×

MN State News

2-year-old boy found in Twin Cities golf course pond dies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say a 2-year-old Brooklyn Park boy has died weeks after he was found in a pond on a golf course. The Hennepin County medical examiner's office says Isaac Fadeyibi died last week at a Minneapolis hospital. The boy was found in water near the eighth green on ...

Data: Minnesota’s 2019 freshman class sees record diversity

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota's 2019 freshman class is the biggest in 50 years and includes a female majority and the most students of color in the school's history. The Office of Institutional Research's numbers show that most of the freshmen — about 54% — are women and ...

Electrolux workers in St. Cloud to punch out for last time

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Hundreds of workers at freezer-maker Electrolux in St. Cloud will punch out for the last time Friday. That's the last day of production at the plant, one of St. Cloud's largest employers. Electrolux announced last year it planned to close the plant by the end of 2019 ...

Illegal alcohol vaping device confiscated from Minnesota bar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say an illegal device used to vape alcohol was recently confiscated from a bar in suburban Dakota County, and the bar owner was fined for having it. The Department of Public Safety says the owner of the bar didn't know the device was illegal and purchased it ...

Workers from closed Minnesota plant take case to Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Workers from a Twin Cities area plant that was closed over lead poisoning concerns are calling on the state to reopen the plant. Dozens of workers from Water Gremlin came to Gov. Tim Walz's office Tuesday and called for officials to lift the shutdown. Minnesota ...

Brothers with alleged Hezbollah ties plead not guilty

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two brothers accused of conspiring to export drone technology to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon have pleaded not guilty. Usama and Issam Hamade are charged with conspiracy to violate U.S. export laws. Usama Hamade is also charged with smuggling. The ...

Minnesota deer disposal plan unravels, sparking CWD fears

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A plan to dispose of deer carcasses during Minnesota's upcoming rifle hunting season is unraveling over a waste hauler's fears of spreading chronic wasting disease. The state placed special dumpsters in parts of central and southeastern Minnesota where the fatal deer ...

State orders shutdown over lead levels at Water Gremlin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities shut down production of goods containing lead at a Twin Cities-area manufacturing company Monday amid concerns about lead poisoning among plant workers' children. Water Gremlin hasn't done enough to limit workers' exposure to lead dust at its White Bear ...

Legislative auditor to report on overpayments to 2 tribes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor is preparing to release a special review of big overpayments made by the state Department of Human Services to two tribes for opioid treatment programs. The department has overpaid the White Earth and Leech Lake bands of Ojibwe by an ...

Feds: Brothers with alleged Hezbollah ties are ‘dangerous’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say two brothers charged with conspiring to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon are "dangerous" and should remain in custody while they await trial, according to a court document filed ...

Nonprofit groups raise issues with Minnesota ‘equity grants’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At a December stop in north Minneapolis before his inauguration as governor, Tim Walz got an earful from Alfred Babington-Johnson. Babington-Johnson, president and CEO of the nonprofit Stairstep Foundation, told Walz that state officials were putting unnecessary stress on ...

CO poisoning suspected in deaths of man, dog near Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Authorities suspect carbon monoxide poisoning caused the death of a man in a home near Duluth. The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reports that a friend found 54-year-old Michael Steen unresponsive at the home northwest of Duluth. Deputies were called to the home just ...

Vikings backup S Jayron Kearse arrested on suspicion of DWI

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Vikings backup safety Jayron Kearse has been arrested in Minneapolis on suspicion of driving while impaired and with a loaded gun. The Minnesota State Patrol says a trooper stopped Kearse just before 4 a.m. Sunday after seeing a Mercedes drive around a barricade ...

1 dead, 1 hurt in St. Paul motor home fire

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul fire officials say one person is dead and another injured after a motor home fire. According to the St. Paul Fire Department, crews arrived around 10:30 p.m. Saturday and found fire and smoke pouring from the front of the vehicle. The St. Paul Pioneer Press ...

Wiggins leads Wolves past Heat 116-109 with late 3 barrage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Wiggins made four 3-pointers in the final six minutes, finishing with 25 points to propel the undefeated Minnesota Timberwolves to a 116-109 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday night. Karl-Anthony Towns added 23 points and 11 rebounds for the Wolves (3-0), who ...

Hillary Clinton says presidential race will be close

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hillary Clinton is imploring Minnesota Democrats to get out and vote in the 2020 election because the presidential race is shaping up to be "very, very close." The former secretary of state and presidential candidate and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton, made a stop in ...

Sheriff’s deputy burned in crash that killed girl

WASECA, Minn. (AP) — A Waseca County sheriff's deputy has suffered burns after he stepped on a downed power line while responding to a crash that killed a teenage girl. Sheriff Brad Milbrath says Deputy Josh Langr suffered third-degree burns Wednesday night in Waseca where a pickup truck ...

Minnesota professor accused of embezzlement reaches deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A University of Minnesota law professor accused of stealing millions of dollars from his father-in-law's company has pleaded guilty in an agreement with prosecutors. Edward Adams entered the plea Thursday to a misdemeanor charge related to federal income taxes. ...

North Dakota Democrats urge resignation over fake Omar photo

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Senate Democrats have joined the call for a state senator to resign his leadership position in the wake of his Facebook posts targeting a Muslim congresswoman from Minnesota. The Bismarck Tribune reported that Democratic senators wrote a letter Thursday to ...

Sanders to hold campaign rally in Minnesota with Omar

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders plans to hold a campaign rally next month at the University of Minnesota. The Nov. 3 rally at Northrup Auditorium will mark Sanders' second campaign stop in the state since he announced his 2020 bid. The U.S. senator from ...