MN State News

Winona to begin funding search for bluff-side parks plan

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — Winona officials will soon begin looking for funding options for a multi-million dollar plan to develop the community's bluff-side parks, which officials hope will increase tourism and protect the environment. The Bluffs Traverse Conservation Area and Bluffside Parks ...

Police say death of 99-year-old Minnesota man was homicide

CRYSTAL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the death of a 99-year-old man following a home invasion last month in Minnesota has been ruled a homicide. Police say John Gosche suffered blunt-force injuries to his left arm during an altercation with robbery suspects who entered his home in Crystal ...

Body of Minnesota Marine fatally shot in DC comes home

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The body of a U.S. Marine from Minnesota who was fatally shot at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., has been returned to his hometown for memorial services. KFGO radio reports the body of 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Riley Kuznia of Karlstad, Minnesota, was flown into the ...

Avera Health acquiring more health facilities in Minnesota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota-based Avera Health is acquiring more health facilities in the Minnesota community of Marshall. The Argus Leader reports that Carris Health Marshall has signed a letter of intent to integrate with Avera's Marshall-based operations. Avera Marshall will ...

Man found dead on snowmobile trail was blindfolded, shot

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an Aurora man found dead on a snowmobile trail in Hibbing was blindfolded, marched into the woods and shot twice in the face for allegedly pursuing another man's 17-year-old girlfriend. The body of 33-year-old Joshua LaValley was found Sunday along the ...

Google considers building $600M data center in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Google is looking into building a $600 million data center in central Minnesota that would be powered by two wind farms. Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy disclosed the data center project Thursday in a regulatory filing. The Google facility proposed in Becker would mark one ...

Walz: Decision on proceeding with Line 3 lawsuit will be his

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Friday that he and his new administration will be "actively engaged" on contentious natural resources issues, including Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline across northern ...

Minnesota may require drivers to use hands-free cellphones

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota may soon require drivers to use hands-free cellphones, and some lawmakers want to impose bigger fines for drivers who text, and treat distracted drivers more like drunken drivers when they cause serious accidents. Leaders of the Senate and House ...

Man ruled incompetent for trial in boy’s water slide push

Man ruled incompetent for trial in boy's water slide push HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has found a 19-year-old man incompetent to stand trial on charges he pushed an 8-year-old boy off a slide at a suburban Minneapolis water park last summer. Judge Timothy McManus decided ...

Government shutdown delays Minnesota businesses, home buyers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota executives, home buyers and small business owners are starting to see more delays following the first full week of business since the partial federal government shutdown began. With one in five mortgages in Minnesota backed by government agencies, home buyers ...

Health, gun violence, education top House Democratic agenda

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Leaders of the new Democratic Minnesota House majority unveiled their first 10 bills of the session Wednesday, including a plan to let all residents buy into the MinnnesotaCare health program for the working poor. They acknowledged it will be hard to find enough votes ...

U of Minnesota president makes final pitch to lawmakers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler has made his final pitch for a funding hike to state lawmakers. Kaler steps down in July. He appeared at the state Capitol on Wednesday to outline the university's request for a baseline funding boost of $87 million, an ...

Stillwater prison on lockdown after inmate attacks officer

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Officials have placed Stillwater state prison on lockdown after an inmate attacked a corrections officer. The state Department of Corrections says a prisoner targeted the sergeant in a living unit late Wednesday morning. Department spokeswoman Sarah Fitzgerald says ...

Minnesota Legislature convenes with talk of cooperation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday with lawmakers and a new governor making hopeful sounds about bipartisan cooperation, as Democrats took control of the House and Republicans maintained their narrow Senate majority. As lawmakers arrived at the House and Senate ...

New Minnesota Democratic leaders to unveil 10-bill agenda

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The new Democratic leadership in the Minnesota House is preparing to outline its first 10 bills of the 2019 legislative session. Speaker Melissa Hortman says the package they'll announce Wednesday will include legislation to let everyone buy into the MinnesotaCare ...

Several Minnesota delegation members to donate shutdown pay

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several members of Minnesota's congressional delegation said they will donate their pay to charity during the partial federal government shutdown. Reps. Pete Stauber, a Republican, and Angie Craig, a Democrat, said Monday they would donate their salaries during the ...

Walz takes oath as Minnesota’s 41st governor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Dozens of teachers lined the aisles as one of their own, Tim Walz, strode to the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater on Monday and said he would work as governor to stress the need for better education and health care for all. Walz told a crowd of dignitaries and ...

Judge orders Iraqi man released after long detention

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge in Minnesota has ordered an Iraqi man released from immigration custody until there's a final order to remove him from the U.S. District Judge David Doty ordered Monday that 35-year-old Farass Adnan Ali be released within 30 days. Ali has been in custody on ...

Coast Guard commences annual ice-breaking operation

SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie says Operation Taconite commenced Monday in response to expanded ice growth in commercial ports along ...

Ex-lawmaker Tom Rukavina, Iron Range champion, dies at 68

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Democratic state lawmaker Tom Rukavina, a champion of northeastern Minnesota's blue-collar Iron Range, died Monday, a former legislative colleague said. Rukavina was 68. Rukavina died in Minneapolis, where he was being treated for an aggressive form of leukemia, ...