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Grand Marais Voted Best Midwestern Small Town

Two Minnesota towns make the top 3

GRAND MARAIS, Minn. – For the past four weeks, readers of USA Today, have been voting daily for their favorite Midwestern Small Towns. The votes were tallied and announced today, and Minnesota’s own Grand Marais came in at number one! A panel of experts partnered with USA Today’s 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees and the top 10…

Congress OKs Short-Term Bill to Avert Government Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress has sent President Donald Trump a short-term spending bill preventing a partial government shutdown on Saturday, his 100th day in office. But lawmakers have failed to take action on two measures Trump would love to claim as victories. Bipartisan talks are continuing over remaining issues in a $1 trillion measure financing federal agencies through September 30….

Wisconsin Man Removed from Delta Flight for Using Bathroom Before Takeoff

MILWAUKEE (AP) – A Wisconsin man was removed from a Delta Air Lines flight after using the bathroom against crew instructions shortly before takeoff. Kima Hamilton says he urgently needed to use the bathroom April 18 while on a Milwaukee-bound plane in Atlanta. He says takeoff was delayed and the flight wasn’t moving, so he decided to go. Cellphone video…

WisDOT Receives $20,000 National Award to Help Combat Drugged Driving

Funds will provide training to 384 law enforcement officers

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Transportation Bureau of Transportation Safety has been awarded a $20,000 national grant to help combat the growing problem of drugged driving. The funds will provide Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement training to 384 law enforcement officers across the state. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), in 2015, drugs were present in…

Fraud Case in Minnesota Stirs New Legal Ripples Years Later

Sherburne County Jail – File, Star Tribune ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota lawmakers are considering changing the rules on money that may be recovered for victims of businessman Tom Petters’ $3.7 billion Ponzi scheme. Minnesota Public Radio reports the change would limit the recovery of investment income earned by charitable or religious organizations that took gifts from Petters or…

Chipotle Investigating Data Breach After Unauthorized Activity in Payment System

NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle saw a key sales figure rise more than expected as it works to regain customers’ trust after a series of food scares, but may have lost at least a little ground again in disclosing a possible data security issue. The company said it recently detected unauthorized activity on the network that supports its payment system…

Frito Lay Issues Recall Due to Salmonella Risks

Frito Lay announced a voluntary recall of select Jalapeno Flavored Lay’s Kettle Cooked potato chips and Jalapeno Flavored Miss Vickie’s Kettle Cooked Potato Chips due to the potential presence of Salmonella in the seasoning. This action is a direct result of a seasoning blend which includes jalapeno power that could contain Salmonella. There have been no confirmed illnesses related to this…

Trump, Walker Discuss Wisconsin Dairy Dispute

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Governor Scott Walker says he spoke with President Donald Trump about the nearly 40 Wisconsin dairy farmers desperately seeking help after being dropped by their milk buyer following a Canadian policy change. Walker told Trump on Twitter Tuesday that it was “great” to speak to him that morning and thanked him for supporting Wisconsin dairy farmers….

Missing Level 3 Sex Offender from Minnesota Found in California

Michael Costa MINNESOTA – Level III Predatory Offender, Michael James Costa was taken into custody in California over the weekend after he was no longer compliant with the conditions of his release, mid-April. Costa had been on a fugitive status after absconding from his supervised release in Rochester, Minnesota. He was arrested near Van Nuys, California after information led investigators…

Wisconsin Dairy Farms Face Closure Due to Canadian Policies

MOSINEE, Wis. (AP) – A cheese factory in central Wisconsin is offering a lifeline to a handful of dairy farms threatened by Canada’s milk pricing policies that may force other farms to close. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Mullins Cheese Vice President Bill Mullins signed contracts to buy milk from eight family-owned operations. A local milk processor, Greenwood-based Grassland…

Researchers Find Unique U.S. Declaration of Independence Copy in England

The team studied the document for two years before sharing their findings

LONDON (AP) — A unique copy of the U.S. Declaration of Independence has been discovered in an unexpected place – England. The copy, similar to the one viewed by millions each year at the National Archives in Washington has been locked away in a local records office in southeast England forgotten by historians. Its significance wasn’t understood until recently, when…

First Battalion Aviation Unit Deploys to the Middle East

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Dozens of Wisconsin National Guard members from the First Battalion’s 147th Aviation unit are being sent to the Middle East until January. Hundreds of friends and family members attended a special send-off ceremony at Madison College over the weekend to show support for 85 soldiers. The Associated Press reports that Major General Don Dunbar told the…

Report: Voyageurs Visitors Add Over $24 Million to Local Economies

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. – A new report from the National Park Service estimates the local economic impact of visitors to Voyageurs National Park to be around $24 million in 2016. The report states that 241,911 people visited the park in 2016 and spent an estimated $19,780,200 in communities surrounding the park. That spending supported 310 jobs in the local area and…

3 Paris Officers Shot, 1 Fatally, in Champs-Elysees Attack

(AP Photo) PARIS (AP) — An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police in Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees shopping district Thursday night, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. Paris police spokeswoman Johanna Primevert told The Associated Press that the attacker targeted officers guarding the area near the Franklin Roosevelt subway station…

Bill O’Reilly Out at Fox News After Sex Harassment Allegations

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Fox News Channel announced Wednesday that host Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the network. Fox News parent 21st Century Fox said in a statement that “after a thorough and careful review of allegations against him, the Company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Mr. O’Reilly will not return. The New York Times reported April 2 that five women…

Gun theft fugitive caught in southwest Wisconsin

Man who found fugitive describes him as cordial

Joseph JakubowskiMILWAUKEE – Sheriff’s officials say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a gun store and sending President Donald Trump an anti-government manifesto has been arrested in southwestern Wisconsin. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office says 32-year-old Joseph Jakubowski was captured around 6 a.m. Friday near Readstown, Wisconsin. The sheriff’s office said in a statement that he was captured without…

San Bernardino School Closed Following Murder-Suicide

(AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Students dove under desks when a man walked into his estranged wife’s elementary school classroom and opened fire without saying a word, killing her and an 8-year-old student and wounding a 9-year-old before fatally shooting himself, authorities said. Some six weeks earlier, 53-year-old Cedric Anderson was a newlywed calling his 53-year-old…

Official: Russia Knew in Advance of Syrian Chemical Attack

ROBERT BURNS - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON (AP) – A senior U.S. official says the United States has concluded that Russia knew in advance of Syria’s chemical weapons attack last week. The official says a Russian-operated drone flew over a hospital in Syria as victims of the attack were rushing to get treatment. Hours after the drone left, a Russian-made fighter jet bombed the hospital in…

Two Adults Dead, Two Children Wounded in Elementary School Murder-Suicide Shooting

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (FOX 11) – Four people were shot Monday in an apparent murder-suicide inside an elementary school classroom in San Bernardino, including a teacher and two students, police and school officials said. Two students were airlifted to a hospital after what’s believed to be a domestic dispute, San Bernardino City Unified School District spokeswoman Marria Garcia tells news media…

Manhunt Underway for Wisconsin Gun Thief Who Mailed Manifesto to Trump

Joseph Jakubowski prior booking photo (left) and surveillance photo (right) taken on April 4 at 1p.m. at the Mobil Gas Station, 1215 Milton Avenue, Janesville, Wisconsin. JANESVILLE, Wis. – Authorities say a man suspected of stealing firearms from a Wisconsin gun store who sent an anti-government manifesto to President Donald Trump, and has threatened to carry out an unspecified attack…

Wisconsin Republicans Praise US Missile Strike on Syria

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Wisconsin Republicans are praising President Donald Trump’s missile strike against Syria. House Speaker Paul Ryan calls the action “appropriate and just.” Senator Ron Johnson calls the U.S. strike a “swift and appropriate action.” And Rep. Mike Gallagher says he also supports the strike as a “clear signal that the United States will not stand idly by…

Senate Confirms Trump Pick Neil Gorsuch to Supreme Court

The Senate voted 54-45 in favor of Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch speaks at his nomination hearing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washignton. (Lauren Victoria Burke for The Denver Post) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Neil Gorsuch to become the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court Friday, elevating Donald Trump’s nominee following a…

US Missiles Target Syria Airfield In Response To Chemical Weapons Attack

(FOX NEWS) – The United States launched nearly five dozen cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield early Friday in response to a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians, the first direct assault on the Damascus government since the beginning of that country’s bloody civil war in 2011. “It is in the vital national security interest of the United…

Panera Bought by Caribou Coffee for $7.5 Billion

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(KMSP) – Panera Bread Co. has agreed to sell itself to JAB Holding Co., the company that also owns Caribou Coffee. The St. Louis-based bakery and café chain is being bought out for approximately $7.5 billion, according a news release. In comparison, JAB acquired Caribou Coffee for $340 million in 2013, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported. The sale…

Steve Bannon Removed from National Security Council

WASHINGTON (FOX NEWS) – President Trump’s controversial chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, was removed from the National Security Council on Wednesday, Fox News confirmed. Bannon was put on the NSC’s “Principals Committee” as a check on former National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn to make sure Flynn carried through with a directive to depoliticize the NSC, a senior administration official…

The Latest on a Suspected Chemical Attack in Syria

BEIRUT (AP) _ The Latest on the suspected chemical attack in Syria (all times local): 9:40 p.m. The United Nations says it isn’t in a position to independently verify reports of a chemical attack in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province but Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is “deeply disturbed” at the incident. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the U.N. chief extends “his heartfelt…

Judiciary Panel Votes 11-9 in Favor of Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch speaks at his nomination hearing to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on Wednesday, June 21, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washignton. (Lauren Victoria Burke for The Denver Post)WASHINGTON (AP) – A divided Senate panel is backing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. A Judiciary Committee voted 11-9 along party lines on Monday to favorably…

Minnesota Named One of the Top 5 States to Retire

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new report has named Minnesota one of the best states in the nation to retire. The report, issued by Bankrate.com, ranked all 50 states based on a list of factors, quality of health care, culture, cost of living, weather, taxes, retiree population, crime rate, and well-being. Taking into account these factors, Bankrate named Minnesota the fifth-best…

The Latest: Russians say another bomb found, deactivated

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Andrei Kibitov, spokesman for the St. Petersburg governor, has told Russian television 10 people have been killed and 50 injured in a subway explosion. Video footage posted on social media website shows a train with mangled doors standing at the platform. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov tells Interfax that the explosion looks like a terrorist attack….

Pig That Fell from Truck en Route to Slaughter to be Spared

Photo: SoulSpace Farm Sancutary SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A pig that survived falling out of a truck on Interstate 90 in South Dakota just a few miles form a hog processing facility is now being spared from slaughter. The Argus Leader reports that SoulSpace Farm Sanctuary in New Richmond, Wisconsin, is adopting Wally the pig after no owner claimed him….

Vulnerable Teenager Located Safe

UPDATE 4/3: Journee was located safe in Rochester over the weekend. Journee Malone ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester Police Department is asking for assistance in locating 13-year-old Journee Starr Malone. She was last seen near the Gage East Apartments in Rochester, Minnesota on Monday, March 27 around 5 p.m. She was last seen wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, jeans, and…

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten, Unpublished Ode to Wisconsin For Sale

Opening bid is set at $30,000

(KMSP) – Bob Dylan’s handwritten lyrics for an unpublished song about Wisconsin is scheduled to be auctioned off in Los Angeles on Thursday. The opening bid is set for $30,000. Dylan was 20 years old when he wrote the song in November 1961, less than a year after he moved from New York from Minnesota. Just a month prior he…

Address Confidentiality Program for WI Abuse Victims Opening

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A new state program designed to protect the addresses of abuse victims in Wisconsin is beginning. The Safe at Home program opens on Saturday. Advocates and a bipartisan group of supporters of the program including Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the launch of the program at a news conference Thursday. Safe at Home provides victims of…

Collection of 21,000 Vinyl Records Donated to Thrift Stores

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Platteville man has donated more than 21,000 vinyl record albums to raise money for a thrift store chain in Madison. Agrace Thrift Stores will begin selling Jerry Roh’s albums Friday morning. Genres include rock, country, religious, polka, children’s, classical, and blues music. The Wisconsin State Journal reports that most of the records will sell for…

Land O’ Lakes Acquires Vermont Creamery

WEBSTERVILLE, Vt. (AP) – Land O’ Lakes has purchased Vermont Creamery, which has experienced growth and says it needs a partner that will help it realize its business potential. Vermont Creamery will continue to make goat cheese, cultured butter, and fresh dairy in Websterville. Co-founders Allison Hooper and Bob Reese said the company is “a good fit”for Minnesota-based butter-maker. Chris…

Wisconsin AG Sending 200 Rape Kits for Testing Monthly

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Attorney General Brad Schimel is telling the Legislature’s budget committee that the state Department of Justice is sending 200 untested sexual assault kits to a lab per month. Schimel appeared before the Joint Finance committee on Wednesday to answer questions about DOJ operations and how Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget would affect the agency. More than 6,000…

Minnesota Prosecutors Charge 4 in Alleged Sex-Trafficking

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) –  Criminal charges were announced Wednesday in an international human trafficking and prostitution enterprise that prosecutors called “the Uber of sex trafficking.” The crime ring involved numerous victims and thousands of ads placed on Backpage.com in 29 different states over the past two years. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said the crime ring used phones to…

Officer Killed Along with 3 Others in Wisconsin Laid to Rest

WESTON, Wis. (AP) – Hundreds of law enforcement officers are among those who have gathered to pay respects to a Wisconsin detective killed in the line of duty along with three others in northern Wisconsin. The officers, in step, approach the open casket at D.C. Everest High School where they slowly salute Jason Weiland, killed a week ago when encountering…

Teens Wearing Leggings Barred from United Flight

DENVER (AP) – Two teenage girls were barred by a gate agent from boarding a United Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis because they were wearing leggings. United spokesman Jonathan Guerin said the girls were not allowed onto the Sunday morning flight because they were traveling under an employee travel pass that includes a dress code. That dress code bars…

Man Accused in Death of Stout Student Pleads Not Guilty

MENOMONIE, Wis. (AP) – The Minnesota man accused of killing a University of Wisconsin Stout Cullen Osburn student from Saudi Arabia, has pleaded not guilty to charges. Cullen Osburn is charged with felony murder and aggravated battery in the death of Hussain Saeed Alnahdi. The 24-year-old student died from a brain injury last October following an altercation in downtown Menomonie….

GOP Pulls Health Care Overhaul Off House Floor

WASHINGTON (AP) – Speaker Paul Ryan has abruptly pulled the Republicans’ troubled health care overhaul off the House floor. The decision was a humiliating setback for President Donald Trump and congressional leaders. The bill had appeared all but certain to be defeated Friday. The roll call was on track to occur in about an hour. The measure has been a…

Minnesota Marijuana Oil Sent to New York Stirs Anger

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Some top Minnesota lawmakers want to crack down on a medical marijuana company whose former executives face felony charges for shipping marijuana oil to New York. County prosecutors charged two ex-executives at Minnesota Medical Solutions with felonies alleging they collaborated in late 2015 to ship $500,000 worth of marijuana oil to New York. The charges…

4 Killed, Including Officer is Rothschild, Schofield, Weston shooting

shooting 1 WZAW shooting 2 WZAW shooting 3 WZAW shooting 4 WZAW shooting 5 WZAW ROTHSCHILD, Wis. (WSAW) – Authorities have now confirmed an Everest Metro Police Officer was one of four killed following three shooting incidents Wednesday. Everest Metro Police Chief confirmed the fatalities during an evening press conference. He said a single suspect has been arrested and the…

Target Celebrates Stretch Marks in New Swimwear Campaign

NEW YORK (AP) – Target is celebrating the stretch mark as a thing of beauty. The chain has launched a swimwear campaign on social media that features four models in unretouched images as it promotes a focus on inclusivity. Social media star Megan Batoon, pro skateboarder Lizzie Armanto, model and body activist Denise Bidot, and TV host and model Kamie…

Sheriff Who Investigated Wetterling Abduction Announces Retirement

Courtney Perry for MPR News ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) – A central Minnesota sheriff who worked to solve the decades-old kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling is hanging up his badge. Stearns County Sheriff John Sanner announced his retirement Tuesday. Sanner has worked for the sheriff’s office for nearly 33 years and has been sheriff for the last 14. Sanner was among…

Subject Identified in Polk County Officer Involved Shooting

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating an officer involved shooting incident that happened on Monday, March 20 in Polk County. The Grand Forks County Medical Examiner has identified the deceased suspect as Clarence Duane Huderle, 73, of Warren, Minnesota. Huderle died of a gunshot wound; the manner of his death…