5 St. Paul officers fired; accused of not stopping assault

U.S. 06/13/19, 18:06

Five St. Paul police officers were fired Thursday for allegedly failing to intervene in an assault that reportedly was carried out by a former officer.Chief Todd Axtell announced the firings at an emotional news conference, calling the officers' actions "a violation of trust." But Axtell gave almost no details except ...

Lawsuit seeks to overturn Minnesota abortion restrictions

U.S. 05/29/19, 15:37

Abortion-rights supporters filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to overturn Minnesota's restrictions on abortion, including its 24-hour waiting period and parental notification requirements.The lawsuit, filed by Gender Justice and the Lawyering Project, argues that the restrictions violate the Minnesota Constitution and aren't necessary to protect patient health or other compelling state ...

Minnesota in need of more community paramedics

Health 05/20/19, 16:43

Minnesota needs more community paramedics to assist residents leaving the hospital in managing chronic health conditions at home, according to state health officials.The Minnesota Department of Health said there are 127 certified community paramedics, nearly half working in the Twin Cities, Minnesota Public Radio News reported. Paramedics need two years ...

Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

U.S. 05/14/19, 13:07

Three brothers who were sexually abused by a priest from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican, claiming the Holy See bears responsibility because the case was mishandled by former Archbishop John Nienstedt and the Vatican's former ambassador to the United States.The ...

Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

Europe 05/13/19, 16:31

Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of predator priests they claim have been kept secret by the Holy See.In a Monday news release announcing the lawsuit, Minnesota ...

New Ethiopian consulate in St. Paul seeks to build trust

Africa 04/27/19, 00:06

From third-floor offices at the Court International Building along University Avenue in St. Paul, Ewnetu Bilata Debela helps serve "Ethiopians in diaspora" — families displaced by decades of border wars and government crack-downs on political dissidents, including many young people.Debela assumed the position of consul general of the Federal and ...

3M to cut 2,000 jobs, 1Q results miss Wall Street’s view

Business 04/25/19, 08:17

3M plans to cut 2,000 globally as part of a restructuring due to a slower-than-expected 2019.The maker of Post-it notes, industrial coatings and ceramics said Thursday that the move is expected to save about $225 million to $250 million a year. The St. Paul Minnesota-based company anticipates a pretax charge ...

Walz names new IT commissioner, filling last cabinet post

Tech 04/16/19, 14:18

Minnesota's governor went for private and public sector experience Tuesday when he named Tarek Tomes as the next commissioner of the state's information technology agency — a job so daunting that it was open for three months while a panel of IT experts searched for someone who wanted to fill ...

Tajouri-Shradi, NYCFC ties Minnesota 3-3 in stadium opener

Soccer 04/13/19, 18:27

Ismael Tajouri-Shradi had two goals and an assist to help New York City FC forge a 3-3 draw Saturday in the first game for Minnesota United at Allianz Field.Valentin Castellanos also scored for NYCFC (0-1-5), which survived an egregious own goal by goalie Sean Johnson in the 32nd minute to ...

Minnesota United gives MLS another soccer-oriented home

Football 04/12/19, 20:14

There's no clearer way to show the growth of Major League Soccer than with a shiny new stadium, built simply for the sport long dubbed "the beautiful game."The latest soccer-specific venue to join the league has opened in Minnesota, where Allianz Field's striking and futuristic appearance has produced the aesthetics ...

Army Corps of Engineers grants final permit for PolyMet mine

U.S. 03/22/19, 15:24

PolyMet Mining Corp. has received the final permit it needs to proceed with building Minnesota's first copper-nickel mine, the company and the Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday.The Corps said it issued the permit late Tuesday. It deals with the steps PolyMet must take to mitigate the project's effects on ...

Minnesota high school students join global climate protests

Enviroment 03/15/19, 16:04

Around 1,000 Minnesota students skipped school to gather on the steps of the state Capitol in St. Paul as part of global protests by young people demanding that governments take swift action to fight climate change.On a sunny Friday, they chanted, "Stop denying the earth is dying" and called for ...

Demand rising for diversity training in St. Paul

Business 03/02/19, 01:05

Someone has been teasing Samantha."Samantha lives with her aunt because her mom is in jail," teacher Mary Ross said to her St. Paul kindergarten class. "Someone said to her, 'You don't have a mom! She doesn't love you!' "It didn't matter that Samantha was a doll on the teacher's lap. ...

Alleged leader pleads not guilty in Minnesota mosque bombing

U.S. 02/15/19, 10:50

An Illinois man has pleaded not guilty in the bombing of a mosque in Minnesota, three weeks after two of his alleged accomplices pleaded guilty.Federal prosecutors allege 47-year-old Michael Hari was the ringleader of an Illinois-based militia and that the trio drove more than 500 miles (800 kilometers) to bomb ...

Man charged with firing on school bus, wounding driver

U.S. 02/07/19, 17:05

Prosecutors say a 31-year-old security guard fired five shots into the windshield of a school bus that had scraped his car on a snowy highway near downtown Minneapolis, wounding the driver but not striking a child who was on board. Kenneth Lilly, of St. Paul, was charged Thursday with attempted second-degree ...

Triple the firefighters needed amid cold at Minnesota fire

U.S. 01/31/19, 13:41

Dangerously cold weather is creating added pressure on emergency responders in Minnesota, where three times the number of firefighters were needed to battle a house fire.A house in St. Paul was covered in heavy ice as firefighters hauled hoses through the snow as temperatures plunged Wednesday to nearly negative 30 ...

Wild give backup goalie Stalock 3-year contract extension

Sports 01/29/19, 15:16

The Minnesota Wild and backup goalie Alex Stalock have agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.355 million contract extension.The deal, announced Tuesday, carries an annual average value of $785,000 against the salary cap over the 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. The 31-year-old Stalock is in his third season with the ...

Gov.-elect Walz picks Harrington as new public safety chief

Politics 01/04/19, 17:05

Gov.-elect Tim Walz on Friday named Metro Transit Police Chief John Harrington, a former St. Paul police chief and state senator, as the new public safety chief in his incoming administration.Walz also said he's keeping two more commissioners from outgoing Gov. Mark Dayton's administration: Cynthia Bauerly at the Department of ...

Business turnover on St. Paul’s Grand Avenue raises concern

Business 12/30/18, 01:05

At the Grand Hand Gallery on St. Paul's Grand Avenue, two new owners in their late 50s and 60s are making a go of it despite limited experience working retail.The gallery reopened in November after a monthlong hiatus for remodeling and rebranding — the "W2" on the outdoor name plate ...

Hy-Vee rescuing struggling retail sites in the Twin Cities

Business 12/17/18, 01:05

Gateway North in Cottage Grove looked like a retail hospice, where businesses would be made comfortable before they passed away.Over 25 years, Kirit Bhakta quietly watched them die — Kmart, Home Depot, Rainbow Foods and several smaller stores."That whole mall looked dead," Bhakta, owner of the nearby Wakota Inn & ...

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