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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has turned away an appeal from a Minnesota woman who has been ordered to pay record companies $222,000 for the unauthorized downloading of copyrighted music. The justices did not comment Monday in letting stand the judgment against Jammie Thomas-Rasset of Brainerd, Minn. She claimed in court papers that the ordered payment was excessive.
FORT SNELLING, Minn. (AP) — After decades of neglect, five old brick buildings at Fort Snelling that saw service from the Spanish-American War through World War II will be renovated into apartments for homeless veterans and their families. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' plans call for creating 58 affordable apartments, the Star Tribune reported Sunday ( http://bit.ly/ZKVWjVhttp://bit.ly/ZKVWjV ). Construction is expected to start this summer and finish by summer 2014.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Mark Dayton will travel the state starting this week to make the case for his budget, beginning with a town hall meeting Wednesday in Duluth, his office announced Sunday. The events are free and open to the public. Additional dates and sites will be announced later. The Duluth event will be held at 6 p.m. in the Public Safety Building at 2030 N. Arlington Ave.
WINSTED, Minn. (AP) — All six people on board walked away safely after a pilot made an emergency landing in farm field near Winsted west of the Twin Cities. The pilot deftly maneuvered the twin-engine Piper to a belly-flop landing on Wally Kerber's soybean field after one of the engines lost power in mid-flight Friday evening. Kerber tells KMSP-TV he's glad the plane landed where it did, even though the Winsted airport was no more than a mile away. He says there was plenty of room as long as the plane didn't flip over.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota made the NCAA tournament for the first time in three years, and the Gophers had their best record against ranked teams in Tubby Smith's six seasons here.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With a compromise emerging in the Minnesota House, the state Senate is beginning to look at nursing regulations covering hospitals. A Senate health committee planned to debate a bill Monday that would impose minimum unit-by-unit staffing requirements. It's not yet clear if senators will modify the bill to match one advancing through the state House.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota nurses union and the state's hospitals neared a deal Friday to study and publish more data about medical center staffing plans rather than put minimum requirements for inpatient care into law.
SAUK RAPIDS, Minn. (AP) — A court complaint says the mayor of Sauk Rapids had a blood-alcohol content more than three times Minnesota's legal limit after his drunken driving arrest last month. Mayor Brad Gunderson is charged with two DWI counts. Gunderson was arrested after he drove his SUV off a street and into a yard. According to the complaint, Gunderson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.26 percent about 90 minutes after his arrest. Minnesota's legal limit is 0.08 percent.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Ramsey County judge has refused to reduce the $1 million bail for a St. Paul man accused of killing his wife, whose body has not been found. Defense attorney John Conard argued the high bail was unreasonable and that Jeffery Trevino wasn't a flight risk because he has family in the area. But, Assistant County Attorney Richard Dusterhoft told the judge Thursday that calls made by Trevino from jail indicated he wanted to flee if he was released.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An American Indian tribe in northern Minnesota will become the first in the country to team up with federal prosecutors under a law designed to improve public safety on reservations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.