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Twins add veteran Chris Archer as potential rotation boost

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Right-hander Chris Archer and the Minnesota Twins agreed to a $3.5 million, one-year contract on Monday, a potential boost for their rotation with a two-time All-Star who's coming off an injury-ruined season. He has a $2.75 million salary, and the deal includes a $10 ...

Police make an arrest in fatal Champlin stabbing

CHAMPLIN, Minn. (AP) — A suspect has been arrested in a fatal stabbing in the Minneapolis suburb of Champlin, according to police. The Red River Valley SWAT team responded to an apartment building in Fargo, North Dakota Tuesday morning after receiving a tip and arrested a 44-year-old man, ...

DNR plans slightly looser walleye rules for Mille Lacs Lake

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Walleye angling rules for Mille Lacs Lake will be slightly looser for the 2022 open water season, the Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday. As with last year, Mille Lacs anglers will be allowed to keep one walleye between 21 and 23 inches or one longer than 28 ...

EXPLAINER: Minnesota to divest from Russia over Ukraine war

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state government will divest its assets in Russia to show its solidarity with the people of Ukraine, a bipartisan expression of moral outrage that supporters say is worth the cost. The Minnesota Senate voted 67-0 Tuesday ...

Minneapolis teachers OK contract; classes to resume Tuesday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis teachers have approved a new contract to end a strike that has kept students out of their classrooms for nearly three weeks. The school district's 28,700 students are set to return Tuesday. The union, which represents about 4,500 teachers and support ...

Minnesota makes free at-home COVID-19 tests available online

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota is launching a new online program to provide free at-home rapid COVID-19 tests. Beginning Tuesday, Minnesotans can order two test kits per home for a total of four tests via mn.gov/covid19. The state has secured 500,000 of the test kits and will make them ...

Rep. Jen Schultz of Duluth challenges Stauber for Congress

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL Minn. (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Jen Schultz, of Duluth, entered the race for Congress in northeastern Minnesota on Monday, giving her party a credible challenger to Republican incumbent Pete Stauber in a district that's been trending toward the ...

Feds: Minnesota man stole guns, ammo from shipping facility

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man is accused of stealing numerous boxes of guns and ammunition while working at a national shipping company in Minnesota, prosecutors said Monday. Jason Cikotte, of Isanti, Minnesota, is charged in federal court with possession of stolen firearms. Authorities said ...

Minnesotan detained by Russian forces in Ukraine is released

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man detained by Russian forces in Ukraine has been released and reunited with his wife and daughter, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar said. Tyler Jacob, 28, of Winona, was taken into custody this month while trying to cross from Ukraine into Turkey. Klobuchar said ...

13-year-old boy killed, mother hurt in domestic stabbing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was killed and his mother was seriously hurt in a stabbing stemming from a domestic dispute in Olivia. The boy was taken to a hospital in Olivia where he later died, police said. His mother was being treated for her injuries and is expected to survive, ...

Police: Man killed in south Minneapolis shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A south Minneapolis shooting has left one man dead, according to police. Police were called to the 3800 block of S. Chicago Avenue Friday night for a report of a person who was shot inside a residence, police said. Officers found a man in his 40s with a gunshot wound and ...

Bird flu confirmed in two Minnesota poultry flocks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The bird flu has been confirmed in two poultry flocks in Minnesota, the state Board of Animal Health announced Saturday. The agency said the poultry flocks are in Meeker and Mower counties. Samples collected from both flocks were tested on March 25 and confirmed by the ...

Artists use their skills to teach Native American languages

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Several artists across Minnesota are using their talents to help teach Native American languages Neil McKay is a tribal member from the Spirit Lake community in North Dakota who instructs students in the Dakota language at the University of Minnesota. Classically trained ...

Feds drop appeal in Sjodin killing, still seek death penalty

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are dropping their appeal of a judge's decision to overturn the death sentence for a Minnesota man convicted in the 2003 kidnapping and killing of Dru Sjodin, but they said they still intend to seek the death penalty when ...

Minneapolis teachers celebrate tentative deal to end strike

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Teachers in Minneapolis reached a tentative agreement early Friday to end a more than two-week strike over pay and other issues that idled some 29,000 students and around 4,500 educators and staff in one of Minnesota's largest school ...

Regulators may suspend sheriff after drunken crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State regulators are considering suspending Hennepin County Sheriff David Hutchinson in light of his drunken driving conviction in December. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday that the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training began an investigation ...

COVID survey: Hospitality industry loses 249 revenue days

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A new survey of hospitality businesses in Minnesota shows just how hard the industry was hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the difficult journey toward economic recovery. The survey conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Explore Minnesota Tourism and ...

Minnesota House Democrats beef up plan to fight rising crime

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House Democratic majority beefed up its public safety package with $50 million in extra money Thursday and called on Republicans who control the Senate to work with them to fight rising crime, one of the top issues for ...

Lawmakers push to redesign Minnesota state flag and seal

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are resurrecting an effort to redesign the state's flag and seal, which proponents say are indistinct compared with other U.S. states and feature imagery that is offensive to Native ...

Minnesota House votes unanimously to divest from Russia

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House voted unanimously Wednesday to divest the state's pension funds from Russia, joining states across the U.S. in putting financial pressure on the country over its war in Ukraine. Minnesota's public employee pensions funds had an estimated $53 million ...