WEBSTER, S.D. (AP) — A duck hunter from Minnesota has drowned in a South Dakota lake. Day County Sheriff Ryan Rucktaeschel says three Minneapolis area men were duck hunting on Bitter Lake near Waubay late Saturday morning when their boat began taking on water. Two Watertown men also on the lake heard cries for help. KWAT reports the men were able to rescue two of the hunters, who were taken to a hospital to be treated for hypothermia. Conservation officers recovered the body of the 38-year-old man who drowned in 14 feet of water. The sheriff says life jackets were on the boat. [...]
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, Kagan said the high court's legitimacy depends on public trust and confidence since nobody elected the justices. "We have to be seen as doing law, which is distinct from politics or public policy, and to be doing it in a good faith way, trying to find the right answers," she said. [...]
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — State investigators say a driver who fired at pursuing law enforcement officers in central Minnesota and who shot himself after crashing his vehicle last week has died of his injuries. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Todd County sheriff's deputies attempted to conduct a traffic stop Oct. 15 near Browerville. A pursuit with speeds exceeding 100 mph led into Morrison County. The BCA says the driver shot at pursing deputies and troopers during the chase, but no one was injured. The driver left the road and struck a tree in Cushing. Officials fired bean bag [...]
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Demands by striking Chicago teachers for more nurses, librarians and social workers are highlighting concerns that resonate in high-poverty school districts nationwide, where shortages of support staff leave educators feeling stretched. Unions and professional groups for such employees say those jobs often are lower priority when budgets are tight, but their absence can have profound effects on student learning and teachers' work. They contend support staff is vital to properly address everyday student issues such as physical and mental health problems or homelessness. In Chicago, the nation's third-largest school district, the teachers who have been out on strike since [...]
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 in 2015. The agreement also calls for the diocese to open its files on more than three dozen priests who were credibly accused of abuse and develop procedures to ensure children will be protected.
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 assault. According to the charges, Boswell entered a gymnasium where a funeral was about to start on the Fond du Lac Reservation Friday and shot his sister's boyfriend from behind. The 45-year-old victim was treated at a hospital and released.
NEW YORK (AP) — Best Buy is firing the latest salvo in the holiday shipping wars with a new option: next day shipping — with no minimum order. The offer announced Tuesday follows moves by Walmart and online leader Amazon, which started rolling out the service earlier this year. Best Buy says the next day service covers thousands of items but excludes bigger items like TVs and refrigerators. Earlier this year, Amazon upgraded its free shipping options for Amazon Prime members who pay $119 a year. It covers more than 10 million items. Walmart rolled out next day delivery this past [...]
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The message printed on a runner's bib during a recent Minneapolis race turned out to be prophetic. Instead of wearing his name, 25-year-old Tyler Moon opted to have "Jesus Saves" printed on his running bib for the Medtronic TC 10 Mile earlier this month. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says that when Moon reached the eighth mile his heart began beating irregularly and he collapsed. His heart was not pumping blood. Behind him in the race was a Lakeville registered nurse anesthetist, Jesus "Jesse" Bueno. He dropped down beside Moon and he and a running colleague began CPR until [...]
FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A Republican state senator from North Dakota took to Facebook to post a long-debunked photo that claims to be Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar holding a weapon at an al-Qaida training camp. The photo posted by Rep. Oley Larsen, of Minot, has been debunked by several sources since it appeared on social media this summer. Larsen also referred to Omar as an "elected terrorist."
FOLEY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in central Minnesota say a missing emu described as a "habitual runaway" has been caught after being on the lam for a day. The Benton County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post Sunday night that the "fugitive emu" was located and released to his owner. The big bird went missing from the Foley area on Saturday night. Foley is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) northwest of Minneapolis. Emus are the second-largest living birds in the world by height behind the ostrich. Animal experts say the flightless native Australian birds can sprint at up to 30 [...]