News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Republican Minnesota Senate candidate Karin Housley is under fire for comparing former first lady Michelle Obama's posture to a chimpanzee in a 2009 Facebook post. Housley wrote that Obama should "at least stand up straight" and added that a chimpanzee in a Ronald Reagan movie "stood up straighter than Michelle." Campaign spokesman Jake Schneider says the post was taken out of context by Housley's Democratic opponent, Sen. Tina Smith, to "manufacture outrage."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Minnesota Democratic party official has been suspended without pay for a week for a Facebook post in which he called to bring Republicans "to the guillotines" after Election Day. Party spokesman William Davis made the comment in response to another person's post calling to take back the country. Party executive director Corey Day says he spoke with Davis about the remarks, which he called unacceptable and in violation of the party's standards.
COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. (AP) - Hundreds of mourners have turned out to say goodbye to John Gagliardi, college football's winningest coach. About 1,500 people filled St. John's Abbey Church in Collegeville, Minnesota, on Monday for Gagliardi's funeral. Gagliardi died Oct. 7 at the age of 91. The Rev. Tim Backous officiated and compared Gagliardi's life as coach to other greats, including Michelangelo, Mozart and Shakespeare.
CHASKA, Minn. (AP) - A medical examiner says two missing teenage cousins whose bodies were pulled from a pond in Chaska died of accidental drowning. The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office on Monday identified the victims as Bushra Abdi and Zeynab Abdalla, both 19. Family members and friends held a vigil late Sunday near the pond where divers found the women's car. Authorities began searching after tire tracks were found leading from Highway 41 to the pond. No foul play is suspected.
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