Minnesota News

Not a Prank: Kids Unleash Tens of Thousands of Ladybugs at Mall of America

Turns out there's a scientific reason

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — A group of Minnesota kids released 75,000 ladybugs… inside the Mall of America. It wasn’t a prank. The ladybugs act as a pesticide for the more than 30,000 plants and 400 trees throughout the mall. The plants and trees act as air purifiers for the 5.6 million square foot building. The ladybug releases have been happening since…

MN Diversion Opponents Ask Federal Judge to Intervene on Project

Minnesota state officials asked U.S. District Judge John Tunheim to block construction until the DNR grants a dam safety permit

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota opponents to the F-M Flood Diversion asked a federal judge to stop construction on the project citing environmental concerns. A groundbreaking for the $2.1 billion cross-border flood control project took place in Horace on Monday. Minnesota state officials asked U.S. District Judge John Tunheim to block construction until the DNR grants a dam safety…

Minnesota Muslim Teen Boxer Wins Fight for Wearing Religious Clothing During Matches

Zafar appealed to officials after she was stopped from competing at a match in Florida because she would not wear the required uniform of a sleeveless jersey and shorts

  OAKDALE, Minn. — A Minnesota Muslim teen boxer has won her fight to wear her religious clothing during matches. USA Boxing says 16-year-old Amaiya Zafar will be allowed to wear her hijab and other clothing that covers her arms and legs because it falls under a religious beliefs exemption of the program. Zafar appealed to officials after she was…

Lutherans and Catholics Discuss How to Unite Churches

The 50 Year Conversation of Unification Between Churches Continues in Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. — The 50 year discussion continues¬†on ways to unite Lutherans and Catholics. Four spiritual leaders who represent more than 200,000¬†Lutherans and Catholics in Western Minnesota and Eastern North Dakota talked about the progress they have made in unification. The leaders shared the five commitments they developed together, which include not focusing on their division, but instead looking at…

Authorities Identify Moorhead Man who Died in Duplex Fire

His adult daughter was home at the time and was treated and released

  MOORHEAD, Minn. — Authorities have finally released the name of a man killed in a duplex fire last Friday in Moorhead. Phillip Skatvold, 68, died in the fire at 2422 Country Club Parkway. His adult daughter was home at the time and was treated and released. A third person in the house at the time of the fire is…

Gov. Dayton Says He’s Willing to Compromise on Transportation Funding Debate

Dayton still says he thinks a 10-cent tax increase is the best route

  ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gov. Dayton is softening his opposition to Republicans’ tax hike-free approach to funding transportation repairs in Minnesota. Dayton and lawmakers have struggled for years to pass a major road and bridge funding package amid partisan divides over how to pay for it. Dayton still says he thinks a 10-cent tax increase is the best route….

Minnesota BCA Releases Details Behind Fatal Police Shooting

He was able to disarm one of the deputies and another deputy shot Jahnke

  VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. — The man fatally shot by police in Vadnais Heights had struggled with officers and disarmed one of them. The Minnesota BCA says four deputies entered a suspicious RV after talking with the driver Sunday night. Two deputies used their stun guns after a struggle started with the driver, identified as 47-year-old Darren Jahnke. He was…

Friday, April 21st Declared “Prince Day” Across Minnesota

Prince died April 21st of last year of an accidental painkiller overdose

  MINNESOTA — Gov. Dayton has declared Friday as “Prince Day” across Minnesota to honor the legacy of the homegrown music legend. Prince died April 21st of last year of an accidental painkiller overdose. The proclamation coincides with memorial celebrations taking place at the First Avenue night club in Minneapolis and at Paisley Park in Chanhassen. Dayton says Prince “showcased…

Moorhead Speech Team Headed to State, Can You Help?

Students say participating on the Spuds speech team has helped them develop communication skills and long-lasting friendships

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The Moorhead High Speech Team is asking you to help them continue their record-breaking year. Not only is the team the reigning 8-Double ‘A’ champs, they are sending 28 speakers to the state competition in addition to sending 13 speakers to the National Speech and Debate Tournament. A group of parent volunteers are setting up a fundraiser…

Medical Emergency Prompts Low Speed Chase in Clay County

Officers say the driver had suffered a medical condition and that caused him to drive erratically

  CLAY COUNTY, Minn. — It was a close call on Highway 10 east of Moorhead around 6 o’clock this morning. Clay County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to reports of a driver going the wrong way. They used a PIT maneuver and stop sticks to stop the vehicle but the driver kept going, never faster than 40 miles per hour. He…