MN State News

Arctic wolves in Minnesota adjusting to new pack

ELY, Minn. (AP) — Curators of a Minnesota wolf center say the artic wolf pups that arrived in 2016 have reached their challenging years and have been testing behavioral limits this winter. Axel and Grayson will turn 2 years old this May at the International Wolf Center in Ely, the Mesabi ...

Man killed after party bus fight escalates to shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a St. Paul man was killed and a woman was wounded in an early morning shooting at an Inver Grove Heights movie theater parking lot. The Pioneer Press reports officers responded to a call at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a fight broke out on a party ...

Missing elderly couple found dead in vehicle

PAYNESVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an elderly couple from central Minnesota reported missing along with a man who lived with them has been found dead in their vehicle. Stearns County sheriff's officials say 93-year-old Wilbert Scheel and his 80-year-old wife, Gloria Scheel, were found ...

Bodies of 2 fishermen missing since November recovered

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The bodies of two fishermen missing in northern Minnesota since November have been recovered. Red Lake Police say the body of a 17-year-old boy was found in Lower Red Lake Wednesday. Searchers found the body of 29-year-old Deland Beaulieu on Thursday morning about 150 ...

Minneapolis releases draft of 20-year plan for city

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A new proposal aims to make Minneapolis taller, greener and more equitable. Officials released the first draft of the Minneapolis 2040 plan on Thursday, Minnesota Public Radio reports . It has policy recommendations about housing, transportation, economic development, ...

Woman charged with murder in Hennepin Co. jail heroin OD

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a woman with third-degree murder for allegedly providing a fatal dose of heroin to another inmate while they were in the Hennepin County Jail. Thirty-one-year-old Cortney Ann Metcalfe of Plymouth was charged in the fatal overdose of 40-year-old ...

No charges against Minnesota officers in fatal shooting

CENTER CITY, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor says no charges will be filed against seven law officers in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina man last year. Chisago County Attorney Janet Reiter says the officers were justified in using deadly force against 39-year-old Gregory Thrower ...

Former first lady Jane Freeman, a founder of DFL, dies at 96

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota first lady Jane Freeman, a founder of the modern Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, has died. She was 96. Freeman died Friday morning at her apartment in Minneapolis, according to a spokesman for her son, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. Along with her ...

Minnesota teen driver taking test crashes into exam station

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — Police say a teenage driver in Minnesota trying to get her license crashed into the examination station. Authorities say the 17-year-old girl inadvertently put the 2014 Chevrolet Equinox in drive instead of reverse at the start of the test Wednesday in Buffalo, ...

Prosecutor: Decision in Prince case coming in “near future”

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A prosecutor in Minnesota says he's reviewing law enforcement reports about Prince's death and will make a decision on possible charges "in the near future." Carver County Attorney Mark Metz says in a statement that investigative data in the case remains active and isn't ...

Bankruptcy judge approves $25M Crosiers sex abuse settlement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has approved a $25 million settlement by the Crosier religious order over lawsuits alleging clergy sex abuse in Minnesota. Judge Robert Kressel approved the plan Thursday. The Phoenix-based Crosier Fathers and Brothers filed for Chapter 11 ...

After weeks of clashing, lawmakers move on MNLARS funding

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Legislature approved nearly $10 million in emergency funding to fix the state's troubled new computer system on Thursday, weeks after state technology officials warned they needed the money to stave off departures of key staff working on the platform. The ...

Unextinguished cigarettes caused fatal Minneapolis fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators say unextinguished cigarettes caused a fatal house fire in northeast Minneapolis last weekend. The Minneapolis Fire Department says the fire was started on the first floor by cigarettes that ignited a sofa in the living room. The cause of the fire was ruled ...

Experts: Hard to convict officer in Australian woman’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The police officer who was with a Minneapolis officer charged with murder and manslaughter in the death of an unarmed Australian woman said both men "got spooked" when she approached their SUV, and that the partner feared for his life. But prosecutors say Officer Mohamed ...

Officials to turn over Prince investigative files to family

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the county where Prince was found dead have agreed to provide his siblings with investigative documents so the family can determine whether civil litigation is warranted, according to a stipulation filed in court Wednesday. The siblings and their attorneys ...

Court dismisses appeal on behalf of deceased serial killer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal on behalf of a convicted Minneapolis serial killer who died in prison. Attorneys for the Minnesota Innocence Project have been trying to exonerate Billy Glaze, who was convicted of killing three women in the 1980s. ...

Pawlenty files campaign committee for Minnesota governor run

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty announced Monday he created a campaign committee to run for his old job, the most concrete step yet after months of speculation whether the Republican would return to politics following his short-lived 2012 presidential ...

Students shut down Senate hearing, demand gun control

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A group of high school students briefly shut down a Minnesota Senate committee hearing by calling on lawmakers address gun violence in schools. School of Environmental Studies senior Josh Groven attended the Monday hearing on an unrelated bill and demanded the Senate ...

Minneapolis hairstylist accused of groping client

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a hairstylist at a downtown Minneapolis salon with groping a client during a haircut and calling his action "a nice tip." Thirty-year-old Vincent Sechi of Bloomington was charged last week with fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a gross ...

Study: plant diversity doesn’t protect from aquatic invaders

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — New research from the University of Minnesota has found no evidence that a diverse plant community in lakes keeps aquatic invaders from taking hold. The university's Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center examined 13 years of vegetation survey data that the state ...