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St. Paul father accused of causing his newborn’s death

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A St. Paul man is being held on $1 million bond in the death of his newborn child. Orancy Chea, 23, is charged with one count of second-degree murder in the April 23 death of the four-week-old baby. An autopsy showed the infant had a lacerated liver, lung contusion, ...

Former Liberian security forces commander deported from US

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A member of imprisoned former Liberian President Charles Taylor's security forces has been deported from the United States back to the West African country, immigration enforcement officials said. Alexander Mentol Zinnah, 56, had been living in Minnesota. Officers with ...

Meatpackers welcome Trump order; others question virus risks

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Big meatpacking companies that have struggled to keep plants running during the coronavirus crisis said Wednesday that they welcomed President Donald Trump's executive order requiring them to stay open, but unions, some employees ...

Youth wrestling coach accused of sexually assaulting girl

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a youth wrestling coach with sexually assaulting a young girl he coached in Eden Prairie. Mustafa Shabazz, 43, of Burnsville, was charged Tuesday in Hennepin County with one count of second-degree sexual assault. The Hennepin County Attorney's ...

Walz to give details Thursday on next phase of stay-at-home

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans will learn Thursday to what extent the state will loosen the stay-at-home restrictions that have kept the state's economy on ice for just over a month, Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday. The governor's order is due to expire ...

Pence lauds Minnesota’s COVID-19 fight in Mayo Clinic visit

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence visited the Mayo Clinic on Tuesday for a first-hand look at its research on COVID-19 and its plans to help Minnesota dramatically scale up its coronavirus testing as a critical step toward reviving the state's economy. Pence, who leads the White ...

Pence comes under fire for going maskless at Mayo Clinic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence chose not to wear a face mask Tuesday during a tour of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, an apparent violation of the world-renowned medical center's policy requiring them. Video feeds show that Pence did not wear a mask when he met with a ...

CN pays $1.25M to settle 2016 Minnesota wildfire damage

Canadian National Railway has paid $1.25 million to settle damage caused by a 2016 wildfire that burned national forest land in northeastern Minnesota, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. The wildfire, known as the Skibo Fire, burned nearly 1,000 acres east of Hoyt Lakes in St. Louis County, ...

Minnesota producers euthanize livestock; food supply stable

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Producers are having to euthanize pigs and chickens because of decreased demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, but Minnesota's food supply remains stable, Minnesota's top agriculture official said Monday. However, state Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen said ...

Minnesota senior facility evacuated due to virus to close

WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) — A Minneapolis-area senior living facility that was evacuated earlier this month after an outbreak of COVID-19 announced Monday it won't reopen. The nonprofit organization Transforming Age said it has made "the difficult decision" not to reopen Meridian Manor in Wayzata ...

Pence to visit Mayo Clinic to learn about testing ‘moonshot’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence has an appointment Tuesday at Minnesota's Mayo Clinic to learn about a new coronavirus testing "moonshot" that has the famed clinic partnering with the state and its flagship university to quickly boost the state's capacity to 20,000 tests a ...

COVID-19 cases, deaths rise as restrictions set to be eased

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 156 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total number to more than 3,600. The updated report includes 28 deaths from COVID-19, for a statewide total of 272. All but five of the victims were in long-term care facilities, ...

Hormel subsidiary shuts down 2 Minnesota turkey plants

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A Hormel Foods subsidiary said Friday it's halting production at a pair of Minnesota turkey-processing facilities after some employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc. said 14 employees had tested positive at two plants in Willmar, in ...

Walz: New website will help Minnesotans find virus testing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a new website Friday to help Minnesota residents find a COVID-19 testing location as the state matched its highest one-day death toll from the coronavirus. In a statement, Walz said access to testing is "critical to helping moving Minnesota forward ...

Summer X Games in Minneapolis canceled due to pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Earlier, the X Games postponed a winter event stop in Chongli, China, scheduled for February and canceled an installment in Shanghai in May. The action-sports event in ...

The Latest: 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival canceled

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Add the 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival to the list of events canceled by the coronavirus. Organizers announced Friday that the 27th annual Fringe scheduled over 11 days in August has been ...

Walz ends on-site school year, but lets some businesses reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year, but stay-at-home restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be eased to allow up to 100,000 people return to work next week, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Tim Walz, a ...

Minnesota to partner with U, Mayo for up to 20K tests daily

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state has struck a deal with the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to test as many as 20,000 people per day for the coronavirus, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday. Walz called the partnership a breakthrough for rapid and widespread testing for COVID-19, which ...

Minnesota police discover remains of alleged homicide victim

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Law enforcement officers investigating the killing and dismemberment of a 19-year-old woman have discovered remains in a western Minnesota landfill believed to be those of the victim, police said Wednesday. Ethan Broad, 27, was charged this week in Clay County with ...

Tyson Foods idles largest pork plant as virus slams industry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of the plant in Waterloo would deny a vital ...