St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- U.S. Sen. Al Franken says he won’t run for president in 2020. The Minnesota Democrat has been among several high-profile Democrats seen as likely candidates. But in an interview with People Magazine, the former comedian ruled out a run. “I got way, way, way too much to do right now to even think about that, other than to say, ‘No, I’m not going to do that,’” Franken told the magazine.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A Maplewood woman has been found guilty of third-degree murder in the overdose death of a man who received the fatal dose from her. Hennepin County District Judge Paul Scoggin filed his guilty verdict Tuesday, in the bench trial of Beverly Nicole Burrell, 30, following the death of Lucas Ronnei of Chanhassen in January 2016.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota State Patrol is looking for tips to find a driver who fired five to seven shots at a tow truck on Interstate 35E in St. Paul early Tuesday. At least one bullet hit the rear driver’s door, but no injuries were reported.
Minnesota legislators blasted past their midnight deadline Monday, May 22, to get their work done — but will come back immediately to finish the job. Forty-five minutes before their constitutionally mandated end of this year’s five-month legislative session, Republican legislative leaders joined with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they had reached a deal on how much money to spend on tax cuts, transportation, health and human services and public schools.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Legislature is dragging its feet toward a mandatory midnight adjournment of the regular session Monday with much of its work on creating a two-year, $46 billion state budget left undone. Each passing minute increases the likelihood overtime will be needed.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Bud Grant isn’t the only Vikings legend having a sale these days.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — After the Minnesota Gophers were eliminated from the Tuscaloosa regional by host Alabama in a 1-0 pitchers duel, coach Jessica Allister told her team she was proud of them, but also had a message for the NCAA selection committee. "I think the unfortunate thing is that our athletes didn't get the chance to do that at their home," Allister said. "And it's unfortunate a group of people sitting in a room can make that decision. I think it's just sad. They deserved better."
ST. PAUL — Minnesota lawmakers are dragging themselves toward their Monday finish line, making what Lt. Gov. Tina Smith called "slow, steady progress" on completing a two-year $46 billion state budget. To get it done, Democrats will have to let go of some of their demands for more spending and Republicans will need to abandon some of the policy changes they wanted. On Sunday, both sides gave up some centerpieces of their agendas in pursuit of a final deal.
Mike Zimmer thought last month he was done with eye surgeries, but that hasn't been the case. The Minnesota Vikings coach revealed Saturday he recently had his eighth surgery since scratching his right eye in an Oct. 31, 2016, game at Chicago. "I had another little surgery last Wednesday, so it's healing,'' Zimmer said. Zimmer said earlier this month he had surgeries April 17 and 25 and that "hopefully we're done.'' Asked Saturday if last Wednesday's was his final one, Zimmer said, "I thought that before. We'll see.''
ST. PAUL -- Police are investigating after a state representative reported being robbed at gunpoint on a St. Paul street Thursday night. Rep. Dennis Smith, R-Maple Grove, was not injured in the robbery at Grand Avenue and Milton Street, police said. “A gentleman approached me and he had a gun out, asked for my wallet and my phone and I agreed. And I was able to walk away safely,” Smith said Friday morning. Officers responded to Salut Bar Americain on Grand Avenue at 10:40 Thursday night, where Smith had returned to call for help, said Steve Linders, a St.