MN State News

Report: Minnesota teen pregnancy down, STD rates rising

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Pregnancies and birth rates dipped to historic lows among Minnesota teens, while sexually transmitted diseases continue climbing, according to a report by the University of Minnesota. The 2018 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report was conducted by the Medical ...

Apparent suicides renew concern for end of Minnesota hotline

By YOUSSEF RDDAD, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The apparent suicide by celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain Friday, just days after fashion designer Kate Spade's, is renewing attention to Minnesota's cash-starved suicide hotline, which is expected to shut down at the end of the ...

Officials: Wisconsin fugitive’s note says he’s going to BWCA

BLAIR, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Waukesha County fugitive apparently broke into a cabin in western Wisconsin, and could be on his way to the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. Authorities believe Jonathan Pogreba broke into the cabin southeast of Blair. A neighbor of the property called the ...

Man’s body found near railroad tracks in Otter Tail County

HENNING, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in Otter Tail County say a property owner in the city of Henning found a man's body near the railroad tracks. The man's body was found Friday afternoon. An investigation is ongoing and an autopsy is being conducted to determine how the man died. The man's ...

Sen. Tina Smith’s amendment would complete PolyMet land swap

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Sen. Tina Smith has proposed an amendment to force completion of a land swap needed for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota, a move that drew criticism from environmentalists Friday. The Minnesota Democrat ...

Minnesota prosecutor among soldiers deployed to Middle East

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — The chief prosecutor for a western Minnesota county is heading to the Middle East this fall along with other Minnesota National Guard soldiers. Clay County Attorney Brian Melton announced to his staff that he's been activated for duty in Kuwait. Melton says it'll be ...

Minneapolis ends pot stings criticized as targeting blacks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Police Department said Thursday it will discontinue undercover stings targeting low-level marijuana sales in the wake of operations that resulted in the disproportionate arrests of black people. Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced the new policy at the ...

Suicide rates jump in Minnesota, across US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New figures show Minnesota's suicide rate has jumped in recent years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released figures Thursday on suicide rates across the U.S. According to the report, the suicide rate in Minnesota jumped 40.6 percent over 18 ...

Ventilation problem sends 6 Minnesota workers to hospital

STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Officials at a Minnesota company say six workers were medically cleared and normal operations were allowed to resume after a ventilation problem that was initially reported to be a possible chemical leak. Initially, officials believed the workers at Geotek in ...

Authorities identify 3-year-old who drowned in family pool

MONTROSE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 3-year-old boy who drowned in his family's swimming pool in Wright County. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's office identifies the boy as Nolan James Muonio of Montrose. According to the Wright County Sheriff's Office, the ...

Minnesota teen wins international Quran award

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota teenager representing the United States has won a prestigious Quran recitation competition after besting 103 other contestants from around the world. Ahmed Burhan Mohamed, a junior at Ubah Medical Academy charter school in Hopkins, became the first American to ...

Minnesota parents seek changes to child protection laws

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of Minnesota parents are seeking for some of the state's child protection laws to be declared unconstitutional, alleging they deprive families of due process. The Stop Child Protection Services From Legally Kidnapping organization filed a letter in federal court ...

Man shot by Minneapolis police at City Hall pleads guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have reached a plea deal with a 19-year-old man who was shot by Minneapolis officers after he brandished a knife in a police interrogation room in December. Marcus Fischer pleaded guilty Wednesday to two counts of assault for moving toward officers with a knife ...

Nation’s 1st Somali-American lawmaker eyes seat in Congress

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ilhan Omar escaped her war-torn homeland of Somalia as a child and grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before immigrating to the United States as a preteen. She learned English by watching American television. Years later, she became the nation's first and only ...

Swanson’s move sets off chain reaction in Minnesota politics

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tuesday was moving day in Minnesota politics, as Attorney General Lori Swanson's jump to the governor's race cast big ripples. Swanson's decision opened a path for U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison to vie for attorney general, and once Ellison decided to leave his reliably ...

Authorities find body of missing Minnesota fisherman

BENSON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in western Minnesota say they have found the body of a fisherman who went missing over the weekend. The Swift County Sheriff's Office says authorities recovered the body of 60-year-old Ricky Longnecker of Appleton, Minnesota. A caller reported finding ...

Lawyer: Black woman forced to expose herself at Target

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer for a black Detroit-area woman says Target employees falsely accused her of stealing a bikini and forced her to expose parts of her body. Attorney Jasmine Rand said Monday 20-year-old Ashanae Davis was shopping at a Target May 22 in Southfield. A security ...

Man allegedly angry over Castile case is charged in hacking

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who allegedly hacked into Minnesota government databases last year because he was angry over the acquittal of the officer who shot and killed Philando Castile was charged in an indictment unsealed Tuesday. According to an indictment, Cameron Thomas Crowley, who goes ...

Minnesota Amazon workers seek better workplace conditions

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — A group of East African employees is asking retail giant Amazon to improve working conditions at an eastern Minnesota warehouse. Employees at the Eagan facility made the request at a Monday news conference called by the Awood Center, which defends the rights of East ...

Minnesota attorney general jumps into governor’s race

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's attorney general jumped into the state's crowded race for governor on Monday, just two days after being snubbed by Democratic party activists for re-election to her current job. Attorney General Lori Swanson joins the field for the Democratic nomination just a ...