MN State News

Minnesota licenses can now designate gender as ‘nonbinary’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has begun issuing driver's licenses that don't identify recipients only as either male or female, but as nonbinary if they prefer. M.J. Zappa, 26, got one of the first. Zappa, of Medicine Lake, arrived at a state Driver and Vehicle Services office in St. Paul ...

Police won’t investigate Ellison for abuse; cite conflict

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department said Wednesday that it won't investigate domestic abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison due to a conflict of interest. State Democratic officials asked Minneapolis police to conduct an investigation after an attorney with links to ...

Trump’s Minnesota visits highlight each side of House battle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump's appearance Thursday at a rally in Rochester, Minnesota, marks his second stop to friendly territory in the otherwise traditionally blue state, where other Republicans in competitive congressional races aren't as anxious to receive him. Trump's ...

Minnesota’s health insurance rates are dropping for 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Premiums are going down next year for Minnesotans who buy health insurance on their own. State regulators announced final rates for the individual health care market on Tuesday. The average decreases between health care plans range from a 7.4 percent drop to a 27.7 ...

Minnesota mother arrested, 4 of 5 missing children found

ROSE CREEK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a Minnesota mother who was on the run and have located four of her five missing children. Police say 39-year-old Izetta Cooley and the four children were found at a home in Moorhead Tuesday. Officials say Cooley was arrested on a felony ...

Prosecutor will review Ellison case only after police probe

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor said Tuesday that he would agree to review allegations of domestic abuse against U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison only if a formal complaint is first investigated by law enforcement. An ex-girlfriend of Ellison, Karen Monahan, alleged in August that the ...

Muddy field conditions challenge Minnesota farmers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Scattered rainfall has created muddy field conditions that are making harvesting a challenge in parts of Minnesota. The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday in its weekly crop progress and condition report for Minnesota that farmers had 3.8 days suitable for ...

Charges: Woman’s grandchildren killed helpful neighbor

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors allege a Minnesota man fatally shot in the face as he opened his door last month was targeted by grandchildren of his elderly woman neighbor who mistakenly thought he had harmed her. Malcolm Jammal Woods, 27, and Kielah Shanae Parsons, 34, both of ...

Critics sound off on Garrison Keillor appearance in Vermont

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Organizers of the Burlington Book Festival are facing criticism over a scheduled appearance by Garrison Keillor, former host of "A Prairie Home Companion." The Burlington Free Press reports that Steve Cormier called the decision "tone deaf" because Keillor was accused ...

APNewsBreak: Attorney: Ellison abuse claim unsubstantiated

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An ex-girlfriend's allegation that Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison once physically abused her could not be substantiated because she refused to provide video she said she had of the incident, an attorney with links to the state's Democratic party who was hired to ...

Police: 18-year-old man dies in fall at Bemidji State

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Police say an 18-year-old man is dead after an apparent fall from a residence hall at Bemidji State University. Officers were called around 12:30 a.m. Sunday to Tamarack Hall on a report of a person lying on the ground bleeding. Police found a man outside of the ...

Minnesota Historical Society obtains more Prince items

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Historical Society has obtained two items that illustrate Prince's religious beliefs and desire to control his image. The items are a 1984 printing of the Bible and a note the rock star wrote to his lawyer that demanded the removal of unauthorized ...

Authorities seek 5 children, wife of murder suspect

ROSE CREEK, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Minnesota are seeking five children missing along with their mother, who is the wife of a murder suspect. The Mower County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding 39-year-old Izetta Cooley and her five children, ages 10 to 17. Authorities say ...

Wolf dies after capture for relocation to Isle Royale park

HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a gray wolf captured in Minnesota for relocation to Isle Royale National Park has died. The National Park Service plans to move 20-30 wolves from the U.S. and Canadian mainlands to the Lake Superior wilderness park in the next few years to rebuild a once ...

Minnesota farmers use buried underwear to test soil health

EASTON, Minn. (AP) — Some southern Minnesota farmers are using underwear as a creative way to test soil health. Farmers participating in the "Soil Your Undies" program buried cotton underwear in their fields this summer to see how they would decompose over time, Minnesota Public Radio ...

Minnesota organization helps inmates with drug addiction

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota is working to help get inmates access to drug treatment and avoid the danger of overdosing when they leave jail. Faith-based Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge offers short-term and long-term treatment programs, Minnesota Public Radio reported. The ...

St. Paul to pay $520,000 to woman attacked by police dog

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The city of St. Paul has agreed to pay $520,000 to a woman who was attacked by a police dog last year as she was taking out her trash, one of her attorneys said. The decision to pay Desiree Collins for the Sept. 23, 2017, attack comes a month after a federal judge ...

Guilty pleas in crash that killed 2 teens, injured another

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A driver accused of causing a crash that killed two teenagers and severely injuring a third in eastern Minnesota has admitted excessive speed contributed to the accident. Rachel Kayl has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of ...

Early voting off to strong start in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Early voting in Minnesota appears to be off to a strong start. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon says Minnesotans requested at least 106,061 no-excuse absentee ballots in the first six days of early voting, nearly three times the number requested during the same ...

Winona school janitor charged with child porn possession

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — A Winona school janitor has been charged with possessing child pornography. Winona County sheriff officials say deputies worked with local police and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to carry out a search warrant at Todd Schwanke's house this week. KTTC-TV ...