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Dems mourn Franken’s demise but see a 2018 election benefit

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of both parties are glum and guarded after a shocking week of resignations on Capitol Hill. But Democrats say the way they're handling the sexual misconduct issue will give them a valuable weapon for next year's congressional ...

Minnesota parolee convicted of killing woman in Omaha

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A man released on parole for a Minnesota slaying has been convicted of fatally shooting an Omaha woman and injuring her fiance. On Thursday a Douglas County jury found 32-year-old Tyeric Lessley guilty of first-degree murder and four other crimes. Prosecutors say he killed ...

Woman attacked by police dog files lawsuit

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A woman who was attacked by a police dog is suing a St. Paul officer who handles the canine. A lawsuit filed by Desiree Collins alleges Officer Thaddeus Schmidt had the dog on a 20-foot leash as he searched for two burglary suspects. Collins was taking out her trash in ...

Students suing Minnesota high school over free speech rights

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — Five Minnesota high school students who are members of a conservative club say their free speech rights were violated when the school ended its sponsorship over the group's criticism of a student protest. Members of the Edina High School Young Conservatives Club and their ...

Officials have more work ahead on Enbridge pipeline review

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota officials need to do more work on the environmental review of Enbridge Energy's proposed replacement for its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline, which has drawn strong opposition from environmental and tribal groups. The Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 ...

Husband of day care provider charged with sexual assault

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say the husband of a Twin Cities-based home day care provider is accused of sexually assaulting three children. Forty-four-year-old Edgar Noe Lopez-Monter, of Roseville, is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Court documents show that police ...

Dems mourn Franken’s demise but see a 2018 election benefit

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of both parties are glum and guarded after a shocking week of resignations on Capitol Hill. But Democrats say the way they're handling the sexual misconduct issue will give them a valuable weapon for next year's congressional ...

2 Democrats: Minnesota governor’s top choice mulling ’18 run

By KYLE POTTER, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton's top pick to fill Sen. Al Franken's Senate seat, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, is considering also running for the seat next year, as Dayton faces pressure from top Democrats in Washington to appoint more than a mere ...

Minnesota, Fond du Lac tribe formalize rights to hunt, fish

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state of Minnesota and the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa have formalized an agreement to manage the tribe's hunting, fishing and gathering rights. While an agreement has been in place for decades, Gov. Mark Dayton and tribal chairman Keven Dupuis say a ...

School bus arm violators get jail time in Minnesota county

ADA, Minn. (AP) — Some drivers in northwestern Minnesota who ignore school bus stop arms are being thrown in jail. Norman County Attorney James Brue tells KFGO radio that two people have each spent a weekend behind bars since the beginning of the school year. They have also been slapped with ...

Franken’s exit hands Dems another 2018 electoral headache

By KYLE POTTER and THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Sen. Al Franken's announcement Thursday that he will resign sets off a scramble toward a special election in 2018 to finish the Minnesota Democrat's term, with former governor and one-time presidential candidate Tim ...

Combative Franken quits, points to GOP tolerance of Trump

By ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Al Franken, a rising political star only weeks ago, reluctantly announced Thursday he's resigning from Congress, succumbing to a torrent of sexual harassment allegations and evaporating support from fellow Democrats. But he fired a ...

Garrison Keillor says he will have pacemaker implant

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Humorist Garrison Keillor says he plans to go to Mayo Clinic next week for a pacemaker implant. The 75-year-old former host of "A Prairie Home Companion" told the Minneapolis Star Tribune he was having heart problems and has scheduled an appointment at the Rochester ...

Keillor: Radio station fired me without full investigation

By JEFF BAENEN, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Garrison Keillor says Minnesota Public Radio was wrong to fire him last week without fully investigating what a senior executive has described as "multiple allegations" spanning an extended period against the former "A Prairie Home ...

Deaths of 2 people apparent murder-suicide in Fergus Falls

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Investigators say a Fergus Falls man apparently shot and killed his ex-wife before taking his own life. The two are identified as 41-year-old Ryan Cheshire and Sarah Cheshire, also 41. Officers responded to a call of a person down and not breathing late Wednesday ...

Report: MPR exec says ‘multiple allegations’ against Keillor

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The president of Minnesota Public Radio has told employees the decision to cut business ties with former "A Prairie Home Companion" host Garrison Keillor resulted from "multiple allegations" that covered an extended period of time. Jon McTaggart held an off-the-record ...

As Franken’s support collapses, Democrats expect resignation

WASHINGTON (AP) — His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill. A majority ...

Minnesota pollution agency to shut down Willmar office

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is permanently closing its Willmar Office on Friday. The agency says all six staff members will keep their jobs. They either will be reassigned to other work locations or will work from the MPCA's Marshall office. The Willmar ...

Minnesota’s $188M budget deficit is filled with questions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota may face a $188 million budget deficit next year but that shortfall could grow, shrink or dissolve entirely when lawmakers return to the Capitol in February, according to an economic forecast released Tuesday. State officials blamed slowing economic growth ...

US government sues Stearns County over Wetterling documents

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The U.S. government is asking a state court judge to order that FBI documents related to the Jacob Wetterling investigation be returned to the federal agency. Officials in Stearns County had planned to release the investigative case file after Danny Heinrich confessed ...