MN State News

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 ...

Enbridge pipeline raises concerns in Minnesota

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Landowners and tribal groups want Enbridge Energy to remove its old pipeline because of concerns of potential pollution if it wins regulatory approval for a replacement line across northern Minnesota. Enbridge plans to remove the old Line 3 in portions where it's ...

18-year-old was victim of fatal shooting in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities have identified a St. Paul teenager as the person who was fatally shot in Minneapolis on Friday night. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office says 18-year-old Norea Stephon Wilford was shot in the chest. Minneapolis police say Wilford was shot during a ...

Man dies in NE Minneapolis house fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say a man is dead after a house fire in northeast Minneapolis. Crews were called to the fire at a two-store home around 6:15 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters quickly put out a fire on the first floor and then found the victim on the second floor. The man was taken to ...

Minnesota AG Swanson chooses her fights against Trump agenda

By STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — In an era when Democratic attorneys general have increasingly taken the lead in opposing Republican President Donald Trump's agenda, Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson says she keeps doing her job the same way regardless of who's ...

Police: Suspect accused of fatally stabbing 2 men was drunk

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Two men were fatally stabbed at a Salvation Army apartment building in Minnesota, and police arrested a suspect who tried to leave through a rear stairway. The stabbings were reported around 7:15 p.m. Saturday at Castleview Apartments in Rochester, a 32-unit building ...

Minnesota teen dies after car catches fire in Barrett

BARRETT, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Patrol says an 18-year-old man died after his car went off the road and caught fire in Barrett. Authorities say the man was north on Highway 55 at about 3 a.m. Saturday when he went off the road. The State Patrol says the car caught fire when ...

Minnesota company to build wind farm in central Montana

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Minnesota company plans to build an 80-megawatt wind farm in central Montana that would provide power to NorthWestern Energy customers. ALLETE Clean Energy announced this week that construction is expected to start this year on the South Peak project. It's ...

Minnesota car crash injures 3, causes power outage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Utility crews were working to restore power to a neighborhood north of Minneapolis after a car accident that injured three people caused an outage. Police say one of the people injured in the Friday night crash is in critical condition. WCCO-TV reports that the accident ...

Designer of fallen Florida bridge also did new I-35W span

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The company that designed a pedestrian bridge that collapsed in Florida is the same company that designed the new Interstate 35W bridge in Minnesota, after the old span collapsed more than 10 years ago. The engineering company is FIGG Bridge Group. Its new pedestrian ...

Jury awards $3.7M to former UMD women’s hockey coach

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Former women's hockey coach Shannon Miller was awarded nearly $3.75 million after suing the University of Minnesota Duluth for discrimination and retaliation. The federal jury on Thursday awarded Miller more than $744,000 for lost wages and benefits and $3 million for ...

Minnesota officials to review handling of twins’ abuse case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An eastern Minnesota county is reviewing how Minneapolis authorities handled the case of two developmentally disabled twins who were abused for years before one was able to escape and report what had happened. The now 21-year-old twins told investigators they were deprived ...

Dayton’s budget proposal cues up tax fight with GOP

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday proposed repealing several GOP-backed tax breaks that he signed into law last year and sending more money back to Minnesota families, setting up an inevitable clash with the Republican-controlled Legislature ...

Pawlenty: ‘Warming up engine’ for possible run for governor

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Former Gov. Tim Pawlenty says he'll have an announcement soon on whether he'll make a run for his old office. After speaking Friday at a Chamber of Commerce event in Edina, Pawlenty declined to say whether he's definitely in. He called it "an answer for another ...