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UnitedHealth hikes annual forecast, offers glimpse into 2020

UnitedHealth Group raised its 2019 forecast and detailed another better-than-expected quarter Tuesday, but shares soared after company leaders mentioned next year's growth prospects. CEO David Wichmann told analysts it would be "reasonable and prudent" for them to set initial expectations for ...

Dayton enjoying down time after nearly 4 decades in office

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When former Gov. Mark Dayton's official portrait is unveiled later this week, it will feature the two-term Democrat in front of the Capitol building. Dayton tells Minnesota Public Radio that he wanted a strong "supporting cast" in the painting to be unveiled Thursday, and ...

State tests new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials are testing new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters. Through September, the State Patrol issued nearly 3,500 citations to drivers who illegally used the lanes reserved for two or more people, buses, motorcycles and solo drivers who ...

1 injured in shooting outside Blaine Walmart

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Police have responded to a shooting outside a Walmart store in Blaine. KSTP-TV reports a man in his 30s was shot in the ear by someone he knew. The shooting happened about 5 a.m. Monday. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. Authorities are ...

Agents say Minnesota woman bilked government out of benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a onetime U.S. Postal Service employee in western Minnesota cheated the government out of more than $100,000 in federal disability benefits by claiming she had a workforce injury while at the same time competing in dog agility events. The Star Tribune ...

Hunter finds body in wooded area of rural Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a hunter reported finding a body in the woods near Mankato. Deputies were called to the area northeast of Highway 83 on Thursday. Authorities don't know the name and identity of the person. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office says ...

Minneapolis police arrest 1, cite 1 in Trump rally protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police made one arrest and issued one citation during protests outside a campaign rally by President Donald Trump. Police say the arrest was for damage to property and the citation was for disorderly conduct. Several thousand people protested outside Target ...

Dems, Muslims rip Trump attack on Somalis; rue GOP silence

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats, Muslims and other groups condemned President Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the state for welcoming so many Somali refugees, and they called out Republican leaders for failing to criticize his statements. At ...

Minnesota father gets 6 months for death of son in hot SUV

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man will serve six months in jail for the death of his 4-year-old son who the man left for hours in a hot SUV. Twenty-six-year-old Kristopher Taylor of Apple Valley also will be on electronic monitoring for six months. The Star Tribune reports Judge Robert ...

Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing $100K in benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service worker from western Minnesota has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in government benefits. The U.S. Attorney's office says 57-year-old Lisa Ann Schafer of Glenwood pleaded guilty to theft of government funds. According to Schafer's ...

FBI: Woman kidnapped, sex assaulted girl she met online

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a South Carolina woman kidnapped a girl from Minnesota and sexually assaulted her. Citing an FBI affidavit, news outlets report 23-year-old Katrina Marie Aliff was arrested last month on charges including aggravated child sexual abuse. The ...

Emergency plan activated in North Dakota amid fall snowstorm

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday activated the state's emergency plan due to what he called a crippling snowstorm that closed major highways and had farmers and ranchers bracing for huge crop and livestock losses. "The ...

Death of St. Louis County man ruled homicide

MAKINEN, Minn. (AP) — The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a man in St. Louis County is a homicide. The sheriff's office has identified the victim as 47-year-old Frank Gerald Meyer. Deputies found his body was found Tuesday afternoon at a residence where they were ...

Trump seeks to turn impeachment probe into campaign weapon

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump was defiant in the face of an impeachment probe Thursday as he sought to convert the threat to his presidency into a weapon on the campaign trail, with biting and unsupported attacks on potential Democratic challenger Joe Biden. Facing an ...

Red Lake man pleads guilty to killing wife

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A Red Lake man has pleaded guilty to fatally beating and strangling his wife and leaving her on the side of a road in northern Minnesota. The U.S. Attorney's Office says 39-year-old Jeremiah Kingbird entered the plea to second-degree murder in federal court in Bemidji ...

Man charged in politically motivated road rage incident

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota man has been charged in Minnesota with allegedly showing a handgun to another driver during a road rage fit over a political bumper sticker on her vehicle. KFGO radio reports that 27-year-old Joseph Schumacher, of Bismarck, North Dakota, was charged ...

Police allege cameras hid at Mall of America dressing rooms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police are investigating a Minnesota man who allegedly hid cameras inside dressing rooms at the Mall of America in Bloomington and another Minneapolis area shopping mall. The 41-year-old Elk River man has not been charged. The Star Tribune reports details were contained in ...

‘Welcome to Minneapolis’: Trump rally roils liberal bastion

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The conflict and Twitter battles arrived in Minnesota well ahead of President Donald Trump's touchdown in the state. Trump traded Twitter insults with the Minneapolis mayor over who should pay more than $500,000 in security costs for Thursday's rally at a downtown arena. ...

St. Paul officer’s vest prevents stabbing injury

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police say an officer's body armor prevented serious injuries when a suspected shoplifter tried to stab him in the chest with a screwdriver. Police were called to Lund & Byerlys grocery store in downtown St. Paul Monday night where employees reported a ...

Trump’s Minneapolis rally on despite security costs dispute

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign said a rally in Minneapolis will go ahead as planned on Thursday after it threatened a lawsuit over the city's effort to recover $530,000 in security costs. The dispute erupted late Monday when the campaign accused Mayor Jacob Frey, a ...