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850 MN guard members among soldiers securing inauguration

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday's presidential inauguration. The number of guard members is at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals. Before ...

Judge orders company to take 3M’s trademarks off N95 masks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a Florida company accused of selling counterfeit N95 face masks with 3M's name on them to stop using the Minnesota company's trademarks and representing itself as a distributor or authorized retailer for 3M. 3M sued Nationwide Source Inc. in ...

Walz announces vaccine pilot program amid supply concerns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a pilot program on Monday to vaccinate teachers, child care workers and individuals over 65 as the state aims to expand its coronavirus vaccine rollout amid concerns of a limited supply of doses from the federal government. State officials will open ...

Minnesota lists 1,364 new virus cases, 40 additional deaths

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 1,364 new cases of COVID-19 and 40 additional deaths due to complications from the virus. The state's death count is the 22nd highest in the country overall and the 28th highest per capita at about 107 deaths per 100,000 ...

Police: Willmar man working in garage killed by stray bullet

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Willmar man they said was killed by a stray bullet while he was working in his garage. Willmar police said in a statement that 41-year-old David Delfosse was in his garage Friday night when he collapsed in front of family ...

Minneapolis council to try again with plan to replace police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minneapolis City Council members are preparing a new plan that seeks to replace the city's police department in the wake of George Floyd's death. Phillipe Cunningham, Steve Fletcher and Jeremy Schroeder are working on a proposal to create a new public safety ...

Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are ramping up efforts to prevent mining companies from gaining a foothold in Minnesota with legislation that aims to slow or ban copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. Companion bills set to be ...

Officials: Extremist threat to Minnesota Capitol has faded

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities now believe there is no credible, immediate threat from extremists to Minnesota in the runup to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said Friday, but he made clear that law ...

Travel company to refund $655K to Minnesota music students

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Colorado-based travel company has agreed to refund more than $650,000 to several hundred Minnesota music students after COVID-19 scuttled their trip to Europe last spring. Attorney General Keith Ellison announced Friday that Voyageurs International agreed to a settlement ...

Walz blasts feds for uncertainty over vaccine expansion

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz sharply criticized the federal government on Friday for the sudden uncertainty over whether states would receive increased shipments of coronavirus vaccines from the national stockpile, accusing the Trump administration of ...

Walz extends Minnesota’s coronavirus state of emergency

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday won legislative approval to extend Minnesota's peacetime state of emergency by another 30 days so he can continue to use executive orders to direct the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic. With the Legislature in session through mid-May, ...

Tumultuous year results in more serious crime in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A year that included violent protests over the police killing of George Floyd and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic led to a rise in serious crime in St. Paul in 2020, according to a preliminary report released Wednesday. The report showed that violent crime ...

Walz activates National Guard for Minnesota Capitol security

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday activated the Minnesota National Guard to protect the state Capitol amid rising fears of violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, and another top Democrat said authorities are investigating last week's rally by supporters of ...

Target continues to thrive in whirlwind retail environment

NEW YORK (AP) — Target's strong sales streak extended through a pandemic-shrouded holiday season after a hard push online and an increased effort to provide alternatives to customers who are trying to minimize risk. The retailer reported Wednesday that online sales surged 102% between ...

Walz to deploy National Guard to protect Minnesota Capitol

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday he plans to deploy the Minnesota National Guard to protect against potential threats to the state Capitol ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Walz told reporters he plans to issue the executive order activating the National ...

Man profiled in magazine sentenced on explosives charge

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man whose profile in Popular Science magazine about making homemade explosives for the NFL and others initiated a federal investigation was sentenced Tuesday to nearly two years in prison for possessing illegal materials. Agents raided the Brownsville home of ...

Minnesota Power plans to go 100% carbon-free by 2050

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's second-largest utility announced Tuesday that it plans to provide customers 100% carbon-free electricity by 2050. Duluth-based Minnesota Power, which serves about 145,000 homes and businesses in the state's northeast, said it will show its plan for the next ...

Minnesota businesses reopen as cases of virus variant appear

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some Minnesota bars and restaurants began reopening at half capacity on Monday, eager to get back in business under loosening restrictions even as a new coronavirus variant moves into the state. The arrival of the variant, first identified in the United Kingdom in ...

Walz denounces Minnesota GOP leaders for hedging on vote

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz denounced Minnesota Republican leaders Monday for refusing to clearly state that the presidential election was free and fair, and disclosed that state troopers had to rush his frightened son to safety last Wednesday as a "Storm the Capitol" rally in St. Paul ...

Mother, father arrested in death of 3-year-old daughter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say the mother and father of a 3-year-old found dead in a St. Paul residence Sunday have been arrested on suspicion of the girl's murder. It's the city first homicide of the year. Police said the father called the police department's non-emergency number ...