MN State News

Authorities close case of Cold Spring officer’s 2012 killing

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — The criminal investigation into the 2012 killing of a Cold Spring police officer is being closed. Officer Thomas Decker was shot and killed on Nov. 29, 2012 after he was called to check on someone. Ryan Larson was arrested hours later, but was never ...

Lawsuit re-filed against Fischbach over dual roles

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican Minnesota Lt. Gov. and state Sen. Michelle Fischbach was sued again over her dual roles on Tuesday, the long-awaited sequel to a previously dismissed lawsuit as Democrats attempt to win back control of the Senate. As the Senate's elected president, Fischbach ...

Snowboarder dies on hill at Duluth’s Spirit Mountain

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A 20-year-old college student has died while snowboarding on a hill at Duluth's Spirit Mountain. The recreation area's executive director, Brandy Ream, says the man was snowboarding with friends on one of Spirit Mountain's most challenging hills early Sunday afternoon. ...

Police arrest 2 in death of 6-year-old boy in Fergus Falls

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Police in Fergus Falls say two people are under arrest in the death of a 6-year-old boy. Authorities say the boy was unconscious and not breathing when he was brought to a hospital Monday morning. Attempts to revive him at the hospital failed. Police say there is ...

Opposition shoots down enforcement plan for buffer strip law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal that could have led to huge fines for Minnesota farmers who fail to plant buffer strips between fields and waterways is likely to die on Thursday after it came under bipartisan fire from Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and key Republican lawmakers, the executive ...

Workers discover mummified monkey in old department store

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Workers renovating the old Dayton's department store in downtown Minneapolis have discovered a mystery: the mummified remains of a monkey. Crews found the carcass last week in an air duct on the seventh floor of the century-old building. Cailin Rogers is a spokeswoman for ...

Church sues St. Paul over homeless shelter restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul church is suing the city in federal court over strict conditions on a drop-in day center for homeless and low-income residents. The lawsuit filed Friday said the city is infringing on First Lutheran Church's religious right to minister to the poor and ...

Appeals Court: Cop’s reinstatement violated public policy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Richfield police officer who was fired after he failed to report that he shoved a Somali driver will not get his job back, after the Minnesota Court of Appeals ruled Monday that an arbitrator's decision to reinstate the officer is a violation of public policy. It's only ...

Minnesota DNR proposes 10-year deer management plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources proposed a new 10-year plan Monday to manage the state's deer population and allow for more citizen input. The plan sets a statewide harvest goal of 200,000 deer. That's about 25,000 below what the state's largest deer ...

Minnesota wineries’ lawsuit over source of grapes dismissed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Minnesota wineries over a law that restricts the source of grapes they can use. Alexis Bailly Vineyard and Next Chapter Winery are farm wineries, meaning they can sell their products to wholesalers, retailers and ...

Man gets life for fatally beating 95-year-old Anoka man

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for fatally beating a 95-year-old Anoka man during a burglary. Isaiah Montrell Thomas was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty last month to first-degree murder while committing a felony. Albert Loehlein ...

St. Paul police devote unit to mental health calls

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul Police Department says their new mental health unit is dedicated to connecting people with community resources and reducing escalations that could result in use of deadly force. The four-officer unit formally started last month, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ...

Minnesota center for abused, neglected children to expand

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis center that serves abused and neglected children is expanding to meet a growing need for services fueled by the opioid epidemic and increased recognition of abuse. CornerHouse will add space in Rogers, Minnesota Public Radio reported . CornerHouse is located ...

Authorities ID driver who died in Minnetonka police chase

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 30-year-old man who died in a crash after a police chase in Minnetonka. The Minnesota State Patrol identifies the man as David Phillip Baxter of Montrose. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office says Baxter died at the ...

Minnesota librarian turning 90 has no plans to retire

MABEL, Minn. (AP) — A soon to be 90-year-old Minnesota librarian says she has no plans of retiring anytime soon. Donna Johnson has worked at Mabel Public Library since 1994. The library plans to hold an open house birthday party for her April 13, the Post Bulletin of Rochester ...

Police adds social worker as mental health calls rise

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota police department has hired a social worker to help de-escalate situations as mental health calls rise. Social worker Megan Schueller has been helping Rochester police handle mental health issues through the department's pilot program that launched last ...

Ice-out running late across the Land of 10,000 Lakes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The ice-out is running late across the Land of 10,000 Lakes. No lakes in Minnesota had been reported ice-free as of Friday as winter's grip persists, though ice has thawed along the shores of some southern lakes and areas with moving water. The Department of Natural ...

South Dakota cop finds 85 pounds of pot, busts 2 Minnesotans

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Two Minnesota residents remain jailed after authorities discovered 85 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop on Interstate 90 in western South Dakota. The Pennington County Sheriff's Office says 50-year-old Lao Songying, of Minneapolis, and 41-year-old Yia Yang, of ...

Rocori school chief quits amid indecent exposure allegations

COLD SPRING, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota school superintendent accused of publicly exposing himself 16 times since November has resigned. Rocori District School Board chair Kara Habben says Scott Staska submitted his letter of resignation dated March 30 and the board unanimously accepted it ...

Flags to fly at half-staff Sunday for Minnesota firefighter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered flags at state and federal buildings to be flown at half-staff Sunday in honor of a Minnesota firefighter who died in the line of duty. Timothy Wayne Royce, of Mapleton, was found unconscious after suffering a heart attack in the early ...