MN State News

Minneapolis suburb reinstates Pledge at council meetings

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (AP) — A suburban Minneapolis city council has voted to reinstate the Pledge of Allegiance at its meetings after the decision to drop it generated a firestorm of criticism, including from the White House. The St. Louis Park City Council voted to drop the pledge June 17 ...

Minnesota man, twice denied passport, is declared US citizen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man and military veteran whose request for a passport was twice denied has been declared a U.S. citizen. Attorneys say Mark Esqueda can now get a passport. Esqueda sued Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in May. In a settlement reached Friday, the State ...

Report: Passer-by saw gyroplane crash nose-down at airport

HAWLEY, Minn. (AP) — Federal investigators say a passer-by saw a gyroplane descend nose-down and crash into the ground at a western Minnesota airport this month, killing the pilot. According to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, the gyroplane crashed 300 feet ...

Man who kidnapped Jayme Closs moved out of Wisconsin

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man who admitted to kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents has been moved to a facility outside Wisconsin. Twenty-two-year-old Jake Patterson is serving life without parole for the October deaths of James and Denise Closs. State records say he was moved Monday, ...

Ex-officer who fatally shot 911 caller appeals convictions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Attorneys for the former Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman after she called 911 about a possible assault have filed an appeal. Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and manslaughter in the July 2017 death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, a ...

Couple survives crash with half-ton moose

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A young couple remains hospitalized in Duluth after surviving a collision with a half-ton bull moose on a dark northern Minnesota highway. Seventeen-year-old Amaya Nelson was behind the wheel July 7 and her 22-year-old boyfriend, Remington Dellinger, was in the seat ...

Coleman undergoing surgery to remove cancerous part of lung

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Sen Norm Coleman of Minnesota is undergoing surgery at Mayo Clinic to remove the cancerous part of a lung. Coleman posted on his Facebook page that his surgery scheduled for Monday, July 15 would remove about a quarter of his lungs and cut his lung ...

Shooting victim dies a day after being hit in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police say the victim of a shooting has died a day after he was wounded. Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation Sunday about 2 p.m. and found an adult male who had suffered gunshot wounds. He was taken to North Memorial Medical Center. Police say the ...

Minnesota’s human services chief abruptly quits amid turmoil

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey resigned abruptly Monday as head of Minnesota's largest state agency, just days after his two deputy commissioners quit with no public explanation. Lourey said in a resignation letter to Gov. ...

Omar reports big second quarter, nearly $950K in bank

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar raised nearly $614,000 in the second quarter and ended the period with nearly $950,000 in cash on hand. Omar's report Monday to the Federal Election Commission is a sign of financial strength just as the Minneapolis Democrat finds herself in another ...

Charges: Truck driver watched porn before fatal crash

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota truck driver is accused of watching pornographic videos before a crash that killed a highway worker standing along an interstate. Forty-seven-year-old Tate Doom of St. Paul Park was charged last week in Hennepin County court with criminal vehicular homicide and ...

Ex-cop who killed 911 caller now in prison outside Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer sentenced to more than 12 years for fatally shooting a woman who called 911 to report a possible crime has been moved to a prison outside of Minnesota. A representative of the Minnesota Department of Corrections told KSTP-TV that ...

Duluth officer rescues 2-year-old girl from runaway van

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A Duluth police officer on his way to work has rescued a 2-year-old girl from a van that rolled down a hill and got stuck in trees. Officer Todd Simmons came upon the crash late Thursday afternoon. A mother was removing her twin girls from the van after a trip to the ...

Police shoot man in Woodbury after he tells 911 to kill him

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Police have shot and wounded a man in Woodbury after he reportedly called 911 saying he wanted police to kill him. The Washington County sheriff's office says the shooting happened about 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the St. Paul suburb. According to a news release, the man ...

Man, woman wounded in Minneapolis restaurant shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say two people were wounded in a shooting at a downtown Minneapolis restaurant. The Star Tribune reports the shooting occurred about 2 a.m. Saturday on the rooftop of Crave American Kitchen & Sushi Bar. Police say a man and a woman suffered with noncritical ...

Authorities: 5 officers fired rifles in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities say five police officers fired rifles following a standoff that left a 23-year-old man dead in a St. Paul suburb. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says in a statement Saturday that Isak Aden of Columbia Heights died July 2 of "multiple gunshot ...

Klobuchar’s plan would help Alzheimer’s patients, caregivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. It's an issue that's personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a ...

2 top officials are leaving Minnesota’s largest state agency

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Two of the top officials at Minnesota's largest state agency are leaving their jobs, and the department isn't saying why. Human Services Commissioner Tony Lourey announced Thursday that Deputy Commissioners Chuck Johnson and Claire Wilson are resigning in the coming ...

Brewery hits limit on growlers, spotlighting liquor law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A popular North Shore brewery will soon have to stop selling growlers, and it's shining a light on Minnesota liquor laws. Castle Danger Brewery will have to stop selling the refillable jugs known as growlers in October. That's because state law blocks breweries that ...

Doughnuts with filling syringes nixed from Minnesota fair

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doughnuts with a side of syringes have been nixed from the Minnesota State Fair after the offering was roundly criticized. Last month fair officials announced the new foods that would be available at this year's event, including doughnut holes that came with three syringes ...