MN State News

Patrol: Teen driving stolen SUV kills 3 in Minneapolis crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says three people were killed when a stolen SUV driven by a teenager crashed into their pickup at an intersection in south Minneapolis. The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Sunday. The patrol says the Ford Escape was being chased earlier by ...

Minnesota DNR invasive fish barrier nears completion

JANESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has begun work on an electric barrier project to keep invasive carp from reaching the Le Sueur River. The structures near Eagle Lake and Janesville are scheduled to be completed within the next two months, The Mankato ...

Man shot in the face in St. Paul expected to survive

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Officials say a man is expected to survive after he was shot in the face in a St. Paul parking lot. The Pioneer Press reports that St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Mike Ernster said officers were called to the location early Saturday because of reported gunfire. Officers ...

Ramsey County attorney will reopen review of police shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says it overlooked a key piece of evidence in its investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Vadnais Heights man, prompting the Ramsey County Attorney's office to take another look at the case. The BCA says the ...

High winds, tornadoes wreak havoc across southern Minnesota

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — Several tornadoes struck southern Minnesota as severe storms packing powerful winds and heavy rain left a trail of destruction overnight, the National Weather Service said Friday. The extreme weather late Thursday damaged homes and businesses, and turned a small ...

Church abuse victims approve plan for compensation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of victims of clergy sexual abuse have overwhelmingly voted in favor of a reorganization plan for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis that will compensate them for the abuse. Court documents show that 398 out of 400 voters supported the plan. The ...

Minneapolis won’t hire Yates to investigate ketamine use

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council has decided against funding an independent investigation into whether police officers inappropriately urged paramedics to sedate people. The Star Tribune reports that Mayor Jacob Frey had earlier announced plans to hire former acting U.S. ...

Minneapolis mayor says he has found site for homeless camp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey says he has found a new site for a homeless encampment, a declaration he made hours after the city council put off a decision on relocating the tents. The Star Tribune reports that Frey is suggesting that residents living along Hiawatha Avenue ...

Early voting begins as midterms season enters final phase

By STEVE PEOPLES and STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Much of the political world is consumed with a battle over a Supreme Court nominee, an expanding international trade war and President Donald Trump's social media posts. Yet in Minnesota, the first votes of the 2018 ...

Officials prepare to relocate wolves to Isle Royale park

By JOHN FLESHER, AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A mission to rebuild the depleted wolf population at Isle Royale National Park is getting underway in Michigan and Minnesota, as specialists prepare to trap six to eight of the predators on the mainland and fly them to the ...

Minnesota Rep. Jim Knoblach quits campaign amid allegations

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state Rep. Jim Knoblach abruptly ended his re-election campaign Friday amid allegations of inappropriate touching from his adult daughter. Minnesota Public Radio reported the announcement came hours after the St. Cloud Republican's attorney, Susan Gaertner, ...

Sheriff faults investigation into ’89 Minnesota abduction

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Investigators missed opportunities early on to catch the man who kidnapped and killed 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling in 1989, a Minnesota sheriff said Thursday before releasing thousands of investigative documents in the case that focused national attention on missing ...

State regulators approve Freeborn County wind farm

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State utility regulators have approved a wind farm in southern Minnesota that was opposed by neighbors. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 5-0 Thursday to approve a permit for the Freeborn Wind farm in Freeborn County. Residents were concerned about ...

2 hurt in explosion, fire at Minneapolis manufacturer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An explosion and fire has injured two employees at a manufacturer in southeast Minneapolis. The fire broke out Wednesday at Metal-Matic Inc., a company that makes carbon steel tubes. Firefighters were called to the explosion around 2:45 p.m. and quickly put out a small ...

US poet Danez Smith wins prestigious Forward Prize

LONDON (AP) — American performance poet Danez Smith has won the prestigious Forward Prize for the collection "Don't Call Us Dead." At 29, the poet from St. Paul, Minnesota is the youngest-ever winner of the 10,000 pound ($13,000) award, founded in 1992. Smith, who uses the gender-neutral ...

Line 3 pipeline protesters block bridge near Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Protesters have conducted a water ceremony and blocked a bridge near Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement pipeline in northern Minnesota. An American Indian woman conducted the ceremony on the banks of the Mississippi River on Tuesday. Demonstrators also raised ...

Mayo plans expansion of Gonda Building, including hotel

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Mayo Clinic is expanding its Gonda Building in downtown Rochester, Minnesota. The clinic plans to add 11 floors to the 21-floor building, including an expansion of clinical space and a hotel. Mayo's chief administrative officer, Jeff Bolton, says the expansion will ...

Faribault prison on lockdown after 4 officers hurt

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — The Faribault state prison is on lockdown after authorities say an inmate punched a corrections officer in the face. A Department of Corrections spokeswoman says three of the responding officers also were hurt. The Corrections Department says an inmate punched the ...

3rd Minnesota measles case prompts travel warning

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials are urging Minnesotans to make sure their measles vaccinations are up to date before they travel after the state confirmed a third measles case. Last week the Minnesota Department of Health identified a case of measles in a 24-month-old child who recently ...

Minnesota amps up oversight for student loan repayments

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Office of Higher Education has become more aggressive about taking student loan recipients to court when they fall behind on payments to keep its rates low. The Student Education Loan Fund provides low-interest loans to Minnesota students to help bridge the ...