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Working Strategies: Adding financial backups to your career backups | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 23, 2019
That was quite a month, wasn’t it? A record-breaking government shutdown, federal workers with delayed paychecks or no pay at all, private sector employers sending affected staff home for lack of business … if ever there was a time for workers to tap their rainy-day funds, this would have be...
Minnesota officials call for 200K electric vehicles by 2030 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 23, 2019
Minnesota transit officials envision 200,000 electric vehicles to be cruising down state roads in about a decade, a big jump from the 6,000 now. The goal for 2030 is part of the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plan to tackle climate change and to move away from fossil fuels, Minnesot...
Afton Marina dispute headed to court after mediation efforts fail | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 23, 2019
An Afton dispute over access to a proposed restaurant along the St. Croix River appears headed to court. How did we get here? The Afton Marina and Yacht Club pitched plans in late 2017 to build a new boat-in restaurant on its St. Croix River property to be accessed by a new commercial driveway. The ...
St. Paul landlords can shave 40% off property taxes — if they keep rents affordable | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 23, 2019
With rental vacancies low and rents high, the city of St. Paul is offering property tax discounts to landlords who keep at least 20 percent of their apartments affordable to low-to-moderate income households. What’s that look like in real terms? A two-bedroom apartment rented out to a family o...
Ramsey County sheriff names Dino Guerin as emergency preparedness coordinator | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 23, 2019
Dino Guerin, a longtime St. Paul firefighter and former elected official, took over a new position this week at the Ramsey County sheriff’s office: emergency preparedness coordinator and threat prevention planner. “School safety must be one of our top priorities,” Ramsey County Sheriff Bob...
U.S. citizen arrested in Minneapolis, charged in kidnapping of journalist in Somalia | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
A U.S. citizen has been charged with kidnapping and other counts for his alleged role in the abduction of a freelance journalist who was held hostage in Somalia for nearly three years, according to federal charging documents unsealed Thursday in New York. According to a criminal complaint, Abdi Yusu...
Minnesota attorney general to review Lois Riess’ homicide case | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
MANTORVILLE, Minn. — The Minnesota attorney general’s office will review the case of a woman accused of killing her husband in southern Minnesota, then fleeing to Florida and killing a woman there. Lois Riess has not been charged in the fatal shooting of her husband, 54-year-old David Riess, at ...
Man burned in Dakota County house explosion has died | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
A rural Dakota County man who was injured when his house exploded on Feb. 5 has died. According to the Bakken Young Funeral Home, Brian Suilmann, 57, of Hampton died Wednesday at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. His wife, Theresa Ann Snoeyenbos, 56, also died in the explosion. Suilmann was found by res...
St. Paul police investigate fatal shooting in Summit-University area | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
St. Paul police were investigating a fatal shooting in the Summit-University neighborhood on Thursday night. Officers were called to the 700 block of Carroll Avenue about 8:45 p.m., according to a police spokesman. Police said they would be providing additional information later Thursday night. Thur...
Three-vehicle injury crash closes I-35 in Chisago County | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
A three-vehicle injury crash in North Branch, Minn., closed Interstate 35 for about an hour Friday afternoon, backing up northbound traffic for over 10 miles. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, about 2:30 p.m. a Nissan A2S in the right lane was approaching stopped traffic when it rear-ended a ...
Twin Cities could see another 4-8 inches of snow, with blizzard conditions nearby | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
After a brief pause, winter returns to the Twin Cities this weekend with another dose of snow.
Piper Jaffray appoints CEO Chad Abraham as chairman; Andrew Duff to retire | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
Minneapolis-based investment bank Piper Jaffray Cos. said Friday that that Chief Executive Officer Chad Abraham will become chairman of the board, effective at the annual meeting of shareholders on May 17. Current Chairman Andrew Duff will retire from the board at that time, having served 16 years a...
Police: Patriots owner Robert Kraft solicited prostitute | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is being charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution after he was twice videotaped paying for a sex act at an illicit massage parlor, police in Florida said Friday. Jupiter police told reporters Friday that the 77-year-old K...
Minnesota to hold 2020 primary election on ‘Super Tuesday’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
Minnesota is joining the mass of states holding 2020 primaries on so-called Super Tuesday. At least nine other states will hold their primaries on March 3, including California and Texas. Minnesota Public Radio reported the date was confirmed Friday, a week before the state’s political parties had...
Man fatally shot in van in St. Paul was 23-year-old | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
Killing a 23-year-old man outside his family’s St. Paul home was an act of cruelty, a relative of the man wrote on Friday. Police continue to investigate the homicide of Raytrell Benjamin, who was shot while sitting in the driver’s seat of a van in the Summit-University neighborhood on T...
Colorado police to search landfill for missing mom’s remains | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
DENVER (AP) — Colorado police plan to search a landfill for the remains of a woman whose fiance is charged with murdering the mother of his 1-year-old child.
As Minnesota snowbanks rise, weather officials fear the thaw | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
All this snow could mean major flooding on the Mississippi and other rivers come spring.
Melvin Carter Jr. autobiography event rescheduled to Wednesday | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
The book launch event for “Diesel Heart,” the autobiography of former St. Paul Police Officer Melvin Carter Jr., will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hallie Q. Brown Community Center. The event was rescheduled from Feb. 20 due to heavy snow. Carter, son of Twin Cities jaz...
Klobuchar banks on middle road leading to Democratic nomination | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
By saying no, Amy Klobuchar hopes she’ll be able to persuade voters to say yes to her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign. The Minnesota senator is pushing back against some policy ideas favored by the party’s ascendant progressive wing and championed by several of her competitors in t...
‘Free citizen’ with apparent pig-shaped, ‘f- the police’ explosive charged in Maplewood standoff | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
A “free citizen” who felt he didn’t need to obey traffic laws threatened police, who tried tearing the back door off his RV with a robot to retrieve what appeared to be a pig-shaped explosive, according to a criminal complaint filed Friday. The confrontation, which resulted in an hours-long st...
Stillwater man admits to strangling St. Paul girlfriend, raping her teenage relative | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
A Stillwater man admitted in court to strangling his girlfriend and trying to make it look like a drug overdose, then raping the woman’s teenage relative three times last summer. Ivan Walker, 33, originally faced a second-degree murder charge for the death of his then-girlfriend, Shana Hollins, 39...
R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
CHICAGO — R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by lurid rumors that made him Public Enemy No. 1 to the #MeToo movement, was charged Friday with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17. Tandra Simonto...
Talking politics with the “other” side? A few tips for better conversations | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
Better Angels, a national group promoting conversations between Republicans and Democrats, has pointers for anyone hoping to facilitate such a conversation on their own. These have been taken from the Better Angels website, moderator Kim Martinson, and published reports. RELATED: How one group see...
Their antidote for red vs. blue political poison: conversations | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 22, 2019
Sam Erb made Republicans seem like the worst self-hating psychos on the planet. “We are racist, homophobic, sexist, deplorable, Islamo-phobic and any other kind of phobic there is,” said Erb, a dedicated Republican from Minneapolis. But then, listening to Beth Varro, it seemed like Democrats wer...
Feds: Ilhan Omar among lawmakers on hit list compiled by Coast Guard lieutenant | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
WASHINGTON — A Coast Guard lieutenant who was arrested last week is a “domestic terrorist” who drafted an email discussing biological attacks and had what appeared to be a hit list that included prominent Democrats and media figures, prosecutors said in court papers. U.S. Rep. Ilhan Om...
After Jussie Smollett case, MN lawmaker seeks crackdown on false hate crime claims | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A Minnesota lawmaker wants tougher penalties for falsely reporting hate crimes in his state after an actor in Chicago was accused of doing so. Rep. Nick Zerwas’ bill comes after actor Jussie Smollett was charged with falsely telling authorities he was attacked by men who hurled racist and anti-gay...
Couple with baby born with brain injuries sues Regions Hospital and HealthPartners claiming malpractice | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A Minnesota couple whose baby was born with significant brain damage is suing Regions Hospital and HealthPartners claiming that medical staff failed to provide adequate medical care and interventions to the mother and her son during labor and delivery. John Richardson and Leotha Pinkney filed the ma...
Law center says 12 hate groups in MN; US level highest in 2 decades | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
The U.S. had more hate groups last year than at any point in at least the past two decades, according to an organization that tracks white supremacists and other far-right extremists. The Southern Poverty Law Center said this week that the 1,020 groups it counted in 2018 is the most since 2011 and t...
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento, MN Opera founder, dies | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
NEW YORK — Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Dominick Argento, who wrote musical works inspired by the lives and literature of Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Casanova, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Henry James and Virginia Woolf, had died. He was 91. Argento died Wednesday in Minneapolis, according...
Prosecutor: No charges against Stillwater officer who shot reportedly suicidal man | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A Stillwater police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting a 22-year-old man allegedly armed with a knife during an encounter outside the man’s house last fall. Officer Hunter Julien, a five-veteran of the Stillwater Police Department, acted in self-defense and was justified in usi...
Attorney General Keith Ellison creates task force to combat high drug prices | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
The medication Claire Henn needed to treat her rheumatoid arthritis got so expensive she had to quit taking it. The price of Remicade jumped from $60 to $1,400 per treatment and the St. Paul retiree could no longer afford it. Instead, Henn opted for less effective treatments like the painkiller Alev...
Minn. mom who tried to make toddler sick with laxatives says she was suffering from postpartum depression | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A postpartum-induced delusion that doctors were failing her ailing toddler compelled a Winona mother to try to make him sicker so medical staff would pay closer attention to his case, she told a judge Thursday. That’s why Megan Lee Kafer periodically disconnected his feeding tube while he was hosp...
South Dakota won’t take Moorhead turkeys after all. They’re ‘too urban’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
MOORHEAD, Minn. — A plan to relocate nuisance wild turkeys from this northwestern Minnesota city to South Dakota has taken a twist. The South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks has apparently backed out of the partnership recently struck with the city of Moorhead, according to councilwoman ...
Minnesota House votes to eliminate ‘marital rape exception’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
The Minnesota House has voted to eliminate a defense that prevents people who rape a spouse or domestic partner from being prosecuted for criminal sexual conduct. Rep. Zack Stephenson, the bill’s lead author, told lawmakers before the 130-0 vote Thursday that repealing the “marital rape exceptio...
St. Paul City Council candidate forums, DFL conventions posted | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
With all seven St. Paul City Council posts up for grabs in November, the election season is already underway. There will be no political primary — and no limit to the number of candidates who may appear on the ranked-choice ballot. Election Day is Nov. 5. To date, 20 candidates have announced ...
St. Thomas, St. Ben’s and U of M-Morris to go on a carbon diet | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A downtown St. Paul-based clean energy organization is putting three Minnesota colleges and universities on a carbon diet. Ever-Green Energy — a nonprofit spin-off of District Energy St. Paul — announced this week that it would assist the University of St. Thomas, the College of St. Bene...
Burnsville coin dealer admits to counterfeiting rare money | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A Burnsville man and former coin dealer has pleaded guilty to fraud charges in federal court. Barry R. Skog, 68, pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of mail fraud and one count of selling counterfeit coins before Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright in U.S. District Court in St. Paul. The case was investigat...
St. Thomas student suspended for alleged sexual assault loses lawsuit | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
The University of St. Thomas has prevailed in a lawsuit challenging its suspension of a former student for an alleged sexual assault. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim on Thursday granted the school’s motion for summary judgment against the anonymous plaintiff. The judge earlier had dismissed all b...
Should undocumented residents get drivers licenses? A coalition is pushing for it at the Capitol. | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
Democratic Minnesota House lawmakers on Thursday introduced a plan to allow undocumented Minnesota residents — those in the country illegally — to get drivers licenses. But it wasn’t just Democrats. Business leaders, clergy, some in the law enforcement community, and at least one R...
Judge imposes gag order on Trump confidant Stone after post | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge issued a broad gag order forbidding Roger Stone to discuss his criminal case with anyone and gave him a stinging reprimand Thursday over the longtime Trump confidant's posting of a photo of the judge with what appeared to be crosshairs of a gun.
New election ordered in disputed North Carolina House race | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's elections board Thursday ordered a new election in the nation's last undecided congressional race after the Republican candidate conceded his lead was tainted by evidence of ballot-tampering by political operatives working for him.
Charges: Dakota County man admits having 10 to 12 drinks before fatal Valentine’s Day crash | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A 53-year-old Hampton man admitted that he downed about a dozen alcoholic drinks on Valentine’s Day before rolling his pickup truck on a rural Dakota County road — a crash that killed his girlfriend, according to a criminal complaint. Michael James Serres has been charged in Dakota County Di...
Man with history of exposing convictions accused of lewd act while watching girl at St. Paul bookstore | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 21, 2019
A 71-year-old man who has repeatedly been convicted of exposing himself is charged again, this time accused of committing a lewd act as he watched a girl at a St. Paul bookstore. The St. Paul city attorney’s office charged Loren Clyde Bauer, of Minneapolis, last month with indecent exposure i...
Fireplace blamed for blaze that destroyed former Wisconsin state senator’s home | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Former state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and her husband told authorities their fireplace was the cause of the blaze that destroyed their rural Alma farmhouse early Saturday morning. Vinehout, who just left office last month after 12 years representing a swath of west-central Wisconsin from Alma to Eau C...
St. Paul school district asked to make ethnic studies class mandatory | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Student leaders want St. Paul Public Schools to create classes that better reflect its diverse students. The Student Engagement and Advancement Board, which advises the school board, said in presentation Tuesday evening that ethnic studies courses can boost attendance, grades and graduation rates. T...
Residents ask St. Paul City Council to block German Immersion School expansion, church demolition | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Residents opposed to the planned demolition of a former Como Avenue church building have filed appeals against a recent decision on the matter by the St. Paul Planning Commission. The appeals will be heard by the St. Paul City Council, which will have final say over whether the German Immersion Scho...
MN Supreme Court declines to review sentence of probation in rape case, despite prosecutors’ protests | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
A sentence by a district court judge in a rape case — characterized by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office as a “slap on the wrist”  — will stand. The Minnesota Supreme Court Tuesday denied the county attorney’s office’s request that the high court review the case. The hi...
OSHA cites DOC in Stillwater corrections officer’s death | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration has alleged a serious safety violation and proposed a $25,000 fine against the Minnesota Department of Corrections in connection with the death of a Stillwater prison guard last summer. Corrections officer Joseph Gomm was allegedly killed on Ju...
St. Paul & Minnesota Foundations celebrate $1 billion giving milestone | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
The St. Paul & Minnesota Community Foundations don’t usually toot their horn. In fact, they’ve been called the quiet giants of Twin Cities philanthropy because they prefer to work behind the scenes. But when the foundations, which act as one and are under one board, realized at the c...
John Wayne’s racist comments, lack of World War II service resurface in heated Twitter debate | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
The latest culture war involves a new debate about John Wayne's legacy, after people revisted racist statements the actor made in an infamous 1971 Playboy interview.
UMN task force: Remove racist men’s names from campus buildings | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
The names of four former University of Minnesota leaders should be scrubbed from Twin Cities campus buildings, according to a U task force appointed by President Eric Kaler. A 125-page report made public Wednesday morning says the four men, who promoted racist policies at the U, were not simply a pr...
Border wall, bullet train: California vs. Trump escalates | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Disputes over President Donald Trump's border wall and California's bullet train are intensifying the feud between the White House and the nation's most populous state.
Samsung unveils smartphone with a folding screen — and a big price tag | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Samsung has unveiled a highly anticipated smartphone with a foldable screen that breaks new ground in a market that has been stuck in an innovative funk.
Police official: Smollett suspected of lying about attack | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
CHICAGO (AP) — Detectives suspect that "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett filed a false police report when he said he was attacked in downtown Chicago by two men who hurled racist and anti-gay slurs and looped a rope around his neck, a police official said Wednesday.
‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett is suspected of filing a false police report | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
The Chicago Police Department announced Wednesday evening that Jussie Smollett, the actor at the center of a highly scrutinized case involving his alleged assault last month, is now considered a suspect in the criminal investigation for filing a false police report. Such an action would be a Class 4...
Minnesota Republican-backed tax on hybrid and electric cars would be highest in U.S. | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
A Minnesota Republican state lawmaker has proposed a surcharge on hybrid and electric cars that would be the highest such fees in the nation. And yes, the turnabout from stereotypes of anti-tax Republicans and pro-tax Democrats was on display during a hearing on the idea Wednesday. The bill by Sen. ...
US says Alabama woman who joined Islamic State isn’t citizen | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Alabama woman who joined the Islamic State group in Syria won't be allowed to return to the United States with her toddler son because she is not an American citizen, the U.S. said on Wednesday. Her lawyer is challenging that claim.
Wisconsin school ends ‘Big Booty’ and ‘Big Boobie’ awards for cheerleaders after ACLU demand | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin high school is ending cheerleading awards given annually to girls with the largest breasts or buttocks — dubbed "Big Booty" and "Big Boobie" — after the American Civil Liberties Union demanded action following repeated complaints from parents and a ...
Public hearing on St. Paul proposal to ban certain takeout containers will be March 6 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
The St. Paul City Council will host a public hearing on March 6 on a newly revised proposal that would ban non-sustainable takeout containers from restaurants and convenience stores. At the request of City Council Member Mitra Nelson, the seven-member council unanimously adopted her amendments to th...
Inmate who broke out of Hennepin County Jail pleads guilty | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
A serial burglar who broke out of Hennepin County Jail in November has pleaded guilty to an escape charge. Fifty-seven-year-old Michael Simon pleaded guilty Wednesday as the judge and attorneys were setting his trial date. The Hennepin County attorney’s office says Simon immediately was sentenced ...
Police ask public to avoid Maplewood Mall as they negotiate with suspect in RV | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Maplewood police are asking people to avoid the area around Maplewood Mall as they negotiate with the occupant of an RV, who they believe may be armed.
Minnesota anglers facing deadlines for removing ice fishing shelters | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Minnesota anglers will soon be facing deadlines to remove ice fishing shelters from state lakes and waterways. Dark houses, fish houses and portables must be off the ice no later than midnight for each of the dates given in the following categories below. County sheriffs may prohibit or restrict the...
Wisconsin court: Judge’s Facebook friendship could show bias | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin judge’s decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday in ordering the case to be re-heard by another judge. The case, which is the first of its ki...
Amish man skis behind horse-drawn buggy … but how does his hat stay on? | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
An Iowa woman captured video of what appeared to be an Amish man taking a joy ride after a recent snowfall near Harmony, Minn., according to TV station KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa. Jennifer Staggemeyer, of Waukon, Iowa, caught the man skiing behind a horse-drawn buggy, the TV report said. JOY RIDE: A dri...
Twin Cities set February snowfall record — and it’s not over yet | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
St. Paul and Minneapolis declared snow emergencies Wednesday as a winter storm dropped up to 10 inches on the metro, making this the snowiest February on record in the Twin Cities by a wide margin.
St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter, City Council challenge Minneapolis counterparts to a snowball fight | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 20, 2019
Who says the Cold War has thawed? A frigid east-west rivalry dating back generations escalates this Sunday when St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter leads an icy attack on a mayor from the other side of the Mississippi River. Carter joined members of his staff, City Council President Amy Brendmoen and the r...
Twin Cities Daily Planet | February 20, 2019
Change is coming to racist murals in St. Paul City Hall Four racist murals hung at St. Paul City Hall are at the center of a countywide kerfuffle going as far back as the 1970s and now re-emerging as part of the national debate about the place of public art. They were first installed in […]
Twin Cities Daily Planet | February 20, 2019
On Jan. 28, 2019, St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter made an announcement at St. Paul’s City Hall that caught many observers by surprise: after months of community resistance, city and county officials have decided to walk away from a controversial data-sharing initiative. The initiative – unanimously...
Fargo school bus driver blows 0.12 after report of swerving, kids running up and down the aisle | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
FARGO — Fargo police arrested a school bus driver Monday afternoon after receiving a tip that a bus was swerving all over the road with children running up and down the aisle. Officers located the bus at Shanley High School, a faith-based private school, and the driver, Bruce Arnold Tweed, 71, of ...
Cossetta’s asks St. Paul City Council for new hearing on ‘Green To-Go’ take-out ban | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Black plastic take-out containers — to ban or not to ban? Eureka Recycling, which handles curbside recycling in St. Paul, currently bans the popular black plastic packaging from its bins, as well as plastic products marked No. 3 and No. 6. On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council is scheduled t...
Flynn pushed to share nuclear tech with Saudis, report says | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senior White House officials pushed a project to share nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia despite the objections of ethics and national security officials, according to a new congressional report citing whistleblowers within the Trump administration.
Mitchell Hamline names interim law school dean | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Mitchell Hamline School of Law has named Peter Knapp its interim president and dean. Knapp, the associate dean for academic affairs, will step in July 1. Mark Gordon is leaving the job after four years to take a sabbatical before joining the faculty. The St. Paul school will undertake a national sea...
Southern Minnesota farmer sentenced for cutting down war memorial trees | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
MANKATO, Minn. — A Beauford-area farmer who cut down memorial trees along Minnesota 22 won’t have a criminal record if he pays nearly $15,000 in restitution. Steven Peter Trio, 56, admitted to cutting down trees on highway right-of-way in July 2017 because the roots were clogging his dra...
Rosedale to halt Sunday dog walks at mall | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Rosedale Center will no longer open its doors on Sunday for pooches and their walkers. The Roseville mall would open Sunday mornings during the cold Minnesota winter to provide a warm place for residents to walk their dogs. The events would draw hundreds of dogs and their people and several store ow...
Bill would boost sagging pay of Minnesota State Patrol troopers | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
When Mike LeDoux joined the Minnesota State Patrol 25 years ago, landing a coveted job on the force was considered a fortunate feat for someone in law enforcement. But times have changed, as the State Patrol struggles to recruit and retain officers. Last year, Minnesota lost 17 troopers, who left th...
Amid pushback, Concordia withdraws bond request to city for Central Midway building | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Amid pushback from the St. Paul City Council, Concordia University has withdrawn its request to the city for tax-free bond financing to purchase a former medical office building in the Midway. The university, which already occupies three and a half floors of the Central Midway building on Dunlap Str...
St. Paul and Minneapolis cancel school Wednesday as metro prepares for up to 9 inches of snow | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
A winter storm descending on the Twin Cities is expected to drop up to 8 inches of snow on the Metro Wednesday.
Some Americans filing their returns shocked by impact of new tax law | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Tax filing season under new law surprises, confuses — and occasionally shocks — some Americans.
Minnesota man wants to know why insulin costs $40 in Canada, $350 in US | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Finally able to manage his own diabetes, Travis Paulson has become a crusader on the issue of the high cost of insulin, and particularly its effect on working-class Americans.
Ecolab meets Wall Street expectations; shares rise 2.3% | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Ecolab Inc. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $395.1 million. On a per-share basis, the St. Paul-based company said it had profit of $1.35 per share. Earnings, adjusted for pretax expenses and non-recurring costs, came to $1.54 per share. The results met Wall Street expectations. The ...
Gov. Tim Walz’s proposed 20-cent gas tax increase faces GOP opposition | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Minnesota drivers would pay 20 cents more per gallon at the pump plus additional sales taxes and vehicle license tab fees under a plan that Gov. Tim Walz rolled out Tuesday, saying the money is needed for vital improvements to roads, bridges and mass transit. The tax and fee hikes would raise the $1...
Tim Walz budget would fund prison security upgrades, about 125 more corrections officers | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz is answering calls for more corrections officers with a proposal to hire about 125 more. Walz included funding for the officers in his two-year, $111 million state budget request for the Department of Corrections. The proposal also includes money for prison security upgrades ...
PolyMet foes sue for access to EPA’s concerns about project | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
A Minnesota environmental group filed a federal lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday, seeking to force it to make public the concerns its specialists have expressed about a copper-nickel mine in the northeast of the state. Environmentalists worry PolyMet Mining’s planned ...
DMV computer system needs at least $61 million more over two years; Walz proposes fee hikes to pay for it | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Taxpayers will have to fork over at least $61 million in additional funds over the next two years in costs related to MNLARS, the state’s troubled computer system for vehicle tabs and titles, according to figures proposed Tuesday by Gov. Tim Walz. The actual spending request is larger than tha...
Ramsey County approves upcoming street construction projects | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
Ramsey County’s board approved a $150 million plan to maintain and rebuild its roads, bridges and sidewalks over the next four years. During its Tuesday board meeting, commissioners unanimously approved the plan. It covers maintenance and construction projects through 2023. Only a fraction of the ...
Burberry apologizes for hoodie with noose knot, acknowledging it ‘was insensitive’ | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
NEW YORK (AP) — The chief executive and chief creative officer of luxury fashion powerhouse Burberry have apologized for putting a hoodie with strings tied in the shape of a noose on their London Fashion Week runway.
Does race matter? Join the discussion in Rosemount community conversation series | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
A Rosemount church hopes to get people talking about difficult subjects in its new monthly community conversation series. The Well, a United Methodist Church, will kick off its “Race Matters” series with a first conversation 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Rosemount Community Center, 13885 S...
St. Paul man tried to steal running pickup as owner shoveled, but got stuck in the snow, charges say | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
As a St. Paul woman spread salt on her slippery sidewalk, someone jumped into her idling pickup truck and tried to take off in it, authorities say. She started her 2007 Toyota Tacoma to warm it while she cleaned off the sidewalk in front of her home on the 1400 block of Fremont Avenue around […...
Walz budget goes big: billions in new spending, 20-cent gas tax increase | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
For Gov. Tim Walz to meet the wants and needs of the “One Minnesota” he envisions, the Democratic governor needs to raise and spend a lot of new money.
Bernie Sanders says he’s running for president in 2020 | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose insurgent 2016 presidential campaign reshaped Democratic politics, announced Tuesday that he is running for president in 2020.
Klobuchar’s CNN town hall: Five questions and how she answered them | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 19, 2019
In front of a national audience Monday evening, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar laid out her arguments for why she should be the next president of the United States.
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING Bakke Kopp Ballou & McFarlin (BKBM Engineers), Minneapolis, announced that Brady Shelbourn has been named associate, Tina Wyffels has been appointed to the board of directors, and Tim Ernest has joined the firm’s Denver office as project development manager. …...
With more snow coming Wednesday, February on track to break 1962 record | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
It’s been an unusually snowy February so far in St. Paul and Minneapolis, and its about to get snowier. The Twin Cities are just 4 inches shy of breaking their February snowfall record of 26.5 inches set in 1962, and forecasters expect the metro area to see another 3 to 7 inches of accumulation on...
Watch live: Sen. Amy Klobuchar headlines CNN town-hall broadcast | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar tonight is headlining a CNN town hall in New Hampshire to make her pitch for becoming the next U.S. president. This follows Klobuchar’s visit to Wisconsin and Iowa. Watch the town hall live.
Minnesota joining 15 other states in suit to block Trump’s border-wall national emergency | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
Minnesota is joining a coalition of 16 states that filed a federal lawsuit Monday to block President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall without permission from Congress, arguing that the president’s decision to declare a national emergency is unconstitutional. The lawsuit, brough...
Best Buy Teen Tech Center celebrates grand opening Tuesday in downtown St. Paul | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
Teenagers in downtown St. Paul now have an alternative to hanging out with nothing to do. The YMCA and Best Buy on Tuesday will celebrate the grand opening of a Teen Tech Center at Fourth and Cedar streets, a block from the Central Station on Metro Transit’s Green Line. Funded in part by the R...
Civics course for high-school students would be required under a Minnesota Legislature proposal | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
Minnesota high school students would be required to take a course in government and citizenship under a proposal up for consideration in the state Legislature. The Senate Committee on E-12 Finance and Policy reviewed the proposal and put it aside, possibly to be added to a larger committee bill set ...
Ice dams are the worst. What can you do to ready your home for this winter scourge? | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
Ice dam season is upon us. What can Twin Cities homeowners do to prepare themselves for this annual headache?
Presidents Day becomes Sovereignty Day in Minnesota House, as Indian leaders are given the floor | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
On Presidents Day, Minnesota House Democrats essentially ceded the chamber to American Indian leaders and educators, who spoke in a range of hopeful, defiant and terse tones about the dark history of the state’s relationship with Native Americans and where it stands today. It was a striking image:...
Lakeland council member resigns after questions raised about his employment | Twin Cities
Twin Cities | February 18, 2019
Lakeland City Council member Jim Stanton resigned on Monday, saying it was “in the city’s best interest.” Stanton’s resignation came a week after the Pioneer Press submitted a data-practices request to city officials asking for details regarding the number of paid positions Stanton held with...