MN State News

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 ...

Officers named in shooting of deputy arrow assault suspect

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified two law officers who shot and wounded a 31-year-old man after he shot a sheriff's deputy with an arrow, prompting a standoff in Sauk Centre. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says state Trooper Anthony Butler and Melrose police ...

Divers locate body in Lake Minnetonka after boater missing

ORONO, Minn. (AP) — Divers have recovered a body from Lake Minnetonka near where a boater was reported missing. The Hennepin County Sheriff's Office says the body was found Sunday near Big Island. Deputies had been searching that area for a missing boater since Saturday evening. Deputies ...

Canterbury Park closes out 69-day meet with record purses

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Canterbury Park has closed out its 2018 meet with record purses and an increase in total handle. Mister Banjoman, a Minnesota-bred 2-year-old gelding owned by Joe Novogratz of Chanhasssen , won the $75,000 Shakopee Juvenile Stakes by a nose over Topper T on Saturday, ...

Minnesota man works to restore prairie that healed him

By JOHN WEISS, Agri News RUSHFORD, Minn. (AP) — It's early evening and Scott Leddy is free to wander the prairie where he again greets the plants and insects that are his friends, his passion and his healers. With each step, he identifies plants and insects, usually with scientific name, at ...

Pastor battles cancer with prayer, alternative treatment

By ANGIE RIEBE, The Mesabi Daily News GILBERT, Minn. (AP) — The Rev. Nathan Lobb is no stranger to putting things in God's hands. He and his family initially thought the power of prayer — with the help of the "Great Physician" — was the 61-year-old's only hope for surviving Stage 4 ...

Couple accused of leaving 5-year-old in woods as punishment

ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — A man and woman in southern Minnesota are accused of dropping off a 5-year-old boy in the woods as punishment for wetting himself. Lynda Michel, 42, and Gregory Wilson, 32, were charged Friday in Nicollet County District Court with child neglect. Authorities say the ...

Minnesota school districts scramble amid bus driver shortage

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota school administrators and busing companies are scrambling to get students to class on time amid a shortage of school bus drivers. Tom Burr is responsible for moving 32,000 students on 350 bus routes for the St. Paul school district. He told Minnesota Public ...

Investigation: Edina hospital violated patient privacy

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — A federal investigation has found a suburban Twin Cities hospital violated the privacy rights of some patients by videotaping psychiatric evaluations in the emergency department without their knowledge. The Medicare investigation focused on a woman who was taken to the ER ...

$1.5M settlement for Muslim workers fired in prayer dispute

By JAMES ANDERSON, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A big U.S. meatpacker has agreed to pay $1.5 million to 138 Somali-American Muslim workers who were fired from their jobs at a Colorado plant after they were refused prayer breaks, a federal anti-discrimination agency said Friday. Cargill ...

Guilty plea entered in 1987 St. Paul homicide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A serial burglar has pleaded guilty to killing an elderly woman after breaking into her St. Paul home three decades ago. Sixty-year-old Michael Withers entered the plea to second-degree murder without intent Friday in Ramsey County District Court and could be sentenced ...

Wetterling investigative files to be made public Thursday

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Stearns County authorities plan to release their investigative files on the kidnapping and killing of Jacob Wetterling to the public next week. Sheriff Don Gudmundson plans a news conference for Thursday to present "key elements in the case" and take questions before ...

Minnesota drug task force announces huge meth seizure

FARIBAULT, Minn. (AP) — A southern Minnesota drug task force has announced a huge methamphetamine bust. Authorities said Friday that task force agents assisted by a Minneapolis police SWAT team seized just under 171 pounds of meth with an estimated street value of $7.75 million on Tuesday, ...

North Dakota man convicted in Minnesota of threatening judge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been convicted in Minnesota of threatening to kill a federal judge. A jury in St. Paul found 65-year-old Robert Phillip Ivers, of West Fargo, North Dakota, guilty Friday. U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald says Ivers has "a long history of using words ...

Wyoming game officials unsure of type of bear in attack

CODY, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming wildlife managers say they are unable to determine what type of bear attacked a Minnesota hiker last weekend, although they suspect it was a grizzly bear. Authorities say 48-year-old Bradley D. Johnson of Plymouth, Minnesota, received severe injuries to his arm, ...