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Severe thunderstorms cause power outages in Minnesota

Aug. 15, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

Severe thunderstorms swept across Minnesota on Friday night, knocking down trees and causing power outages. Xcel Energy said the storms caused power outages for about 125,000 households, mostly in the Twin Cities metro area, the Star Tribune reported. By Saturday afternoon, about 113,000 customers had power...

Dog shot inside portable toilet in St. Paul city park

Aug. 14, 2020 1:20 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a dog was shot inside a portable toilet in a St. Paul city park early Friday. Police say a man who called 911 about 3:20 a.m. reported hearing gunshots at the Maryland Avenue and Dale Street park. The caller heard a dog yelp and saw a male exit the toilet, the St....

Activist charged in toppling of Minnesota Columbus statue

Aug. 13, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota prosecutor charged an Indigenous activist with a felony on Thursday in the toppling of a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally weeks after the death of George Floyd. Mike Forcia, a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, is...

Bullet grazes head of nursing home resident in St. Paul

Aug. 13, 2020 7:46 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A bullet grazed the head of a nursing home resident in St. Paul when gunfire erupted outside the facility, according to police. The 63-year-old resident was sitting outside of Galtier, a Villa Center in the Summit-University neighborhood Tuesday night when numerous shots rang out,...

Progressives beat Democratic incumbents in legislative races

Aug. 12, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Challengers defeated three incumbent Democratic in Minnesota's primary elections and were leading a fourth as the progressive wing of the party showed its strength. Sen. Erik Simonson of Duluth lost Tuesday night to attorney Jen McEwen, who campaigned against copper-nickel mining and an...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

ATF: Fire that destroyed St. Paul hotel project was arson

Aug. 12, 2020 9:06 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A massive blaze that destroyed a hotel project under construction in downtown St. Paul was arson, authorities said. The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced that determination Tuesday, along with the St. Paul Fire Department, St. Paul Police...

Fire department trainer alleges interference by officials

Aug. 12, 2020 8:01 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A former St. Paul fire district chief has filed a federal lawsuit alleging the fire department's leaders interfered with the training of recruits and that created risks for the public and fellow firefighters. Jovan Palmieri was the training chief before he left the fire department...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Federal specialists called to help investigate St. Paul fire

Aug. 6, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Expert federal investigators are joining joined state and local teams who are working to find a cause of a huge fire at a hotel construction site in St. Paul. Fire caused extensive damage to the five-story Courtyard by Marriott hotel Tuesday and significant damage to a six-story...

This combination of photos released by the National Student Poets Program shows, from left, Madelyn Dietz, Manasi Garg, Isabella Ramirez, Ethan Wang and Anthony Wiles who have been named finalists in the Class of 2020 National Student Poets Program. Each receives a $5,000 cash award. (National Student Poets Program via AP)

Five high schoolers named National Student Poets

Aug. 5, 2020 8:34 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Five high school juniors, residing everywhere from Lake Worth, Florida, to Saratoga, California, have been named National Student Poets. A partnership between the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the student poet program...

Firefighters battle a fire in downtown St. Paul, Minn., that has engulfed a building that was under construction on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. There were no reports of injuries and there was no immediate word about the possible cause of the fire. (David Joles /Star Tribune via AP)

Firefighters battle large fire in downtown St. Paul

Aug. 4, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Firefighters on Tuesday battled a large fire in downtown St. Paul that engulfed a building that was under construction, causing part of the structure to collapse. Flames were shooting high into the air and the glow could be seen for miles when firefighters arrived about 4:20 a.m.,...