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Remote working fueled by COVID pandemic gaining popularity

Sep. 25, 2021 01:13 AM EDT

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — As was the case for many offices, last year’s sudden move to send many people home to work was a stunner for the Le Sueur County Human Services Department. “When we started (remote), it was like pulling off the Band-Aid. We were forced to do...

Pollinator program aims to save rusty patched bumblebee

Sep. 25, 2021 01:12 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Sue Gray is trying to attract an endangered species into her Becker township yard — a rusty patched bumblebee. She hasn’t had much luck yet. After all, the rusty patched bumblebee has declined by 87% in the last 20...

Minnesota solar projects stalled due to Xcel Energy's delays

Sep. 25, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The number of Minnesota solar projects stalled due to delays by Xcel Energy has ballooned to more than 300, with a backlog of applications that solar industry leaders say will take decades to clear at the utility’s current pace. In one case in...

Friday's Scores

Sep. 25, 2021 00:57 AM EDT

PREP FOOTBALL= Academy Force 38, Concordia Academy 23 Ada-Borup 33, Mahnomen/Waubun 12 Albany 42, Little Falls 21 Andover 49, St. Francis 21 Anoka 33, Roseville 13 ...

Buxton's homer spoils Berríos’ return; Twins beat Jays 3-1

Sep. 24, 2021 23:56 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Byron Buxton’s two-run homer spoiled José Berríos’ return to Minnesota and dealt a blow to Toronto’s postseason hopes as the Twins beat the Blue Jays 3-1 on Friday night. Buxton hit his 15th home run of the season in a three-run third inning...

Blue Jays' Borucki gets ban dropped to 2 games on appeal

Sep. 24, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Toronto reliever Ryan Borucki had his suspension for plunking Tampa Bay outfielder Kevin Kiermaier reduced to two games after an appeal and began serving the ban Friday night during a four-game series in Minnesota. Borucki was suspended three games...

Minnesota to administer COVID-19 boosters to those eligible

Sep. 24, 2021 17:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — COVID-19 booster shots are being made available to Minnesotans who are eligible to receive them under the latest guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health officials announced Friday. Minnesotans who got the...

Minnesota DNR launches new hearing process for PolyMet mine

Sep. 24, 2021 16:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators on Friday launched a court-ordered process for assessing the risks to clean water from waste from the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. The Department of Natural Resources announced plans for a...

EXPLAINER: What's next in Dru Sjodin death penalty case

Sep. 24, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s first and only federal capital punishment case is on hold after a federal judge this month threw out the death sentence given to Alfonso Rodriguez Jr. in 2006 in the death of college student Dru Sjodin. Judge Ralph Erickson, who...

Walz proposes $10 million drought relief package for farmers

Sep. 24, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $10 million relief package Friday for farmers who suffered losses due to drought across most of Minnesota this summer — a plan that would require a special legislative session to approve. The Democratic governor’s proposal...