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Recent blip lands Minnesota on New York quarantine list

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A recent spike in confirmed coronavirus cases in Minnesota has landed the state on the quarantine list for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that Minnesota and three other states — New Mexico, Ohio and Wisconsin — were ...

Walz, Flanagan announce $100M housing assistance program

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan on Tuesday announced a $100 million housing assistance program to help Minnesotans hit by the coronavirus pandemic. The program is aimed at helping prevent evictions and homelessness and to maintain housing stability for ...

Duluth, Minnetonka join cities mandating masks in public

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Duluth and Minnetonka are the latest cities to mandate face coverings to help stop the spread of the coronavirus outbreak. Council members from both communities passed the requirement Monday night. Duluth council members voted unanimously in favor of the measure, which ...

Legal experts review Black Minnesota teen’s life sentence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An independent panel of national legal experts will review the conviction of an African American man sentenced as a teenager to life in prison for the murder of a little girl struck by a stray bullet, Northwestern University's Center on Wrongful Convictions and the New ...

Minnesota legislative leaders: Deal close on bonding, taxes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Legislative leaders have agreed on most details of a public construction package and tax bill, the Minnesota Senate's top Republican and the top House Democrat said Monday, while discussions continued on an elusive compromise on police accountability in response to the ...

Media: Body camera video in Floyd case should be made public

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news media outlets is seeking public access to body camera video recorded by former officers charged in the death of George Floyd, while attorneys for the officers are asking that a gag order in the case be lifted, according to court documents filed ...

Media: Body camera video in Floyd case should be made public

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A coalition of news media outlets is seeking public access to body camera video recorded by former officers charged in the death of George Floyd, while attorneys for the officers are asking that a gag order in the case be lifted, according to court documents filed ...

Authorities seek man in fatal stabbing at Owatonna park

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Owatonna police are seeking a 28-year-old man as a person of interest in a fatal stabbing in a park in the southern Minnesota city. Officers were called Sunday afternoon to a stabbing at Dartts Park. Police found an ...

Minnesota AG’s office settles with Frontier Communications

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Monday his office has settled an investigation into possible deceptive practices in Frontier Communications' billing and sale of internet services. Under the settlement, Frontier agreed to fully disclose its prices for ...

Police shoot, wound man in Robbinsdale; BCA investigating

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating after police shot and wounded a man in the Minneapolis suburb of Robbinsdale. Police said officers were called about a suicidal person with a gun inside a home late Saturday. The person who called police ...

Lightning suspected in house fire in western Minnesota

OSAKIS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities suspect a lightning strike caused a minor house fire in western Minnesota. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office got a 911 call reporting smoke in the home in Osakis around 7 a.m. Sunday. Everyone was able to get out of the house without injury. Firefighters ...

Number of homeless camped in Minneapolis raises concerns

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Public officials and homeless advocates have raised concerns about the growing number of people, estimated at several hundred, camped out in a Minneapolis park. They say the encampment at Powderhorn Park is neither safe nor sustainable. Neighbors worry about increased ...

Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned ...

Minnesota care centers to let ‘essential caregivers’ visit

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans who qualify to be designated as "essential caregivers" will be allowed to visit family members in senior living centers under new guidance Friday from the state health department, which loosens restrictions that have kept ...

Walz formally calls special session to convene Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday formally called a special legislative session to convene on Monday, and he urged lawmakers to work together to pass the police accountability and public works bills that they were unable to agree on last month. "Our state had a trying few ...

Task force designed to guide changes for Minneapolis police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that a new task force has been formed to help guide the city as it considers changes to its Police Department, a priority for city leaders and some community members after the May 25 death of George Floyd. The public safety ...

Judge imposes gag order on attorneys in George Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday imposed a gag order on attorneys in the case involving four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in the death of George Floyd. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill issued his order the day after he pointed out that two or more attorneys ...

Authorities: 1 dead after tornadoes hit western Minnesota

DALTON, Minn. (AP) — Powerful tornadoes that ripped across farmland in western Minnesota, killing one person and injuring two others, could have exacted a higher death toll if the twisters had struck a more populous area, authorities said Thursday. Severe storms that swept through parts of ...

Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded "I can't breathe" to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk, ...

Minnesota health officials warn against ‘COVID parties’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials are warning against people holding or attending "COVID parties" as a way to share exposure to the coronavirus. "This is a really, really bad idea," state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said Wednesday during a media ...