MN State News

Attacks increase significantly at Minnesota prison

OAK PARK HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Attacks on employees and inmates are on the rise at a Minnesota prison that houses the state's most violent offenders. Inmates at Oak Park Heights assaulted 10 employees in a single weekend last month, resulting in hospitalizations. The assaults amounted to ...

Sheriff: Video shows slaying suspect at Iowa store

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released new video of a Minnesota woman suspected of killing her husband and then a woman in southwest Florida. The surveillance video shows 56-year-old Lois Riess at a Kum & Go convenience store in northern Iowa. The video from March 23 ...

Files show rising alarm in Prince’s circle as health failed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of Prince's closest confidants had grown increasingly alarmed about his health in the days before he died and tried to get him help as they realized he had an opioid addiction — yet none were able to give investigators the insight they needed to determine where the ...

BWCA school trust lands dispute moves closer to resolution

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and the U.S. Forest Service are closer to solving a decades-old dispute over 83,000 acres of state-owned land locked up inside the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The state has been unable to use the "school trust lands" to generate money for public schools since ...

Prince’s death: Key players in investigation and aftermath

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prince was found dead of an accidental overdose of the powerful painkiller fentanyl on April 21, 2016. Several key people had contact with Prince before his death, and were involved in the investigation that followed. Here are some of the key names in the case: KIRK ...

Mother, son identified as victims of Perham homicides

PERHAM, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified a mother and son as the victims of a double homicide at a rural Perham home. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday identified the victims as 42-year-old Denise Mcfadzen and her 21-year-old son, Dalton Mcfadzen. Authorities say ...

Marshals Service offers reward for slaying suspect’s arrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a fugitive suspected of killing her husband in Minnesota and a woman in Florida. Fifty-six-year-old Lois Riess has been on the run since her husband, 54-year-old David ...

Minnesota foster mother, boyfriend charged in child’s death

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota foster mother and her boyfriend have been charged with manslaughter and murder in the death of a 3-year-old boy who was in the woman's care. Zayden Lawson was fatally beaten in June, authorities said. Zeporia Fortenberry, 31, has been charged with ...

Judge orders woman to remain jailed pending terror trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman to remain jailed as she awaits trial on charges she tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida and set fires at a college campus. Attorneys for Tnuza Jamal Hassan asked Judge Steven Rau to release her ...

Former Minnesota FBI agent cites racism in explaining leak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A black former Minnesota FBI counterterrorism agent pleaded guilty Tuesday to leaking classified documents to a reporter, saying in a statement that he knew it was illegal but felt he had to act against a culture in the bureau that often treats minority communities with ...

Man sentenced to 30 years for Blaine toddler’s death

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 26-year-old man to more than 30 years in prison for killing a Blaine toddler. Nelson Soto-Lopez was sentenced Monday for the 2016 murder of 21-month-old Drake Oliva. Soto-Lopez was charged with one count of second-degree murder. He entered a ...

100s of passengers stranded when airline ends Mexico service

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of travelers from Minnesota who were left stranded in Mexico after Sun Country Airlines canceled flights due to a storm at home had to scramble to find flights on other airlines because the carrier had ended its seasonal service south of the border. Sun Country, ...

Minnesota firm tries to solve metal pollution with peat

AITKIN, Minn. (AP) — A northern Minnesota company says it's developed a natural, cheap technology to reduce heavy metal contamination in waterways. American Peat Technology applies processed granulized peat to plants to help draw nitrogen from the air and reduce the need for fertilizer, ...

Minnesota’s largest export markets express support for NAFTA

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's two largest export markets are touting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which may be headed for a renewal in Washington, D.C., as early as next month. Canadian Consul General Paul Connors and Mexican Consul Gerardo Guerrero have been ...

Wild ground Jets with 6-2 win to cut series deficit to 2-1

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday ...

Minnesota sees increase in child abuse cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Statewide data show that child maltreatment cases have been increasing in Minnesota in recent years, with many cases involving minority children. The increase in cases is likely driven by increased awareness, changes to child protection laws and the opioid epidemic, ...

Police: singer arrested with stolen guitars in California

COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say the singer of the metal band American Head Charge was arrested in Southern California after police found more than a dozen stolen guitars in his possession. KCBS-TV reports 40-year-old Cameron Heacock was pulled over Wednesday in Orange County while ...

The Latest: Minneapolis airport closes as storms hit Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on spring storms in the Midwest (all times local): 5:30 p.m. Officials have closed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport to arriving and departing flights as a powerful storm system sweeps through the central U.S. Airport officials cite the combination of ...

Storm blasts central US with snow, ice and wind, killing 3

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes has buffeted the central U.S. with heavy snow, winds, rain and hail, forcing flight cancellations, creating treacherous road conditions and killing at least three people, ...

Death of toddler investigated in Wilkin County

BRECKENRIDGE, Minn. (AP) — Police are investigating the death of a 3-year-old in Wilkin County. Authorities say emergency responders were called to an apartment in Breckenridge on Tuesday because the child wasn't breathing. Efforts to revive the toddler were unsuccessful. Officials say there ...