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Family asks for help in finding hunter’s killer

By |2019-11-07T05:42:24-06:00November 7th, 2019|

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) - The family of a hunter who was fatally shot in Morrison County three years ago and sheriff's officials have created a video asking for help in solving the homicide. Terry Brisk was killed Nov. 7, 2016, while deer hunting on his parents' land east of Little Falls.

In New Hampshire, Klobuchar sees hope in election results

By |2019-11-07T05:40:44-06:00November 7th, 2019|

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar says Tuesday's election results across the country give her confidence as she officially signs up for New Hampshire's 2020 Democratic presidential primary. Klobuchar told supporters Wednesday that "democracy is really hitting back in a good way" and sending the message that "the president is not the king." She called local elections in New Hampshire and state contests elsewhere a "value check" on President Donald Trump.

Records show state agency broke law 200 times over past year

By |2019-11-07T05:37:06-06:00November 7th, 2019|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Public records show the Minnesota Department of Human Services violated state law more than 200 times over the past year by awarding $52 million in contracts and grant commitments without proper documentation. The records obtained by the Star Tribune show that employees sometimes allowed vendors and grantees to perform work without finalized contracts. In other cases, employees bought products such as software without the required permission.

Minnesota town approves $34M expansion of crowded schools

By |2019-11-06T06:49:43-06:00November 6th, 2019|

WORTHINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Citizens in the southwestern Minnesota town of Worthington have approved nearly $34 million in new borrowing to expand schools filled to overflowing in recent years by an influx of immigrants. Voters in the Worthington-area school district had rejected five similar measures since 2013, but approved a series of three questions on Tuesday. Some residents had said racism played a role in those defeats. But members of a group that helped sink previous bond proposals say their opposition is fiscal, not racial. The last referendum, in February, failed by only 17 votes. The vote in Worthington was one of over [...]

Minneapolis man charged with absentee ballot fraud

By |2019-11-06T05:43:50-06:00November 6th, 2019|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Hennepin County prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old Minneapolis man with 13 felony counts of voting fraud. Abdihakim Amin Essa allegedly signed as witness for 13 people casting absentee ballots last year when he was not authorized to do so. A criminal complaint told campaign workers he signed his father's name because he wasn't a U.S. citizen, a requirement to witness absentee ballots.

Police: No charges after Minnesota school marked by swastika

By |2019-11-06T05:41:00-06:00November 6th, 2019|

EDINA, Minn. (AP) - Police in a Minneapolis suburb say a juvenile will not face charges after acknowledging drawing a swastika and other offensive graffiti on a shed at an elementary school. Edina police were called Saturday about the graffiti. The officer photographed the graffiti and washed it off. Authorities identified the juvenile as a person of interest and say the juvenile confessed. But because there was no permanent damage, police say there was no crime to charge the juvenile with and no arrest.

Minnesota bishop defends conduct in sexual abuse case

By |2019-11-06T05:29:53-06:00November 6th, 2019|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota bishop says he was trying to protect the confidentiality of a man who said he was sexually abused by a popular priest when he certified to other church officials that the priest was fit to work with children. Bishop Michael Hoeppner of the Diocese of Crookston acknowledged in sworn testimony released Tuesday that he knew about sexual abuse allegations against the priest but was respecting the accuser's confidentiality.

Minnesota authorities: Gunman killed self in police shootout

By |2019-11-06T06:45:53-06:00November 6th, 2019|

COTTAGE GROVE, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a gunman who carjacked several vehicles, sexually assaulted a woman and briefly held a family of four hostage in their suburban St. Paul home died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, not by police gunfire. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday night that a medical examiner determined 34-year-old Noah Ante Erickson killed himself during an exchange of gunfire with police in Cottage Grove on Monday. Authorities earlier said the man was killed by police. Authorities say Erickson kidnapped a woman at gunpoint, forced her to drive to her St. Paul home where he sexually assaulted [...]

US Rep. Ilhan Omar divorces husband in Minnesota

By |2019-11-06T05:36:54-06:00November 6th, 2019|

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Rep. Ilhan Omar has officially divorced from her husband in Minnesota, just a month after she filed a petition saying there was an "irretrievable breakdown" in their marriage. Omar and Ahmed Hirsi had been married since January 2018 but were longtime partners. Omar says Hirsi is the father of her three children. The marriage was dissolved Tuesday after paperwork was signed by court personnel.

Krause Elected As Waseca Co. Commissioner, Other Election Results

By |2019-11-06T05:39:08-06:00November 6th, 2019|

Brad Krause was elected to the Waseca county commissioners in Tuesday's election. Krause garnered 67 percent of the vote to defeat Kevin Nelson for the seat. Krause will fill the term of Dan Kuhns, who resigned earlier this year to become the county's deputy auditor/treasurer. Two members of the Waseca School Board, who were appointed to the board earlier this year won their seats back on the board Tuesday. Aaron Skogen and Edita Mansfield defeated challenger Chris Mitchell.