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Man suspected of abusing wife fatally shot by sister-in-law

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Bemidji woman is accused of fatally shooting her brother-in-law on Christmas Day at his home, allegedly for mistreating her sister. The Star Tribune reports Janelle L. Johnson was charged Tuesday with second-degree intentional murder in connection with the death of ...

Man who died at Line 3 pipeline site run over by forklift

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say man who died while working on a pipeline project in northern Minnesota was run over by a large forklift. The Aitkin County Sheriff's Office has preliminarily ruled that the death of Jorge Villafuerte III at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 construction site ...

Minnesota working through first phase of vaccine rollout

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Wednesday said the state continues to vaccinate healthcare workers, long-term care residents and staff but a limited supply of vaccine doses means it lags behind other states that have ...

Ellison files suit to halt Winnebago New Year’s Eve event

WINNEBAGO, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison said Wednesday he wants to shut down a planned New Year's Eve party in Winnebago because it violates Gov. Tim Walz's executive order on activities that could hasten the spread of COVID-19. Ellison said in a release that the ...

Minneapolis police shoot, kill man during traffic stop

By DOUG GLASS Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Police in Minneapolis shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on the city's south side Wednesday night, stirring anxiety about renewed protests following the first police-involved death in the city since George Floyd's death while being ...

Minnesota woman dies after ATV falls through frozen lake

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A woman died after an ATV she was riding in fell through the ice on Kabekona Lake in northern Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports 60-year-old Rose Peterson, of Brooklyn Park, died Saturday night after she and two family members traveling in an ATV fell through thin ice on ...

Minnesota reports 36 deaths as testing dwindles over holiday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health on Tuesday reported 36 more deaths from COVID-19, and 988 new infections on a lower-than-normal testing volume. The state's totals now number 411,110 cases and 5,196 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. It was the first time since ...

Man killed on Minnesota road after walking away from crash

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a man crashed his car into trees along a highway near St. Cloud and was fatally run over when he walked from his vehicle into traffic Tuesday morning. The Minnesota State Patrol said the incident happened about 6:30 a.m. on U.S. Highway 10 in Watab ...

Minneapolis officials outline new police disciplinary plan

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis' mayor and police chief on Tuesday announced changes in the city's disciplinary processes for police officers in an effort to make it easier to hold them accountable for bad behavior. Mayor Jacob Frey and Chief Medaria Arradondo, in their latest initiative to ...

St. Paul police face complaint of far-right group’s sticker

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The St. Paul Police Department is reviewing its policies on how officers express political views after an officer decorated a private vehicle with the logo of a far-right group known for anti-government views and toting guns at protests. A St. Paul resident wrote to ...

Bloomington police chief announces retirement

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The police chief of Bloomington, Minnesota announced Saturday he plans to retire at the end of January and take a position leading the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Police Chief Jeff Potts will complete a 29-year career at ...

New technology aims to help clients of public defenders

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New technology is giving people who opt for public defenders in Hennepin County a way to receive hearing reminders and to communicate directly with their attorneys. The technology by San Francisco-based Uptrust is designed to help people make their court dates and avoid ...

Minnesota confirms 2,534 virus cases, 40 deaths over 2 days

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday reported 2,534 positive COVID-19 cases and 40 deaths from data recorded over the past two days. The update that combined Friday and Saturday confirmations increased the total of number of cases since the start of the pandemic to ...

Virus cancels annual Dakota ride, but some headed to Mankato

MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — An annual trek to Mankato to remember tribal members who were executed following the U.S.-Dakota war has been officially canceled due to the coronavirus, although a small group of horseback riders is making the journey anyway. The annual Dakota 38 + 2 Memorial Ride ...

New tower to bring cell service to remote Minnesota region

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — An off-the-grid area of northern Minnesota will soon host a new tower to bring cell service to the region, though some locals and visitors want the area to remain remote. The Cook County Board voted on Tuesday to allow AT&T to build the tower to bring cellphone ...

Some shipments of Moderna vaccine to Minnesota delayed

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials said Wednesday that a national delay in some shipments of the Moderna vaccine will hit some Minnesota providers, and blizzard conditions could further complicate the shipping glitch. Minnesota ...

Winter storm in Dakotas, Minnesota make travel frightful

By DAVE KOLPACK Associated Press FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A storm that began with snow, strong winds and bitter cold into the eastern Dakotas and western Minnesota early Wednesday and began moving east was making travel treacherous and grounded flights on one of the most anticipated air travel ...

More than 4K Minnesota health care workers get vaccine

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 4,000 frontline health care workers in Minnesota have already received their first coronavirus vaccinations, and the state expects to have received nearly 250,000 doses from the two approved manufacturers by the end of the ...

Contractor at Enbridge Line 3 pipeline site dies in accident

HILL CITY, Minn. (AP) — A contractor working on the Enbridge Energy Line 3 pipeline project in northern Minnesota has died in a fatal accident. Enbridge Energy spokeswoman Juli Kellner said the accident happened Friday at a construction yard in Hill City. Kellner said work in the area was ...

Minneapolis police officers cleared in shooting of armed man

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eight Minneapolis police officers who fired their guns that killed an armed man outside a home during a domestic disturbance and one officer who fired a non-lethal round have been cleared of wrongdoing, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Monday. Freeman said in a ...