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Minnesota reports 1st child death of flu season

Minnesota health officials on Thursday reported the first child death of the flu season. According to the Minnesota Department of Health's weekly influenza and respiratory illness report, a total of 31 people in the state have died of the flu so far this season. A total of 95 people including ...

Can Klobuchar build a late surge from a long distance?

STANTON, Iowa (AP) — It was the kind of event designed to play up the Midwestern sensibilities that Amy Klobuchar so often talks about on the campaign trail. In a small rural Iowa community, voters gathered in a neighbor's home. They ate tater tot hot dish — Klobuchar's award-winning recipe ...

Minnesota Democratic chairman endorses tighter voter privacy

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The leader of the Democratic Party in Minnesota on Thursday endorsed an effort to protect the privacy of voters who are required to declare a party preference to participate in the state's March 3 Super Tuesday presidential primary. State Chairman Ken Martin said at a ...

Edina student boarding bus struck by hit-and-run driver

EDINA, Minn. (AP) — A student boarding a school bus was struck by a hit-and-run driver in Edina on Thursday, police said. The Edina High School student was hit while boarding the bus around 8:10 a.m. Thursday. The injured student was taken to a hospital. The Star Tribune reports a statement ...

Minnesota county asked to be a ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Some Minnesota state lawmakers have asked a county to declare itself a "Second Amendment sanctuary" to block enforcement of proposed gun laws that they believe would violate the U.S. Constitution. The lawmakers made the request in a letter sent to Sherburne County ...

Minneapolis parks board settles with detained Somali teens

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Families of four Somali-American teenagers who said they feared for their lives when they were detained by Minneapolis Park Police officers in July 2018 have reached a $170,000 settlement with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, a civil rights group announced ...

9-year-old boy dies in farm accident in northern Minnesota

BOY RIVER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a 9-year-old boy has died in a farm accident. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said his office was notified of the accident in rural Boy River on Sunday. Deputies and first responders arrived and learned that a boy had been ...

Walz announces $23M for expanding rural broadband statewide

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is awarding more than $23 million in grants to 30 projects throughout the state to help bring high-quality broadband access to underserved and unserved parts of the state, Gov. Tim Walz announced Tuesday. "Fast, reliable broadband access is a critical ...

Minnesota man exposed as commander of Nazi-led unit dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A retired Minnesota carpenter whom The Associated Press exposed as a former commander of a Nazi-led unit accused of war atrocities has died. Michael Karkoc, whose family maintained that he was never a Nazi or committed any war crimes, lived quietly in Minneapolis for ...

Teen found unresponsive after fall from park cliff

TAYLORS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A teenager was found unresponsive after falling off a 30-foot (914 centimeters) cliff at a state park northeast of the Twin Cities. The Chisago County Sheriff's Office said deputies navigated the "extreme terrain" to reach 19-year-old Luke Zajac from Marine on St. ...

Struggling Minnesota church asks older members to go away

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A struggling Minnesota church is asking its older parishioners to leave in hopes of making it more attractive to young families. Grove United Methodist Church in the St. Paul suburb of Cottage Grove is closing in June, with plans to relaunch in November. The ...

Prince wrongful death case dismissed; estate case continues

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit filed by Prince's family members has been quietly dismissed in recent months, suggesting family members have reached settlements with defendants including the Minnesota doctor who saw Prince in the weeks before his ...

Census Bureau makes ‘urgent’ push for more Minnesota workers

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Census Bureau is searching for thousands of part-time workers in Minnesota to knock on doors this spring. Statewide, the Census Bureau is 60 percent of the way toward its goal of nearly 39,000 applicants, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Monday. Roughly 8,000 ...

Striking snowplow drivers, St. Louis County reach agreement

ELEVETH, Minn. (AP) — Snowplow drivers in northeastern Minnesota ended their strike with St. Louis County Monday when union members voted to approve a new contract. Teamsters Local 320 members went on strike Wednesday afternoon over differences about health care and accrued sick leave. On ...

Snowplows back at work to clear Minnesota roads after storm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota snowplow operators across the southern third part of the state were working Sunday to clear roads from a winter storm that blanketed streets and highways over two days. Motorists have experienced hazardous driving conditions on highways that were covered with ice ...

Minnesota troopers to deliver care kits to homeless people

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state troopers across the state will be carrying more than 600 kits to give to homeless people who need clothes, food, and toiletries. The St. Cloud Times reports the Department of Public Safety collected donations and assembled them into "Care and Go" ...

Minnesota State Fair to add metal detectors at gates

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair's governing board decided Sunday to add metal detectors at all 11 of its gates beginning this year. General manager Jerry Hammer said the process will be similar to what people experience at other big venues, such as the Xcel Energy Center ...

Body found in highway median in Shakopee

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — State authorities are leading an investigation into the death of a man whose body was found in a highway median in Shakopee. A passerby called 911 Thursday about 3 p.m. after spotting the body in the median of Highway 169. Police and State Patrol troopers arrived at ...

Minnesota opens early voting in March 3 presidential primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota voters on Friday became some of the first in the country to cast ballots in the presidential primaries as early voting began for the state's Super Tuesday contest. Eligible Minnesota voters can now vote at county courthouses across the state, and early voting ...

Woman accused of luring slain real estate agent to her death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman who had worked as a probation officer is accused of luring a real estate agent to a Minnesota house before the agent was kidnapped and killed on New Year's Eve, prosecutors alleged Friday. Elsa Segura, 28, of Fridley, was charged Friday in Hennepin County court ...