St. Paul Pioneer Press
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Senate Republicans said Wednesday they will advance a package of mental health initiatives that would boost funding for treatment facilities and services, long-term housing and more accessible counseling for school students and farm families. The four main bills in the package would:
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota on Wednesday collected on her Vikings-Saints wager with U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. After reliving Stefon Diggs' game-winning touchdown catch -- Klobuchar enthusiastically, Kennedy not so much -- Kennedy offered Klobuchar a king cake -- a traditional Mardi Gras cake, according to a video of the exchange sent out by her office.
Minnesota's unemployment rate fell to 3.1 percent in November, the lowest it has been since 2000. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development announced that while employers eliminated 4,000 jobs this past month, the state's seasonally-adjusted jobless rate fell from 3.4 percent in October to 3.1 percent. The national unemployment rate remained at 4.1 percent.
If NFL defenses overlooked Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen before Sunday, they are unlikely to make that mistake again. The fourth-year pro and Detroit Lakes, Minn., native shredded the Washington Redskins secondary for 12 catches, 166 yards and one touchdown, including a 38-yard grab against vaunted Redskins cornerback Josh Norman. Asked if he thought the Redskins didn’t give him enough respect heading into Sunday’s matchup, Thielen politely shrugged off the question.
ST. PAUL -- A St. Paul man is accused of biting a 3-year-old’s face after getting into a fight with the child’s mother, authorities say. Scottie Dale Heckel, 20, was charged via warrant Wednesday with one count of third-degree assault, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court. The incident was brought to the attention of police by the young girl’s aunt after her daughter noticed bruises on her cousin’s cheek.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Fire and police emergency responders are on the scene of a building collapse at Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis. The Minneapolis Fire Department initially reported one fatality but later said the death was not confirmed. Firefighters were working to extricate people from the rubble of the school in the 3100 block of West River Parkway. A fire official said three people were unaccounted for shortly after 11 a.m.
ANOKA, Minn.—A human trafficking sting led by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension this week netted 19 arrests, officials say. The two-day operation used undercover agents to lure suspects who believed they were going to meet with a 13- to 15-year-old child for sex, and targeted online solicitation through social media, according to a news release issued by the BCA. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement officials rescued 10 female human trafficking victims during the operation, including one juvenile, the news release said.
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.
ST. PAUL—The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol.
ZIMMERMAN, Minn. -- A pair of tornadoes reportedly touched down in Minnesota on Monday as a band of severe weather moved through the Midwest. If confirmed, the tornadoes would be the earliest in the state’s recorded history. The storm system largely missed the Twin Cities, which received only brief thundershowers, but it flattened trees and dropped ping-pong ball-size hail in areas to the north and south of the metro, according to Lisa Schmit, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.