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Minnesota parents seek changes to child protection laws

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of Minnesota parents are seeking for some of the state's child protection laws to be declared unconstitutional, alleging they deprive families of due process. The Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping organization filed a letter in federal court ...

Man shot by Minneapolis police at City Hall pleads guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have reached a plea deal with a 19-year-old man who was shot by Minneapolis officers after he brandished a knife in a police interrogation room in December. Marcus Fischer pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of assault for moving toward officers with a knife ...

Nation’s 1st Somali-American lawmaker eyes seat in Congress

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ilhan Omar escaped her war-torn homeland of Somalia as a child and grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the United States as a preteen. She learned English by watching American television. Years later, she became the nation's first and only ...

Swanson’s move sets off chain reaction in Minnesota politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tuesday was moving day in Minnesota politics, as Attorney General Lori Swanson's jump to the governor's race cast big ripples. Swanson's decision opened a path for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison to vie for attorney general, and once Ellison decided to leave his reliably ...

Authorities find body of missing Minnesota fisherman

BENSON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in western Minnesota say they have found the body of a fisherman who went missing over the weekend. The Swift County Sheriff's Office says authorities recovered the body of 60-year-old Ricky Longnecker of Appleton, Minnesota. A caller reported finding ...

Lawyer: Black woman forced to expose herself at Target

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a black Detroit-area woman says Target employees falsely accused her of stealing a bikini and forced her to expose parts of her body. Attorney Jasmine Rand said Monday 20-year-old Ashanae Davis was shopping at a Target May 22 in Southfield. A security ...

Man allegedly angry over Castile case is charged in hacking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who allegedly hacked into Minnesota government databases last year because he was angry over the acquittal of the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday. According to an indictment, Cameron Thomas Crowley, who goes ...

Minnesota Amazon workers seek better workplace conditions

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A group of East African employees is asking retail giant Amazon to improve working conditions at an eastern Minnesota warehouse. Employees at the Eagan facility made the request at a Monday news conference called by the Awood Center, which defends the rights of East ...

Minnesota attorney general jumps into governor’s race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general jumped into the state's crowded race for governor on Monday, just two days after being snubbed by Democratic party activists for re-election to her current job. Attorney General Lori Swanson joins the field for the Democratic nomination just a ...

3-year-old drowns in Wright County swimming pool

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 3-year-old has died after being found at the bottom of a residential pool in Wright County over the weekend. According to the sheriff's office, authorities responded about 3 p.m. Friday to a call of an unconscious child in a pool. The Star Tribune ...

St. Joseph police chief resigns after investigation by city

ST. JOSEPH, Minn. (AP) — The St. Joseph police chief has resigned effective immediately following an investigation by the city over allegations officials won't disclose. The St. Cloud Times reports that Joel Klein's resignation was announced Monday night at the end of a City Council meeting. ...

Minnesota students gets high school diploma, college degree

LEWISTON, Minn. (AP) — A student athlete at a southeastern Minnesota high school has managed to earn his high school diploma as well as a two-year college degree in the last four years. Lewiston-Altura High School senior Spencer Speltz will be awarded his high school diploma a few weeks ...

Minnesota residents upset over auto parts recycler

ORONOCO, Minn. (AP) — Residents living near an auto parts recycling business in southeastern Minnesota say the salvage yard is disrupting their lives. Residents near Oronoco Auto Parts say the plant's heavy truck traffic and loud operations are disturbing early in the morning and late at ...

Man who shot bystander sentenced to more than 13 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Paul man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for a downtown Minneapolis shooting that seriously injured a bystander. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 29-year-old Delorien Chatman pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault and ...

Man who shot bystander sentenced to more than 13 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A St. Paul man has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for a downtown Minneapolis shooting that seriously injured a bystander. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office says 29-year-old Delorien Chatman pleaded guilty to first- and second-degree assault and ...

After winning endorsement, Murphy names Maye Quade to ticket

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Rep. Erin Murphy has named Rep. Erin Maye Quade as her running mate as she heads toward a primary in her bid for governor. Murphy was endorsed by Democratic activists in Rochester Saturday. She defeated U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who has indicated he'll run for the ...

Prince fans to celebrate musician with festival in Minnesota

HENDERSON, Minn. (AP) — Prince fans will celebrate what would have been the music legend's 60th birthday with a festival in the Minnesota community where the iconic movie "Purple Rain" was filmed. Henderson resident Joel King once worked with Prince and is helping organize the three-day ...

Officials may increase police around University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police officials have proposed hiring more officers to serve the increasing populations of University of Minnesota neighborhoods despite backlash from community groups. Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and Minneapolis Police Department Chief Medaria Arradondo ...

St. Paul police restrict when dogs can be used

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul Police Department has restricted when police dogs can be used to apprehend suspects — a move that comes after two high-profile cases involving K-9 bites. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reported the new policy says dogs can be used to catch a fleeing person ...

Johnson and Murphy win Minnesota governor endorsements

By KYLE POTTER and YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Republican activists endorsed Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson for a second run at governor Saturday and Democrats backed longtime state Rep. Erin Murphy for the same race, but both still face certain primary ...