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WASHINGTON -- Minnesota U.S. Rep. John Kline on Thursday endorsed Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s bid for president. “Marco Rubio’s bold, conservative ideas are what America needs and I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for president,” said a tweet from Kline’s twitter account. Kline’s name gives Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida, his 35th congressional endorsement and a potential boost for Minnesota’s March 1 caucus.
MADELIA, Minn. -- Local officials will have state help in investigating the early Wednesday morning fire that destroyed much of downtown Madelia. The Department of Public Safety said Thursday in a press release investigators from its Fire Marshal Division would be helping Madelia fire officials search for the cause and origin of the fire that destroyed at least seven buildings and damaged several others.
GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. -- A murder trial will be rescheduled after a judge granted a mistrial for a rural Deer River man charged with causing his infant child's death. Emery James Jenkins pleaded not guilty to two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of his 2½-month-old son, Joseph.
WILLMAR, Minn. — A Spicer, Minn., man has been convicted of bypassing his electricity meter to steal more than $10,000 worth of electricity during the course of four years. Terry Dean Johnson, 67, pleaded guilty last month to a felony for the theft of services and was sentenced Wednesday in Kandiyohi County District Court to five years of supervised probation. As part of his sentencing, he will have to pay restitution, plus a $1,000 fine, and write a letter of apology to the Kandiyohi Power Cooperative.
MADELIA, Minn. -- A major fire destroyed six to eight businesses Wednesday morning in downtown Madelia in southern Minnesota The city is about 2,300 is about 25 miles southwest of Mankato. Madelia Mayor Mike Grote told radio station KTOE of Mankato that the fire started about 3 a.m. on the north side of the downtown business district and spread quickly along main street.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton, who was suddenly hospitalized Sunday evening after fainting, headed home late Monday afternoon.
ST. PAUL -- Deaths on Minnesota roads in January were up nearly threefold from the same month a year earlier, the Minnesota Department of Public safety said. In the first month of 2016, 25 people died in incidents statewide, up from nine in 2015. Over the past five years, an average of 19 people have died in traffic incidents in January.
DULUTH, Minn. -- Surveillance images and a tip from the public helped Duluth police crack Monday's robbery of the Park State Bank in Duluth Derrick Angelo Harper, 45, of Duluth, was formally charged Friday, two days after he was taken into custody. Harper has two bank robbery convictions on his criminal record and remains on federal parole from the most recent, which occurred just blocks away at the U.S. Bank location in Lincoln Park in 2005.
ST. PAUL– Minnesota ranks first in the nation in job creation, according to the 2015 Job Creation Index report just released by the Gallup Inc. polling company.
A 26-year-old Bemidji woman was arrested after a report of a vehicle theft near Euclid, Minn. The Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Minnesota State Patrol responded to a report of a vehicle theft just after 7 p.m. Wednesday at the O’Meara Piling Station. A resident followed the suspect while speaking to a dispatcher until officers arrived and arrested the unidentified woman south of County Road 21 and Highway 75, according to a news release.