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Court: Minnesota agency can change name of Lake Calhoun

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A divided Minnesota Supreme Court said Wednesday that the state Department of Natural Resources has the authority to change the name of a popular Minneapolis lake back to its original Dakota name, apparently resolving a long-running dispute involving neighbors who ...

Walz to let stay-at-home order expire, keep key restrictions

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Wednesday he will let his stay-at-home order expire as scheduled Monday, though he'll leave key restrictions in place to keep up Minnesota's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. "Don't get me wrong — we believe that the safest place we can be is at ...

Parties split on divvying up state’s nearly $2B in virus aid

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Unless the divided Minnesota Legislature agrees on something different, Democratic Gov. Tim Walz and his agency heads will have complete authority to decide how to spend Minnesota's nearly $2 billion share of coronavirus aid under the federal CARES Act, Democratic leaders ...

Fire at Minneapolis mosque found to be accidenta

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Officials say the cause of a fire at a mosque in Minneapolis is accidental in nature. Investigators found the cause of the fire was an electrical malfunction, police spokesman John Elder said Monday . A neighbor saw the fire overnight Sunday at Tawfiq Islamic Center and ...

Organic basil recalled over possible contamination

HOPKINS, Minn. (AP) — United Natural Foods Inc. said Monday it is voluntarily recalling some Wild Harvest Organic Basil distributed to Minnesota retailers over a possible health risk. The organic basil was distributed from the company's Hopkins distribution center to grocery stores in ...

Minnesota Senate votes to let most closed businesses reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Senate voted Monday to allow most businesses to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic as long as they follow safety guidelines, highlighting the divide between the chamber's Republican majority and the more cautious approach of Democratic Gov. Tim Walz. The bill ...

Woman dies days after being shot in car in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman has died days after she was shot in a car that crashed into a tree in Minneapolis, police said. The shooting happened Monday night in south Minneapolis. Police said the woman and a man were in a vehicle that was shot at. The woman was struck, and the car crashed ...

Man suspected in Minnesota killing arrested in Arkansas

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) — A U.S. Marshals task force says a man has been arrested in Arkansas on a warrant related to a killing in Minnesota. The Marshals Service's office in Tennessee said in a news release that Orlando Franklin was arrested at a house in West Memphis, Arkansas, on ...

Third person charged in Beltrami County homicide, arson

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — A third person has been charged in a Beltrami County homicide and arson case. Devin Belcourt, 32, of Bagley, was arrested in Naytahwaush Tuesday in connection with an incident Sunday in which a man was found dead inside a burning home near Bemidji and another man was ...

Fugitive arrested in Minnesota slaying of real estate agent

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fugitive wanted for killing a real estate agent in Minneapolis in a murder-for-hire plot has been arrested in Illinois, police said. Berry Davis and another alleged co-conspirator, Cedric Berry, have been indicted on first-degree murder charges for their alleged roles in ...

Crime doesn’t pay but prison does, even during a pandemic

By ROBIN McDOWELL and MARGIE MASON Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As factories and other businesses remain shuttered across America, people in prisons in at least 40 states continue going to work. Sometimes they earn pennies an hour, or nothing at all, making masks and hand sanitizer to ...

Minnesota governor says graduation ceremony ban was painful

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota essentially banned large-scale high school and college graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 on Friday to limit the spread of the coronavirus, dashing the spirits of students who had been holding out hope for traditional ...

Some blame meatpacking workers, not plants, for virus spread

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As coronavirus hotspots erupted at major U.S. meatpacking plants, experts criticized extremely tight working conditions that made the factories natural high risk contagion locations. But some Midwestern politicians have pointed the ...

Amid virus fears, Minneapolis homeless encampment grows

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Metro Transit officials are trying to contain a homeless encampment in Minneapolis that has grown to more than 100 people in the last month, as many men and women moved to "Camp Quarantine" amid fears they would catch the coronavirus in crowded shelters. Metro Transit ...

Sports budget crunch: $4M deficit at Minnesota, $5M at W.Va.

By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With the end of this virus-disrupted school year drawing nearer, a predictably bleak financial outlook for major college sports has emerged from the budgeting process. The West Virginia athletic department announced Friday a projected $5 ...

Walz outlines virus ‘battle plan’ at Minnesota nursing homes

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz outlined a "battle plan" Thursday to keep Minnesota long-term care residents and workers safe against COVID-19, which so far has claimed the lives of more than 400 residents of nursing homes or assisted-living facilities in the state. Walz told reporters that ...

Authorities crack down on speeding motorists during pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's law enforcement officers have ticketed three times more drivers for speeding over 100 mph compared to the same period last year as some motorists take advantage of the state's empty roadways despite the governor's stay-home directive, authorities said. State ...

Suit alleges Minnesota deputies tried roadside body search

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota on Wednesday sued in federal court on behalf of a woman who alleges deputies tried to conduct a body cavity search of her on a roadside in freezing weather. Kelli Jo Torres said she was a passenger in a car pulled over in ...

Minnesotans urged to fish close to home to slow COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans should fish close to home to help curb the coronavirus pandemic when the walleye season opens this weekend, avoiding overnight stays and driving no further than they can go on one tank of gas, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday. A surge in ...

BCA: Willmar man killed himself while confronting police

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A Willmar man cut his throat and killed himself in a confrontation with police that injured an officer last week, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Tuesday. Officers were called to a domestic incident at a Willmar home early Friday. Officer Nicole ...