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COVID-19 hits hard at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The vast majority of Minnesota's COVID-19 deaths are cases associated with long-term care facilities, health officials said Tuesday as they focused attention on how the state is trying to protect some of its most vulnerable residents. As of Tuesday, 113 of the 160 ...

Minnesota man accused of dismembering woman, dumping remains

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A western Minnesota man has admitted that he killed a 19-year-old woman, dismembered her in his garage and disposed of the body parts in dumpsters outside his apartment, prosecutors said Monday. Ethan Broad, 27, was charged Monday in Clay County court with ...

Minnesota man faces 1st charges in series of sexual assaults

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have filed the first charges against a Ham Lake man suspected in a series of sexual assaults that occurred from 2013 until just last month. Thirty-four-year-old Jory Wiebrand was charged Monday in Hennepin County in two home invasions in Minneapolis in which ...

Walz: Trump call went well; reopening pork plant is priority

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz agreed Monday with President Donald Trump's assertion that they had a "very nice call" about the state's response to COVID-19, and the governor also said the state is working to help JBS USA safely reopen a big pork processing plant in Worthington that has ...

Nearly 50 seniors moved from Minnesota center after outbreak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 50 residents were moved from a Minneapolis-area senior living facility this weekend after an outbreak of COVID-19 made many staff members too sick to care for them. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health said a majority of staff members and ...

Widow sues lawyer who drew up will leaving estate to church

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The widow of an East Grand Forks man is suing an attorney who drew up a will that left her husband's estate of more than $5 million to a church the couple did not attend. Cindy Driscoll is suing East Grand Forks attorney Gerard Neil and his law firm in Polk County ...

Native American woman removed from Land O’Lakes packaging

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Native American woman who has graced the packaging of Land O'Lakes butter, cheese and other products since the late 1920s has quietly disappeared. Known as Mia, the woman was shown sitting in a serene landscape of lakes and woods. That landscape remains on the ...

Trump backs protesters against Minnesota’s COVID-19 response

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of President Donald Trump's grassroots supporters protested outside the Minnesota governor's mansion on Friday, angered that a stay-at-home order to stem the spread of COVID-19 has not been lifted and buoyed by a presidential ...

Minnesota sophomore wins “Jeopardy!” College Championship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nibir Sarma has become the first winner of the "Jeopardy!" College Championship from the University of Minnesota. Sarma, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, won the two-week tournament in an episode airing Friday night, earning $100,000 and a berth against regular ...

Minnesota Senate backs beer and wine to go amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Restaurants and bars that have been subsisting on takeout orders during the shutdown for COVID-19 could start offering beer and wine to go as early as this weekend under bill the Minnesota Senate passed Thursday to provide a little relief to one of the hardest-hit sectors ...

US Steel to idle Keewatin Taconite during pandemic slowdown

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Steel plans to indefinitely idle the Keewatin Taconite plant in northern Minnesota because of the drop in demand for iron and steel during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday. Officials said the closure will affect 75 employees "near term," but a ...

UnitedHealth explores growth in ACA insurance marketplaces

UnitedHealth Group's on-and-off relationship with the Affordable Care Act's health insurance marketplaces is heating up again. The nation's largest health insurance provider is looking to jump back into a market it largely fled a few years ago after suffering huge losses. Company leaders said ...

Walz stands by goal of 40,000 coronavirus tests per month

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The growing capacity of the Mayo Clinic and University of Minnesota to provide a new type of COVID-19 testing provides a reason to believe that the state will soon be able to test up to 40,000 people per month for whether they've had the disease, Gov. Tim Walz and state ...

The Latest: Minn. AG’s mother died of COVID-19 complications

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 6:30 p.m. The family of Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says his 82-year-old mother died last month from COVID-19 complications. Clida Martinez Ellison died March 26 in Michigan. Her ...

ACLU-MN sues to release Moose Lake inmates due to COVID-19

MOOSE LAKE, Minn. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is suing to release inmates endangered by COVID-19 at Moose Lake prison in northern Minnesota. The organization filed a petition Wednesday against the state Department of Corrections. According to a DOC database, 12 ...

With pair of 1st-round picks, Vikings face pressing CB need

By The Associated Press undefined 22 and 25. MINNESOTA (11-7) LAST SEASON: Behind career-best season from QB Kirk Cousins, breakout year by RB Dalvin Cook, strong pass rush and top-five turnover margin in league, Vikings earned wild-card spot and won playoff game at New Orleans. Fell at San ...

Minnesota Legislature passes its 4th COVID-19 relief package

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature approved its fourth COVID-19 relief bill Tuesday as state health officials reported nine more coronavirus deaths. The House passed the package 103-31 and sent it to the Senate, which approved it 64-3 and forwarded it to Gov, Tim Walz for his ...

Minnesota Legislature approves insulin affordability bill

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature on Tuesday approved a long-awaited insulin affordability bill championed by the mother of an uninsured Minneapolis diabetic who died because he was forced to ration his supply of the drug. The House passed the bill 111-22, followed by the Senate, ...

Charges soon for man pursued by officers who fired weapons

SHAKOPEE, Minn. (AP) — State investigators say charges are imminent for a man who fled from police who fired their weapons during the chase in Scott County. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said the 19-year-old Willmar man was traveling at about 100 ...

Walz: Restarting Minnesota economy requires jump in testing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Restarting Minnesota's economy will require a sharp increase in coronavirus testing, more contact tracing for those infected and continued efforts to isolate the most vulnerable people from exposure to COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz said Monday. The "smart, safe way to reopen the ...