Regional News

Dangerous wind chills, snow in Midwest; cold grips Northeast

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dangerously cold temperatures gripped the Upper Midwest ahead of a storm that's expected to bring heavy snow in coming days, while schools and officials in the Northeast braced for their own wintry blast.Many areas from North Dakota to Pennsylvania are under a wind chill advisory Thursday.The National Weather Service said that in western Wisconsin, Thursday morning's wind chills could get as low as minus 30.

Tapestry from Hitler's alpine retreat returning to Germany

DALLAS (AP) — A 16th century tapestry that a U.S. officer took from Adolf Hitler's Eagle's Nest retreat near the end of World War II is being returned to Germany.The tapestry will be formally returned Friday in a ceremony in Munich, where it will eventually be displayed at the Bavarian National Museum.Its journey back began after the officer's daughter donated it to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans. Experts there endeavored to find its rightful owner.

The Latest: Lawyer wants charge against officer dismissed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the case of Philando Castile, a black man who was shot by a Minnesota police officer during a July traffic stop (all times local):7:20 p.m.Attorneys for the Minnesota police officer who killed a black man during a July traffic stop are asking that charges against him be dismissed.

Wisconsin's tax ranking drops from 15th highest to 16th

Wisconsin's state and local tax burden has dropped one slot, from 15th highest to 16th highest.That is according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance released Wednesday. The report says that taxes in Wisconsin fell from 10.9 percent of personal income in 2013 to 10.8 percent in 2014.The findings are based on U.S. Census data which lags by two years.

Wisconsin elections official says no security concerns

A Wisconsin state elections official says despite concerns over security, no problems were detected in last month's election or the just-completed presidential recount.Elections supervisor Ross Hein reported at a Wisconsin Elections Commission meeting on Wednesday that all election applications, including the commission's website, all worked smoothly. He says "we saw none" of the security issues they were on guard for before the election.

Government seeks to dismiss Twin Metals mining lease lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Government attorneys are asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a company that's trying to renew its minerals leases so it can build a large underground copper-nickel mine in northeastern Minnesota.

Fort Dodge hires company to oversee building renovation

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — The Fort Dodge City Council is hiring a Des Moines company to oversee the renovation of the long-vacant Warden Plaza.The Messenger ( ) reports the council voted to hire Formation Group Inc. on Monday. The company's responsibilities will include developing a budget and schedule for the work, which will be done by KDG LLC of Kansas.

Bernard residents urge officials to keep small school open

BERNARD, Iowa (AP) — Residents of the tiny eastern Iowa city of Bernard are imploring officials to keep the community's school open despite declining enrollment and higher per-student costs.The Telegraph Herald ( ) reports about 50 people attended the Western Dubuque Community School Board's meeting Monday.

Parents sue paramedics over son's 2013 hypothermia death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old college student found frozen to death in southeast Minneapolis three years ago are suing paramedics for alleged negligence.Bill and Kristi Anderson maintain that first responders failed to deliver appropriate care for Jake Anderson after he was found along the Mississippi River following a party in December 2013. He died of hypothermia.