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Judge OKs $40M Settlement With Duluth Diocese

Attorney Jeff Anderson Represented 120 Claimants

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) – A federal judge has approved a $40 million settlement between the Diocese of Duluth and dozens of people who say they were abused as children by priests. Judge Robert Kressel signed off on the settlement Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The diocese filed for bankruptcy in 2015 and reached the settlement in May. The agreement also…

Wisconsin Governor Calls Special Session on Gun Control

The Bill Wants to Create Universal Background Checks for Most Handguns

(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is calling the Republican-controlled Legislature into a special session to take up a pair of gun control measures that GOP leaders have been unwilling to debate. The move Evers announced Monday does not force Republicans to debate or vote on the bills. But it does give Democrats…

Staff Shortage Increases Overtime at Minnesota Prisons

The DOC had 113 Officer Vacancies as of Sept. 17

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – The Minnesota Department of Corrections almost doubled the overtime it paid prison staff in the past year because of a chronic staff shortage. The state’s DOC data shows it paid $12.3 million for more than 262,000 hours of overtime during fiscal year 2019. The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that’s up from the year before…

DNR Board Ready to Move Forward on Water Pollution Rules

The Regulations Could Cost Well-Users Millions

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state Department of Natural Resources board is poised to move forward on extensive rewrites of Wisconsin’s water pollution regulations that could cost well-users, farmers and wastewater treatment plants millions of dollars. The department has proposed restricting manure in areas prone to pollution; establishing limits for polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, in drinking and surface water; and…

One Man Shot, Suspect in Custody After Fond du Lac Shooting

The School has Been on Lockdown Since 10:00 a.m. Friday

UPDATE: CLOQUET, Minn. (AP) – One man was shot and a suspect was arrested after a shooting on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation. Police and tribal officials say the shooting happened around 10 a.m. at a community center gymnasium on the Fond du Lac Band reservation, where a funeral was taking place. Interim Cloquet Police Chief Derek Randall said the…

Wisconsin Special Election for Congress Will be May 12

The Primary Will be February 18

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Gov. Tony Evers is setting May 12 as the date of a special election for northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District to replace former Republican Rep. Sean Duffy. The primary will be Feb. 18. Evers opted against setting the general election on April 7, the same day as a state Supreme Court election. Democrats feared holding the…

Pregnant Woman Killed, 3 Injured in Minneapolis Crash

The Woman Was Eight Months Pregnant

(photo courtesy: Fox 9) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Police say a pregnant woman was killed and three others were injured when a speeding vehicle hit a minivan and several other vehicles in Minneapolis. Authorities say police and fire department personnel worked for nearly an hour to extricate the woman, who was eight months pregnant, from the minivan Thursday about 11 p.m….

Juul Halts Sales of Fruit, Dessert Flavors For E-Cigarettes

WASHINGTON (AP) – Juul Labs will stop selling fruit and dessert flavors for its electronic cigarettes. The voluntary step announced Thursday is the company’s latest concession as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming its flavored-nicotine products for hooking a generation of teenagers. The move is unlikely to satisfy the company’s critics. Juul will continue selling its most popular…

University of Wisconsin Enrollment Drops 2.6%

In Contrast, UW Superior Enrollment Was Up

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Enrollment at the University of Wisconsin dropped 2.6% percent compared to last year. Preliminary enrollment for the 2019 academic year announced by the university Thursday was just over 167,000 students. That is down from nearly 4,500 students from last year. Enrollment on the flagship Madison campus was up 2% or 879 students. UW-Green Bay, La Crosse,…

Evers Creates Climate Change Task Force for Wisconsin

Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes Will Serve as Chairman of the Task Force

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has created a task force to develop strategies to deal with climate change in the state. Evers announced formation of the new group Thursday at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Evers tasked the group to come up with recommendations to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change by August….

Wisconsin Unemployment Up For Fourth Straight Month

Tied a Record Low for the State

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin’s unemployment rate ticked up for the fourth straight month and is up nearly half a point since May. The state Department of Workforce Development reported Thursday that unemployment in September was 3.2%. That is up from 3.1% the month before and 2.8% in April and May. That tied a record low for the state. The…

Klobuchar Raised $1.1M for Presidential Campaign Post-Debate

Wednesday was the Campaigns Best Day of Online Fundraising

WASHINGTON (AP) – Sen. Amy Klobuchar says she raised $1.1 million for her 2020 presidential campaign in the 24 hours following this week’s Democratic debate. The moderate Democratic Minnesota senator was among the top critics of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday, criticizing Warren’s health care plan as a “pipe dream.” She also ripped President Donald Trump. Campaign manager Justin…

Death of Outing Woman Likely a Homicide

Officials Are Waiting For Toxicology Results

(photo: Cass County Sheriff’s Office) AITKIN, Minn. (AP) – Sheriff’s officials say the death of a northeastern Minnesota woman who had been missing for nearly two weeks appears to be a homicide. Authorities had been searching for 35-year-old Michelle Mary Mae, of Outing, since her family reported her missing Oct. 3. Her body was found Tuesday on some rural property…

US Rep. Elijah Cummings Has Died

Cummings Was 68

BALTIMORE (AP) – Maryland Rep. Elijah E. Cummings died early Thursday at Johns Hopkins Hospital due to complications from longstanding health challenges, his congressional office said. He was 68. A sharecropper’s son, Cummings became the powerful chairman of a U.S. House committee that investigated President Donald Trump, and was a formidable orator who passionately advocated for the poor in his…

Union Says Deal With GM Offers ‘Major Gains’

Workers Will Stay on the Picket Lines for Another 2 Days

DETROIT (AP) – The United Auto Workers union’s top bargainer with General Motors says a tentative deal with the company will bring “major gains” to workers. Union Vice President Terry Dittes says in a statement that bargainers wanted to get a strong and fair contract for the 49,000 members who have been on strike for a month. Details of the…

Wisconsin Boy Says Man Strapped Him to Chair in Basement

Pogrant is Being Held on $25,000 Cash Bond

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) – An 8-year-old boy told authorities that a man who lives with him and his mother strapped him to a chair in the basement of their northeastern Wisconsin home, but that he escaped and sought help from strangers. WLUK-TV reports that police arrested 36-year-old Nathan Pogrant Monday on charges including false imprisonment and child abuse. The boy’s…

Minnesota Reports Two More Deaths From Vaping, One in Duluth

Both Deaths Involved People Over the Age of 50

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota health officials are reporting the state’s second and third deaths due to lung illnesses caused by vaping. The Department of Health said Wednesday both deaths involved people over age 50 who died in September after complicated hospitalizations. One of those deaths was reported at Essentia Health in Duluth. One had vaped several products including THC, the…

Minnesota Boy, 6, Missing After Getting Off Bus Found Safe

Ethan Was Found Safe With His Dog on Wednesday Morning

Credit: MN Sheriff’s Association BECKER, Minn. (AP) – Authorities in Minnesota say a 6-year-old boy who had been missing since getting off the school bus with his siblings has been found safe. The Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office said the boy, named Ethan, hadn’t been seen since 4:10 p.m. Tuesday when he got off the bus near Highway 25 in Becker…

Two People Killed in Polk County Crash

The Crash Happened Tuesday Afternoon

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) – Authorities say two people were killed when their SUV collided with a semi in Polk County. The sheriff’s office says the crash happened shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday at an intersection on County Road 46. KFGO reports the driver of the SUV, a 36-year-old Fertile man, and his passenger, a 33-year-old woman from Winger, both died…

Pence Cancels Wisconsin Visit to Lead Turkey Delegation

Pence Was Scheduled to Visit Uline on Thursday

(AP) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence has canceled his visit to Wisconsin because he’s been dispatched to Turkey to try and reach a ceasefire deal. Pence was scheduled to visit Uline in Pleasant Prairie on Thursday to advocate for passing President Donald Trump’s trade agreement with Mexico and Canada. Instead, Pence will lead a delegation to Turkey…

Omar gets a primary challenger in organizer John Mason

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Community organizer John Mason says he’ll challenge U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar in a Democratic primary for Minnesota’s 5th District. Mason, a first-time candidate, said Tuesday he wants to build on President Barack Obama’s accomplishments in health care care, education, gun control and the environment. He said he supports inclusivity and condemns all forms of hate, including “anti-Semitic…

Minnesota Child Tests Positive for Fentanyl, Parents Charged

Reports say The Parents Told Officers the Child Swallowed a Tylenol Pill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Two St. Louis Park parents are charged with child endangerment and neglect after prosecutors say their 1-year-old son tested positive for fentanyl. The child survived after spending six days in the hospital. A criminal complaint says police were called to the couple’s apartment Oct. 3 because the boy had become unresponsive. The Star Tribune reports police say…

Wisconsin Waitress Refuses to Serve Couple Over Transgender Comments

Spencer Says she was Told to do her Job or go Home

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) – A Fond du Lac woman says she was fired from a restaurant for refusing to serve a couple who were making disparaging comments about a transgender woman sitting at the bar. Brittany Spencer worked as a server at Fat Joe’s Bar & Grill in Fond du Lac. Spencer says she went to her manager…

 Texas Officer Resigns in 1-Sentence Letter

Update: FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) – A white police officer in Fort Worth who authorities say fatally shot a black woman in her home resigned in a one-sentence letter Monday. Aaron Dean’s letter said: “Effective immediately I am tendering my resignation from the Fort Worth Police Department.” The letter was released by the state’s largest police union, the Combined Law…

Democratic Rep. Pocan Says Impeachment Vote Coming Soon

Pocan Has Been Outspoken in Support of Impeachment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Democratic U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan says he expects the House to vote on articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump by the end of the calendar year. Pocan said Monday he believes Trump has committed an impeachable offense, but he can’t commit on whether he would vote to impeach until he sees the actual article of…

Wausau School Board President Running for Congress

Zunker is Running for the 7th Congressional District Seat

(Photo: Tricia Zunker campaign) MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The president of the Wausau School Board who is also a justice on the Ho-Chunk Nation Supreme Court is running for Congress as a Democrat. Tricia Zunker is launching her campaign Monday. She would become the first Native American member of Congress from Wisconsin should she win. Zunker tells Wisconsin Public Radio…

Sheriff: Courage of Jayme Closs is Focus of Anniversary

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald to Hold a News Conference Monday

BARRON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin sheriff who led the investigation into the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and the slaying of her parents hopes the courage and resilience of the 13-year-old girl is the focus on the one-year anniversary of the crimes. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald will hold a news conference Monday, talk briefly about Jayme and honor his…

State Tests New Technology to Catch Carpool Lane Cheaters

A Citation Can Cost Carpool Lane Cheaters up to $300

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota transportation officials are testing new technology to catch carpool lane cheaters. Through September, the State Patrol issued nearly 3,500 citations to drivers who illegally used the lanes reserved for two or more people, buses, motorcycles and solo drivers who pay to use them. That compares with 2,933 citations in all of last year. The Star Tribune…

Wisconsin DNR: New Lead Contamination Rules not Good Enough

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources officials say the Trump administration’s proposed rewrite of lead contamination rules isn’t good enough. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced in Green Bay on Thursday that the chances will require water systems to test lead levels at schools and child care facilities, require officials to identify areas with the…

California to Require Abortion Medication at Public Colleges

The Law Takes Effect in 2023

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California will become the first state to require public colleges and universities to offer abortion medication at campus health centers. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Friday he had signed the legislation. It’s a reversal from his predecessor, former Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed the measure last year. The law takes effect in 2023. Democratic lawmakers who…

UW Regents OK Staff to Write Free Speech Policy

The Regents Voted During a Meeting Friday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The University of Wisconsin System regents have authorized staff to begin drafting formal language implementing a Republican-backed plan to punish students who disrupt others’ free speech rights. The regents in 2017 adopted a Republican-backed policy declaring students who twice disrupt others’ free speech would be suspended for at least a semester. The policy hasn’t taken effect…

Major North Dakota Highways Closed Amid Fall Snowstorm

Winter Storm Warning are in Effect in South Dakota and Minnesota Through Saturday Afternoon

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FBI: Woman Kidnapped, Sex Assaulted Girl She Met Online

Authorities Found the GIel in Greenville With the Woman

GREEVILLE, S.C. (AP) – Federal authorities say a South Carolina woman kidnapped a girl from Minnesota and sexually assaulted her. Citing an FBI affidavit, news outlets report 23-year-old Katrina Marie Aliff was arrested last month on charges including aggravated child sexual abuse. The affidavit says Aliff met the girl, who’s younger than 12, on the messaging app Amino in March….

Prince Estate Slams Trump Use of ‘Purple Rain’

They say the Campaign Confirmed a Year Ago it Would not use Prince's Music

(AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File) MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The estate of musical legend Prince is objecting to President Donald Trump’s use of a Prince song before a campaign rally in Minneapolis Thursday night. The Trump campaign played Prince’s “Purple Rain” as the audience at the rally waited for the president to begin speaking. Prince’s estate released a statement after the rally…

Protesters Gather Ahead of President Trump’s Rally in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-Anti-Trump protesters are converging on the Minneapolis arena where President Donald Trump is holding his first political rally since the House opened its impeachment inquiry. Protesters are packing streets surrounding the Target Center hours before the Republican president is due to appear at Thursday’s rally at 7 p.m. Many are clutching helium-filled balloons depicting Trump as a baby. Others…

Wisconsin Assembly to Vote on Letting Kids Run Lemonade Stands

The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to pass a bill that would allow children to legally run lemonade stands.

MADISON, Wis.-The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to pass a bill that would allow children to legally run lemonade stands. The measure would allow minors to run lemonade stands on private property without a permit and without fear of running afoul of the law, which has happened in some states. The bill would limit sales to $2,000 of lemonade a year,…

Police Allege Cameras Hid at Mall of America Dressing Rooms

MINNEAPOLIS-Police are investigating a Minnesota man who allegedly hid cameras inside dressing rooms at the Mall of America in Bloomington and another Minneapolis area shopping mall. The 41-year-old Elk River man has not been charged. The Star Tribune reports details were contained in a search warrant affidavit. The affidavit alleges the suspect used cameras that could be operated remotely using…

Duffy’s Daughter Born With Holes in Heart, Down Syndrome

WAUSAU, Wis.-Former Congressman Sean Duffy’s ninth child was born with Down’s syndrome and will require open heart surgery in three to four months. Duffy’s wife Rachel Campos-Duffy posted Monday on Facebook that their daughter, Valentina StellaMaris Duffy, was born with two holes in her heart that will require open-heart surgery as expected. The Wausau Daily Herald Media reports that Campos-Duffy…

Wisconsin Governor: Second Monday in October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day

MADISON, Wis.-Gov. Tony Evers has declared the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in Wisconsin, following similar moves in other states away from recognizing it as Columbus Day. WLUK-TV reports that Evers signed an executive order making the designation on Tuesday at Indian Community School in Franklin. Evers says by signing the executive order the state is recognizing…

Dayton Taking Fellowship Position at University of Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS-Former Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is joining the University of Minnesota as an executive leadership fellow. Dayton has taken the unpaid position at the Center for Integrative Leadership which is housed at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The university says Dayton will participate in classroom discussions and meet with students. The 72-year-old Dayton will also work with a faculty…

 Trump Campaign Says Minneapolis Rally is Set

The Company Says it was Prepared to Sue

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign says his Minneapolis rally will go ahead as scheduled Thursday after a brief dispute over security costs. The campaign says the city of Minneapolis presented the operator of Target Center a $530,000 bill for security costs, and the arena operator had sought help from the campaign. The campaign says it was prepared…

Wisconsin Senate Passes Sexual Assault Kit Protocols

The Proposals Have Broad Bipartisan Support

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Senate has overwhelmingly approved two bills that would establish protocols for handling sexual assault evidence kits. A backlog of untested kits has been an issue in Wisconsin and across the country for years. The proposals have broad bipartisan support. The measures were developed by lawmakers, victims’ rights advocates, law enforcement representatives and others. Under…

Wisconsin’s Growing Hemp Industry to Get Boost Under Bill

The Measure is up for Approval Tuesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s hemp industry would remain under state control as it enters its second year under a bill up for a vote in the Legislature. The bipartisan measure up for Senate approval Tuesday is designed to help farmers, hemp processors, retailers and consumers as the industry in Wisconsin explodes. It makes a variety of changes to align…

Central Minnesota Grapples With Disposing CWD-Positive Deer

Legislators Have set Asider $50,000 for Dumpsters in Disease Areas

BRAINERD, Minn. (AP) – Wildlife officials in central Minnesota are discovering it’s not easy to get rid of deer carcasses infected with chronic wasting disease. The disease was discovered in a wild deer in Crow Wing County earlier this year, the first confirmed case in the state outside of southeastern Minnesota. Legislators have set aside $50,000 to set up dumpsters…

Trump Campaign Threatens to Sue Minneapolis Over Security Costs

Trump's Campaign Says the City is Trying to Force it to Pay $530,000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – President Donald Trump’s campaign has threatened to sue Minneapolis for trying to force it to pay $530,000 in security costs for this week’s rally in the city. Trump’s campaign, in a statement late Monday night, said Mayor Jacob Frey is abusing the power of his office by “conjuring a phony and outlandish bill for security” at Thursday’s…