MN State News

Democrats, Republicans win some, lose some in budget deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and top legislative leaders reached a bipartisan budget deal Sunday in which the governor dropped his proposed gas tax increase but got to keep most of an expiring tax that helps fund health care programs, Republicans got an income tax cut for ...

Jail inmate accused of running prostitution ring

MORA, Minn. (AP) — An inmate at the Kanabec County Jail is charged with running a prostitution ring from his cell. Thirty-eight-year-old Daniel Ellington is charged in Washington County District Court with two counts of sex trafficking and two counts of promotion of ...

Man holed up in Brooklyn Park hotel surrenders to police

BROOKLYN PARK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a standoff at a Brooklyn Park hotel ended after more than six hours when a man suspected of assaulting his girlfriend surrendered to police. SWAT officers and crisis negotiators were called to the La Quinta Inn early Friday after a woman reported ...

Minnesota seeks to add Purdue Pharma owners to opioid suit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general is asking a state court for permission to add the owners of drugmaker Purdue Pharma to a lawsuit that seeks to hold the company responsible for the opioid addiction crisis. Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma makes OxyContin and has been the ...

Prosecutor in police shooting case to enter alcohol program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The prosecutor whose office won a recent conviction in the high-profile case of a Minneapolis police officer who killed an unarmed woman says he will be entering a treatment program for alcohol issues. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman issued a statement Friday saying ...

Exhibits for Minneapolis cop’s trial can be viewed next week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Exhibits from the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer who shot an unarmed woman in 2017 will be made available for public viewing next week. Mohamed Noor was convicted of murder in the fatal shooting of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a dual citizen of the U.S. and ...

Twin Cities man who pulled gun on Somali teens sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty tp pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's in a Minneapolis suburb has been sentenced. Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers said Friday that 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson, of Eden Prairie, must serve 45 days in the ...

Twin Cities man who pulled gun on Somali teens sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty tp pulling a gun on a group of young Somalis inside a McDonald's in a Minneapolis suburb has been sentenced. Hennepin County District Judge Philip Carruthers said Friday that 55-year-old Lloyd Johnson, of Eden Prairie, must serve 45 days in the ...

Senate GOP delays ‘lights on’ bill vote amid budget talks

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With budget negotiations at a sensitive stage, the Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate held off Friday evening on passing a measure to prevent a state government shutdown if legislative leaders and Democratic Gov. Tim Walz can't ...

Minnesota Legislature backs bill aimed at lower drug costs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature on Thursday approved the final version of a bill designed to ensure that pharmacy benefit managers — the companies that act as middlemen between insurers and patients — fulfill their intended role of holding down drug expenses. At the same ...

Walz: Minnesota budget talks reach ‘really important time’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Budget talks resumed at the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz, House Democrats and Senate Republicans saying little publicly about their discussions as they tried to complete a deal that would let the legislative session end on time. After ...

Federal agency renews Twin Metals mine leases in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday renewed mineral rights leases for a proposed Twin Metals copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a project that environmentalists fear would spoil the pristine Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Department of Interior ...

Man pleads guilty in mall attack against boy, faces 19 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who reportedly told investigators that he went to the Mall of America "looking for someone to kill" pleaded guilty Tuesday to throwing a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony and faces 19 years in prison. Emmanuel Aranda, of Minneapolis, pleaded guilty to ...

Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and ...

Minnesota senator opens up about her bouts of depression

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith of Minnesota is sharing her experiences with depression for the first time as she calls for more federal funding for mental health programs. The Democrat said she battled depression as a teenager and again in her late 30s, the Star Tribune reported. "It ...

Immigrant from Ecuador wants US deportation case reopened

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An attorney for an Ecuadorian man who was arrested in Minneapolis and ordered deported from the U.S. 25 years ago will go to court Tuesday to ask that his case be reopened. Nelson Pinos, now 45, has been living in sanctuary in a church in New Haven, Connecticut, for a year ...

Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of predator priests they claim have been kept secret by the Holy See. In a Monday news release announcing the ...

South Dakota man accused of biting Minnesota jailer’s finger

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man jailed in Worthington bit the finger of a corrections officer after the two of them scuffled inside his cell. The Globe reports that 38-year-old Nicholas Bryson, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, is charged with felony fourth-degree assault of a ...

Otter Tail County to host 2020 Governor’s Fishing Opener

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Otter Tail County will host the 2020 Minnesota Governor's Fishing Opener. The opener will be held May 7-10, 2020. Thumper Pond Resort will serve as event headquarters. Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism promotion office, organizes the annual event along with a ...

Train facility in Big Lake begins work on $4 million project

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Officials have started work on a $4 million development project at the Northstar Operations and Maintenance Facility in Big Lake. The Northstar commuter rail line travels between Big Lake and the Twin Cities and also links to St. Cloud via bus service. Anthony Hebert, ...