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Woman and fetus killed, 3 injured in Minneapolis crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say a pregnant woman was killed and three others were injured when a speeding vehicle hit a minivan and several other vehicles in Minneapolis. Authorities say police and fire department personnel worked for nearly an hour to extricate the woman, who was eight months ...

Man shot and wounded at funeral on Minnesota reservation

CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) — One man was shot and a suspect was arrested after a shooting Friday on an American Indian reservation in northern Minnesota that prompted a lockdown of tribal offices and a school. The shooting happened at around 10 a.m. during a funeral at a Head Start building ...

No deal yet, but Walz, lawmakers agree to work on insulin

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and lawmakers have agreed to keep talking about emergency insulin legislation. Walz met privately Friday with House and Senate authors of competing insulin proposals. Minnesota Public Radio reports the Democratic governor and lawmakers offered ...

Officials say man who fired at pursuing officers shoots self

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — State investigators say a driver who fired at pursuing law enforcement officers in central Minnesota shot himself after crashing his vehicle. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Todd County sheriff's deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop ...

Authorities ID 2 killed in crash in northwest Minnesota

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities have released the names of two people killed when their SUV collided with a semi-truck in northwestern Minnesota. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Jacob Anderson of Fertile was driving the compact SUV that collided with the semi at an ...

Federal courthouse in Minneapolis named after Judge Murphy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The federal courthouse in Minneapolis is being named after a judge who is seen as a trailblazer in the Twin Cities legal community. Judge Diana Murphy was the first woman appointed to the federal bench in Minnesota in 1980, and later became the first woman to sit on the ...

Minnesota boy, 6, found safe in dark cornfield after search

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — A 6-year-old Minnesota boy who had been missing for hours was found safe early Wednesday after a volunteer used a drone with a thermal camera to help find the child in a dark cornfield more than a mile from his home. The boy, named Ethan Haus, hadn't been seen since 4:10 ...

UnitedHealth hikes annual forecast, offers glimpse into 2020

UnitedHealth Group raised its 2019 forecast and detailed another better-than-expected quarter Tuesday, but shares soared after company leaders mentioned next year's growth prospects. CEO David Wichmann told analysts it would be "reasonable and prudent" for them to set initial expectations for ...

Dayton enjoying down time after nearly 4 decades in office

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When former Gov. Mark Dayton's official portrait is unveiled later this week, it will feature the two-term Democrat in front of the Capitol building. Dayton tells Minnesota Public Radio that he wanted a strong "supporting cast" in the painting to be unveiled Thursday, and ...

State tests new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota transportation officials are testing new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters. Through September, the State Patrol issued nearly 3,500 citations to drivers who illegally used the lanes reserved for two or more people, buses, motorcycles and solo drivers who ...

1 injured in shooting outside Blaine Walmart

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Police have responded to a shooting outside a Walmart store in Blaine. KSTP-TV reports a man in his 30s was shot in the ear by someone he knew. The shooting happened about 5 a.m. Monday. The victim was taken to the hospital and is expected to be OK. Authorities are ...

Agents say Minnesota woman bilked government out of benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a onetime U.S. Postal Service employee in western Minnesota cheated the government out of more than $100,000 in federal disability benefits by claiming she had a workforce injury while at the same time competing in dog agility events. The Star Tribune ...

Hunter finds body in wooded area of rural Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a hunter reported finding a body in the woods near Mankato. Deputies were called to the area northeast of Highway 83 on Thursday. Authorities don't know the name and identity of the person. The Blue Earth County Sheriff's Office says ...

Minneapolis police arrest 1, cite 1 in Trump rally protest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police made one arrest and issued one citation during protests outside a campaign rally by President Donald Trump. Police say the arrest was for damage to property and the citation was for disorderly conduct. Several thousand people protested outside Target ...

Dems, Muslims rip Trump attack on Somalis; rue GOP silence

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Democrats, Muslims and other groups condemned President Donald Trump on Friday for criticizing the state for welcoming so many Somali refugees, and they called out Republican leaders for failing to criticize his statements. At ...

Minnesota father gets 6 months for death of son in hot SUV

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man will serve six months in jail for the death of his 4-year-old son who the man left for hours in a hot SUV. Twenty-six-year-old Kristopher Taylor of Apple Valley also will be on electronic monitoring for six months. The Star Tribune reports Judge Robert ...

Postal worker pleads guilty to stealing $100K in benefits

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service worker from western Minnesota has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $100,000 in government benefits. The U.S. Attorney's office says 57-year-old Lisa Ann Schafer of Glenwood pleaded guilty to theft of government funds. According to Schafer's ...

FBI: Woman kidnapped, sex assaulted girl she met online

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Federal authorities say a South Carolina woman kidnapped a girl from Minnesota and sexually assaulted her. Citing an FBI affidavit, news outlets report 23-year-old Katrina Marie Aliff was arrested last month on charges including aggravated child sexual abuse. The ...

Emergency plan activated in North Dakota amid fall snowstorm

By JAMES MacPHERSON Associated Press BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum on Friday activated the state's emergency plan due to what he called a crippling snowstorm that closed major highways and had farmers and ranchers bracing for huge crop and livestock losses. "The ...

Death of St. Louis County man ruled homicide

MAKINEN, Minn. (AP) — The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office has ruled the death of a man in St. Louis County is a homicide. The sheriff's office has identified the victim as 47-year-old Frank Gerald Meyer. Deputies found his body was found Tuesday afternoon at a residence where they were ...