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COVID-19 cases, deaths rise as restrictions set to be eased

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed 156 new cases of the coronavirus, raising the total number to more than 3,600. The updated report includes 28 deaths from COVID-19, for a statewide total of 272. All but five of the victims were in long-term care facilities, ...

Hormel subsidiary shuts down 2 Minnesota turkey plants

WILLMAR, Minn. (AP) — A Hormel Foods subsidiary said Friday it's halting production at a pair of Minnesota turkey-processing facilities after some employees tested positive for the coronavirus. Jennie-O Turkey Store Inc. said 14 employees had tested positive at two plants in Willmar, in ...

Walz: New website will help Minnesotans find virus testing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz announced a new website Friday to help Minnesota residents find a COVID-19 testing location as the state matched its highest one-day death toll from the coronavirus. In a statement, Walz said access to testing is "critical to helping moving Minnesota forward ...

Summer X Games in Minneapolis canceled due to pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Earlier, the X Games postponed a winter event stop in Chongli, China, scheduled for February and canceled an installment in Shanghai in May. The action-sports event in ...

The Latest: 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival canceled

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Add the 2020 Minnesota Fringe Festival to the list of events canceled by the coronavirus. Organizers announced Friday that the 27th annual Fringe scheduled over 11 days in August has been ...

Walz ends on-site school year, but lets some businesses reopen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's schools will remain closed through the end of the academic year, but stay-at-home restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus will be eased to allow up to 100,000 people return to work next week, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Tim Walz, a ...

Minnesota to partner with U, Mayo for up to 20K tests daily

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The state has struck a deal with the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic to test as many as 20,000 people per day for the coronavirus, Gov. Tim Walz announced Wednesday. Walz called the partnership a breakthrough for rapid and widespread testing for COVID-19, which ...

Minnesota police discover remains of alleged homicide victim

MOORHEAD, Minn. (AP) — Law enforcement officers investigating the killing and dismemberment of a 19-year-old woman have discovered remains in a western Minnesota landfill believed to be those of the victim, police said Wednesday. Ethan Broad, 27, was charged this week in Clay County with ...

Tyson Foods idles largest pork plant as virus slams industry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of the plant in Waterloo would deny a vital ...

COVID-19 hits hard at Minnesota’s long-term care facilities

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The vast majority of Minnesota's COVID-19 deaths are cases associated with long-term care facilities, health officials said Tuesday as they focused attention on how the state is trying to protect some of its most vulnerable residents. As of Tuesday, 113 of the 160 ...

Minnesota man accused of dismembering woman, dumping remains

PLYMOUTH, Minn. (AP) — A western Minnesota man has admitted that he killed a 19-year-old woman, dismembered her in his garage and disposed of the body parts in dumpsters outside his apartment, prosecutors said Monday. Ethan Broad, 27, was charged Monday in Clay County court with ...

Minnesota man faces 1st charges in series of sexual assaults

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have filed the first charges against a Ham Lake man suspected in a series of sexual assaults that occurred from 2013 until just last month. Thirty-four-year-old Jory Wiebrand was charged Monday in Hennepin County in two home invasions in Minneapolis in which ...

Walz: Trump call went well; reopening pork plant is priority

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz agreed Monday with President Donald Trump's assertion that they had a "very nice call" about the state's response to COVID-19, and the governor also said the state is working to help JBS USA safely reopen a big pork processing plant in Worthington that has ...

Nearly 50 seniors moved from Minnesota center after outbreak

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nearly 50 residents were moved from a Minneapolis-area senior living facility this weekend after an outbreak of COVID-19 made many staff members too sick to care for them. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health said a majority of staff members and ...

Widow sues lawyer who drew up will leaving estate to church

CROOKSTON, Minn. (AP) — The widow of an East Grand Forks man is suing an attorney who drew up a will that left her husband's estate of more than $5 million to a church the couple did not attend. Cindy Driscoll is suing East Grand Forks attorney Gerard Neil and his law firm in Polk County ...

Native American woman removed from Land O’Lakes packaging

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. (AP) — The Native American woman who has graced the packaging of Land O'Lakes butter, cheese and other products since the late 1920s has quietly disappeared. Known as Mia, the woman was shown sitting in a serene landscape of lakes and woods. That landscape remains on the ...

Trump backs protesters against Minnesota’s COVID-19 response

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hundreds of President Donald Trump's grassroots supporters protested outside the Minnesota governor's mansion on Friday, angered that a stay-at-home order to stem the spread of COVID-19 has not been lifted and buoyed by a presidential ...

Minnesota sophomore wins “Jeopardy!” College Championship

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nibir Sarma has become the first winner of the "Jeopardy!" College Championship from the University of Minnesota. Sarma, a sophomore from Eden Prairie, Minnesota, won the two-week tournament in an episode airing Friday night, earning $100,000 and a berth against regular ...

Minnesota Senate backs beer and wine to go amid pandemic

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Restaurants and bars that have been subsisting on takeout orders during the shutdown for COVID-19 could start offering beer and wine to go as early as this weekend under bill the Minnesota Senate passed Thursday to provide a little relief to one of the hardest-hit sectors ...

US Steel to idle Keewatin Taconite during pandemic slowdown

HIBBING, Minn. (AP) — U.S. Steel plans to indefinitely idle the Keewatin Taconite plant in northern Minnesota because of the drop in demand for iron and steel during the coronavirus pandemic, officials said Thursday. Officials said the closure will affect 75 employees "near term," but a ...