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Minnesota care centers to let ‘essential caregivers’ visit

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesotans who qualify to be designated as "essential caregivers" will be allowed to visit family members in senior living centers under new guidance Friday from the state health department, which loosens restrictions that have kept ...

Walz formally calls special session to convene Monday

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Friday formally called a special legislative session to convene on Monday, and he urged lawmakers to work together to pass the police accountability and public works bills that they were unable to agree on last month. "Our state had a trying few ...

Task force designed to guide changes for Minneapolis police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey announced Friday that a new task force has been formed to help guide the city as it considers changes to its Police Department, a priority for city leaders and some community members after the May 25 death of George Floyd. The public safety ...

Judge imposes gag order on attorneys in George Floyd case

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A judge on Thursday imposed a gag order on attorneys in the case involving four former Minneapolis police officers who are charged in the death of George Floyd. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill issued his order the day after he pointed out that two or more attorneys ...

Authorities: 1 dead after tornadoes hit western Minnesota

DALTON, Minn. (AP) — Powerful tornadoes that ripped across farmland in western Minnesota, killing one person and injuring two others, could have exacted a higher death toll if the twisters had struck a more populous area, authorities said Thursday. Severe storms that swept through parts of ...

Medical experts: Floyd’s speech didn’t mean he could breathe

By AMY FORLITI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd repeatedly pleaded "I can't breathe" to police officers holding him down on a Minneapolis street corner, some of the officers responded by pointing out he was able to speak. One told Floyd it takes "a lot of oxygen" to talk, ...

Minnesota health officials warn against ‘COVID parties’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials are warning against people holding or attending "COVID parties" as a way to share exposure to the coronavirus. "This is a really, really bad idea," state infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said Wednesday during a media ...

Task force to focus on quelling Twin Cities gun violence

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Attorney for Minnesota is forming a task force to help stem a recent surge in gun violence in the Twin Cities. U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald announced formation of the new Twin Cities Violent Crime Task Force on Wednesday. The 30-day operation will deploy state ...

Minneapolis man charged in fatal shooting of pregnant woman

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a Minneapolis man with fatally shooting a pregnant woman whose baby was delivered at a hospital. Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday that Zachary Robinson, 27, was charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault and being ...

Minneapolis council members pledge thoughtful police revamp

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Members of the Minneapolis City Council are pledging a thoughtful approach to their proposal to dismantle the city's police department following the killing of George Floyd. Council members sought Wednesday to reassure the Minneapolis Charter Commission, with some ...

Tornado hits 3 farms, crosses I-94 in western Minnesota

DALTON, Minn. (AP) — A powerful tornado damaged farms and injured at least two people in western Minnesota on Wednesday, the National Weather Service said. The tornado struck at 5:30 p.m. near Dalton. Three farmsteads were hit, and one of those farmhouses was flattened, said meteorologist ...

Officer to Floyd: ‘It takes … a lot of oxygen to talk’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — As George Floyd told Minneapolis police officers that he couldn't breathe more than 20 times in the moments before he died, the officer who pressed his knee against Floyd's neck dismissed his pleas, saying "it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk," according to ...

Minnesota headed for another special session next week

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz is prepared to call Minnesota lawmakers into a special session that would begin Monday. The session is triggered by an extension of the peacetime authority that Walz has used to manage the coronavirus in Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio News ...

U to help international students comply with ICE directive

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is reviewing its fall semester plans to make sure that international students aren't forced to leave the country under new guidance from federal immigration authorities. The guidelines Monday from the U.S. Immigration and Customers Enforcement ...

Pregnant Minneapolis woman who died after delivery ID’ed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Authorities in Minneapolis have released the name of a pregnant shooting victim who was pronounced dead after her baby was delivered. The Hennepin County Medical Examiner's Office on Tuesday identified the victim as Leneesha Columbus, 27, of Minneapolis. The medical ...

Senator investigated by state board over COVID-19 comments

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — State Sen. Scott Jensen said he's being investigated by the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice for some public comments he made as a doctor about the coronavirus. In a video released Sunday the Chaska Republican said the investigation related to his earlier ...

Shooting victim pronounced dead after her baby is delivered

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Doctors at a Minneapolis hospital delivered the baby of a pregnant shooting victim who was later pronounced dead, according to authorities. The woman was in a vehicle when she was shot about 9 p.m. Sunday in south Minneapolis, police said. Paramedics rushed the woman to ...

Two survive crash of small plane on Iron Range

EVELETH, Minn. (AP) — Sheriff's officials say two people survived the crash of a small plane in northeastern Minnesota. Tower Municipal Airport manager John Burgess says the Piper PA-32 departed early Sunday afternoon, destined for somewhere in Wisconsin. KBJR-TV reports Burgess says no ...

Convicted Florida killer back in Minnesota on murder charges

OWATONNA, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota woman who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a woman in Florida so she could assume her identity has been returned to her home state to face trial on allegations that she killed her husband in 2018. Lois Riess is being held at the Steele County Detention ...

Minnesota driver’s manual updates text for legal gun owners

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota public safety officials updated the state's driver's manual to give motorists who are legally carrying firearms some guidance on what to do if they are stopped by police, including instructions to keep both hands on the steering wheel while telling the officer of ...