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More contagious virus variant discovered in Twin Cities area

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials have confirmed five cases of a more contagious variant of the coronavirus in the Twin Cities area. The variant, which was first detected late last year in the United Kingdom, was identified in specimens from residents in four Minnesota counties. ...

Restaurant found in contempt for defying COVID-19 order

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — The owners of a restaurant in Dakota County have been found in contempt of court for defying a state order prohibiting indoor dining because of the coronavirus pandemic. Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville will have to pay a $3,000 find for every day it is not in compliance ...

Security chief calls Minnesota Capitol safe despite protests

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials have taken steps to ensure the Minnesota Capitol is safe despite recent and planned protests there by supporters of President Donald Trump, the state's public safety chief told lawmakers in a letter released Friday. But Public ...

Minnesota police kill knife-wielding suspect after chase

ROBBINSDALE, Minn. (AP) — Officers in a Minneapolis suburb shot and killed a man Friday after he refused their commands to drop a knife and rushed at them following a brief chase, police said. The shooting in Robbinsdale happened shortly before 11 a.m., police said in a statement. The man, ...

4 Minnesota GOP lawmakers silent on blame for Capitol siege

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The four Republicans in Minnesota's congressional delegation split on whether to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the Electoral College, but remained silent Thursday on whether President Donald Trump and other GOP leaders bear any blame for the violent attack ...

Walz calls for codifying some pandemic emergency orders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz proposed to legislative leaders Thursday that they write into law some of the key emergency measures that he has imposed to deal with the coronavirus pandemic, a move that would give lawmakers more of a say in shaping the state's response. The Democratic ...

No immediate ruling in request to delay trial in Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota judge overseeing the case against four former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd said Thursday that he would take under advisement a prosecution request to delay the trial by three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prosecutors ...

Walz loosens virus rules for bars, restaurants, other venues

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota bars and restaurants can resume limited indoor service starting Monday, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday as he also loosened up coronavirus restrictions on youth sports, gyms, entertainment venues and churches. "The situation in Minnesota is undeniably better ...

Trump backers rally at Minnesota Capitol against Biden win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump gathered at the Minnesota Capitol in St. Paul for what was billed as a "Storm the Capitol" rally on Wednesday to protest against the certification of Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election. Meanwhile, ...

Minnesota trooper assaulted after Brooklyn Center crash

BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a Minnesota state trooper who was attacked by a driver at the scene of a crash in Brooklyn Center managed to subdue the suspect with the help of a Taser and a passing motorist. The incident happened around 8:30 p.m. Sunday after the trooper ...

COVID, budget, top agenda as Minnesota Legislature convenes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Legislature convened Tuesday with the COVID-19 pandemic and a new two-year budget at the top of the agenda for a session that will be unlike any before. Battle lines are already being drawn over the sweeping emergency powers that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz has ...

Man allegedly pulls gun over lack of masks at fitness club

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities-area man accused of pointing a gun at a fitness club manager after complaining that members were exercising without masks was charged Monday with assault with a dangerous weapon. Michael Florhaug, 64, was arrested following the incident Thursday at LA ...

Warrant: Officers tried to buy gun from man shot by police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Investigators were trying to buy a high-capacity pistol from Dolal Idd with help from a confidential informant before the 23-year old was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Minneapolis police last week, according to search warrant documents released Monday. The shootout ...

Walz to relax restrictions Wednesday on indoor dining

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz plans to announce loosened restrictions this week on indoor dining and in other settings, a spokesman said, as restaurant and bar owners increasingly push back on coronavirus measures that have pushed some to the edge of survival. Walz spokesman ...

Minnesota eatery serves meals in fish houses during pandemic

VERNDALE, Minn. (AP) — A central Minnesota restaurant owner has turned one of the state's favorite winter shelters into an indoor-outdoor dining experience during the coronavirus pandemic. Brian Hagen, who owns the Pirates Den on busy U.S. Highway 10 in Verndale, is serving his meals in fish ...

Police investigate death at Minneapolis homeless encampment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police say they are investigating the death of a man whose body was found inside a tent at a Minneapolis homeless encampment Sunday afternoon. Officers responding to a welfare check found a man "whose body had experienced obvious trauma," police said in a release. Police ...

Minneapolis police release officer video in fatal shooting

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis on Thursday released body-camera video from a traffic stop one night earlier that ended with a man shot dead, an extraordinarily quick move aimed at stemming public anger over the city's first police-involved death since George Floyd died while being ...

Delay sought in ex-officers’ trial over George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors in the case against the four Minneapolis officers charged in the death of George Floyd requested that the trial delayed by three months. The Star Tribune reports prosecutors cited the COVID-19 pandemic and the amount of time needed before enough people are ...

Minnesota offering more cash for black spruce seed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's black spruce seed supply is low, prompting the state Department of Natural Resources to offer more money to people to collect them to meet spring orders for reforesting. The Star Tribune reports the state is paying $85 a bushel, up from $70 last year. The ...

Dance performer, instructor accused of raping teen student

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A dance performer and instructor is accused raping a teenage student while the boy spent the night at the teacher's Minneapolis apartment. The Star Tribune reports 28-year-old Decorey L. Bozeman was charged in Hennepin County District Court with first-degree criminal ...