MN State News

Police searching for missing St. Cloud State student

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have been searching the Mississippi River and its banks in St. Cloud for a missing college student. Police say 21-year-old St. Cloud State University student Jesse Aaron Dady (DAY'-dee) was last seen in downtown St. Cloud at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. On ...

Another lawsuit seeks to block PolyMet mine land exchange

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Environmentalists have filed another lawsuit seeking to prevent the U.S. Forest Service from swapping land for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. PolyMet needs the land for its mine near Babbitt. The deal calls for trading 6,650 acres of ...

Austin police officer won’t be charged in fatal shooting

Austin police officer won't be charged in fatal shooting AUSTIN, Minn. (AP) — An Austin police officer won't be charged in a fatal shooting. The Olmsted County Attorney's office said Monday Officer Chad Norman was justified when he shot Ronald Dean Johnson. Norman, a 14-year police ...

Senate GOP proposes large cuts to social services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Senate Republicans said Monday that they want big cuts for many of Minnesota's social services programs, while state officials and Democrats believe that could harm families with unexpected pregnancies and those who receive medical assistance and social security. The ...

Light rail debate continues to divide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Southwest Light Rail Transit project would add a third leg to the Twin Cities' still-young train system, and link the populous and affluent southern and western suburbs to the jobs, education and entertainment of the city center. But a nearly $2 billion price tag ...

Authorities searching for tree vandals in Twin Cities park

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are looking for vandals who apparently are trying to kill trees in Lebanon Hills Regional Park in Eagan. The vandals have stripped bark from several trees in the southern Twin Cities park. The group Minnesota Off-Road Cyclists discovered the damage last week ...

Signs at University of Minnesota spur mixed reactions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Residents at of a student co-op at the University of Minnesota say signs they've been placing in their front yard about rape culture are drawing concern from fraternity members and gratitude from sexual assault survivors. The signs carry phrases such as "frat boys: stop ...

Wetterling abduction file could be made public soon

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The public may soon have its first look at the investigative file into the 1989 abduction of Jacob Wetterling. Stearns County officials are entering the final stages of redacting and copying thousands of pages of statements, tips and interview transcripts regarding ...

Teens wearing leggings barred from United flight

DENVER (AP) — Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday because they were wearing leggings, according to a spokesman for the airline. The girls, whose ages were not specified, were not allowed onto the morning ...

Poultry producers in Minnesota better prepared for bird flu

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is better prepared for a potential bird flu return after a devastating 2015 epidemic, according to poultry producers and experts. Poultry farmers are waiting as the early spring opens water on lakes and rivers, leading to the migration of wild birds that carry ...

Audit finds some welfare programs make eligibility errors

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor has found that some of the state's welfare programs do a poor job of making sure recipients are actually eligible for benefits. An audit released Friday looked at several federally funded programs that help low-income, elderly and ...

Victim’s husband appeals for calm after Wisconsin shooting

By TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The husband of one of four people killed in a string of shootings by a suspect who is Hmong urged community members not to "get caught up in colors" in reacting to the attack. Nengmy Vang, 45, is accused of launching a rampage that ...

Muslim civil rights group calls on public to fight bigotry

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Muslim civil rights group is calling on the broader public to join with their Muslim neighbors to help fight bigotry and hate. The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is holding an event Saturday to kick off a ...

Assistant principal accused of soliciting children for sex

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities allege an assistant principal at Bemidji Middle School posed online as a 13-year-old boy from Duluth to try to lure children into having sex. Thirty-four-year-old Brandon Bjerkness made his first court appearance Friday on two counts of soliciting children ...

Mayo Clinic expansion set to receive $585M in public funds

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Millions of dollars in state aid for the Mayo Clinic's expansion is expected to begin arriving in Rochester, Minnesota, this fall. The Legislature pledged about $585 million in tax money for the Destination Medical Center project in 2013, but the funds were on hold ...

Arson suspected in fire that destroyed old former church

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say arson is suspected in a fire that destroyed a former church near Little Falls in central Minnesota. Morrison County Sheriff Shawn Larsen says the fire at the Darling Church in Darling Township was reported around 3:15 a.m. Friday. When deputies ...

Mayo helps reunite boy battling cancer with lost teddy bear

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 5-year-old boy who briefly lost the teddy bear that has helped him through cancer treatment was reunited with his stuffed animal thanks to Mayo Clinic workers, a round of social media shares and a police escort. Aiden Remme, of Brewster, was undergoing his 60th ...

Man charged with leaving crash scene where friend died

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of driving drunk, crashing his car and leaving a passenger to die is facing criminal charges in northern Minnesota. Michael Washburn, a father of four, was thrown from the vehicle and killed along an Itasca County highway March 11. Authorities say the ...

Minnesota driver pleads guilty in death of Arizona teen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota driver has pleaded guilty in the death of a teenage pedestrian from Arizona. Prosecutors say 36-year-old Howard William Amos pleaded guilty Friday to one count of fleeing police, resulting in the death of 16-year-old Diana Garcia-Alvarado, of Phoenix. He'll be ...

Review of Minnesota police department includes traffic stops

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Traffic stops will be among the issues under review as a federal agency continues its assessment of a Minnesota police department that was involved in the fatal shooting of a black man last July. The city of St. Anthony announced Friday that the Department of Justice's ...