A Minnesota county has agreed to pay $525,000 to a handcuffed black man who was shown in a video being punched and kneed by a jailer. Ramsey County Board Chair Jim McDonough announced the settlement with Terrell Isaiah Wilson on Tuesday. Wilson previously had been identified by county officials as Terrell Johnson. The April 2016 beating was captured on video by a jail supervisor. The corrections officer involved, who is white, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct and has resigned.
Police in St. Paul are investigating how a loaded handgun ended up in the backpack of an elementary school student. Sgt. Mike Ernster says the 8-year-old girl put her backpack on the floor at John A. Johnson Achievement Plus Elementary School Monday and heard a thud. Ernster says she opened the backpack and found the gun, then told her teacher about it. The girl wasn't sure how the gun ended up in her bag. The St. Paul Pioneer Press says police secured the gun, which belonged to the girl's mother.
Sheriff's officials say a teenager has drowned in a lake north of the Twin Cities. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office says 17-year-old Tim Cao Nguyen, of Blaine, was swimming with friends Saturday night at Coon Lake Beach in Columbus and began struggling in the water. Witnesses were able to find Nguyen after he went under and brought him to shore. Bystanders and first responders performed CPR. Nguyen died later at the hospital.
A man who threw a 5-year-old boy from a third-floor balcony at the Mall of America in Minnesota faces 19 years in prison when he's sentenced. Emmanuel Aranda is scheduled to be sentenced Monday before Hennepin County District Judge Jeannice Reding. The 24-year-old Minneapolis man pleaded guilty last month to attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the April 12 attack. Authorities say he told investigators he went to the mall "looking for someone to kill." The child plunged almost 40 feet (12 meters). He survived head trauma and broken bones. Aranda's plea deal calls for prosecutors to drop an aggravated-circumstances component to [...]
A Minnesota college student is among 21 youth plaintiffs in a lawsuit that accuses the federal government of destabilizing the climate system for present and future generations. Nathan Baring is an environmental student activist on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter. At age 15, he joined the lawsuit that was filed during former President Barack Obama's administration. Baring tells Minnesota Public Radio News that he saw the lawsuit as a channel to speak out about climate change.
Authorities say a South Dakota couple was killed after their motorcycle collided with a farm trailer that broke free from a tractor near Arlington. The State Patrol identified the couple killed as 60-year-old Marvin Fandrich and 61-year-old Kathy Fandrich of Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Police say six people found outside a South St. Paul house had overdosed and most of them were unconscious and not breathing. Police Chief Bill Messerich says first responders used the opioid antidote Narcan to save them late Saturday night. He says it's not yet known what substance the six ingested. All six are hospitalized. One officer who responded to the scene was taken to the hospital after being exposed to the substance. The officer has since been released.
Officials in southeastern Minnesota say a wandering bison has been found and put down. The Olmsted County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook that a citizen spotted the bison in a wooded area of Rochester Township on Friday evening. Deputies contacted the bison's owner, who decided to put the animal down due to safety concerns. Authorities say the owner shot the bison and took the carcass to dispose of it. The bison had been on the loose since the previous weekend.
Midwestern farmers are enduring a spring like no other. Most of the nation's corn and soybeans are grown in the Midwest, and farmers in the region have for years struggled with low prices that got even worse due to a trade dispute between the U.S. and China. Amid those problems, farmers haven't been able to plant because of seemingly endless storms. President Donald Trump promised $16 billion in aid but that led to confusion because details about the payments won't be released until later.
Lawyers in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by relatives of Prince spent seven hours deposing his former bodyguard. The deposition Wednesday took place at the Carver County Courthouse where the family of the late rock star filed the lawsuit. Prince Rogers Nelson died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl April 15, 2016.