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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Regulators are releasing a long-awaited environmental review for the proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota. Department of Natural Resources officials say the draft document, to be released Friday, is 2,200 pages long.
Associated Press JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Nelson Mandela, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in...
LUCAN, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the remains of a child have been recovered from the scene of a farmhouse fire in the southwestern Minnesota. Another child remains missing. Two adults and several other children were able to escape the two-story house when fire broke out near Marshall Wednesday afternoon. Fire officials say the house in the town of Lucan was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived. Vesta firefighter Neil Hansen was injured when he slipped and was run over by a tanker truck.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The archbishop in St. Paul and Minneapolis says he hopes the disclosure of names of priests who have been accused of sexually abusing minors will help restore trust in the church and foster healing for those who have been harmed. Archbishop John Nienstedt made the comments Thursday in a column in the archdiocesan newspaper, The Catholic Spirit. He says the 34 names disclosed in the newspaper are not intended to be a final list. He says a review of clergy files is under way, and the list could be updated.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota finance officials on Thursday predicted a budget surplus of more than $1 billion, a dramatic turn for a state coping with deficits for years. That estimate means the state can fully pay the remaining IOUs to public schools that piled up during tougher budget times.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Howard Gustafson has no plans to put away his snow shovel any time soon — even at 98 years of age. The South St. Paul man has been digging himself out from under Minnesota's winter white — and even his neighbors — for at least half a century. And he says he doesn't plan to stop now. Gustafson retired from the U.S. Postal Service 40 years ago. But, he's hardly kicking back and taking it easy.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The game between the San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves was postponed Wednesday night because of smoky conditions inside the Mexico City arena. The game will be made up in Minnesota at a later date. The arena was evacuated about 45 minutes before the scheduled 9:30 p.m. EST tipoff when a generator malfunction outside the arena sent smoke pouring into the building, according to NBA spokeswoman Sharon Lima. About 15 minutes after the scheduled start, the Spurs bus pulled away from the building.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A cast of Minnesota beer enthusiasts has a frosty ambition: To stage the largest snowball fight ever. The group started to nurture the state's craft brewing industry announced the goal Wednesday and hopes to achieve it during the Beer Dabbler Winter Carnival on Jan. 25 at the state fairgrounds. It would mean topping a Guinness World Record set this January in Seattle, when more than 5,800 people engaged in a snowball fight.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 25,000 Minnesotans have signed up for health insurance through MNsure with the start of coverage now less than a month away. MNsure, the state's health insurance exchange, is releasing its latest enrollment figures on Wednesday. They show enrollment has picked up since it opened Oct. 1, with about 15,000 people signing up in November versus 11,000 in October. Of the nearly 25,000 people to sign up so far, about three-quarters are on public insurance plans.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Garrison Keillor is bringing "A Prairie Home Companion" back to St. Paul for seven shows early next year. Keillor and the cast and crew will return to the Fitzgerald Theater after a couple of months doing shows on the road. The popular public radio show will do Saturday broadcasts from the downtown St. Paul theater on Jan. 18 and 25 and Feb.