Regional News

Authorities: Hunter's death near Little Falls was homicide

LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities now call the death of a deer hunter last month in Morrison County of central Minnesota a homicide.Forty-one-year-old Terrence Brisk was found shot to death near Little Falls Nov. 7. Investigators weren't sure then it was accidental or intentional. But based on follow-up leads, multiple interviews and the medical examiner's findings, they're now calling it a homicide.

Dubuque woman found competent for trial in ex's death

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — A judge has determined that a Dubuque woman is now mentally fit enough to stand trial for the beating death of her ex-husband.The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports ( ) that Iowa District Court Judge Michael Shubatt ordered Wednesday that 62-year-old Dolores Flynn stand trial on a charge of second-degree murder in the January death of 72-year-old Gary Breckenridge.

Branstad formally accepts offer to become China ambassador

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump has announced his choice of Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad to be the next U.S. ambassador to China.Trump announced his pick of Branstad on Wednesday at a Manhattan fundraiser.A Trump transition spokesman confirmed that Branstad had accepted the nomination.Branstad aides didn't respond to questions Wednesday about the matter.

With final recount done, GOP's Senate majority crystallizes

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Republican candidate has prevailed in a St. Cloud-area Senate seat recount, sealing Republicans' control of the Senate next year.Jerry Relph entered the recount with a 148-vote edge over Democratic candidate Dan Wolgamott. That race was one of two Senate elections inside the margin that triggered a state-funded recount.

Madison base on list for receiving new fighter plane

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's National Guard base in Madison is a finalist to receive an advanced stealth fighter plane.Gov. Scott Walker announced Wednesday that the U.S. Air Force has selected Truax Field as one of five candidate bases to receive the F-35A Lightning II.

Shilling says Republicans 'own' Wisconsin roads problem

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The top state Senate Democrat says Republicans "own" the problem of coming up with a way to pay for improving Wisconsin's roads.Senate Minority Leader Sen. Jennifer Shilling said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday that it's not up to Democrats to come up with a plan to plug a projected $1 billion transportation budget shortfall.

Woodbury County seeks to adopt 24-7 sobriety program

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — Woodbury County officials are asking lawmakers to allow people convicted of drunken driving to stay out of jail if they pass twice-daily Breathalyzer tests.The Sioux City Journal ( ) reports that the program would allow people convicted of alcohol-related offenses to continue living with their families and go to work. Participants would pay for the tests, and the sheriff's office would administer them.

Iowa Gov. Branstad is Trump's pick for ambassador to China

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, the incoming Trump administration's pick for ambassador to China, has long promoted his state's abundant agricultural products to China, but he would be thrust into the middle of increasing talk of a trade war with the United States' largest trading partner.Branstad, in his sixth term, is the longest serving governor in U.S. history and has known Chinese President Xi Jinping for more than 30 years.

Husband charged in death of West Salem woman

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — The death of a woman initially thought to be the result of a freak accident on a La Crosse County road has now been blamed on her husband.Forty-six-year-old Barbara Kendhammer, of West Salem, was found critically injured after authorities responded to a car crash Sept. 16. Her husband, Todd Kendhammer, told authorities a pipe fell from a truck as he was driving, broke through the windshield and hit his wife, who died the following day.