KEYC - News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associat

News Minute: Here is the latest Minnesota news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. CDT


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty has created a campaign committee to run for his old job, the surest sign yet that the Republican will enter the 2018 race. It's not official yet, as Pawlenty still needs to formally file for the office. Pawlenty says he'll make a final announcement soon but touted his credentials in a statement Monday. He says he'll make a final announcement soon.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Anglers and resort owners on Mille Lacs Lake face a third consecutive catch-and-release-only season for walleye. The Department of Natural Resources says maintaining the restriction for the season that opens May 12 will let it keep the popular lake open to walleye fishing all year, instead of closing it midway like last summer. The Mille Lacs walleye population has undergone a long-term decline coinciding with significant changes in the lake.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A group of Minnesota students have briefly shut down a Senate committee hearing by calling on lawmakers to pass stronger gun laws. During Monday's hearing, School of Environmental Studies senior Josh Groven interrupted discussion of an unrelated bill to call on the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider a bill that would expand background checks on gun sales and other measures. Groven and nearly 20 other high school students staged a protest outside a Republican lawmaker's office earlier.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's Senate has approved a bill with emergency funding to fix the state's troubled new driver's registration system, but the check won't go out just yet. Monday's 47-20 vote in the Senate was the first step to delivering the $10 million information technology officials say they need to fix MNLARS. But there's no promise of a speedy resolution with the House, which has laid out a drastically different plan to fund those repairs.

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