MN State News

Demolition begins at historic church in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Demolition has begun at a historic church in St. Paul. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports an excavator began demolishing the former St. Andrew's Catholic Church in the Como Park neighborhood about noon Tuesday. Neighbors and preservationists had fought the ...

Lutheran Social Service chief to lead troubled state agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz named Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota chief executive Jodi Harpstead to take over the troubled Department of Human Services on Monday, choosing a leader with experience managing large organizations to replace his first choice who abruptly ...

Walz calls for legislative hearings on gun safety, insulin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he still wants Senate Republicans to hold hearings on Democratic proposals for gun control and emergency insulin supplies. The governor told reporters Monday he finds it "absolutely unacceptable" that none have been scheduled following the latest ...

3 charged in cyberstalking conspiracy to murder Missouri man

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors say three men have been indicted in a cyberstalking conspiracy that used GPS tracking devices to help murder a Missouri man. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday that the conspiracy began in November 2017 until March 2018 and resulted in the death of ...

Senators to probe disarray at Department of Human Services

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A pair of Senate committees will hold a joint hearing Tuesday on the disarray in Minnesota's Department of Human Services. The department, which is Minnesota's largest state agency, has come under sharp criticism in recent weeks that helped push out Gov. Tim Walz's ...

Worker hurt in explosion at West Duluth building

WEST DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Fire officials say a worker was injured in an explosion at a commercial building in West Duluth. According to the Duluth Fire Department, the worker was removing floor adhesive when the explosion happened early Monday afternoon. The building was undergoing ...

Skydiver dies during gathering in northwest Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Authorities say an experienced skydiver died after his parachute malfunctioned during a gathering in northwest Montana. The Daily Inter Lake in Kalispell reports 81-year-old Gerald Fischer, of Moorhead, Minnesota, was participating in the Lost Prairie Boogie near ...

Bicycle thefts hit 5-year high in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bicycle theft in Minneapolis is at a five-year high. Police Department data obtained by the Star Tribune shows almost 4,300 bikes reported stolen since 2017. The rash of thefts frustrates cyclists and police, who don't always have time to track down stolen bikes amid ...

Woman killed after crashing car into tree in Pequot Lakes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 25-year-old Brooklyn Park woman crashed her car into a tree in central Minnesota and was killed. The Star Tribune reports the wreck occurred about 7:35 p.m. Saturday on southbound Hwy. 371 in Pequot Lakes. Authorities have yet to release her identity or ...

6 months in, girls in Scouts BSA are forging their path

John Nguyen Minnesota Public Radio News ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Erin Olson remembers tagging along to her brother's scout meetings more than a decade ago. She wasn't yet in kindergarten, but she watched the meetings and learned outdoor skills along with the boys. "We would walk in and I ...

Facility falls to new philosophy in treating young offenders

By TAD VEZNER St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gerald Settles walks through the rooms at Boys Totem Town holding a thick ring of keys. There's hardly anyone around. Even those patrolling the grounds are private security, now, rather than county correctional staffers. The last ...

DNR: Zebra mussels discovered in Minnesota mine pit

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is trying to figure out how damaging zebra mussels ended up in a mine pit on the Iron Range. The agency said Friday it has confirmed zebra mussels in the Rouchleau Mine Pit near Virginia in northeastern Minnesota. DNR ...

Man dies after semi splits his car in half in North Dakota

OXBOW, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Highway Patrol says a man is dead after a semi pulling a baler sheared his car in half. Authorities say 38-year-old Christopher Bauer of Puposky, Minnesota, was driving a Chevrolet Malibu on a county road south of Oxbow on Friday afternoon when he drove ...

Fargo firefighters rescue woman from Red River

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Fargo firefighters have rescued a woman from the Red River. Firefighters responded Saturday afternoon to a report of a woman who was in the river and could not climb the steep shore. She was found about 75 yards (69 meters) downstream from where she entered the water, and ...

Minneapolis bans new drive-through windows

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Local planners say Minneapolis is the first city of its size in the country to ban new drive-through windows. The City Council voted Thursday to ban new construction of drive-through facilities. The existing ones are grandfathered. Council President Lisa Bender proposed ...

Agent: Accused mosque bomber had cache of guns

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An FBI agent has testified the accused Illinois militia leader charged with organizing the bombing of a Minnesota mosque kept a cache of guns, including assault rifles that were altered to be fully automatic. The Star Tribune reports that in pretrial testimony in ...

Minnesota-Canada border hassles take a toll on both sides

ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Local officials in northwestern Minnesota say they're not optimistic about a return to normal hours at two customs stations used by many residents on both sides of Minnesota's border with Canada who had built their lives around the old order of convenient crossings. U.S. ...

Iranian pleads guilty in Minnesota in tech smuggling case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Iranian woman pleaded guilty in Minnesota on Friday to conspiring to facilitate the illegal export of communications technology from the U.S. to her home country. Federal prosecutors say Negar Ghodskani, 40, and others established a front company in Malaysia to ...

Cliffs celebrates $100M upgrade to Minnesota iron ore plant

SILVER BAY, Minn. (AP) — Cleveland-Cliffs has spent more than $100 million to upgrade its giant plant in Silver Bay to produce a purer form of iron ore pellets that it says will ensure the long-term viability of its Northshore Mining operation in northeastern Minnesota. Cliffs CEO Lourenco ...