MN State News

Judge dismisses challenge to Winona County’s frack sand ban

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a challenge to Winona County's ban on industrial frack sand mining. Minnesota Sands, a company with leases on thousands of acres in southeastern Minnesota, along with a group of landowners sued the county. The landowners contend the 2016 ordinance ...

Minnesota corn harvest advances to 90 percent complete

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota farmers have now harvested about 90 percent of the state's corn crop as the season approaches its close. In its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that producers took advantage of 5.4 days ...

Minnesota man sentenced to 10 years for $2M Bakken fraud

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for stealing $2 million from investors hoping to make money off North Dakota's oil boom. A federal judge sentenced 51-year-old Ronald David Johnson of Corcoran on Monday. A jury in June found Johnson ...

New allegation against Franken, this time met with silence

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A woman says Al Franken pulled her in tightly and put his hand on her buttocks in 2010 while posing for a picture at the Minnesota State Fair, the second allegation of improper conduct against the Democrat and first involving his time as a senator. Lindsay Menz told ...

Franken tells woman in letter he’s ‘ashamed’ of himself

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken has written a letter to the woman who accused him of forcibly kissing and groping her, saying he is ashamed of his actions and apologizes. Los Angeles radio host Leeann Tweeden read the letter Friday ...

Minneapolis downtown corridor reopens after construction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A downtown corridor in Minneapolis has reopened after more than two years of construction that cost $50 million. Nicollet Mall reopened Nov. 16, the Star Tribune reported . The area had been closed to vehicles since July 15. Construction added nearly 250 trees, new LED ...

University of Minnesota works to prevent sexual assault

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is rolling out a multi-step initiative next year aimed at preventing sexual misconduct by changing campus culture. The plan was created by a task force University President Eric Kaler created in response to growing sexual misconduct concerns, ...

Grassley alters Senate policy for 2 judicial nominees

By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is upending longstanding precedent on two judicial nominees. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said Thursday he's going ahead with confirmation hearings for two appellate court nominees, ...

Damage estimate released in adult bookstore arson fire

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an arson fire at an adult bookstore in St. Cloud caused about $380,000 in damage. Fire officials say about $55,000 in damage was done to the building, and about $325,000 in furniture and inventory was lost in the blaze at the Pure Pleasure store ...

Hunter missing in Minnesota finds own way back using compass

COOK, Minn. (AP) — A missing hunter in northern Minnesota prompted a search involving officials with multiple agencies, before the hunter made his way back on his own using a compass. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office says the man got lost while hunting with others on Thursday. The ...

In Minnesota, Franken feels heat _ but no broad call to quit

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken faces a certain ethics complaint in Congress but uncertainty among party leaders and voters in his home state — most stopping short of calling for his resignation — after a Los Angeles radio anchor accused ...

St. Louis Park man pleads guilty to impersonating an officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Louis Park man has pleaded guilty to impersonating a federal officer. Authorities say 24-year-old Aron Shamilov in March fabricated a letter purportedly written by an FBI special agent in an attempt to explain a low credit score when he tried to lease an ...

Minnesota’s top insurance regulator steps away

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state's top insurance regulator is stepping down from the job. Gov. Mark Dayton announced Friday that Department of Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman would step down immediately after more than six years on the job. He'll be replaced by Jessica Looman, who has ...

Minnesota Twins returning to longtime radio home WCCO-AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins are returning to WCCO Radio after 11 seasons on other Twin Cities stations. Twins games aired on WCCO-AM for the team's first 46 years in Minnesota. The 50,000-watt station's clear-channel status helped build the team's fan base across the upper ...

Minnesota governor’s residence Christmas tree harvested

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Christmas tree that will adorn the Minnesota governor's residence this year has been harvested. The state Department of Natural Resources says the 30-foot-tall white spruce was cut down Friday in the General C.C. Andrews State Forest, near Willow River. DNR staff ...

Loggers’ group sues to stop shutdown of biomass power plant

WALKER, Minn. (AP) — The Associated Contract Loggers and Truckers of Minnesota have sued to block closure of a biomass power plant in Benson. The plant burns wood chips and turkey litter. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in Cass County, says a shutdown would hurt the environment and cost ...

Franken apologizes to woman who says he kissed, groped her

By MATTHEW DALY and JULIET LINDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Minnesota Sen. Al Franken personally apologized to the woman who has accused him of forcibly kissing her and groping her during a 2006 USO tour, saying he remembers their encounter differently but is "ashamed that my ...

Minnesota man charged with fatally running over girlfriend

WATERTOWN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have charged a 42-year-old Watertown man who allegedly killed his live-in girlfriend by running her over with his truck. Casey Belden Hoskins is charged with criminal vehicular homicide in the death of 33-year-old Jessica Ludenia. According to the ...

Minnesota doctors face opioid prescribing limits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota task force has set new limits on opioid prescriptions by doctors who participate in the state's Medicaid program. The rule was adopted by the state's Opioid Prescribing Work Group on Thursday but won't take effect until they're approved by the state human ...

Supreme Court upholds Dayton veto of Legislature’s budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Thursday upheld Gov. Mark Dayton's line-item veto of the Legislature's operating budget, declining to referee a political dispute between two co-equal branches of government that it said could resolve the issue themselves. The 5-1 ...