MN State News

Electrifying city fleets isn’t as improbable as some think

By FRANK JOSSI of Energy News Network. undefined COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — For a suburban Minnesota police department, the idea of an electric police car is so far-fetched it was the punchline of an April Fools' Day prank on social media. In a tweet, a Coon Rapids police officer proudly ...

Walz signs bill requiring drivers to use hands-free phones

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Motorists will be required to use hands-free devices to talk on the phone while driving on Minnesota roads starting Aug. 1 under a bill that Gov. Tim Walz signed Friday to crack down on the growing problem of distracted ...

Officer advised cop in fatal shooting to ‘keep mouth shut’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer who told a fellow officer to "keep your mouth shut" after that officer fatally shot an unarmed woman who had called police to report a possible crime testified Friday that he was merely giving the officer advice. Officer Jesse Lopez was among ...

Minnesota teacher accused of abusing students loses license

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis second-grade teacher accused of spanking and slapping his students has been banned from teaching in Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports that the Minnesota Professional Educator and Licensing Standard Board voted Friday to revoke Hernandez Cortez Evans' ...

Minnesota farmer’s tearful video underscores industry woes

PINE ISLAND, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota dairy farmer frustrated by the industry's rising financial pressures has taken to social media to voice his concerns in an emotional video that's been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. Mark Berg, 26, told the Star Tribune that he posted the ...

Students protest bathroom lockdown with ‘Let Us Pee’ message

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A group of Minnesota high school students is protesting administrators' decision to lock some of the school bathrooms during class time. The Star Tribune reports that the Let Us Pee Instagram page was originally launched as a tongue-in-cheek response to a new policy ...

Former utility attorney named to Public Utilities Commission

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz has named mediator Valerie Means to an open seat on the state Public Utilities Commission, an independent body that regulates utilities and pipelines across Minnesota. Means will be the first person of color to serve on the commission in 30 years. The ...

Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests

By JEFF BAENEN Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 5-year-old boy plummeted three floors Friday after being pushed or thrown from a balcony at the Mall of America, according to witnesses, and a 24-year-old man with a history of causing disturbances at the mall was in custody. Bloomington ...

Minnesota man suspected in fire that killed 2 young sons

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two toddlers have died in a Minnesota house fire that investigators believe was set by their father. Sherburne County Sheriff's Office says in a release that police and firefighters responded to the blaze at about 5:30 a.m. Friday in Big Lake, about 40 ...

Trump tweets video edited to suggest Omar dismissive of 9/11

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump weighed in Friday on the most recent controversy involving Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar, retweeting video edited to suggest that the Minnesota congresswoman was dismissive of the significance of the Sept. 11 attacks. The video pulls a snippet of Omar's ...

Agriculture report shows fewer but larger farms in US

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The latest Census of Agriculture shows the number of farms and ranches in the U.S. has fallen but the remaining operations are larger and are responsible for a higher percentage of agricultural sales. The U.S. Department of Agriculture released the 2017 Census of ...

Walz to sign bill requiring drivers to use hands-free phones

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is about to sign into law a bill that will require Minnesota motorists to use hands-free devices when they're driving while phoning. The bill cleared its final legislative hurdle Thursday when the Senate approved compromise language 48-12. The final ...

Bodycam footage shows attempts to save woman shot by officer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The fiance of a woman who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer after she called 911 to report a possible crime cradled his head in his hands Thursday as body camera footage of attempts to save her was played at the officer's trial. Don Damond declined to watch ...

Medical examiner: Woman shot in key artery by cop’s bullet

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who was shot by a Minneapolis police officer responding to her 911 call about a possible sexual assault near her home lost so much blood from her single wound that she might not have been saved even if she had gotten quicker medical help, a medical examiner ...

Woman killed by Minneapolis officer ‘yearned to help people’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Justine Ruszczyk Damond heard someone cry out in the alley behind her home in July 2017, she did what she had spent a lifetime doing: She immediately tried to help. Damond called 911 not once but twice to report what she thought was a sexual assault. When officers ...

2 found dead at prominent Minnesota businessman’s home

ORONO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people found at the Lake Minnetonka mansion of Irwin Jacobs, a prominent Minnesota businessman who once owned a minority share in the Minnesota Vikings NFL team. Orono, Minnesota, police say the bodies of a man and woman ...

Walz touts clean energy jobs amid uncertain nuclear future

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and Commerce Commissioner Steve Kelley said Monday that economics suggest nuclear power won't be part of Minnesota's energy mix if the state adopts the governor's goal of getting 100 percent of its energy from carbon-free sources by 2050. Walz and Kelley ...

Minnesota state agency breach may have put thousands at risk

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Department of Human Services officials say a data breach at the agency may have exposed the personal information of about 11,000 people. The Star Tribune reports that the agency, which oversees the state's health and welfare programs, notified lawmakers Tuesday ...

Minnesota man’s family sues Boeing over deadly plane crash

CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a Minnesota man who died when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed last month has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Boeing, the manufacturer of the 737 Max aircraft that was involved in the crash and is now being investigated by U.S. prosecutors. The suit was ...

Police arrest Minnesota men suspected of stealing statues

COON RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota authorities arrested two men suspected of stealing a bald eagle statue from an Army veteran's home and two lion statutes from the city of Anoka. KMSP-TV reports Monday that Coon Rapids police say they received tips on social media last week that led them ...