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Minnesota Medical Marijuana Providers Hopeful Despite Losses

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s two medical marijuana providers lost a combined $2.4 million in 2018, continuing the losses that have marked the state’s program since it began. But top executives of both companies tell the St. Paul Pioneer Press they see reason for optimism. They point to changes approved in the recent legislative session that will make it easier for…

Hearing Set for MN Woman Who Set Fires to College Campus

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A competency hearing will be held for a 20-year-old Minneapolis woman who allegedly set fires on a college campus and tried to travel to Afghanistan to join al-Qaida. Tnuza Jamal Hassan was arrested in January after authorities say she set fires on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University, where she’s a former student….

No Foul Play In Death Of College Student

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Police do not suspect foul play in the death of a student whose body was found in a University of Minnesota fraternity house near the St. Paul campus. St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders says authorities also do not believe the student was hazed. But he says alcohol could be a factor. The name of the…

Security Guard Arrested For Making Up Story That He Was Shot

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A security guard at a Minnesota university has been arrested for falsely reporting a crime after he admitted making up a story that someone shot him. St. Paul police said on the department’s Facebook page that the 25-year-old St. Catherine University guard was taken into custody late Wednesday after he admitted to investigators that he…

Minnesota Officer Charged In Castile Shooting Goes On Trial

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The graphic video showing Philando Castile’s final moments after he was shot by a Minnesota police officer made headlines nearly a year ago and led to calls for changes in policing. But squad car video could emerge as key evidence in the case against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who goes on trial for manslaughter this…

Defense Wants Trial Moved For Officer Who Shot Castile

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Defense attorneys are pushing to move the manslaughter trial of a Minnesota police officer charged with fatally shooting a black motorist last summer. Attorneys for St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez argued in court Tuesday that the officer cannot get a fair trial in Ramsey County, where Philando Castile was shot, because of pretrial publicity….

Feds Investigate Threats To Minnesota Jewish Centers As Hate Crimes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal authorities say threats to two Jewish community centers in Minnesota are being investigated as hate crimes as part of a broader probe into similar threats made nationwide. FBI Special Agent in Charge Rick Thornton said Wednesday that since Jan. 3, more than 140 telephone threats were made to Jewish groups and facilities in 43…

Megadeth Bassist To Debut Coffee Shop In Minnesota Hometown

Image Courtesy of KAREJACKSON, Minn. (AP) – Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is brewing up some powerful coffee in his Minnesota hometown. Ellefson, a co-founder of the thrash metal band, will debut Ellefson Coffee Co. in the small, southwestern Minnesota town of Jackson on Monday. According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, a grand opening is planned this spring. Ellefson was…

New Judge Assigned In Philando Castile Shooting Case

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – A new judge has been assigned to the case of the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile. Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary will preside over the manslaughter trial of St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez. The Star Tribune reports Leary is head of the court’s civil division. Castile, who was black,…

Minnesota Electors Cast 10 Votes For Clinton

ST. PAUL  – Minnesota’s 10 presidential electors have cast their ballots for Hillary Clinton. Clinton won the state and the electors were pledged to support her, but Monday’s vote at the Capitol wasn’t without minor drama. One elector, Muhammad Abdurrahman, cast his ballot for Bernie Sanders and it was immediately tossed out as required by law, with an alternate taking…