MN State News

Small plane crash in northwestern Minnesota kills 3 people

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say three people from Wyoming are dead after a small plane crash in northwestern Minnesota. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office identified the victims as 69-year-old Moy Wing, 27-year-old Brian Duke and 26-year-old Zach Ostertag, all from ...

Mound man accused in $1 million Ponzi scheme pleads guilty

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Minnesota man accused of bilking investors of more than $1 million has pleaded guilty. Authorities say 30-year-old Jeremy Lundin, of Mound, ran a Ponzi scheme from December 2014 through May 2017 through his company, Big Island Capital. He ...

Minnesota researchers study effects of insecticide on birds

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota researchers are examining how wild birds are affected by eating crop seeds treated with insecticide. Julia Ponder at the University of Minnesota's Raptor Center has been testing various doses of neonicotinoid insecticide on chickens. She's found that the ...

Minnesota food pantries get produce from individuals farmers

MARSHALL, Minn. (AP) — Food organizations that operate pantries in recent years have placed greater emphasis on fresh produce, relying on a variety of sources including the good will of individual gardeners in southwestern Minnesota. Farmer Dennis Stelter, 83, donated about 1,000 pounds of ...

8 injured in early-morning apartment fire in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eight people were injured, including three firefighters, in an early-morning apartment fire in St. Paul. None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening. KSTP-TV reports that firefighters rescued four people from the blaze, which was reported early Saturday ...

Minneapolis nurse accused of stealing drugs from VA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities are accusing a Minneapolis nurse of stealing drugs from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center on 34 separate days. Forty-two-year-old Matthew Leininger is charged in Hennepin County with five counts of theft by swindle. Authorities say the stolen drugs included ...

Mediation falls apart in GOP’s veto battle with Dayton

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders abruptly abandoned closed-door mediation sessions on Friday, pitching their monthslong legal battle over the governor's veto of House and Senate budgets back to the courts. The two ...

Minnesota reinsurance gets OK, but funding questions linger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton says the nation's top federal health care official has signed off on Minnesota's new program to help lower insurance rates. State lawmakers created a $542 million reinsurance program this year that's expected to lower premiums in 2018 by as much as 20 ...

Secretary of state: Russians targeted Minnesota elections

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Federal officials say hackers working for the Russian government targeted the Minnesota secretary of state's website leading up to the 2016 election but did not break in. Minnesota was one of 21 states notified Friday of attempted Russian hacking. Minnesota Secretary ...

Jeb Bush tells St. Cloud crowd he won’t run for major office

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has told a crowd at Saint John's University that he feels he can still play a role in politics even though he doesn't plan to run for a major political office again. Bush spoke at the school Thursday, the St. Cloud Times reported . Bush ...

Officials optimistic ahead of Minnesota duck opener Saturday

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited are optimistic about the waterfowl season in Minnesota, which starts a half-hour before sunrise Saturday. The DNR estimates that about 50,000 duck and ...

St. Cloud considers raising tobacco purchase age

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — St. Cloud could be the next city to raise the minimum age to buy tobacco products to 21, a move the mayor doesn't support. The City Council is expected to set a date for a public hearing on the matter at its meeting Monday. State law prohibits the sale of tobacco and ...

Drought affects duck hunting wetlands in the Northern Plains

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — When duck hunters in the Northern Plains take to the field this fall, they will find fewer wetlands where they can set up their blinds and float their decoys following a summer of devastating drought. The number of duck-hunting ...

Several hundred gather to remember student killed in crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Several hundred people gathered at the University of St. Thomas campus to mourn the death of a student killed in a car crash that has resulted in criminal charges against her boyfriend. Ria Patel's relatives, friends and fellow students met near the arches leading into ...

Minneapolis council reaches agreement with ex-police chief

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council has approved a separation agreement with the city's former police chief, who resigned in July after a police officer fatally shot an Australian woman. The council approved the $183,000 agreement Wednesdsay with Janee Harteau. It doesn't include ...

Bloomington OKs purchase of farm site for World Fair bid

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A farm near the Mall of America could become the site of a World's Fair event. Bloomington city officials voted Tuesday to buy the Kelley Farm property for $32 million to be a possible site for Expo 2023. The Star Tribune reports the 59-acre property sits between ...

Missing girl found safe after massive search in SE Minnesota

NERSTRAND, Minn. (AP) — A missing 4-year-old girl is safely home after a massive community search in southeastern Minnesota. Sawyer Hanson was playing in the yard of her family's farm near Nerstrand around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when she wandered off. Her father and aunt looked for her but became ...

Minnesota reaching deadline to get insurance rate approval

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is running out of time to receive the federal government's approval of its plan to lower health insurance premiums next year. The $542 million reinsurance proposal would keep premiums purchased through the state exchange about 20 percentage points lower next ...

3 arrested in St. Paul school fight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A lockdown at St. Paul Central High School has ended with the arrest of three teens. Police were called to the school about 10:15 a.m. Monday on a report of a fight and a possible gun. Authorities say they recovered a soft pellet gun and two knives. No one was hurt ...

Minneapolis chief: Body camera use up after policy change

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officers are using their body cameras more than they did before the department changed its policy following the July shooting death of an Australian woman, the city's police chief said Monday, but one City Council member says an internal audit shows use ...