MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lori Swanson is standing by her running mate, Rick Nolan, despite pressure from liberal groups to dump him. The calls follow a report by MinnPost that one of Nolan's top congressional aides was allowed to leave quietly rather than be fired over alleged sexual harassment. While Swanson was standing by Nolan, a campaign spokeswoman suggested that Swanson's rivals had a hand in the story.
SOUTH ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A 33-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in a shooting that left two South St. Paul police officers injured. Prosecutors say Dustin Allen Bilderback of South St. Paul was charged Friday with multiple counts. The shooting happened Thursday after officers went to a group home to check on Bilderback. Prosecutors say he was outside, and pulled a shotgun from his car and began firing. Officers returned fire, but did not hit Bilderback.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - St. Paul's mayor says officials will begin collecting the dockless scooters that have been left without warning by a California company on city sidewalks. Mayor Melvin Carter says that collection will begin after midnight Friday if they scooters are still in the public right-of-way. The city is working on a program to regulate electronic scooter companies, including Bird Rides, Inc., of Los Angeles.
THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. (AP) - Charges have been filed against two City Council members in Minnesota who were involved in a knockdown, chair-swinging brawl during a discussion about a children's splash pad. The Pennington County attorney has charged Joshua Hagen with fifth-degree assault and Jerald Brown with disorderly conduct stemming from the fight at a Thief River Falls City Council committee meeting more than a week ago.
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