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Walz names Segal chief judge of Minnesota appeals court

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz said Monday he has named Judge Susan Segal as the new chief judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Segal will serve the rest of retiring Chief Judge Edward Cleary's term, which expires on Oct. 31, 2022. Segal becomes the second woman to serve as chief ...

Fire destroys 3 businesses in Grand Marais

A wind-whipped fire destroyed three businesses in downtown Grand Marais in northern Minnesota on Monday. Cook County Sheriff Pat Eliasen said 911 dispatch received a report of a fire in the back of the Crooked Spoon Cafe early Monday afternoon. The fire spread to two neighboring businesses, ...

Mom of T-wolves star Karl-Anthony Towns dies from COVID-19

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jacqueline Cruz-Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns, died Monday due to complications from COVID-19 after more than a month of fighting the virus. She was 59. The Timberwolves made the announcement via the Towns family, which requested ...

Woman arrested in ginseng scam after 2 years eluding capture

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota woman wanted in an alleged ginseng scam is under arrest after evading capture for more than two years. Hennepin County prosecutors said Mai Vu Vang, 51, of Brooklyn Center, was arrested last month in Georgia and extradited to Minnesota last weekend. Vang made ...

Heavy snow creates treacherous driving in southern Minnesota

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — Heavy, wet snow created hazardous driving conditions Sunday and led to several spinouts and crashes in parts of southern Minnesota. Some parts of the region saw nearly 6 inches of snow by Sunday afternoon, with more snow expected throughout the day. The National ...

Minnesota sees 70 deaths from COVID-19; cases surpass 1,600

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health said Sunday that six more people have died from COVID-19, raising the state's number of coronavirus-related deaths to 70. Health officials also said 194 additional people have tested positive for the new coronavirus since Saturday — ...

Partisan tempers flare over Minnesota’s COVID-19 response

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Partisan tempers flared over Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday as Republicans expressed frustration with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz for extending his stay-at-home order through May 4 and questioned the modeling behind ...

The Latest: Prison releases could begin next week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Minnesota (all times local): 10:35 a.m. Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell says the release of some state prisoners because of the coronavirus could happen as early as next week. Civil rights advocates ...

Minnesota officials unveil state’s virus prediction model

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota heath experts carefully lifted the curtain Friday on the model that's informing Gov. Tim Walz's decisions about responding to the coronavirus crisis, cautioning that while important, it's not the only thing driving their ...

Minnesota sees record spike in gun purchases amid virus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gun advocates say Minnesotans bought thousands of self-defense firearms last month in response to potential civil unrest that could be spurred by the global coronavirus pandemic. The FBI conducted background checks on 96,654 transactions in Minnesota last month, the most ...

Suit by 3M alleges price-gouging by New Jersey company

By DAVID PORTER Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — A New Jersey company falsely claimed it was an authorized distributor of 3M products when it tried to charge New York City five to six times the regular price for personal protective equipment, 3M said in a lawsuit filed Friday. In documents ...

Mayo Clinic announces across-the board pay cuts, furloughs

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — One of the premier medical facilities in the country and Minnesota's largest private employer on Friday announced a series of cost-cutting measures to deal with a proposed $3 billion loss in 2020. Rochester's Mayo Clinic is instituting across the board pay cuts and ...

Mexico closes US owned plant for refusal to sell ventilators

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — The northern Mexico border state of Baja California closed a plant run by the Anglo-American health care firm Smiths Medical Friday for allegedly refusing to sell ventilators to Mexican hospitals. Baja California Gov. Jaime Bonilla said the firm refused to sell Mexico ...

Partisan tempers flare over Minnesota’s COVID-19 response

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Partisan tempers flared over Minnesota's response to the COVID-19 outbreak Thursday as Republicans expressed frustration with Democratic Gov. Tim Walz for extending his stay-at-home order through May 4 and questioned the modeling behind his decision. GOP Senate Majority ...

Minnesota lawmakers reach deal on insulin affordability

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers reached a deal Wednesday on creating a long-awaited emergency insulin program for diabetics who can't afford the drug. A House-Senate conference committee voted unanimously to sign off on the bill, clearing the way for the full Legislature to pass ...

Walz says stay-at-home is working; extends order to May 4

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Tim Walz on Wednesday extended Minnesota's stay-at-home order until May 4, saying his original order has bought the state valuable time to slow the spread of the coronavirus and should continue. Walz said Minnesotans have responded well to the order, which was due to ...

Minnesota Supreme Court rules some voter data private

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the secretary of state can withhold some voter information from a conservative election watchdog group. In a 5-2 decision, the high court reversed a lower court ruling that favored the Minnesota Voters Alliance. That ...

Minnesota Legislature OKs protection for front-line workers

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's coronavirus infection count surpassed 1,000 Tuesday, as lawmakers paid tribute to first responders and health care workers on the front lines of the battle against the coronavirus by passing legislation to ensure they all qualify for workers compensation if they ...

Minn. Democratic leader apologizes for flipping off GOP sen.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota House Democratic leader apologized Tuesday after a video showed him making an obscene gesture at a Republican lawmaker who was announcing a tentative deal on affordable insulin at the state Capitol. House Majority Leader Ryan Winkler of Golden Valley is ...

Worst-case U of M forecast calls for $315M loss from virus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — University of Minnesota administrators are bracing for a loss of as much as $315 million in expected revenue from a $3.8 billion budget because of the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the most severe forecast presented Tuesday to the Board of Regents. The virus forced the ...