News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - President Donald Trump is heading to Minnesota to stump for a congressional candidate, but another test of GOP loyalty to the president looms large over his visit. Minnesota's Republican primary for governor provides the latest test case. It features a strong Trump supporter going up against former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who called Trump "unhinged" at one point during the 2016 campaign. Pawlenty says now that he voted for Trump and supports his policies.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is calling on the Trump administration to reunite children who were separated from their parents at the southern border. Swanson commented Wednesday after President Donald Trump signed an executive order to keep families together at the U.S,-Mexico border. Swanson earlier joined with 20 other Democratic attorneys general nationwide in demanding that the Trump administration end a "zero tolerance" policy that has resulted in family separations.
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Authorities allege a teenager set fire to a 118-year-old Catholic church in central Minnesota in March 2016, causing several millions of dollars in damage. Stearns County prosecutors charged the teen with first-degree arson for allegedly setting fire to the Church of St. Mary in Melrose. The suspect was 13 at the time. Authorities say the fire badly damaged the sacristy area and destroyed the wooden altar. Further details were not released because juvenile court proceedings are confidential.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A Minnesota man previously convicted of murder was sentenced to nearly 21 years in prison for fatally stabbing a 26-year-old man on a Minneapolis light rail station platform last fall. Forty-three-year-old Frank Runningshield Jr. of Minneapolis was sentenced Wednesday. The hearing came a week after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and admitted stabbing 26-year-old Daquan Thompson. The complaint says Runningshield stabbed Thompson after talking to him on the light rail platform.
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