses can be charged with sexual assault, wage theft becomes a crime and drug manufacturers will help shoulder the state's costs of responding to the opioid epidemic. Those are some of the ...

Member of armed border group charged with impersonation

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — A man who has been a spokesman for a small group of armed civilians patrolling the U.S.-Mexico border was charged with impersonating a U.S. officer or employee. An indictment returned Wednesday by a grand jury in New Mexico charged James Christopher Benvie, 44, of ...

Minneapolis light-rail foes worry about Minnesota state bee

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The group managing construction of a $2 billion light-rail project between Minneapolis and southwestern suburbs is receiving stinging criticism about the well-being of Minnesota's newly anointed state bee. The rusty patched bumblebee nests, feeds and winters along part of ...

Minneapolis man imprisoned for groping women at Iowa college

WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — A Minneapolis man has been imprisoned for roaming a dorm at a northeast Iowa college and touching sleeping students. Bremer County District Court records say 23-year-old Bryan Malone was sentenced Monday to more than 14 years. He'd pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and ...

Ex-Minnesota grain elevator manager gets 8 years in swindle

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — The former manager of a western Minnesota grain elevator has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison for a swindle that cost his employer millions of dollars. Fifty-six-year-old Jerry Hennessey of Dalton pleaded guilty in February to mail fraud and tax ...

Jury awards $585K to Minnesota officer over license lookups

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal jury in Minnesota has awarded $585,000 to a police officer who alleged that 58 fellow officers from the Minneapolis Police Department broke a federal privacy law by searching for her driver's license data without a lawful purpose. The jury returned its ...

DFL volunteer resigns over tweet aimed at Emmer’s Marine son

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A volunteer for Minnesota's Sixth Congressional District DFL committee has resigned after posting a tweet in which he suggested Marines are murderers. The state DFL Party said Laine Scheuble resigned Friday. Scheuble had been responding to a tweet by Republican U.S. Rep. ...

Think tank official suspended for Somali American comments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota think tank official has been suspended for comments she made about Somali Americans in a New York Times story. The story with the comments from Kim Crockett, vice president and general counsel of the conservative Center of the American Experiment, was published ...

Wilderness Society sues Trump administration over mine rules

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Wilderness Society is suing the Trump administration to try to force the release of documents on its decision to lift restrictions on mining upstream from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. The Trump administration last year canceled a ...