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Counties with lower COVID-19 vaccinations have higher cases

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a handful of Minnesota counties with low COVID-19 vaccination rates have slightly higher cases of the coronavirus. Among the 10 counties with COVID-19 rates of 5 per 10,000 people or higher in the week ending June 5, none had vaccination rates ...

Trucker who drove into Floyd protest could have charges drop

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A truck driver who drove through a large crowd of protesters on a Minneapolis highway last year during demonstrations over George Floyd's death will have criminal charges dropped if he remains law-abiding for the next year. Hennepin County prosecutors entered into a ...

Feds: Man suspected of stealing at least 63 golf carts

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged a Minnesota man with transportation of stolen vehicles in what they say was a litany of thefts of golf carts. An FBI affidavit filed in North Dakota this week says the man is suspected of stealing at least 63 carts in at least seven states, ...

Twin Cities roads buckling in extreme heat

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Roads are breaking apart as an oppressive heat wave continues to bake the Twin Cities. As pavement heats up it expands, sometimes to the point of buckling. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Thursday that state transportation officials have responded to 43 incidents of ...

Couple charged with bilking $200K from elderly mother

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Roseville man and his wife with bilking his elderly mother out of almost $200,000. Gregory and Kelly Harrington were both charged Thursday with felony financial exploitation of a vulnerable adult, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ...

2 men charged in fatal graduation party shooting

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two men in a fatal shooting at a Woodbury graduation party. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported 19-year-old Jaden Townsend and 23-year-old Enrique Davila were charged late Thursday in Washington County with aiding and abetting second-degree ...

First-year university enrollment confirmations up 12%

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First-year enrollment confirmations for the fall semester are up from the same time last year, officials with the University of Minnesota system said Friday. System officials said confirmations from students coming directly from high school have increased 12% from last ...

Minnesota State Fair set to return in August

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota State Fair is back. The fair was canceled last year amid COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and social distancing recommendations. But fair officials announced Friday the beloved event will return on Aug. 26 and run through Labor Day, which falls on Sept. ...

Law enforcement struggles to recruit since killing of Floyd

By STEFANIE DAZIO, JAKE BLEIBERG and KATE BRUMBACK Associated Press Law enforcement agencies across the country experienced a wave of retirements and departures and are struggling to recruit the next generation of police officers in the year since George Floyd was killed by a cop. And amid ...

Former Wisconsin teacher to plead guilty to filming students

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A former Wisconsin high school teacher accused of secretly videotaping undressed students during field trips in Wisconsin and Minnesota has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors. David Kruchten, 38, of Cottage Grove, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of ...

Pulitzers honor coronavirus pandemic, US protest coverage

By MICHAEL HILL Associated Press The Associated Press won two Pulitzer Prizes in photography Friday for its coverage of the racial injustice protests and the coronavirus's terrible toll on the elderly, while The New York Times received the public service award for its detailed, data-filled ...

Teen who recorded Floyd’s arrest, death wins Pulitzer nod

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The teenager who pulled out her cellphone and began recording when she saw George Floyd being pinned to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer was given a special citation by the Pulitzer Prizes on Friday for her video that helped to ...

2 men guilty in kidnapping, slaying of Minneapolis Realtor

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury has convicted two men in the 2019 kidnapping and slaying of a real estate agent in Minnesota. The Star Tribune reports Cedric Berry and Berry Davis, both 42, were found guilty in Hennepin County District Court on Friday. Prosecutors said Monique Baugh, 28, was ...

Police: 3 fatally shot in unrelated attacks in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three people were killed in separate shootings in Minneapolis early Saturday, authorities said, though none of the shootings were related to protests in the city over the fatal shooting of a Black man by sheriff's deputies earlier in the week. Police were called at 1:37 ...

Protest erupts again over man killed by Minnesota deputies

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Protesters faced off with officers in Minneapolis early Saturday over the shooting death of a Black man by members of a U.S. Marshals task force. Photos from the scene following a vigil for Winston Boogie Smith Jr., 32, showed dumpster fires in the street and a line of ...

Teen dies after shooting at Twin Cities graduation party

WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy was killed in a shooting at a graduation party Saturday night in a Twin Cities suburb. Police say as many as 40 people were at a party in Woodbury when gunshots rang out. Several surrounding houses were struck by gunfire, police ...

Pipeline foes gear up for large northern Minnesota protests

SOLWAY, Minn. (AP) — Environmental and tribal groups opposed to Enbridge Energy's ongoing effort to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline are planning large protests in northern Minnesota as the Canadian-based company gears up for a final construction push. Organizers say they expect ...

Former archdiocese official failed to protect children

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A former top official in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis mishandled clergy sex abuse cases and failed to protect children from abusive priests, an archdiocese investigation has concluded. The archdiocese announced results of its investigation into the Rev. ...

Man under supervision for 1993 rape charged with new assault

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors in Ramsey County have charged man under supervision for sexually assaulting a teenager in 1993 with sexually assaulting another woman in January. Jesse Curry, 57, was charged Thursday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, the St. Paul Pioneer Press ...

Labor negotiations escalate at South Dakota pork plant

By STEPHEN GROVES Associated Press SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — In a sign of meatpacking workers becoming emboldened by the pandemic's health threats and economic repercussions, the union at a South Dakota pork processing plant that experienced a bad coronavirus outbreak last year has ...