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Minnesota officers fatally shoot man who held family hostage

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — A man armed with a gun carjacked two vehicles, sexually assaulted a woman and briefly held a family of four hostage in their suburban St. Paul home Monday morning before officers fatally shot him trying to escape, police said. The family escaped from the house in ...

Minnesota DNR rejects ban on lead ammunition, tackle

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota wildlife officials have rejected a request from environmental groups to ban the use of lead in rifle bullets, birdshot and fishing tackle. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources denied the petition Monday. DNR officials say restrictions on the use of ...

Krispy Kreme reverses course, allows student resale service

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Krispy Kreme has reached an agreement with a Minnesota college student who drove to Iowa every weekend to buy hundreds of doughnuts to resell them in the Twin Cities area. The company said in a statement Monday that Jayson Gonzalez of Champlin can now work with Krispy ...

Immigration looms over contested Minnesota school referendum

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — When voters in this southwestern Minnesota town weigh nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants, Miguel Rivas will be among those saying yes — and hoping his neighbors do the same. Rivas ...

Collins bill to combat Lyme and other tick diseases moves on

BANGOR, Maine (AP) — A U.S. Senate committee is advancing a proposal from Sen. Susan Collins to improve research about Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Collins, a Republican, introduced the proposal with Democratic Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith. It's also designed to beef up ...

Bloomington shooting leaves 1 man dead, another injured

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Police say a shooting in Bloomington has left one man dead and another injured. Officers were called to the shooting at a home early Sunday. Police say officers saw multiple people leaving the home and found two people who had been shot. Emergency crews took the ...

Vikings’ high-powered offense grounded by improving Chiefs D

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings should have felt good about their chances against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, especially when Kirk Cousins and their high-scoring offense got the ball back with a 23-20 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Everything unraveled in ...

Krispy Kreme orders student to halt doughnut resale service

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An enterprising Minnesota college student who drove to Iowa every weekend to buy hundreds of Krispy Kreme doughnuts that he then sold to his own customers in the Twin Cities area has been warned by the confectionary giant to stop. There have been no Krispy Kreme stores ...

Survey suggests slight rebound in Midwest economic growth

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An October survey of business supply managers suggests a bump occurred in economic growth for nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report released Friday. The Mid-America Business Conditions index rebounded to 52.6, compared with 49.1 in September, the report ...

Man fatally shot in SUV, wife injured in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police are investigating a shooting that left a man dead and his wife injured. Authorities say a woman called 911 to report a shooting in the Highland Park neighborhood of St. Paul about 2 a.m. Friday. Officers arrived and found a man dead in the driver's seat ...

Children’s Theatre settles remaining sex abuse lawsuits

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis has settled all remaining lawsuits filed by former students who alleged they were sexually abused by staff decades ago. Attorney Jeff Anderson says all 16 lawsuits against Children's Theatre Company are now resolved. Settlement ...

Minnesota company snubs time change by removing clocks

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — While most everyone wishes they could turn back time, one of the largest corporations in the country is sick of it. Minnesota-based 3M is taking advantage of the end of daylight saving time and removing about 1,000 wall clocks at its 400-acre Maplewood campus. For ...

Minnesota DNR: ‘Virtually no scenario’ for water transfer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said Friday that it sees "virtually no scenario" in which it would approve a permit for a company proposing to transfer groundwater from Minnesota to the Southwest. Empire Builder Investments has proposed drilling two wells ...

Minnesota environmental groups push for bag fees in 2 cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Environmental groups and activists in two Minnesota cities are advocating for a new strategy to encourage reusable rather than disposable bags. Minneapolis and Duluth advocates are pushing for fees for paper and plastic bags, the Minnesota Public Radio News reported ...

2 Dems who broke ranks on impeachment decry partisan process

WASHINGTON (AP) — Only two Democrats broke ranks Thursday to oppose the House resolution that sets ground rules for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. Freshman Rep. Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey and 15-term veteran Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota complained that the process so ...

Minnesota reports 1st flu death of season

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota has reported its first flu death of the season. The Minnesota Department of Health says it was an adult who died. So far no children have died of influenza in Minnesota this season. Health officials say flu activity was sporadic in Minnesota during the week ...

Abortion rights groups fight 13 Minnesota laws at once

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Abortion rights groups are challenging more than a dozen Minnesota laws in one legal effort, arguing that the state's restrictions are medically unnecessary and legally flawed. A coalition of groups on Wednesday urged Ramsey County District Court Judge Thomas Gilligan ...

Minnesota ACT scores tops in high participating states

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota hangs on to its top spot for student scores on the ACT college entrance exam in states where nearly all high school seniors take the test. According to test results released Wednesday, Minnesota students had a composite score of 21.4 out of a possible 36. It's ...

Omar criticized for vote on Armenian genocide resolution

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar is coming under criticism from Minnesota's Armenian community for not supporting a resolution recognizing the mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide. The Minnesota Democrat was one of three lawmakers voting "present" when the House ...

Mayo moves births from Albert Lea to Austin hospital

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — It's the final day for infant deliveries at Mayo Clinic's hospital in Albert Lea. Mayo is closing the labor and delivery unit and moving the services to its hospital in Austin, about 30 minutes away. Mayo says the decision to consolidate services reflects larger ...