MN State News

Klobuchar to meet with Carter, Abrams in Georgia

By SARA BURNETT, Associated Press Sen. Amy Klobuchar will meet with former President Jimmy Carter and Democrat Stacey Abrams on Friday as she brings her presidential campaign to Georgia. Klobuchar spokeswoman Carlie Waibel says the Minnesota Democrat will meet privately with Abrams, who lost ...

Man pleads guilty to killing girlfriend, staging overdose

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a Stillwater man admitted to strangling his girlfriend at her St. Paul home last summer and then inserting a cocaine-laced straw in her nose to make her death look like an overdose. The Star Tribune reports that 34-year-old Ivan Walker pleaded guilty Friday ...

2020 Democratic hopeful Klobuchar backs legalizing marijuana

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Add Amy Klobuchar to the list of 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls who support legalizing marijuana. Klobuchar said in a statement Friday that she supports legalization and that states should have the right to determine how to handle marijuana in their territory. The ...

Forest Service to relaunch balky BWCA permit system March 4

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says it has finally fixed the bugs in a new online reservation system for Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness travelers that crashed shortly after its first attempted launch last month. It's preparing to ...

Minnesota to join states in March 3 Super Tuesday primaries

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is joining the mass of states holding 2020 primaries on so-called Super Tuesday. At least nine other states will hold their primaries on March 3, including California and Texas. Minnesota Public Radio reports the date was confirmed Friday, a week before the ...

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento dead at 91

NEW YORK (AP) — Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento, who wrote musical works inspired by the lives and literature of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Casanova, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry James and Virginia Woolf, had died. He was 91. Argento died Wednesday in ...

Report: University of Minnesota should rename 4 buildings

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Four buildings on the University of Minnesota campus should be renamed because of their ties to former administrators who promoted racist and anti-Semitic policies, a task force said. The group, appointed by university President Eric Kaler, recommends scrubbing the ...

Survey: Banks raising farm loan collateral requirements

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of rural bankers in parts of 10 Plains and Western states shows nearly two-thirds of banks in the region have raised farm loan collateral requirements on fears of weakening farm income. The Rural Mainstreet survey for February showed nearly one-third of ...

Red River flooding outlook increases but remains manageable

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the threat of significant spring flooding in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and Minnesota has increased, though current estimates show manageable levels for cities along the river. The weather service said in a report released ...

Minnesota House votes to eliminate ‘marital rape exception’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House has voted to eliminate a defense that prevents people who rape a spouse or domestic partner from being prosecuted for criminal sexual conduct. Rep. Zack Stephenson, the bill's lead author, told lawmakers before the 130-0 vote Thursday that repealing ...

No charges against Stillwater officer in fatal shooting

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Stillwater police officer won't face charges for fatally shooting a man armed with a knife last November. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput says his office found that the officer was justified in using deadly force against 22-year-old Keaton Larson. Officers ...

US citizen charged in kidnapping of journalist in Somalia

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A U.S. citizen has been charged with kidnapping and other counts for his alleged role in the abduction of a freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for nearly three years, according to federal charging documents unsealed Thursday in New York. According to a ...

Minnesota AG to review case of woman accused in 2 deaths

MANTORVILLE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Attorney General's office will review the case of a woman accused of killing her husband in southern Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there. Lois Riess has not been charged in the fatal shooting of her husband, 54-year-old David ...

Walz needs GOP help to deliver on agenda for rural Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz's first budget contains lots of things that leaders from outside the Twin Cities area have been seeking — more money for schools, local governments, highways and rural broadband to name just a few. But the new Democratic governor's chances of delivering ...

Inmate who broke out of Hennepin County Jail pleads guilty

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A serial burglar who broke out of Hennepin County Jail in November has pleaded guilty to an escape charge. Fifty-seven-year-old Michael Simon pleaded guilty Wednesday as the judge and attorneys were setting his trial date. The Hennepin County Attorney's office says Simon ...

Father accused of beating, raping twin daughters sentenced

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 52-year-old Minneapolis man accused of beating and raping his mentally disabled twin daughters has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. Hennepin County Judge Fred Karasov sentenced the man Wednesday for crimes committed against the women when they were teenagers, and ...

Environmental group seeks EPA documents on Minnesota mine

A Minnesota environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, seeking to force it to make public the concerns its specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state. Environmentalists worry PolyMet Mining's planned ...

Walz seeks gas tax, education spending hikes in 1st budget

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $49 billion "Budget for One Minnesota" on Tuesday that raises the state gas tax 20 cents to pay for road and bridge improvements and includes significant increases in spending on education. In his first budget proposal, the new Democratic ...

State corrections chief: Do mentally ill belong in prison?

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's new corrections commissioner said he plans to draw on his training in social work to address one of the biggest challenges facing prison systems across the country: inmates with mental illness. Minnesota Department of Corrections commissioner Paul Schnell ...

Napkin, genealogy site leads to arrest in 1993 murder case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A businessman has been charged with fatally stabbing a Minneapolis woman in 1993 after investigators ran DNA evidence from the murder scene through a genealogy website and obtained his DNA from a discarded napkin. Jerry Westrom, 52, was charged with second-degree murder in ...