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Appeals court: PolyMet mine permits to stay on hold for now

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals is maintaining its suspension of two key permits for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. A three-judge panel said in an order Thursday that a stay the court imposed last month on the project's permit to mine and its dam safety permit ...

Man killed, woman injured in western Minnesota house fire

MADISON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in western Minnesota say a man was killed and a woman was injured in a house fire. The Lac qui Parle County Sheriff's Office was called about the fire in Madison on Wednesday morning. The Star Tribune reports the woman was taken to a hospital with symptoms ...

Project to restart after American Indian graves disturbed

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Officials say a bridge project in Minnesota will get a do-over after an American Indian burial site was disturbed. Minnesota Department of Transportation officials spoke at a community meeting Wednesday night about the state road project on the western edge of Duluth. ...

Hundreds protest Washington NFL team name in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of protesters chanting "We are not your mascot" have marched in Minneapolis against the Washington Redskins team name. Demonstrators rallied Thursday ahead of the Minnesota Vikings' game against Washington. The protesters called the team's name racist and ...

PolyMet opponents ask appeals court to overturn mine permits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Opponents of the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine urged the Minnesota Court of Appeals on Wednesday to cancel two of the project's most important permits and order further proceedings to determine whether the mine's environmental and financial safeguards are ...

Minnesota mayor target of racist threats in trash dispute

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The black mayor of St. Paul, Minnesota, has received racist threats amid a long-simmering dispute over how the city should collect its trash. Police in Minnesota's capital are investigating threatening and racist messages to Mayor Melvin Carter in the run-up to a ...

2nd mistrial called in Minnesota traffic crash killing case

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Minnesota man accused of fatally shooting a 17-year-old boy after a traffic accident. Judge Joseph Chase declared the mistrial Wednesday in the case against Alexander Weiss of Rochester, Minnesota, after jurors said ...

Iraqi man’s request for release dismissed as removal looms

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An Iraqi man's petition to be released from immigration custody has been dismissed after his order for deportation became final this summer. Thirty-five-year-old Farass Adnan Ali has been in immigration detention for more than two years. In July, U.S. District Judge David ...

Man charged with assault for punch outside Trump rally

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man has been charged with felony assault for allegedly punching another man outside President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Minneapolis earlier this month. Prosecutors charged 31-year-old Dwight Pierre Lewis of Richfield with third-degree assault on Wednesday. A ...

Wall falls in downtown Virginia causing gas leak, evacuation

VIRGINIA, Minn. (AP) — Parts of downtown Virginia in northern Minnesota were evacuated after part of a brick wall collapsed during demolition, causing a gas leak and power outage. Crews were tearing down a former St. Louis County government building when the wall fell around the lunch hour ...

Rep. Ilhan Omar condemns GOP state lawmaker’s Facebook post

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Rep. Ilhan Omar has condemned a Republican state senator from North Dakota who posted a long-debunked photo on his Facebook page that purports to show the Minnesota Democrat holding a weapon at an al-Qaida training camp. Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in ...

Suspected working cannon found during Minnesota drug raid

HUTCHINSON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities found what appears to be a functioning cannon during a drug bust on farmland west of Minneapolis. Agents from a drug task force raided the property north of Hutchinson on Monday and arrested 59-year old Bret Wakefield and 56-year-old Ramona Wakefield for ...

Minnesota Court of Appeals weighs challenges to PolyMet mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Wednesday on challenges by environmentalists and the Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa to the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The groups want to overturn decisions by the Department of Natural Resources to grant ...

Charges: Man shot sister’s boyfriend at reservation funeral

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A 28-year-old man is charged in a shooting on an American Indian reservation in northern Minnesota that prompted a lockdown of tribal offices and a school. Prosecutors on Monday charged Shelby Boswell of Hugo, Minnesota, with first- and second-degree felony assault. ...

Judge OKs $40M settlement with Duluth diocese

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $40 million settlement between the Diocese of Duluth and dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests. Judge Robert Kressel signed off on the settlement Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The diocese filed for bankruptcy ...

Klobuchar tries to turn debate spotlight into momentum

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) — Several days removed from a marathon Democratic presidential debate, Amy Klobuchar was still feeling an afterglow. On the debate stage, the Minnesota senator repeatedly hit Elizabeth Warren for failing to level with voters about how she would pay for her ambitious ...

Justice Kagan: High court must avoid partisan perceptions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Associate Justice Elena Kagan said Monday that it "behooves" the U.S. Supreme Court to realize in these polarized times that there's a danger of the public seeing it as just a political institution — and to strive to counter that perception. Speaking at the University of ...

Minnesota authorities searching for ‘habitual runaway’ emu

FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota are searching for a missing emu described as a "habitual runaway." The Benton County Sheriff's Office says the big bird went missing from the Foley area on Saturday. Foley is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. Emus ...

1 person killed, 5 injured in St. Paul crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One woman is dead and five others are injured in a head-on crash in St. Paul. Police say two vehicles carrying nine people collided in the Battle Creek neighborhood Thursday evening. An 18-year-old woman who was thrown from a vehicle died at the scene. Authorities say ...

Advocate for disabled sues over electric scooters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An advocate for people with disabilities is taking the city of Minneapolis and two electric scooter companies to court. Noah McCourt says the electric scooters have made city sidewalks inaccessible. McCourt, who has autism and a coordination disorder, says he was injured ...