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Minnesota Senate goes home without votes on commissioners

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Minnesota Senate adjourned its special session Wednesday without taking planned votes on confirming two of Gov. Tim Walz's commissioners, after Democrats objected to how GOP lawmakers essentially forced out ...

Minnesota AG: Gas utilities overbilled customers by $380M

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota utilities mismanaged their natural gas purchases after a historic winter storm in the South, which led them to overbill customers by $380 million, the state attorney general's office said Wednesday. The office of Attorney General Keith Ellison recommended ...

Man killed by officer in Olivia was 32-year-old father

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — Friends and family have identified the man who was fatally shot by a police officer over the weekend in Olivia. A cousin, Jessica Laro, identified him as 32-year-old Ricardo Torres Jr. He was shot in alley about 2 a.m. Sunday. Officials said Torres was armed and ...

Vaccination rates contrast in urban, rural Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's coronavirus vaccination rates show a sharp contrast between urban and rural counties in the state. The vaccination rate is high in large, urban counties. In Hennepin and Ramsey counties, more than 75% of people age 16 and older have gotten at least one ...

Oak-killing disease spreading north in Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Foresters and landowners are concerned that a disease that kills oak trees is creeping farther north in Minnesota. The mighty oak is one of the most abundant trees in Minnesota. Oak wilt was been around for decades and has been confirmed in 40 Minnesota counties. But, ...

Cass Lake man killed in drive-by shooting at party

CASS LAKE, Minn. (AP) — One person has died after being struck by gunfire at an outdoor house party in Cass County, sheriff's officials said Tuesday. According to authorities, a drive-by shooting happened at a residence in Cass Lake shortly before 3 a.m. Monday. Deputies arrived to find a ...

Driver killed in collision with police car in pursuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A motorist died early Tuesday in a collision involving a Minneapolis police squad car that was pursuing a robbery suspect. Police were pursuing a stolen vehicle linked to some commercial robberies when the squad car crashed into the victim's vehicle and a third vehicle ...

Minnesota pollution regulator resigns before Senate vote

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The commissioner of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency resigned Tuesday after it became apparent that the Republican-controlled state Senate was prepared to oust her. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz said Laura Bishop resigned "in order to ...

Eagles released into wild after suspected racoon attack

GLEN, Minn. (AP) — A family of three bald eagles that were rescued and treated for injuries in what appeared to be an attack by another animal have been released into the wild in eastern Minnesota. Lt. Robert Gorecki, a conservation officer with the state Department of Natural Resources, ...

Southern Minnesota officer fatally shoots armed person

OLIVIA, Minn. (AP) — A police officer in southern Minnesota shot and killed a person early Sunday morning, authorities said. Officials in the town of Olivia, located about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities, said the shooting occured after an armed person confronted an off-duty officer in an ...