MN State News

Driver admits downing 10 tequila shots before fatal crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to killing two teenagers as he drove the wrong way down a highway last year. Twenty-seven-year-old Quoc Tran, of Osseo, entered his plea last week in Hennepin County court to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide. A jury trial had ...

Motorcyclist killed in crash with deer in northern Minnesota

CHISHOLM, Minn. (AP) — A motorcyclist was killed when he struck a deer head-on in northern Minnesota. The Minnesota State Patrol says the crash happened late Saturday on Highway 169 near Chisholm in St. Louis County. The crash threw 20-year-old Devin James Eskeli of Hibbing from his ...

Police recover puppy stolen from car in Chaska

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Police have recovered an 11-week-old puppy stolen from a car in Chaska. The Chaska Police Department said in a Facebook post on Sunday that the dog named Goldy has been recovered. Police say a suspect has been identified, and the investigation is still active. A woman ...

Somali-American candidate: Wants to ‘instill hope in people’

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The past 10 weeks have been a whirl for Ilhan Omar, who suddenly went from being famous for becoming the country's first Somali-American state legislator to being a likely shoo-in for the first Somali-American congresswoman. "It's been ...

Minnesota company gives ‘fur-ternity leave’ to pet parents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A digital marketing company in Minneapolis has adopted a new policy that it calls "fur-ternity" leave, allowing employees with new pets to work from home. Nina Hale's policy was inspired by senior accounts manager, Connor McCarthy, Minnesota Public Radio News ...

Minnesota Orchestra tours South Africa

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Orchestra's two-week tour of South Africa is taking its performances to audiences that may have never heard classical music before. Classical music was considered something for the nation's white elite under the apartheid regime that ruled South Africa ...

Minnesota Democrats endorse Ellison amid abuse allegation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are standing behind U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison and his bid for state attorney general, with the state party giving him an endorsement Saturday amid an allegation of domestic abuse from an ex-girlfriend. Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Chairman Ken Martin ...

Trump warnings grow from forgotten Republicans

By STEVE PEOPLES, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — The ranks of forgotten Republicans are growing. Some were forced out, such as Tim Pawlenty, a former two-term Minnesota governor who lost this week's bid for a political comeback. Some, such as the retiring Republican Sen. Bob Corker, chose ...

Body found in wildlife refuge creek; no foul play suspected

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say no foul play is suspected in the death of a man whose body was found in a creek at the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says deputies and Bloomington police officers responded to the scene about 8:30 ...

Northern Minnesota under air quality alert due to smoke

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents in the northern half of Minnesota are being warned about poor air quality due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. The state Pollution Control Agency has issued an air quality alert for the region through midday Sunday. Officials say the smoke is expected to reach ...

Willmar man pleads guilty to illegal arsenal of weapons

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Willmar man accused of illegally possessing a large cache of weapons has pleaded guilty in federal court. Forty-six-year-old Chad Monson was arrested during a Jan. 30 raid of his rural Kandiyohi County home by drug and gang task force agents. A federal grand jury in ...

Former St. Paul high school AD sentenced for stealing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a St. Paul school district while working as athletics director for Como Park Senior High has been sentenced to three years of probation and 500 hours of community service. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports ...

Minnesota cold case investigation involves digging on farm

HALLOCK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in far northwestern Minnesota are digging on a farm as they investigate a 22-year-old missing person case. WDAZ-TV reports that the Kittson County Sheriff's Office is using backhoes and cadaver dogs to search for clues in the disappearance of Becky Jo Look. ...

Citizen group sues St. Cloud over land sale to Costco

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A citizen group is suing St. Cloud for selling city park land to Costco for what it contends is less than fair market value. Costco Wholesale in late July purchased about 19 acres of Heritage Park for $3.5 million. The St. Cloud Times reports Citizens for Government ...

Minneapolis police department implements cameras on guns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A police force in a Minneapolis suburb is outfitting its officers with cameras mounted on their handguns amid calls for more transparency in police shootings. The West Hennepin County Safety Department said the cameras are significantly less expensive than body cameras. ...

Footage shows Minnesota man raised gun before police fired

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Police in St. Paul released body camera footage Friday that shows a man was armed with a gun before officers shot and killed him during an early morning confrontation. Officers Matthew Jones and Vincent Adams shot William James Hughes, 43, on an apartment building ...

Ellison: Ex-girlfriend should produce video of alleged abuse

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison said Friday he won't abandon his campaign for attorney general amid allegations that he once physically abused an ex-girlfriend and said if she claims to have a video of the incident she should produce it. Normally a constant and visible ...

Party chairman gives Ellison tepid backing amid allegation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Democrats are cautiously standing by Rep. Keith Ellison amid allegations from an ex-girlfriend that he once physically abused her, as the state's party chairman said Thursday he supported Ellison "at this point." Ellison won a crowded primary for attorney ...

Driver sentenced to nearly 3 years for playground crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An unlicensed driver was sentenced Thursday to nearly three years in prison for leading police on a chase that ended with the man plowing into a Minneapolis playground and injuring three young siblings. Kabaar Powell Jr., 27, of Richfield, was sentenced after pleading ...

Inmate facing new charges in prison guard’s hammer death

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A man in prison for murder has been indicted in the death of a Minnesota prison guard who was killed with a hammer. A grand jury returned the indictment on first-degree murder charges Tuesday against Edward Muhammad Johnson, 42. He's accused of killing Department of ...