MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis police say two men were wounded in a shooting near the Little Earth housing complex Friday night. Police spokesman Scott Seroka says some type of "altercation" preceded the shooting. The two men were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment of gunshot wounds. Seroka says one victim's injuries were "significant," while the other's condition was believed to be noncritical.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Home sales are booming in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Minnesota Public Radio News reports that real estate experts say they haven't seen properties sell this fast in the area since the 1990s. But while it's a great time to be a seller, buyers are facing increasing pressure when making offers _ half of all properties are selling above asking prices.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Longtime Republican Sen. Michelle Fischbach has been sworn in as lieutenant governor after months of resisting the role. Fischbach took the oath of office Friday, joining Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton's administration as his No. 2. It's a change of heart for Fischbach, a Republican who was automatically elevated to the role after Dayton appointed Tina Smith to the U.S. Senate. Fischbach had sought to hang on to her Senate seat with Republicans holding just a one-seat edge in that chamber.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minneapolis is raising the age for legally buying tobacco products to 21. The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously Friday to raise the legal age for tobacco purchases from 18 to 21. Mayor Jacob Frey signed the ordinance, which takes effect Oct. 1. Supporters of the new law say a majority of adult smokers started the habit before they turned 21. The Minnesota Retailers Association opposes the ordinance. The group argues state lawmakers should make such decisions, not local governments.
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