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Absentee and early voting surges for Minnesota primary

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota experienced a surge in absentee and early voting ahead of Tuesday's primary, and the results of some races may not be immediately known because officials must count mail-in ballots that trickle in later under safety rules imposed due to the coronavirus ...

Minnesota to open nursing home visitation during pandemic

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Long-term care facilities in Minnesota soon will be allowed to open up more to visitors during the coronavirus pandemic but will have to follow the state's strict guidance. The Minnesota Department of Health on Monday outlined the new visitation guidelines, which take ...

Police body camera video of Floyd arrest released to public

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police camera video of Minneapolis officers arresting George Floyd was released to the public Monday and is available for publication. The footage became available Monday after a Hennepin County judge ordered it released. News organizations including The Associated Press ...

One dead after overnight shooting in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis man has died after a shooting in the early hours of Sunday morning, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. Police responding to a report of a shooting shortly after 2 a.m. found a man suffering from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle. He was taken to ...

Minnesota records 9 COVID-19 deaths, 806 cases

Minnesota on Sunday recorded nine deaths from COVID-19, along with 806 new cases, according to the Department of Health. Four of the deaths reported were from residents of long-term care and assisted living facilities. The state has tallied 1,657 deaths from COVID-19 over the course of the ...

Minnesota authorities search for man feared to have drowned

Authorities on Sunday continued to search for a man feared to have drowned in Little Detroit Lake in Minnesota. The Becker County Sheriff's office and other emergency workers responded to a report of a possible drowning late Saturday afternoon at the lake in northwest Minnesota. The missing ...

Dozier, Singer lead Royals over Twins 4-2 for 3-game sweep

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hunter Dozier hit a two-run single in his first at-bat since testing positive for COVID-19, prized prospect Brady Singer earned his first major league win and the Kansas City Royals swept the Minnesota Twins 4-2 Sunday. The Royals won their fourth in a row overall. ...

30 family members contract COVID-19 following funeral

LAKE PARK, Minn. (AP) — Thirty grieving members of a family in a small northwestern Minnesota town have contracted the coronavirus after attending a funeral for a loved one. The family of 78-year-old Francis Perreault gathered at the Catholic church in the Becker County community of Lake ...

Study: Most Minneapolis police stops involved Black drivers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Black drivers accounted for nearly 80% of police searches and routine traffic stops in predominantly white Minneapolis, according to a public defender's study using city policy data. From June 2019 to May 2020, the study found Black and East African drivers were more often ...

Judge: Prosecutor will stay on ex-cop’s case in Floyd death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge overseeing the cases against the four former officers charged in the death of George Floyd has denied a request to have a local prosecutor removed. J. Kueng's attorney filed a motion Thursday arguing that Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman, the county's top ...

Minnesota officials urge vigilance to stop COVID-19 spread

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials reported a decrease in the number of new cases of COVID-19 on Friday, but urged residents to stay vigilant in their efforts to stop the virus' spread by continuing to wear masks, practice social distancing and avoid large crowds. Officials ...

Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis leaders who pledged to dismantle the city's Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death won't achieve the type of structural overhaul to public safety they hoped for – at least not this year. A city commission on Wednesday blocked a November vote on ...

Proposal to disband Minneapolis police blocked from ballot

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minneapolis commission decided Wednesday to take more time to review a City Council amendment to dismantle the Police Department in the wake of George Floyd's death, ending the possibility of voters deciding the issue in November. Members of the Charter Commission ...

Mechanical failure, human error cited in Guard copter crash

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mechanical failure and human error led to the crash of a Black Hawk helicopter that killed three Minnesota National Guard members last December, according to a Guard summary released Wednesday. According to the summary of results from a military investigative board, ...

Voters sue Walz to block face masks at Minnesota polls

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of voters sued Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and other officials on Tuesday to try to block a requirement that voters wear face masks at polling place to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Members of the Minnesota Voters Alliance, backed by Republican lawmakers, ...

Minnesota sees record in mail-in ballots amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A record number of Minnesotans will be voting by mail in next week's primary election as they seek to avoid the long lines and crowds seen at polling places in other states amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Requests for absentee ballots for the upcoming Aug. 11 primary election ...

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America to reopen Aug. 10

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — The Mall of America said Monday the Nickelodeon Universe amusement park inside the mall will reopen Aug. 10 after being closed nearly five months due to COVID-19. Officials of the Bloomington, Minnesota, mall said the seven-acre (2.8-hectare) theme park will reopen ...

Judge extends Minnesota vote-by-mail changes to November

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A judge on Monday extended changes in Minnesota's absentee ballot rules to the November general election. Ramsey County Judge Sara Grewing approved the agreement allowing Minnesota voters to submit their mail-in or absentee ballots in the Nov. 3 general election ...

Skier hurt in accident with patrol boat on Lake Minnetonka

SHOREWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A water skier is hurt after an accident involving a Hennepin County Sheriff's Water Patrol boat on Lake Minnetonka this weekend. The sheriff's office said the accident happened around 6:40 a.m. Saturday in the Lower Lake of Lake Minnetonka, south of Gale Island. The ...

St. Cloud man drowns after falling off tube in Big Lake

BIG LAKE, Minn. (AP) — Divers have recovered the body of a St. Cloud man who drowned after falling off a floating tube in Big Lake. Sherburne County Sheriff Joel Brott said the dive team was called in around 7:45 p.m. Saturday at the lake's swimming beach after a witness saw a man fall off a ...