An array of Minnesota officials gathered at a federal courthouse to privately discuss the future of the state's program for confining sex offenders. More than a dozen legislators, Gov. Mark Dayton, Attorney General Lori Swanson and others are talking about potential changes to a program that's been declared unconstitutional.
Researchers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture are testing about a dozen flowering plants which dot the landscape in western Minnesota as critical food for bees and an additional source of income for farmers. Dean Peterson, a research technician with the federal agency, says the plants provide food for bees, as well as a harvest of seeds that provide various kinds of oil.
A New Brighton man heads to court for a trial in a long-running dispute that ended with the fatal shooting of his neighbor. A defense attorney says the victim, Todd Stevens, created a "hillbilly hell" in their neighborhood by leaving beer cans strewn about, fighting with his father and threatening the defendant, Neal Zumberge, and his family.
An 82-year-old bicyclist is dead after being hit by a vehicle. Allen Knutson, of Columbia Heights, was struck shortly after sunrise Tuesday and died about four hours later at Hennepin County Medical Center.
A former Minnesota State University football player will spend at least eight years in prison for attempting to kill a drug partner. Twenty-seven-year-old Dennis Ervin Carter was arrested in August 2014 after he allegedly shot Diaa Ahmed Abdelhakim in the head at the Renaissance Festival grounds.
Prince had a gathering at his Paisley Park Studios but he didn't perform — he wanted to talk promotion and business. He invited journalists attending the National Association of Black Journalists convention in Minneapolis to a four-hour dance party on Saturday.
Minnesota is under federal court pressure to rework its program that locks up sex offenders even after they serve out prison terms. It's a system that the state's political leaders have vigorously defended and resisted changing.
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