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Firefighters remained on the scene of a fire that has been burning for more than 24 hours at the Northern Metal Recycling plant, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Becker, Minn. Firefighter Toni Knutson says the fire is burning under a huge pile of cars. She says cranes are being used to remove the vehicles from the pile one-by-one. (David Joles/Star Tribune via AP)

Fire at Minnesota recycling plant affecting air quality

Feb. 19, 2020 6:09 PM EST

BECKER, Minn. (AP) — Officials are monitoring the air quality in Becker where a fire at a metal recycling plant has been burning for more than 24 hours. Firefighters continued to fight the stubborn blaze Wednesday after working all day and through the night Tuesday at Northern Metal Recycling plant. The...

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi speaks in support of restoring voting rights for felons at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020. The news conference was called by the Minnesota Second Chance Coalition to promote changes in Minnesota's criminal justice system to make it easier for people to turn their lives around. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Groups promote changes in Minnesota criminal justice system

Feb. 19, 2020 5:51 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Groups calling for changes in Minnesota's criminal justice system to make it easier for people to turn their lives around said Wednesday that they're optimistic that some of the proposals they're promoting may become law this year. The Minnesota Second Chance Coalition held its...

Minnesota task force takes aim at prescription drug prices

Feb. 19, 2020 5:33 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison unveiled a task force report Wednesday that makes 14 recommendations for lowering prescription drug prices, ranging from new legislation to stronger enforcement. Ellison said at a news conference that the pharmaceutical market is "opaque and...

FILE - In this Sept. 4, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios throws during the first inning of the team's baseball game against the Boston Red Sox, in Boston. Berrios is still without a long-term contract, but the Twins continue to build their rotation around the two-time All-Star. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Twins' staff holds the key to team loaded with offense

Feb. 19, 2020 3:14 PM EST

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Expecting another big season from their high-octane offense, the Minnesota Twins hope to pitch well enough to win a second straight AL Central title. Minnesota set a major-league record with 307 homers and was eighth with a 4.18 ERA last year. "We had a pretty darn good pitching...

Authorities ID employee who was killed in barn collapse

Feb. 19, 2020 9:33 AM EST

REMBRANDT, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have released the name of an employee killed when equipment collapsed inside a barn in northwest Iowa. A structural failure early Friday morning at the Rembrandt Foods facility just east of Rembrandt caused a catastrophic collapse of equipment inside the building, Buena...

Smoke continues to rise from the rubble at the former location of the Press Bar following a fire, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in St. Cloud, Minn. The fire was reported at 2:41 a.m. Monday, and firefighters continued to fight the fire for several hours. (Dave Schwarz/St. Cloud Times via AP)

Officials: No cause yet of fire that destroyed St. Cloud bar

Feb. 18, 2020 5:44 PM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Officials in St. Cloud said Tuesday they don't know yet what caused a fire that destroyed a historic downtown bar. St. Cloud Fire Chief Dean Wrobbel said the fire started in the basement of the Press Bar and spread throughout the walls of the building. “In these old...

state Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer, R-Big Lake, and Sen. Mark Koran, R-North Branch, appear at a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at the Minnesota Senate Building in St. Paul, Minn. They appeared in support of Kiffmeyer's bill to tie legislative authorization for the secretary of state to spend a new round of federal election security money to passing her proposal for a provisional balloting system that Democrats warn could suppress turnout. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Key GOP senator revives fight over election security money

Feb. 18, 2020 5:35 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An influential Senate Republican who held up federal election security funding for most of the 2019 legislative session moved Tuesday to tie approval of a new round of money to passing her proposal for a provisional balloting system that Democrats warn could suppress turnout. Sen....

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, center, is flanked by state and county emergency managers at a news conference at the state Capitol in St. Paul, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, as he asks lawmakers to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

Walz seeks $30 million to replenish state disaster aid fund

Feb. 18, 2020 5:34 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With the threat of spring flooding looming, Gov. Tim Walz asked lawmakers Tuesday to approve $30 million to replenish a state disaster aid fund that was drained by a string of disasters last year. Walz said an updated flood forecast from the National Weather Service is expected in...

HealthPartners union workers reach tentative contract deal

Feb. 18, 2020 10:34 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The union representing 1,800 HealthPartners workers in Minnesota says it has reached a tentative labor agreement and averted a strike that was scheduled to begin Wednesday. The Service Employees International Union says the agreement was reached early Tuesday after 17 hours of...

Suspect sought in Bemidji shooting

Feb. 18, 2020 7:56 AM EST

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Authorities in northern Minnesota are searching for a suspect in a fatal shooting. Beltrami County sheriff's dispatchers got a call about a man who had been shot outside a residence Monday night. Police officers and sheriff's deputies arrived and found the body of a 20-year-old man. ...