MN State News

Woman who died in horse accident identified

PERHAM, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have identified the North Dakota woman who died after she was dragged by a horse in western Minnesota. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office says 47-year-old Bertha Wood, of Fargo, was walking the horse on a road near Star Lake last Friday. Investigators say ...

Concordia University president leaving for Minnesota post

SEWARD, Neb. (AP) — The president of Concordia University in Seward says he's leaving Nebraska to take over leadership of his alma mater in Minnesota. Brian Friedrich announced Monday that he'll become president of Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from there in 1979. ...

Murder suspect arrested after pursuit

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) — Police say a murder suspect is in custody following a rush hour pursuit and manhunt that ended in Fridley. Minneapolis Police spokesman John Elder says the man was located and arrested shortly before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Elder says Minneapolis police were following the ...

Judge orders release for Iraqi man after 2-year detention

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge in Minnesota ruled Tuesday that an Iraqi man who has been in immigration custody for more than two years must be released while he awaits a final order for removal from the U.S. Farass Adnan Ali, 35, of Rochester, entered ...

Minnesota man sentenced for faking death for $2M insurance

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man will serve more than three years in prison for faking his own death eight years ago in Eastern Europe to collect a $2 million life insurance policy. Fifty-five-year-old Igor Vorotinov, formerly of Maple Grove, was sentenced for mail fraud Monday in U.S. ...

Sauk Rapids man charged with murder in woman’s death

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A Sauk Rapids man is accused of killing a 30-year-old woman while the couple's four children were in the home. Thirty-seven-year-old David Lee Williams Jr. was charged Monday with second-degree murder in the death of Crystal Marie Bundy. Bail was set at ...

Body of missing 11-year-old recovered from Minnesota river

RAPIDAN, Minn. (AP) — Crews have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy who apparently drowned while swimming in a southern Minnesota river. The body of the missing Madelia boy was recovered from the Blue Earth River on Monday. The boy, identified as Denilson Fidel Funes De Leon, was ...

Boy presumed drowned in southern Minnesota, search underway

RAPIDAN, Minn. (AP) — Searchers are out again looking for a boy missing and presumed drowned after he went swimming in a river in southern Minnesota. Blue Earth County authorities say they were called Saturday evening about a missing boy at Rapidan County Park near Rapidan. The sheriff's ...

Police: Woman’s death in Sauk Rapids suspicious

SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — Police in Sauk Rapids say the death of a woman is suspicious. Officers were called early Saturday to a Sauk Rapids home where a woman was reported to be unconscious and not breathing. Police and medical responders tried to revive the woman but could not. Police ...

Jury finds school, ex-coach not liable in fatal crash

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — A jury has found a Moorhead school and its former basketball coach not liable in a crash that killed two students four years ago. The Clay County jury deliberated about a half-hour Friday before finding Park Christian School and ex-coach Josh Lee were not at fault in ...

Tornado touches down in central Minnesota

SILVER LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A tornado has touched down in central Minnesota, but no major damage or injuries are reported. McLeod County Emergency Management Director Kevin Mathews says the tornado was spotted east of Silver Lake mid-afternoon Sunday. Mathews says storm damage also is ...

Hands-free phones for drivers tops Minnesota new laws list

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota motorists will be required to use hands-free devices if they want to talk on the phone while driving. Slower drivers must move over to let faster drivers pass. Groping a person's clothed buttocks without consent will become a ...

Girl Scouts: No one injured by Minnesota lightning strike

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — None of the Girl Scouts or guides who were rescued from a remote Minnesota island near the Canadian border overnight was injured by lightning, contrary to initial fears, officials said Saturday. A group of six girls and three adults from the Girl Scouts of Greater ...

Man drowns in central Minnesota’s Knaus Lake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 50-year-old Cold Spring man drowned at a central Minnesota lake after attempting to retrieve an inflatable swimming toy that floated away. The Stearns County Sheriff's Office says Barry Ray Schramel was pronounced dead at a hospital after being underwater ...

Trump proposal seeks to crack down on food stamp ‘loophole’

By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press Residents signing up for food stamps in Minnesota are provided a brochure about domestic violence, but it doesn't matter if they even read the pamphlet. The mere fact it was made available could allow them to qualify for government food aid if their earnings ...

Police officer plans to run for Omar’s congressional seat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis police officer says he plans to run for the Minnesota congressional seat currently held by Rep. Ilhan Omar. Chris Kelley says he will officially launch his campaign for the Independence Party endorsement in the 5th Congressional District on Monday. Kelley ...

Departed DOC official accused of leaking information

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota corrections official who resigned recently is accused of leaking private internal data as well as lobbying for her husband's nonprofit. Sarah Walker stepped down last week, just a few months after Gov. Tim Walz appointed her a deputy commissioner in the ...

Minnesota woman killed in South Dakota crash

BRANDON, S.D. (AP) — The Highway Patrol has identified the woman killed in a four-vehicle crash in eastern South Dakota. Twenty-two-year-old Brooke Thompson, of Luverne, Minnesota died in the collision on Interstate 90 northwest of Brandon Tuesday. Officials say charges are pending in the ...

Minnesota woman charged in baby’s intoxication death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman is charged with manslaughter after authorities say she delivered a baby who died of alcohol intoxication. A criminal complaint says the newborn had a blood alcohol content of 0.23, which is nearly three times the legal limit for an adult to drive a ...

Woman dies after being dragged by horse in western Minnesota

PERHAM, Minn. (AP) — A North Dakota woman has died after authorities say it appears she was dragged by a horse in western Minnesota. The Otter Tail County Sheriff's Office says deputies went to a home near Star Lake on Friday morning after a caller reported a woman had been dragged a long ...