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MNsure signups set fast pace, with 108K and 3 weeks to go

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has signed up more than 108,000 residents in health plans. Open enrollment in Minnesota continues through January 14. But Wednesday's deadline for coverage effective in the New Year helped MNsure hit a new high watermark ...

Minneapolis sees slow progress in curbing road salt use

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota isn't close to its goal of reducing its use of road salt, but Minneapolis is showing slow progress. Road salt used by winter maintenance crews is a worrisome pollutant, the Minnesota Public Radio reported . Heavy use of road salt over the past 20 years is causing ...

Snowy owl numbers far lower than once thought

By TAMMY WEBBER, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Scott Judd trained his camera lens on the white dot in the distance. As he moved up the Lake Michigan shoreline, the speck on a breakwater came into view and took his breath away: it was a snowy owl, thousands of miles from its Arctic ...

Minnesota AG’s office says GOP Senate leader can’t do 2 jobs

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican state Senate President Michelle Fischbach cannot legally keep her Senate seat when she becomes lieutenant governor, the Minnesota attorney general's office said Thursday. Solicitor General Alan Gilbert issued an opinion saying an 1898 decision by the ...

Man shot by Minneapolis police is charged in prior shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was shot by Minneapolis police after he began harming himself in an interrogation room has been charged in the case he was questioned about. Eighteen-year-old Marcus Fischer is charged with assault and aggravated robbery in a Dec. 13 shooting that happened during ...

Al Franken to officially leave US Senate seat on Jan. 2

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Al Franken plans to officially leave the U.S. Senate on Jan. 2. The announcement Wednesday from a Franken spokesman should put to rest questions surrounding the timing of the Minnesota Democrat's departure and concern that he might reverse his planned ...

Family of slain Australian concerned about US investigation

SYDNEY (AP) — The family of an Australian woman fatally shot by a police officer in the United States in July demanded a more rigorous probe Thursday after a Minnesota prosecutor cast doubts on the initial investigation. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman last week said investigators ...

Union: Minneapolis officers who shot man were ‘heroic’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of the Minneapolis police union said Tuesday that officers were "heroic" in shooting a man to try to stop him from cutting his own throat with a knife at City Hall. The incident happened Monday in an interview room at the Minneapolis Police Department, which is ...

1st Republican enters race to complete Franken’s Senate term

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state lawmaker launched a special election bid for Minnesota Sen. Al Franken's seat on Tuesday, the first Republican to enter a 10-month sprint to Election Day that could still attract bigger GOP names. State Sen. Karin Housley has the name recognition in hockey-mad ...

Sen. Leahy regrets calling for Franken’s resignation

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says he regrets calling for Sen. Al Franken to resign instead of waiting for an ethics investigation. The Vermont Democrat released a statement Monday, saying the Ethics Committee "should have been allowed to investigate and make its ...

Woman pleads guilty to boyfriend’s death in YouTube stunt

HALSTAD, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting her boyfriend in a videotaped stunt they planned to post on YouTube. Monalisa Perez, 20, pleaded guilty last week to second-degree manslaughter in the June death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz III, The Star Tribune ...

Ex-Starkey executive pleads guilty to conspiracy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former executive of Starkey Laboratories has pleaded guilty to conspiracy for his role in an alleged scheme to embezzle more than $20 million from the hearing aid maker. Scott Nelson was fired from Starkey in September 2015. He was indicted a year later, accused of ...

Appeals court clears way for large hog farm in SE Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A plan to build a large hog feedlot in southeastern Minnesota can move forward, the state Court of Appeals ruled Monday. The decision by a three-judge panel affirmed a vote by the Goodhue County Board in February to approve the proposed 4,700-hog operation near ...

Minnesota prosecutor apologizes in case of Australian woman

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor who publicly criticized agents investigating the death of an Australian woman fatally shot by a police officer said Monday that he is sorry and was wrong to discuss the agency's work in a public setting. Hennepin ...

Police: Man who pulled weapon while in interview room shot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man who was alone in an interview room at the Minneapolis police investigative unit in City Hall was shot by officers on Monday after he pulled out an "edged weapon" and began hurting himself. "After attempting to subdue the adult male subject, officers discharged their ...

Website keeps track of Minnesota’s breeding birds

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A new website keeps track of wild bird breeding in Minnesota. The Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas, https://mnbirdatlas.org, launched last month, the Mankato Free Press reported . The resource has graphs, interactive maps and data including where, when and how many birds ...

Police: Suspect steals bait package off Edina porch

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Police say a man stole a bait package left on a porch in Edina. A police spokeswoman says the 36-year-old man was arrested early Thursday when he allegedly took the package from a resident's porch in the Minneapolis suburb. With the resident's permission, police had ...

2 arrested in hit-and-run death of St. Paul bicyclist

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police say a man and a woman have been arrested in the hit-and-run death of a restaurant worker who was biking home from work. Authorities say a 28-year-old St. Paul man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of criminal vehicular homicide. On Friday, a ...

Crisis nursery, homeless shelter help Minnesota families

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota crisis nursery and a homeless shelter are providing complementary services for families in crisis. The Southern Minnesota Crisis Nursery and NUMAS Haus homeless opened in New Ulm within months of each other in 2016 and 2017, the Mankato Free Press ...

Minnesota schools looking for ways to address bullying

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — The state has provided public schools with a baseline policy on how to address issues of bullying, but some educators say the approach individual districts or schools take to resolve the problem can vary widely. Minnesota's policy classifies bullying as a dynamic ...