MN State News

House where girl was kidnapped, parents killed is torn down

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The house where Jayme Closs was kidnapped and her parents were fatally shot has been torn down in northwestern Wisconsin. The bank that owns the house near Barron had it demolished Tuesday after consulting with relatives about the property. Barron County Sheriff Chris ...

Bloomington man charged with fatally stabbing wife

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — A Bloomington man is charged with fatally stabbing his wife. Fifty-six-year-old John Lawler is facing a second-degree murder charge and is expected in court Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says prosecutors are seeking bail of $1 million. A criminal ...

Perdue: US farmers will regain markets lost in trade war

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue told nervous Midwestern farmers on Wednesday that he's confident that they'll eventually regain the markets they've lost in the Trump administration's trade war with China. Perdue appeared at Farmfest, an annual trade ...

Testing shows Minnesota fish is oldest verified at 112 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fish collected by a North Dakota State University graduate student from a Minnesota lake has been verified as the oldest freshwater fish ever taken. Radiocarbon dating verified that the female bigmouth buffalo fish taken from Crystal Lake near Pelican Rapids in Otter ...

DNR declines to reconsider dam permits for PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has denied requests to reconsider the tailings dam permits that it issued for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The DNR said Wednesday that opponents did not raise any new issues that materially affect its 2018 ...

Man cooking in Walmart lot sets van on fire, killing girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A 70-year-old man camping in a Walmart parking lot put a hot cook stove in his van, causing it to catch fire and spread to another van, burning two young sisters and killing one of them, authorities said Wednesday. Prosecutors charged Roberto Lino Hipolito of Long Beach, ...

Woman arrested in fatal stabbing in Little Canada

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal stabbing in Little Canada. Ramsey County sheriff's officials say a 30-year-old woman, found covered in blood at her residence, was arrested early Monday. A woman about the same age was found dead outside the home about 10 ...

Walz says he’ll seek hearings this fall on gun restrictions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he'll seek hearings on gun measures this fall after the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Democratic leaders and gun safety advocates in Minnesota have for years pursued universal background checks and "red flag" laws, which let police take ...

Girls burned in van fire at Minnesota Walmart; man arrested

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Two young sisters suffered critical burns Tuesday when two vans caught fire in a Walmart parking lot, and the owner of one of the vans was arrested. The girls, 6 and 9, were alone in their van about 7:15 a.m. as their mother shopped. A van next to theirs caught fire, ...

Minnesota appeals court blocks key permit for PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A state appeals court has blocked a key permit for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Tuesday stayed the project's water quality permit. Minnesota Public Radio News reports environmental groups and the ...

Minnesota officials work to stem rise in hate crimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials are working to stem a rise in hate crimes in Minnesota. President Donald Trump called for legislation imposing the death penalty in cases of hate crimes and mass shootings following deadly attacks in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. The suspect in El ...

Minnesota governor wants to ease tariff pressure on farmers

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz says he wants Minnesota farmers to know his administration is taking steps to ease their financial worries during the U.S. trade war with China. Walz headed to the annual FarmFest near Redwood Falls on Tuesday. The Democratic governor intends to use ...

Crews rescue lost person in Voyageurs National Park

VOYAGEURS NATIONAL PARK, Minn. (AP) — Crews have rescued a Minneapolis woman who got lost for several hours in Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. St. Louis County sheriff's authorities say the 64-year-old woman called dispatchers Saturday, saying she had left the Kettle Falls ...

On the North Shore, many hands work to help a dying forest

Cody Nelson Minnesota Public Radio News SCHROEDER, Minn. (AP) — Northern Minnesota once boasted stands of massive white and red pine — giants that lived up to 350 years, with trunks 4 or 5 feet in diameter. When they were logged out, trees with shorter life spans, like birch, took their ...

Local St. Paul tea shop is steeped in tradition

By BECCA MOST The Minnesota Daily ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hidden within the small grove of quaint shops and gardens in Milton Square in St. Anthony Park, Lady Elegant's Tea Room transports its guests to another century. With white paper doilies, floral wallpapers and long tables of dainty ...

Rising Great Lakes erode shorelines, create uncertainty

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Rapidly rising water levels in the Great Lakes are damaging shorelines and creating uncertainty for lakeshore residents. Duluth has dealt with three major storms on Lake Superior in less than two years, with the latest hitting last October. The city's construction ...

Man drowns in Maple Grove lake after police pursuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say man drowned in a Maple Grove lake after ditching his car and entering the water to try to flee police. The Star Tribune reports the man's body was found in Cedar Island Lake around 5 a.m. Friday. His name has not been released. Authorities say officers ...

12 suffer minor injuries when vehicle slams into building

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say 12 people suffered minor injuries when a pickup truck slammed into an apartment building on the city's north side. The Star Tribune reports the crash happened about 9:30 p.m. at a six-unit, two-story brick building at the intersection of N. Lowry and ...

Toddler killed, girl injured in Itasca County crash

NASHWAUK, Minn. (AP) — The State Patrol says a 2-year-old boy in a stroller was killed and a teenager pushing him was injured when a pickup truck veered onto the shoulder of a highway in northeastern Minnesota and struck them and then fled. The 16-year-old girl was pushing the stroller along ...

Fatal drunken driving crash results in 7½ years in prison

OCONTO, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota woman has been sentenced to 7½ years in prison for driving drunk and causing a fatal crash in northeastern Wisconsin. Twenty-seven-year-old Kelly Crispin, of St. Paul, was behind the wheel when she struck on oncoming vehicle in Oconto County last September, ...