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Corrections dept. investigates Minnesota prison attacks

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections is investigating recent attacks on 11 prison officers. The latest happened Thursday when an offender assaulted a lieutenant at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater. The officer walked out of the facility on his own ...

Spring storm packing heavy snow

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Forecasters say spring is on hold for now as a winter-like snow storm arrives in the Upper Midwest. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning is in effect in North Dakota, much of north central Minnesota and northern Wisconsin. Duluth could get 8 inches of ...

Castile girlfriend acquitted of serious charges in attack

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has acquitted the girlfriend of Philando Castile of serious charges in an assault on a woman last year. Jurors on Friday acquitted 28-year-old Diamond Reynolds of felony second-degree and third-degree assault. Reynolds was convicted of misdemeanor fifth-degree ...

Minneapolis man charged with murder in woman’s fatal OD

CHASKA, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis man with murder in the overdose death of a 19-year-old woman in Carver County. Twenty-nine-year-old Deon Lee Hillard is charged with third-degree murder in the death of Olivia Rose Zorbas of Watertown. According to the criminal ...

Melting machine explodes at Columbia Heights company

COLUMBIA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say no one was hurt when a small melting machine exploded at a metal casting company in a northern Minneapolis suburb. Columbia Heights Fire Chief Gary Gorman says the machine at Invest Cast Inc. had molten metal in it when an apparent mechanical ...

Judge orders records in Wetterling case returned to FBI

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A judge has ordered Stearns County to return thousands of pages of FBI documents in the Jacob Wetterling investigation to the federal agency. County officials had planned to release the case file after Danny Heinrich confessed to the 1989 abduction and killing of ...

Minnesota woman pushes for boat insurance law after accident

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities woman who lost her lower left leg in a boating accident is advocating for a change in state law after she was excluded from her husband's insurance policy on the boat. Courtney Godfrey lost part of her leg in the boat's propeller after she was flung ...

Minnesota farmers endure 5th straight year of thin profits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bumper crops and slightly better prices for some commodities weren't enough to save most Minnesota farmers from a fifth straight year of thin profits in 2017, according to a report released Tuesday. The annual analysis from University of Minnesota Extension and the ...

Minnesota delegation vows ‘solution’ for Liberians

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of Minnesota's congressional delegation say they'll try to figure out a solution for Liberians in the state after the Trump administration extended immigration protections for only one year. The White House says the Deferred Enforced Departure program that has been ...

Dayton renews push for funding Minnesota preschools

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton pressed lawmakers on Tuesday to extend funding for preschool programs for the next three years, concerned one of his signature initiatives may fall by the wayside after he leaves office. The Democratic governor has made expanding early ...

Zucker scores 30th goal as Wild top Predators 4-1

By ANDRES YBARRA, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Bruce Boudreau didn't want anyone making a big deal about his 500th career win as an NHL coach. With a tightening playoff race, his Minnesota Wild have other things to worry about. So the Wild made sure to take care of business ...

Minnesota woman receives stolen wallet after 50 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former employee of the Dayton's department store in Minneapolis has her wallet back nearly 50 years after it was stolen while she was working behind the cosmetics counter. Linda Rost's olive-green wallet was stolen from her purse in 1969, KARE-TV reported . The wallet ...

Rural Minnesota struggling with day care shortage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Research shows that rural Minnesota is seeing a shortage of day care options. The Center for Rural Policy and Development found the northern and central parts of the state are particularly affected, Minnesota Public Radio reported . The research estimates that roughly ...

Minnesota’s elections chief gets ‘secret’ security clearance

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's chief elections officer says he has been working closely with the Department of Homeland Security to protect the integrity of the state's balloting process from outside attackers, as concern grows about Russian targeting ...

1 dead, 1 injured in early morning Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say one man is dead and another injured after an early morning shooting. Authorities say they responded early Sunday morning to find two people with apparent gunshot wounds. An adult man died at the scene. A juvenile male was brought to Hennepin County ...

5 Minnesota prison workers injured in inmate melee

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Corrections says five staff members at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights had to be treated at a hospital after an inmate melee. Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Fitzgerald tells the Pioneer Press that the ...

Minnesota barn invests in robot technology

By NORA G. HERTEL, St. Cloud Times MELROSE, Minn. (AP) — Isaak Hinnenkamp wasn't going to become a farmer. That's what he said growing up in Melrose on a legacy dairy farm. Hinnenkamp, 34, left for college and stayed away for several years. But he came back to his family's farm and to an ...

Minnesota veteran had long recovery after parachute fall

By S. M. CHAVEY, Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For former Army Sgt. Brian Grundtner, an 800-foot jump was what he called just "another day in the office." The paratrooper had done enough of them that he wasn't nervous for his 20th training jump — a requisite for maintaining "jump ...

Dayton content to be on the sidelines for 2018 election

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton nears the end of eight years in office to cap a four-decade political career, he's content to take a back seat in the race to replace him. At least for now. The Democratic governor has repeatedly declined ...

Minnesota cancer patient now doctor at hospital

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who battled cancer 20 years ago is back at the St. Paul hospital that diagnosed and treated, but this time she's a doctor. Jen Pratt was about 11-years-old when she decided she wanted to become a physician, WCCO-TV reported. Pratt underwent chemotherapy to battle ...