MN State News

Dayton gets close-up look at flood damage in SW Minnesota

SLAYTON, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton got a firsthand look Friday at southwestern Minnesota communities that have been hit by flooding. The governor's first stop was Slayton, where he met with local officials and community members to discuss how to get state and federal help to them. ...

3rd person dies following dump truck-SUV crash near Milbank

MILBANK, S.D. (AP) — A third person has died following a crash between a dump truck and SUV last month near Milbank in northeastern South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says the dump truck driver, 82-year-old Gerald Boerger, of Milbank, died Tuesday at a Sioux Falls ...

Minneapolis park board seeking new superintendent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is starting its search for a new superintendent. The Star Tribune reports applications open July 12 for the city's new parks leader. Board President Brad Bourn says officials are confident they'll find the best superintendent to ...

Reward offered in slaying of northern Minnesota man

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — State authorities are offering a reward for information in the death of a northern Minnesota man killed in his home last year. Sixty-year-old Brian Joseph Nelson was stabbed and found dead in his house behind The Bottle Shop liquor store last July in Hibbing. The ...

Bemidji cleaning up damage from 4th of July EF-1 tornado

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — The northern Minnesota city of Bemidji is cleaning up the damage from a Fourth of July tornado. The National Weather Service says the EF-1 tornado touched down just west of Bemidji State University just before 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. It packed winds of 100 mph and caused ...

Radio and television personality Ed Schultz dies at 64

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Veteran broadcasting personality Ed Schultz, whose career took him from quarterbacking at a Minnesota college to national radio and television, including hosting a show on MSNBC, died on Thursday, according to his son. He was 64. Schultz died in Washington, where he ...

Xcel Energy buys Hale Wind Project in Texas Panhandle

PLAINVIEW, Texas (AP) — The Texas Panhandle is getting another wind farm to generate electricity for the state and for New Mexico. Xcel Energy spokesman Wes Reeves said Thursday that the 478-megawatt Hale Wind Project will cost about $735 million build. The company on Tuesday announced the ...

US teen to meet Somali president after Quran recitation win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota teenager who became the first American to win a prestigious Quran recitation contest will travel to Somalia to meet the country's president. Ahmed Burhan Mohamed has become a bit of a celebrity since winning the Dubai International Holy Quran award last month. ...

Governor declares state of emergency after severe weather

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency Thursday in response to severe weather in the past month that has caused flooding and property damage across much of Minnesota. Dayton's order applies to 36 counties and the Red Lake Indian Reservation. It cited a ...

Boy, woman die in separate Alaska hiking accidents

By DAN JOLING, Associated Press ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Falling ice crushed a woman and a loose rock struck and killed a 5-year-old boy in separate Independence Day hiking accidents in Alaska, authorities said Thursday. Brittany Boegel, 32, of Mound, Minnesota, died on a hike in an ice ...

Complaint: TV station threats referenced newsroom shootings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former worker at a St. Paul television station is charged with violent threats after authorities say he brought up the mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper while talking with the station's security director. Gene Arntson was charged Monday in Ramsey County. The ...

Complaint: TV station threats referenced newsroom shootings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former worker at a St. Paul television station is charged with violent threats after authorities say he brought up the mass shooting at a Maryland newspaper while talking with the station's security director. Gene Arntson was charged Monday in Ramsey County. The ...

911 caller felt unsafe before Minneapolis police shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 911 caller who reported a man firing a gun in a north Minneapolis neighborhood urged a dispatcher to hurry officers to the scene minutes before the man was killed by police, a transcript released Monday showed. The unidentified caller told the dispatcher that the man, ...

University of Minnesota to open new history museum facility

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The University of Minnesota will soon open its new $79 million facility for its natural history museum. The Bell Museum of Natural History has more than 100 displays at its new facility on the university's St. Paul campus, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The ...

University of Minnesota to get new $2M MRI machine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota will receive a third magnetic resonance imaging machine to meet high demand and reduce wait times. The Board of Regents approved the $2 million MRI machine this month, Minnesota Daily reported . Construction will begin this summer and the ...

Minnesota DNR blames illegal goldfish release for dead carp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota conservation officials are blaming the illegal introduction of nonnative ornamental goldfish for large numbers of dead carp washing up on a lakeshore south of the Minneapolis area. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a virus from the koi goldfish ...

New Wild GM Fenton opens free agency with expected tweaks

When Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold changed general managers this spring, he was adamant about the strength of a roster he believed only needed some tweaking and not a total overhaul. New GM Paul Fenton took the Wild into the first day of free agency by making several of those minor ...

Minnesota humane society tests group habitat for dogs

By NANCY YANG, Minnesota Public Radio GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. (AP) — Picture an animal shelter — any animal shelter. Chances are you're imagining a room full of animals, each housed individually in their own kennels. It's loud — dogs are barking — and there are a lot of people coming in ...

Minnesota man selling collection of 70,000 golf balls

By BOYD HUPPERT, KARE-TV ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — If you've ever wanted to own one of the world's largest collections of golf balls, start teeing up. A Rochester man who's amassed roughly 70,000 unique golf balls, is ready to part with them. "I don't want any of the money," 90-year-old RJ ...

UMN faculty attend German energy sustainability seminar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota faculty members recently went to Germany as part of a sustainable energy partnership between the university's Institute on the Environment and the German government. Faculty went to participate on a seminar regarding Germany's plan for transitioning ...