MN State News

Snowmobiler’s body recovered from lake in McLeod County

WINSTED, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have recovered the body of a snowmobiler who went underwater on a lake in central Minnesota. The McLeod County Sheriff's Office says emergency responders found the body of 52-year-old Lawrence Stifter of Winsted in Winsted Lake on Thursday afternoon. The ...

Storm dumps up to 11 inches of snow in southern Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — People across southern Minnesota are digging out from the first major snowstorm of the season. The National Weather Service says the storm dumped 11 inches of snow on Sherburn and near Lakefield as of Sunday morning. Winnebago reports 9 inches of snow, Mankato 8 inches and ...

Minnesota church ends 70-year tradition of lutefisk dinner

FOREST LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota church has ended its 70-year tradition of serving a dinner of lutefisk, a Nordic dish of dried cod soaked in lye, and the pastor has penned a eulogy for the dinner's end. Faith Lutheran Church in Forest Lake, Minnesota, would serve a Scandinavian dinner ...

Too much talk, too few catches for Vikings receiver Thielen

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Vikings receiver Adam Thielen was so revved up about some potential Patriots skullduggery during the fourth quarter that an official had to hold him back from New England coach Bill Belichick on the sideline. But after the game, Thielen walked back his behavior and ...

Mental health issues, sex assault reports up among students

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new study shows that University of Minnesota students are reporting sexual assault and depression on campus at an increased rate. The Minnesota Daily reports that the College Student Health Survey found a significant surge in students reporting mental health issues and ...

Duluth woman found dead near her snow-covered vehicle

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The body of a woman missing for more than two weeks has been found in Lake County. The Pioneer Press reports the Lake County sheriff's office on Wednesday located the body of 57-year-old Janeen Bauer Peters, about 500 yards from her vehicle near County Road 2 and south ...

Remains of soldier MIA from Korean War identified

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — The remains of a Minnesota soldier was reported missing in action in North Korea 68 years ago have been identified. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says Army Master Sgt. Carl H. Lindquist of Willmar was identified by research that included DNA, dental records and ...

Ex-Sen. Al Franken takes first steps back into public arena

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Nearly a year after he resigned his U.S. Senate seat amid sexual misconduct allegations, Al Franken is testing whether he can make a comeback in the #MeToo era. The former "Saturday Night Live" funnyman released a podcast on health ...

Minnesota exports continue growth trend in third quarter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials say Minnesota's agricultural, mining and manufacturing exports grew 6½ percent to $5.7 billion between July and the end of September. It marks the seventh consecutive quarter of growth. The Department of Employment and Economic Development says the ...

Man in custody, accused of fatally stabbing mother

BENA, Minn. (AP) — A 34-year-old man is in custody after the death of his mother was ruled a homicide in north central Minnesota. Authorities say the 54-year-old woman was stabbed multiple times at a residence in Bena. Cass County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene about 6:30 a.m. ...

Minnesota DNR says diversion decision at least a month away

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says its decision on issuing permits for the Red River diversion project in the Fargo-Moorhead area should happen in late December or early January. The DNR in October 2016 denied a permit for the original project, leading a ...

Another fire breaks out in homeless Minneapolis encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Another fire has broken out at a large homeless encampment in Minneapolis. Authorities say the fire Friday morning involved six tents. There are no reports of injuries. Fire officials say there were reports of propane cylinders exploding before firefighters arrived. It's ...

Prosecutors seek new charge against Minneapolis officer

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an Australian woman seek to charge him with a more serious murder count, alleging he intended to cause her death. In a court filing dated Thursday, ...

2 Minneapolis cops on leave after ‘despicable’ holiday decor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers were placed on paid leave Friday after their apparent involvement in Christmas tree decorations that the city's mayor called "despicable." The Christmas tree at a precinct station on the city's North Side was decorated with items such as ...

1 year in jail, probation for fatally shooting friend

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man who fatally shot his friend in St. Paul has been sentenced to jail time and probation. A Ramsey County judge agreed to terms of a plea deal Wednesday and gave Joel Paulson one year in jail and 10 years of probation. Twenty-five-year-old Justin Finklea was ...

Suspect fatally shot by officer, deputy in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say law enforcement officers in northern Minnesota have fatally shot an armed suspect following a struggle over a gun. Police in Bemidji say the shooting happened Wednesday about 11 p.m. after an officer made a traffic stop and determined a passenger in the ...

Charges: Man shot to scare fawn, killed ex-police chief

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a hunter with manslaughter for fatally shooting a former police chief in a rural part of northwestern Minnesota. The Becker County Attorney's office on Thursday charged 54-year-old Morris Silas Dodd Jr. of rural Ogema with one count of ...

Incoming speaker to disconnect Minnesota House mute button

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House is about to get noisy again. The incoming speaker says she plans to disconnect a GOP-installed mute button when Democrats take over that chamber in January. DFL Rep. Melissa Hortman of Brooklyn Park tells Minnesota Public Radio News as soon as she ...

Minnesota man awarded $17M in decades-old molestation case

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man who was molested decades ago by the man who went on to abduct, sexually assault and kill Jacob Wetterling was awarded more than $17 million in damages, in a ruling made public Thursday. Jared Scheierl was 12 when he was molested by Danny Heinrich in ...

Man charged in deer carcasses dumped on Somalis’ cars

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors charged a central Minnesota man with a gross misdemeanor Wednesday but not a hate crime for allegedly having his teenage son dump bloody deer carcasses on the hoods of two cars owned by Somali-American men. The Stearns County Attorney's office charged ...