MN State News

Dayton reflects, urges financial stability in final address

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton urged lawmakers on Wednesday to stay the course he's set during his two terms as governor, using his final State of the State address largely to reflect on his seven years in office and send a message to his successor rather than lay out a new vision ...

Dayton, lawmakers propose overhaul of senior care oversight

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton and a bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed major changes to the state's oversight of Minnesota's elder care facilities on Tuesday, aiming to reverse years of pervasive abuse and neglect of Minnesota's seniors that was only recently ...

Dayton readies final State of the State speech

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton is preparing to deliver his last State of the State address. The speech scheduled Wednesday night at the Capitol will be the Democratic governor's eighth and final annual address. Dayton is leaving office early next year after two terms. It comes a ...

3 rural Illinois men charged with Minnesota mosque bombing

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal authorities on Tuesday charged three men from rural central Illinois with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque last year and said one of the suspects told an investigator the goal of the attack was to "scare" Muslims out of the United States. A statement from the U.S. ...

2 Minnesota GOP senators back expanded background checks

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two Republican state senators with ties to the National Rifle Association publicly backed the renewed effort Monday to expand background checks on Minnesota gun sales, the latest reminder that gun issues often don't follow party lines in state politics. The public ...

Minnesota sheriff: 8 injured when school van, semi collide

BENSON, Minn. (AP) — A sheriff says eight people have been injured in a crash involving a school van and a semitrailer in western Minnesota. Swift County Sheriff John Holtz says seven schoolchildren have been injured along with the woman who was driving the van they were in. He says all ...

Minnesota officials seek to demolish old state hospital

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Officials in western Minnesota are seeking to demolish long-abandoned buildings that were once a state hospital. Fergus Falls leaders have asked the state Legislature for almost $9 million to demolish the Fergus Falls State Hospital, Minnesota Public Radio reported ...

Braham High School mourns traffic deaths of 2 students

BRAHAM, Minn. (AP) — Braham Area High School is mourning the deaths of two students killed in a weekend traffic accident. The Kanabec County Sheriff's Office was called to a two-vehicle crash at an intersection west of Mora on Saturday morning. The Star Tribune reports a teenage boy died at ...

Minnesota researchers to improve female firefighting clothes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota College of Design researchers are working to make clothing that better fits female firefighters. Minnesota Daily reports that the team is working to improve the fit of women's firefighting gloves as part of a five-year study. Researcher Robin ...

Lawmaker takes up fight by Wetterlings to limit file access

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker is proposing a new limit on public access to police files in light of the legal battle by the family of a slain Minnesota boy whose case remained unsolved for 27 years. Open records advocates worry that the bill would restrict access to files that have ...

Minnesota researchers study shorter winter, toxic algae

MOUND, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota-Duluth researchers are studying how shorter winters may increase the presence of harmful algae blooms and impact fishing. The researchers worked with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Maryland to gather data from six lakes across ...

Guilty plea in sexting free speech challenge

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A former middle school cafeteria worker who argued the sexually-explicit photos and texts she sent to a student were constitutionally-protected free speech has now pleaded guilty to felony charges in Dakota County. Forty-four-year-old Krista Ann Muccio entered the plea ...

Citations for texting while driving up 23 percent from 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota authorities issued more citations for distracted driving in 2017, while citations for speeding and lack of seat belt use saw declines. Authorities gave out 7,357 citations for texting while driving in 2017. That's up nearly 23 percent from 2016, and up 331 ...

Report highlights gaps in House sexual harassment policies

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An external investigation of the House lawmaker who resigned due to sexual harassment allegations gives the Legislature some work to do. Much of the review of Rep. Tony Cornish finished Thursday is being kept under wraps, as House leaders worried its publication would ...

Students: Erase racist’s name from university building

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is considering changing the name of its student union building, which is currently named after a former school president who prevented black students from living in campus housing. The student government passed a resolution this week that says ...

Minnesota professor may face deportation to Kenya

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A professor at Augsburg University in Minnesota was told Friday to report back to immigration authorities next month and begin making plans for his deportation to Kenya. Mzenga Wanyama was asked to meet with Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials on Friday to ...

Diversion supporters finish revised plan for stalled project

By DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The group sponsoring a Red River diversion channel around the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, area said Friday it has completed a revised plan in hopes of reviving the stalled project. Upstream opponents still don't like it. The new plan ...

Dayton offers $21 million plan to enhance school safety

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton proposed $21 million in new funding for security enhancements and mental health improvements in Minnesota schools on Wednesday, as thousands of high school students converged on the Capitol to call for stronger gun laws in the wake of the deadly Florida ...

Complaint: Woman tried to shoot trooper near Moorhead

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Court documents say a woman driving a car that spun out of control on Interstate 94 near Moorhead earlier this week held a gun to the head of a state trooper who stopped to help her. The details are part of a criminal complaint against the passenger in the car, ...

Man sentenced to 30 years for woman’s murder in SE Minnesota

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A man from southeastern Minnesota will serve 30 years in prison for killing the mother of his two children in 2016. Twenty-five-year-old Kyle Allers was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty earlier to second-degree murder in the death of 24-year-old Tasha Lynn ...