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ST. PAUL—With less than a week to go, the Democratic-Farmer-Labor primary race for Minnesota's attorney general remains crowded. And the question remains: Can any of the candidates beat the instantly recognizable Keith Ellison's name recognition? While some argue that that name recognition could actually hurt Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee who's been evoked by President Donald Trump at rallies and remains a favored punching bag on conservative blogs, no Democratic candidate has gone full negative.
ST. PAUL—The CenturyLink vendor responsible for a major 911 outage in 2014 was also responsible for the multi-state disruption that led to an untold number of unanswered emergency calls Wednesday, Aug. 1. "I have never in my 30 years experienced an outage such as what we experienced yesterday," Dana Wahlberg, director of the Department of Public Safety's emergency communication networks division said during a news conference Thursday.
BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn.—The fuel system at a Metro Transit bus garage that serves dozens of routes across the Twin Cities may have leaked diesel into the soil for years — prompting a county investigation and state oversight as contractors attempt to gauge the size of the spill. The ground in and around the Martin J. Ruter garage in Brooklyn Center, which sits 400 feet from the city's largest green space, Palmer Lake Park, is now being analyzed for contamination by a contractor hired by Metro Transit.
ST. PAUL — The fate of the Stillwater prison industry building where corrections officer Joseph Gomm was reportedly killed by an inmate is now in serious doubt, prison officials said. "It's fair to say the floor that officer Gomm was killed in will not be utilized within this administration," Minnesota Department of Corrections commissioner Tom Roy said during a press conference at the department's headquarters Friday, July 27. He added that he had "major conversations about repurposing the MINNCORR welding shop."
ST. PAUL—Key state legislators will likely hold a hearing on the circumstances surrounding the death of Minnesota Department of Corrections officer Joseph Gomm. Gomm was killed in an inmate attack at the state prison in Stillwater on July 18. The legislators say they will wait until public safety officials complete their own investigation. "There's a high probability (of a hearing) right now. A high degree of interest. ... We want to make sure what went on," said Sen. Warren Limmer, R-Maple Grove, who chairs the Senate's judiciary committee.
ST. PAUL—The state of Minnesota has released a report on the potential impact of President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum tariffs — or rather, foreign reaction to them — on Minnesota's exports, identifying hundreds of millions of dollars in state-produced products that may suffer from tougher markets across the globe.
ST. PAUL -- Amid thousands of inaudible Internet sighs, the raccoon who reached amazing heights in downtown St.
ST. PAUL—In the wake of a years-old report of thousands of untested "rape kits" sitting on the shelves of Minnesota's sheriff and police departments, a bill that sets a time frame for testing future kits has sailed through the Legislature with bipartisan support. "What are we going to do to make sure this doesn't happen again?" asked the bill's sponsor in the House, Rep. Marion O'Neill, R-Maple Lake. "Because we don't have justice."
ST. PAUL—With no gun-control proposals getting traction at the Minnesota Legislature this session, the nation's top gun-control advocacy group is making a major ad buy to argue for action before the May 21 adjournment. The three television advertisements, paid for by the New York-based Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund, will run the next two weeks on all four Twin Cities network stations and on cable channels. According to filings with the Federal Communications Commission, the total cost is more than $164,000.
ST. PAUL—She was the last woman to bring her personal story before the House public safety committee Wednesday — a story she said she never uttered in public before. Mysti Babineau, of St. Paul, spoke of how she was put into foster care, raped at the age of 9, forced to witness her grandmother getting stabbed to death as a young teen, and kidnapped and raped again at the age of 20.