MN State News

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, ...

Jury convicts uncle in death of baby in St. Louis County

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — A jury has convicted the uncle of a baby who was killed in a house fire in St. Louis County. KBJR-TV reports the jury found 26-year-old Jesse Lee Bonacci-Koski of Hibbing guilty Thursday on two counts of manslaughter. He'll be sentenced Oct. 24. Bonacci-Koski was on ...

Man arrested after shooting Minnesota deputy with crossbow

SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man who shot a Minnesota sheriff's deputy with a crossbow also was shot and wounded by law officers firing their guns. Stearns County Sheriff Don Gudmunson says the deputy was shot in the forearm Thursday and was taken to a hospital, where he is in ...

Family feud: Cousins take opposite sides on diversion plan

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — An open house on Thursday meant to discuss environmental impacts of a revised Red River diversion channel around the flood-prone Fargo-Moorhead area may have been the last chance for opponents to publicly air their grievances. In one case it put cousins on opposite ...

Woman’s death raises concern about Minneapolis homeless camp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The death of a woman living at a Minneapolis homeless camp is raising fresh concerns about the health of the rapidly growing number of people staying there. Alissa Rose Skipintheday, 26, was found unconscious and not breathing last week near the camp, which is known by ...

St. Thomas AD Fritz to retire after 52-year run at school

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — University of St. Thomas athletic director Steve Fritz has decided to retire in the spring, ending a 52-year affiliation with the school. St. Thomas made the announcement on Tuesday about Fritz, who began playing basketball for the Tommies in 1967. He spent nine ...

Minnesota regulators postpone Line 3 meeting after protests

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators postponed a meeting Tuesday on Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement after pipeline opponents disrupted the meeting with a bullhorn and a boombox. Protests erupted as the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met to discuss whether Enbridge ...

Hennepin County sees progress after child protection reforms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An overhaul of Hennepin County's child protection system is showing positive results, but officials said the county still faces challenges. Hennepin County Human Services Director Jodi Wentland told Minnesota Public Radio News that there have been fewer staff turnovers and ...

Minnetonka police train for mental health crises

MINNETONKA, Minn. (AP) — Business cards that list services for people experiencing a mental health crisis are just one tool police in a Twin Cities suburb are using to de-escalate calls involving mentally ill people. The cards carried by Minnetonka police list four contact numbers for ...

Trump tweets endorsement for congressional candidate Hughes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Minnesota congressional candidate Dave Hughes. Trump tweeted Saturday that Hughes "will help us accomplish our America First policies." Hughes is trying to unseat 14-term Democratic Rep. Collin Peterson in Minnesota's 7th ...

Catholic faithful demand change after sex abuse scandals

By AMY FORLITI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The day after a grand jury report revealed that Roman Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania molested more than 1,000 children over decades, Adrienne Alexander went to Mass at a Chicago church and waited for the priest to say something about the ...