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Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's rejection of a critical air emissions permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine and sent the case back for further proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...

Walz’s $518M bonding bill includes money to rebuild cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $518 million capital investment package Monday that includes $150 million for rebuilding neighborhoods hit by unrest after the death of George Floyd last May and $43 million in security upgrades for the state Capitol complex, which has been ringed ...

Deputy allegedly had fentanyl in system during deadly chase

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an Otter Tail County deputy was under the influence of the powerful painkiller fentanyl while involved in a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly crash. Deputy Kelly Backman is charged with misconduct by a public officer and driving while ...

Tribal, county teamwork keys Minnesota county’s vaccinations

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) — The only Minnesota county located entirely within the borders of a Native American reservation has been vaccinating at rates that far surpass most other counties in the state, authorities said. Mahnomen County is located in the northwestern part of the state, about an ...

Wild snap two-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Ducks

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Foligno admitted that the Minnesota Wild's 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night wasn't picture perfect, but for a team that is still working its way back after having its season paused due to COVID-19 protocols, any ...

Minnesota House rejects security fund for officers’ trials

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House rejected a bill to create a fund to bolster security during the upcoming murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd. The measure failed Thursday on a 71-63 vote in the Democratic-controlled House. Democratic Gov. ...

Warrant: Opioid addiction may have motivated clinic shooting

BUFFALO, Minn. (AP) — An alleged gunman's addiction to opioid medication was the "driving force" behind last week's shooting at a Minnesota health clinic that left one person dead and four injured, a veteran investigator said in his application for a search warrant. Wright County Deputy ...

Panel backs task force on missing and murdered Black women

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A bill to create a task force to develop a comprehensive roadmap for remedying the plight of missing and murdered African American women and girls won unanimous approval Friday in its first hearing before the Minnesota Legislature. The ...

Minnesota public school enrollment drops 2% amid pandemic

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Public school enrollment in Minnesota dropped by about 17,000 students as families turned to home schooling, private schools and delaying entry into kindergarten amid the coronavirus pandemic, state education officials announced ...

Sheriff: Device thrown at Line 3 protest was not explosive

CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A suspicious device allegedly thrown by a protester at a construction site for the Enbridge Energy Line 3 replacement pipeline was not an explosive, authorities said Friday evening, and nearby residents who had been evacuated were allowed to return to their ...