MN State News

Ex-FBI agent gets 4 years in prison for leaking documents

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former FBI agent in Minnesota who admitted leaking classified internal documents to a reporter was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison. Terry James Albury, 39, pleaded guilty in April to one count each of unauthorized disclosure of national defense information ...

Filing: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison says ex-wife abused him

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Divorce records for Keith Ellison, who is fending off an allegation of abuse from an ex-girlfriend, contain no allegations that the Minnesota congressman physically abused his ex-wife. But Ellison said in a 2015 filing that Kim Ellison repeatedly hit him during their ...

Gnat-borne disease turns up in Minnesota deer for 1st time

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Animal health officials say a disease carried by gnats has turned up in Minnesota deer for the first time. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health confirmed the first cases of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease — or EHD — in a small herd of captive white-tailed deer in ...

Seventh Minnesota child contracts rare paralyzing illness

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A seventh child has been diagnosed with a rare, paralyzing illness that has seen an uptick in cases this year in the U.S., the Minnesota Department of Health said. The symptoms in the latest case match those of the other children in Minnesota who have been diagnosed ...

Keith Ellison’s ex-wife: Nothing in divorce file on abuse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-wife said Tuesday that divorce records set to be released this week contain sensitive information about her mental health and no indication of physical abuse, but an appeals court denied their bid to keep them private. Kim Ellison has ...

Chief justice stresses independence in Minnesota speech

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday stressed the need for the judicial branch to remain independent, taking note of the tumultuous debate over the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh to say that the high court makes mistakes when it yields to political ...

Housley compared Michelle Obama’s posture to a chimp in 2009

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Minnesota Senate hopeful Karin Housley's campaign said Monday that a 2009 Facebook post in which she compares Michelle Obama's posture to that of a chimpanzee was being taken out of context. Housley's comments about the former first lady were one of a ...

Medical examiner: Cousins died in accidental drowning

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — A medical examiner says two missing teenage cousins whose bodies were pulled from a pond in Chaska died of accidental drowning. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office on Monday identified the victims as Bushra Abdi and Zeynab Abdalla, both 19. Family members and friends ...

Health care budget woes await Minnesota’s next governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — While Democrat Tim Walz pushes for a public health care option and Republican Jeff Johnson aims to pare back parts of the Affordable Care Act, Minnesota's next governor will face a basic math question next year: How will the state keep paying for its programs? On the ...

University of Minnesota sees spike in reports of sex assault

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota report shows rising numbers of sexual assault reports on campus, but experts say that may be the result of increased awareness and not rising crime. The university's 2018 Safety and Security Report shows 19 reports of rape in 2017, up from 10 ...

Murray, Vikings trample Cardinals on way to 27-17 victory

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings played a back-to-the-basics game, leaning on Latavius Murray's powerful legs and a smothering defense that was in prime form. The Arizona Cardinals just couldn't keep up on either front. Murray helped the Vikings revive their running attack with a ...

Minnesota college offers Somali language classes

By MARK FISCHENICH, The Free Press NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A diverse set of foreign languages are taught at area colleges, but until last month they didn't include one of the languages most frequently spoken in the region. Students in various courses at Minnesota State University could ...

Minnesota teen recovering after bike accident

By MARY DIVINE, Pioneer Press LAKE ELMO, Minn. (AP) — Rowan Malmberg was biking to her boyfriend's house one morning this summer when she thought she could dash across Lake Elmo Avenue and beat a semitractor-trailer that was headed north. She couldn't. The truck driver slammed on his ...

Minneapolis landlords to pay $18.5 million to settle suit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Court documents show that two Minneapolis landlords accused of improper licensing and other violations have agreed to pay out $18.5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed by their tenants. The Star Tribune reports that the settlement was filed Friday involving ...

Minnesota college reviews Greek policy after student death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is re-examining its Greek life policy following the second alcohol-related death of a campus fraternity member within a year. The university launched a review into the campus' Greek organization policies last month in response to the death of ...

Retired priest who admitted to molesting children dies at 97

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — A retired priest accused in more than 130 sexual abuse lawsuits and who admitted to molesting children on Guam has died. The Pacific Daily News reports the Archdiocese of Agana says Louis Brouillard, who was ordained on Guam in 1948, died Wednesday in his native ...

Isle Royale wolf relocation project wraps up for the year

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials at Isle Royale National Park say they've wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population. Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior park. A fifth wolf ...

Charges won’t be filed against Detroit Lakes police chief

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will not file charges over a confrontation last summer between Detroit Lakes Police Chief Steve Todd and a 12-year-old boy. KFGO radio reports that the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigated a claim that Todd grabbed the boy around ...

Shuttered pioneer coal-fired power plant demolished

STANTON, N.D. (AP) — A coal-fired power plant that operated for half a century before being closed last year was demolished in 30 seconds. Great River Energy imploded the Stanton Station in Mercer County on Thursday morning, using explosives to bring down the 270-foot concrete stack and the ...

Change-of-plea set for man accused of attacking priest

TOWNER, N.D. (AP) — A Minnesota man charged with attacking a priest in North Dakota is scheduled to change his not guilty plea. Forty-three-year-old Chad Legare, of Alexandria, Minnesota, is accused of assaulting the Rev. Robert Wapenski Jan. 30 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in ...