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Transgender Candidate Makes History in Vermont

Hallquist's victory praised as a 'defining moment'

(Newser) - In a historic moment for the transgender rights movement, former power company exec Christine Hallquist won the Democratic primary for Vermont governor Tuesday, becoming the first transgender candidate from a major party to win a gubernatorial primary. Hallquist, who transitioned from male to female in 2015, was chief executive of... More »

4 Years After Young Girl Dies, Mom Dies of Same Infection

And no one knows how either of them contracted the E. coli bacteria

(Newser) - Karen Odens suffered from grief and PTSD after her 4-year-old daughter, Sophia, died in 2014 from an E. coli infection, but she also had health issues of her own directly related to the same E. coli strain—and on July 14, she also passed away at age 39. "The... More »

$50M Suit Filed by Family of Woman Killed by Minn. Cop

Justine Ruszczyk Damond's father says problems within Minneapolis PD are 'systemic'

(Newser) - The family of an Australian-US citizen who was killed by a Minneapolis cop last year after she called 911 to report a possible assault filed a lawsuit Monday alleging the officer conspired with his partner to hide what really happened. The complaint filed in US District Court alleges Justine Ruszczyk... More »

Unsecured Boulder Causes Horrific Accident

It fell from dump truck, killed 2 women

(Newser) - Two women in Minnesota are dead and a contractor is facing two counts of vehicular homicide after a horrific accident, police say. Karen Christiansen, 67, and daughter Jena Christiansen, 32, were killed Monday when an unsecured 800-pound boulder tumbled from a southbound dump truck and smashed into their northbound Toyota... More »

Owner 'Devastated' Over Death of 'World's Ugliest Dog'

Zsa Zsa of Anoka, Minn., passed away in her sleep Tuesday

(Newser) - With her lolling tongue and sad eyes, Zsa Zsa took home the top prize at the world's ugliest dog competition in California last month. It was a short-lived title: Her owner, Megan Brainard, says the 9-year-old English bulldog died in her sleep Tuesday morning, the Star Tribune reports. "... More »

Month After Getting License, Teen Does This

Jaxon Lang uninjured after driving into gap in road

(Newser) - A month after getting his driver's license, a Minnesota teen sent his car nose-first into a gaping hole in the earth. Jaxon Lang was on his way to work at a farm Tuesday morning when the incident occurred, per WCCO . A video released by the Revile County Sheriff’s... More »

Videos Released of Fatal YouTube Stunt

Minnesota teen begged her boyfriend not to do it

(Newser) - A Minnesota teen wept and begged her boyfriend to abandon a YouTube stunt, but he wouldn't cave—and a little while later he was dead. Authorities have released transcripts , evidence , and videos showing Pedro Ruiz, 22, as he directs girlfriend Monalisa Perez to fire a .50 caliber handgun through... More »

Crowd Chants 'Lock Her Up' at Trump Rally

President defended immigration policies in Duluth

(Newser) - Hours after reversing himself to end the forced separations of migrant families, President Trump returned to the warm embrace of his supporters at a raucous rally in Duluth, Minn., Wednesday night to defend his hardline immigration policies while unleashing a torrent of grievances about the media and those investigating him.... More »

EMS Staff Used 'Date-Rape Drug' on People at Cops' Request

Minneapolis police accused of abusing power

(Newser) - Ketamine, a powerful sedative used on both humans and animals, is referred to as a "date-rape drug" in the Minneapolis police manual because it can alter or erase memory. It's also used to subdue suspects at the request of Minneapolis police, according to a city report. The report... More »

Truck's Tailpipe Was Big, but Not Big Enough for Her Head

Maybe the music stunk?

(Newser) - If Dierks Bentley's next country ditty is about getting one's head stuck in a tailpipe, you'll know where he took inspiration. At the Winstock Country Music Festival Bentley headlined in Winsted, Minn., over the weekend, a young woman needed assistance dislodging her head from a truck tailpipe... More »

A Search for Ancestors Reveals She Had Been Swapped at Birth

Women discover they were switched at birth

(Newser) - A fun foray into finding out more about her ancestry through a popular genealogy website led to a shocking revelation for 72-year-old Denice Juneski: She wasn't related to any of her own relatives—at least not the ones she'd grown up knowing. KARE reports that as Minnesota's... More »

Raccoon That 'United America' Has Been Rescued

Critter that scampered up a St. Paul skyscraper is said to have been caught in a live trap

(Newser) - The skyscraper-ascending raccoon of Minnesota has reportedly been rescued. NPR reports the determined climber, which had been trapped at various spots on the UBS building in St. Paul for two days, is said to finally have been trapped by building management, per a law firm on the 23rd floor of... More »

Raccoon Scales 25-Story Skyscraper

City closely watches daring ascent

(Newser) - Minnesota's Twin Cities were captivated by a daring raccoon that climbed more than 20 stories up a St. Paul skyscraper Tuesday—pausing for plenty of naps along the way. The raccoon, first spotted stuck on a ledge outside another downtown building on Monday, where it had apparently planned to... More »

Driver Being Chased by Cops Hits 3 Kids in Playground

Youngest Minneapolis sibling was critically injured

(Newser) - An unlicensed driver being chased by state troopers plowed into a Minneapolis playground, injuring three young siblings, one of them critically, authorities say. State troopers tried to stop 27-year-old Kabaar Powell for speeding on Interstate 94 on Monday, but he tried to flee, authorities say. They say he eventually got... More »

Longtime Friends Marry After Vow to Wed If Still Single at 50

'We've always known that, I think, we were meant to be together,' says Minnesota's Kimberley Dean

(Newser) - They met in high school, dated, broke up, married other people, divorced, and stayed friends through it all—and when they were in their 30s, they made a vow to each other: If they both hit 50 and didn't have new spouses, they'd marry each other. And that'... More »

An 'Amazing' Find: Conjoined Deer Fawns

A mushroom hunter found the stillborn twins in Minnesota

(Newser) - A mushroom hunter made an "amazing and extremely rare" find in a Minnesota forest in 2016: Conjoined twin fawns, which largely shared a body. The doe fawns had been cleaned by their mother, though lab testing confirmed they were stillborn and had never breathed air, per a University of... More »

These Are the Worst States for Working Moms

Idaho leads the pack

(Newser) - Gender inequality in the US is "obvious," but the steps being taken to resolve it vary widely from state to state, according to WalletHub . The site analyzed 15 metrics, including gender pay gap, child-care costs, and parental leave policies, to come up with the best and worst states... More »

Files on Hart Family Detail Harsh Punishment Over Pizza

Reports from child-welfare officials in 3 states released

(Newser) - In the wake of the Hart family's death at the bottom of a Northern California cliff comes the release of reports by child-welfare officials in Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington state that the New York Times sees as peppered with "clues" as to what was going on inside the... More »

'The Rock' Couldn't Make Teen's Prom. He Still Came Through

'I couldn't believe it. I was so surprised,' says Minnesota's Katie Kelzenberg

(Newser) - An eastern Minnesota teen who asked her celebrity crush Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to prom got a huge surprise when he actually responded, per the AP . Stillwater Area High School senior Katie Kelzenberg asked the actor to "Rock" it with her at the school's May 5 prom... More »

This Is the Place to Be for Millennials

WalletHub takes quality of life, affordability into account

(Newser) - As a whole, millennials are doing pretty well financially . But those in certain states are much better off than others, according to WalletHub . It compared affordability (the cost of a Starbucks latte was taken into account), education and health, quality of life, economic health, and civic engagement in all 50... More »

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