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Wintry weather back in the Dakotas after Thanksgiving break

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Travelers across the Dakotas and Minnesota braced for a return of wintery weather this weekend, with up to 2 feet of snow expected in the Black Hills. The National Weather Service says a winter storm warning remained in effect in counties across the Great Plains from ...

Belated bill to help solve indigenous cold cases gains steam

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A bill originally meant to help law enforcement investigate cold cases of murdered and missing indigenous women that has floundered in Congress for two years may have the missing ingredients to become law — money and muscle. The money ...

Rape charges thrown out after Minnesota agents mix up DNA

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have thrown out rape charges filed against a convicted sex offender accused of attacking an employee at a Twin Cites amusement park in 2018 after his attorney discovered investigators mixed up the DNA tests. The Star Tribune reports 27-year-old Austin Jeffrey ...

Thanksgiving brings brief respite from worst of snow, winds

Wintry weather temporarily loosened its grip across much of the U.S. just in time for Thanksgiving, but travelers were bracing for heavy snow and blizzard conditions in some areas as they made plans to return home. The wind, ice and snow that tied up major highways and airports Tuesday and ...

Somalia burial planned for Minnesota high-rise fire victim

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A daughter of a woman who was killed in a fire at a Minneapolis public housing high-rise is making plans to hold her funeral in Somalia. Five people died and three were injured in the early Wednesday morning blaze at the Cedar High Apartments located in a heavily immigrant ...

Prosecutors drop case against man accused in fatal shooting

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Olmsted County prosecutors won't pursue a murder charge against a Rochester man after two juries failed to reach a verdict in the case. Twenty-six-year-old Alexander Weiss said he fatally shot Mohammed Rahim in January 2018 in self-defense. A criminal complaint says ...

Judge dismisses lawsuit in shooting of Cold Spring officer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Minnesota man who alleged authorities violated his rights when they arrested him in the fatal shooting of a Cold Spring police officer in 2012. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson dismissed Ryan Larson's claims earlier ...

Minneapolis mayor: Trump rally cost city over $500,000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The mayor of Minneapolis says an October campaign rally by President Donald Trump cost the city more than a half-million dollars. Mayor Jacob Frey says the $542,733 in public safety and other fees are roughly in line with earlier estimates. He'll continue to seek ...

St. Paul police officer convicted of civil rights violation

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury has found a St. Paul police officer guilty of a civil rights violation for kicking and severely injuring an innocent man mistaken for armed suspect. The federal jury in St. Paul, Minnesota, convicted Officer Brett Palkowitsch in the attack and mauling of Frank ...

One-two punch of storms threatens Thanksgiving travel in US

By COLLEEN SLEVIN and DAVID KOENIG Associated Press DENVER (AP) — Heavy snow and wind shut down highways Tuesday in Colorado and Wyoming, closed schools in Nebraska and forced more than 1,000 travelers to sleep overnight in Denver's airport after hundreds of flights were canceled just as ...

As more men run, Klobuchar makes case for female nominee

NEW LONDON, N.H. (AP) — Amy Klobuchar does not want to run for president as a "woman candidate." That's never been the Minnesota Democrat's style. But the media, public opinion polls and the addition of more men to an already crowded 2020 primary race led the three-term senator to a ...

Snowstorm could make Upper Midwest holiday travel a mess

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Forecasters say a snowstorm could make Thanksgiving travel a mess in southern Minnesota, western Wisconsin and other parts of the Upper Midwest. At least 6 inches (15 centimeters) of snow is expected to begin falling Tuesday afternoon south of Interstate 94, followed by ...

Minnesota warns EPA against crippling the state’s authority

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials have warned a federal agency in a letter that a proposal to streamline water quality laws would cripple their authority to protect drinking water, streams and wildlife from dozens of new projects each year. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ...

2 brothers accused of killing man, disposing of body

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two brothers are accused of luring a man to a Bloomington home and killing him before disposing of his body in a St. Paul suburb. Twenty-six-year-old Skylar Labarge and 32-year-old Preston Sharlow are charged with second-degree murder in the death of 29-year-old William ...

Pilot rescued after plane gets caught in power lines

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 65-year-old pilot escaped injury after his plane hit and became entangled in power lines southwest of the Twin Cities. Minnesota Public Radio News reports it happened just before 4 p.m. Saturday in Louisville Township, south of Shakopee. The Scott County ...

Mother, 2 adult sons killed in crash near St. Cloud

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a woman and her two adult sons were killed when their SUV went through a stop sign and collided with a pickup truck at an intersection near St. Cloud. The Star Tribune reports the crash occurred about 4:45 p.m. Saturday about 7 miles east of St. ...

TSA reopens strategic checkpoint at Twin Cities airport

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Transportation Security Administration officials have decided to reopen a Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport checkpoint it closed earlier this week claiming it was underused. The move to close the checkpoint linked to the Intercontinental Hotel riled airport ...

School district sued over treatment of transgender student

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — A mother is suing a Minnesota school district, claiming it discriminated against her son because he's transgender. The lawsuit filed in Wright County alleges Buffalo Community Middle School repeatedly isolated her son from his classmates, limited his access to a ...

Body found in Woodbury believed to be homicide victim

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Police believe they've found the body of a homicide victim in Woodbury. Authorities say the victim is believed to be 29-year-old William Albrecht, of Minneapolis, last seen at a Bloomington home Nov. 15. Two men and a woman have been arrested in the case. Bloomington ...

Klobuchar makes 1st hires in Nevada with ex-O’Rourke staff

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) is making her first campaign hires in early voting Nevada, scooping up staffers who worked for Beto (BET'-oh) O'Rourke's campaign. Klobuchar's campaign announced Friday the Minnesota senator had hired Marina ...