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Minnesota Wild center Joel Erikssson Ek (14) shoots on Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks (80) and Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Vlakislav Gavrikov (44) during the first period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Andy Clayton-King)

Koivu scores twice as Wild beat shorthanded Blue Jackets 5-4

Feb. 25, 2020 11:31 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu scored twice to snap a 30-game goalless drought, Eric Staal added his 18th goal and the Minnesota Wild held on to beat the shorthanded Columbus Blue Jackets 5-4 on Tuesday night. Alex Stalock made 24 saves and Ryan Donato and Kevin Fiala also scored as Minnesota won for...

No. 7 Maryland thrashes Purdue 88-45 to remain atop Big Ten

Feb. 25, 2020 10:59 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Maryland's 13th consecutive victory was assured long before coach Brenda Frese removed her four seniors and hugged each one of them as they approached the bench. A feel-good night for the No. 7 Terrapins went precisely as planned. It began with Slovenia native Sara Vujacic...

Hockey coach moved from job to job, despite sex allegations

Feb. 25, 2020 10:41 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tony Kellin remembers an assistant hockey coach at the University of Minnesota approaching him in the locker room during the 1984-85 season and saying he knew a woman who would perform oral sex on Kellin, but only if Kellin would be blindfolded with his hands tied. A junior defenseman at...

This photo provided by Douglas County (Minn.) Emergency Management in Alexandria, Minn., shows firefighters fighting a fire Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 that destroyed several buildings in downtown Alexandria. (Julie Anderson/Douglas County Emergency Management via AP)

Fire destroys buildings, forces evacuations in Alexandria

Feb. 25, 2020 7:34 PM EST

Firefighters battled a massive fire throughout the day Tuesday that destroyed part of downtown Alexandria in western Minnesota and forced the evacuation of about two dozen residents. More than 100 firefighters from multiple departments worked to put out the fire. Crews were called around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and...

Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) stays on the ice after losing against the Colorado Avalanche in an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. The Avalanche won 3-2. (AP Photo/Hannah Foslien)

Parise: 'Games were hard to play' while Wild talked trade

Feb. 25, 2020 6:18 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — For the past week, Zach Parise was carrying some extra weight with him around the ice: The Minnesota Wild were actively talking about trading him. Now that the deadline has passed, relieving Parise's stress and ensuring he will complete an eighth season in his home state of...

Michele Gran, shown here holding a photo of her 18-year-old son, Landon on her family's farm near Norseland, Minn., plans to advocate for more safety features in and around grain bins this legislative session after  Landon, died in August inside a grain bin two miles south of his home in Norseland. Landon is one of at least nine people who died in grain bin-related incidents since July. (Pat Christman/The Free Press via AP)

'Momma on a mission' backs Walz's call for farm safety money

Feb. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Tuesday proposed reimbursing farmers who retrofit their tractors with rollover protection or install safety equipment in their grain bins in an effort to reduce farm accidents. The governor was joined at a news conference by Michele Gran, whose 18-year-old son,...

Illinois News Digest

Feb. 25, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Illinois. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Chicago bureau at 312-781-0500 or A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to...

North Dakota News Digest

Feb. 25, 2020 2:37 PM EST

Here's a look at AP's general news coverage in North Dakota. Questions about coverage plans go to News Editor Doug Glass at 612-332-2727 or Jeff Baenen is on the desk. This information is not for publication or broadcast, and these plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or...

Andover house fire kills 1 man, sends 2 teens to hospital

Feb. 25, 2020 9:41 AM EST

ANDOVER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a fire at an Andover home early Tuesday killed a man and sent two teenage boys to the hospital. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says the blaze broke out near an attached garage about 3:30 a.m. and spread to the rest of the house, the Star Tribune reported. The man...

Minnesota investigating ex-hockey assistant sex allegations

Feb. 25, 2020 9:26 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota says it is investigating allegations that a former men's hockey assistant sexually abused players more than 30 years ago. The move comes after The Athletic reported on sexual abuse allegations against former assistant Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas...