MN State News

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 ...

Housley pulls in $514K, lagging far behind Smith for Senate

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Karin Housley says her campaign raised $514,000 in the first three months of 2018. The two-term state senator's fundraising announced Friday is a third of what Democratic Sen. Tina Smith raised in the same period. Smith's campaign said ...

Experts in Minnesota, Nebraska help owl found ailing in Iowa

ELMWOOD, Neb. (AP) — A snowy owl found starving along a southwest Iowa highway has been nursed back to health at recovery centers in Nebraska and Minnesota. The Omaha World-Herald reports a motorist found the owl weak and barely able to fly in November near Henderson in southwest Iowa. It ...

Minnesota regulators approve Xcel electric car pilot program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An energy utility company is rolling out a new pilot program in Minnesota to increase interest in electric vehicles. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission approved Xcel Energy's pilot program Thursday, the Star Tribune reported . "I think this is critically ...

MPR, Keillor strike deal to restore access to old shows

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Public Radio says it has an agreement with Garrison Keillor to restore online access to old recordings of his "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show. MPR said Friday it will pay Keillor $275,000 for limited, non-exclusive rights to those shows for three years ...

Minnesota woman sought in death of husband and Florida woman

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman who is wanted in connection with her husband's death is now charged with killing a Florida woman who resembled her, then stealing the woman's identity as she eluded authorities, officials said Friday. Lois Riess, 56, of ...

System brings blizzards, threat of tornadoes to Midwest

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A potent, slow-moving spring storm system that's expected to persist through the weekend began raking the Plains and Midwest on Friday, bringing blizzard conditions to South Dakota and the threat of tornadoes from Texas and Louisiana ...

House GOP budget plan puts Legislature at odds with Dayton

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers could be headed for a messy conclusion to the legislative session as the House GOP majority on Thursday laid out drastically different framework for how to spend a $329 million budget surplus while retooling Minnesota ...

House bill would make money available to satellite broadband

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers were considering ways Thursday to improve internet speed in rural areas. Gov. Mark Dayton is seeking another $30 million to improve high-speed internet in rural areas. Republicans, who control the Legislature, say ...

Even Minnesota’s governor has theory on mummified monkey

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mummified carcass of a monkey found in the air ducts of a century-old downtown Minneapolis department store has triggered a mystery. The monkey quickly had his own Twitter account, the state's governor steadfastly denied any ...

Explosion injures 3 at 3M plant in Minnesota

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an explosion at a 3M Co. plant in Minnesota injured three people, one of them seriously. Hutchinson Police Chief Daniel Hatten says a piece of equipment malfunctioned about 1:30 p.m. Thursday. Hatten says one person was seriously hurt while the other ...

Fergus Falls man, woman charged with murder in boy’s death

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man and a woman from Fergus Falls with murder in the death of a 6-year-old boy they were caring for. Forty-year-old Bobbie Christine Bishop and 44-year-old Walter Henry Wynhoff are charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and ...

Minnesota to spend $1.3M amid licensing system complaints

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will spend $1.3 million to temporarily add staff to handle the fallout from the launch of the state Licensing and Registration System. The state Driver and Vehicle Services office will draw funds from the Highway User Tax Distribution Fund, the Star Tribune ...

MNLARS steps could be more customer service, outsourced work

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After signing off on $10 million in emergency funding for Minnesota's troubled driver and vehicle licensing system last month, lawmakers on Wednesday mulled additional changes for the state's information technology department. The Senate's transportation committee, ...