MN State News

Sun Country Airlines to cut 350 Twin Cities ground workers

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Sun Country Airlines is cutting 350 workers from its ground service operations at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The Eagan-based company told employees Tuesday it will contract those jobs out to Global Aviation Services Inc. Executives say the move will make ...

Minnesota reports 116,000 jump in uninsured

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The number of Minnesota residents without health insurance jumped by 116,000 in the past two years, the state Department of Health said Tuesday. A biennial survey by the department and the University of Minnesota School of Public Health found that the uninsured rate rose ...

Jury acquits Minneapolis officer who shot at car

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury on Tuesday acquitted a Minneapolis police officer who shot at a car full of club-goers nearly two years ago. The Hennepin County jury deliberated over two days before finding officer Efrem Hamilton not guilty of second-degree assault and intentional discharge of a ...

3M to pay $850 million to settle suit over chemical disposal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — 3M Co. has agreed to pay the state of Minnesota $850 million to settle a major case alleging the manufacturer damaged natural resources and contaminated groundwater by disposing of chemicals over decades, Minnesota's attorney general announced Tuesday. The state was ...

4 key players will shape Minnesota’s legislative session

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All 201 legislators will soon return to the Minnesota Capitol, but three men and one woman will play an outsized role in setting the Legislature's course. The Legislature reconvenes Tuesday for a three-month session with plenty of work to do. Gov. Mark Dayton has set ...

Officials: Foul play not expected in pregnant woman’s death

AKELEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say they doubt that foul play was a factor in the death of a pregnant woman who was missing for more than two weeks before her body was found in the Chippewa National Forest. The body of 27-year-old Kara Blevins was found Saturday not far from her hometown of ...

Minnesota’s $5B case over 3M chemicals heads to trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials will soon try to convince a jury that manufacturer 3M Co. should pay the state $5 billion to help clean up environmental damage that the state alleges was caused by pollutants the company dumped for decades. The long-awaited trial begins Tuesday in ...

St. Paul teachers agreement leaves out many demands

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new tentative contract agreement between a Minnesota and its teachers would increase support staffing for some students and boost teacher wages, but it leaves many of the demands union leaders pushed for at the bargaining table unfulfilled. St. Paul school teachers ...

Black entrepreneur finds success with Minnesota tech firm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The founder of a thriving Twin Cities startup company is providing guidance to other black tech entrepreneurs in overcoming a dysfunctional home life on the path to success. Clarence Bethea founded Upsie, a technology company that sells warranties that undercut ...

Minnesota shelter to offer place for sex trafficking victims

WAITE PARK, Minn. (AP) — A home in central Minnesota is offering victims of sex trafficking a safe place to live. Terebinth Refuge in Waite Park will be able to house six people when it opens in April, The St. Cloud Times reported. The home will provide faith-centered services with a ...

Cats and coffee: Cat cafe opening in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis business is providing patrons with a place to sip coffee and play with rescue cats that are up for adoption. The Cafe Meow opened Feb. 16, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The cafe is divided into two areas: a coffee shop on one side and the cat lounge on the ...

Fixes for tax filing, license system on tap for session

By KYLE POTTER and YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers return to the Capitol on Tuesday with plenty of work to do and no guarantee they'll finish it. The Legislature's work will hinge on an updated estimate of the state's financial status that is due ...

Minnesota terror case shows challenge of predicting attacks

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — After Tnuza Jamal Hassan was stopped from flying to Afghanistan last September, she allegedly told FBI agents that she wanted to join al-Qaida and marry a fighter, and that she might even wear a suicide belt. She also said she was angry at ...

Teen struck and killed in St. Louis Park

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old boy has died after he was struck by two vehicles in a Minneapolis suburb. The Minnesota State Patrol says the boy was hit by a westbound car on Highway 7 in St. Louis Park last evening. He was propelled into eastbound traffic and ...

Day care owner pleads guilty to trying to kill toddler

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis day care owner has pleaded guilty to trying to kill a toddler in her home. Forty-three-year-old Nataliia Karia entered the plea to attempted murder and third-degree assault. She also pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular operation of a vehicle for hitting a ...

Report: Ex-employee source of Garrison Keillor allegations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The person who first accused the creator of "A Prairie Home Companion" of inappropriate conduct with a female employee was a disgruntled male staffer who spoke up after he was fired from the show last summer, according to a report published Friday. The Star Tribune ...

3 men accused of trying to export drone parts to Hezbollah

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, authorities announced Friday. The U.S. ...

1 man dead, another hospitalized after Sauk Rapids shooting

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Sauk Rapids police say one man is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting. Police responded to a report of gunshots just before 3 a.m. Friday. Two men were found with gunshot wounds. Both victims were taken to St. Cloud Hospital, but the St. Cloud Times ...

Minneapolis shooting kills 1 man, wounds another

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shooting in Minneapolis has killed one man and wounded another. Police were called to a shooting inside a residence in north Minneapolis at 11 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived and found one man dead. Shortly afterward police learned that a second man had arrived at North ...

Mall of America stabber sentenced to 15 years for attack

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 20-year-old Minneapolis man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for attacking two brothers at the Mall of America. Mahad Abdirahman was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty earlier to two counts of first-degree assault for the November knife attack at the ...