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Minnesota court weighs murder charge in ex-officer’s trial

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An appeals court considering whether to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against the former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd reacted with skepticism Monday to his attorney's arguments for keeping the ...

Minnesota waiting on more than 45,000 doses of J&J vaccine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 45,000 doses of the newly approved Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine should arrive in Minnesota this week, state health officials said Monday. Minnesota Department of Health spokesman John Schadl said the order for the first shipment of the single-dose ...

Study shows that Minnesota deer were exposed to insecticides

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A preliminary study shows that deer throughout Minnesota have been exposed to a certain class of insecticides, the state Department of Natural Resources said Monday. The DNR said further analysis is required to determine if the presence of neonicotinoid pesticides is high ...

Boy Scouts submit reorganization plan to bankruptcy court

By RANDALL CHASE Associated Press DOVER, Del. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America submitted a bankruptcy reorganization plan Monday that envisions continued operations of its local troops and national adventure camps but leaves many unanswered questions about how it will resolve tens of ...

BCA: Man killed by police after nearly 20-hour standoff

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Saturday that the Duluth man who fatally shot a police dog and engaged in a nearly 20-hour standoff with authorities was shot and killed by law enforcement. David Joseph Wayne Conwell, 37, died Friday from multiple ...

Deputy injured, 2 suspects killed in shootout with police

SEBEKA, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say two suspects were killed and a sheriff's deputy was wounded in a shootout that began with a traffic stop Saturday night in northwestern Minnesota. The Wadena County Sheriff's Office said in a release that the incident began about 8:45 p.m. after a ...

Minnesota reports daily record for COVID-19 vaccinations

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported a daily record for COVID-19 vaccinations, with nearly 70,000 new doses administered in the last day. It was the second straight day that that a new high of vaccinations was recorded, after about 56,000 doses were given out on ...

2 killed, 2 wounded in separate homicides in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people have died and two others have been wounded in two separate homicides in south Minneapolis, according to police. The homicides happened within a 3-hour period Thursday beginning about 4 p.m. when officers were called to a multiunit residence and found a man ...

‘Now democracy starts,’ Walz says as deficit becomes surplus

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's budget outlook has swung from a near $1.3 billion deficit to an almost $1.6 billion surplus, state economists announced Friday, an improvement that could ease the big debates for the rest of the legislative session over taxes ...

Man dead after hourslong standoff ends with shots in Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A man who refused to surrender to Duluth police during a roughly 20-hour standoff is dead after shots were fired, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said. In a tweet at about 6 p.m., the BCA called the incident an officer-involved shooting and said the man, ...

70% of older Minnesotans to be vaccinated before next phase

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — At least 70% of Minnesotans age 65 and older will get at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine before the state moves on to the next phase of vaccinations, Gov. Tim Walz said Thursday. The governor announced the next phase of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout plan, which ...

Working group on deadly police encounters reports progress

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A working group that has been looking at ways to reduce deadly encounters between police and citizens in Minnesota said Thursday that many of its recommendations are being implemented through new rules and regulations. The group in its one-year progress report noted that ...

Ex-cop appeals murder conviction to Minnesota Supreme Court

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The former Minneapolis police officer convicted of third-degree murder in the 2017 fatal shooting of an Australian woman who called 911 to report a possible sexual assault has asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to hear his appeal. Mohamed Noor filed a petition Thursday ...

NBCA says it has ‘concern’ about T-wolves’ coaching change

CHICAGO (AP) — The leadership of the National Basketball Coaches Association spoke out Wednesday about its "concern and level of disappointment" with the way the Minnesota Timberwolves went about their coaching change earlier this week. The statement came from NBCA president Rick Carlisle of ...

Minnesota Supreme Court hands victory to PolyMet copper mine

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday reversed an appeals court's rejection of a critical air emissions permit for the planned PolyMet copper-nickel mine and sent the case back for further proceedings. The Supreme Court ruled that the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...

Walz’s $518M bonding bill includes money to rebuild cities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed a $518 million capital investment package Monday that includes $150 million for rebuilding neighborhoods hit by unrest after the death of George Floyd last May and $43 million in security upgrades for the state Capitol complex, which has been ringed ...

Deputy allegedly had fentanyl in system during deadly chase

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say an Otter Tail County deputy was under the influence of the powerful painkiller fentanyl while involved in a high-speed chase that ended in a deadly crash. Deputy Kelly Backman is charged with misconduct by a public officer and driving while ...

Tribal, county teamwork keys Minnesota county’s vaccinations

MAHNOMEN, Minn. (AP) — The only Minnesota county located entirely within the borders of a Native American reservation has been vaccinating at rates that far surpass most other counties in the state, authorities said. Mahnomen County is located in the northwestern part of the state, about an ...

Wild snap two-game losing streak with 3-1 win over Ducks

By JOE REEDY AP Sports Writer ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Foligno admitted that the Minnesota Wild's 3-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night wasn't picture perfect, but for a team that is still working its way back after having its season paused due to COVID-19 protocols, any ...

Minnesota House rejects security fund for officers’ trials

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota House rejected a bill to create a fund to bolster security during the upcoming murder trial of a former Minneapolis officer charged with killing George Floyd. The measure failed Thursday on a 71-63 vote in the Democratic-controlled House. Democratic Gov. ...