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Fatal shooting of Minnesota Marine in DC not homicide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps says the fatal shooting of a Minnesota Marine at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., was not a homicide. The Marines said Thursday that the Metropolitan Police Department, which is leading the investigation, is treating the shooting of 20-year-old ...

2 Minneapolis police officers cleared in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two Minneapolis police officers who shot and killed a man in November will not face criminal charges. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Officers Ryan Keyes and Neal Walsh were justified in using deadly force against 36-year-old Travis Jordan when they responded to ...

Pro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund, whose deadpan interviews of pro wrestling superstars like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan made him a ringside fixture in his own right, has died. He was 76. World Wrestling Entertainment announced Okerlund's death ...

Marine from Minnesota shot to death at Washington barracks

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 20-year-old U.S. Marine from Minnesota was killed in a shooting at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., his mother said Wednesday. Markelle Kuznia told The Associated Press that the military notified her late Tuesday that her son, Riley Kuznia, died early that ...

Bond set in fatal Christmas Day shooting in Hibbing

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — The man accused of shooting two people, one of them fatally, on Christmas in northeastern Minnesota is being held on $500,000 bond. Twenty-nine-year-old Jerome Spann made his first court appearance in St. Louis County court Monday. He's charged with second-degree murder ...

Arctic cold settles in for New Year’s Day

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The new year brings a blast of arctic cold to Minnesota. A wind chill warning was posted for much of western and northern Minnesota early Tuesday with some areas seeing those readings fall 40 degrees below zero. Experts say with a wind chill that low, exposed skin can be ...

ArcelorMittal to assume management of Hibbing Taconite

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Global iron ore producer ArcelorMittal USA says it doesn't expect any changes in employment, production or operations when it assumes its role as managing partner for Hibbing Taconite later this year. ArcelorMittal will take over managing duties from Cleveland-Cliffs ...

$1 million bond set in Cass County baby death

WALKER, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota man is being held on $1 million bond in the death of an infant in his care. Twenty-year-old Presley Sleyster is charged in Cass County with second-degree murder without intent in the Dec. 5 death of the three-month-old boy. Sheriff's deputies were ...

Minnesota legislators face expensive health care decisions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There's been lot of talk at the Capitol about a $1.5 billion budget surplus , but lawmakers are already worrying about how to plug a $700 million hole. That's because a tax on health care providers that helps fund Medicaid and the state's separate MinnesotaCare program is ...

Ex-Rocori superintendent pleads guilty to 4 exposure counts

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The former superintendent of the Rocori School District has pleaded guilty to four counts of indecent exposure under a plea deal. Scott Staska agreed to complete 80 hours of community work service within 60 days and undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Staska entered ...

Oturu leads Minnesota past Mount St. Mary’s 71-53

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Having four players in double figures and the return of a key player Sunday was a nice way for Minnesota to get ready for the resumption of Big Ten play. Daniel Oturu recorded his fourth straight double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Gophers past Mount ...

Gun range provides safe space for LGBT gun rights group

By BRIANA BIERSCHBACH, Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — There's a dead, stuffed fox guarding the entrance and guns and ammo hanging on nearly every inch of the walls at Bill's Gun Shop in Circle Pines. In the background, there's the regular "pop-pop" sound of a gun ...

Lawsuit over environmental fund leaves projects on hold

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Little Falls Mayor Greg Zylka felt relieved when he learned last year that his central Minnesota city would get almost $7 million for a new sewage treatment plant. The city's wastewater plant needs to be upgraded because it's releasing too much phosphorus into the ...

Police: Ex-officer’s defense didn’t show up to examine SUV

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say representatives of a former officer who fatally shot an Australian woman last year didn't show up to inspect a department Ford Explorer squad car after a judge granted the defense access for four hours Friday evening. Police spokesman John Elder said ...

States trying to stop invasive evergreen-eating bug’s spread

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota and Wisconsin agriculture officials are trying to block the spread of an invasive evergreen tree-eating insect after it was found in holiday decorations sold at retailers in both states. Wisconsin inspectors found the critter called elongate hemlock scale on ...

Minnesota professor faces domestic assault charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A University of Minnesota professor is facing a felony charge for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend in their apartment. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Friday that 47-year-old Aaron Doering is charged with domestic assault by strangulation. A criminal ...

Man wanted for assault, standoff remains at large

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are looking for a man wanted for domestic assault and a lengthy law enforcement standoff in Meeker County. Sheriff's officials say a caller who had fled from a home Harvey Township about noon Thursday said a man armed with a revolver remained in the ...

Keller named chief deputy attorney general in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A longtime attorney for a nonprofit has been named chief deputy attorney general in Minnesota. Attorney General-elect Keith Ellison announced Friday that John Keller will serve as the second-ranking attorney in the office. Keller has worked at the Immigrant Law Center of ...

Heavy snow blamed in 3 fatal Midwestern accidents

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A powerful winter storm that caused whiteout conditions and treacherous roads in parts of the Upper Midwest is blamed in at least three fatal accidents, officials said. The Minnesota State Patrol said it responded to more than 100 crashes, more than 200 spinouts and eight ...

Authorities arrest suspect sought in Hibbing homicide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in a fatal shooting in Hibbing has been arrested in St. Paul. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the suspect was booked into the Ramsey County Jail Friday on suspicion of murder and other possible charges. Police have been ...