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Sheriff: Wisconsin man shot in Minnesota dies

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin man has died after being shot in northeastern Minnesota. Carlton County Sheriff Kelly Lake said Monday that 57-year-old Andrew Gokee of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, died of his injury. A 32-year-old man from Bayfield, Wisconsin, remains in ...

Senate approves bill toughening release of sex offenders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Senate approved a measure Monday that raises the bar for when sex offenders and people with mental illness can be released from treatment centers, amid worries that hundreds of potentially dangerous patients may be discharged from programs if lawmakers ...

Judge: Enbridge Line 3 project should follow existing route

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota regulators should approve Enbridge Energy's proposal for replacing its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline only if it follows the existing route rather than company's preferred route, an administrative law judge recommended Monday. The proposal has drawn strong ...

Prince heirs sue Illinois hospital over care during overdose

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince's heirs have sued Walgreens and the Illinois hospital that treated the music superstar after he suffered from an opioid overdose, alleging that a doctor and various pharmacists failed to provide Prince with reasonable care, contributing to his death. The ...

Jackpot: Once-dismal electronic pulltabs are a hit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota took a gamble and lost in 2012 when it launched electronic pulltabs as a novel way to pay for the $1.1 billion Minnesota Vikings stadium — the promised stream of millions in revenue that one lawmaker repeatedly derided as "fairies and foo-foo dust" was ...

Minnesota family seeks overseas treatment for child

ROSE CREEK, Minn. (AP) — A southeastern Minnesota family is turning to treatment overseas for a 2-year-old girl diagnosed with a genetic disorder that affects the lymphatic system and causes swelling and pain. Cora Jean Rubin was diagnosed with congenital lymphedema, which affects how lymph ...

Poll: Majority of Minnesotans support stricter US gun laws

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new Star Tribune Minnesota Poll finds a majority of Minnesotans favor tighter gun laws in the U.S. The poll finds support for tougher gun control strongest among women and residents of Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Sixty-five percent of women favored stricter gun control ...

Minnesota social worker tries auto repair to tackle poverty

By EVAN FROST, Minnesota Public Radio ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's not a lot of overlap in the skills of social workers and car mechanics, but that didn't stop one Twin Cities social worker from opening an auto repair garage. The Minnesota Public Radio reports that Cathy Heying launched ...

Son now manages mother’s Earth Day Run legacy

By STEPHANIE DICKRELL, St. Cloud Times ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Nineteen years ago, Evin Haukos was a preteen, helping his mom execute the first Earth Day Half-Marathon in St. Cloud. Now, he's the one making it happen. Each year, the event draws 10,000 people to the St. Cloud area, ...

University of Minnesota studying where to build loon center

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota and the National Loon Center Foundation are working to build a center for loon education and conservation. The university's Department of Applied Economics is conducting a feasibility study to see if the national loon center should be built in ...

UMN partnership uses beer, nuts to preserve rainforest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Paul brewing company that uses a Central American nut in its beer production is partnering with conservationists to raise awareness about rainforest conservation efforts. Dave Wilsey, director of University of Minnesota's Master of Development Practice program, ...

Man killed after suspect fleeing police struck his vehicle.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police say a 41-year-old man was killed when a man fleeing police crashed into his vehicle. The Star Tribune reports the 26-year-old suspect suffered noncritical injuries in the late Friday night crash. Police say he was arrested on suspicion of criminal ...

Feehan, Hagedorn get party nods in Minnesota’s 1st District

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans and Democrats in Minnesota's 1st District have picked their candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Democrat Tim Walz. The Faribault Daily News reports Democrats picked Dan Feehan at the party's endorsing convention Saturday in Le Sueur. Just a few ...

Woman suspected in Minnesota, Florida deaths caught in Texas SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — A tip-off in a Texas resort town led to the arrest of a woman who investigators believe killed her husband in Minnesota then fled to Florida, where she fatally shot her doppelganger with the ...

House looks to revamp sexual harassment, workplace rules

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House of Representatives is considering sweeping changes to their decades-old discrimination and sexual harassment policies. The push to revamp the internal policies came after sexual misconduct allegations against two state lawmakers who resigned last ...

The Latest: Minnesota preparing case against murder suspect

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a woman suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman in Florida (all times local): 3 p.m. A county sheriff in Minnesota says his office is preparing charges to build what he calls "the strongest case" against a woman ...

Minnesota school bus driver removed after leading prayer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis-area church pastor who also drives a school bus says his rights to free speech and to practice his religion were violated when he was taken off his route for leading students in prayer. It is not the first time George Nathaniel, 54, has faced consequences for ...

Minnesota judge orders release of files in Wetterling case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has ordered the release of state files on the 27-year investigation into the kidnapping and murder of Jacob Wetterling. Stearns County officials had planned to release the case file after Danny Heinrich confessed to the 1989 abduction and killing of ...

Minnesota students walk out of class, call for gun control

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of students from Minnesota walked out of class and onto the Capitol steps in St. Paul to demand stricter gun laws. Waving signs and chanting "Enough is enough" and "Books not bullets," the students appealed to the Legislature to enact new gun-control measures ...

Investigation says Prince was isolated, addicted and in pain

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Prince had to be revived from a drug overdose a week before his death, one friend told the musical superstar that he needed to stop taking painkillers. But Prince said he couldn't — his hands hurt so much that if he quit, he'd have ...