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Surgery successful for GOP US Senate candidate Jason Lewis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jason Lewis of Minnesota underwent successful emergency surgery for a severe internal hernia on Monday, just eight days before Election Day, his campaign announced. The campaign said the condition could have been life-threatening if not ...

Minnesota couple avoids prison time in son’s drowning death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge says a Minnesota couple accused in the drowning death of their 21-month-old son after leaving three children unsupervised for nearly two hours will not have to serve prison time. Eddy Louis, 55, and Sabina Lewis, 26, of Bloomington, pleaded guilty in August to ...

Walz calls for ‘goal line stand’ against coronavirus spread

Walz calls for 'goal line stand' against coronavirus spread By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz and health officials delivered a stark warning Monday that Minnesota's fight against the coronavirus is at a critical stage and that residents need to step up ...

St. Cloud boy standing outside apartment wounded by gunshot

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy who was standing near the main entry door to a St. Cloud apartment complex Saturday night was shot by someone from an unknown location. The wound is not believed to be life-threatening. St. Cloud police say the victim, who lived in the ...

Are neighboring states part of rural Minnesota virus growth?

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Statistics from Minnesota health officials show that the 10 counties with the fastest growth in coronavirus cases since the beginning of October are all in rural parts of the state, many of which border surrounding states. Adjusted for population, the rate of new cases ...

Former Chisago County sheriff pleads guilty to harassment

ANOKA, Minn. (AP) — The former sheriff of Chisago County has pleaded guilty to harassment and misconduct by a public official for stalking and harassing a female employee while he was in office. Rick Duncan pleaded guilty to the gross misdemeanors Thursday in Anoka County District ...

Dozens charged in drug operation stretching across Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — More than three dozen people have been charged in St. Louis County in connection with a Chicago-based drug trafficking ring that operated throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa, authorities said. Duluth police said Thursday that this week's coordinated drug bust led to ...

Minnesota reports 13 more deaths, more than 1,700 cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported 1,721 new cases of the coronavirus and 13 deaths on Friday as the state is swept along in a surge of cases across the Upper Midwest and Plains. Friday's tally brought the state's totals since the pandemic began to 129,863 cases and 2,314 ...

Court refuses to delay vote in Minnesota congressional race

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press A federal appeals panel on Friday rejected a Minnesota Republican candidate's request to delay voting in his congressional race to February due to the death of a third-party candidate, handing a legal victory to the Democratic incumbent. A three-judge panel of ...

Texas man accused of shooting at Minneapolis police station

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Texas man who says he is affiliated with the Boogaloo Bois anti-government movement and is suspected of opening fire on a Minneapolis police station during a protest in May is facing riot charges, a federal prosecutor announced Friday. Video shot on the night of May 28 ...

Man charge in 2014 hit-and-run that killed 2 in Wisconsin

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has been charged in a 2014 hit-and-run crash that killed two men in western Wisconsin. The Star Tribune reports Andrew M. Endres, 32, of Randolph, was charged Wednesday in Polk County Circuit Court with two counts of hit and run resulting in death in ...

ACLU: Minnesota failing to protect inmates from COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota is suing the state, alleging prison officials have not taken adequate precautions to protect inmates from COVID-19. The ACLU-MN filed a petition Thursday asking a court to force the state to keep people in custody safe. The ...

Judge dismisses 1 charge against former cop in Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota judge has dismissed a third-degree murder charge filed against the former Minneapolis police officer who pressed his knee against George Floyd's neck, saying there was not enough probable cause for that count to proceed to trial. The more serious second-degree ...

Parts of Minnesota get record snow for this early in October

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A record-setting October snowstorm dumped heavy snow in Minnesota and parts of northern Wisconsin and the eastern Dakotas, causing slippery driving conditions. It was the heaviest snow this early in October for many Minnesota locations and some in northwestern Wisconsin. ...

Minnesota reports 35 new COVID deaths, tying mark from May

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota reported 35 confirmed new COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, tying a single-day record set on May 28. It's possible that some of the 35 new deaths occurred sometime before Tuesday because it can take several days for deaths to be reported to the Minnesota Department ...

Woman’s obituary: In lieu of flowers ‘do not vote for Trump’

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An obituary for a Minneapolis-area woman who died at age 93 included one specific request for her mourners: Do not vote for Donald Trump. Georgia May Adkins, of Inver Grove Heights, died of a stroke on Sept. 28 at United Hospital in St. Paul. A pair of obituaries ...

Lawsuit: City, county officials violated rights of homeless

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit accuses officials in Minneapolis and Hennepin County of violating the civil rights of people in homeless encampments when they conducted sweeps that displaced them and put their health at risk. The federal complaint filed Monday by American Civil Liberties Union ...

DOJ announces center to help cops, offers aid to Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday that it has put $3 million toward the creation of a national center that will provide training and assistance to help law enforcement agencies prevent the use of excessive force, and officials expressed hope that Minneapolis ...

First significant snowstorm could set records in Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The season's first significant snowstorm of the year was dumping heavy amounts of precipitation in Minnesota and Wisconsin Tuesday and causing slippery driving conditions in the Dakotas. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning until early evening for ...

Sen. Tina Smith tests negative after skipping Warren event

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tina Smith skipped a campaign event with Sen. Elizabeth Warren over the weekend after learning that a person who attended one of her events eight days earlier had tested positive for the coronavirus. "I'm getting tested & I am quarantining until I ...