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Democratic gains raise odds for gun control in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A shift in the balance of power at the state Capitol has boosted the odds of lawmakers passing bills to reduce gun violence during the upcoming legislative session. The Democratic takeover of the Minnesota House includes so many freshmen who support tougher gun laws that ...

Archbishop prohibits predecessor from celebrating mass

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he's troubled by the Vatican's failure to conclude an investigation into allegations that his predecessor behaved inappropriately with young men. Archbishop Bernard Hebda says in a post on the archdiocese website ...

New elk herd could be reintroduced in northeast Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An effort is underway to reintroduce elk to parts of northeast Minnesota, but it could be a long process. Minnesota Public radio reported that the University of Minnesota has spent three years observing potential habit for elk in the Cloquet Valley State Forest north of ...

Metro Transit planning to power buses by electricity

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The public transit agency serving the Twin Cities is advancing efforts to have all of its buses powered by electricity. Metro Transit plans to buy more electric buses in the next few years and eventually phase out diesel buses, The Star Tribune reports . The plan has ...

Walz draws GOP criticism for skipping Trump meeting

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov.-elect Tim Walz did not attend a meeting between a bipartisan group of new governors and President Donald Trump in Washington Thursday, drawing some criticism from Republicans. The six-term Democratic congressman stayed in Minnesota this week to meet with ...

Apple strikes deal to produce new ‘Peanuts’ content

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the "Peanuts" crew will have a new home on Apple's streaming service. Apple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new "Peanuts" content. The global children's content and brands company will develop and produce original programs for Apple ...

Farmers buoyed but cautious as China resumes buying soybeans

By BLAKE NICHOLSON, Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The resumption of soybean sales to China this week is encouraging to American farmers who have seen the value of their crop plummet amid a trade war with the world's second-largest economy, but producers see it only as a small step ...

Slain US student texted friend about roommate’s threat

By AMY FORLITI and MIKE CORDER, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American psychology student who was fatally stabbed in her Netherlands apartment had texted a friend in the U.S. six days before her death, saying her roommate threatened to kill three people. Sarah Papenheim, 21, told ...

Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar appeared at rally at Amazon warehouse

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Amazon workers, Somali community leaders and their allies rallied in suburban Minneapolis at the height of the busy holiday season to demand better working conditions. Joining them Friday evening at an Amazon warehouse in Shakopee was U.S. Rep.-elect Ilhan ...

Chief: Fire that burned girl at gas station not accidental

SHOREVIEW, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a fire that critically burned a 17-year-old girl at a Shoreview gas station doesn't appear to have been caused by an equipment malfunction. Lake Johanna Fire Department Chief Tim Boehlke tells the St. Paul Pioneer Press that officials haven't found any ...

Former priest to face trial for alleged abuse decades ago

HAYWARD, Wis. (AP) — A former priest accused of sexually abusing at least three boys in Wisconsin decades ago has been bound over for trial. Seventy-one-year-old Thomas Ericksen was arrested Nov. 16 at his Minneapolis home. He faces child sexual assault charges for alleged abuse between June ...

Amazon CEO giving $2.5M to Minneapolis homeless nonprofit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Billionaire Jeff Bezos has pledged $2.5 million to a Minneapolis nonprofit that helps the homeless. Simpson Housing Services tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the grant from the Amazon founder and CEO is the largest in its 35-year history. The donation will help the ...

Minnesota police look for solutions to recruitment struggles

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota police chiefs have launched a six-month public relations campaign to try to persuade more young people to enter law enforcement, which has had trouble attracting and retaining new officers in recent years. The Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association's "Wear the ...

Oil pipeline foes look past regulators after another loss

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of Enbridge Energy's proposed Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement are turning their attention to fighting the project on other fronts after a Minnesota regulatory panel took one of its final steps Thursday and reaffirmed ...

Student charged with beating teachers at Bloomington college

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A student is charged with beating two teachers at Normandale Community College in Bloomington. The Hennepin County Attorney's office on Thursday charged 21-year-old Gavin Hutson of St. Paul with assault. Hutson also was charged with carrying a pistol without a ...

80-year-old man injured in St. Paul house explosion dies

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An 80-year-old man injured in an explosion at his St. Paul home last month has died. A spokeswoman for Regions Hospital in St. Paul tells the Star Tribune that John Lundahl died Tuesday at the hospital from his injuries. The Nov. 23 explosion left Lundahl with ...

1 of 3 men accused in mosque bombing negotiating plea deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An attorney for one of three Illinois militia members accused of bombing a Minnesota mosque says his client is negotiating a possible plea deal with federal prosecutors. Michael James McWhorter pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal hate crime charges, but the Star ...

Federal jury convicts 5 in Thai sex trafficking trial

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Five people on trial for an alleged ring that prosecutors said sold Thai women for sex in the U.S. were convicted Wednesday on sex trafficking charges. A federal jury in Minnesota found all five guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and other charges, the Star ...

Judge commits man accused of rampage during peace gathering

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Northfield man accused of going on a drug-crazed rampage during an annual peace gathering in Superior National Forest has been committed to a treatment center. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that 21-year-old Spencer Fredrickson allegedly raped a woman, bit off part ...

Minnesota man who drove into crowd gets 5 years in prison

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for driving into a crowd of partygoers and injuring six of them. Authorities say 23-year-old Juan Lamas Jr. sped away when people surrounded his car following a fight over drugs at a large party near ...