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Minneapolis City Council Approves New Police Chief

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minneapolis City Council has confirmed a new police chief after the previous chief resigned over an officer’s fatal shooting of an Australian woman who’d called 911 for help. Medaria Arradondo is a 28-year veteran of the department. He became the department’s first black chief after Friday’s unanimous vote, which was followed by lengthy applause. The 50-year-old…

Strategist Steve Bannon Leaves Trump’s Turbulent White House

WASHINGTON (AP) – Steve Bannon, a forceful but divisive presence in President Donald Trump’s White House, is leaving. Trump accepted Bannon’s resignation on Friday, ending a turbulent seven months for his chief strategist, the latest to depart from the president’s administration in turmoil. White House spokesman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday would be Bannon’s last day on the job. “We…

State House Speaker To Drop Donor Disclosure Ballot Measure

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s House speaker says he doesn’t plan to pursue an initiative that would have forced nonprofit advocacy groups to reveal top donors if they make big contributions to ballot question campaigns. Republican Mark Mickelson said this week that he plans to pull the proposal. It would have required disclosure of the 50 largest contributors to…

Minneapolis City Council To Vote On New Police Chief

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The Minneapolis City Council is voting on naming a new police chief in the wake of last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed Australian woman by an officer responding to a call. Council members will consider Friday whether Acting Chief Medaria Arradondo should take on the job permanently. If approved, he would be the first African-American police…

North Dakota Man Accused In Minnesota Public Programs Scam

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A North Dakota man is accused of scamming Minnesota public programs out of more than $300,000. 45-year-old Elfonzo Shelby is charged in Ramsey County with identify theft and theft by swindle. Authorities say Shelby used both fake and actual identities to scam the Minnesota Department of Human Services general assistance and food stamp programs in…

Man Dies In Crash After Collision With Deer In South Dakota

BIG STONE CITY, S.D. (AP) – Authorities say a 77-year-old man has died from injuries suffered in a crash that happened after a vehicle struck a deer in northeastern South Dakota. The Highway Patrol says the accident happened Tuesday night west of Big Stone City. The man died Wednesday in a Fargo, North Dakota hospital. The patrol says a 1999…

Minnesota Releases Review On Disputed Enbridge Oil Pipeline

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Minnesota regulators have released the final environmental review of Enbridge Energy’s proposal to replace its aging Line 3 oil pipeline, which carries Canadian crude across northern Minnesota to Wisconsin. The document has been updated since the draft was released for public comment in May. Changes include additional discussion of the socio-economic impacts of the project, the potential…

Iowa Woman Who Tried To Vote Twice For Trump Gets Probation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa woman charged with attempting to vote twice for Donald Trump last fall has been sentenced to two years of probation and a $750 fine. District court Judge Robert Hanson said in a sentencing order posted Tuesday that the felony election misconduct conviction will be expunged from Terri Lynn Rote’s record once she completes…

2 Agriculture Groups In Dakotas To Vote On Merger

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) – The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging. A narrow majority of members from North Central Farmers Elevator voted in 2015 against merging with the Wheat Growers. Discussions resurfaced a couple weeks ago when leaders of both groups wanted to gather member feedback…

Fifteen-Cent Raise On Tap In 2018 For Minimum Wage Earners

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Minnesota’s minimum wage for most large employers will increase to $9.65 an hour in 2018. The state announced next year’s minimum wage on Thursday based upon inflation. It’s the first annual increase stemming from a 2014 minimum wage hike that gradually increased the state’s floor wage to $9.50 hourly by 2016. Other smaller employers will…

Iowa Couple Wins $3.25M After Adopted Son Was Killed

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – An Iowa couple whose adopted baby was killed after his birth parents regained custody in 2014 has won a $3.25 million judgment in a lawsuit against their adoption lawyer. The Des Moines Register reports that Rachel and Heidi McFarland were awarded the judgment Tuesday in a lawsuit against their attorney, Jason Rieper. The couple alleged…

South Dakota Insurers Urge Trump To Make Health Law Payments

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Health plan officials say South Dakota residents who buy individual coverage are facing potential premium hikes next year that could grow if President Donald Trump stops payments that reimburse insurers. Avera Health Plans has requested an average 20 percent rate hike and Sanford Health Plan has asked for an average 7.5 percent rate increase for 2018….

White House: Gov’t To Make Health Law Payments This Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Donald Trump will make this month’s payments to insurers under the health-care law he wants to repeal and replace. Trump has repeatedly threatened to end the payments, which help reduce health insurance copays and deductibles. But a White House spokesman says “the August payment will be made.” The official insisted on anonymity…

Police ID Man Stabbed At Iowa State Fair, Announce Arrest

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Authorities have identified a man stabbed at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines and announced an arrest in the case. The Iowa Public Safety Department says 21-year-old Tay Ronce Denton was stabbed around 10:25 p.m. Tuesday in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds. He was taken to Mercy Hospital. Police said Wednesday that he…

FBI Offers $30K Reward For Info In Minnesota Mosque Bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The FBI is offering a $30,000 reward for information in the bombing of a Minnesota mosque earlier this month. The FBI’s Minneapolis Division announced the reward in a tweet Wednesday. The FBI says finding whoever was responsible for the Aug. 5 explosion at the Dar Al-Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington remains its “top priority.” The explosion happened…

City To Re-Decorate Corn Palace Despite Drought

MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) – A corn-themed tourist destination in southeast South Dakota will have enough corn to decorate murals despite a dry summer. Scott Schmidt is the director of the Corn Palace. He says the city of Mitchell has enough corn to create the nine corn murals surrounding the facility thanks to recent rain. About 275,000 ears of corn are…

Civil Rights Group Sues Nebraska State Prisons System

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – The Nebraska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is following through with its promise to sue the state prisons system because it hasn’t taken significant steps to remedy what the group calls inhumane conditions. The ACLU filed a federal lawsuit early Wednesday on behalf of 11 prisoners. It names the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services,…

2 Pictured In Nazi Garb No Longer Work At Minneapolis Diner

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – A popular Minneapolis restaurant says two employees who appeared in photos wearing Nazi apparel and displaying white supremacist paraphernalia no longer work at the establishment. The Uptown Diner says on Facebook that the two “are no longer employed” there after management became aware of the photos, which were circulating Tuesday on social media. The restaurant says the…