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Minnesota restaurants raised tabs to cover health insurance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of Minneapolis restaurants is planning to charge customers more in an effort to offset the rising cost of health insurance for employees. Restaurant owner Kim Bartmann has decided to add a 3 percent surcharge to customers' tabs starting Friday, the Star Tribune ...

Public memorial set for Australian woman killed by officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of an Australian woman who was killed by a Minneapolis police officer is planning a public memorial in her honor. A spokeswoman for Justine Damond's fiancé says a public memorial is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Aug. 11 at the Lake Harriet Band Shell in ...

Minneapolis police chief tightens officer body camera policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers will be required to have their body cameras on when they respond to calls and make traffic stops, the acting police chief announced Wednesday, following widespread criticism that two officers involved in the fatal shooting of a 911 caller had not ...

Minnesota high court: For-profit schools made illegal loans

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that two for-profit schools, Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business, issued illegal loans to students. The justices found that the schools issued the loans without proper licenses and with illegally high ...

Victim of Minneapolis stabbing dies, homicide charges filed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say a 31-year-old woman who was stabbed during a robbery earlier this month has died. The July 15 stabbing happened in a parking ramp. Forty-four-year-old Benjamin Love was arrested in the case, and charges against him were upgraded Wednesday to include ...

Northern Minnesota reservation struggles with drug epidemic

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Tribal leaders of a northern Minnesota reservation have declared its heroin and opiate epidemic a public health emergency. Red Lake Indian Reservation tribal leaders are seeking outside help to deal with the crisis and are considering banishing tribal members who are ...

Fatal boat crash investigated in St. Louis County

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal boat crash on a northeastern Minnesota lake. St. Louis County sheriff's officials say four people were on a boat that struck a dock and boat lift on Dinham Lake in Ellsberg Township Saturday about 11 p.m. Fifty-four-year-old Ann ...

Former GOP party chair Downey enters 2018 race for governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's former Republican party chairman is running for governor. Keith Downey announced his 2018 campaign for the open seat on Monday. Downey is a former state representative who recently left the state party after serving two terms as its chairman. But he's ...

Dayton appeals ruling on legislative funding veto

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is appealing a judge's ruling that struck down his veto of the Legislature's operating funding. Dayton zeroed out budgets for the House and Senate this spring while signing the remainder of a $46 billion budget. The Democratic governor wanted to use ...

Police investigate shootings deaths of Winona couple

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting deaths of a Winona couple. Authorities say officers responded to a 911 call just before 3:30 a.m. Monday from a man who said he had struggled with a girlfriend over a handgun. He said the firearm went off and that she was struck in ...

Minnesota agency collects more data on health of watersheds

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has spent years documenting and monitoring all 80 of Minnesota's major watersheds in order to gain data about the health of the state's rivers, lakes and streams. Pollution control agency staff members are now revisiting places ...

Authorities charge driver who crashed into Metro Transit bus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities filed felony charges Monday against a Minneapolis man whose car sliced through the midsection of a Metro Transit bus in St. Paul on Friday, killing a father of six adult children including a daughter he was supposed to walk down the aisle at her wedding this ...

Warrant: Woman “slapped” squad car before police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman approached the back of a Minneapolis police car and "slapped" it shortly before an Australian woman was shot and killed by an officer, according to a search warrant filed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The search warrant obtained by Minnesota ...

Minnesota researchers make progress in fish cryopreservation

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota have made a breakthrough in the cryopreservation of fish, which could help preserve species and repopulate the ocean. Researchers are using gold nanoparticles and lasers to freeze and thaw live fish embryos, the Minnesota Daily ...

Police: Minnesota man sets off firework in Grand Forks bar

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota man has been arrested for allegedly setting off a large firework in a North Dakota bar while it was full of people. The Grand Forks Police Department says the incident occurred early Sunday morning. Police say the 20-year-old Crookston man ...

Fire at Minneapolis hotel under construction ruled arson

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials say the cause of a fire at a hotel that's still under construction has been ruled to be arson. The Minneapolis Fire Department says crews responded to the fire early Sunday morning at the hotel site on West Lake Street. Officials found debris on fire ...

Basketball Hall of Famer John Kundla dies at 101

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Before Phil Jackson and Pat Riley, before Gregg Popovich and Larry Brown, even before Red Auerbach, there was John Kundla. Kundla, the Hall of Fame coach who led the Minneapolis Lakers to five NBA championships, died Sunday. He was 101. Son Tom Kundla said his father died ...

Minnesota researchers try to find what makes a perfect smile

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota went to the Minnesota State Fair to discover what makes the perfect smile Sofia Lyford-Pike a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and assistant professor at the university went to the 2015 Minnesota State Fair to see what ...

Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt relents on pay raises

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota House Speaker Kurt Daudt says he will authorize legislative pay raises for his colleagues in the House. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/2tpy4Jg ) the Republican made the decision Friday, and a day after two state legislators sued alleging that he ...

92-year-old Minnesota man keeps up passion for running

CHAMPLIN, Minn. (AP) — A 92-year-old Minnesota man still runs three to four miles about four times a week. John Keston has 53 marathons under his belt, KARE-TV (http://kare11.tv/2v688TC ) reported. Born in England in 1924, he served in World War II and didn't discover running until later in ...