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Bad River Band Receiving Renewable Energy Grant

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Two Native American tribes in Wisconsin are receiving federal grants for renewable energy projects that tribe members say will help reduce costs and lead to energy independence. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa in Odanah received a nearly $1 million grant, while the Forest County Potawatomi Community in Crandon got a grant for more…

All Lake Nokomis Beaches Close After Illnesses Jump to 49

No one has Been Hospitalized

(courtesy: Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Health officials have closed all beaches at a popular Minneapolis lake after the number of illnesses identified in people who swam there rose to 49. All of the diarrhea cases involve people who became ill after swimming at Lake Nokomis since mid-July. The Minnesota Department of Health reported the jump in cases Friday. The…

Medical Examiner Rules Epstein Death a Suicide by Hanging

He was Found Dead August 10

NEW YORK (AP) – New York City’s medical examiner has ruled Jeffrey Epstein’s death a suicide. The medical examiner’s office said in a statement Friday that an autopsy and other evidence confirms the 66-year-old financier hanged himself in his cell at a federal jail. Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges involving underage girls. Epstein was placed on…

GOP Twitter block will cost Wisconsin taxpayers $200,000

Taxpayers Will pay a Liberal Group's Attorneys $200,000

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin taxpayers will pay a liberal group’s attorneys $200,000 because Republican lawmakers blocked them on Twitter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports state officials agreed Thursday to pay the legal bills for One Wisconsin Now’s attorneys. A federal judge ruled in January that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. John Nygren, both Republicans, had infringed on the…

Students Returning to School Damaged by Explosion in 2017

Two People Were Killed in the August 2, 2017 Explosion

Image from Fox 9 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Students will return to Minnehaha Academy next week, two years after a natural gas explosion leveled part of the Minneapolis campus, killing two staffers and injuring nine other people. Brick salvaged from the rubble as well as stone stair treads have been incorporated into the new construction. Two wooden benches in the lobby…

Tlaib Says she Won’t Remain Silent During Trip

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib is Granted Entry to the Israeli-Occupied Territory on ``Humanitarian Grounds.''

JERUSALEM (AP) – Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib says she will not let down the Palestinian people by remaining silent about their condition on a visit to the West Bank. That’s the case despite a letter she submitted earlier to the Israeli government in which she promised to respect any restrictions imposed on her visit to the West Bank. Tlaib tweeted…

Israel PM Says US Reps Barred Over Boycott Calls

Netanyahu's Office Issued a Statement Thursday

JERUSALEM (AP) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel “is open to all visitors and all criticism,” but will bar entry to two U.S. Democratic congresswomen over their support for boycotts. Netanyahu’s office issued a statement Thursday saying that based on Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar’s itinerary for an upcoming visit to the West Bank and Jerusalem, “it became…

Man Seriously Burned in House Explosion in Cass County

The man was Airlifted to a Twin Cities Hospital for his Injuries

REMER, Minn. (AP) – A man has suffered serious injuries in a house explosion in northern Minnesota. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says the 46-year-old man was doing service work on a propane furnace in Remer when the explosion occurred Thursday. The Hill City man was the only one in the residence at the time. He was taken by air…

Evers, Democrats Offer gun Background Check Bill

The Bill was Unveiled Thursday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Democratic lawmakers are proposing an expansion of background checks for gun sales in the state. Republicans who control the Legislature have said they are opposed to such efforts. But Evers and Democrats are pushing it in the wake of two mass shootings earlier this month, saying the public is behind the…

Hunter Finds Wisconsin Fugitive Hiding in Makeshift Bunker

1/5 Jeremiah Button (courtesy: Fox 6) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/5 (courtesy: Fox 11) Show Caption Hide Caption 3/5 (courtesy: Fox 11) Show Caption Hide Caption 4/5 (courtesy: Fox 11) Show Caption Hide Caption 5/5 (courtesy: Fox 11) Show Caption Hide Caption RINGLE, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin fugitive is in custody after a hunter discovered him hiding in a…

Police: Active Gunman Shooting at Police Officers in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Authorities say several Philadelphia police officers have been injured in an “active and ongoing” shooting situation in the city. Sgt. Eric Gripp tweeted there was at least one suspect firing at police officers Wednesday afternoon. A police spokesman confirmed the shooting in the Nicetown section of the city but offered no other information. Temple University tweeted that…

Kayakers Escape Injury as Cliff Collapses into Lake Superior

The Collapse Missed the Kayakers by Roughly 50 Feet

MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — Kayakers on a tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in northern Michigan narrowly escaped injury when a large section of cliff collapsed near them into Lake Superior. WLUC-TV reports the kayakers were in an area where sandstone cliffs stand up to about 200 feet above the water. Van Ouellette-Ballas of Northern Waters Adventures, one of the…

Minnesota man who Held “Death Party” for Wife Gets Three Years

Johnson was Given Credit for 201 Days Already Served

NEW ULM, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to three years in prison after he said he threw a “death party” for his wife and gave her methamphetamine that killed her. Fifty-nine-year-old Duane Johnson of Searles was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in June to criminal neglect. Sixty-nine-year-old Debra Johnson was found dead in their home in…

GOP Bill Would Allow Pharmacists to Prescribe Birth Control

10 Other States Have Laws Allowing Phamacists to Prescribe Birth Control

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republican lawmakers find themselves in an unusual position, advocating for a bill they’ve introduced that broadens birth control access. Anti-abortion groups that are typically their allies are firmly against the measure, which would allow pharmacists to prescribe birth control pills. A public hearing on the bill was set for Wednesday in the Assembly Health Committee….

Man Arrested on 12th Drunken Driving Offense

Bondie had a BAC of 0.23

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) – Police say a man found passed out behind the wheel at an Eau Claire gas station is facing his 12th drunken driving charge. WQOW-TV reports Keith Bondie appeared in Eau Claire County Circuit Court Tuesday where bond was set at $10,000 cash. The 60-year-old Elk Mound man was arrested Saturday at the Kwik Trip. First…

Three Children Sick With E. coli, Lake Nokomis Beaches Closed

The Children are not Hospitalized

(courtesy: Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials say three children have gotten sick from E. coli bacteria after swimming in a popular Minneapolis lake. Two beaches at Lake Nokomis have been closed until further notice because of high bacteria levels while the state Department of Health investigates. Minnesota Public Radio News reports Park Board Superintendent Al Bangoura says…

Hearing Puts Spotlight on Troubled Minnesota State Agency

Overpayments of two Tribes was one of the Main Issues at the Hearing

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The chair of a Minnesota Senate committee that oversees the Department of Human Services has told the agency’s acting head that she or her successor need to figure out how they’ll repay the federal government for $25 million in apparent overpayments to two tribes for substance abuse treatment. The overpayments were one of the main…

Minnesota Reports Lung Injury Among Teens Linked to Vaping

Both Nicotine and Marijuana-Based Products Were Reported

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota health officials say severe lung damage has been reported among young people linked to vaping. Children’s Minnesota has reported finding four cases of lung injury in the Minneapolis area potentially related to vaping. The Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday the cases are similar to recent cases reported in Wisconsin and Illinois , but…

Elizabeth Warren to Campaign in Minnesota on Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren will visit Minnesota to host a town hall on Monday. Warren will appear at the Leonard Center Fieldhouse at Macalester College in St. Paul. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. and the event begins at 6:15 p.m. Tickets can be reserved via the Warren campaign website. Minnesota’s presidential primary is March…

No Contact Order Lifted for Father Accused in Baby’s Death

The no Contact Order had Been in Place Since Friday

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota judge has lifted a no contact order for a man accused of killing his infant son allowing the defendant to have contact with his pregnant wife. The no contact order had been in place since Friday for 35-year-old Matthew Hoisser of Woodbury. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a Washington County judge vacated the…

Wisconsin’s Evers to Trump: End Trade Wars to Save Farmers

(AP Photo) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers is urging President Donald Trump to end his trade wars with other countries because they’re hurting Wisconsin farmers. Evers, a Democrat, sent Trump a letter Monday asking him to end the disputes. He says Wisconsin farmers are suffering a “triple whammy” of trade uncertainty, low commodity prices and bad weather. The…

Trump Changes Endangered Species Act Protections

The Trump Administration Finalized Major Changes Monday

WASHINGTON (AP) – California and Massachusetts say they’ll go to court to fight the Trump administration’s overhaul of the Endangered Species Act. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said Monday that they planned to sue. It came hours after the administration announced broad changes to the way the government would enforce endangered species protections. Both…

Iowa Pastor Arrested in Minnesota, Charged With Sexually Assaulting Young Girls

The man is Accused of Sexually Assaulting two Young Girls

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Authorities in Minnesota have arrested an Iowa pastor on charges that he sexually assaulted two girls at a home in Omaha, Nebraska. Police in Carlton County, Minnesota, arrested 44-year-old Emanuel J. Rodriguez on Saturday morning on a Douglas County, Nebraska, arrest warrant that charged him with two counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child. The…

Walz Calls for Legislative Hearings on gun Safety, Insulin

Proposals Stalled out During the 2019 Legislature's Regular Session

(courtesy: Office of Gov. Tim Walz) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz says he still wants Senate Republicans to hold hearings on Democratic proposals for gun control and emergency insulin supplies. The governor told reporters Monday he finds it “absolutely unacceptable” that none have been scheduled following the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. He contrasted the…

Woodbury Father Charged in Death of his Baby son

Hoisser is Charged With Second-Degree Murder

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota prosecutors say a Woodbury father intentionally dropped his 5-month-old son headfirst on the floor because the baby was crying and fussy. Thirty-five-year-old Matthew Hoisser is charged with second-degree murder in the April death of his son, Gus. Hoisser’s bail was set at $350,000 on Friday. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports a Washington County judge…

Lutheran Social Services Chief to Lead DHS

Harpstead has Been President at Lutheran Social Services for Nearly a Decade

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz has named the leader of Lutheran Social Services to take over the state’s troubled Department of Human Services. Walz said Monday that Jodi Harpstead will replace Commissioner Tony Lourey starting next month. “It is my honor to appoint a Commissioner of Human Services with broad private and non-profit experience, and a proven…

Wisconsin Home Explodes, Killing man who was Likely Asleep

Debris Spread at Least 500 Feet

1/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 2/3 Show Caption Hide Caption 3/3 Show Caption Hide Caption MANAWA, Wis. (AP) – Authorities in Wisconsin say a man was killed when his home exploded. Waupaca County Sheriff Tim Wilz tells news outlets that the man killed in the Sunday morning explosion was likely asleep. He had not yet been identified. Wilz says the…

Walmart Removes Images of Violence in Stores, but Will Still Sell Guns

There is no Change to the Company's Policy Regarding gun Sales

(AP Photo, File) (AP) – Walmart is removing from all of its stores signs, displays or videos that depict violence following a mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas, store that killed 22 people. The retailer instructed employees in an internal memo to remove any marketing material, turn off or unplug video game consoles that show violent games, and to…

Minneapolis Bans new Drive-Through Windows

The City Council Voted Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Local planners say Minneapolis is the first city of its size in the country to ban new drive-through windows. The City Council voted Thursday to ban new construction of drive-through facilities. The existing ones are grandfathered. Council President Lisa Bender proposed the ban last year to cut down on vehicle noise, idling and traffic and to make…

Health Officials Confirm new Cases of Vaping Damage

Officials Have Confirmed 12 Cases

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says doctors in Wisconsin have confirmed new cases of lung disease tied to vaping. Health officials have confirmed a total of 12 cases and are investigating 13 other cases. The new cases include those who vaped marijuana oils, extracts or concentrates. Patients with confirmed cases range in age from teens…

Man Dies After Falling Into Mississippi River

The man was Pronounced Dead at Regions Hospital

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say a man has died after falling into the Mississippi River as he was getting off a boat in Inver Grove Heights. The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call about a person who had fallen into the water at Twin Cities Marina about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. KMSP-TV reports first responders…

Minnesota Signs $33.9M Deal to Replace Balky MNLARS System

The Signed a $33.9 Million Contract to Replace the System

(courtesy: Fox 9) ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz says the state has signed a $33.9 million contract with an outside vendor to replace its troubled Minnesota Licensing and Registration System, known as MNLARS. The contract goes to Fast Enterprises. The governor’s office said Thursday that Fast Enterprises has successfully implemented its software for vehicle title and registration…

DOC Releases Inmates’ Protected Health Information

The Data has Since Been Destroyed

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin prison officials say they illegally released information that could reveal whether inmates are in substance abuse treatment. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that officials responding to an open records request released records on June 24 that contained 1,041 inmates’ personal identification numbers and locations. No names were released but DOC officials say someone could…

FedEx to end Ground Delivery Business with Amazon

The Announcement was Made Wednesday

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) NEW YORK (AP) – FedEx says it will no longer make ground deliveries for Amazon as the online shopping giant builds its own fleet and becomes more of a threat to delivery companies. The announcement Wednesday comes two months after FedEx terminated its air delivery contract with Amazon. FedEx said dumping Amazon is part of…

Minnesota Declares Outbreak of Hepatitis A

The Virus can Cause Severe Liver Damage

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials say there’s an outbreak in cases of hepatitis A, a virus that can cause severe liver damage. Twenty-three cases have been identified with 13 patients requiring hospitalization for the virus, which is spread by unsanitary conditions. The state Department of Health is advocating for broader vaccination efforts in high-risk areas, such as jails and…

Update: Man Cooking in Walmart lot Sets van on Fire, Killing Girl

Hipolito is Charged With Second Degree Murder

(courtesy: Fox 9) FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) – Authorities in Minnesota say a 70-year-old man camping in a Walmart parking lot put a hot cook stove in his van, causing it to catch fire and spread to another van, burning two young sisters and killing one of them. Prosecutors on Wednesday charged Roberto Lino Hipolito of Long Beach, California, with second-degree…

DNR Declines to Reconsider dam Permits for PolyMet Mine

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has denied requests to reconsider the tailings dam permits that it issued for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The DNR said Wednesday that opponents did not raise any new issues that materially affect its 2008 decision granting the permits. The Fond du Lac Band of Chippewa and environmental groups…

Walgreens to Shut 200 US Stores as Part of Cost-Cutting Plan

The Company Announced Plans to Close 200 Stores in the UK in May

NEW YORK (AP) – Pharmacy chain Walgreens plans to close 200 stores in the United States as it seeks to cut costs. The company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday the closings are part of its previously announced plan to trim costs by $1.5 billion in a few years. In May, the company announced plans to close 200 stores in…

DNR Investigating Western Wisconsin Frac Sand Mine Spill

(photo: twitter) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources is investigating a spill at a Jackson County frac sand mine. The Wisconsin State Journal reports the spill occurred Saturday at the 670-acre Wisconsin Proppants Hixton mine in the town of Curran northwest of Black River Falls. Town Chairman Dwight Swenson says he saw signs of a spill…

Bloomington man Charged With Fatally Stabbing Wife

Prosecutors are Seeking $1 Million Bail

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) – A Bloomington man is charged with fatally stabbing his wife. Fifty-six-year-old John Lawler is facing a second-degree murder charge and is expected in court Wednesday. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says prosecutors are seeking bail of $1 million. A criminal complaint says Lawler and his 47-year-old wife, Darla King, returned their townhome about 6 p.m. Sunday…

Closs Family Home Torn Down

The Home was Demolished on Tuesday

1/2 (courtesy: Fox 9) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Fox 9) Show Caption Hide Caption BARRON, Wis. (AP) – The house where Jayme Closs was kidnapped and her parents were fatally shot has been torn down in northwestern Wisconsin. The bank that owns the house near Barron had it demolished Tuesday after consulting with relatives about the property. Barron…

Girls Burned When van Catches Fire Outside Minnesota Walmart

Authorities say the Fire is not Suspicious

1/2 (courtesy: Fox 9) Show Caption Hide Caption 2/2 (courtesy: Fox 9) Show Caption Hide Caption FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) – Two young sisters were burned, one critically, when a van caught fire in a Walmart parking lot in a northern Minneapolis suburb. Authorities say the girls were alone in the van Tuesday morning for 45 minutes to an hour as…

Johnson Controls Sets Aside $140m To Clean Up PFAS

The Company Will set Money Aside to Clean-up Pollution From PFAS in Marinette

MILWAUKEE (AP) – Johnson Controls International is devoting $140 million to address pollutants from firefighting foam in northeastern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the company’s third-quarter earnings report indicates it will set the money aside to clean-up pollution from PFAS in Marinette, where its Tyco Fire Products unit is based. PFAS are man-made chemicals found in products such…

Woman Arrested in Fatal Stabbing in Little Canada

Authorities do not Believe There is a Threat to the Public

LITTLE CANADA, Minn. (AP) – Authorities have made an arrest in a fatal stabbing in Little Canada. Ramsey County sheriff’s officials say a 30-year-old woman, found covered in blood at her residence, was arrested early Monday. A woman about the same age was found dead outside the home about 10 p.m. Sunday. Authorities believe the suspect and victim knew each…

Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison Dead at 88

Morrison was the First Black Woman to Receive the Nobel Literature Prize

(AP Photo/Guillermo Arias, File) NEW YORK (AP) – Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison has died. Publisher Alfred A. Knopf says Morrison died Monday night at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. She was 88. She was the first black woman to receive the Nobel literature prize, awarded in 1993. The Swedish academy hailed her use of language and her “visionary…

Walz Says He’ll Seek Hearings This Fall on gun Restrictions

A Rally has Been Planned by Groups Against gun Violence for Wednesday at the Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Gov. Tim Walz says he’ll seek hearings on gun measures this fall after the latest mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. Democratic leaders and gun safety advocates in Minnesota have for years pursued universal background checks and “red flag” laws, which let police take guns from people thought to be a threat to themselves and…

Court Upholds Minnesota Mining Rules in win for PolyMet

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A state appeals court has dealt a setback to environmentalists who challenged Minnesota’s rules on hard-rock mining. In a unanimous opinion, the court said on Monday the rules developed by the Department of Natural Resources are valid. Environmentalists argued the rules are too vague to protect Minnesota’s natural resources. Two companies are preparing to build…

Ironwood man Identified as Pilot in UP Plane Crash

CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – Authorities have identified a pilot who died after a small plane crashed in a remote area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. WLUC-TV reports Ontonagon County officials have identified the pilot as 36-year-old Jack Maccani of Ironwood. He was pronounced dead at the crash scene. Cellphone location data helped locate the plane in a remote area…

Portion of Superior Street to Close Wednesday for Repairs

DULUTH, Minn. – According to the City of Duluth a portion of Superior Street will close for repairs on Wednesday. The city says Superior Street between Mesaba and 6th Avenue West will close to replace some cracked concrete panels. The road will close after 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and will remain closed for approximately one week. Sixth Avenue West will…

R. Kelly Faces two new Charges in Minnesota in 2001 Allegation

Robert Kelly is Charged in an Incident Involving a Girl he met at a Concert

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota authorities are charging singer R. Kelly with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 for an alleged incident in 2001. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Robert Kelly is charged in an incident involving a girl he met at a concert. Freeman says the girl was trying to get an autograph from…