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States get tracing apps to talk to each other as virus rises

By BRYAN ANDERSON Associated Press/Report for America RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — As coronavirus exposure notification technology slowly rolls out across the country, every resident in 17 states and the District of Columbia will now be able to send and receive alerts beyond their home state if ...

Owner of St. Cloud’s Press Bar faces federal arson counts

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — The owner of a historic St. Cloud bar has been indicted on federal arson and wire fraud charges for allegedly setting fire to the business and submitting a fraudulent insurance claim, prosecutors announced Friday. Andrew Welsh, 41, of St. Joseph, was arrested Friday ...

Emmer, Stauber, Hagedorn asked high court to void Biden win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer, Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn of Minnesota were among the Republicans who signed on to a last-gasp bid to get the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the presidential election. The three are among more than 100 House Republicans who joined an amicus brief ...

Church identified as hate group gets permit in Minnesota

MURDOCK, Minn. (AP) — The city council in a small Minnesota farming community has voted to grant a permit that allows a controversial Nordic heritage church that has been identified as a white supremacist group to gather at an abandoned church. The vote Wednesday night came after the council ...

Minneapolis approves cuts to police budget, not staffing

By AMY FORLITI and STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis City Council unanimously approved a budget early Thursday that will shift about $8 million from the police department toward violence prevention and other programs — but will keep the mayor's targeted ...

3 charged with arson during downtown Minneapolis unrest

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three men have been indicted on federal arson charges in connection with fires that were set inside the Target corporate headquarters building during unrest that followed rumors of an August police shooting in downtown Minneapolis. The unrest began after a Black man who ...

Parents sue Walz to lift ‘pause’ on youth sports over virus

By STEVE KARNOWSKI Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A group of parents sued Gov. Tim Walz and other state officials Thursday, seeking to throw out his order that put high school sports on hold to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Lawmakers meanwhile said they have agreed on $216 ...

Clear Channel cancels billboard art depicting Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Clear Channel Outdoor has canceled a billboard order for downtown Minneapolis that featured an artist's painting of George Floyd being restrained by three police officers, the artist said Thursday. Brooklyn-based artist Don Perlis said he got an email Thursday from Clear ...

Hundreds sign up to speak on Minneapolis plan to cut police

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 300 Minneapolis residents signed up to speak Wednesday night on a plan to shrink the city's police department, with some pleading for City Council members to deliver the reforms they promised after George Floyd's death and others warning it would be irresponsible ...

Jury convicts Illinois man in Minnesota mosque bombing

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A jury on Wednesday convicted the leader of an Illinois anti-government militia group of several civil rights and hate crime charges in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. Prosecutors outlined 49-year-old Michael Hari's hatred for Muslims as his motivation for the ...

Minnesota officials grateful but worried over virus metrics

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials said they're grateful that the spread of the coronavirus appears to have stabilized in recent days, but cautioned Wednesday that case growth and hospitalization levels remain worryingly high. Meanwhile, Gov. Tim Walz formally called a special ...

Legal panel: Free Minneapolis man jailed for life as teen

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A national panel of legal experts recommended the immediate release of a Black man sentenced to life in prison as a teenager nearly two decades ago. The panel also said Minneapolis police appear to have suffered from "tunnel vision" while investigating the case of Myon ...

First Minnesotans could get COVID-19 vaccine Christmas week

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The first of 183,000 Minnesotans who will get the new coronavirus vaccine in the initial wave could get their shots as early as Christmas week, Gov. Tim Walz and state health officials announced Tuesday. "So perhaps an early Christmas present," the state's infectious ...

Judge hears closing arguments in Minnesota mosque attack

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors cited an Illinois man's anti-Islamic writings and testimony from co-defendants in urging a jury Tuesday to convict him in the 2017 bombing of a Minnesota mosque. In closing arguments in the trial of Michael Hari, 49, prosecutors cited testimony from his ...

Minnesota reports slight dip in daily new cases of virus

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota reported 5,296 new cases of the coronavirus and 21 deaths on Monday. Both numbers were down from the state's seven-day averages, but Mondays are typically a lighter day for virus numbers due to a dropoff in testing over the weekends. Minnesota has averaged about ...

Plea deal signed for activist who toppled Columbus statue

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — An Indigenous activist accused of toppling a Christopher Columbus statue on state Capitol grounds during a rally over the death of George Floyd will not serve jail time, according to deal finalized Monday between prosecutors and defense attorneys. Mike Forcia must ...

Minnesota ranks 2nd in new virus cases per capita in 2 weeks

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota health officials on Sunday confirmed more than 5,550 new cases of the coronavirus and 64 new deaths from complications due to COVID-19. There were about 1,468 new cases per 100,000 people in Minnesota over the past two weeks, which ranks second in the country ...

Small plane crash in southeastern Minnesota kills pilot

WINDOM, Minn. (AP) — Authorities say a small plane with no passengers on board crashed Sunday morning, killing the pilot after taking off from a southern Minnesota airport. The Cottonwood County Sheriff's Department said in a release that law enforcement began searching after a report there ...

Minnesota regulators deny request to delay Line 3 pipeline

By MOHAMED IBRAHIM Associated Press/Report for America MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota regulatory panel on Friday denied a request from two tribes to prevent Enbridge Energy from moving forward with its contentious Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement, which broke ground this week after ...

BCA identifies state trooper who fired weapon in Albert Lea

ALBERT LEA, Minn. (AP) — State investigators have identified the state trooper who fired his weapon during a shooting in Albert Lea in which the alleged suspect was injured after wounding three people, including a police officer. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said Friday that the ...