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Chronic wasting disease spreads in northwestern Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials say chronic wasting disease has spread to Dunn County. The Department of Natural Resources said Friday that a wild deer killed during the 2019 archery season near Menomonie has tested positive for the disease. The infection is the first ...

Minnesota to do state review of proposed copper-nickel mine

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials announced Friday that the state will conduct its own environmental review of a proposed copper-nickel mine, rather than join the federal government's environmental assessment of the project that some say will pollute a ...

Minnesota BCA: Fentanyl bust largest single seizure in 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension authorities say two people have been arrested in what they're calling the largest single seizure of fentanyl in the state this year. The BCA says a 29-year-old Duluth man and a 35-year-old Chicago man were arrested Thursday in ...

Amazon pulls skin-lightening products after groups’ concerns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Amazon has pulled more than a dozen skin-lightening products with dangerous levels of mercury off its website after Minnesota public-health and environmental activists raised concerns. The company's change came after two groups, the BeautyWell Project and the state ...

3 arrested in Bloomington, suspected in homicide

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police in a Twin Cities suburb have arrested three people in a suspected homicide and are searching for the victim's body. Authorities in Bloomington say 29-year-old William Albrecht was last seen Nov. 15 at a local residence. A 31-year-old woman and men, ages 26 ...

15-year-old in custody in northern Minnesota homicide

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota say a 15-year-old boy is in custody in the death of a 19-year-old man in Cass Lake. Cass County Sheriff Tom Burch said Thursday the victim has been identified as Brandon Morgan Jr. of Cass Lake. Burch says the 15-year-old was taken ...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help ...

Minnesota violence project aims to understand mass shootings

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota researchers have created a new database that seeks to help understand circumstances that contribute to mass shootings in the United States. The nonpartisan Violence Project's database went online Tuesday, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. The project's ...

‘Booby traps’ found in central Minnesota farm field

LITCHFIELD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota say someone left "booby traps" in a farmer's field apparently meant to damage farm equipment. Meeker County Sheriff Brian Cruze says a farmer near Cedar Mills on Monday reported minor damage to a combine after a chain was drawn into ...

St. Paul officer says he thought man he kicked had a gun

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul police officer on trial for allegedly using excessive force has testified he thought the man he kicked had a gun. Officer Brett Palkowitsch kicked Frank Baker on June 24, 2016, as Baker was being bitten by a police dog. Baker was unarmed and suffered a ...

Judge orders search of agency computers in PolyMet challenge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered a forensic search of computers used by three former top officials at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency as part of an investigation into whether they sought to suppress concerns by federal regulators about pollution risks from the proposed ...

Ellison: Agreement will help districts afford school milk

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his office has reached an agreement to help more than 40 school districts afford to buy milk for students through 2030. Ellison said Tuesday the agreement with Kansas-based Dairy Farmers of America will make it easier for ...

Torah scrolls damaged in synagogue fire burned in garage

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Damaged Torah scrolls and prayer books that were salvaged from a Duluth synagogue fire in September have burned again in a garage fire. Officials of Adas Israel Synagogue say the items were being kept in the garage and were to be buried in keeping with Jewish ...

Businessman pleads guilty in labor trafficking case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A businessman accused of exploiting his construction workers has pleaded guilty as his trial was about to start in Minneapolis. Forty-seven-year-old Ricardo Ernesto Batres pleaded guilty Monday in Hennepin County to labor trafficking and insurance fraud. Prosecutors ...

South Dakota’s governor defends ‘Meth. We’re on it’ campaign

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota sparked online guffaws Monday by rolling out an anti-drug campaign featuring people saying, “Meth, I’m on it,” and the governor said the backlash proves the effort to raise awareness is working. The nearly $1.4 million campaign aimed at tackling ...

Man pleads guilty to threatening to kill Rep. Omar of Minn.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — A western New York man pleaded guilty Monday to threatening to kill U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Patrick Carlineo entered the plea Monday in Rochester, admitting to charges that carry up to 10 years in prison. His sentencing is set for Feb. 14. U.S. Attorney ...

2 people found dead in Spring Lake Park house fire

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say two people were found dead in a home that caught fire in Spring Lake Park. The Star Tribune reports neighbors alerted police and fire departments about 8:50 p.m. Saturday. Responders arrived to find the attached garage fully engulfed in flames that had ...

Man shot dead near Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a man was fatally shot near the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. The Pioneer Press reports police at 10:13 p.m. Saturday received reports of the shooting near the Mississippi River and just southeast of the historic Stone Arch Bridge. Officers found a man ...

Thief steals car with 4-year-old girl inside in Robbinsdale

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Robbinsdale police say a thief stole a vehicle with a 4-year-old girl in the back seat. The theft occurred Monday at a gas station in the Minneapolis suburb. The girl was able to get out of the car unharmed when the suspect briefly stopped the vehicle a few blocks ...

Family of girl scarred by laser procedure files lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The family of a 6-year-old girl whose face was permanently scarred during a laser procedure is suing the University of Minnesota Physicians doctor who treated the child. A lawsuit filed in Hennepin County District Court this week alleges Dr. Kristen Hook failed to disclose ...