MN State News

Minnesota lawmaker aims to make it harder to avoid vaccines

SAINT PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say almost 70 confirmed cases of measles have been reported in the state so far this year, and a state lawmaker is hoping to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children. Nearly 2,000 kindergartners weren't immunized ...

Authorities suspect weaving bus driver was high on drugs

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a bus driver accused of driving erratically while taking special-needs children to a suburban Twin Cities school might have been high on drugs. The Star Tribune reports (http://strib.mn/2qXO0US) that a witness called police about the bus driver having ...

Minnesota officials lower chemical limits in drinking water

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials have lowered exposure limits for some chemicals that have been in drinking water in the east metro area and Bemidji. The chemicals are known as PFOA and PFOS and were used at a 3M manufacturing site and dumped at sites in Washington ...

Body recovered from Mississippi is that of 52-year-old man

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A body recovered from the Mississippi River is that of a 52-year-old man missing for weeks, not the man who ran toward a river bluff after officers pulled him over in an SUV. Crews searched by boat and by air Monday for the man who abandoned the vehicle, ran away and ...

Minnesota lawmakers work overtime to finalize $46B budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota legislators went into overtime Tuesday to wrap up work on a $46 billion state budget and conclude a nearly five-month session, but slow progress on final spending agreements left lawmakers with no guarantee they'd meet even their extended deadline. Democratic ...

The Latest: Battle over labor laws could spark blowup

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the Minnesota Legislature's special session to finish its budget (all times local): 10:15 p.m. Republicans are trying to tempt Gov. Mark Dayton to sign a bill blocking cities from passing their own minimum wage hikes or sick leave policies. The ...

Cold, wet weather limits fieldwork for Minnesota farmers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A cold, wet week limited Minnesota farmers to less than three days suitable for fieldwork. But the weekly report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says even with those tough conditions, 39 percent of total spring wheat, barley and corn emerged. When conditions ...

Judge: Sound engineer can’t publish unreleased Prince tracks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A sound engineer who worked with Prince is barred from publishing or disseminating any unreleased recordings that compromise the late superstar's work. George Ian Boxill worked with Prince on five tracks in 2006 and made at least one recording — "Deliverance" — ...

Special session looms with major budget bills still pending

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Legislature raced toward a midnight deadline on Monday with waning hope of completing a budget on time, as Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka conceded lawmakers may need an overtime session to finish passing budget bills. The Legislature worked around the ...

Clock ticking for Minnesota lawmakers on budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With just over 24 hours remaining, the Minnesota Legislature finally broke the budget logjam Sunday night, sending several budget bills to Gov. Mark Dayton as the Democratic governor and Republican leaders worked to iron out their remaining disputes that could delay a ...

GOP plans to send Dayton second round of budget bills

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Republican legislative leaders plan to make a second attempt at passing a budget that Gov. Mark Dayton hasn't approved, a maneuver that will test both the Democratic governor's resolve and the state's recent streak of ...

District investigating after yearbook comment about Trump

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota school district is investigating — and apologizing — after comments published in a high school yearbook sparked angry criticism on social media. One of the comments in the Brainerd High School yearbook appeared on a page about noteworthy events, ...

Dayton names day in honor of No. 1 Minnesota softball team

Dayton names day in honor of No. 1 Minnesota softball team ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has named a day in honor of the University of Minnesota's softball team. The Gophers are entering the NCAA Tournament as the top-ranked team in the country, with a 54-3 record during the ...

Judge confirms Prince’s 6 siblings as heirs to his estate

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge confirmed Prince's six siblings to be his rightful heirs in a ruling released Friday, bringing them a big step closer to collecting their shares of the music legend's multimillion-dollar estate. Carver County District Judge Kevin ...

State lawmaker robbed at gunpoint

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state legislator is OK after being robbed at gunpoint in St. Paul. Police say Rep. Dennis Smith, of Maple Grove, was walking on Grand Ave. in St. Paul Thursday night when he was approached by a gunman. The suspect pointed the gun at Smith and demanded his wallet and ...

5 more carfentanil deaths identified in Hennepin County

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Hennepin County medical examiner has attributed five additional overdose deaths to the powerful opioid carfentanil. The opioid is relatively new to Minnesota and is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 stronger than fentanyl. The drug is used as a ...

Unemployment rates hit record lows in 3 states

By JOSH BOAK, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — Solid hiring nationwide led unemployment rates to touch record lows in three U.S. states last month. Unemployment rates declined in 10 states in April, increased in one — Massachusetts — and held relatively stable in the other 39, the ...

American Crystal Sugar union members approve new contract

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Union workers at American Crystal Sugar Company have approved a new labor contract. WDAY-TV (http://bit.ly/2qyGkI7 ) reports the agreement covers about 1,200 employees at sugar refinery plants in Moorhead, Crookston and East Grand Forks, Minnesota and Hillsboro and ...

Consecutive life sentences upheld for store killing suspect

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld three consecutive life sentences with the possibility of release for a man who was a teenager when prosecutors say he killed three people in a Minneapolis market in 2010. Mahdi Hassan Ali originally received a mandatory ...

Legislature finally OKs upgraded IDs, averting travel woes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature approved a bill Wednesday that would upgrade state driver's licenses to meet new federal standards required for domestic flights, advancing critical legislation that would avert potential travel disruptions after years of debate. Lawmakers ...