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Former officer charged in Floyd’s death posts $750K bond

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former Minneapolis police officer charged in the killing of George Floyd has been released from jail, according to Hennepin County jail records. Tou Thao, age 34, is the third former officer accused in Floyd's death to be released on bond. He posted $750,000 bond on ...

Thousands in Minneapolis march for racial justice

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Thousands of people dressed in black took to the streets of Minneapolis on Saturday night for an Independence Day protest for racial justice and an end to police brutality. People gathered in downtown Minneapolis for a rally and march, called The Black 4th by organizers, ...

Rescue divers find man’s body in Lake Carlos

ALEXANDRIA, Minn. (AP) — Rescue divers found the body of a man in Lake Carlos on Sunday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. Authorities said the body fits the description of a man who drowned there on Friday, KFGO reported. His body was transported to Midwest Medical ...

Minnesota records 5 new COVID-19 deaths, 519 cases

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 5 new deaths from COVID-19 along with 519 confirmed cases in the last two days. All of the deaths reported were residents of long-term care or assisted living facilities, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. So far, 1,471 ...

Man dies after drowning at lake in Avon

AVON, Minn. (AP) — Authorities reported that a man died on Sunday morning after he drowned in Middle Spunk Lake near Avon. The 20-year-old man went missing in a swimming area at the lake on Saturday afternoon. A rescue diver located the man, and he was flown to St. Cloud Hospital. But he ...

Children caught up in rolling gun battle at Minneapolis park

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Dozens of young children practicing football at a Minneapolis park were spared when bullets began to fly over their heads from a rolling gun battle one shaken mother described in a Facebook post that has been widely viewed. Carrie Heinrich said 50 or so children and a ...

Minnesota officials back mask mandate amid spikes elsewhere

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Health experts are urging Gov. Tim Walz to require people to wear masks in public statewide amid concerns that a spike in reported coronavirus cases elsewhere could happen in Minnesota. Nationwide, the number of confirmed cases climbed to an all-time one-day high of ...

Minnesota banks, credit unions, offer COVID-19 mortgage help

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State officials said Thursday that 31 Minnesota financial institutions have committed themselves to provide additional mortgage-relief options to homeowners facing financial hardship caused by the coronavirus pandemic who don't have federally backed mortgages. Under ...

Walz asks Trump for ‘major disaster’ aid following unrest

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz requested money Thursday from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help Minnesota rebuild and repair fire damage from the unrest that followed George Floyd's death. Walz asked President Donald Trump to declare a "major disaster" because of extensive ...

Minnesota governor, insulin activists blast industry lawsuit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota officials and insulin activists blasted the pharmaceutical industry Wednesday for suing to overturn a new state law mandating that drug makers provide emergency and longer-term insulin supplies to diabetics who can't afford them. The Pharmaceutical Research and ...

Walleye fishing on Mille Lacs Lake closed for July

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Walleye fishing on Minnesota's Mille Lacs Lake has closed for July. The planned closure took effect Wednesday, in anticipation of a fall walleye season. Officials with the Department of Natural Resources determined closing the popular lake to walleye fishing in July ...

Minneapolis commission to hold 2 hearings on police proposal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some members of a commission reviewing a proposal to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department expressed concern Wednesday about the fast-tracked timeline they must follow if the proposed change has any chance of getting on the November ballot. The Minneapolis Charter ...

Police arrest man in fatal shooting of woman in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — St. Paul police have arrested a 20-year-old man in a fatal shooting during a disturbance in the city's Midway area early Wednesday. Officers were called to the disturbance about 1 a.m. and learned that a woman with an apparent gunshot wound had been brought to Regions ...

Protesters march on I-94 in St. Paul after singer’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Protesters apparently outraged by the killing of a popular singer in Ethiopia stopped traffic on Interstate 94 in St. Paul during Wednesday evening's rush hour. Police blocked the entrance ramps to the freeway shortly before 6:30 p.m. Traffic was stopped as the group ...

University, Edina, Rochester adopt face mask requirements

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota as well as the cities of Edina and Rochester have new requirements on wearing face masks in public places as the number of coronavirus cases and deaths continue to climb in Minnesota. University officials sent an e-mail to students Monday ...

Deputies shoot at man suspected of convenience store assault

SHAFER, Minn. (AP) — Three Chisago County sheriff's deputies shot at an assault suspect after he rammed an occupied squad car while fleeing from his home in Shafer Monday, officials said. The 47-year-old man received only minor injuries caused by crashing his vehicle into the sheriff's squad ...

Minnesota program will provide insulin to needy diabetics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota diabetics who need emergency insulin supplies but can't afford them will be able to get the drug starting Wednesday under a new state law. The safety net program within the Alec Smith Insulin Affordability Act, which the Legislature passed in April, will allow ...

University of Minnesota: 7 students test COVID-19 positive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota said Tuesday that seven athletes from "multiple sports" have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Gopher Athletics Department conducted 170 COVID-19 tests during June, and seven athletes tested positive. The school said students who test ...

7-year-old drowns at Cascade Lake Park in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — A 7-year-old boy has drowned in a lake in Rochester. The boy's mother, Jasmin McBride tells KTTC-TV her son, Deon McBride, was in Rochester to visit his father for the summer. Rochester police and firefighters responded to a child missing in Cascade Lake Park about 7 ...

Walz: Minnesota now able to give 20,000 virus tests daily

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota reported 10 more deaths from the coronavirus on Monday, the same day state officials said they had reached their goal of being able to test as many as 20,000 people a day. Gov. Tim Walz set the daily testing goal two months ago, calling it at the time a key ...