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Officers with convictions – which might have cost them their careers in other states – can exploit weaknesses in Minnesota's licensing rules to keep their jobs.
Board chief says there's "potential for some change" in light of Star Tribune series.
In Oregon, police officers can be disciplined for infractions that wouldn't even trigger a state review here. The northwestern state has become a national model for rigorous licensing, with lessons for Minnesota in police accountability and improving public confidence.
Over the past two decades, hundreds of Minnesota law enforcement officers have been convicted of criminal offenses. Most were never disciplined by the state. More than 140 are still on the job.
The agricultural workhorse river has been the focus of intense efforts since the 1970s to improve its water quality; close to $1 billion has been spent on it. But it's unclear whether that has paid off.
The state rarely sanctions police officers in domestic violence cases, a glaring weakness that police chiefs and victim advocates say needs to change.
St. Paul's Chris Coleman says a project related to the Ford site could be among those packaged for investors.
The MPCA says the air at Crossroads Elementary Science and Montessori School is not contaminated, and vapor mitigation is being installed.
The former police chief stood by the training of officer Mohamed Noor, who shot and killed Justine Damond. But not everyone is sold on the process.
More than 160 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
As the tallgrass prairie has disappeared across much of Minnesota, the Dakota skipper has nearly vanished. Researchers at the Minnesota Zoo have been breeding Dakota skippers in captivity, and now, for the first time, the butterfly is being reintroduced into the wild.
The legislative auditor finds the credit doesn't pay for itself, but the increase is still being sought.
It's the latest change at Giants Ridge after an unflattering audit in 2016.
Environmental groups want to block a deal with the mining company proposed by the U.S. Forest Service.
White-nose syndrome has killed thousands of bats across Minnesota.
Proposal to ban mining on 234,000 acres of national forest open for scrutiny.
Recent threats against Jewish sites led over 200 from many beliefs to gather in St. Paul to denounce hate.
The audit, released at a Senate Taxes Committee meeting, leaves lawmakers to digest the implications of a somewhat rudderless tax break that some have recently proposed enlarging.
State auditor to release report on effectiveness.
Plans public meetings across the state to gather ideas.
The former state senator formed one-third of a storied trio of siblings in Minnesota politics, the DFL clan from the Iron Range that included George Perpich and the late Rudy Perpich, Minnesota's longest-serving governor.
New MPCA report is the state's first comprehensive look at the entire upper Mississippi
Defamation settlement is not enough, says seminary owner.
The highly anticipated state-federal deal will provide $350 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and $150 million in state funds.
State sides with police after Alexandria family alleges dad faced discrimination.
The people of Hendricks, Minn., thought they had won the feedlot war two years ago when they sued to stop a mega-dairy slated for a…
In a major victory for environmentalists, the federal government said it will not renew the expired mineral leases of Twin Metals Minnesota, saying its proposed copper-nickel mine near Ely poses too great a risk of contaminating the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Environmentalists said they are satisfied by new steps to regulate Minnesota plants.
Levi Lindemann stole $1.9 million from clients, including friends and relatives.
Convicting police officers of murder or manslaughter in fatal on-duty shootings is difficult.
More than 140 people have died in forceful encounters with law enforcement in Minnesota since 2000.
Theo Bronkhorst helped Minnesota dentist Walter Palmer track the lion.
Voter turnout dropped in Minnesota, yet it was strong enough that the state has likely regained its No. 1 spot.About 74 percent of eligible voters…
A grand jury decided the deadly force was justified; Kong's family says he posed no threat.
Blayne Lehner to get an unpaid suspension of 40 hours over use of force.
A look at 35 years of data on assaults and killings of police officers in Minnesota shows the answer isn't exactly clear.
Racial earnings gap persists, but some see signs of progress.
In the Wetterlings' hometown, their neighbors expressed sadness and relief.
Minnesota's approach contrasts sharply with states such as Ohio, whose attorney general pushed to ship all old rape kits for analysis. More than 500 defendants have been indicted as a result.
The traffic ticket data are incomplete but don't signal extreme racial profiling.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was also one of the two officers assigned to work the July 2 armed robbery of a Lauderdale convenience store.
His lawyer sought care over jail, but judge said accountability needed.
Critics say "survival" seminar fosters paranoid mind-set, but firm defends approach as balanced.
Citing active investigation, St. Anthony won't make squad car evidence public.
John Birkeland, who had a history of mental illness and had stabbed a police dog, was fatally shot in February.
The number of emergency room visits, mostly from young people, especially men, have been increasing in recent years.
Jerry Seppala resigned from Ironbound Studios Minnesota after a federal grand jury indicted him and two California men for allegedly cheating investors out of $12 million meant to finance movies. The indictment makes no mention of the Iron Range film studio space.
The man behind one of Minnesota's largest film studios and two California men have been indicted after the FBI said they bilked investors out of $12 million that was supposed to finance movies.
Minneapolis is included in consumer group's report.
3 officers who killed man with a knife were cleared.
Group says it's doing its job, but Philip Jegede says it's bias.
At a time when police are facing intense scrutiny over the use of force, more law enforcement officials agree with Beckie O'Connor that officers need more training. Yet no one is taking charge.
Shortcomings in public data have obscured a full accounting of the cases.
During a suicidal episode last year that warped into a standoff, Robert Wood seriously injured a St. Paul police officer by shooting him in the face with an air rifle. But St. Paul officers didn't kill him.
A Roseville officer walks into the unknown every night. Twice, when the calls came, he fired his weapon.
Footage shows failed efforts to get Kirvelay to respond to commands.
With the retirements of 407,000 people on the line, the Teamsters' Central States Pension Fund is appealing to Congress to help solve its dire financial predicament.
The U.S. Treasury Department has rejected the deep retirement cuts sought by the ailing Teamsters Central States Pension Fund. The decision is a relief to thousands of retirees, who stood to see pension checks slashed.
The discovery of prescription pills at Paisley Park follows new details about the emergency landing made by Prince's jet in Moline, Ill.
The audit also found that from 2006 to 2014, the IRRRB has subsidized Giants Ridge operations by $17.4 million, averaging $1.7 million a year.
IRRRB could receive new oversight, incentives in response to harsh audit.
GAO will review the Labor Department's handling of failing Central States fund.
An advocacy group says the cuts would shrink payments by tens of millions in the state. Pension officials dispute the report.
U.S. Treasury has a May 7 deadline to accept, reject or tweak the proposal for cuts.
Proposal would cut benefits of about 15,000 in Minnesota.
Due to the East Coast snowstorm, the U.S. Treasury Department has postponed a public session on proposed cuts to the Central States Pension Fund that…
The U.S. Treasury has scheduled a Jan. 25 town hall meeting in Minneapolis for feedback on the drastic benefit cuts sought by trustees of the…
State ranks No. 24 for growth rate; North Dakota still the fastest.
To save the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund from collapse, trustees want to slash the pensions of fund members.
It seems odd to some, but police say the practice ensures safety. Those incapacitated or killed by use of force may lie that way for hours, unless the handcuffs are removed for medical treatment.
Minneapolis police arrested one man in an apparent homicide in north Minneapolis late Saturday. Officers responding to a call about shots fired just before 8…
A professor once told Irma Wyman that women had no place in engineering and that no matter what she did, she would fail his class.…
The state lawmaker who spearheaded the state's new inventory law said he's "furious" that some agencies didn't respond.
In its second extension, the church now has until May 31 to file its plan of reorganization before exclusivity rights run out.
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